Interesting Facts About Monaco

Interesting Facts About Monaco
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Returning home from my short yet unforgettable trip to the tiny little seaside city-state of Monaco. One of three city-states in the world, Monaco is a little independent country that is carved out of French Mediterranean coast. A place made for the super rich. Its harbors lined with super-yachts and its streets are filled with Ferraris and supermodel cops.

Monaco is known for its extravagant casino, beautiful sea views, home of marvelous exotic cars, luxury shopping, and the home to the elite. There is plenty to do when you visit Monaco, here are some of the city's best attractions.

Interesting facts about Monaco

That gorgeous view as soon as you get out of the train station. Monte-Carlo

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Here are some of the fun and interesting facts about Monaco that you should know too:

 1. The World’s Second Smallest Country (next to Vatican City)

Yes, Monaco is a separate country. It was historically linked to France and has close relations which make many people think that it is a part of France. The Principality of Monaco is an independent city state which is bordered by France, Italy, and with one side bordering the Mediterranean Sea.

Interesting facts about Monaco

 

2. Safest place in the world

Do you know that there is one policeman assigned for every 60 residents in Monaco? Amazing isn’t it? Not only that, they have more than 560 CCTV cameras and hidden cameras all over Monaco’s territory thereby ensuring the highest level of security.

Interesting facts about Monaco

Just one of those charming narrow streets in Monaco. 😉

Interesting facts about Monaco

The road going up to the Monaco-Ville.




3. No Tax

Who doesn’t love living in a country with no income taxes? Living in Norway where taxes are sky-high, to me Monaco is an incredible place to be at.

4. A home to 40 Luxury brands

If you are into prestigious brands, then Monte-Carlo is a heaven for you. No wonder many people come to Monaco to shop as all of these luxury brands are gathered in Monte-Carlo, on top of the fact that it is tax-free.

Interesting facts about Monaco

Chanel Monaco, located in Opera Garnier de Monte-Carlo near the Casino Monte-Carlo

interesting facts about Monaco

Interesting facts about Monaco

 

5. No Airport

If you wanna fly over to Monaco using your private jets, sorry there’s no airport in Monaco. But you can go to Monaco via superyachts; there is a yacht-lined harbor, helicopters, and of course for most of us travel with regional trains and buses from Nice, France or Italy.

interesting facts about Monaco

Monaco Harbor

 

Interesting facts about Monaco

Indulging myself with the most glamorous atmosphere of Monte-Carlo.




6. Supermodel Cops and Supermodel Ice Cream sellers

Every time we asked some guards for directions, we noticed that they were all well groomed and one of the guards we asked didn’t want to answer my question without saying “Bonjour” first and he translated it to me as “ Bonjour-Hello”. I learned then that they like it when you say “Bonjour” first before anything else instead of just saying “Excuse me” or Hello”.

The girls in the ice cream stands were pretty and they speak very good English.

Interesting facts about Monaco

Place du Palais, Monaco-Ville

7. No Gambling for their residents, which are called the Monegasque people

The Monte Carlo Casino known as the most popular casino in Europe and of the world is not open to the Monegasque people which are citizens of Monaco including the Royal Family. This is to prevent their citizens from a gambling addiction.

It is also one of the most photographed attractions in Monaco. Every year, more and more people visit Monte Carlo Casino ready to chance their luck and gamble their fortunes.

Interesting facts about Monaco

Place du Casino




8. Stomping ground of popular films

To mention a few: Heartbreaker (2010), The Iron Man II, Grace of Monaco, James Bonds movies such as the Golden Eye and Never Say Never, and more.

Interesting facts about Monaco

The Oceanographic Museum, one of the world's oldest aquariums.

Interesting facts about Monaco

Interesting facts about Monaco

9. Free bus rides on some public holidays!

This you probably don’t know.  We got lucky during our visit in Monaco as it was Whit Monday, a holy day. We were able to ride all the buses that go around all parts of Monaco for FREE.

