Is Monaco a country? A guide to this spectacular destination

Where-Is-MonacoWhether by land or sea, Travellers along the famous Cote d’Azur may pause for a moment as they approach one particularly glamorous locale and ask themselves, “Is Monaco a country?”. Or perhaps they are so taken in by the extraordinary natural beauty of the area that they ask themselves, “Where is Monaco?”. The answers to both of these questions are straightforward and easy. Let’s explore.

Is Monaco a country?

The sovereign Principality of Monaco is the second-smallest country in the world.

While historically Monaco was part of France, in 1215, it became a colony of Genoa, Italy. Some 80 years later, the Grimaldi family settled in Monaco, and their ancestors have controlled the principality for 723 years.

Though France surrounds it, Monaco is not officially part of France.  The principality gained its independence in a treaty signed in 1861 when France guaranteed Monaco’s sovereignty.

Monaco’s border with France is open, and travellers freely cross between the two countries, whether for business or pleasure. The principality tops many lists as the wealthiest, safest, cleanest and most glamorous destination on the French Riviera. For these reasons and more, many choose to invest or buy property in this storied locale.

Where is Monaco?

Along the Côte d’Azur, the Principality of Monaco is between Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and Menton and is very close to the Italian Riviera. It is 8 kilometres west of the Italian border, on the Mediterranean Sea. and 15 kilometres east of Nice, France.

It’s easy to reach Monaco from the Nice-Cote d’Azur airport or by high-speed train from France. For those arriving by superyacht, Monaco offers accessible deepwater ports.

Why Monaco?

Once you’ve answered the questions “Is Monaco a country?” and “Where is Monaco?”, don’t hesitate to visit (long – or short-term) one of the world’s premier luxury destinations. Spend some time and take full advantage of the glorious Mediterranean climate, acclaimed Michelin-starred restaurants, the historic Monte-Carlo Casino and superior five-star hotels.

Is-Monaco-A-CountryThe principality has a global reputation for its commitment to the environment, evident in its lush, natural landscaping, eco-friendly residential and commercial buildings, and emphasis on sustainability on land and sea.

Don’t miss out on lavish shopping opportunities, in addition to world-renowned events such as the Monaco Yacht Show, the F1 Grand Prix, the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters tennis tournament, and the elegant Rose Ball, as well as a major jazz festival and numerous concerts.

Now that you know where Monaco is and its status as a country, why not consider Monaco properties for sale? Buying a second home or buying a permanent residence, whether a spacious penthouse or a stunning apartment or villa on the water’s edge, is an excellent investment. Many residences feature spacious terraces with exceptional views, security services, private fitness areas, swimming pools, and parking. And, finally, the principality is known for its tax advantages: No personal income tax and low business tax.

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