Get a buzz you will feel nowhere else at the Monaco Grand Prix, a one-of-a-kind F1 race that takes place every year in a suitably splendid setting. Before, during and after the race, it is all happening in Monaco like no other place on the planet. Get ready for lights out!
As late May comes around, Monaco erupts with joy. And rightly so: During the F1 Grand Prix weekend, its population triples as auto racing enthusiasts flock to the city’s freshly asphalted tracks and find their seat in the circuit’s gigantic grandstands. Over the four days, Formula 1 fans, visitors from around the world and stars of all kinds rub shoulders. Bella Hadid, Kit Harrington, Tom Brady and Justin Bieber are a few of the celebrities who have been drawn to this totally exclusive experience.
# Four Wheels Two Wheels No Wheels
The Monaco track is open to all outside of race times, so everyone is free to try out the 3.34km circuit on foot, by pushbike or car and imagine the sensations that come with being an F1 driver. As part of this unique personal experience, everyone can get a feel for the asphalt, touch the rumble strips and even spot the narrow run-off zones between the crash barriers. There is no better way to get an idea of the scale of the challenge awaiting the drivers.
# Drivers Challenge
According to racing driver Damon Hill, “Monaco is the track that separates the men from the boys”. It is not hard to see why, as the circuit is widely known as one of the world’s most demanding. To succeed at Monaco, it is not enough to be good: excellence is the only thing that gets the drivers through each of the track’s 78 turns. A cool head is everything on a circuit where overtaking other challengers is an extremely difficult maneuver. This year, young Monacan driver Charles Leclerc will be competing for Team Ferrari. The event will be a rite of passage for this local boy, who undoubtedly dreams of being handed the trophy by HSH Prince Albert II.
# Iconic Corner
Much-feared by drivers but hotly anticipated by aficionados: we could not be describing anything other than La Rascasse corner. Spectators who get there (very) early and are lucky enough to find a spot in the track’s closest suites will be simply blown away. The bridge above La Rascasse is also a great strategic location for anyone who wants to give the drivers a bit of encouragement before they step into the arena.
# In The Driving Seat
Take the wheel of a super-powered racing car during a dash around the tracks and feel your adrenaline levels rise as you hurtle towards the turns! Live the race like a competitor in the virtual reality simulator, take your place on the starting grid and grab pole position. This immersive experience is available in the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo’s Paddock Lounge and, for the first time this year, the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort.
# Cars Then Stars
For those of us who think of the restaurant guide rather than the tire-maker when we hear the word Michelin, Monaco is a dream destination. No fewer than three Michelin-starred restaurants can be found at a stone's throw from the track. If you believe the only place drivers’ virtuosity can be equaled is in the kitchen, go to Le Louis XV - Alain Ducasse à l'Hôtel de Paris***, Le Grill* and Le Vistamar*. These restaurants have special offers during the Grand Prix, with each one competing to take pole position for creativity and make the event even more magical. The cherry on the cake is that the Monte-Carlo Société des Bains’ terraces look out over the track, so you don’t have to miss a single moment of the race! Make sure you also check out the Monaco Grand Prix special offers at our hotels.
# A Sparkling Event
Few competitions have an after-party quite like Monaco’s. As soon as the drivers have raced by and the asphalt has cooled, the tracks play host to an unforgettable spectator event, while the city’s clubs also offer an unforgettable night out. At La Rascasse, celebrating the Grand Prix has become quite the done thing, and the fun kicks off right on the tracks! The atmosphere is electric right through until dawn at COYA Monte-Carlo and Jimmy’z Monte-Carlo, while the party is just as wild in the yachts moored at Hercule Harbour.