Monaco enjoys a privileged location at the heart of Mediterranean Europe. The Principality is nestled between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea, bounded by the French Riviera to the west and the Italian Riviera to the east. Monaco's climate is ideal throughout the year. It enjoys mild winters, with 48 degrees minimum, and pleasantly warm summers with July and August temperatures hovering around 78 degrees. On average, the Principality enjoys over 300 days of sunshine a year.
Though roughly the size of Central Park, the Principality of Monaco has managed to maintain its mystique as Europe's most cherished enclave. Synonymous with royalty, glamour and excitement, Monaco is continually updating itself to further this image and attract more business and leisure travelers to the ‘jewel-box of the Riviera'.
Of all the Grand Prix venues, none is more glamorous or exciting than Monte-Carlo, which has made the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix one of the most popular sports events ever since its inception in 1929. In addition to the thundering race -- a course of hairpin turns and steep hills -- the entire Principality itself becomes a non-stop celebration, with luxury hotels, the famous Opera House and Casino and some of the highest-rated restaurants in Europe providing spectacular settings overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.