Top Ten Monegasque Attractions

Top Ten Monegasque Attractions

       Monaco is a sovereign city state on the French Riviera. It is bordered on three sides by its neighbor, France, and its center is about 16 km (9.9 mi) from Italy. Its area is 1.98 square km (0.76 sq mi) with a population of 35,986 (2011) and is the most densely populated country in the world. Monaco boasts the world’s highest GDP nominal per capita at $151,630 and has the highest HDI (Human Development Index) at 0.946. Monaco also has the world’s highest life expectancy at almost 90 years and the lowest Unemployment rate at 0%. With about 40,000 workers who commute from France and Italy each day. After a recent expansion of Port Hercule Monaco’s total area is 2.05 square km (0.79 sq mi), with new plans to extend the district of Fontvieille, with land reclaimed from the Mediterranean Sea. Monaco is a principality governed under a form of constitutional monarchy, with Prince Albert II as head of state. The House of Grimaldi has ruled Monaco, with brief interruptions, since 1297. The state’s sovereignty was officially recognized by the Franco-Monegasque Treaty of 1861. Despite Monaco being independent and pursuing its own foreign policy course, its national defense is the responsibility of France. Citizens of Monaco are called Monacans, while Monegasque is the proper term for describing someone who was born in Monaco.

  1. La Condamine

    La Condamine is the 2nd oldest district in Monaco, after Monaco-Ville. It is known for its distinctive wide harbor and moored expensive yachts.
  2. Monte Carlo

    Monte Carlo is an administrative area of the Principality of Monaco. Monte Carlo is widely known for its casino and its prominence. The permanent population is about 15,000 in Quarter. Monte Carlo quarter includes not only Monte Carlo proper where the Le Grand Casino is located, it also includes the neighborhoods of Saint-Michel, Saint-Roman/Tenao, and the beach community of Larvotto. It is also one of Monaco’s 10 wards with a population of 3,500. It borders the French town of Beausoleil (sometimes referred to as Monte-Carlo-Supérieur).
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  3. The Monte Carlo Casino

    The Monte Carlo Casino is a gambling and entertainment complex located in Monte Carlo, Monaco. It includes a casino, the Grand Théâtre de Monte Carlo, and the office of Les Ballets de Monte Carlo. The Monte Carlo Casino is owned and operated by the Société des bains de mer de Monaco, a public company in which the Monaco government and the ruling family have a majority interest. The company also owns the principal hotels, sports clubs, foodservice establishments, and nightclubs throughout Monaco.
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  4. Monaco-Ville

    Monaco-Ville is one of Monaco’s administrative divisions located on a rocky headland that extends into the Mediterranean Sea. It is one of the four traditional quarters of Monaco, the others being La Condamine, Monte Carlo and Fontvieille. However, in modern administrative terms it is one of ten wards. Therefore, Monaco-Ville is neither a town nor the capital of Monaco for which Monaco-Ville is erroneously taken by some people. Monaco-Ville has estimated population of 1,151.
  5. Fontvieille

    Fontvieille is the newest of the four traditional quarters (districts) in the principality of Monaco, and one of ten Wards for modern administrative purposes. It is located in the western part of Monaco. New plans exist to extend Fontvieille, due to Monaco’s growing economy and population.
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