Monaco is one of Europe's microstates and the second smallest country in the world after the Vatican. One of my favorite destinations in Europe, I enjoyed it immensly as there's lots to see and do in just 2.02 sqkm.

While you can't escape its reputation as a playground for the rich, there's a lot more to the city-state than Ferraris and casual looking billionaires: the entire country is filled with beautiful parks, gardens, beaches and city art in which exquisite attention to detail is ever-present. And you get to see everything in one day.

Lose yourself along the narrow streets of Monaco-Ville (the old city), walk around the Port de Monaco or take the public elevators to the newer parts of the city; definitely don't miss the stunning Jardin Exotique and the highly appealing Institut Oceanographique. Finally, you can't really leave Monaco without trying your hand at roulette in the world famous Monte Carlo Casino - an obvious way to end a very agreeable trip.

Read a detailed account of my trip to Monaco here (a part of my series on Europe's Microstates)

Additional info:
- country entry on Wikipedia
- country profile on Wikivoyage

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