The Principality of Monaco is a small but sovereign nation on the French Riviera, about eight miles from Nice, France. The population of about 35,000 or so enjoys brilliant weather with warm and dry summers on the Mediterranean Sea coast. For visitors, Monaco is an opportunity to get a taste of the lifestyles of the rich and the famous. You can bet your life savings in the historic 1893 Monte Carlo Casino or splurge in the upscale boutiques outside. Tourists may get a car for hire in Monaco and visit attractions in the four quarters in Monaco, including Monte Carlo, Monaco-Ville, La Condamine, and Fontvieille.
The highlight of your visit to Monaco is unquestionably going to be the magnificent Monte Carlo Casino. The grand old building and the opera house from 1893 were exquisitely designed by Charles Garnier. The casino is just as much an architectural attraction as it is a place of entertainment. They have a very strict dress-code, and you have to pay an entrance fee to get into the gaming rooms. If you happen to be here during the F1 Grand Prix, then you can find yourself a prime viewing spot as the cars race around the twists and turns on Monte Carlo's streets. Another thing Monte Carlo is famous for is shopping. Get a car for rent in Monaco and let your inner shopaholic run amok. The shops in the Place du Casino and the Golden Circle include every possible name in the world of high-end fashion. It can be window shopping if you do not want to max out your cards.
Monaco-Ville is the old city, where you will find the Monaco Cathedral from 1875. The cathedral has some sentimental value, considering it is the final resting place of Monaco's beloved Prince Rainier and Princess Grace. Other attractions you must visit in Monaco-Ville including the Prince's Palace and the magnificent royal car collection. Do not miss the Oceanographic Museum from 1901, spectacularly perched on the edge of a sheer cliff.
La Condamine is the waterfront area, and includes the port and harbor. You can marvel at the kind of yachts and luxury ships that are docked at the marina, and visit attractions such as the Condamine Market. If you are not done shopping yet, then a visit to the Rue Princess Caroline Pedestrian Mall may be just the ticket for hours and hours of browsing without blowing a hole in your budget.
You can spend a lifetime in Monaco lost in the opulence of the casino and the shops and the adrenalin rush of the F1 cars burning rubber on the streets, not to mention the beauty of splendid gardens such the Jardin Exotique, Fontvieille Park and the Princess Grace Rose Garden. But if you can tear yourself away from all this, book your car rental in Monaco right now and plan for a French Riviera coastal drive from Monaco to Eze, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Nice, and then Cannes.
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