Monaco Travel Guide

Monaco, Monaco Travel Guide


“Monaco, protected by the oldest of weapons: guile and determination.”

Count Fernando D’Aillieres
Monaco, Monaco Travel Guide

Top Five Destinations in Monaco

  1. Monaco Old Town, The old city of Monaco, known as Monaco-Ville, is where many tourist attractions are located. The number one highlight is the Prince’s Palace, the Prince’s official residence in Monaco. It was first built in 1191 as a Genoese fortress. Wandering this area, you find grand homes, gorgeous views, and exquisite landscaping.
  2. Oceanographic Museum of Monaco This is quite a unique place as it is over 110 years old. The museum is as stunning from the outside as it is on the inside. This magnificent building proudly stands on top of a cliff and welcomes passersby to enter its world of whale skeletons, aquariums, and marine life.
  3. The Casino de Monte Carlo This country is a rich and famous playground. This is where to glamour of this city is revealed. Dress up (there is a strict dress code), have a passport, and explore this fabulous and over-the-top casino. This is not the place for the casual gamblers; this is for the best at the game. Watch the cars that pull up for a bit; it is a car extravaganza in its own right.
  4. Jardin Exotique of Monaco This magnificent botanical garden has around 7,000 types of plants and cacti. It is as if you are in the desert while enjoying breathtaking ocean views.
  5. Monaco’s most popular tourist site is the Cathedral de Monaco Constructed back in 1875 with white stone from La Turbie, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. There are impressive paintings, 12th-century-style windows, and a Carrara marble Great Altar. Monaco’s Cathedral is best known for being the resting place of the Royal family, including Prince Rainier III and his wife, Grace Kelly.

Did you know?

Monaco stats

  • Population: 39,000
  • Capital City: Monaco
  • Currency: Euro (EUR)
  • Government type: Constitutional Monarchy.
  • Minister of State: Pierre Dartout since 2020.
  • Monarch: Prince Albert II.
  • The ruling house of Monaco is the oldest ruling house in Europe.
  • Ethnic groups: Monegasque 32.1%, French 19.9%, Italian 15.3%, British 5%, Belgian 2.3%, Swiss 2%, other 23.4%
  • Languages: French (official), English, Italian, Monegasque.
  • Religions: Roman Catholic 90% (official), other 10%
  • The National Anthem is A Marcia de Muneghu (The March of Monaco)
  • A Monegasque was born in or had ancestry from the principality of Monaco.
  • U.S. State Department Risk Level: 1
  • Terrorist groups: N/A.
  • The land area of Monaco is .8 square miles. That makes it the second smallest country in the world and the most densely populated.
  • The country does not have a military per se. The country’s defense, though, is in the hands of France.
  • In 1931 Monaco became a member of the United Nations.
  • The unemployment rate is zero.
  • Monaco has the world’s third-highest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) behind Liechtenstein and Qatar.
  • Monaco is a tax haven. The country relies solely on the revenue generated by its tourism and casinos.
  • Fish and seafood are the only natural resources the country has.
  • Real estate in Monaco is considered the most expensive in the world.
  • Monaco has grown in size by 20% in reclaiming land from the sea.
  • Education is compulsory from ages 6 to 16.
  • The country has monopolies in several sectors, including tobacco, the telephone network, and the postal service. This helps bring in revenue for the country.
  • Leading industries are banking, insurance, tourism, construction, small-scale industries, and consumer products.
  • Exports are around $1 billion a year.
  • Monaco has one of the highest life expectancies in the world at 89.5 years old.
  • The death rate is more than the birth rate.
  • The literacy rate is 99%

Funs facts

  • Thirty percent of the population of Monaco are millionaires.
  • One in every three residents of Monaco is a millionaire.
  • Three James Bond Films have been shot here in Monte-Carlo Casino.
  • The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the main events that the country hosts every year.
  • Monaco has more policemen per person than any other country in the world.
  • The residents of Monaco are not allowed to gamble in their country. They are not even allowed to enter the casinos.
  • Monaco is the only country in the world with Human Development Index above 1.
  • Monaco has over 1.5 million tourists a year.
  • Casino de Monte-Carlo was opened in Monaco in 1863.
  • Monaco truly is the playground for the rich and famous. It is a place for those with money to be seen.
  • More than 50,000 workers arrive daily from France and Italy to work in Monaco.
  • Monaco has the largest display of in-water yachts in Europe.
  •  Societe des Bains de Mer is the country’s biggest employer. It runs the vast majority of Monaco’s tourism-related activities.
  • Due to its size, Monaco doesn’t have an airport, but it does have heliports. You can take a helicopter from the heliport to the Nice airport within a few minutes.
  • The natives of Monaco are in the minority here, one 1/5 of the population. The largest population in Monaco is the French, followed by Italian and British.
  • Monaco is a premier tourist destination and recreation center.
  • Monaco is part of the Eurozone but not the E.U.
  • If you’re a resident of Monaco but aren’t born here, you’re not called a Monégasque but a Monacoian.
  • Italy lies on the eastern side of Italy at a distance of 8 kilometers.
  • Monaco is a city-state and therefore does not have a separate capital.
  • You can walk across the length of the country in 56 minutes.
  • Archeological evidence has found that Monaco has been inhabited for 300,000 years.

