Monaco was founded in 1215 as an independent monarchy ruled by the Grimaldi family. While the country is now part of France, it still enjoys a great degree of autonomy and is home to numerous embassies and international organizations. Monaco’s two largest cities are Monte Carlo and La Condamine, both home to a host of exclusive amenities including designer boutiques, five-star restaurants, casinos, and extravagant nightlife.
For tourists looking to explore Monaco’s cultural attractions, there is plenty to discover. The old town of Monaco Ville, perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the harbour below, is a must-visit destination for its well-preserved architecture, the Prince's Palace (where you can catch a glimpse of the changing of the guard), and the stunning views over Monte Carlo bay. Meanwhile, Grand Prix race fans should make sure to visit Monte Carlo to experience motor racing's greatest stage - with cars reaching speeds of up to 260 kph around its streets!
When it comes to things to do in Monaco there really is no shortage - you can go scuba diving or see yachting in Beaulieu Sur Mer; explore Cap d'Ail for incredible coastal walking trails, or hitch a ride on a helicopter back from the Nice airport for truly breathtaking views over this tiny sovereign state.
As far as cuisine goes – expect dishes express-shipped from France’s famous extravagance markets such as Provence’s Cassis market or Paris’ famous Marche aux Puces – plates brimming with oysters from famous nearby Marennes Ozier Bay; lavender Honey Brioche from Provencal hills; locally made charcuterie along with other sumptuous treats that will tantalise taste buds like never before. As for drinks – why not enjoy local wines? Notable Tastings include Muscat du Peyronnet which provides aromas of a full pear flavour bouquet.