A GUIDE TO MONACO AREAS

While the Principality of Monaco is one of the smallest countries in the world, second only to the Vatican, the city-state boasts distinct districts, each with its own unique atmosphere and community.  Each Monaco area features a range of amenities and attractions, with some appealing more to families seeking a relaxed vibe, while others will suit professionals wishing to have the very best attractions on their doorstep. Whichever Monaco area you choose to call home, you’ll enjoy all the benefits of living in the principality.

Monte-Carlo Monaco

Monte-Carlo is, without question, Monaco’s most iconic district, home to the principality’s most refined and luxurious attractions. It is also where you’ll find some of the most exclusive Monaco real estate, facing the district’s famed Casino Square or Carre d’Or. The Casino Square is home to the Monte-Carlo Casino and the Café de Paris, and it’s also where you’ll find the Metropole Shopping Centre, home to the principality’s best designer boutiques and luxury shops. Much of the F1 Grand Prix also takes place on the streets of Monte-Carlo, and it is also in this Monaco district where you’ll find the most extravagant parties. For those wishing to reside in the heart of the principality, nothing can match living in this Monaco area

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Carre d’Or

The Casino Square, or Golden Square, sits at the heart of Monte-Carlo and is often considered a Monaco area in its own right. It is here that you will find some of Monaco’s cultural highlights, including the famed Monte-Carlo Casino, the Café de Paris, luxury stores and designer boutiques, and the principality’s most exclusive hotels, including the Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo and the Hermitage Monte-Carlo. These Monte-Carlo icons are situated in beautiful Belle Epoque buildings that  wrap around the Golden Square’s pretty manicured gardens. To reside in the Carre d’Or is to live in Monaco’s most exclusive and emblematic destination. 

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Port Hercules Monaco

The Monaco area of Port Hercules falls under the district of La Condamine, but its size and amenities often make it feel like its own distinct area. Port Hercules is the principality’s only deep-water port, and it sits at the foot of Le Rocher, a promontory that juts into the Mediterranean Sea and is home to the Prince’s Palace. The port is home to the world’s finest superyachts and hosts the annual Monaco Yacht Show. Wrapping around the harbour are a selection of refined bars, restaurants, and service providers. It is here that you’ll also find the Monaco Yacht Club, which plays a dynamic role in life in Monaco, as well as the Rainier III Stadium, with its expansive, Olympic-sized heated seawater swimming pool. For yachting enthusiasts, the Monaco area of Port Hercules is the place to be.  

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Larvotto Monaco

While Larvotto may not have the same glitzy reputation as neighbouring Monte-Carlo, this Monaco district is actually the most exclusive. It is home to the most expensive Monaco real estate along the famed Princess Grace Avenue. Larvotto is especially popular with families and individuals seeking proximity to all the offerings of Monte-Carlo but desiring a quieter pace of life. Larvotto is famed for its beautiful man-made beach, which is lapped by the Mediterranean Sea. The beach area recently underwent redevelopment and now features an elegant promenade lined with boutiques and restaurants. Most of the beach is public; however, in the dedicated private areas, you can hire loungers and parasols. A lifeguard is also on duty during the summer, providing parents with peace of mind.  

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La Condamine Monaco

This vibrant Monaco area fosters a connection with traditional Monegasque life, sitting in the heart of the principality. One of the highlights of La Condamine is its farmers market, which has been in operation since 1880. Here you’ll find local produce, including Monegasque specialities such as barbaguians and fougasse, alongside artisanal products. The market is flanked by eateries and cafes, making it a great spot for watching traditional Monegasque life unfold. This Monaco area offers a wonderful mix of traditional Belle Epoque residences alongside striking modern architecture, such as Le Stella. As well as a wide range of amenities, residents of this Monaco area also benefit from being able to enjoy the pretty Princess Antoinette Park, known as the ‘green lung’ of Monaco. Here you’ll find beautiful, manicured gardens filled with mature plants and a range of facilities, including a children’s playground, volleyball courts, table tennis tables, an 18-hole miniature golf course, and a small skatepark.

