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Everything you need to know about the Monaco Grand Prix 2018

  • Published 28 February 2018

"Self-confessed F1 obsessive? Be sure to check out our guide to the Monaco Grand Prix that’ll definitely have some horse power"

Petrolheads, listen up! The sixth race of the 2018 Grand Prix takes place in Monaco this year, and if you’re still deciding on whether to go or not, we’ve given you the lowdown on why you should accelerate to where all the action is at the end of May. With the likes of Red Bull and McLaren battling it out, an adrenaline-filled time is guaranteed. Smell the sweet smell of burning rubber, hear the growl of car engines and taste the free-flowing champagne that makes the F1 one of the most glamorous sporting events of the year… trust us you won’t regret it. 

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What To Expect

78 laps of rapid acceleration makes the Monaco F1 Grand Final a real adrenaline rush from start to finish. If you’re lucky enough to get a ticket, you’ll be able to see some of the greatest racers in the sport try their hardest to win this legendary race.  

Taking place at Circuit de Monaco, cars take to the city’s streets on Sunday 27th May 2018 at 1pm. Part of the Triple Crown of Motorsport along with the Indianapolis500 in America and 24 Hours of Le Mans in France, participants have been waiting their whole career just to speed off from the starting line. Twists and turns can be found throughout the track, which is the shortest of any F1 circuit, making sure every move and manoeuvre counts. Even the greats such as Brazil’s Aytron Senna and our very own Michael Schumacher have had trouble here thanks to the closeness of the barriers making it difficult to overtake. Ironically, they’ve also won the most; Senna with six and Schumacher with five. Turn Six is the slowest corner in F1, which is a real test when you’re driving at monumental speed. 

As a spectator you can expect the city to be awash with fellow F1 enthusiasts wanting a piece of the action. Due to the race being on the streets, the majority of Monaco comes to a standstill. 33-kilometres of safety rails are erected with an additional 20,000-square metres of wire-catch fencing also installed. It’s also important to note that the practise day is Thursday 24th of May 2018, so take that into consideration when booking your holiday with us as you can be a spectator at this event too.  

The Perfect Package For You

Here at Winged Boots we offer a range of packages to suit every traveller. Whether you want to sit in a particular grand stand during the race or fancy staying in your favourite luxury four and five-star hotel, we’ll do our best to ensure the perfect holiday. Hotels are booking up, so if you’re wanting to join us, you’ll have to be quick! Below are just a few of the packages we offer, and if you want to get the wheels in motion call one of our personal travel managers on 0203 816 0985 today.

The Winged Boots Recommended Package

Three nights of elegance awaits all who take advantage of this itinerary. As well as tickets to the race on 27th of May 2018 you’ll also be staying at Hotel Metropole, Monte Carlo. Boasting a swimming pool designed by Karl Lagerfeld, a spa by Givenchy and two gourmet restaurants serving a whole host of cuisine, the finer things in life are guaranteed.
Don’t believe us? Click here to discover more on our Monaco Grand Prix package. 

Luxurious VIP Yacht Hospitality

To really push the boat, or yacht, out this luxurious VIP Yacht Hospitality package has it all in terms of elegance and glamour. Take to the deck as you hop aboard one of the vessels and enjoy five-star customer service from the get go. This choice also boasts a complimentary all-day champagne bar so you can celebrate in style, a breakfast buffet, a Sunday pre-race Q&A with an F1 celebrity and a speedboat transfer from Fontvieille Harbour. There’s also enough room for up to 100 people on this 44-metre super yacht, making it ideal for corporate travellers. 

Click here to go to our Formula 1 trip idea page or enquire here to start booking the racing getaway of your dreams. 

Formula One Paddock Club™ 

For prestige and ultra-luxury, nothing comes close to this package. Located above Grandstand T you’ll have some of the best views of the track along with an open champagne bar, gourmet lunch and the chance to enjoy the facilities and entertainment on offer including race simulators and the winner’s trophy podium. Tours of the track during allocated times come as standard along with a live video feed throughout the race so you don’t miss any of the action. 

