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Cannes Film Festival to the Monaco Grand Prix: The Best of Both Worlds

Cannes Film Festival to the Monaco Grand Prix: The Best of Both Worlds

In late spring, the French Riviera comes under the glare of the international spotlight with two high-profile events. The Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix are two of the Mediterranean’s most famous events and they happen consecutively with a small overlap over the weekend of 27th-28th May 2017. If you are planning to attend both glamorous events, it takes some planning as the events are popular and road access is limited, but there are options such as taking a helicopter from Cannes to Monaco.

The first exclusive event is the Cannes Film Festival, which takes place from 17th-28th May 2017. Since it is the single greatest networking event on the planet for filmmakers and distributors, it is intended for the film industry and public access is extremely limited. However, a few of the festival activities are open to the public, such as the nightly screenings on the beach, which are accessed on a queue basis. If you prefer to view newer films, you can obtain tickets to the Critics’ Week (free) and Directors’ Fortnight (small fee) sections of the festival.

Those in the more fortunate position of working for companies serving the film industry and members of the press can become accredited and join the main festival. Most of the events take place around the Croisette Boulevard, Les Palais des Festivals and the superyachts that line the harbour. During the day, most people travel around on foot since the Palais, cinemas, hotels and pavilions are all within easy walking distance. The nightlife is a little more spread out, meaning you may need to use a taxi or one of the hotel shuttle buses.

Getting to the Festival itself is a different matter and people arrive by train, taxis, and rental cars. Usually, international visitors arrive at Nice International Airport, but there is a private airport in Cannes too. The most convenient and luxurious way to arrive is by helicopter transfer to Cannes heliport (right on the iconic Croisette) and then it’s a mere 10 minutes’ walk to the Palais.

A helicopter transfer is an equally convenient way to travel onwards to the Monaco Grand Prix, which takes place on 28th May this year. Many other people will have the same idea so the traffic will be a nightmare, but a helicopter between Cannes and Monaco only takes 15 minutes and deposits you safely in a central location that is convenient to the action. A private chauffeur is included with flights and can take you to the hotel or race spectating point of your choice.

Perhaps you’ll watch the adrenaline-fueled action unfold from a public grandstand at the harbour or on one of the corners like at the famous Piscine. For truly spectacular views with first-class service, head to a hotel with panoramic views such as the Fairmont Monte Carlo Hotel. This exclusive hotel is located in the heart of the Principality between the Mediterranean Sea and the legendary Casino, and overlooks the infamous Fairmont Hairpin – an incredibly technical part of the circuit where the drivers have to concentrate hard. At the end of the race, join the fun at Nikki Beach, the hotel’s stylish rooftop pool area.

As you can see, May is a great time to visit the Riviera if you have tickets to two of the most exclusive events in the Mediterranean. The timing of the Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix means you don’t have to miss out on any of the festivities, particularly if you travel by helicopter and beat the crowds.

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Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. Carol Colborn

    Yes, those two festivals are the best that Monaco and Cannes have together. Too bad we came a month too early in 2015!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Next time, Carol! There’s always next time 🙂

  2. I have been here a long time ago and it’s a beautiful part of the world

    • Carmen Edelson

      I definitely agree!

  3. Wow the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco grand prix – it is definitely two best things one can experience! We hear and read a lot about the Cannes Film Festival where many actors from all over the world assemble. It is interesting to note that even what they wear and by which designer is all in the papers. Would love to travel by helicopter from Nice to Cannes!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Yes, fashion is a big part of it! Thanks for reading, Sandy 🙂

  4. Wow this looks so cool! Have heard of this festival but haven’t heard much about what goes on there… very neat!

    • Carmen Edelson

      It’s a very exciting time to be there!

  5. Audrey

    What a cool experience! I definitely added this festival to my bucket list

    • Carmen Edelson

      Glad to hear it, Audrey!

  6. I’m not sure I’ve heard of these festivals, but it sounds exciting to be at!

    • Carmen Edelson

      It’s definitely the most exciting and popular time to be there!

  7. Kevan

    I have always been a racing fan and The Monaco GP is one of the premier races in the world I would like to see. Now I have some ideas for other things to do if I can make it.

    • Carmen Edelson

      That’s great! I hope you have a fabulous time when you finally make it over.

  8. This is definitely bucket list material! Hopefully some day… Thanks for sharing!

    • Carmen Edelson

      You’re very welcome, Silvia!

  9. I’ve been to Monaco but not had the good fortune to attend either of these events. I’d take the film festival and my husband the grand prix. Love to arrive by helicopter!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Sounds like a plan… that way both of you are happy 🙂

  10. Being in Monaco was a great experience for me too, but can imagine how incredible it must be during grand prix and film festival! ?

    • Carmen Edelson

      The energy is very exciting!

  11. Lux is the word! Arrival by helicopter and a bird’s eye view of the Prix at Monaco…so much pampering! Its a lovely little town with pretty streets, apart from the mega event.

    • Carmen Edelson

      Yes, I agree 🙂

  12. I visited Nice quite a few years ago and did a day in St Tropez and to Monaco. So much money there! Feels a bit overwhelming especially in Monaco with all the swanky casinos! Definitely more of a luxury destination, but absolutely gorgeous

    • Carmen Edelson

      Very cool that you went to both of those places! They are definitely luxurious.

  13. That is so fabulous! I love film festivals and know this one would be the ultimate. Great photos. You are killing it this year! I love following along.

    • Carmen Edelson

      Thanks, Melody! I love following along with your adventures as well 🙂

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