Religion in Monaco
90% of the believing population professes Catholicism.
Transport in Monaco
The easiest way to get to Monaco is by plane. True, the principality does not have its own airport; the nearest airport is Nice. A bus leaves from here to Monaco every hour. You can also get to Monaco from any other airports in France and Italy, from where trains go here. Entry into the country from the territory of France is free.
Internal communication Monaco represented by a network of bus routes that connect the main tourist attractions. Tourists are also offered a small steam locomotive running around the principality. It travels around the principality in half an hour and operates daily, except during the winter months. Monaco has free escalators that take pedestrians to the streets above, there are 7 in total.
To get around Monaco, you can order a taxi or take a taxi from the station or from tourist attractions areas.
To rent a car, you must have a driver’s license, a credit card and be over 21 years old.
Plant and Animal World in Monaco
The slopes of the mountains are covered with forests and shrubs – maquis. Kermes, holm and cork oaks, pine, black and Alep pine, seaside pine, Atlas cedar, boxwood, juniper, olive, fig grow in the forests. Maquis is represented by strawberries, palmar cistus, myrtle, evergreen pistachios and viburnum, as well as red juniper. The dry slopes of the mountains are occupied by xerophytic herbs and shrubs such as juniper, gorse, rosemary, hold-tree and thyme.
Monaco has many orchards planted with olives, figs, pomegranates, almonds, pistachios and persimmons. Bananas, oranges, lemons and tangerines are also grown in the gardens.
Of the animals in the country, there are small rodents, hedgehogs, shrews and bats. Birds such as warblers, garden bunting, sea mockingbird, kingfisher, red-necked nightjar, lark, wheatears and thrushes, etc. live here. Steppe gecko, lizards, snakes and Aesculapius snake are found among reptiles, tree frog and green toad are among amphibians. Dolphins, sardine, anchovy, flounder, mackerel, mullet, catfish, lobsters, mussels are found off the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.
Banks in Monaco
Banks are open on weekdays from 9:00 to 16:00 with a lunch break from 12:00 to 14:00. The bank near the Casino in Monte Carlo is open daily and even on public holidays from 12:00 to 23:00.
Money in Monaco
The official currency of Monaco is the Euro. 1 euro is equal to 100 cents. In circulation there are banknotes of 500, 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10 euros and coins of 1 and 2 euros and 50, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.
Foreign currency can be changed at hotels or banks. Traveler’s checks can also be exchanged at banks, checks in US dollars, euros and pounds sterling are exchanged without commission.
Credit cards are accepted everywhere.
Rate: 1 Euro (EUR) = 1.05 USD
Political State in Monaco
According to politicsezine, Monaco is a constitutional hereditary monarchy. The head of state is the prince. Legislative power belongs to the prince and the National Council (parliament). Executive power is vested in the Government Council, headed by the Minister of State. The post of Minister of State is occupied by a French subject, who is appointed by the prince.
The judicial system is based on the French code of laws. Monaco does not have its own army, there is only a royal guard, consisting of 65 people. Defense matters are in the competence of France.
Population in Monaco
The native inhabitants of Monaco are Monegasques (descendants of mixed marriages of the French and Italians). Monegasques make up 16% of the population, French – 47%, Italians – 16%, British – 4%, Belgians – 2%, Swiss – 1%.
The official language of the Principality is French, many residents speak a Monegasque dialect (a mixture of French and Italian), Italian and English are also widely used.
Cuisine in Monaco
Monaco restaurants offer the most intricate dishes of French and Italian cuisines, and the local cuisine was formed under the influence of the culinary preferences of the southern regions of France and Italian culinary traditions. The most popular in Monaco are fried tortillas filled with seasoned cheese, “barbayuan”, dessert “fougasse” (orange cakes decorated with nuts, almonds and anise seeds), thin pancakes “socca” and dried cod cooked in tomato sauce, “stocaf”.