Booking your F1 holiday to Monaco couldn’t be easier with Winged Boots. For more information about the different itineraries we offer click here or call one of our personal travel managers on 0203 816 0985. 

Other Things To Do In Monaco

Monaco is a real playground for the wealthy. If you’re here well before or after the chequered flag has waved, we have you covered in terms of what to do. From casinos and museums to evenings spent wandering along the harbour, this beautiful principality is just waiting to be explored. To make the most of it, check in with your hotel’s concierge or ask one of our personal travel managers who will be more than happy in booking excursions on your behalf.

Monte Carlo Casino and Opera House 

Built in 1893 by Charles Garnier, the same architect who designed the Paris Opera House, Monte Carlo Casino and Opera House is one of the most prominent and popular attractions in Monaco. As soon as you enter the marble paved atrium your jaw will drop at the sheer elegance that can be found within. Lavish chandeliers from the ceiling, stunning artwork on the walls and 28 onyx columns holding up the building make for outstanding visuals, with the sound of game machines and people winning big all you can hear. European roulette, black jack and poker tables can be found in one room, with the other holding various slot machines if these tend to be your game of choice. If you’re feeling peckish you’ve doubled your money here, with two restaurants serving Italian and Mediterranean cuisine respectively. 

Oceanographic Museum 

Alternatively, if you’re in the mood for a more relaxing and educational affair, the Oceanographic Museum is perfect. Built on the side of a rock, it is home to various exhibitions and collections of marine life that you and your party can explore for hours. There’s even a cabinet of curiosities that houses all the weird and wonderful finds that have been discovered since opening. With statues, shipwrecks and much more, you’ll feel like you’re stumbled upon Atlantis. A basement aquarium will have you taking plenty of pictures of exotic underwater creatures such as seahorses, crabs, sharks and sea urchins too. Turtle Island on the terrace is another must. Here you can get up close and personal with near-extinct African spurred turtles against backdrops of the Mediterranean Sea and Monaco itself. If all that wasn’t enough you can also handle star fish, sea urchins and touch a baby shark at the Tactile Pool, with 45-minute sessions happening throughout the day. Count us in. 

Prince’s Palace 

Take your F1 holiday up a gear as you head to the private antique car collection of H.S.H Prince Rainier III. Located at Prince’s Palace, take a trip from years gone by to the present day with more than 100 motor vehicles on show. From a replica of the car driven by Cary Grant in To Catch A Thief to a 2017 Bugatti Veyron and historic royal horse carriages, this is an excursion that should be top of your ‘To Do’ list. Once you’re finished here make sure to head over to the main house, which is open during the summer months. Open-air concerts by the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra happen throughout this time too, so you can really make it a day trip to remember. While the venue is closed during the F1 weekend this should be a top choice if you’re holidaying either before or after the Grand Prix. 

Where To Eat

If your heart has a similar fondness for food as it does F1, the restaurants in Monaco are sure to be a hit. A fusion of Italian and southern French flavours makes the cuisine distinctly unique, and with the city being so close to the Mediterranean Sea, you can expect seafood to be top of the menu. Local delicacies include stocafi which is stewed dried cod, flavoured with black olives and local vegetables. Fougasse is another. This small, sweet bread that’s flavoured with oranges and decorated with nuts and raisins can be found in many authentic bakeries in the streets of Monaco. A large percentage of the eateries in the area have special events during the F1 weekend, so it’s definitely worthwhile checking out some of those. From champagne parties to afternoon teas, you’re sure to find your favourite.

La Marée

This top floor restaurant serves a wealth of seafood and boasts being in one of the top locations to see the race. Fare is cooked to a high standard, with live crabs and lobsters in the tanks to choose from. Other fish is caught fresh that day, straight from the harbour that you can see out of the window. A sommelier is also on hand with a wide choice of wine to accompany your starter, main course and dessert, ensuring your meal goes without a hitch. Add into the mix world class caviar and an open champagne bar during race day, and you have the ultimate luxury experience away from the hustle and bustle of the track.  