Monaco Map

Good to know before you go – Monaco

  • Tipping is customary in Monaco. This includes restaurants and cab drivers, porters, bartenders, and other service workers. Credit cards are accepted everywhere.
  • Overall, clothing is stylish, and many will dress elegantly and extravagantly. People wear jeans during the day, but they are well-kept and fitted. Dress modestly in churches, with shoulders and torso covered. Formal attire is expected in specific social settings, including evening Casino de Monte Carlo visits.
  • Monaco is a tiny country. As a result, driving is standard city driving. It can be slow to get around. Roads are clean and easy to navigate.
  • Overall, Monaco has one of the highest living standards in the world. Differences in social stratification are not immediately apparent.
  • Use the formal vowels when speaking French to anyone unknown or older than you. The informal tu is reserved for close friends, family, and children.
  • Men will typically shake hands when greeting each other. A man and a woman, or two women, may exchange kisses on the cheek.
  • Most Monegasque are Roman Catholic, and the church plays a vital role in Monegasque traditions, particularly on feast days and special holidays.
  • Marriage is an integral part of the Monaco culture. Weddings are held based on the traditions of Roman Catholics.
  • Monaco traditions are deeply rooted in the 700-year history of the Grimaldi Dynasty. Due to this, a National Committee of Monaco Traditions was created in 1924 by representatives of the oldest Monaco families to ensure that these traditions were kept alive.
  • The rules of etiquette are much like those found in France, emphasizing respect for privacy.
  • This is a country that plays by the rules, so follow them.
  • Monaco is a country that strongly supports art and humanities.
  • Monaco’s traditional foods include barbagiuan, fougasse, socca, and stocafi.
  • Access to fresh, local produce and the sea has led to exceptional local cuisine. Monaco has many restaurants, and seafood is featured in many dishes. Daily eating habits reflect a Mediterranean heritage and French and Italian influences can be found in the local recipes.
  • The area around Monaco has an enormous amount of activities and sites to see. Places like Eze, France (see our post on this beautiful location, click here), Nice, the French Riviera beaches, and Italy are just a few choices nearby.
  • Breakfast is minimal, but lunch and dinner often have several courses.
  • Security cameras are everywhere!!
  • It is a very safe country. Crime is very low.

Monaco Essential Info

U.S. Consular Emergency
The 24-hour number from a U.S. Phone is 1-888-407-4747
Outside of U.S. 011-202-501-4444

U.S. Embassy Nice, France
U.S. Consular Agent – Nice
7, Avenue Gustave V
3rd floor
06000 Nice
Telephone: +(33) (493) 88-89-55
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: 01-43-12-22-22 and then dial 0
Fax: +(33) (493) 87-07-38
Email: usca.nice@orange.fr
Website: https://fr.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/marseille/

Emergency Numbers

Country Code

Time Zone
UTC+1 Suumer UTC+2

Right side

“Standard” Euro plug
Type C or F

Tourism Office

When to go to Monaco

Monaco benefits from a mild and pleasant Mediterranean climate, averaging about 300 days of sunshine a year. There are no bad times to go to Monaco.

Our Favorite Monaco Resources

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Travel Books/Guides

Joelle visited Monaco with her sister-in-law during an Italy, Monaco, and France trip. It has turned out to be one of our favorite places. The guides and tools below helped build that excitement and made for the perfect trip.

Monaco Fodors Provence & French Riveria (Full-Color Guide) by Fodors

Due to the size of Monaco, there are not any dedicated travel guides we would suggest. You will find it within the guides of the greater area. Fodor’s Provence & the French Riviera guidebook is packed with maps, carefully curated recommendations, and everything else you need to simplify your trip-planning process and make the most of your time. Discover this travel guide here.

Monaco Rick Steves Provence and the French Riviera by Rick Steves

We are huge Rick Steve fans; it will be rare that we do not recommend one of his wonderful guides. We love his travel style and perspective. His off-the-beaten-path approach and his independent travel philosophy match well with how we travel. The guides never disappoint. This book made the cut into our suitcase and was a fantastic resource. Find this must-have guide here.

