The sun-drenched city-state may only cover a surface area of 2.02km2 but all Monaco districts have their own distinctive characters. Whether you are seeking tranquillity or glitz and glamour, we can help you find the area in Monaco that’s right for you.
This central district is home to 14 per cent of the population and buzzes throughout the year. La Condamine is next to Port Hercules, the Principality’s biggest harbour. It stages several prestigious events and hosts the start and finish line of the Formula One Grand Prix. Stade Nautique Rainier III, the public Olympic swimming pool beside the harbour is transformed into an ice-skating rink in winter. All year round, people shop at the daily food market or enjoy the atmosphere with an aperitif. Numerous restaurants and bars with a permanent Friday night vibe are also located in La Condamine.
Of all Monaco districts, Monte Carlo is the most famous. It is also the most densely populated area, with more than 8,000 residents. The lavish Belle Epoque architecture of the Casino, Hôtel de Paris and Café de Paris line three sides of the Place du Casino, Monte Carlo’s beating heart. One Monte-Carlo, development next to the Hôtel de Paris, is scheduled for completion in early 2019 and will give Monte Carlo a new pedestrian shopping street. Monte Carlo has long been renowned for its prestigious boutiques along the streets of the Carré d’Or (Golden Square).
Monaco’s history began on a rocky headland above the Mediterranean, now known as Monaco-Ville or Le Rocher (the rock). One of the most visited areas of the Principality, it is home to only three per cent of the population. Tourist attractions include the Prince’s palace, the Oceanographic Museum – with its vast collection of sea fauna – Saint Martin Gardens and a cathedral. Pastel-coloured residences line the maze of medieval streets, with shops and restaurants at street level. Le Rocher has its own post office, grocery store, pharmacy and schools and hosts important government buildings.
Fontvieille, the newest Monaco area, stands on a land extension completed in the 1990s. This southernmost district is known as a business centre but the multitude of apartments located here house 12 per cent of the population. The apartment buildings are surrounded by greenery. The Princess Grace Rose Garden, a park and the paths along the sea wall and harbour add to the district’s uncluttered feel. Fontvieille offers a wide choice of restaurants, a shopping centre, several museums and a heliport.
The Jardin Exotique district is perched high up in the northwest of Monaco with stunning views over the Principality and Mediterranean Sea. It is mainly residential and boasts a wide range of properties. Public lifts provide quick, easy access to La Condamine and Fontvieille. In addition to its famous botanical garden and the Princess Grace Hospital, this area has several shops and a school. The Princess Antoinette Park offers sports facilities, play areas and a place for relaxation.
Situated in the northeast of Monaco, bordering Beausoleil and Roquebrune Cap Martin in France, La Rousse is the second most populous district after Monte Carlo. Some of the Principality’s tallest luxury apartment buildings are located here yet ornate historical residences still line some streets. La Rousse hosts the highest percentage of residences in the Principality. Residents appreciate its proximity to shops, the Larvotto beaches and Monte Carlo.
The Larvotto district is best-known for its lively beaches and luxury hotels. A few steps away, the Japanese Garden provides an oasis of calm with its symbolic water features and luxuriant flowers, trees and shrubs. It lies next to the Grimaldi Forum, a dynamic convention centre. In this area that hosts just five per cent of the population, Avenue Princesse Grace is world-famous for its prime residential properties facing the sea.
Les Moneghetti is the northcentral district between Jardin Exotique, La Condamine and Monte Carlo. Its highest point borders the French town Beausoleil. This Monaco area is mostly residential and home to 11 per cent of the population. It stands on terraces across steep slopes overlooking Port Hercules and Monaco-Ville. Many Belle Epoque buildings have survived here and properties range from historical to contemporary apartments. Monaco’s railway station is also located here.