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Monaco

Background

Monaco

The Genoese built a fortress on the site of present day Monaco in 1215. The current ruling Grimaldi family first seized temporary control in 1297, and again in 1331, but were not able to permanently secure their holding until 1419. Economic development was spurred in the late 19th century with a railroad linkup to France and the opening of a casino. Since then, the principality's mild climate, splendid scenery, and gambling facilities have made Monaco world famous as a tourist and recreation center.

About

The principality of Monaco or the city-state Monaco lies in between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea, bounded by the French Riviera to the west and the Italian Riviera to the east.

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MonacoHERMITAGE 

Square Beaumarchais
Monte Carlo 98000
Monaco

Price (US$): $430 - $9908 / night

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9th 19th December 2012 Les Thermes Marins Monte Carlo will be closed for a scheduled renovation and general pool cleaning. KEY SELLING POINTS. STUNNING VIEWS OF MONTE CARLO HARBOR AND THE MEDITERRANEAN HISTORIC PALACE HOTEL BUILT IN 1900 CLASSIC BELLE EPOQUE ARCHITECTURE ACCESS TO ALL OF SBM RESORT FACILITIES, INCLUDING A WORLD CLASS SPA, HEALTH CLUB, TENNIS CLUB, GOLF COURSE AND BEACH CLUB WITH OLYMPIC SIZE OUTDOOR POOL OPEN SEASONALLY. TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN FACILITIES IS COMPLIMENTARY TO… more »

MonacoHOTEL DE PARIS 

PLACE DU CASINO
MONTE CARLO MC 98000
MONTE CARLO 98000
Monaco

Price (US$): $484 - $3237 / night

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9th 19th December 2012 Les Thermes Marins Monte Carlo will be closed for a scheduled renovation and general pool cleaning. The Hotel de Paris is The epitome of Luxury and elegance: Set directly on the Place du Casino, right across the famous Casino de Monte Carlo, it is the ideal place to stay and enjoy Monte Carlo at its best. With its two Michelin starred restaurants, the world famous Louis XV Alain Ducasse and the Grill set on the eighth floor of the hotel with magical views of the stars… more »

MonacoHotel Metropole, Monte Carlo 

4, Avenue de la Madone
Bp 19
Monte Carlo 98000
Monaco

Price (US$): $402 - $742 / night

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Location. Located in central Monte Carlo, Hotel Metropole, Monte Carlo is near the beach and within walking distance of Le Metropole Shopping Center, Japanese Garden, and Casino Monte Carlo. Additional points of interest include Grimaldi Forum and Casino Square. Hotel Features. Dining options at Hotel Metropole, Monte Carlo include 3 restaurants. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning… more »

MonacoFairmont Monte Carlo 

12 Avenue de Spélugues
Monte Carlo MC 98000
Monaco

Price (US$): $376 - $627 / night

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Location. Located in central Monte Carlo, Fairmont Monte Carlo is near the beach and within walking distance of Le Metropole Shopping Center, Japanese Garden, and Casino Monte Carlo. Additional points of interest include Grimaldi Forum and Casino Square. Hotel Features. Dining options at Fairmont Monte Carlo include 3 restaurants. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning (surcharges apply).… more »

MonacoHotel Port Palace 

7 Avenue J-f Kennedy
Monte Carlo 98000
Monaco

Price (US$): $262 - $514 / night

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Location. Located in central Monte Carlo, Hotel Port Palace is a business friendly hotel within walking distance of Monaco Harbour, Casino Square, and Casino Monte Carlo. Additional points of interest include Prince's Palace and Grimaldi Forum. Hotel Features. Hotel Port Palace's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include a health club, a spa tub, a sauna, and a steam room. The… more »

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Monaco

Full name
Principality of Monaco
Capital
Monaco
Location

Western Europe, bordering the Mediterranean Sea on the southern coast of France, near the border with Italy

Geographic coordinates

43 44 N, 7 24 E

Area comparative

about three times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC

Border countries

France 4.4 km

Coastline

4.1 km

Climate

Mediterranean with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers

Terrain

hilly, rugged, rocky

Lowest point

Mediterranean Sea 0 m

Highest point

Mont Agel 140 m

Natural resources

none

Population

30,586 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

French 47%, Monegasque 16%, Italian 16%, other 21%

Religions

Roman Catholic 90%, other 10%

Languages

French (official), English, Italian, Monegasque

Government type

constitutional monarchy

Independence

1419 (beginning of permanent rule by the House of Grimaldi)

National holiday

National Day (Saint Rainier's Day), 19 November (1857)

Chief of state

Prince ALBERT II (since 6 April 2005)

Head of government

Minister of State Michel ROGER (since 29 March 2010)

Internet country code

.mc

Internet users

23,000 (2009)

Ports and terminals

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