The year in review: when should you visit Monaco?
The Monaco Formula One Grand Prix: MAY
Every year starting from 1929, Monaco hosts the most prestigious word race. The 3.34 kilometer-long track is right in the heart of the city, and it is the slowest and most complex part of Formula 1. The Principality spends plenty of time and effort to set up the grandstands and fences, and to host the tourists, racecar drivers, and guests. The end of May, when the race is held, is the time of the highest prices for the hotels, crowded streets, and the best parties. As a rule, the locals leave Monaco, and schools and offices are closed for this period.
Every two years on an even year, two weeks before the Formula One Grand Prix begins, a Historic Grand Prix is held on the same racing track, where antique racecars participate. It is a very colorful and entertaining event; don’t miss it in 2014 or 2016!
The Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters: APRIL
Every year in April the world’s best male tennis players meet on the hard court in the Monte-Carlo Country Club (which is strictly speaking located in France). The prize award amounts to almost three million euro.
Information and tickets are available online at: http://www.montecarlotennismasters.com/
The Monaco Yacht Show: SEPTEMBER
The world’s biggest exhibition sale of luxurious yachts gathers professionals and enthusiasts of these expensive toys in the Port Hercules. The assortment is broad, and every year up to a hundred 25-90-mete-long yachts are exposed.
The organizers’ website: http://www.monacoyachtshow.com
The Rose Ball – Le Bal de la Rose: MARCH
Founded in 1954 by Princess Grace, the Rose Ball is one of the main annual social events of the Principality. The guests and the stars gather for the dinner and the ball in the Summer Sporting Club, and all the profits from the night go to the charity foundation of Princess Grace.
The Red Cross Gala – Le Gala de la Croix Rouge: AUGUST
It is a charity auction event in a benefit for the Monaco Red Cross. The Red Cross Gala is the most important annual social event in Monaco. The high class and the stars from around the world gather in the summer hall of the Sporting Club by the invitation of Prince Albert II, President of the Monaco Red Cross. The required attire includes foot long dresses and the best jewelry.
The International Circus Festival: JANUARY
Founded by Prince Rainier III in 1974, this cheerful and prestigious circus celebration gathers the world’s best circus actors every year. The festival is held under the patronage of Princess Stephanie. If you want to be seated next to the stage, you should be buying the tickets in July already.
The website of the event: http://www.montecarlofestival.mc
The Sporting Summer Festival: JULY – AUGUST
Within the framework of this festival you can weekly attend the concerts of various stars of different levels. In 2013 year we were happy with Rihanna’s performance (the tickets were sold out instantaneously), while Elton John rescheduled his show for 2014 following the doctors’ recommendations. They may serve dinner before the show, depending on which event it is.
You can look at the program, and book the tickets here: http://www.sportingsummerfestival.com
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