Some call it the most beautiful race track in the world: the spectacular circuit of Spa Francorchamps, located in the sleepy Belgian village Francorchamps, only about a 10-minute drive away from the popular town of Spa. The legendary track, a favorite with motor sport fans and professionals alike, hosts one of the world’s most popular Formula 1™ races each year. An exciting and unforgettable show taking place in one of the country's greenest areas that is bound to be high on emotions. Thrills and lots of fun highly guaranteed!
One circuit, multiple possibilities
During the summer, the Francorchamps circuit is home not only to the Belgian Grand Prix of Formula 1, but also the famous “24 Hours of Spa” endurance race as well as many other national and international races, test drives, team building events, conferences, social gatherings, and more.
Nicknamed “The slide of the Ardennes”, this 7-kilometer long race track is known to be a driver’s favorite. Professionals especially appreciate its 20 turns and the combination of a fast-paced race with longer straights which are perfect to showcase real racing talent.
The most famous and talked-about part of the race is the legendary fifth turn, the so-called “Eau Rouge”, a very challenging turn requiring perfect speed control and concentration from the pilot, as cars can reach up to 320 km/h here.
What would a circuit be without their champions? Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna, Lewis Hamilton, Clark, Fangio, Raikkonen, Hill, Ascari, Fittipaldi, Lauda, Alain Prost, Sebastian Vettel: they all have won multiple F1 Grands Prix at Spa Francorchamps over the years.
Blu tips & tricks for Spa first-timers
The circuit of Francorchamps can be quite overwhelming in size. You might not even have enough time in one day to see everything the area has to show. Blu advice: make a check-list of your must-see spots to not miss anything!
Spa, located amid a gorgeous green valley, is also famous for its frequent weather changes. At times the sun shines on one side of the circuit while it's raining on the other. So don't forget to bring your sun glasses, your sunscreen and your umbrella!
Make sure to also plan in some time to visit the beautiful Ardennes region famous for its vast forests and memorable landscapes.
On top of the F1, the city of Spa proposes a large range of activities, such as golf, hiking or biking. By the way, did you know that the very first casino was built in Spa? Moreover, 200.000 Belgians and French music lovers head to the city each summer for the ‘Les Francofolies’ music festival, which hosts about 250 concerts over the span of five days. Plus, Spa is also, already since the 16th century, known for its healing thermal waters and its more than 20 hot springs which are spread-out throughout the town. No wonder then that this is where the term "spa", now used for thermal centers all around the globe, originated. The city has had quite some famous visitors over the years: Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, Casanova and royal families used to stay here. So you'll be in great company!
For big city lovers it's interesting to know that Brussels is only less than two hours away from Spa, which is why many motor sport fans choose to stay in the Belgian capital during the races. Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Brussels provides the perfect base for you, just a few steps away from the iconic Grand Place.