There are few better locations in the world to watch horse racing than Longchamp Racecourse in Paris. The venue is one of the most luxurious horse racing racecourses in the world and plays host to arguably the grandest race in Europe with the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
The event is held in October every year and brings out the great and the good of horse racing from all corners of the globe in their bid to win the prestigious prize. Torquator Tasso won the event as a surprise champion in the 2021 season and is backed in the horse racing betting odds at 7/1 to repeat his success to join an elite company of horses to win successive Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Longchamp is not just a place to visit to watch elite horse racing as the venue has a number of fine dining and drinks options, allowing patrons to take in the sport while relaxing with family or friends. Since it’s horse racing, patrons are encouraged to get dressed to the nines, there’s no such thing as being overdressed for a day out at the races.
Men can get their three-piece suits on whether you prefer a plain blue or black look out of a catalogue or more a tweed aesthetic. You don’t have to wear a suit as smart-casual attire is also acceptable, but you might as well go bold when visiting Longchamp. Ladies can be bold with their approach to their dress style, especially regarding their headwear. If you’re not wearing a hat, are you really attending a race day?
Tickets are not overly expensive and start at €10 for a place in the Arc Gardens, but those do rise if you want to get closer to the action at €65 in the Winning Post Enclosure and Wining Post Gold Enclosure at €90, which does include a glass of champagne. Hospitality options are of course available and will set you back in a bit more, ranging from a start price of €239.
The week of Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is a special occasion and simply goes beyond the one race, with a complete docket of action taking place, featuring a number of talented horses. You certainly get value for the quality of racing, the views and catering options. It is money that you will not regret spending.
The good news for travellers is that Longchamp is located just outside the centre of Paris, and is easily accessible by car or through public transport. The city of Paris is one of the most beautiful in the world, and of course, you take your time seeing the sights and sounds of the region, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and of course the actual l’Arc de Triomphe monument.
There is no shortage of brilliant hotels to stay in Paris, and you can find a location for value or if you want to spend a bit more there are five-star options aplenty. Come October time, there are few better places in the world to visit for entertainment and sporting action than the fine city of Paris and its top venue Longchamp.