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The second smallest country in the world is just a speck on the southern coast of France. But, it does have more than its share of natural beauty and this sovereign city-state is buzzing with fun and full-on indulgence. So, if you are looking for a stimulating mix of elegant Europe and unabashed fun, Monaco is a must-visit indeed. At the southern tip of France, lies this cute and lavish piece of paradise that is known as the international banking centre that guards the client’s privacy well.
This state has 9 wards, which were three municipalities at one point of time. Like the other small countries, it is too small to have cities or metropolises. So, begin with the most glamorous one; Monte Carlo; honours the historical prince “Charles III of Monaco”. This is the place where your groove gets going with the sheer splash of beauty and indulgence. In spite of its historic appeal, this is the capital of “now”. Then, visit Monaco-Ville, which has the royal grandeur and serene beauty. The last stop in the itinerary will be La Condamine.
Gamble in the Monte Carlo Casino and catch the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix, if you are a racing fan. Watch the opera in Monaco Opera house. Oceanographic museum in Monte Carlo is worth the visit too. Next up, explore Monaco-Ville, where you can check out Monaco Cathedral and Saint Martin Garden. Guided tours of Palais Princier (Prince’s Palace) have breath-taking views and unique collections too. From throne room to chapel, every single element in this palace resonates with history and car lovers will be in awe of the prince’s car collection.
The cuisine of Monaco is a true blend of French and Italian cuisines. Its Mediterranean character is unmistakably obvious with sea food, fresh veggies, rice and olive oil. The local variety of pasta, Barbagiuan; local rice and pumpkin stuffed pastry, local pancakes; Socca, Fougasse and Pan Bagnat are the authentic delicacies worth a try. But, one dish that you must taste before leaving the country is Stocafi; the national dish with cod in a tomato sauce mixed with herbs and olives. It is the part of local festive cuisine that will revamp your culinary experience.
During summer, you can just take the water sports head on. The azure blue waters of the Monaco beach are so inviting. Aren’t they perfect for water-skiing, parasailing, wind surfing, yachting, fishing and scuba diving. However, swimming on the private beaches of Monaco or going on a luxury yacht is a true mark of luxury. The 18-course golf course in Monte Carlo looks as prim and ready during summer as the ski slopes in the winter.
The pristine beauty of this country can turn into a far more expensive affair than you hoped if there are any health issues or travel issues during the trip. So, don’t forget to take travel insurance. It is the best way to ensure safe and fun trip.
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