Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix
May marks one of the most exciting months of the year with several un-missable events on the French Riviera – including Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix. Also known as the Cote D’Azur, the Mediterranean shoreline of the southeast corner of France is recognized for its breathtaking coastline views, azure blue sea and luxury jet-set lifestyle.
Starting with the celebrity-filled red carpets at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival (14th -25th May), followed by the ultimate adrenaline rush of the 77th annual Monaco Grand Prix (25th-27th May), both Cannes and Monaco have pulled out all the stops to deliver the most exclusive events, best nightclubs and hottest DJs this summer. Jetex can arrange invitations to Opening & Closing ceremonies, film premieres and exclusive galas and after-parties including Chopard and Vanity Fair. If you’re ready to continue the party into the early hours, we can also organize VIP nightclub access at all the best nightlife spots in Cannes. Speak to our Experience team and they can take care of the rest.
Things to see on the Cote D’Azur
Away from the paparazzi and after-parties the Cote D’Azur offers visitors a wealth of antique architecture and beautiful works of art. Monet, Renoir, Picasso, Chagall and Matisse were greatly inspired by the beauty of the region. Jetex recommends a visit to Antibes, boasting the National Picasso Museum, featuring the work “War and Peace” portraying the painter’s love for the area.
For those with a passion for architecture and antiquity, the Greek Villa of Kerylos, the Cimiez Arenas and the Tropaeum Alpium are all evidence of strong ties linking the Côte d’Azur to ancient times. Italy has had a strong influence on French Riviera architecture; the Villa Ephrussi Rothschild, the Chapelle Notre-Dame des Fontaines and the Jean Cocteau Museum (Severin Wunderman collection) in Menton are all excellent examples.
Podium finish in Monaco
Probably the most famous fixture in Formula 1, the Monaco Grand-Prix takes place on the winding streets of Monaco itself – the Circuit de Monaco. The event, run since 1929, makes for a thrilling display as drivers attempt to overtake on the narrow bends as spectators watch from their yachts and the streets. This year expect to see Ferrari newcomer Charles Leclerc battle it out between his team mate Sebastien Vettel and Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton.
After the podium finish the principality is filled with partying and celebrations into the early hours with opportunities to brush shoulders with drivers and celebrities. Head to the legendary Jimmy’z Monte-Carlo for world-renowned DJ’s, or the highly recommended Sunset bar for an all-day party overlooking yachts in the bay. Jetex can recommend the best dining locations and handle all reservations for your Monaco stay.
If you would like to appreciate all that the Cote D’Azur has to offer from the sea, then we can arrange a private yacht charter in the French Riviera. Enjoy a sunset catamaran cruise for an evening or avoid the crowds as you make your way leisurely to the Monaco Grand Prix by yacht.
Traveling to Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix
As well as organizing your trip itinerary and securing tickets to exclusive events we can also assist you with aircraft charter to Cannes and Monaco. During this high traffic period we would recommend securing PPR slots, local transport and accommodation as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment.
Nice (LFMN/NCE) is the preferred airport for Cannes and Monaco with Cannes (LFMD/CEQ) as alternate. Both airports mandate airport slots and prior permission required (PPR). Nice operates 24/7 and can accommodate all aircraft sizes. If you are traveling to Cannes note that the airport is operational from 0800 until 30 minutes after sunset only, with a maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of 35,000kg. At Nice customs, immigration and quarantine (CIQ) takes place in the general aviation terminal (GAT) between 0800-2100 or at the main terminal or GAT at CIQ’s discretion after these hours. At Cannes CIQ will always be completed at the main terminal.
It is possible that Nice may experience fuel shortages in this period, so it’s suggested to fuel on arrival or partially refuel. A NOTAM will be issued if there is a fuel shortage and uplifts will be limited. Local transport and crew transport will also be in demand during this time, so speak to our Trip Planning team who can make the necessary arrangements with our local contacts. Contact email@example.com for more information and advice.