Monaco is a fine example of great things coming in small packages. Sitting between France and the Mediterranean coast, it’s officially the second smallest country behind the Vatican and the glitz and glamour capital of the world.

It’s has been called the millionaire’s playground of Europe and the city of Monte Carlo is synonymous with the highlife. Taking the thrilling street at race at the “Spiritual home of Formula One”; pop a bottle of bubby on the deck of a yacht, take the legendary Grand Casino and the Opera de Monte Carlo.

For shopping and dining this is a European city in a league of its own with hosts of Michelin restaurants and high-end boutiques lining the harbour and backstreets.

The harbour is stunning and it hardly needs to be said that one of the best ways to enjoy the view is while sipping a glass of champagne from one of many waterfront cafes.

Monaco also offers a range of things to do including the world-class aquarium, Musee Oceanographique, or the modern art exhibition at the Villa Paloma. The exotic gardens and the Monaco Cathedral are also highly recommended.

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Time difference: GMT (UTC+1)

Capital Monaco

Main Language: French

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Best time to go: March to May and September to November