Our favorite websites
  1. Monaco tourism site

2. U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Consular Affairs Monaco Country Info

We cannot encourage you enough to visit this website as you plan and prepare for your trip. This is the U.S. Federal Government addressing the safety, security, travel risk, entry, exit, visa documents mandates, emergency U.S. and Embassy contacts, health, local laws, special circumstances, threats, traveler vulnerabilities, government warnings, and transportation in Portugal. This is your best and most reliable resource for all this important info. Check back often before you go, as things can change quickly. Being prepared is essential in all travel, but especially internationally.

Monaco International Travel Information (state.gov)

3. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travelers Health Resource

This CDC travel resource provides essential health info for your specific destination. Using their tool, you can determine which vaccines, medications, and health advice recommendations are needed for Monaco.

CDC’s Travelers Health Page for Monaco

Our favorite maps
Our favorite apps

Google Maps Trip and Holiday Organizer. Enter any address, landmark, or city in the app, and it will instantly display all your travel options and booking info, along with accommodation providers and things to do. We love it when using public transportation, it is spot on! Find it on your local app store.

Rome2rio: Trip Planner Trip and Holiday Organizer Enter any address, landmark, or city in the app will instantly display all your travel options, booking info, accommodation providers, and things to do. Find it at your local App Store.

Duolingo-Language Lesson Audio lessons that help improve your listening and speaking skills. Find it on your local App Store.

Rick Steves Audio Europe This app includes a vast library of Rick Steve’s audio content. Get cultural and travel info. Includes self-guided tours of top attractions and historic walks. Amsterdam options. A must-have. Find it at your local App Store.

Google Translate We used this often to practice proper pronunciations of French words. As we always encourage, learning the basics of greeting and thanking people in the local language is essential. Google Translate was an easy app to use. If needed, you can enter text in English, which will speak back in French to aid in communicating with locals. Furthermore, it came in very handy to translate text into images instantly.

Do you have a favorite Monaco travel resource? Share your favorites in the comments section at the bottom of this page or

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Our favorite travel insurance site!

We could not be stronger advocates of being well-insured—not just for the little stuff but for the big things like medical emergencies. We never leave home without it. Our go-to place is Squaremouth.com. It does a fantastic job with its user-friendly interface and uses top-rated and reputable insurance carriers. They also mediate on your behalf if you have problems.

To empower you as a consumer, we suggest you read our blog post on the importance of travel insurance and how to get the best coverage from top-rated companies for an affordable price.


Medical transport back home from anywhere in the world

They are the premier global air medical transport. One caveat to travel insurance is that medical evacuation usually gets you to the closest facility to care for you. Medjet gets you back to the U.S. to the hospital of your choice once you are stable enough to fly. A Medjet membership is only for medical transport. Medjet Horizon offers expanded coverage. They have individual trip policies starting at $99 and annual policies for around $300. Most of their policies limit the age to 74.

To learn more about how Medical Evacuation membership with Medjet Assist works, check out our blog post for a more detailed review.  

Expedia.com and VRBO

Hotels, home rentals, BNBs, flights, and other transportation & tours 

Expedia is a US-based company whose mission is to power global travel for everyone and everywhere. Wanderers Compass focuses on independent travel, and using sites like Expedia makes that possible. Every aspect of travel you need, from airfare, accommodations, rental car, and cruises to activities to do at your destination, can be booked on Expedia.  


Hotels, Home rentals, BNBs, Flights, and other Transportation & Tours 

Booking.com connects millions of travelers to memorable experiences, various transportation options, and incredible places to stay – from homes to hotels and much more. It is one of the world’s largest travel marketplaces for established brands and entrepreneurs of all sizes. It is our preferred booking site.


The leading marketplace for travel experiences,

Viator believes that making memories is what travel is all about. And with 300,000+ experiences to explore—everything from simple tours to extreme adventures (and all the niche, interesting stuff in between)—making memories that will last a lifetime has never been easier. We use them often during our travels and love their liberal cancellation policy.

Wanderers Compass Amazon Storefront

An excellent source for all travel essentials and guides.

Amazon is one of the most comprehensive online shopping sources in the world. Teams worldwide provide lower prices, better selection, and rapid delivery on behalf of customers. They offer a vast inventory, and their 1.7 million small and medium businesses worldwide selling on Amazon.com offer extensive options to customers.


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  • Ras Bahadur Rai
    June 25, 2023 at

    Thank you for sharing this insightful and engaging blog post. It has certainly fueled my desire to visit Monaco and explore its enchanting attractions.

    • Joelle
      June 25, 2023 at

      Thank you very much and we sincerely appreciate you taking the time to comment. Make sure to drop by Eze while there, it is so special.


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