All you need to know about the Monaco Grand Prix (2023)
It is the Principality’s sporting event, the Monaco Grand Prix is without doubt the most popular event on the French Riviera. During the four days of the Grand Prix, from the practice sessions to the race on Sunday, the excellence and technical demands of the teams and the elegance of the public who flock to watch this legendary race are combined. The Monaco F1 Grand Prix 2023 takes place from May 25th to 28th and Excellence Riviera offers you its best advice on how to experience this unique event in the world of sport.
How to attend the Monaco Grand Prix?
The race is played out on the track, between the prestigious residences, symbolized by its famous tunnel and its famous pin, but the race is also played out between the privileged, accredited or not, who will benefit from the most beautiful views of the Monaco Grand Prix 2023: paddocks, yachts or terraces offer exceptional panoramas.
Rooftops and VIP terraces overlooking the Monegasque streets that have been converted into a circuit, VIP grandstands where F1 lovers flock or an exclusive view from the comfort of a yacht are some of the best options for catching a glimpse of the Formula 1 of Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen, Sergio Pérez and so many other driving prodigies.
Some rooftops include a gastronomic offer from breakfast to dinner, with DJ entertainment and spectacular views of the race. For total immersion, a meeting with a personality from the F1 world is possible here.
The most spacious terraces with exclusive panoramic viewpoints are reserved very early, as the pleasure of a cocktail with a spectacular view of the race is intense.
Rooftops and terraces on high floors can give you a view of the strategic passages of the circuit: starting grid, straight line, Sainte-Dévote chicane, Beau-Rivage climb towards the casino or exit of the mythical tunnel are among the most popular spots.
The terraces on the lower floors guarantee you the vibrations closest to the passage of the F1 cars and the excitement of the Monaco Grand Prix, but their views are often less exhilarating than on the upper floors.
A must in the world of luxury, the yacht is another popular spot during the Monaco Grand Prix. It is the ultimate choice for the international elite to charter for the week, for the weekend or the single competition day on Sunday. It is the ideal place to combine Monegasque luxury with the exhilaration of racing. Onboard the yachts, the Champagne is flowing, and the days go on until the end of the night. No need to disembark to watch the spectacle of the race, onboard, the view is breathtaking, and the atmosphere is unrivalled in the Principality.
To push the experience to its paroxysm and to be as close as possible to the riders and the stables, nothing will equal access to the heart of the paddocks. The Paddock Club is the holy grail for adrenaline junkies, to feel the vibrations of the Formula 1s who come to lick the pits during a lightning stop or to observe the concentration and technical skills of the elite teams. The Paddock Club de Monaco offers the best viewpoint, facing the starting line. It also includes other experiences, such as a simulator to try to imitate the drivers, a guided tour of the track in the drivers’ truck, meetings with the champions or even gastronomic meals and a champagne bar. The Paddock Club is the privileged club of this Monaco Grand Prix.
What to see or do during the Monaco Grand Prix?
Formula 1 racing is obviously THE reason that attracts you to Monaco, but beyond the trials and the competition day, the Monaco Grand Prix period is a period of effervescence that pushes you to take full advantage of all the attractions of the principality.
Shopping at the Carré d’Or and in the One Monte Carlo district, a night out in the heart of the emblematic Casino de Monte-Carlo or discovering the car collection of H.S.H. the Prince of Monaco to stay in the world of cars, so many possible ideas to fill the moments spent in the Principality.
Finally, to immerse yourself intensely in the unique atmosphere of the Grand Prix weekend, the best way is to join one of the parties organised in the Monegasque establishments but above all on board a yacht in the port of Monaco. Just a stone’s throw from the paddocks, you will embark for a night of excitement to the sound of the guest DJs.
How to get to the Monaco Grand Prix?
The Grand Prix period turns Monaco into a bunker. To reach the principality in style and in just a few minutes from Nice Côte d’Azur airport, the most efficient and fastest means of transport is the helicopter. By booking a transfer between Nice and Monaco, you will place the excitement of the Grand Prix only 7 minutes from the airport.
Another exclusive option is to arrive in Monaco by chartering a yacht from Saint-Tropez, Cannes or Antibes. Arriving onboard a yacht will give you the panache to approach your stay in Monaco in style, and you can choose to stay on board to enjoy the Grand Prix from a distance.
Finally, you can also decide to rent a luxury car with or without a driver, making sure you have accreditation to get as close as possible to the Grand Prix.
Where to stay during this prestigious Formula 1 Grand Prix?
To be at the heart of the Grand Prix fervor, the Hotel de Paris Monte Carlo and the Métropole Monte Carlo, both located on Place du Casino, are choices of luxury and elegance. These two palaces also offer the opportunity to spend a moment of relaxation in the heart of the excitement of the race, thanks to the Métropole spa and the Monte Carlo thermal baths. Another option close to the Casino Square is the Hotel Hermitage and its Belle Epoque elegance, which shares with the Hotel de Paris access to the Monte-Carlo thermal baths.
For those who wish to get away from the hustle and bustle, the Larvotto welcomes the Monte-Carlo Beach, a true glamorous refuge, and the Monte-Carlo Bay resort and its lagoon facing the Mediterranean, with its more modern spirit, is ideal for families.
Staying in Monaco during the Grand Prix can rhyme with the ultimate experience if you choose the yacht charter option. The most prestigious yachts and crews take up residence in the port to deliver excellent service to the guests of the venue. It is also onboard the yachts that the most popular evenings of this unique weekend on the French Riviera are held. The elite from the worlds of sport, fashion, business and art are there to enjoy the event and meet up for a festive weekend.
The 80th Monaco Grand Prix will mark the opening of the 2023 summer season on the French Riviera. Motor sport fans, see you in Monaco from May 25th to 28th 2023!