Monaco sits on the Mediterranean Sea, tucked into the Maritimes Alps, just minutes from Nice International Airport. A sovereignty and independent state, the Principality of Monaco has borders with several communes of the French Department of the Alpes-Maritimes. Its surface area is 485 acres, of which nearly 100 were recovered from the sea during the last twenty years. Monaco lies on a narrow coastal strip, with its highest point at 206 feet. Its width varies between 0.65 miles and a 382 yards. The coastline is 2.5 miles long.