The coveted Grand Prix de Monaco is Motorsport’s most famous race and one which all drivers dream of winning at least once in their lives.
Dating back to 1929, the 78-lap circuit is like no other in the world as it weaves through Monte Carlo’s picturesque streets, passing landmark monuments including the iconic casino, the Hotel de Paris and the marina lined with super yachts. The circuit is one of the most challenging in the Motorsport world as sections of the track are so narrow that overtaking is almost impossible, and the 200,000 people which line the barriers on either side of the city’s streets have an opportunity like no other to be close to the action.
Experiencing Monaco during the Grand Prix is a once in a lifetime experience, and Monte Carlo comes alive for the entire month of May. Qualifying takes place in the days preceding the main race, when the usually sleepy streets bustle with visitors, racing fans and some of the world’s megastars.
Monaco is perhaps the only place in the world where you can find yourself having a drink on the actual F1 race circuit just hours before the race itself. Don your best threads and head to one of the many bars around the port neighbourhood, stopping en route to star spot at the mega-yachts which are moored in the glamorous marina. After dark, you might even find yourself at one of the pop-up bars or clubs which appear in Monte Carlo for Grand Prix season. Or hit the boutiques in the Avenue des Beaux Arts for designer brands and eye-watering price tags.
The atmosphere on race day is electric, when the usually sleepy streets are transformed to the most famous race track in the world. Motorsport fans will want to watch the race trackside, although you’ll notice every balcony, roof terrace and elevated spot in the whole city is crammed full of people watching the drivers fly past.
Naturally, holidays in Monaco during the Grand Prix can come with an expensive price tag, but it’s also possible to base yourself close by and enjoy all Monaco’s glamour and hedonism without breaking the bank. Thomas Cook Sport offers some great Grand Prix packages with accommodation in the surrounding countryside and the town of Nice, allowing you to escape the action and relax once the big day is all over.
Thomas Cook Sport motorsport packages include flight only offers or packages with return flights, accommodation and airport transfers, and there is also the option to add tickets, VIP Hospitality and circuit transfers via coach, train or helicopter to your booking.
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