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LIFE IN 
MONACO

There are many positive reasons to live in Monaco, from its priviliged location in the Mediterrenean to its wonderful outdoor lifestyle:

SECURITY

With the highest per-capita concentration of Police and CCTV in the world, the physical safety of Monaco for individuals and their possessions is second to none. Street crime is also extremely rare, paparazzi are outlawed and other forms of crime are virtually non-existant. 

Many Monaco Residents have chosen the Principality for this freedom and safety the country provides.

CENTRAL EUROPEAN LOCATION

Whilst Monaco does not have an airport of its own, Nice airport is only a 25 minute drive (or 7 minute helicopter ride) away. This international airport is the second busiest in France serving 104 destinations in 35 countries with direct daily flights to global hubs such as Paris, London, Geneva,, Zurich and New York. Monaco's train station also gives access to all of France's rail network and is a gateway to Italy.

LIFESTYLE

With a temperate Mediterainan climate and over 300 days of sunshine per year, Monaco's weather helps facilitate a vibrant 'outdoor' lifestyle.

In spite of being a very small country, Monaco offers world class dining, social, cultural and sports scenes. From Michelin starred restaurants, iconic concerts halls and museums to the Monaco Masters Tennis and  Formula 1 Grand Prix - Monaco has something for everyone. 

Being at the heart of the Riviera, Monaco also offers easy access to sailing, beaches, and other water sports and the surrounding mountains offer world class hiking, hunting, cycling and skiing. Additionally, the most scenic and famous sites in both France and Italy are less than half a days drive away.

INFRASTRUCTURE

Monaco enjoys a realiable and modern infrastructure - state of the art "clean energy" public transport, a network of car parking venues and roads that are cleaned every day.

The average daily commute for Residents also working in Monaco is under ten minutes.

SCHOOLING

Monaco has both Public and Privately run nurseries and schools for children between 3 to 18. Click here to see thorough list of establishments in Monaco. There is also the International School of Monaco which will provide an option for those looking for a more international environment. These establishments offer a top class education as evidenced by the very high grades achieved by recent graduates from both systems,
Monaco also boasts the International University of Monaco, focused on business education from bachelors degrees to PhDs.  The surrounding French and Italian regions also contain a multitude of International school and University options such as the International School in Nice.

HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT

The Monaco healthcare system is linked to the French system which has recently been sighted as the top healthcare system in the world. Monaco's Princess Grace hospital and Institute of Sport Medicine and Surgery also ensures Residents are never more than 1.5km from emergency help.  Prince Albert II remains a very vocal International force in relation to global sustainable development.  Monaco is spearheading efforts to create a sustainable energy society that will not only offer the best to its citizens but also to the planet, one example is the fact the Principality has the world's first entirely electric Postal Service delivery fleet.

Districts in Monaco

  • CARRE D'OR (GOLDEN SQUARE) - THE HEART OF MONACO

    The quintessential centre of Monaco, perfect for those wanting to be near the action containing the Casino, Hotel de Pairs, Cafe de Paris and main shopping arcade. "Le Metropole".

    Pros:
    • Shopping, the casino and many great restaurants are on your doorstep. 
    • The beaches and its night life are within walking distance
    • Most buildings offer good views due to the elevation of this sector from the sea. 
    Cons:
    • Tourists prevalent in summer
    • Can be noisy
    • Lack of play areas for children
    Family rating:
    5/10
    Bachelor rating:
    8/10
    Cost per m2:
    10/10
  • JARDIN EXOTIQUE - SWEEPING VIEWS

    Another important residential area in Monaco, Jardin Exotique, is perched on the hills that lead to France. The area tends to be quiet, residential and offers great value for those families looking for more affordable space and comfort. Most buildings have sweeping views of Monaco, plunging onto the Rocher and Port. Whilst the Jardin Exotique area can feel a little more distant from the heart of the Principality,  regular transportation services link to the city centre in less than 10 minutes. 

