Date of stay: April 2013
Travelled with: Friends & Family
Tour or pre planned: Pre Planned
The Monaco GP is undoubtedly one of the best sporting spectacles to go to, even if you are not a petrol head. The glits and glamor of the place, along with the noise and the smell of rubber will rev up anyone's engines.
I went along to the 2013 event with very little expectations other than to see some cars, some hot women, and get sun burnt. All three boxes were ticked.
We had general admission tickets to the Rocher section. They were by far the cheapest tickets on offer, and luckily we had done our research, as all reports were saying to get there early to get a spot. We made a day of it, and what a day we had. We stayed in Nice (25 mins train ride away) and thought we were early by getting to the station at about 9am, only to find a 45 minute queue just to get on the train! This didn't seem to matter, as we got to the general admission section by about 10.30am (races started at mid-day). The general admission is literally just a road up the side of the hill overlooking the track. It seemed packed when we got there, but we just kept walking (which seemed like we were going further from the track), but managed to grab a sweet spot between the trees and in the sun in the front row of the footpath (so we had the stone barrier to lean against or sit on - ideal). Within the next hour or so, it became quite packed and people were standing right behind us, but as long as you didn't mind, you still got plenty of room. We could see a few sections of the track (in no great detail, but for the neutral spectator, we had no complaints!).
After the race, they opened up the track to walk around (highly recommended), and with a stop off at the Monte Carlo casino, it made for a great day! The walk along the harbor was amazing, looking at all the money pumped into the multi million dollar boats moored up by the track
I would recommend the Rocher section as long as you get there early and don't mind a long day of standing around, but if you take the sport a bit more seriously, either make friends with a millionaire and get on a boat, or failing that, just fork out for a higher priced ticket, and a sun umbrella.
Points to highlight:
Be sure to book tickets in advance and hunt around for the best offer as prices can vary. Overall experiencing the Monaco Grand Prix from the Rocher Section was great and recommended if your on a budget. I booked my tickets through the following website for roughly £65 pounds. Monaco GP tickets
Would you recommend this destination: Yes
Overall rating destination: 5 out of 5