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Monaco-Ville Monaco

Monaco-Ville, also known as Monaco City or Le Rocher, is located on a headland that extends into the Mediterranean Sea. It’s here you’ll find Monaco’s Old Town, including the Prince’s Palace, where generations of the Grimaldi family have resided, as well as the stunning Cathedral of Monaco. This Monaco area is personified by pretty, pastel-coloured historical residences, quaint cobbled streets, and local boutiques and eateries that hark back to a bygone era. As the highest point in Monaco, one of the appeals of this district is its panoramic sea views, in addition to its quaint and laid-back atmosphere.

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La Rousse Saint Roman Monaco

Located northeast of the principality and bordering France, La Rousse Saint Roman is an elegant Monaco area home to exclusive residences and world-class service providers and amenities, including a supermarket, a selection of public gardens, boutiques, resorts, and gourmet restaurants. One of the most significant landmarks of La Rousse Saint Roman is the iconic Tour Odeon, the principality’s only skyscraper, which punctuates Monaco’s skyline. Residents of La Rousse also enjoy easy access to the Monte-Carlo Country Club, located just across the border in France. As well as offering a selection of exclusive amenities, including world-class fitness and leisure facilities, the Monte-Carlo Country Club is home to the annual Rolex Masters tennis tournament.

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Fontvieille

Fontvieille is Monaco’s commercial heart, built on reclaimed land in the 1970s. This Monaco area is the southernmost district, located at the foot of Monaco’s Rocher, and is one of the principality’s youngest districts. It’s home to many businesses spanning multiple industries, as well as a superb selection of modern residences, ensuring a vibrant atmosphere. The district wraps around a large port and includes many amenities, making it a highly sought-after district. Just some include a large shopping centre, the stunning Princess Grace Rose Garden, the Stade Louis II, home to the professional AS Monaco football club, and several museums. Additionally, Fontvieille is home to Monaco’s heliport, which provides transfers to the Nice Cote d’Azur airport. With so many amenities, it’s no wonder that Fontvieille is one of Monaco’s most popular districts.

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Jardin Exotique

The Monaco district Jardin Exotique sits above Fontvieille and La Condamine, sharing its borders with France to the north and west and the Monaco area of Les Moneghetti to the east. Alongside its wonderful selection of luxury real estate, it’s perhaps best known for its stunning botanical gardens, filled with mature Mediterranean plants and succulents, providing its residents with a beautiful destination to punctuate the day with a quiet moment of respite. The district’s elevated position ensures spectacular sea views, while it benefits from being within easy reach, not just to the Monaco districts of Monte-Carlo, Fontvieille, and La Condamine, but also to neighbouring La Turbie in France, with its wonderful countryside, towns, and villages.

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Les Moneghetti Monaco

Les Moneghetti is located north of La Condamine. Its name, ‘Little Monaco’, reflects its authentic charm, character, and laid-back feel. While Les Moneghetti is one of the smallest Monaco districts, it still offers a great selection of amenities, including independent shops and the pretty Parc Princesse Antoinette, which boasts a children’s playground. Les Moneghetti provides a delightful mix of traditional properties and more modern residences, many boasting superb views of the Mediterranean coastline thanks to the district’s elevation. The district is linked via multiple staircases and elevators that ensure accessing the rest of Monaco is effortless.

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Mareterra Monaco

The new eco-district of Mareterra will be Monaco’s newest district, a beacon of the principality’s commitment to sustainability and its desire to reach carbon-net zero by 2050. Mareterra Monaco is being built on reclaimed land and is scheduled to be completed by 2025. Once complete, it will offer an exclusive selection of ultra-prime apartments, penthouses, townhouses, and exceptionally rare waterfront villas, the natural heirs to Monaco’s traditional Belle Epoque villas. The eco-district will also boast lush green open spaces filled with natural foliage, flowering plants, and mature trees, as well as a new waterfront promenade that will link it to the district of Larvotto. Mareterra has been designed by leading architects, engineers, and designers to set a new benchmark in sustainable, luxury living.

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