The Principality of Monaco is a small sovereign state located on the Mediterranean Sea, tucked between the French and Italian Rivieras. Monaco is a constitutional monarchy under the rule of the Grimaldi family since 1297. The head of state, since 2005, is Prince Albert II. The Principality of Monaco stretches over 0.77 square miles, of which nearly 100 acres were recovered from the sea. Monaco lies on a narrow coastal strip, rising vertically upwards with its highest point at 206 feet. Its width varies between .65 miles and a mere 382 yards. Its coastline is 2.5 miles long.
The climate is Mediterranean – mild in winter and hot in summer, with many days or sunshine. French is the official language but English and Italian are widely spoken. Monaco is part of the Eurozone. A 21st century restaurant renaissance continues in the Principality of Monaco.
Worthy of the greatest European capitals, the Principality’s cultural entities offer diverse and high quality programs throughout the year while Monaco museums hold unique and original exhibitions. Its calendar boasts over 800 international events per year and it is home to world class hotels.