Monaco's Top 3 Sporting Events

Nestled along the shimmering shores of the Mediterranean, Monaco has long been synonymous with luxury, opulence, and high-octane glamour. This tiny principality boasts a sporting legacy as iconic as its coastline. From the adrenaline-pumping races of Formula 1®, to a vibrant array of world-class sports events, Monaco has become the ultimate playground for athletes and spectators alike.

1. Grand Prix de Monaco

In the heart-pounding world of Formula 1®, speed is its lifeblood. The Formula 1â Grand Prix de Monaco, an institution since 1929, is undoubtedly the jewel in the crown of the principality. The world's most elite drivers pit their skills against the unforgiving twists and turns of the Circuit de Monaco in a race more about precision than raw power.

Monaco's streets come alive during the Grand Prix weekend in late May to early June as the city morphs into a racetrack. The 3.337-kilometre circuit's numerous elevation changes, tight corners, and narrow course make it one of Formula 1® most challenging tracks and is the ultimate test of driving skills.

In 2023, The Princess Grace Foundation presented the inaugural Grace Influential Positive Impact Award at the Formula 1® Grand Prix de Monaco. Supported by Formula 1® and official partner Pirelli, the award recognizes Formula 1® teams' contributions to global sustainability standards.

The award is named for and inspired by Princess Grace in honor of the enduring example she set as an iconic global leader for positive impact. Each year, Formula 1â teams can submit applications showcasing their accomplishments in sustainability, inclusion and diversity, philanthropy, and education, aligning with Princess Grace's values.

2. The Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters

Every April, the world's top male tennis stars descend upon the courts of the Monte-Carlo Country Club for the weeklong Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters. Located in the French commune of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, star players like Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz battle it out on the red clay. This is the oldest tennis tournament in Europe, and each year, the winners receive a cash prize from a member of the princely family. The tournament’s total prize money fluctuates per year but is currently upwards of $6 million. The purse is allocated across disciplines (singles, doubles) and rounds (quarter-final, semi-final).

3. Monte-Carlo International

Show Jumping In the heart of Monte-Carlo, equestrian excellence takes center stage at the International Show Jumping competition. Over the course of this annual 3-day event, elite riders gather to display their world-class technique and agility. Boasting one of the world's most challenging courses, it demands absolute control and advanced riding skills from its competitors. This high-stakes competition, combining jumping and speed, has riders vying for the prestigious Grand Prix du Prince de Monaco trophy and a $1.5 million cash prize.

Monaco’s pedestrian-friendly infrastructure is a convenient and enjoyable way to experience the city's beauty and sporting events. Coupled with a Mediterranean climate, it’s an attractive destination year-round. Monaco's sporting legacy is a testament to its commitment to excellence. It's where the spirit of competition meets the lap of luxury and where champions are crowned. Monaco is not just a destination; it’s an experience. Its glamorous playground offers a unique blend of sporting excitement, breathtaking scenery, and unparalleled luxury.

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