Map of Monaco

map of Monaco

Quick facts about Monaco
Location: Western Europe, bordering the Mediterranean Sea on the southern coast of France, near the border with Italy
Geographic coordinates: 43 44 N, 7 24 E
Area: “total: 1.95 sq km
land: 1.95 sq km
water: 0 sq km”
Land boundaries: “total: 4.4 km
border countries: France 4.4 km”
Coastline: 4.1 km
Maritime claims: territorial sea: 12 nm
Climate: Mediterranean with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers
Terrain: hilly, rugged, rocky
Elevation extremes: “lowest point: Mediterranean Sea 0 m
highest point: Mont Agel 140 m”
Population: 36,371

Monaco Travel Guide and Destinations

If you are planning to go for a European vacation, why not spend some time to go to Monaco. It has lots of things to offer to every traveller  from its multi-million pound of yachts to the bottomless flow of champagne and more. It is worth to spend your next holiday in Monaco.

Geography of Monaco

By looking at the map of Monaco, one can see that Monaco is found in Western Europe that borders the Mediterranean Sea on the Southern coast of France close to the border with Italy.

Getting to Monaco

There is no airport in Monaco, as the nearest airport is Nice-Cote d’Azur or NCE. To get there, you may travel Europe through the following:Monaco’s total population is 36,371. The ethnic groups in Monaco are the Italian, Monegasque and French. French makes the majority of its people. Their dialect includes English, Italian and French and the majority of their life and culture has been influenced by the French and Italian’s way of living.

  • Travel by road: Places like Cannes and Nice are 50km and 18km west of the country while the French or Italian border and Menton are 12km and 9km east of the country. There are 3 attractive roads though in between Monaco and Nice: Highway 98, Highway 7, and the Grand Corniche. Taxi can be available with a surcharge after 2200 and a usual tip of 15%.
  • Travel by rail: The train service includes daily and overnight trips running through the principality of all the neighboring towns.
  • Travel by water: Main harbors are at Condamine or Hercule portand Fontvieille. They are equipped in handling yachts of every tonnage.

Tourists Destinations

Flag of Monaco on Map
Flag of Monaco on Map

Monaco is a perfect place to explore. Located at the Southern part of the Mediterranean Sea coast, the country offers a pleasing scenic wonders. Their tourist destination brims with natural beauty and historic spots.

  • Monaco- Ville – This is one of the best place to visit in Monaco which offers various places to go. It is an ancient city hall which includes ruins of the ancient dynasties which ruled the region before. The region also highlights the Oceanographic Museum found in the year 1910 by Prince Albert I. Chapelle de la Misericorde is also one of the ancient buildings of the region , Prince’s Palace and Saint Nicholas Cathedral may also be found in the region
  • The Monte Carlo – This region is known for its cosmopolitan culture and is one of the preferred places to go in Monaco having its colorful lifestyle which includes casinos, glamour, and residence of popular people.
  • The Fontvieille has recently become one of the key destinations in Monaco where wonderful mix of historical findings and scenic beauty are found.

Weather and Climate in Monaco

Throughout the year, Monaco maintains a mild climate with its hottest months in July and August with the coolest in January and February. Rainfall happens during the cooler months with an average of only 60 days of rain every year.

Clothes to wear

Lightweight clothes may be worn with a wrap to warm you during cooler summer nights. Light to medium weights have to be worn during winter. The beauty and historical places in Monaco is waiting for you. Travel Monaco and experience the culture of its people and a place rich in historical value. Do not forget to check out the best deals of cheap flights for this one-of-a-kind destination.

Istanbul

Istanbul once known as Constantinople

IstanbulPeople always wonder about the thing that makes Istanbul, the largest city of Turkey one of the world’s famous cities in Europe. Perhaps it is important that such people travel to Istanbul so that they can experience, first-hand, the various cultural centers and other tourist attractions that exist there. You may not be able to understand why this city is also known as the alpha world city unless you make a personal date with it too. This Turkish city, as it is currently known spans a rich history which has been handed down from one generation to the next. It was initially the capital city of the Roma Empire, then Eastern roman (Byzantine) Empire, then the Latin Empire and finally the Ottoman Empire. During each of these empires, they left significant landmarks that shaped the history, culture, politics and economy of Istanbul.

In addition, the fact that Istanbul earned another status in 2010 as a joint European Capital of Culture and the European Capital of Sports in 2012 is an indication of the high esteem that Istanbul enjoys among European cities. When Istanbul’s historic sites entered into the UNESCO World Heritage List, it brought this city to an international stature and therefore it is worth spending your holidays there. When you travel to Istanbul, you will not miss to see older buildings and the historic peninsula which is built on seven hills and surrounded by 22 kilometers of city walls. Tokapi Palace is located on the largest of the seven hills.

