August is an ideal month to plan a short summer break for Motorsports’ loverst. The holidays are a perfect opportunity to travel to those places that are part of Formula1 history.
Monaco, Nürburgring (Germany), Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), Le Mans (France) and Maranello (France) are some excellent destinations to combine both a relaxing holiday with feeding our motorsports’ passion are five summer get-aways for Motorsports’ lovers .
Monaco: The legend of Senna and the luxury of the Côte d’Azur
Part of the Formula 1 World Championship since its inception in 1950, Monaco is the upmost classic venue within the discipline. The greatest figures of Formula1 have left their mark on the luxurious roads of the principality, and above them all, stands Ayrton Senna. His magical feats and his records in both number of victories and pole positions are part of Formula 1 history.
Taking a break in the tiny and beautiful country, bathed by the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, could be an unforgettable experience. Visiting the square of the famous Casino where some of the most luxurious sports cars are generally parked, as well as the iconic tunnel and the famous Loews bend are all a must.
Other touristic attractions to complement the visit are the chapel of Santa Devota, which is carved in rock, as well as the Oceanographic Museum. And of course, Prince Albert’s palace and the cathedral where Grace Kelly lays to rest. A stroll to the port and you will be walking among luxury yachts and some of the most exclusive shops on the planet.
The layout of the Monaco GP can be partly explored by a public bus, a cheap and unforgettable option. All in all, there are plenty of reasons to take a trip to the pearl of the Côte d’Azur and enjoy one of the best summer break for Motorsports’ loverst.
Spa: A fabulous and enchanting place
The circuit of Spa-Francorchamps, a legendary stop on the F1 calendar and the host of the 24 Hours of Spa, is surrounded by breath-taking natural beauty. The track sits on the Ardennes forest, famous for being the site of the battle of the same name during World War 2.
Both the natural beauty of the region as well as its historical interest make it into a very attractive destination. To relax from the day’s comings and goings you can treat yourself to a replenishing treatment at one of the many natural spring spas that give the region its name. Belgium is obviously another excellent destination for summer break for Motorsports’ loverst.
Le Mans and the legendary 24 Hours
In the always attractive French region of Le Loire, we find another of the great Meccas for petrolheads: Le Mans. The 24 Hours is considered to be one of the toughest and most popular endurance races in the world and visiting Le Mans is a must for racing lovers.
The first edition of the famous race took place in 1923 and, being as it is one of the oldest races in the world, it is considered the mother of all European races. A visit to the semi-permanent La Sarthe circuit, partially merged with the Bugatti circuit, is a true journey down Motorsport history. Its asphalt has witnessed both memorable performances and terrible tragedies (1955).
Besides its sporting appeal, Le Mans also offers great touristic attractions. Its old town is astonishing and exquisitely preserved, a perfect complement to our trip.
Maranello and the Ferrari museum
The Ferrari museum, in the Italian city of Maranello, is another classic Summer break for Motorsports lovers. Its wonderful displays take us into the History of car racing by the hand of one of its most iconic scuderias.
There are plenty of models from Formula 1, endurance, and many other specialities to linger around in the temple of the Prancing Horse, and some true treasures of the sport.
Especially interesting is the exhibition dedicated to Michael Schumacher, who conquered five driver and five constructor titles for Ferrari. The official Ferrari shop, as well as the factory, are also worth a visit.
To pick up strength after the visit we can eat at one of the local restaurants which habitually serve Formula 1 drivers. To finish, it is worth paying a visit to the old entrance of the factory on Via Abetone Inferiore, 4, a real landmark in the region. It´s another of the best summer break for Motorsports’ loverst
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