The principality of Monaco with her glamorous Casino, streets filled with millionaires and superyachts clearly defy one’s imagination, yet here are five things that you couldn’t expect from the small principality. In this article, we won’t talk about the percentage of millionaires living there and how it’s consistently ranked as the most important city for UHNWI. In this article we will explore much lesser-known aspects of the history of the principality and make makes it truly unique!
The first tar road
With the development of the automobile back in the 1900s, the cities were filling up with constant dust. Prince Albert 1er started a campaign to find a solution to the problem to which a Swiss doctor offered a solution. Pave the street with tar, previously simply dumped in the sea, creating the very first tar road in the world. The invention later was quickly adopted in Geneva and Paris before reaching worldwide approval.
Long before Formula One even existed, the Principality of Monaco was hosting regattas and later the famed boat races! From the 1900s to the 1920s, boat racing was the new thing and journalists from all over the world were visiting the principality to report on the latest wins of the 2 week-long events. With racers coming from all over Europe to compete in the races, it truly was the ancestor of Formula One! Monaco is to this day heaven for yachties with plenty of boats for rent and superyachts in the port!
As crazy as it seems the principality gave its name to a glacier in the very far north. Prince Albert 1st was a renowned explorer in his prime and ventured for years at a time exploring the remote regions above the polar circle. He navigated uncharted territories before having the privilege to name a glacier, being the first one to witness it.
A prehistoric cave
Above Monaco seats, Jardin Exotic, featuring one of the few largest caves in France. With traces of human inhabitants as far as 250,000 years ago the cave is an archaeological wonder.
The Principality of Monaco remains one of the lesser-known spots on the Riviera and is one of the best spots to explore during one of your stays in a luxury villa in Eze.