The Mediterranean Sea takes centre stage in Monaco and residents enjoy an international yachting community with berths at Port de Fontvieille and Port Hercule. Between these two, set high on a rocky outcrop, are the cobbled streets of the medieval Old Town, home to the Grimaldi family since the 13th century.
A perennial highlight is the walk via the Rampe Major from the Place d’Armes to the Prince’s Palace, while the acclaimed Oceanographic Museum rises impressively from the water’s edge. In addition, the Principality hosts an array of annual events, such as the Monte-Carlo Rally, Red Cross Ball and Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo that form part of Monaco’s sophisticated social calendar.
The Principality’s beautiful mountain backdrop is a popular hiking destination, while the Grande Corniche road between Monaco and Nice affords panoramic views over Monaco and the Mediterranean Sea. Close to the Italian and French Rivieras, Monaco is just an hour’s drive to local ski resorts, and only a seven-minute helicopter flight to Nice International Airport.