Le Grill Hotel de Paris 

Traditional cuisine from the South of France comes to fruition at Le Grill, a restaurant found within the walls of Hotel de Paris. Mediterranean gastronomy is woven throughout the menu, complimenting the endless sea views that the windows and terrace feature. From starters of caviar and Scottish smoked salmon to main courses such as free-range cockerel cooked right in the fireplace, a luxurious meal is on the cards here. Make sure you save room for dessert though, as the soufflés are easily the best in Monaco! Choose either chocolate, vanilla or berry flavour and enjoy a sweet treat at the end of the evening. 

Buddha Bar

If you’re wanting to step away from the traditional cuisine that can be found in many of the Monaco restaurants, Buddha Bar is just the ticket when hunger strikes. Showcasing some amazing dishes from the Pacific Rim, flavours from China, Japan and Thailand are ever apparent here. Choices are vibrant and enticing, served in large dishes rather than individual plates encouraging diners to share with the whole party. Post-dinner drinks come in the form of the Lounge Bar, with a whole host of signature cocktails and sake to work your way though. Accompanied with the thumping beats and electro music of resident DJ Papa, your evening has only just begun. 

Where To Party

During the F1 final, Monaco boasts an electric atmosphere that’s hard to beat. The bars and clubs are most definitely the place to be once the chequered flag has waved and the winner has been crowned. With countless venues offering some of the best music and entertainment, we go through just a few of the best. What are you waiting for? Get your glad rags on and prepare to party.

The Amber Lounge 

For the chance to mingle with A-listers and F1 drivers, The Amber Lounge needs no introduction. Various events happen throughout the weekend across a multitude of venues including the Amber Lounge F1 yacht, an exclusive restaurant and nightclub. Fashion shows, charity auctions and three nights of after parties during the race weekend will give plenty of unforgettable memories. On Friday the U*NITE evening gets underway with a fashion show featuring F1 drivers, gourmet dining and the chance to soak up just how extravagant and exciting Monaco is. Saturday and Sunday then see a range of international DJs and live performances take to the stage, accompanied by free-flowing champagne of course. Celebrities such as Prince Harry, Naomi Campbell and Rio Ferdinand have all seen how fantastic the parties are, now it’s time for you to see for yourself.  


Known as one of the most elite nightclubs in the world, Jimmy’z has been pleasing the night owls of Monaco since opening 40 years ago. Recently the venue has been refurbished, opening its doors to locals and tourists alike that want to experience the enticing atmosphere that has made it so famous. Comprising a dance floor, multiple bars and an outdoor terrace this is the place to be and be seen after the F1 race. A floating Summer Bar on the lagoon has been added as well as open-air tables so you can really soak in the elegant atmosphere while on holiday. 

Yacht Parties 

"A nice glass of bubbly, the moonlight reflecting on the waves and good company make yacht parties a must during your time in Monaco"

Trade roaring cars for ultra-glam yachts to really party in style. The waters of Port Hercule may seem like a rather unusual after-dark venue, but the docked vessels offer some of the most spectacular parties in the whole of Monaco. If you want an iconic night out look no further than the glistening waves of the Mediterranean Sea. Step aboard magnificence with DJs, canapes, champagne and most importantly, an amazing atmosphere all coming as standard. Various companies offer tickets, which sell out fast so be sure to book in advance. One of the most prestigious is held by three-time winter Olympian and luxury events company owner Nicholas Frankl. With H.S.H Prince Albert II being a regular attendant you know you’re in for a good time… the Perrier Jouet champagne, caviar and an additional cigar lounge are the cherry on top. On, and don’t be alarmed when you’re asked to take off your shoes as this is considered normal yacht etiquette. 

Take It To The Finish Line

Whether you fancy partying with the A-list or spending your days luxuriating on a yacht, Monaco during the F1 has it all. The restaurants are lavish and offer only the best cuisine, the hotels are grand and exuberant, and the packages guarantee you’ll be putting the pedal to the metal in style. The grand final takes place on Sunday 27th May 2018 so there’s not long to go before cars will be going from 0 to 200 faster than you thought possible. Enquire here or call one of our personal travel managers on 0203 816 0985 to start booking. 

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