One of the oldest races in the world is still held in Barcelona each year – the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalyuna and it takes place in the spring of each year. Located less than 15 miles from Barcelona, in the small town of Montmelo, it is a fantastic experience whether you purchase a luxury paddock pass or take a seat in the stands, it promises to be an exciting race.
Guests of Isle Blue can incorporate their visit to Barcelona to coincide with the race event. It is a three-day, weekend-long itinerary that draws enormous crowds. Because of this, it is important to make your travel arrangements well in advance. You will want to consider your villa, and its proximity to the course as well as your transportation to and from the races each day.
Traffic can be a challenge, and this is a key reason that we recommend guests explore the different VIP and paddock options over standard grandstand or field tickets. Rather than toting food, drinks, seating, and gear with you, a VIP or premium pass comes with excellent seating, full services, dining options, and premium views.
Getting to the Races
Reaching the race course can vary according to your wishes and wants, since there are public transport options that depart from the city center and head out to Montmelo as well as private transportation options. However, those who use public transport will have to rely on a shuttle from the station to the race circuit or walk the 45-minute route. Buses are another option, but take enormous amounts of time to get to and from the track. So we suggest driving to the circuit instead.
With more than 30,000 parking spaces, there is ample room for those who opt to rent a vehicle or hire a car and driver. Taxi services are another option, but to allow the most comfort and freedom of movement, a car of your own is the ideal answer. Our concierge services can work with you to create the ideal transportation to and from the races.
Naturally, getting there is only part of the equation and you also require tickets. These can be obtained directly from the Grand Prix site, and you will be able to choose from basic tickets to VIP experiences. We suggest opting for the more inclusive tickets as there are limited services for those who choose lawn seats and even some of the stadium seats.
According to the experts, the key vantage points include Grandstand J and the North Areas of B, C, G and H. Booking far in advance of the trip is also advised as this iconic race sells out very quickly – especially the luxury packages. While you can purchase race day only tickets, it is remarkably enjoyable to book the entire three-day event as this allows you to take in practices and qualifying sessions in addition to the final event.
If you are traveling with friends or family, and not everyone is interested in the races, remember that Barcelona is less than 15 miles from the track, and many special events are planned to coincide with the Grand Prix weekend. While some of your group heads out to the races for the weekends, the rest can remain in the city enjoying guided walking tours, specialty dining events, museum tours, and even day trips into areas outside of the city. Spa days are also an option, and Barcelona itself is a city ripe with places to explore independently. Evenings are also busy thanks to the travelers in town for the race, and you will experience an entirely unique situation if you head to Barcelona for the Grand Prix events.