An independent state located along the French Riviera, Monaco is famous throughout the world for its Formula 1 racing circuit, as well as its Mediterranean and humid subtropical climate, with particularly mild winters and very sunny summers. Its casinos also attract a lot of visitors every year and are among the favourite pastimes of summer visitors. Governed by a prince, Monaco is a city where wealth and extravagance are the key words. The city's development is remarkable because it is totally urbanized with modern and luxurious buildings and skyscrapers, making it one of the most popular destinations for celebrities. Camping Les Pêcheurs is one hour from Monaco.
The Principality of Monaco has often been talked about in the popular press, but it has many other charms in store besides its jet set image with its casino built by Louis Garnier, architect of the Paris Opera, its exceptional oceanographic museum, its superb exotic gardens and its princely palace. Monaco-Ville, also known as the Rock, is the heart of the State itself where the Prince's Palace is built. The Palace can be visited every day between April and October. In Monaco-Ville, history is traced in every corner of the city, where old buildings are particularly numerous. You will also find several sites that are part of Monaco's heritage, such as the Cathedral, which serves as a mausoleum for the princely family, the Oceanographic Museum, created by Prince Albert himself and where several marine species are on display, and the Saint-Martin gardens that link the Oceanographic Museum to the Cathedral.
Monte-Carlo is another very famous district of Monaco, located on the hill. This is where the most gamers spend their time in Monaco's famous casino. There is also the Salle Garnier where the Monaco Opera takes place and the most prestigious hotels and restaurants in the city such as the Hôtel de Paris and the Café de Paris. Monte-Carlo is also the starting point for the Formula 1 Grand Prix, a famous motor race held in May of each year.
If you are planning to go to the beach when you visit Monaco, the only one available to the public is in Monte-Carlo. You can practice all the water sports you want. Water skiing, water scooters, windsurfing, wakeboarding and even parasailing are possible.
Several other famous districts are located in the Principality. In La Condamine, an open market is held every morning for the exhibition and sale of local products including fruits and vegetables. Fontvieille is home to the Louis II stadium and Monaco's heliport. However, as far as activities are concerned, in the evening or during the day, it is mainly in Le Larvotto that you will find them. Tourists go there mainly to practice summer sports, to participate in the evenings organised by the Principality, or simply to enjoy the beach and the sea. If you are thirsty for culture, don't forget to visit the Des Moneghettis district, where the city's Museum of Anthropology is located.