• Select your destination



    Invalid Input

     

Monaco

 

Monaco is a miniature sliver hammered into the southern coast of French, its only land bordering neighbor. It also shares a coastline with the Mediterranean Sea. The principality only covers 1.98 sq. km of land in total, and almost all of it is urbanized. Monaco is the second smallest country on the planet, after the Vatican and it is Europe’s second most densely populated.  While Monaco is an independent country, France takes the responsibility for its national defense.

The country’s most secured and defendable ancient fort was situated on the The Rock or Le Rocher. An ancestor of the current ruling family, Francois Grimaldi gained entrance by masking as a monk and hiding a sword under his robe. Later, he opened the gates for his followers and captured the stronghold. The House of Grimaldi has been ruling the land ever since 1297.

Monaco is home to two ports. The smaller port is known as Port de Fontvieille and has been operational since 1970 and a larger port, Port Hercule. Greek historians claim that Hercules travelled through the settlement on The Rock during his journeys, hence the name. The port is also the location of scenes in the 1995 James Bond movie “GoldenEye”. Palace of The Sovereign Prince is also located on the Rock.

Visitors are attracted to Monaco due to its glamour, casinos and no taxes. The current ruler, Prince Albert II is the son of Prince Rainier III and the glamorous American movie actress Grace Kelly.

Fast Facts

Official Name:    Principality of Monaco

Capital:     Monaco-Ville  

Government:     Constitutional Monarchy and Principality

Total area:      0.8 sq mi (2.0 sq km)

Monetary Unit:       Euro

Official language:     French, Italian and English widely spoken

Calling code:      +377

Ethnic groups:      French, English and Italian

Religion:      Roman Catholicism

 

Before you take off

Please contact us if you believe information on this page is incorrect, misleading or offensive, or if something important is missing.

The International Wanderer aims to provide you with up to date and accurate information. However, content is submitted by writers/wanderers from all over the globe. Sometimes we will get it wrong. Furthermore, working holiday and other visa opportunities and requirements (or numbers allocated) may change. New working holiday agreements are constantly being negotiated between countries. We suggest that you contact the nearest consulate or embassy of the country you wish to visit to ensure you have the most recent and accurate information. For further information about this website see our Terms & Conditions.