The Monaco Grand Prix is “A tradition unlike any other”…
Oh wait, that’s the wrong sporting event… Let’s hope the top brass at Augusta National aren’t upset with me! The Masters Tournament ranks as the number 1 golf sporting event in America. Of course, the Monaco Grand Prix is similar in that it’s the most elite racing event in the world!
Just like with The Masters, the Monaco Grand Prix is a race every Formula 1 driver wants to win. It’s an event that creates legends: Niki Lauda, Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton are just a few of the “Formula 1 GOAT’s” that have won here.
Below is the ultimate travel guide for Monaco and what you should expect when you attend the Monaco Grand Prix:
Quick Facts – Circuit de Monaco
- First Grand Prix – 1929
- Circuit Length – 3.337 km (2.074)
- Lap Record – 1:14.260 – Max Verstappen (2018)
Iconic Monaco Grand Prix History
Monaco was first established in 1215 as a colony of Genoa. As for all European cities not destroyed by the great wars of the 20th century, Monaco has kept its historical charm while maintaining a modern luxurious image. Located near the borders of Southern France and Northern Italy, this city is a wonderful place to visit even if you’re not attending the race.
The first ever recorded race was in 1929 and was won by William Grover-Williams driving a Bugatti Type 35B. From it’s inception, the Monaco Grand Prix was highly regarded as one of the most important races of the year along with the French, Belgian, Italian and Spanish Grand Prix’s.
The Circuit de Monaco started to become an elite sporting event by the 1970’s due to track alterations that made it more safe for drivers. The era’s from Graham Hill to Niki Lauda to Ayrton Senna/Alain Prost to Michael Schumacher solidified the Monaco Grand Prix as today’s elite racing event.
You could make the argument that the highly competitive racing of legends like Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost mixed in with the interest of celebrities and high society created the modern Monaco Grand Prix. This race is iconic. It’s the celebration of Formula 1 racing.
Why Should you Travel to Monaco?
Formula 1 racing action, combined with the amazing French Riviera, is a dream come true for race fans. Delicious food, smooth wine and beautiful weather are only a few of the wonderful elements you will find in this part of the world.
If you attend a Monaco Grand Prix you will be witnessing sports history in the making. This where racing legends are born…
Grandstands & Hospitality
Monaco is unique in that you have the opportunity to watch the race from many of the over hanging apartment buildings in the city. You could attend private parties or even go through licensed tour operators that put together events, many of which are held at in residences throughout the city.
The grandstands L through P near the famous Monaco pool or the seats at the luxurious Casino Square are phenomenal options as well.
Food & Travel Options
Paris to Monaco by train (5 hours) and plane (1 hour 20 mins) are both good options. Renting a car or luxury driver and hitting some wineries on your way down south could be a recommended option as well! If you’re having trouble finding accommodations, stay in Nice, France and commute into Monte Carlo on race day. Nice is a fantastic French city and could be a good hub to explore other parts of Southern France during your trip.
Book Your Trip
Circuit de Monaco should be at the top of everyone’s list when traveling to a Grand Prix. So buckle up and head over to the French Riviera. You won’t regret it.