This article originally appeared in the May 2017 issue of So Scottsdale! magazine.
Monaco is a postcard-sized country poised on the Mediterranean coast. As a luxurious retreat surrounded by the French Alps, France and Italy, it’s known for royalty, fast cars, expensive yachts, fine dining high-end shopping and breathtaking settings.
American usually known Monaco for Princess Grace, the Monte Carlo Casino and the Grand Prix. All of that and so much more is waiting to discover. The tiny municipality is walkable—it takes about 45 minutes to stroll from one end to the other—or you can hop in a taxi.
Monaco is tiny but diverse; although home to only 32,000 permanent residents, the population represents more than 120 countries. As you wander through the shops and streets, you will hear many different languages spoken. Though French is the official language, English and Italian are prevalent almost everywhere.
The Grand Prix de Monaco
Oe of the most popular events is the Grand Prix de Monaco, held each May throughout the streets. Visitors watch from bleachers along the streets, hotel terraces, yachts and other vantage points throughout town.
You can get a great view from Nikki Beach at the Fairmont Monte Carlo, where you can watch the cars go through the curves and in and out of the tunnels.