Monaco is both a symbol of luxury and Mediterranean charm.
In addition to an extremely pleasant climate and a location by the sea, the principality offers numerous major tourist sites.
From the racing track (which hosts a Formula 1 Grand Prix) to the casino, including its football stadium, its gardens and its museums, Monaco has various activities to do.
The image of Monaco is also based around the Grimaldi family, who ruled the principality for 700 years!
Since 1910, the Oceanographic Museum of Monacofounded by Prince Albert I of Monaco has revealed the mystery of the sea and ocean to visitors. Its collections explore both the marvels of natural history (shells, shellfish, fish and many other inhabitants of the saltwater setting) and the art of navigation and scientific expeditions.
Collections also include artistic representations of the marine environment and creations based on sea objects serving an aesthetic purpose (mother-of-pearl ornaments, painted shells) and ethnographic prints.
Additionally, theAquariumand its 90 pools allow the public direct contact with water and deep-sea creatures.
Several varieties of lemons are grown in Menton: Santa Theresa, Villa franca, Euréka. The local Menton lemon is rich in acids and essences. Its peel contains a high amount of essential oil.
Au pays du citron, is a story of family and a passion for the Menton lemon. In the heart of the pedestrian shopping area of old Menton, in their boutique and workshop, Sonia and Fabrice Puech transform the Menton lemon into gourmet creations that are an absolute must try!
The famed Promenade des Anglais (the "boardwalk of the English") is the face of Nice for the rest of the world, the city's very own brand image. It's sometimes hard to believe that it was at first a 2-metre wide dirt track along the coast before becoming one of the most sumptuous and famous boardwalks on the planet.
The Promenade des Anglais, known to locals as the Prom', is a grandiose boulevard lined with towering palm trees and vivid flower-beds, beyond which stretches the azure Mediterranean as far as the eye can see…
The Parc Phoenix, on the outskirts of Nice, is spread over 7 hectares. You can find 2,500 species of plants, some reputed to be rare, are conserved in a Mediterranean setting. The 7,000m², 25 metre high tropical greenhouse is one of Europe's largest.
Designed as a place where people and nature can meet, there are around twenty gardens with their own "sounds".
As you visit the park, you will discover:
The astronomical garden: two billion years revealed by the fossil record;
The island of bygone days: plants which have survived for over 8 million years;
The bamboo plantation;
The garden of grasses.
The Phoenix Park is aims to create a new balance and is making increasing room for the wild beauty of the animal kingdom.