Monaco is an incredibly small country, but despite this, it is known throughout the world as the best resort on the Cote d’Azur. Almost all of the country’s activities are related to tourism and this is its main income. At the very coast of the sea, there are high-rise buildings near which villas are buried in greenery. It is surprising that in such a small area of the country there are many parks and green spaces, which occupy about 20% of the entire area of Monaco. Rest in this place is difficult to compare with something else, the cleanest beaches with warm water near which there are many entertainment venues will allow you to relax to the maximum at any time of the day. In addition, Monaco is known for its city of Monte Carlo, which is also called the European Las Vegas. For lovers of excitement, this is a real paradise, as the city hosts Europe’s largest casino complex. According to archaeologists. The first settlements on this land appeared in 900 BC. Thanks to such a long age, this small country is one big museum.
Geography of Monaco
According to extrareference, the Principality of Monaco lies on a small coastal strip near the Franco-Italian border. On land, the Principality borders on France, and in the south it is washed by the Mediterranean Sea. The area of the country is only 200 hectares. The capital of the principality is Monaco-Ville.
The area of Monaco is 1.98 km. sq., occupies the 234th place in the world by area.
The national currency is the euro (EUR).
The official language is French.
Visa to Monaco
Russian citizens need a visa to visit the Principality of Monaco. For this purpose, both a French and a Schengen visa may be suitable. The visa must be obtained on the basis of an invitation at the French Consulate, as there is no representation of Monaco in Russia. To apply for a visa, you will need insurance in the amount of at least 30 thousand dollars, a passport and round-trip tickets. Usually, the period for issuing a visa takes no more than 2 weeks. If one parent and a child are flying to Monaco, then you must have a birth certificate and a power of attorney from the parent remaining in Russia.
Weather in Monaco
The climate in this small area is Mediterranean. In summer it is warm and dry, and in winter it rains, but just as warm. Due to its special location at the foot of the Alps, Monaco enjoys sunshine almost all year round. In July the temperature is +22 +23 C, and in January +10 +11. Frosts are extremely rare. Precipitation is no more than 600 mm per year, mainly in January-February. Accordingly, it is best to visit the country in the summer months.
Currency exchange in Monaco
As of September 2011, the national currency rate is 1 USD = 0.71 EUR. The national currency is the euro. Banks are open from Monday to Friday, working from 09.00 to 16.30 with a lunch break 12.00-14.00. The exchange is made in special exchange offices at banks, as well as in hotels, the railway station and the international airport in Nice. Paying with credit cards and traveler’s checks is no problem.
220V/50Hz (European sockets).
90% of the inhabitants of the Principality of Monaco are Catholics, the state has its own Catholic bishop. In second place is the Protestant church. According to the constitution, the country has freedom of religion.
The police system in Monaco is one of the best in the world. Everywhere there are police officers who can be dressed both in uniform and in civilian clothes. The police officer has the right at any time to search the personal belongings of a suspicious person, search a car, hotel room or apartment. Due to the high coherence of the work of the local police. The crime rate in the country is extremely low.
It is mandatory to have international health insurance. First aid is free, but subsequent treatment is paid and very expensive. Payment is by invoice. Medical workers are qualified and technically equipped.