Weekend in Monaco: Make the Most of the Grand Prix

How to spend a weekend in Monaco for the Grand Prix

By Kelly Cronin

Chances are when you think of Monaco, you think of luxury. And you are not wrong. Monaco, which has the most millionaires per capita, is known as a playground for the rich and famous. With designer stores on every street corner, luxury penthouses at the top of every skyscraper, an abundance of fine-dining experiences and of course the famous Port Hercule yacht port, it’s no wonder the wealthiest people in the world often gather here to enjoy life in the luxurious principality.

At the end of May every year, Monaco hosts the mega-event of the year: the F1 Grand Prix. People gather from all over the world to watch the four-day event through the heart of Monaco. The main street is blocked off for the drivers to endure a difficult, hilly, hairpin turn race. Beyond the race, Monaco turns into one giant party throughout the event. A once-in-a-lifetime event, if you’re thinking about heading over for the Grand Prix,  make the most of your weekend in Monaco with our Monaco Grand Prix Travel Guide:

Party on a luxury superyacht

Yes, we’re serious. At the Grand Prix, the best place to watch the race is aboard a luxury superyacht in Port Hercule. With the right spot, you can see the famous hairpin turn in front of the Fairmont hotel. Most yacht parties include endless champagne, elite guest lists and five-star services. If you aren’t already convinced about how amazing this is, just trust us – this is THE place to be. Even Prince Albert goes to the superyacht parties during the Grand Prix.

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Monaco Grand Prix Port Hercule luxury yacht

You can charter your own luxury superyacht for the weekend, phone a friend with a yacht, or look for available luxury yacht parties that come at a fixed price. Make sure you dress for the occasion with a nice cocktail dress and avoid high-heels (you’ll have to take them off onboard the yacht anyways). If you’re interested in going on a luxury superyacht for the Grand Prix, THE DRIVER can take care of all of your arrangements.

Take a break from the race

If you’re going to the Grand Prix, chances are you’re traveling far to get there, so make the most of your trip to Monaco! Make sure you save time to go out and explore the principality and the rest of the Côte d’Azur. With fabulous beaches in every town, the French Riviera is a paradise at that time of year. Some must-see Monaco sights include Old Monaco, Prince’s Palace, Saint Nicholas Cathedral, Port Hercule and the Monte-Carlo Casino.

Plage de la Mala Cap d'Ail French Riviera

Of course one of the best parts about Monaco is the proximity of incredible sights along the French Riviera. Plage de la Mala (pictured above) is a hidden beach just near Monaco in Cap-d’Ail. Keep going further and you’ll hit coastal towns of Èze, Beaulieu sur Mer and Villefranche sur Mer before reaching Nice. With so much to see, the best way to explore this region is a private day tour between Nice and Monaco, with stops at the highlights throughout. Sit in the back of a luxury vehicle while seeing the sparkling turquoise water and taking lunch at scenic fine-dining restaurants. Each tour is completely customizable, so you are sure to enjoy the trip. Click here for more information

After the party there’s the after party

Okay yes four days of partying is a lot – but why stop now? The best part of the Grand Prix is the Monday following the finish of the races, when the true party takes off at Anjuna Beach. A gorgeous, luxurious beach bar in Èze, Anjuna hosts an excellent after-party the Monday after the Grand Prix. Luxury yachts pull up and guests are brought ashore to indulge in the ultimate day party with a DJ.

Anjuna Eze beach bar french riviera grand prix
Image courtesy of Anjuna
Anjuna beach bar eze french riviera party champagne
Image by Marina Scholze

Let loose and enjoy craft cocktails by the beautiful mediterranean with a non-stop party at Anjuna. They also have an incredible lunch and dinner menu, beach lounge chairs and other services. Tables can be reserved in advance. For assistance with scheduling with Anjuna and booking luxury transport, contact THE DRIVER.

This post is sponsored by THE DRIVER. All words and opinions are my own.

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