Start your engines… The spring social season is about to kick into high gear! From the cities to the parties, we take a look at three of the most hotly anticipated Formula One races of Spring 2015.
Spanish Grand Prix – May 8-10, 2015
Party-loving Barcelona is home to the Spanish Grand Prix, and marks the first stop of the European Grand Prix Season. Expect large crowds to cheer on Spanish favorite Fernando Alfonso – slated to be back on the Barcelona track following a dramatic pre-season crash earlier this year. After an action-packed day at the Circuit de Catalunya, head back to the city center (a 30-minute drive) to enjoy Barcelona’s celebrated restaurants, tapas bars and nightlife. More than a weekend to spare? There’s plenty to experience in Barcelona, from surrealist art to cutting edge cuisine, but leave your Ferrari in the garage – much of this city is best explored on foot. Shop for designer fashions and take in the architectural sights along the Passeig de Gràcia, or meander down the tree-lined Las Ramblas and stop in at the world-famous La Boqueria market to sample Catalonian flavors.
Where to Stay in Barcelona
Monaco Grand Prix – May 21-24, 2015
Known for its hairpin turns and wild yacht parties, the Monaco Grand Prix is the most popular, and glamorous, race of the season. Forget the grandstands – the chicest spots to catch the race are Monte Carlo’s VIP terraces and yachts, complete with open champagne bars and gourmet canapés (bonus points for proximity to the royal box). Of course, while Monaco’s narrow roads make for a thrilling race, much of the weekend’s excitement happens after dark; a fashion show, international DJs and star-studded yacht parties round out this year’s festivities. About the size of New York City’s Central Park, Monaco is easily explored in a weekend – come Monday, venture further out along the French Riviera – Nice and Menton are both less than a 30-minute drive away.
Where to Stay in the French Riviera
Canadian Grand Prix – June 5-7, 2015
After a long cold winter, few cities embrace summer as enthusiastically as Montreal, where the Grand Prix Weekend kicks off a season of street festivals and al fresco entertainment. Held just outside of the city on Jean Drapeau island, the Canadian edition offers some of the best race day views this side of Monaco. And while Montreal may be infamous for its cold winters, Grand Prix weekend is notoriously hot – so pack your sunscreen, shades and a hat to avoid sizzling in the stands. After hours, head to Crescent Street for free outdoor fun, grab a table at one of the see-and-be-seen terraces on St. Laurent Boulevard, or snap up an invite to a private VIP party. After an action (and noise!) packed weekend, head to the countryside to unwind – nearby Mont Tremblant’s spas, golf courses and nature trails offer plenty of opportunities for relaxation.
Where to Stay in Mont Tremblant