Monaco

Monaco

Etymology

Monaco’s name comes from the 6th-century BC nearby Phocaean Greek colony. Referred to by the Ligurians as Monoikos, from the Greek “μόνοικος”, “single house”, from “μόνος” (monos) “alone, single” + “οἶκος” (oikos) “house”, which bears the sense of a people either settled in a “single habitation” or of “living apart” from others. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

KITE & SMILE – Monaco Hyères Côte d’Azur..sharing a spirit.. – The idea is to set a nice group of people sharing same sort of interests, open on the world, with the kite in mind and to go kiting together for a day or more . I know several spots in Italy, on the French Riviera and worldwide. [meetup]

Meetup Sports in Monaco – This group is for organizing sports activities in Monaco and its surroundings. [meetup]

Monaco Strictly Social Meetup – Monaco Strictly Social Meetup is aimed at gathering engaged, interesting and enthusiastic people to enjoy a variety of activities and to meet and make new friends. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Online Dating in Monaco- Monaco Singles – Mingle2.com is a 100% Monaco Free Dating Service. Meet thousands of fun, attractive, Monaco men and Monaco women for FREE. No gimmicks, no tricks. Stop paying for online dating now. [mingle2]

Monaco Dating – Monacos are renowned for their artistic creativity and rich culture that has shaped the country’s identity. Visit Monaco and the first thing you see are beautiful women to behold with tattoo decorated faces, henna dyed hands and feet. You will see them adorned in brightly colored Arabesque motifs that complement their creative essence and captivating lifestyles. [monaco.singles.dating]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Strawberry Tours – A country smaller than New York City’s Central Park, Monaco is a tucked-away gem on the Mediterranean coastline. This luxurious vacation spot is popular for its exclusive real estate, Grand Prix motor race, and classy restaurants. Although small, Monaco is a popular destination for the high-class society of Europe because of its gorgeous panoramic view and yacht harbour. [strawberry tours]

Walking Tour Monaco & Monte Carlo – The Principality of Monaco, located on the French Riviera is an oasis of millionaires considered high-profile tax haven. On this walking tour experience all the richest that Monaco has to offer from the famous Monte Carlo casino to the prince palace, the most legendary F1 circuit, luxuary yatchs, and many splendid places. [riviera bar crawl]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Exotic Garden – Plant lovers and horticulturists unite: The Exotic Garden, which lies along La Condamine’s cliffs, is “fantastic,” according to recent visitors. This garden has been open for more than 75 years and has cultivated an extensive collection of rare plants and cacti. You’ll see more than 1,000 plant species – and even a deep underground cave – but in order to tour its stalagmites and stalactites, you’ll need to follow a guide. [us news travel]

Larvotto Beach – One of Monaco’s most popular beaches, Larvotto is a free-to-the-public shore located just a short walk from Monte-Carlo. But like many French Riviera beaches, this one has pebbles rather than sand, so bring some sturdy shoes and be prepared to shell out some euros for a chair rental. [us news travel]

Monaco Cathedral – This Monaco-Ville cathedral is probably most popular because it contains the grave of Grace Kelly, the actress-turned-princess of Monaco. Its history also dates a bit further back: The site once held a 13th-century church, but the current cathedral hails from the late 19th century. Inside, you can admire its regal features, which include a white marble altar and an exquisite grand organ. Recent travelers said they were impressed by the beauty of this religious site and highly recommend touring inside. [us news travel]

Monte Carlo Casino – Perhaps the attraction that best exemplifies Monaco’s capital city is its casino. The building’s beaux-arts design was overseen by Charles Garnier, architect of the Paris opera. And likewise, this grand casino also contains the city’s opera and ballet. If this complex looks familiar, it’s because you may have seen it before in the James Bond films, “Never Say Never Again” and “Goldeneye.” [us news travel]

Museum of Antique Automobiles – None other than Prince Rainier III funded and gifted this museum with his personal collection of cars; if you go gaga for autos you’ll absolutely love the array on display here. There are nearly 100 vehicles, which range from carriages (as in horse-drawn ones) to the Rolls Royce that Grace Kelly rode in on her wedding. Visitors were impressed with the selection of vehicles on display – from racing cars to antiques – and said even those who aren’t big car geeks will appreciate the collection. [us news travel]

