The political map of Monaco shows the international boundaries along with the major attractions of the country.
Geography of Monaco
Monaco is the 2nd smallest sovereign country worldwide after Vatican City. Situated on the Mediterranean Coast, the country is a highly rugged, rocky, and hilly nation and almost the entire Monaco is urban. The higher most point in Monaco is Mont Agel that rises to 140m (459 ft.). The only neighboring country of Monaco is France and it is situated near the Italian border. Interestingly, the signs of settlements of the Stone Age in Monaco are stored in the territory’s Museum displaying ancient Anthropology. During ancient days, the cliff was popular among the Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, and Carthaginians.
Demography of Monaco
The total population of Monaco as per the UN data is 39,300, as of Sept 2020, which is equal to 0.0005% of the overall population of the world. Monaco’s density of population is 26337/SqKm on the overall landmass of 1SqKm and the entire 100% of the total population is urban in Monaco. The official language of Monaco is French; while English, Monégasque and Italian are also widely spoken. The literacy rate in the country is 99%. The government-held healthcare system offers superior quality health facilities to its citizens. Life expectancy at birth is 81 years for females and 74 years for males and the infant mortality rate is approximately 7deaths/1000 births.
Culture of Monaco
The culture of Monaco is highly influenced by Italy, Spain, and France. Monaco, an independent city situated on French Riviera, Monaco is also called the ‘Playground of Billionaires’. This mini-state is popular for its casinos, bars, abundant wealth, and fashionable events including the ‘Yacht Show’ and the ‘Grand Prix’ of Monaco. The state has several restaurants too and the majority of them serve seafood as the main menu. Though the people in Monaco have the liberty of religion; Roman Catholicism is practiced by the majority of people in the country.
Best places to visit in Monaco
Monte Carlo is popular for offering lavishness and comfort to the visitors. The place is quite popular for its natural beauty; it is situated on a peninsula, offering fabulous views of Monaco’s Port and the seaside sight of ‘Place du Casino’.
Palais du Prince
The Prince’s Citadel and the oldest monarchy, Palais du Prince is one of the best places to visit in Monaco. You can take a trip to the Palace when the regal clan is away. Inside the Palace, you will see an Italiante galleria with murals of the 15th century; the Mazarin Room paneled in wood; the Blue Room, covered in gold and blue, and the ‘Throne Apartment’ with its king-size fireplace of Renaissance.
The Musée Oceanographique
The Musée Oceanographique is situated Le Rocher, around 90m above the sea level. Specially made by Prince Albert-I in 1910, the Musée is the oldest aquarium in the world and popular for its exhibitions on marine science and oceanography. There are nearly 3 aquariums with approx. 6 thousand samples in approx. 100 pools. You will also enjoy Turtle Island and the Touch Tank, where you can come face to face with the sea urchin, baby shark, and other marine animals.
Situated on a Cliffside in Monaco, the Jardin Exotique de Monaco is a botanical park with plush vegetation and overwhelming sights of the sea. Humid plants flourish here because of the consistent temperate climate. You will even find nearly 7 thousand types of succulents and different species from Africa, Mexico, and others. Opened in 1933, you would also find an ‘Observatory Cave’ with humorous pillars and spikes. If you are keen to know about history, a tour to the ‘Anthropology Museum’ will make you aware of the prehistoric era and people that lived in caves in ancient days.
The best time to visit Monaco is in April and October as the weather is pleasant then.