Monte-Carlo Tourist Attractions
The district of Monte-Carlo occupies a rocky promontory to the north of the Port of Monaco and it is a popular tourist destination. Its most elevated part is crossed by streets with shops and offices, including the Boulevard Princesse Charlotte (in the west, the headquarters of Radio/Télévision Monte-Carlo), the Boulevard des Moulins (pavilion of the Office de Tourisme at its southwestern end; a short distance to the north is the Church of St-Charles of 1883), and the Avenue de la Costa with its many luxury shops.Monte Carlo is most noted for its glamourous atmosphere as it is considered Monaco's wealthiest district. The glamour also attracts famous people, who in turn attract visitors to Monte Carlo for "people watching".There are a number of notable events hosted by Monte Carlo such as the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix, championship boxing bouts and fashion shows to name a few.
The large-scale complex of the Congress Center (called Les Spélugues) was opened in 1978. The boulevard Louis II runs under the massive building which has been constructed of elements on a hexagonal plan and includes the 636-room Hotel "Loews" and 100 apartments. On the highest roof-level, of which there is an excellent view from the terrace. There is a striking mosaic composed of colored tiles, which was designed in 1979 by Victor Vasarély and has the title "Hexagrace - Le Ciel, la Mer, la Terre". The Fondation Vasarély in Aix-en-Provence was responsible for its execution.
In the southwest of the district of Larvotto stands the Center Culturel et des Expositions. In the avenue Princess Grace can be found the "Musée National des Automates et Poupées d'Autrefois (museum of mechanical toys and dolls), housed in a villa of the Belle Epoque. On view are several hundred dolls, more than 80 automatons and over 2,000 miniature objects, the purpose of which is to depict life in the 18th and 19th centuries. In the garden there are sculptures by Zadkine, Maillol, Rodin and Bourdeille.
The Monte-Carlo Rally is the most famous road rally in the world. Competitors can choose the location from several European cities to commence their rally, then they meet at a common point to complete the remainder of the journey, primarily through France to Monte Carlo. It's a winter event so the vagaries of the Alpine winter weather add to the challenge.