Why is Monaco the Best Place to Raise a Family?

Why is Monaco the Best Place to Raise a Family?

When one thinks of Monaco, it is easy for thoughts to turn towards fast cars and superyachts. The principality is a haven for UHNWI, and known for its glitzy charm. It is all too easy to remain unaware of the fact that Monaco is a wonderful place to raise a family.

In fact, an investment in Monaco real estate will ensure your children are raised in the best possible environment.

Location and Climate

Nestled between the charming Italian coast and the chic French Riviera, Monaco is ideally situated on the Mediterranean Coast, a gateway for European exploration. Entertain your children by having breakfast in Monaco, lunch in France, and dinner in Italy, whose proximity proffers a stunning coastal drive, and some excellent pizza. The closest Italian town, Ventimiglia, is less than 30 minutes from Monaco and has a wonderful weekend flower and food market. To the west of Monaco, Nice, Antibes, Cannes, and St. Tropez are an easy drive along the coast, perfect for weekend trips to the seaside.

 

With temperatures not dipping much below 8°C in the winter, or rising much above 26°C in the summer, Monaco’s climate is pleasant year-round, and allows for a very active and healthy lifestyle.

Lifestyle

Most days are predominantly sunny in Monaco, making it easy to spend time outdoors. Larvotto Beach is ideal for lunchtime picnics at one of the numerous restaurants and cafés along the waterfront, and is somewhat enclosed by the sea wall, making it a safe swimming area. If you prefer to be on the water, there are numerous sailing camps run by the Yacht Club de Monaco, which cater to all ages and levels of experience, as well as the rowing club at Club Nautique de Monaco which has a very successful youth training program. AS Monaco FC also have youth programs, and the local Athletics Club host numerous races throughout the year.

The proximity to the Alps also allows for some excellent hiking and mountain biking in the summer months, and during the winter you can be on the slopes of Isola 2000 and Auron in less than two hours.

Luxury Real Estate

In addition to the wonderful lifestyle living in Monaco can provide, the icing on the cake is the choice of luxury Real Estate for sale. Those who want to buy or rent property in Monaco are spoilt for choice. While there is limited space for the sprawling villas you find along the coastlines of the French Riviera, the luxury apartments on offer in Monaco more than make up for it.

Many offer incredible views out to sea, and have state-of-the-art amenities, including swimming pools, high-end restaurants, and gyms. A balcony is a must, perfect for dining al fresco, and for a much-earned sundowner once the children have gone to bed.  

Attractions

Monaco is ideal for sports fans. Alongside partaking in the activities listed above, there are numerous high-profile sporting events throughout the year; the Monaco Grand Prix, Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, and the Ligue 1 matches at AS Monaco FC to name but a few.

For those not so interested in sport, there is the award-winning cultural centre – the Grimaldi Forum – which hosts numerous exhibitions, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Ballet de Monte-Carlo, which often offers performances in conjunction with the L’Opéra de Monte-Carlo.

There are many other family-friendly attractions in Monaco, one of the most popular being the Oceanographic Museum up on the Rock of Monaco; here you will find an aquarium and a fascinating museum of the history of oceanography, which has played an important part in Monaco’s recent history. Close-by you can also visit the Prince’s Palace of Monaco to see where the Monegasque Royal Family live; indeed, you can see HSH Prince Albert II driving around Monaco on a daily basis, and the whole Royal Family are present at the annual, and world-famous, Monte-Carlo Circus.

For those who like exploring, the caves of the Jardin Exotique de Monaco cannot be missed, offering views out to sea and over the Principality which are absolutely stunning, especially at sunset.

Safety

At only 2.02km2, it is easy to uphold the safety of the Principality. CCTV covers the whole of Monaco, and there is 1 (very polite) policeman per 100 residents. Crime is at an absolute minimum, making it a very safe environment for children, and English is spoken by the majority of locals should you get lost.

Healthcare

The healthcare facilities in Monaco are second-to-none, with many world-class and award-winning doctors and surgeons having practices here. The main hospital, Princess Grace, is large and pleasant, and you will be seen and treated very quickly indeed.

Schooling

Monaco enjoys an exceptional schooling system, with 7 nursery and primary schools, one secondary school, and one lycee (college). There is also the superb International School of Monaco, which has bilingual schooling (in French and English), and offers the International Baccalaureate. It is a very popular school, which has entered a majority of its students into top universities worldwide, and provides a wonderfully diverse education.

Taxation

What really sets living in Monaco apart from the rest of the Riviera is the favourable taxation system for residents of Monaco.

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