Set sail for the Monaco Grand Prix on your French Riviera yacht charter

Published 28 June 2024

History of the Monaco Grand Prix

The Monaco Grand Prix, one of the most prestigious and iconic events in motorsport, has a rich history dating back to 1929. Held annually on the narrow streets of Monte-Carlo, the race is renowned for its challenging circuit and unique location, with the track winding through the glamorous city-state overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. 

Over the decades, the Monaco Grand Prix has become synonymous with glamour, luxury, and high-speed thrills, attracting top drivers and racing teams from around the world. It is a crucial fixture in the Formula 1 calendar, celebrated for its difficulty and the skill required to navigate its demanding course. The race's heritage and prestige make it a standout event in the world of motor racing.

Feel the action in every sense on a trackside superyacht
Feel the action in every sense on a trackside superyacht

Can you attend the Monaco Grand Prix?

The race, typically held in May, attracts a global audience, so securing accommodation and tickets well in advance is essential. Tickets ranging from general admission to exclusive VIP packages, with options to watch from grandstands, luxury yachts, hotel terraces or even the balcony of Burgess' Monaco office, which overlooks Sainte-Devote. The principality offers various activities and events during race week, such as parties and fan experiences, enhancing the overall experience. 

Attending the Monaco Grand Prix is a unique opportunity to witness one of the most prestigious and thrilling events in motorsport, set against the backdrop of the one of the world's most glamorous destinations.

It's the unmissable Formula 1 event of the calendar
It's the unmissable Formula 1 event of the calendar

Where does the Monaco Grand Prix take place?

Taking place on the Circuit de Monaco, the Monaco Grand Prix is a street circuit laid out in Monte-Carlo and La Condamine. Known for its tight and twisty layout, featuring famous sections such as Sainte-Devote, Casino Square, the Fairmont Hairpin and the Tunnel. 

Its picturesque setting along the Mediterranean coast, combined with the challenge of navigating through the narrow streets, makes it one of the most iconic tracks in the world of Formula 1 racing. The event utilises the existing roads of Monaco, transforming the city into a high-speed racing venue each year.

Where is the Monaco F1 tunnel?

Located on the Circuit de Monaco, specifically in the Monte-Carlo district of Monaco, this section of the track runs beneath the Fairmont Hotel, situated between the Portier and Nouvelle Chicane corners.

The tunnel is one of the most distinctive and interesting features of the Monaco Grand Prix circuit, as drivers must transition from bright sunlight into the dimly lit tunnel and then back into daylight. This unique aspect of the track adds to the complexity and excitement of the race.

Monaco's demanding Grand Prix track creates a high octane race
Monaco's demanding Grand Prix track creates a high-octane race

Is there a dress code for the Monaco Grand Prix?

Given Monaco's reputation for luxury and style, dressing accordingly is encouraged to match the event's glamorous atmosphere. There is no strict, universal dress for for those attending the Monaco Grand Prix, however there are certain guidelines and expectations dependent upon the type of ticket and venue.

For general admission and grandstand seating, casual and comfortable attire is generally acceptable keeping in mind the weather and the need for mobility. Whereas, if you are attending VIP areas, private yachts, or hospitality suites, the dress code is naturally more formal. In these exclusive areas, smart casual or business casual attire is often recommended, with men wearing collared shirts and trousers, and women opting for elegant dresses or smart outfits.

What better reason to dress up than the Monaco Grand Prix?
What better reason to dress up than the Monaco Grand Prix?

Off-track atmosphere and events in Monaco

The Principality comes alive on race weekend. You can expect VIP parties at some of Monaco’s most exclusive locations, starting ahead of the long weekend event. Monaco oozes glamour like no other destination in the world and caters in style, but the hottest ticket in town has to be the after party at Amber Lounge. Attracting celebrities and VIPs from far and wide, once the chequered flag has been waved, drivers, their teams and lucky guests come together as live acts and world-famous DJs take to the floor.

And then there are the restaurants, and Monaco is home to some of the finest in the world. Le Louis XV is the place to head for the finest haute cuisine to be found along the entire Côte d’Azur. Joel Robuchon’s eponymous restaurant is another firm favourite for the yachting crowd, while other hot spots include Le Grill, Cipriani, Nobu, Coya, Buddha Bar, Nikki Beach and Maya. For those looking to escape the Monaco Grand Prix mania, Chevre d’Or sits perched on the hillside offering spectacular views over the sparkling Mediterranean coastline and yachts anchored below.

Work hard, play hard Monaco knows how to party
Work hard, play hard Monaco knows how to party

Attend the track-side parties

Track-side parties at the Monaco Grand Prix are associated with luxury, glamour, and excitement. These exclusive events are held at prestigious venues along the circuit, including luxury yachts, lavish hotels, and renowned nightclubs. Guests can expect a festive atmosphere with live music, gourmet food, and flowing champagne, providing an unparalleled social scene against the high-octane race.

Dressing to impress is essential, as the ambiance reflects Monaco's sophisticated and chic reputation. Being part of these track-side celebrations offers a unique blend of world-class motorsport and upscale festivities, encapsulating the essence of the Monaco Grand Prix experience.

Visit the Amber Lounge

The Amber Lounge during the Monaco rand Prix is a quintessential experience. Known to be the ultimate party destination for the Formula 1 elite, the Amber Lounge offers a series of exclusive events where guests can mingle with drivers, celebrities and VIPs in a lavish setting. The lounge features live performances by top artists, fashion shows and an electric atmosphere. Make your race weekend unforgettable.

Make unforgettable memories with live performances and meetings of a lifetime 
Make unforgettable memories with live performances and meetings of a lifetime 

Take a trip to the Casino

As one of the most famous casinos in the world, Casino de Monte-Carlo in Monaco blends historical grandeur with modern elegance. Since its opening in 1863, the casino has been an iconic symbol of luxury and sophistication. Take a trip down to Casino Square and admire the opulent Belle-Epoque architecture, adorned with chandeliers and marble columns, create a breathtaking ambiance for guests.

Beyond the games, the Casino de Monte-Carlo offers fine dining, exclusive bars, and cultural events, making it a central hub of social activity in Monaco. Guests can indulge in the lavish lifestyle that the principality is renowned for, often rubbing shoulders with celebrities and high-profile individuals. A trip to this historic and glamorous venue is not just about gaming; it's about immersing oneself into the luxurious charm that defines Monaco. 

Try your hand at roulette or blackjack at the famous Casino de Monte-Carlo
Try your hand at roulette or blackjack at the famous Casino de Monte-Carlo

Can you stay in Nice for the Monaco Grand Prix?

Staying in Nice for the Monaco Grand Prix is a popular and practical options for many visitors. Nice, located about 20 kilometers from Monaco, offers a wide range of accommodation compared to the limited hotels in Monaco itself. The two cities are well-connected by various transportation methods. Additionally, Nice has beautiful beaches, a vibrant cultural scene, and numerous dining and entertainment options, providing a delightful base for your trip. Those who stay in Nice are able to enjoy the best of both worlds: the excitement of the Monaco Grand Prix and the charm of the French Riviera

Prepare to get closer than ever before to the Monaco Grand Prix with the help of the Burgess Charter team. Contact us today! 

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