THE MONACO GRAND PRIX

Cir­cuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo; 24-27 May 2018

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WHY VISIT?

The French Riviera is world fa­mous for its splen­dour and el­e­gance. A renowned beauty spot for over a cen­tury, this mag­nif­i­cent rib­bon of coast­line has be­come the def­i­ni­tion of Euro­pean re­fine­ment. Home to both Nice and Monaco, which are just 25 min­utes apart by rail, the south-east cor­ner of France is more than de­serv­ing of its rep­u­ta­tion as the per­fect hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion. And it’s also the host of the jewel in For­mula 1’s crown, the Monaco Grand Prix, which takes place at the end of May.

The Cir­cuit de Monaco is ar­guably the tough­est of all the F1 tracks to mas­ter. This nar­row belt of as­phalt winds its way through the streets of Monte Carlo, and is lined with un­re­lent­ing Armco steel just wait­ing to pu­n­ish even the tini­est of mis­takes.

The ac­tion, uniquely for races on the F1 cal­en­dar, be­gins early on a Thurs­day morn­ing as driv­ers set about fa­mil­iaris­ing them­selves with the low grip lev­els and try to push the lim­its of ad­he­sion. As the track rub­bers in, the times start to tum­ble, and whether you’re watch­ing track­side or on TV, a For­mula 1 car thread­ing its way around the streets of the Prin­ci­pal­ity is a thrilling sight to be­hold.

WHAT TO SEE

Musée Océanographique de Monaco Ris­ing from the cliffs on the coast, this world­class mu­seum of ma­rine sci­ences was ex­ten­sively ren­o­vated in 2010. It’s packed with in­stal­la­tions, ex­hi­bi­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties, while its base­ment aquar­ium con­tains 4,000 species of fish from across the planet. Casino de Monte-carlo Opened in 1863, this fa­mous casino is a his­toric play­ground for the aris­toc­racy of Europe. Open to sight­seers un­til lunchtime, it is well worth a look in­side to see the spec­tac­u­lar belle époque

The world’s great­est street cir­cuit

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