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Saturday, April 21, 2012

From Lloret to the F1 in Barcelona

Many thanks to Carol for writing out this very useful piece for the blog for any Formula 1 fans that are staying in Lloret for the 1st time during the race weekend.....

If you are staying in Fenals, the coach picks up at the petrol station at the top of the road (and if there is a big enough crowd at the Royal Star they usually make a stop there before picking up at the PS), they pick up from all the resorts on the way but I'm not familiar enough with these places to give you an exact point but they are usually very central locations. It is an early start though, so be sure to get to bed early the night before! The Aquarium Hotel opens the restaurant earlier on F1 weekend and you can grab a coffee and some rolls, pastries but nothing cooked. I prefer to go to the Pattisseria on the main road opposite Caprabo and up a bit for a nice coffee "para llevar" and a pastry. The journey is much easier and quicker than it used to be and the Spanish police have it down to a fine art, ensuring coaches get priority into the circuit. Remember, arrivals to the circuit tend to be scattered, when everyone leaves at the end of the race it's not so smooth and quick, but it's a heck of a lot quicker than it used to be. When you arrive, you are dropped at a parking bay in the industrial estate close to the circuit. You return to that same bay after the race. In the estate there is a cracking cafe (I think, but am not sure, it's called the Cafe Vienna), although it's very busy you rarely wait more than a few minutes to be served. They have a really efficient ticket system, so rarely will you wait more than 5 minutes - unless you are really hungry or are with a really big crowd - and there are toilets which are usually immaculate, seating inside and out. We always have a hot sandwich and coffee there.
At the circuit, if you have allocated seating, you are lucky. Each stand has it's own toilet block and small bar selling cold beers, water and soft drinks underneath the stand. Also during the race there will be someone coming round with drinks in a container full of ice. If you have General Admission tickets there are plenty of toilets and stands selling refreshments dotted about but they usually are very busy and the toilets tend not to be so clean.
..... I hope the above will help you if people need info for the F1 Grand Prix (or indeed any event at the circuit). These are my views and might not be the views of everyone who attends but they are honest observations. I can't praise the Spanish authorities enough at how efficient they have become over the years. It's so efficient and quick getting in and as efficient as it can be leaving. Hope this helps with any inquiries you get.

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