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Formula 1 Destination Guide

What could be more thrilling for the whole family than a day watching motor racing in 2016?
Find here not just a list for the fanatic, but a quick guide to the local areas and how to maximise your holiday around these sensationally atmospheric events!

Formula One Guide

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Melbourne, Australia – 20th March

To kick off the season is Melbourne, a high-speed circuit located in the beautiful Albert Park. Aside from the park itself, other things around Melbourne include the National Gallery of Victoria, Eureka Skydeck 88, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Queen Victoria Market.
HouseTrip Properties: 20+

Sakhir, Bahrain – 3rd April

Every year Sakhir seems to grow in beauty – with the track itself slowly growing in popularity. Aside from the circuit, you may visit the Bahrain National Museum, Bab al Bahrain Market, Adhari Park Theme Park and make sure to bask in the glory of the Al Fateh Gran Mosque.
HouseTrip Properties: <10

Shanghai, China – 17th April

Shanghai promises a phenomenal soundtrack to the race – the long straight allowing the cars to bellow at their full potential. However if you are looking for a more tranquil place – look up the Yu Garden. Other alternatives include the City God Temple of Shanghai, Shanghai Ocean Aquarium and Jinjiang Amusement Park.
HouseTrip Properties: 40+

Sochi, Russia – 1st May

The Sochi circuit is one of the longest tracks, that is built around the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Park. Other things to do includethe Dendrary Botanical Garden, Sochi Discovery World Aquarium, Agura Waterfalls, and the Riviera Park.

Barcelona, Spain – 15th May

The winding track of the Catalunya circuit provides for a stunning and eventful race weekend along with dazzling sunshine. The big city of Barcelona is reachable in under 30 minutes by car, the vibrant jewel of Catalonia’s coastline – boasting Gaudi’s unforgettable architecture, local delicacies to spice up your life, not to mention Barceloneta Beach!
HouseTrip Properties: 2,400+

Monte Carlo, Monaco – 29th May

Where else exudes as much glamour and class as Monte Carlo, the epicentre of wealth and indulgence. What else but the Monaco Grand Prix to demonstrate how no amount of luxury can separate you from the intensity of this historic street circuit!
Aside from the high-profile casinos and yachts there are actually a number of very affordable restaurants along the harbour not to mention the radiant Mediterranean sparkling back at you for incredible vistas.
Housetrip Properties: 22+

Montreal, Canada – 12th June

The Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve, so named after the famous Canadian Grand Prix driver, father to Jacques Villeneuve, 1997 F1 World Champion – is situated on Notre Dame Island. Another favourite among the drivers. Things to do include: Notre-Dame Basilica, Montreal Biodome, Place des Arts and La Ronde Amusement Park.
HouseTrip Properties: 300+

Baku, Azerbaijan – 19th June

It is the inaugural Grand Prix in Baku, as the “European Grand Prix” This will be a twilight street circuit hoping to emulate the Monaco and Singapore Grand Prix’s popularity. Aside from the race you can check out the crazily shaped Heydar Aliyev Center, for a museum, theatrical entertainment and an art gallery to boot! Alternatively, look up Baku Bay, a marina that was only formed in the 7th Century, before then it was completely dry!

Spielberg, Austria – 3rd July

From Austria’s Red Bull Ring that may find itself slightly leaning toward one team over the rest … no guesses as to which… to the outstandingly beautiful Grüner See lake only around 1 hour away, the Styria region and the surrounding areas in Austria boast many natural beauties. This serves to compliment the petrol-infused roar from the race itself.
HouseTrip Properties: 60+

Silverstone, United Kingdom – 10th July

If the tarmac-pounding thrills get too much for the younger generation there are a host of activities close to the Silverstone track such as the Tree Ninja adventure course, local museums, Salcey Forest or the Segway experience ‘Spy Games’ – although you won’t be matching the speed of a Ferrari the family fun dial is off the charts!
HouseTrip Properties: 2,400+

