Squeezed into just 200 hectares, this confetti principality might be the world’s second-smallest country (the Vatican is smaller), but what it lacks in size it makes up for in attitude. Glitzy, glam and screaming hedonism, Monaco is truly beguiling.
Although a sovereign state, the principality's status is unusual. It is not a member of the European Union, yet it participates in the EU customs territory (meaning no border formalities crossing from France into Monaco) and uses the euro as its currency.
Best places to stay in Monaco
Expensive experiences, cheaper alternatives
The world’s most iconic travel experiences don’t usually come cheap – but sometimes there are real alternatives. Here are some ideas for the budget-conscious, and expert advice on whether it’s actually worth paying the price for some of these bucket-list classics. 1.
Monaco destination guides
Tiny countries that pack a big punch
Size isn't everything. Here are ten of the smallest countries in the world. Some of them are rarely visited, except by travellers collecting visa stamps. Most are islands, often far flung.
French Riviera Small Group Day Trip from Nice
From Monte Carlo to Cannes you'll see all the fabulous towns of the French Riviera on this small-group day trip from Nice. You’ll delight in the scenic drive along the famous Mediterranean coastal road, as the sparkling blue sea shines, dotted with white yachts.
Monaco and Eze Small Group Day Trip from Nice
Spend a day on the beautiful French Riviera with a small-group day trip from Nice to Monaco and Eze. See the changing of the guard at the palace in Monte Carlo, do a lap of Monaco's famous Formula One Grand Prix and take a perfumery tour in Eze. With your minivan transport taken care of, you can sit back and relax on the scenic drive.
9 iconic sporting events
The sporting world, with its heroes and symbols, is a massive travel draw. While major international events dominate world headlines, it's often the national competitions that fuel the most passion.