2012 saw some great sporting events in Europe – most notably the UEFA Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine, and – of course – the London 2012 Olympics. And 2013 will also be a great year for catching some unique sporting events across the continent. The Six Nations Championship is looming, and the Rugby League World Cup is being hosted by the UK this year, but here we pick out three other events that particularly caught our eye, and tell you how you can enjoy them in luxury.
The Monaco Grand Prix
The Monaco Grand Prix (23rd-26th May 2013) is where everyone who wants to be seen will be heading. The way to ‘do’ the Monaco Grand Prix is by yacht but if you don’t have your own or know someone who does, you’ll have to make do with an alternative. The modern Columbus Hotel is a popular choice, attracting a slightly younger generation and where most of the Formula 1 drivers tend to stay. If that’s not your bag, the iconic, chic Hotel de Paris (opened in 1863) where you will be very well looked after.
Le Tour de France
From the end of June and for much of July, France will be enjoying the limelight as it stages its centenary Tour de France. Can Bradley Wiggins repeat his performance? We will have to wait until 21st July 2013 when Le Tour finishes on the famous Champs Elysées in Paris. There are many luxury hotels in the capital but a stay at Le Meurice will put you in the thick of the action since it’s only a stone’s throw away from the finish line.
World Championships of Athletics
Those still revelling in the Olympics might like to head for Moscow for the World Athletics Championships (10th-18th August 2013). The London 2012 medal winners will be looking to cement their positions at the top of their respective disciplines and will no doubt already be looking ahead to Rio. Stay at the Radisson Royal Hotel – it’s scooped three titles at the World Travel Awards, including ‘Russia’s Leading Luxury Hotel’.