Paula Radcliffe's Monaco: 'I love waking up to a view of the Côte d’Azur'

Paula Radcliffe: "I like to go for a run in a park in Èze just a little up the coast of Monaco - the views are spectacular"

Why Monaco?

I’ve lived in Monte Carlo in Monaco for more than a decade – it is a great place to bring up children. I first visited the city while attending international meets in my early 20s. I love waking up to the beautiful blue of the sea of the Côte d’Azur and yet also being close to the mountains. You have the best of both worlds, an interesting friendly city, with lots to see and do. Monaco is split pretty much into three areas: Monte Carlo, with the beach and the glamorous casinos, the port/La Condamine area and Fontvieille, where the heliport and Stade Louis II stadium are. The stadium is very special – it is one of the best I’ve ever run in the world, and has the nicest setting. The weather is good and the beaches are very inviting, so you can easily swim in the sea all year round. During the low season it is even nicer, as it is less crowded. 

Anything special I should pack?
Smart attire as Monaco is a chic place to be seen and dine in. It is also pretty hilly, so you need walking shoes as well as beachwear. 

What do you miss most when you’re away from the city?
The sea. We have a sea kayak and go out in that a lot. There is a fish farm right on the beach. My children love to swim with so many protected fish around.

What’s the first thing you do when you arrive?
I like to go for a run in a park in Èze just a little up the coast. The views are spectacular.

Where’s the best place to stay?
Le Méridien Beach Plaza is very nice and set right on the beach (00377 93 30 98 80; . If money is no object, then Hôtel de Paris (00377 98 06 30 00; .



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