BEST FOR: A GENTLE MORNING JOG
Almost any city with a developed waterside area will have pathways ideal for a mostly flat, easy run.
Follow the path beside the Seine from the Eiffel Tower all the way down to Île de la Cité – Paris’s medieval heart and the site of Notre Dame. Almost entirely flat, paved and passing such as the Louvre enroute, it’s like running through the city’s history.
Wildcard: Paris has plenty to offer those in search of something more adrenalin-fuelled, too. As France is the birthplace of Parkour, it’s no surprise that freerunners flock to its capital – and the area east of the Catacombs, with its mix of modern and historic buildings, in particular. If you want to get involved, just remember to steer clear of the tourist sights.
If you’re staying somewhere central like Woolloomooloo, you’ll have one of Sydney’s most popular running routes on your doorstep: the Royal Botanic Gardens. The pathways here overlook instantly recognisable sights such as Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.