There are few sporting events in the world more prestigious than the Monaco Grand Prix. Across two miles of tightly wound urban racetrack, the greatest drivers in the history of the sport have competed for the chequered flag.
It’s a race that commands particular sentimental value among F1 fans and is arguably the most historically significant race on the entire calendar. It’s also undoubtedly the most prestigious, with this being among the most expensive parts of the world to live, work, and spectate.
The History of the Monaco Grand Prix
This race can trace its origins to 1929, when it was first organised by Antony Noghès. It started life as a strictly local competition, since in those days the FIA had not yet come into being. Noghès’ attempts to draw in a wider pool of drivers proved unsuccessful, as the idea of a street race was at the time a novel one, and Monaco did not yet have a reputation for motorsport. It took the endorsement of Monégasque driver Louis Chiron, and Prince Louis II, to get things going.
To begin with, just a handful of drivers showed up. But as the years went by, and the inherent qualities of the track and the setting became obvious, more and more manufacturers saw the opportunity to showcase their vehicles, and more and more drivers came to view the track and the occasion as worthwhile.
Arrival in Monaco
So, what exactly is involved with a trip to this part of the world at this time of year? As you might imagine, things can be a little hectic – but this can be managed with a little bit of forward planning. If you’re travelling from the US, then a plane is indispensable. The two nearest airports are Nice Côte d’Azur and Cannes Mandelieu. The former sits just behind Paris as the second busiest airport in France for private air travel. Speak to your private jet company about your options.
If you’re staying in Monaco, then you owe it to yourself to stay in a luxury hotel. In fact, you might find that there are few other kinds of hotel available. There’s the Hôtel de Paris, the Hôtel Hermitage, and the Fairmont, all of which offer easy access to the beach, world class facilities, and spectacular views of the surrounding city, especially during summertime.
The Grand Prix
Often, the best way to enjoy the Monaco Grand Prix is with the help of an all-inclusive package deal. This will provide you with a good view of the race itself, travel, accommodation, and a few extra luxury experiences, too. Provided that you’re going to use and enjoy everything that’s included, this might be the best way to proceed.