Oceanographic Museum of Monaco – Founded in 1910 by Prince Albert I (also a sea captain), this museum and aquarium are must-sees in Monaco. The prince went on dozens of expeditions, and the exhibits are the fruits of his explorations: For example, the skeleton of a whale featured in the museum’s zoology room. And the aquarium – widely considered one of the best in Europe – contains more than 90 tanks, one of which is a shark lagoon. [us news travel]

Prince’s Palace – This lavish Monaco-Ville palace is home to the prince, of course (it’s in the name after all). The royal residence has sheltered the Grimaldi family (of the 13th century) and Prince Rainier III and his lovely wife, Princess Grace (of the 20th century). Today, Rainier’s son and heir, Prince Albert II, calls the Palais du Prince home. The palace also features a changing of the guard daily at 11:55 a.m. [us news travel]

Princess Grace Rose Garden – Thousands of roses blossom and diffuse their sweet scents in Fontvieille’s Princess Grace Rose Garden. Located in the southeastern corner of Monaco, this garden is a great place to find respite from bustling Monte-Carlo. Here, you’ll also find palm and olive trees; and while in the area, you should take time to explore Fontvieille Park itself, especially the contemporary sculptures strewn throughout. [us news travel]

Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo – Translated as “The Sea Baths of Monte-Carlo,” this spa is one of Monaco’s most beloved. Salons, gyms, treatment rooms and restaurants are spread across four lavish floors, and though the spa is very discreet about its clientele, it often serves the jet-set crowd (think: Formula One and quasi-royalty). Spa treatments range from underwater massages and seaweed body wraps to anti-aging treatments and daylong pampering sessions. [us news travel]

Festivals

Festivals

Circus Festival – The International Circus Festival attracts some of the best circus companies from around the world. The week-long festival culminates in the awarding of the Gold and Silver Clown Awards to the two best circus companies. [anglo info]

Eve of St John’s Day and St John’s Day – Two days dedicated to Saint John the Baptist that include religious services, a procession, music, bonfire and culminates in a ball on the Place des Moulins. [anglo info]

Feast of St Roman – A day dedicated to honouring Saint Roman, Monaco’s second-most revered saint. The day concludes with a dance in the Jardin Saint Martin. [anglo info]

Monte-Carlo Historic Rally – Drivers compete in vintage automobiles as they race the clock to be the first to arrive in Monaco from one of five possible towns (equidistant from Monaco). Organised by the Automobile Club of Monaco. [anglo info]

Monte-Carlo Rally – Part of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC), this winter rally attracts drivers who relish the demanding course. The challenging conditions, including ice and snow, make for an exciting week of racing. Organised by the Automobile Club of Monaco. [anglo info]

The Feast of Sainte Dévote – A feast day dedicated to the patron saint of Monaco, Dévote, that includes a religious ceremony, blessing and torchlight procession. It is believed that in the ninth century, Dévote was martyred and set sail from her native Corsica. A violent storm thrashed her boat until, as a single dove emerged from Devote’s mouth, the seas calmed. [anglo info]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Boat bus – The Bateau Bus (also run by CAM) is an electric-powered boat shuttle that connects the Quai des Etats-Unis to the cruise terminal with regular runs from 08:00-19:50, daily. The port crossing takes 10 minutes. [anglo info]

Bus – There are several bus routes in Monaco, all operated by Cie des Autobus de Monaco (CAM). [anglo info]

Car-Pooling – Employees in Monaco can use car-pooling as an economical and environmentally-friendly way to get to and around the Principality. [anglo info]

Taxis – There are several taxi ranks in Monaco. [anglo info]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

monte carlo dinners for singles – For professional single ladies and men wishing to meet up in Monte Carlo for fun filled drinks parties and dinner parties. [meetup]

Young Professionals in Yachting- Monaco – Young Professionals in Yachting (YPY) is a non-profit organisation based in Monaco that aims to educate, promote ethical business practice and ultimately facilitate success for young professionals within the worldwide yachting business community. [facebook]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Your Expat Community in Monaco – Bonjour, and a warm welcome to our expat community in Monaco! As a dedicated platform for expatriates around the globe, InterNations is here to help you navigate through the challenges and complications of moving to a new country. Many expats in Monaco have made use of our wide variety of resources while in the process of relocating or settling in this attractive European microstate. [internations]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Monaco: LGBT Meetup – This is a group for gay men and women, singles or couples, to get together and socialise. My husband and I recently moved to Monaco from the UK. We started the group so that we could meet other gay people. We would be interested in arranging any low key get togethers with other gay men or women who would like to connect. [meetup]

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Resources

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