When the streets of Monaco turn into a Formula 1 race track there is a distinct change in atmosphere. The Principality becomes electric as all eyes follow the likes of Hamilton, Vetal, Räikkönen and Verstappen as they power their way around the circuit 79 times vying for a place on the podium.
If you’ve never been to the Monaco Grand Prix, you should really go. Even if you’re not a massive motorsports fan, this is an event you will never forget. As well as the race, there are a handful of exclusive parties to attend. It’s a great opportunity to don your glad rags and experience Monaco at its best.
The event starts on Thursday 25th May and finishes on Sunday 28th May 2017. Below are the essential dates and times for your diary. Sunday is the big day.
- Practice 1 Thu 10:00 – 11:30
- Practice 2 Thu 14:00 – 15:30
- Practice 3 Sat 11:00 – 12:00
- Qualifying Sat 14:00 – 15:00
- Race Day Sun 14:00 – 16:00
Image above from formula1.com.
Where to watch the race from?
When in Monaco, a luxury superyacht is surely the only way to roll.
Amber Lounge has put on a two-day package onboard a floating palace as follows.
- Saturday & Sunday Race Viewing
- Trackside Mooring with the view of the giant TV Screen
- F1 Driver Appearances, Exclusive Interviews & Autograph Signing
- Exclusive Amber Lounge Tender Transfers
- Continental Breakfast
- Delicious Gourmet Buffet Lunch
- Afternoon Tea
- All-Day Open Bar including unlimited Champagne
- VIP Gift Bags With Official Team Merchandise
- Program and earplugs
The cost of this package is €3,950 per person. Find out more by clicking the link below:
If you’d prefer to watch the race from dry land, you can see a list of Grand Prix packages below.
Where to Party?
There are a few happening parties to choose from. When the sun goes down, the fun doesn’t stop. SuperYachtsMonaco has summarised the best Events below.
Where to Stay?
Monaco is obviously a busy and noisy place during the Grand Prix. For that reason, you’re better off renting a luxury holiday villa in or around St Jean Cap Ferrat which is only a 30-minute drive or 5-minute helicopter ride from the heart of the action.
We have several outstanding villas for you to choose from. Take a look by clicking the link below, or get in touch with your criteria and we will propose a selection to suit your needs.
Otherwise, we have a couple of beautiful properties a bit closer to Monaco in either Cap d’Ail or Roquebrune Cap Martin.
As you can imagine, driving in Monaco is almost impossible at this time of year and driving anywhere close is slow going. If you can, ditch the car and opt for either helicopter, boat or private transfer to get in and out of Monaco.
Below are some options for getting around.
Uber does operate in the area but they are not allowed to pick up and drop off in Monaco.
How’s the Weather?
More often than not, the weather at the end of May in Monaco is superb. Not too hot, just right. Last year there was a lot of rain on race day but it’s not very common.
Pack a jacket just in case but all being well you should be fine in summer wear.
Average temperatures in Monaco are normally around 19°C in May as shown in the chart below from worldweatheronline.com.
“More like ‘why not go?' Monaco at Grand Prix time epitomises everything that’s great about Formula One racing: speed, glamour, passion, noise and a hint of danger because the cars are never too far away from the barriers.”
Read more on the Formula 1 Monaco destination guide.
If you’d like more information on the Monaco Grand Prix accommodation mentioned above, get in touch with our holiday rentals specialists.