People who choose to explore Istanbul and its rich tourist attractions are impressed with its warm summer Mediterranean climate although these climatic conditions are not uniformly distributed throughout Istanbul. There are some parts of the city (northern parts) which have an oceanic climate. If you are the kind of person that is averse to rain during summer, then Istanbul is the most ideal place for your holidays. A number of people might prefer winters probably because they would like to do research or participate in sports. Istanbul could be the most suitable place because it is not only cold and wet during winter but it is also snowy. The good news is that snow cover melts away after a few days and therefore you need not worry if you were only planning to have this new experience for a day or two.

Though autumn and spring seasons are also good because they are mild, you may have to consider twice before deciding to travel there.  It can be wet or severely chilly. Temperatures also tend to be unpredictable. However, climate should not worry you as there are many things that will consume the cold. For instance, the Ottoman and Byzantine architecture will tell the whole story about the different rules by various empires. When you get there, you will be in a position to experience the Roman, Greek and the Genoese forms of architecture which have been able to stand the test of time. Tour farther and you will come across:

  • Mosques (the Hagia Sophia and imperial mosques)
  • Churches such as the Church of the Saints Sergius and Bacchus, the Stoudios Monastery etc.
  • Synagogues
  • The Maiden’s (Leander’s) Tower
  • The Valens Aqueduct
  • The Walls of Constantinople
  • The Column of Constantine

Whenever people want to explore or tour a given city, they always ask themselves about the city’s utilities. It is important to note that the government has ensured all people are provided with clean water which is filtered and chlorinated. Most importantly, Istanbul has a well established sewerage disposal system in addition to its water supply system. Are you wondering whether you will be able to watch television or use your laptop? You need not blow off your head with worry because the city has a reliable electricity supply.

Your holidays can be hectic if a given tourist destination has not developed its transportation systems. It is imperative to point out that Istanbul has two international airports: Ataturk International Airport and Sabiha Gokcen International Airport which will ensure that you are shipped to and from Istanbul. In case you prefer sea transport, you could use commuter ferries so that you can have a rare experience of the panoramic views of the sea and surrounding sites. Alternatively, you could consider using the high speed catamaran seabus which connects between the Princes Islands and the city.  Due to its well developed motorways and express highways, a visitor or tourist is able to travel easily without fear of being stuck in the traffic jam indefinitely. There are still many other means of transport that you can use in order to have a feel of Istanbul’s culture, museums and other recreation sites.  It is advisable to select a means of transport that will easily and cost effectively take you where you want to go.

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Prague

Click on the map of Prague above to enlarge. 

Prague the cosmopolitan treasure

PragueWhat makes Prague, which is the largest and capital city of the Czech Republic, different from other cities? Is it worth spending your holidays in or is it just an ordinary city with nothing for its visitors to experience? Although the city is popular for its temperate oceanic climate with warm summers, its chilly winters cannot be ignored. Most visitors are expected to exercise their discretion as they make their tour of the city during chilly winters or warm summers. It is impossible to dictate when all people should visit Prague. This is a city that has been in existence since the Gothic through the Renaissance and was at some point the capital of the Holy Roman Empire before the World War I.

Despite the fact that Prague has variously been a victim of war in the 20th century Europe, it never lost its cultural attractions which have arrested the attention of locals and foreigners. Each year people from all over the world come to explore some of its main attractions such as the Charles Bridge, the Jewish Quarter, the Prague Castle, Old Town Square, Petrin Hill and the Lennon Wall. If you have only read or heard about these exceptional attractions, it is high time you planned a tour for your forthcoming holidays. UNESCO does not include a historic centre such as Prague in its list for no apparent reason. Prague has all it takes to make a World Heritage Site; this is a status it earned in 1992 till today.

It is very hard to find a city that has at least ten museums in its custody. Besides, Prague has managed to keep its galleries, theatres, cinemas and other historical exhibits in a near pristine condition. Many scholars have commented that Prague is one of the few cities that value future generations and other visitors who would love to come to Prague and experience not only a change in climate but also a change in the attractions that the visitor is used to seeing in other countries. Since Prague has a rich history, it is increasingly becoming one of the most popular tourist attractions. It is estimated that Prague receives at least 4 million international visitors annually.

Did you learn in your history class that the Prague Astronomical Clock whose installation took place in 1910 is the 3rd oldest astronomical clock in the world? When you tour Prague you will be able to see it still standing tall and strong. Can you imagine that this very astronomical clock is the only one still in its proper working condition? It is reported that students, scholars, journalists and scientists travel miles and miles just to study or see this amazing clock. It is a clear testament of the ingenuity and foresight that forefathers of science were capable of despite the limited resources that they had access to.

