To give you a taste, we’ve whittled down three of the best F1 destinations, one for each type of traveller whether you prefer pure luxury, a rush of adrenaline or natural highlights…
You don’t need to be an F1 fan to associate Monaco with the Grand Prix. Set on the French Riviera where ultra-luxurious yachts abound and the sounds of champagne bottles popping open fill the air, a trip to the Monaco Grand Prix guarantees an escape that’s bursting with glitz and glamour.
Alongside soaking up the atmosphere in grandstand seats at the Grand Prix, there’s plenty of opportunities to encounter what makes this tiny country so special.
We especially recommend taking the time to explore the capital, Monte Carlo, which is bursting with ornate architecture, immaculately manicured gardens, historical highlights and astounding natural scenery.
For an incredible view of the city, head up to the Jardin Exotique which boasts vistas of the harbour, palace and sea beyond. And because the garden is east-facing, it’s also one of the best places to catch the sunrise over the city.
Even if you’re not a gambler, make sure you take the time to check out the illustrious Monte Carlo Casino. This iconic building is not just ornate on the outside, step through the front doors and you’ll be welcomed by a palace that’s fit for a king. With spectacular hand-painted murals adorning the walls and gold plaster-work ceilings complete with grand hanging chandeliers overhead, you’ll feel immersed in luxury and perhaps even tempted to try your hand at one of the tables.
Though Abu Dhabi is world-renowned for its breathtaking ornate architecture and traditional culture, this city also offers a world of excitement for F1 fans.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix takes place on Yas Island, a 25 km sq purpose-built island that offers wall-to-wall entertainment for all types of travellers. Aside from featuring Abu Dhabi’s largest luxury mall, an aquarium, a golf course, a waterpark and indoor skydiving and climbing (to name a few), thrill-seekers and F1 enthusiasts alike can get their fill at Ferrari World, a Ferrari-branded theme park.
Here you can experience what it’s like to be a member of the Ferrari pit crew as you race against the clock to change a tyre on an F1 car, try out an F1 simulator or race against your family and friends on the go-kart racing track.
Or for a real dose of adrenaline, you can race on the Yas Marine circuit track yourself. At the race car driving school you can get expert tuition and learn how to tackle the track before climbing into an Aston Martin, a Ferrari 458 GT or a Mercedes-AMG GTS and hurtling around the track at top speed.
Taking place at the Suzuka Circuit in the Mie Prefecture, a more traditional and perhaps lesser-travelled region of the country, heading to see the Japan Grand Prix provides you with the perfect opportunity to gain a unique perspective of “The Land of the Rising Sun”.
To the south of the Mie Prefecture is Kumano, a region famous for its ancient pilgrimage routes. Ranging from short trips taking roughly three days, to longer routes that take up to six, these hiking trails give a true sense of Japanese culture and landscape; travelling through rugged mountain terrain, minute traditional villages, towering verdant forests, and culminating at ornate shrines. The most famous route is Kumano Kodo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which has been walked for over 1,000 years and takes up to a week to complete. Although travelling the entire length may be more of an undertaking than you’d want alongside the excitement of the F1, because the trail passes through multiple towns it’s easy to just hike a smaller section of the trail during a day trip.
Just over an hour away by car from the city of Suzuka is the Mikimoto Pearl Island, a region famous for being the first place in the world to cultivate pearls, which have been farmed and collected by hand by ama (female pearl divers) since 1893. Not only does a visit here guarantee a fascinating introduction into the importance of pearl cultivation to this region of Japan, but you’ll also have the opportunity to watch the ama freedive to collect the oysters and be treated to incredible views of Ise Bay.
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