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This year’s F1 circuit is going to the world’s most incredible cities … here are the breathtaking things you can do there

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Formula One is a competition with some pretty serious wanderlust. The 2017 season will begin in Melbourne and end in Abu Dhabi.

This year’s competition will comprise of 20 Grand Prix which will begin in Melbourne, Australia, on March 26 and end in Abu Dhabi on November 26. Having so many cities hosting this exclusive race, the tourism planning may be a little tricky, so we’ve gone ahead and done it for you.

Melbourne, Australia (26th March)

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Melbourne is known for its art, bars, and coffee – also its hipsters.

Head down Swanston Street in the CBD and you’ll make it to the city’s famous Flinders Street railway station. Take a few snapshots then head across to Federation Square. Fed Square is a multi-purpose development with shared public spaces and houses the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), which is a must see.

There are also a bunch of coffee shops which you can sift through at your leisure. It’s also not far from De Graves Street, famous for it’s lane way cafes. As the sun sets, make your way to Arbory bar and eatery located on the Yarra river. The popular bar will make for a relaxing end to your day.

And seeing as you’ll be in town for the 2017 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix, be sure to get along to the always fun Heineken Saturdays. These pop-up mini-festivals have killer live music, awesome drinks and a pumping atmosphere. They put on a hell of a show for the Royal Croquet Club, and now they’re bringing it back for the 2017 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix on March 25.

Sochi, Russia (30th April)

Sochi

Sochi is one of the southernmost locations in Russia, set along the Black sea coast (1,600km south of Moscow). It is the largest resort town on the Russian riviera, and is no stranger to sporting events as it was the host of the 2014 Winter Olympic games.

The city it brings in four million annual visitors due to its landscape which features exotic mountains, shingle beaches, and of course, a happening nightlife. Definitely head down to the water to soak up some warmth on one of the city’s famous beaches. After this, head over to the venue of the 2014 Winter Olympic games and have a look around.

Monaco, Monte Carlo (28th May)

Monaco

Monaco is a once in a lifetime destination. Nestled between the Alpes and the Mediterranean sea, it’s a cultural and romantic hotspot. Obviously, a visit to the Casino de Monte-Carlo to try your luck and/or to see a show in the Grand Théâtre de Monte Carlo is a must.

While you’re there, take a stroll along the coastal Avenue Saint-Martin and the Saint-Martin Gardens. The walk is a snaking path of exotic florals and native plants which caress the cliffs of the city.

Budapest, Hungary (30th July)

Budapest

The capital of Hungary is a historical city filled with endless castles and churches, perfect for the culture fiend. Take a night-time river cruise along the river Danube that splits the majestic city into two. The boat will float along the river and drift pass historical sights including the city’s Parliament Building and the Castle Hill.

Also available in the city are castle tours. These tours leave early in the morning from the city and move across the country to the most famous castles. The place is rich with history and decadent architecture.

Singapore (17th September)

Singapore

After leaving the European continent, we will step into the Asian side of the globe with the first stop being Singapore.

Despite its size, the city is a vast and diverse place. First, you’ll need to visit Singapore’s Botanic Gardens where native floral and fauna mingle in a botanic oasis.

Singapore also offers ferry cruises to neighbouring islands surrounded by pristine waters. Take a quick trip to beaches of Lazarus, Saint John’s, Kusu, and Sisters’ Islands. Once you’re done with nature, make your way to Orchard Road for some high-end shopping. Shopaholics will go crazy here, guaranteed.

Mexico City, Mexico (29th October)

Mexico

Mexico city is the densely populated capital of Mexico. It’s famous for many things, including its 13th-century Aztec temple (from when the city was named Tenochtitlan) and the Templo Mayor, which is a must-see.

The Mesoamerican, Aztec architecture is quite the sight. To dig further into some of the history of Aztec civilisation, visit the Zócalo – the Plaza de la Constitución (Constitution Square). This sight is the heart of the city and is where the first constitution of Mexico was decided in 1813. It’s one of the largest squares in the world and, quite frankly, you can’t miss it.

In the evening, hit the town and head out to a mezcal bar. Mezcal is an alcohol made from native Mexican agave plants, so you should find it fairly easily.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (26th November)

Abu Dhabi

The capital of the United Arab Emirates is where the Formula One races will end. The city sits off the mainland in the Persian (Arabian) Gulf, and is well promoted for it’s culture and heritage.

In the city, the Emirates Palace is one of the most culturally and visually appealing sights. It has a hotel, opera, concert venue, and the Barakat Gallery. It doubles as a cultural hotspot, so you don’t need to check in to check it out.

For something different, try visiting the fruit and vegetable market in Al Mina. Here you’ll find exotic edibles from all regions of the world. Samples are often given. However, it would be polite to purchase something small.

The F1 is ‘more than a race’. It transforms entire cities into playgrounds, and with the help of Heineken, will turn Melbourne into the place to be from 23-26 March for the 2017 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix. Check out their Facebook and Instagram to find out how you can have an absolute cracker of a weekend.

About the author

Bronte is a media student at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). She enjoys music, fitness, and exploring the city.

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