Monaco is also home to the famed Grand Prix. During the racing season the streets are blocked off and the sounds of revving engines reverbrate throughout the city. You might want to rethink bringing a rental car into the city during these times!
As you exit Monaco train station, your ears are assaulted by the sound of Formula One . Shrieking tyres, screaming engines, the agony of tortured machines fills the air, a soundtrack to Heironymous Bosch's Hell', as all Monaco plays host to the world's ultimate sporting event - Monaco Grand Prix.
Decked in red baseball hats and T-shirts weighed down with logos, precious race tickets hanging round their necks buying entry to petrol-scented heaven, fifty thousand race fans pour out into the sunshine. Every balcony of every Monaco highrise bulges with crowds, packed rooftops and hotel windows. Health and safety inspectors take the week off sick with stress. Partying luxury yatchts line the harbour jostling side by side, weighted down to the waterline with guests.
What's it really about? Not racing, that's for sure. For a few brief hours, nanny is given the afternoon off. Grown men are allowed to forget jobs, mortgages and families, and turn back into small boys. Small, naughty boys. With very, very, big toys.
You are witnessing the irresistable fascination of speed and power: the fusion of man and engine. A fantasy economy where sticking the single word on a racers tail fin is worth millions of millions of pounds and champagne flows without end, or a bill.
Truly, a unique experience - one of the wonders of the modern world. See it.
If you are in Monaco with a car, you can take a drive around the Grand Prix circuit - but at a much slower pace than in a real race of course, as the circuit is part of the normal streets.
My husband was very excited!!
The main attraction of the Monaco Grand Prix is the proximity of the speeding
Formula One cars to the race spectators. The twisting 78-lap circuit offers
incalculable opportunities for spectators to witness the thrill of screaming
engines, smoking tyres and the genius of the drivers over the 263-kilometre race
on a course that allows no margin for error.
The first Monaco Grand Prix was held on the 14th of April 1929. Since then, the
fastest average race speed has risen from 80 kilometres (50 miles) per hour to 142
kilometres (88 miles) per hour.
The Monaco Grand Prix is the seventh in the Formula One racing calendar.
A must for Grand Prix fans a walk around the course takes around an hour we started off having a beer in the pit lane and then walked the 2.094 miles back around to the start /finish line.