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An independent city-state west of the French Côte d'Azur, the Principality of Monaco is the playground of Europe's celebrities and idle rich. They are drawn by the sun, glamorous lifestyle and, most importantly, tax-free income, not to mention being in close proximity to one of the world's most publicised and famous Royal families. There are more millionaires per capita in this, the world's most densely populated country, than anywhere else, but true 'Monagasques' make up only about 15 percent of the population in a country that is jam-packed with opulence, wealth and the world's most expensive real estate.


As anyone who has seen the legendary Grand Prix will know, Monaco and its unofficial capital Monte-Carlo (the country doesn't actually have a capital) aren't as good looking as its sleek residents and visitors; most of the buildings are unattractive monstrosities, and the tiered urban jungle is cut off from the shoreline by sweeping roads: the roads on which Formula 1 racing cars screech during the annual Grand Prix in the second week of May each year.


Monaco has a suitably glamorous history: disguised as a Franciscan monk, Francois Grimaldi reclaimed a fortress on the Rock of Monaco from a rival Italian bloc in 1297, giving the country its name, which is derived from the word monk. The country soon became a major port and prospered, and when Lord Honore II took power in 1604, he declared himself a Prince - a tradition that remains today. Later, Monaco was annexed by France, but the Grimaldis soon regained their power and in the late 1800s, in order to restore wealth to the country, Prince Charles III created the Societe des Bains de Mer, consisting of a casino, some hotels and a theatre, from which sprung today's glittering Monte-Carlo area.


If its open spaces you are seeking, go elsewhere (apart from a few ornate parks there is little to enjoy); likewise, if your wallet is light, stay away, unless you want to try your luck at filling it in Monaco's landmark Roccoco Casino. However, if you want see and be seen, and rub cloaks with royalty, then Monaco is the place to be.


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Entry Requirements


- For Australians - Australian nationals do not require a visa for stays of up to one month; a valid passport is required.

- New Zealand nationals do not require a visa for stays if up to three months; a valid passport is required.

- US nationals do not require a visa for stays of up to three months; a valid passport is required.

- US nationals do not require a visa for stays of up to three months; a valid passport is required.

- UK nationals do not require a visa for stays of up to three months; a valid passport is required.


Monaco Holidays - Currency of Monaco


The unit of currency is the Euro, divided into 100 cents. Money can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change or hotels; bank hours are usually 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm Monday to Friday, although the Credit Foncier de Monaco near the Casino is open daily from 12pm to 11pm including holidays. Travellers cheques (US$ are the preferred currency) are not widely accepted and should be exchanged at banks or bureaux de change. All major credit cards are widely accepted


Monaco Telephone Access Codes and Communications


The international access code for Monaco is +377. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom). Mobile phone coverage is excellent and roving agreements exist with most international mobile companies (it is best to check with phone providers). Internet cafes are common.


Monaco Duty Free Allowances & Restrictions


Currency must be declared on arrival, but passengers are allowed 400 cigarettes, 1 litre of liquor and a reasonable amount of perfume for personal use.


Monaco Holidays & Packages- Tipping Information


Most hotels and restaurants add a service charge, but tipping extra for excellent service is appreciated. Porters/valets usually expect a tip. It is not necessary to tip taxi drivers, as they are self-employed.


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