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Basic Facts

Official Country Name: Principauté de Monaco

Capital: Monaco

Population: 30 000

Telephone Code: 377

Time Zone: CET: UT+1 in winter, UT+2 in summer

Area: 1,9 sq km

Language(s): French is the official language, though there is a traditional language called Monegasque, very close to the Genoan dialect. English and Italian are widely spoken.

Ethnic Groups: French citizens account for 47% of the population, national citizens (called Monégasques) being only 5 000 (16%), as many as Italians. Thus, only a small part of the population has right to vote.

Head of State: His Serene Highness Prince Albert

Government: Constitutional Monarchy. The power of the elected council is limited.

Currency: Euro

Exchange Rate: US$1 = 0.8 EUR

Health Risks: None

Electricity: 220V, 50Hz. Standard continental plugs (same as in France).

Weights & Measures: Metrical.

Country Name in other languages: Munegu in Monegasque, Monako in languages where c isn't pronounced [k]

Attractions and Things to See and Do

1. Walk along one of the two harbours (La Condamine and Fontvieille) and watch the beautiful yachts (though for me a boat can only be beautiful if it has a sail), then turn around and count luxury cars.

2. Watch the changing of the guard twice a day, in front of the Palais Princier on the top of the rocky hill called Le Rocher then walk in the old streets of Monaco-Ville

3. Gamble at the Casino, or more likely take pictures in front of it. If you want to spend a lot of money, just buy an espresso at the Café de Paris

4. See exotic fish and plants: Go to the aquariums at the Oceanographic Museum and/or to the Exotic Garden.

Maps

Map of Monaco and Monte Carlo at yourmonaco.com

Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

Suggested Itineraries

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Transport

Getting there :
- By air : The Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport is only 30 km west of Monaco, regular bus services link Monaco to the airport or (cheaper) take line 23 from the airport to the train station in Nice.
- By train : Train services link Monaco to Nice and to the italian city of Ventimiglia every 20 minutes during peak hours. TGV (fast train) services from Nice go to Lyon, Paris and Lille. Some TGVs from/to Paris stop in Monaco.
- By bus : Line 100 from Nice to Menton has six stops inside Monaco, it's cheaper than train but traffic can be extremely bad.
- By car: See above about traffic. Underground parking is free for the first hour, then becomes incredibly expensive. The most scenic road from Nice is the Basse Corniche (N 98), along the shore.

Getting around :
Though buses cross the city, walking is by far the best way to discover Monaco, all points of interest begin within 15 minutes walk from the train station.

Accommodation

If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or noone is available, here is what other members suggest. Hostels Hotels Camping Other Options

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

Restaurants :
Monaco is expensive, so be very cautious with restaurants
Though a good dinner at Le Huit et Demi (Rue Langlé, La Condamine) will probably cost you at least 20 €, it's worth the price.
Planet Pasta (Rue Imberty, La Condamine) will serve you delicious pasta, and as it's one of the cheapest restaurants in town, you MUST book in advance, even on weekdays.
If you want to enjoy a good lunch in front of the sea and eat as much as you can, try the buffet at Gerhard Café (Fontvieille harbour).

Supermarkets
The two main supermarkets are Carrefour and Casino (you can then joke about spending money at the Casino in Monaco). There's a market at Place d'Armes, but you'd rather cross the border and go to the market in Beausoleil.

Street Food
Monaco wishing to keep its otherworldly reputation, street food isn't easy to find inside the borders. Go to the commercial mall around Carrefour or to the Beausoleil market.

Local Specialties
Most local food is provençal food. The only real monegasque specialty is the Barbagiuan. It's a bit like an argentinian spinach empanada.

Money and Costs

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Visa and Documents and Embassies

Conditions for visas are the same as in France. You will cross the border from France without meeting customs. If you want to get a stamp on your passport, go to the Tourist Office desk at the train station.

Borders and Customs

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External Links

For a guide to Monaco and Monte Carlo including a map, Monaco weather, direct contact details for hotels in Monaco including the Hotel de Paris and Columbus hotels and the Monaco Grand Prix visit yourmonaco.com

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