The small Principality of Monaco has only 2 square kilometers of land with about 36,000 inhabitants. The tax paradise lives from the glamor of the monarchy, from gambling and tourism. Although Monaco is so small there are 3 different parts of the city. The old town of Monaco is on a rock above the harbor and is a small village with cute houses. The Quartier du Port is located on the harbor and consists mainly of boring hotel towers built in the 1970s. Monte Carlo serves the jet set cliché with casino and luxury boutiques.



Palais du Prince

On the rock "Le Rocher" sits the palace of the Prince of Monaco. At 11:55 the changing of guards is celebrated in front of the palace. The complex evolved from an ancient fortress of the Genoese merchants. 

Port de Monaco

Luxury yachts of the super-rich jetset bob in the sun of Monaco harbour while some billionaires shows that they can also afford an extravagant automobile. The "tax haven" Monaco is a safe port for the international money aristocracy. 

Casino Monte Carlo

The world's most famous casino was built in 1878 by Charles Garnier the famous architect also built the Opera Garnier in Paris. The crowd in front of the Casino is always waiting for celebrities and billionaires to pass by. Everyone here can feel like James Bond or Grace Kelly for a moment. 


The former Antioplis was a Greek colony and is one of the oldest cities at the Côte d'Azur. A historic relic is the beautiful old town of Antibes. The place became famous by Picasso, who had his studio here. Today the palace is the Picasso Museum.



Boulevard de la Croisette

The boulevard on the Bay of Cannes is one of the most beautiful boulevards in the world. During the "Cannes Film Festival" La Croisette is the red carpet for movie stars around the world.


Boulevard de la Croisette, Cannes



The small fishing village was known by Brigitte Bardot, the famous French actress moved to Saint-Tropez in the 1960s. Since then, expensive yachts frolic in the small harbor. Tourists sit in the cafes and hope to spot a "celebrity" while siping an overpriced drink. Saint-Tropez is a nice small town like many others at the Cote d'Azur. 

Map Cote d'Azur


Sights at the Cote d'Azur