    Pros:
    • Below average price per square metre.
    • Most buildings offer good views due to the elevation of this sector from the sea. 
    • Outdoor space and parks for children.
    Cons:
    • A distance from the centre of town, nightlife and beaches.
    Family rating:
    8/10
    Bachelor rating:
    5/10
    Cost per m2:
    6/10
  • LARVOTTO - THE BEACHES

    A vibrant area with restaurants, cafés and night life along the beachfront, this district will appeal to those wanting to be close to the action and Carre d'Or. The buildings in the area are also very popular for their beautiful, un-interupted sea views. 

    Pros:
    • The beaches and its restaurants / night life are on your doorstep. 
    • Most buildings offer wonderful sea views. 
    • Good Parking
    Cons:
    • Can be very noisy in summer
    Family rating:
    7/10
    Bachelor rating:
    10/10
    Cost per m2:
    8/10
  • MONACO VILLE (LE ROCHER) - OLD TOWN AND PALACE

    Perched up on the "Rocher" (rock), this is where the Monaco Palace is located. The area has a medieval charm to it, with narrow roads, quaint architercure and a quiet village atmosphere to it. High-rise development is not permitted in Monaco Ville, and properties tend to be old building or villas.

    Pros:
    • Traditional, village feel with beautiful old style buildings and architecture. 
    • The beaches and its night life are within walking distance
    • Most buildings offer good views due to the elevation of this sector from the sea. 
    Cons:
    • Tourists prevalent in summer
    • Limited parking 
    • Older building stock     
    Family rating:
    8/10
    Bachelor rating:
    5/10
    Cost per m2:
    5/10
  • PORt - GRAND PRIX CENTER

    Monaco's main "Port Hercule" offers some great Apartments overlooking one of the most famous Harbours in the world. The Monaco Grand Prix circuit also has it's start / fish line and Pits located along the main Harbour road (Ave Albert 1er). The Port is also the centre for Monaco's busy events programme including the Christmas fair and International Showjumping.  The area contains many restaurants, bars and shops and a perfect blend of residential living and entertainment.

    Pros:
    • Shopping, amenities and nightlife on your doorstep. 
    • Mainly properties have stunning Port views and direct viewing of the Monaco GP.
    • Location of the famous Monaco public swimming pool.
    Cons:
    • Can be noisy during events   
    Family rating:
    6/10
    Bachelor rating:
    8/10
    Cost per m2:
    7/10
  • MONTE-CARLO - THE CITY CENTRE

  • Fontvieille

    Another important residential area in Monaco, Fontvieille, it lies on the Port of Fontvieille, at the border of France. The area tends to be quiet, residential and offers great value for those families looking for more affordable space and comfort. Most buildings have sweeping views of the sea, the Rocher and Port of Fontvieille. Whilst the Fontvieille area can feel a little more distant from the heart of the Principality,  regular transportation services link to the city centre in less than 5 minutes. 

    Pros:
    • Below average price per square metre.
    • Most building are in a tranquil environment.
    • Outdoor space and parks for children.
    Cons:
    • A distance from the centre of town, and nightlife.
    Family rating:
    9/10
    Bachelor rating:
    4/10
    Cost per m2:
    5/10

Hotels In Monaco

  • LE MÉTROPOLE - EXQUISITE CLASSICAL LUXURY

    Located steps from the Casino gardens this hotel offers among the best service in the world. Its classical French architecture nestle a refined and unique setting.

    4,  Avenue de la Madone
    Reservations +377 95 15 15 20

    http://www.metropole.com

     

  • SOCIÉTÉ DES BAINS DE MER 

    The SBM group own and manage the most emblematic properties in Monaco, including the Hotel de Paris in Casino square, the Monte Carlo Beach Hotel and the Monte Carlo Bay in Lavortto among many others.  

    Reservations +377 98 06 25 25

    http://www.montecarlosbm.com/

     

  • LE MÉRIDIEN BEACH PLAZA
    A PRIVATE BEACH IN MONACO

    Located near the Lavortto beaches on Avenue Princess Grace, Le Meridien boasts the Principalities only private beach and offers a relaxed, contemporary atmosphere.

    Reservations +377 93 30 98 80

    http://www.lemeridienmontecarlo.com/

  • COLUMBUS HOTEL
    UNDERSTATED LUXURY

    Located in the Fontvieille district, this hotel is not far from the heliport and benefits from being away from the tourist hotspots. It offers great service in a very zen atmosphere.

