MONACO TRAVEL GUIDE

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INTRODUCTION

Monaco, officially the Principality of Monaco, is a sovereign city-state, country, and microstate on the French Riviera in Western Europe.

 

Monte Carlo is not the capital of Monaco but a government district. The country is divided into four areas: Monaco-Ville (the old city), the Condamine (port quarter), Monte-Carlo (business and recreation), and Fontvieille (recreation and light industry). With no natural resources to exploit other than its location and climate, the principality has become a resort for tourists and a tax haven for businesses. Monaco is six times the size of the Vatican and the world's most densely populated independent country.

 

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Although not a member of either the European Union or the European Economic Area, Monaco maintains an open border and customs union with France and is treated as part of the Schengen Area.

 

  • Currency: euro (EUR)
  • Area: 1.95 sq km
  • Population: 38 682 (2018)
  • Language: French (official), English, Italian, Monegasque
  • Religion: Roman Catholic (90%)
  • Electricity: 230V/50Hz (European plug)
 

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Monaco benefits from a Mediterranean-style temperate climate, characterised by hot, dry summers and mild, humid winters. Monaco’s average annual temperature is 16.5°C (1981-2010) and average annual rainfall is 735.5 mm with a characteristic distribution of the Mediterranean climate with the highest rainfall in autumn and spring.

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Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

HIKE & CYCLE:

The best time for outdoor activities in Monaco is from May to October. Due to Monaco's coastal location, even the hottest months of July and August are pleasant.

BEACH:

Beaches along Monaco's coastline are mostly manmade and often private. The warmest summer months are July and August, but you'll find people enjoying the beaches from June to September.

SURFING:

With an extremely short coastline of only 3.8 kms, there are only two surfable beaches in Monaco, of which only one is not private!

 

LGBTQ

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Monaco may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity are legal in Monaco. Although same-sex relationships are recognised, Monaco does not recognise same-sex marriages. Since 27 June 2020, the country has allowed same-sex couples to sign a cohabitation agreement, which provides some limited rights and obligations.

 

Despite this absence of same-sex relationship legislation, Monegasque society tends to be tolerant of homosexuality and same-sex relationships.

 

HEALTH

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