10. Flag looks the same as Indonesia

They may have different meanings with the colors,  but to me, it looks the same. However, the locals definitely can tell that Indonesian flag is wider.

Interesting facts about Monaco

If you like this kind of article, you can also read my previous post about the things I learned while traveling in Texas.

Thank you for reading! I hope you learn some from these interesting facts about Monaco. Have you been to Monaco? Tell us your experience in the comment below. 😉

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  • It actually seems a bit more modern than I thought it would be. I would love to visit one day

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Oh, they are! Much more than other European countries. I’m pretty sure you’ll love it there. 😉

  • Jen At Dapperhouse

    I learned so much from your article! It sounds like a safe and fun place that I would li,e to add to my travel list. YAY!

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Thanks Jen! I’m glad you learn from it. 😉 It’s easy to get to Monaco when you’re already in France, so try to get to Monaco when you can. 😉

  • What a lovely sounding place Monaco sounds like and how amazing they have 1 policeman for every 60 people!

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Yeah right?! Very safe and no trouble unless you caused one LOL, just amazing! 😉

      • Haha not sure I would want to cause any with that many police around 😉 x

  • Cassie Liz

    It’s such a fascinating place! I visited Monaco a few years back and thought it was absolutely beautiful!

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Indeed! I am still fascinated everytime I think of Monaco. There’s that special feeling you don’t get to experience anywhere else.

  • tara pittman

    The sea views are awesome. What a pretty place to visit.

    • Crizzy Kiss

      I agree! 😉 Everything there was awesome to me!

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    I have always wanted to go to Monaco. It looks so beautiful there. I would love to go and explore.

    • Crizzy Kiss

      You will make it there someday! Perhaps when you visit France, do a side trip to Monaco.

  • I recently watched a little news segment about Monaco. The little country sounds like an amazingly safe place to visit!

    • Crizzy Kiss

      I heard about those documentaries too about Monaco but I’ve never really had the time to watch them. It would be interesting to watch it though. 😍

  • foundfrolicking

    I must admit I know next to nothing about Monaco. But it sounds and looks absolutely amazing! Thank you for sharing so many details and photos from your lovely trip!!!

  • Donna

    I’ve been there twice and it’s just fabulous! Interesting to know it’;s such a safe place!

  • Little Steps

    Would love to visit too. I’ve never been. There’s something so glamorous about Monaco 😉

  • Athena Nagel

    I love these facts. A great way to learn more about our world. I have never been there but it looks awesome.

  • Noviaty Husain

    It’s my dream to go there. Wish it could be

    • Crizzy Kiss

      You will definitely make it there too, someday! 😍

  • Jacqui Odell

    The view and buildings look amazing! I would love to visit sometime.

  • Wow, I learned a lot about Monaco from this! I never realized that their residents couldn’t gamble. Very interesting.

  • Looks like you have lots of fun!This place sounds like a nice place to visit. I like that Monaco is safe for tourists and there’s so many interesting things to see

  • Alayna

    It may be very small, but it sure is beautiful! Definitely on my travel bucket list!

  • Doran

    Monaco looks like a very beautiful and interesting place to visit! I hope you enjoyed yourself! Xx-Doran @HauteBeautyGuide

  • Monaco and Monte Carlo are absolutely breathtaking. It was one of the port stops on a cruise I took a few years ago and I was just amazed by the beauty.

  • Adaleta Avdic

    Wow this is very cool, I love learning facts. I think monaco is so beautiful

  • Rebecca Swenor

    It sounds like you had a wonderful time in Monaco. I would love to visit here some day and find it interesting that is an independent city state. This is awesome and interesting information about Monaco. Thanks for sharing the information and your experiences.

  • zengrrl

    That’s interesting that the locals aren’t allowed within the casino. I suppose they make enough money off the tourists. LOL

  • Ana Ojha

    I didn’t know that Monaco is the safest place in the world. Your pictures speak for itself how beautiful it is!