Other most popular sites that you can explore include:

  • Bridges over the Vltara River
  • Milunic and Gehry’s Dnacing House
  • Franz Kafka monument in the Dusni Street
  • Prague castle storing the Czech Crown Jewels
  • Gothic Old New Synagogue
  • Wenceslas Square
  • The infant Jesus of Prague
  • The Old Jewish Cemetery
  • The Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague
  • The Prague Zoo
  • The Museum of the Heydrich Assassination

With these and many other tourist attraction sites, Prague still holds a prominent position among the most popular tourist destinations in Europe and the world. In Europe, it is hailed as the 6th most visited city after European cities such as Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid and Rome. It has been able to enjoy this position and reputation because it was not a serious causality of the World War II as compared to its counterparts in the region. Additionally, its architectural collections are still intact as they are varied too.

Studies indicate that some visitors come specifically to experience the fine sunny days and cool nights of summers. They do not mind the heavy rains that are characteristic of Prague’s summers. On the other hand, there are those who come to enjoy the cultural diversity of Prague since this city is among Europe’s top cultural centres.  Some of Prague’s most popular cultural institutions include:

  • The Estates Theatre, which is remembered for providing venue to the premiere of Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito and Don Giovanni.
  • The National Theatre (Narodni Divadlo)
  • Rudolfinum and the Municipal House, popular for Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Prague Symphony Orchestra respectively.

People that have had a chance to explore or tour Prague can not stop talking about the city’s numerous galleries, concert halls, music clubs as well as cinemas.  In fact, it has now become a popular weekend destination as a result of the recent introduction of Europe’s low-cost airlines. They simply cannot afford to stay away from Prague’s cuisine and beer as they travel to their favourite cultural sites or museums.

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Map of Berlin

Berlin Map

 

This map of Berlin shows all the major boroughs and suburbs they are broken up into. When travelling around Berlin make sure you always have a map on you as it can get pretty confusing.

Berlin is one of those iconic European cities. It was destroyed almost down to the last brick in WW2 and was rebuilt in communist minimalist style during the USSR occupation. It has bounced back since the reunification of Germany to become one of the most vibrant and liveable cities of the world.

Berlin’s tragic twentieth century history has done nothing to dampen the populations love of life and  it has become one of the gourmet meccas of the world.

We have added the map above to give you an easy to reference chart of Berlin but we will be adding in a map of the best eating spots in Berlin in the very near future.

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Blank Map of Europe

 

Here is a blank map of Europe. Unlike most other blank Europe maps we have made the oceans blue to distinguish them from the actual continental mass.

The assignment here is to try and name all the countries. You can either do this in a program like MS paint or you can print the map out and then hand write all the country names in.

New Blank Map of Europe

We are adding to our repository of European maps. While the above blank Europe map served the website well over the years we have come to the realization that the map is looking a touch dated now.

Blank Map of Europe
Blank Map of Europe

We will be adding many blank maps to this page and make it into one of the premier resources for blank maps on the internet.

What Other Maps Will be Added?

We will be adding other versions of blank maps of Europe. Also we will be adding a blank map of the world. This might be added here or a new page might be created to accommodate it.

Another consideration that will be taken into account is the possibility for blank maps of all the different countries of Europe. The format will be a blank outline of the country but also showing the territory’s, states, counties and shires.

Some countries like the United Kingdom is made up of semi-autonomous regions like Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England as well as shires and counties. Either a number of separate maps showing the different kinds of regions will be added or we will have one big map that can be drilled down into, to show the detail in greater depth.

Sizes are Important

Some feedback we have been getting from users has been that we are not providing enough different sizes. here at mapofeurope.com we have tried to offer large maps which have lots of detail. However with mobile becoming such a large influence on how users experience our website we have come to the realization that some smaller sized maps are required, both blank and detailed. Users still print our maps regularly so we are also working on maps of Europe that print easily into the different paper sizes particularly A3, A4 and Foolscap. Foolscap is still widely used in schools and other educational institutions so we have no plans to phase that paper size out.

Colors are Important

Blank European maps all have one thing in common and that is obviously that they are blank but some feedback we have received is that colors are important to our users. We will be offering a much wider variety of colors in our blank maps. Traditionally blank maps are comprised of varying shades of black, white and grey. These types of maps will be on offer here in the near future but we do feel that other colors and shades are needed. In the not to distant future we will be offering light pink and light blue blank maps of Europe. A new choose your own color map is also just over the horizon. users will be able to tailor the map colors to suit their needs.