Pasta Party! International Marathon de Monaco et des Riviera.
Marathon de Monaco 2005 ! On november 13 !!
ALSO A 10KM. RUN!!!! :o)
Nowadays, every town in the world hosts its own marathon.
Monaco has hosted its own race for eight years, offering runners and spectators spectacular views of the Cote d'Azur.
As Monaco is too small to host the whole 42 kilometres within its border (except if they go round and round), the contestants jump over the borders of France and Italy before heading back to the city for the traditional carbohydrate pasta party.
For details of how to take part, please visit the Monaco Marathon website.
This is one of the original places to host Formula I races.
Being a compact city, the circuit runs through a large part of it, taking in swathes of the marina, passing by the Japanese gardens & the Casinos, etc.
Some of the seats on offer are very well appointed, eg opposite the Grand Casino! However, many residents of the high-rises can also get pretty good views.
If you arrive a bit early (before the 3rd week of May), you can see the preparations taking place, with banners being put up, areas being cordoned off, seeing the pit-stops & the accompanying tyres, etc.
Equipment: Cap & shades is all you need, other than some sunscreen & access to plenty of water.
After all, Monaco is located near the Southern coastal tip of France, and hence gets quite hot in early summer.
Beaches & Swimming Pools
The main public beach is the Larvotto Beach. Private beaches are at the Monte-Carlo Beach Club or the Beach Plaza Sea Club. There is also a choice of several swimming pools: the Rainier III Swimming Pool, the Prince Albert Swimming Pool in the Louis II Stadium in Fontvieille, or the swimming pools in the grand hotels of the Principality.
The Diving Club of Cap d'Ail (right outside Monaco) organizes diving sessions (Phone: +33 4 93 78 31 74).
You can exercise at the Physical Beauty Center (Phone: +377 93 30 23 35), the Columbus Tonus Center (Phone: +377 93 25 03 27), or the Monte-Carlo Gym (Phone: +377 93 25 85 58).
The Monte-Carlo Country Club is located on the lower slopes of Mont Agel, at 810 meters above sea level. There is a panoramic view of the Principality, the Cote d'Azur and the Italian Riviera; it is an 18-hole, par 71 golf course open everyday (Phone: +33 04 93 41 09 11).
A mini-course is available all year long in Princess Antoinette Park (Phone: +377 93 30 63 87).
A signposted track of 1,370 meters long is available to runners. Also, the "Vita" fitness track is a 2-km track situated in an olive grove with 20 stations along the course with physical exercise equipment. Both are open everyday and are free.
Sailing & Fishing
To go sailing and fishing, or to take sailing classes, contact the Monaco Yacht Club (Phone: +377 93 30 63 63).
Scooters can be rented in the Principality at Auto-Moto Garage, 7 rue de la Colle (Phone: +377 93 30 24 61, fax: +377 93 50 10 80).
Heli Air Monaco (Phone: +377 92 05 00 24) organizes day trips to the Alps, bringing you to ski stations such as Isola 2000, Chamonix, Courchevel, or Alpes d'Huez.
F1 Grand Prix each May sends hotel room rates soaring for miles around. Three thousand seats for sale at between 50 and 400 Euro's. For the life of me I cannot see the attraction of driving round in circles, but to the thousands of men with engine oil in their veins who descend on Monaco, its the must see annual event.
Every year Formula One comes to Monaco and the best drivers in the world negotiate the famous turns.