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5 Reasons to Vacation in the French Riviera for the Monaco Grand Prix

Every May, the entire French Riviera gets excited for the Monaco Grand Prix, an event that generates bursts of colors as race cars whiz by, the ever-lasting hum of horsepower, and prestigious social events that coincide with the race. During the Monaco Grand Prix, the entire region, and especially Monte Carlo, transform into an exhilarating place, full of the collective energy from over 120,000 excited spectators during one of the best times to travel to Europe.

Kick off summer with a vacation in the French Riviera during the Monaco Grand Prix. The race itself, in addition to the cosmopolitan atmosphere, amplified nightlife, and multiple social events, is sure to take your French Riviera road trip to the next level.

 Experience Something Legendary


The Monaco Grand Prix is one of three courses included in the Triple Crown, the most challenging races in motorsports. This Formula One race is a 77-lap circuit, 263-kilometer track that has sharp turns and allows no room for error.

The Monaco Grand Prix is a traditional race with a historical past. Today, the Monaco Grand Prix is the last remaining street course. It offers spectators the opportunity to sit close to the action, hear the roar of powerful engines, and see the smoke burn from screeching tires.

It’s More Than a Race


The Monaco Grand Prix is situated perfectly between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea. This attractive landscape has helped the French Rivera and Monte Carlo blossom into a popular tourist destination with several cultural attractions and a hopping nightlife. A vacation in the French Riviera during the Monaco Grand Prix will include more than watching a race. Turn your vacation into a French Riviera road trip. Take in the culture and visit nearby museums, such as Musée Picasso and Musée National Marc Chagall. The French Riviera also offers fine hotels, exquisite dining, and incredible shopping. Come to Monaco for the race; stay because Monte Carlo and its neighboring towns have so much more to offer than just a race.

Party Like a Rock Star



The end of the Cannes Film Festival marks the beginning of the Monaco Grand Prix. Thus, many A-list celebrities extend their vacation in the French Riviera to attend the Monaco Grand Prix.

A vacation in the French Riviera during this time means the chance to see international stars, such as Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Will Smith, and George Clooney. Who knows? Perhaps you could share a drink or go clubbing with your favorite celebrity. The Monaco Grand Prix creates a magical atmosphere in Monte Carlo, so anything could happen.

Win Big at the Casinos



Monte Carlo is known for having a thrilling nightlife, lavish bars, and luxurious casinos. During the Monaco Grand Prix, this principality becomes even more of a billionaire’s playground. In addition to the massive sporting event, the Monaco Grand Prix is a hotbed for social events. Put on your best clothes and head to the Casino de Monte Carlo for pre and post-race fun. Visitors can gamble in the same place as James Bond in Casino Royale. Now, that’s classy!

Turn the week into a French Riviera road trip and travel to other casinos on the coast. Le Croisette Casino-Casino Barrière de Cannes and Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée are both excellent French Riviera casinos.

Escape to the Beach



Monaco is located in the French Rivera, a region with 71 miles of coastal beaches and 300 days of sunshine per year. Therefore, it would be crazy to attend the Monte Carlo Grand Prix without a visit to one of the spectacular beaches in the area.

The small coastline of Monaco is mainly preserved for the wealthiest people—those who need heliports and yacht marinas to park their expensive toys. However, there is one public beach within the principality, and it’s actually not a bad place to go for a swim. Plage du Larvotto has small pebbles rather than sand. The beach is clean and offers amenities, such as toilets and showers. Plenty of bars and restaurants line Larvotto beach, along with options to book jet skis, boats, windsurfing, and parasailing. For visitors who don’t like beach activities, Larvotto Beach also offers a roller blading and skateboarding area.

If escaping to the beach in Monte Carlo still isn’t enough to avoid the noise and crowds of the Monaco Grand Prix, drive your rental car to Nice, Villefranche, or Cannes.

Nice has 3 miles of pristine beaches along the Bay of Angels, along with several restaurant options and shops on the Promenade de Anglais. For tourists who find the beach’s smooth pebbles uncomfortable, Villefranche is a 20-minute train ride away. The beach in Villefranche has small pebbles, similar to Plage du Larvotto.

The best beach in Cannes is La Croisette, which runs along the Boulevard de la Croisette and is near the Palais des Festivals, the location of the annual Cannes International Film Festival. So, even while taking a break from the Monaco Grand Prix, you have the chance to see a celebrity.

Enjoy a French Riviera Road Trip with Auto Europe

With so much to see and do in the French Riviera during the Monaco Grand Prix, a road trip through the area is an absolute must. When you’re ready to hit the road and explore the beautiful Mediterranean coastline, give Auto Europe a call at 1-888-223-5555 to reserve your Monte Carlo car rental, hotel accommodations, and even international airfare!

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