EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MONACO YACHT SHOW
Written by Georgia Smith
Last updated: 03/03/2020
One of the world’s most glamorous and anticipated yachting events, Monaco Yacht Show takes place every September in and around the principality’s Port Hercules. This year commencing from 23rd – 26th September, the spectacular show is renowned for big yachting names, superyacht launches and all things luxury.
What to expect at Monaco Yacht Show
When heading to Monaco Yacht Show, the clue’s in the name: You can expect to be blinded by some of the world’s largest and most luxurious superyachts. The occasion often marks some of the most anticipated yacht launches of the year, and provides a space for yachties and other industry-related figures to network and socialise.
The principality is a playground for the rich. Therefore, visitors are likely to see vast amounts of extravagance, glamour and wealth. Notice the sound of the passing Ferraris and take note of the Chanel attire; Monaco is anything but understated.
Monaco Yacht Show can also be a haven for marine innovation and business announcements. Companies often opt to showcase the latest products or unveil breaking news during the show, taking advantage of the maximised publicity levels within the maritime industry.
Preparing for Monaco Yacht Show
Located in the South of France, Monaco Yacht Show frequently presents beautiful blue skies and sunshine. September months in Monaco see average high temperatures of 24°C (75°F), with lows of 19°C (66°F) and whilst the sunny conditions may be desirable to most, it’s important that visitors come prepared. Although parts of the exhibition are indoors, large amounts are out in the open – so sun cream is necessary! Sunglasses and a hat may also come in handy.
Be sure to keep hydrated at the show, as the days can be long and entail lots of walking in the heat. Water is fairly accessible at the event, particularly at the Yachting Pages Terrace where visitors can fill up their S.O.S bottles using the cold-water tap.
Monaco first-timers may not be aware of how hilly the principality is, so be prepared to do thousands of steps, on an incline, with a comfortable pair of shoes.
The principality, notorious for being of an extremely high-class, is certainly not cheap. Therefore, being armed with a sizable sum of euros is essential. The further out you venture; the more competitive prices will be. You can even cross the border of Monaco into France yet still feel as though you are there, and dine in restaurants for half the price of those in the centre.
Things to do in Monaco in your spare time
Yacht shows can often entail very long and tiring days, particularly if you are working at the event. However, with any free time you do get, Monaco is certainly worth exploring.
From Port Hercules, you can catch a glimpse of the beautiful Prince’s Palace of Monaco. If you get an opportunity, the palace is only a short, up-hill walk from Port Hercules, and offers an educational audio tour which visitors can enjoy – as long as the Prince is not residing in the principality.
The official residence of the Sovereign Prince of Monaco neighbours Monaco’s Old Town, which comprises an array of souvenir shops and individual eateries. The perfect location to sense the atmosphere of old Monaco, the streets are flooded with colour through numerous old, brightly-painted buildings.
During your commute to the superyacht show, particularly if travelling by foot, be sure to take a detour through one of Monaco’s many luscious green gardens. Translated to ‘jardin’ in French, the principality is rich with gardens, which boast exotic trees and peaceful greenery.
Spend an evening at the Casino de Monte-Carlo, at Casino Square. One of the world’s most famous casinos, the monument will give you some insight into the Monaco high-life. The magnificent building sits opposite the Café du Paris, one of Monaco’s finest brasseries featuring a chic and cosy terrace.
Although not held during Monaco Yacht Show, Monte Carlo is renowned for its annual Formula One racing event, the Monaco Grand Prix, which takes place every May. One of the most famed sporting events on the planet, one of the best ways to savour the occasion is aboard a superyacht. Guests can charter a yacht and witness the action from Port Hercules, before enjoying the glamorous after-parties.
Monaco Yacht Show presents a unique experience, and an insight into the lives of the super-rich. Admiring the astounding superyachts in the French sun, whilst drinking and networking with friends and colleagues, is an opportunity too good to pass up.
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