Budapest, Hungary – 24th July

With the Hungaroring imitating Monaco’s tight and twisting corners no wonder it is so popular on the calendar, not just for the audience but for the drivers as well! Nearby Budapest offers some ancient buildings dating back to Roman times! Additionally a less well-travelled metropolis championing Gothic architecture be sure to visit the staggeringly large neo-Gothic parliament – the largest building in Hungary!
HouseTrip Properties: 960+

Hockenheim, Germany – 31st July

Returning to the always popular Hockenheimring, in part due to it being 4-time world champion Sebastian Vettel’s home Grand Prix, not to mention F1 legend Michael Schumacher who has 7 world championships to his name. Aside from the race, Hockenheim town boasts a motor museum and several peaceful cafes – away from any bustling city crowds, here is a more tranquil retreat.
HouseTrip Properties: 150+

Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium – 28th August

Deep in the Ardennes Forest, this is the 4-mile racetrack that puts the audience in the centre of this resonant autodrome. The drive to find the track will be a long one – however in nearby Brussels you can prepare for the journey with one of Belgium‘s best perks – chocolate. Do be aware though, that once at the track, any snacks you buy will not be from the finest chocolatiers!
HouseTrip Properties: 320+

Monza, Italy – 4th September

Once again we find ourselves at perhaps one of the most famous high-speed historic circuits – and the home of arguably the biggest team associated with the sport – Ferrari. Aside from the thrilling race due in no small part to “The Tifosi” you can find some of Italy‘s most beautiful sites – Duomo di Monza, the Villa Reale or check out the exquisite Parco di Monza enclosing the track.
HouseTrip Properties: 70+

Marina Bay, Singapore – 18th September

The famous night time street race returns, sure to deliver more nail-biting action than ever before. Nearby you can enjoy the Singapore Flyer, Asian Civilisations Museum or the Marina Bay Sands Skypark.
HouseTrip Properties: <10

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – 2nd October

Frought with hectic weather conditions in the past – hopefully your visit to Kuala Lumpur‘s circuit will be beautiful blue skies and sunshine. If so, look for these places: Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, Petrosains Science Discovery Centre, Perdana Botanical Gardens or the Thean Hou Temple.
HouseTrip Properties: 50+

Suzuka, Japan – 9th October

This historic track dates all the way back to 1962 – and is one of the oldest tracks on the calendar, not to say that it has lost any of its wonder, though! Next to the track is Motopia – a theme park themed on racing! Also the Tsubaki Ogamiyashiro Shrine, the Ishigakiike Park or the Koyasu Kannon-ji Temple.

Austin, TX, USA – 23rd October

The USA Grand Prix in Austin, Texas has been running since 2012, however the USA Grand Prix itself has been on/off since 1908! If sitting in the stands eating a classic American cheeseburger loses its appeal you can always visit the close by Lady Bird Lake, McKinney Falls State Park, Austin Zoo or the Austin Aquarium!
HouseTrip Properties: <10

Mexico City, Mexico – 30th October

The Mexico F1 Championship Grand Prix was first officially held in 1963 and has been reappearing and disappearing until last year when Mexico returned. Aside from this old track – there is plenty to do around Mexico City – such as the Chapultepec Park – a place used as a retreat dating back to Aztec times! Also it is a bit further away at 30 miles – but do visit Teotihuacan, an ancient Mesoamerican city home to some of the largest Mesoamerican pyramids, including the colossal Pyramid of the Sun.
HouseTrip Properties

Sao Paulo, Brazil – 13th November

Sao Paulo Grand Prix, located in Brazil, the home of one of the sport’s most famous drivers – the late great Ayrton Senna. The atmosphere will be that of overwhelming appreciation and celebration of the fallen driver, even some 22 years after his death. Aside from this event, you can visit the Ibirapuera Park, Sao Paulo Zoo, Morumbi Shopping and the Vesolo & Enseada beaches!
HouseTrip Properties: 20+

Yas Marina, Dubai – 27th November

The first ever dusk race is 30 minutes from Abu Dhabi, the UAE‘s capital. As you may have guessed from that fact alone, this is a Grand Prix typified by luxury. You must check out Ferrari World – it has a rollercoaster inside! Also the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Observation Deck at 300 and Saadiyat Public Beach are well worth your time.
HouseTrip Properties: 110+

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