Why Monaco is one of the best places to live around the world.
Like anywhere, Monaco life is partly what you make it, but the numerous advantages of this fascinating city-state give residents a head-start for happiness.
An exceptional location and climate
Monaco’s climate and privileged location make it one of the best places to live around the world. It stands proudly between the French and Italian Rivieras and enjoys approximately 300 days of sunshine each year. July and August are the hottest months, with temperatures averaging highs of 27°C. Highs in the coolest months – January and February – average 12°C.
The Principality’s location offers endless possibilities for exploring. The stunning coastline on either side of the Principality is dotted with beaches and towns with their own distinctive characters and sights.
Glamorous hotspots such as Saint-Tropez, Cannes and Portofino are within easy reach, while hiking trails in the hinterlands and mountains provide plenty of opportunities for admiring nature and discovering picturesque villages.
In winter, residents head to the many ski resorts located within a two-hour radius.
Safety and cleanliness
Aside from the appeal of the tax system, safety is high up on the list of reasons why residents believe Monaco is among the best places to live around the world. With approximately one police officer per 100 residents and a 24-hour video surveillance system operating throughout the Principality, the crime rate is extremely low. Access in and out of Monaco can be blocked within a few minutes if need be.
Visitors are often heard exclaiming over the country’s cleanliness. Not only are the streets kept in pristine condition, the authorities also run a campaign each summer to ensure the beaches are free of cigarette butts. Monaco aspires to be a model state in terms of environmental preservation and conservation and is active in all aspects of sustainable development, both at home and internationally.
A busy cultural and sports agenda
The Formula One Grand Prix in May is undoubtedly the Principality’s most famous event, but Monaco life is punctuated with high-level competitions, shows and exhibitions.
International sports events span swimming, football, rally driving and much more. Highlights of the calendar include the Monte Carlo Tennis Open in April, the Monte Carlo International Show Jumping in June and the Herculis International Athletics Meeting in July.
Music-lovers are spoiled for choice too. The Salle des Etoiles and Opera Garnier host some of the biggest names in rock, jazz, French variety and pop throughout the year.
In the autumn, the Monte Carlo Jazz Festival is staged in the casino’s spectacular Opera Garnier, inviting the public to follow the constant evolution of this musical genre. In summer, the Monte Carlo Sporting Summer Festival takes place in the 1,000m2 Salle des Etoiles.
An impressive agenda of shows, concerts, congresses and exhibitions are held at the Grimaldi Forum.
Monaco is also home to Europe’s biggest open-air cinema. From June to September, a different film is screened every evening in a spectacular setting on Le Rocher, above the Mediterranean Sea.
A wide choice of luxury property
In recent years, several extraordinary luxury developments have enhanced Monaco’s property market, including some spectacular Monaco penthouses for sale. Others are under construction and are scheduled for completion soon.
Monaco life is never boring and residents tell anyone who will listen how privileged they feel to live in such a safe and beautiful environment.