    Reservation +377 92 05 92 22

    http://www.columbushotels.com/

Restaurants in Monaco

  • Le Grill - Hotel de Paris - Iconic Carré d'Or

    ​Located at the top floor of the Hotel de Paris, the grill is an iconic Monaco destination with a breath taking view - the roof even opens up to reveal the Mediterrenean sky. It offers a gastronomical mediterrenean menu with one Michelin star in a elegant but relaxed atmosphere.

    Reservations + 377 98 06 88 88

    http://fr.hoteldeparismontecarlo.com/restaurants-bars/le-grill/

  • Avenue 31 - Eclectic in Larvotto​

    In front of the Larvotto beaches, Avenue 31 offers a modern setting with an eclectic menu ranging from sushi to Italian. A warm friendly reception is guaranteed.


    31, Avenue Princesse Grace
    Reservations + 377 97 70 31 31

    www.avenue31.mc

  • Maya Bay - Japanese and Thai food

    The restaurant divides its offering between Japanese and Thai cuisine. The modern Asian inspired decor helps ensure a fantastic atmosphere which is coupled with fantastic service and arguably the best Asian cuisine in the Principality. 

    24, Avenue Princesse Grace
    Reservations + 377 97 70 74 67

    www.mayabay.mc

  • Zelo's - ROOM WITH A VIEW

    The restaurant is at the top of the glass-structured Grimaldi Forum and offers dinners an exceptional sea view from the Carré d'Or to Roquebrune. The interiors are luxuriously designed and the menu includes revisited French dishes - changes into one of Monaco's best nightspots as the evening progresses. 

    10, Avenue Princesse Grace
    Reservations + 377 99 99 25 50

    www.zelosworld.com

  • LA Salière - CLASSIC Italian food by the sea

    Located in the Fontvielle Port, this Italian restaurant has a beautiful view of the Rocher and Palace. Renown for friendly family atmosphere and warm service, La Saliere is a favourite with the locals - the Italian menu is among the best in Monaco.

    14, quai Jean-Charles-Rey
    Reservations + 377 92 05 25 82

    http://www.lasaliere.mc/

  • Mozza - CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN

    Located in a quiet street below Casino Square, Mozza offers diners a fantastic traditional Italian menu. A very modern setting allows for a bustling atmosphere.

    11, rue du Portier
    Reservations + 377 97 70 74 67

    http://www.mozza.mc/

  • Café de Paris - People Watching at Casino Square

    With its big terrace in Casino Square, Café de Paris is the best place to spend an afternoon people watching. A typical French style brasserie, Cafe de Paris has a traditional Parisian-like atmosphere and beautiful Belle Epoque Architecture.
     
    Place du Casino
    Reservations + 377 98 06 76 23

    http://www.montecarlosbm.com/luxury-restaurants/brasseries/

  • Cosmopolitan - International Menu and Warm Welcome

    This wine bar and restaurant is located on a quiet street filled with restaurants. Its unassuming decor and warm welcome offer a great atmosphere. The simple and international menu caters to every taste and nothing is too much for the chef.
     
    17, Rue du Portier
    Reservations + 377 93 25 78 68

    www.zelosworld.com

Nightlife in Monaco

  • JimmY'z - The myth

    Monaco's world famous "Jimmy'z" has been the Principality's most exclusive nightclub for the past 30 years. Great music, fantastic setting and beautiful people...

    Reservations + 377 98 06 70 68.

    jimmyzmontecarlo.com

  • Zelos - Party with a view

    The restaurant /nightclub is at the top of the glass-structured Grimaldi Forum and offers dinners an exceptional sea view from the Carré d'Or to Roquebrune. The interiors are luxuriously designed and the restaurant changes into one of Monaco's best nightspots as the evening progresses. 
     
    10, Avenue Princesse Grace
    Reservations + 377 99 99 25 50

    www.zelosworld.com

  • Sass Café -  MONACO ICON

    The best Monaco nightspot - full stop.

    11, avenue Princesse Grace
    Reservations + 377 93 25 52 00

    www.sasscafe.com