Surrounded by mountains, and with the Mediterranean sea on your doorstep, it is inevitable that a healthy lifestyle comes with the purchase of an apartment in Monaco. The year-round sunshine that bathes the Riviera in the golden rays that so characterise this beautiful part of the world lends itself to the popularity of outdoor pursuits all along the Cote d’Azur. What’s more, for those rare rainy days, or for those looking to add a little more luxury to their workout, Monaco also offers – unsurprisingly – some rather fine gyms. We’ve compiled a list of the best ways to stay fit in Monaco, so don your trainers, stretch those muscles, and prepare to get in shape!
Get Back to Nature
Let nature be your gym. It is little wonder that many of the world’s finest road cyclists call Monaco home. Those winding mountain roads that bypass Monaco provide the ideal environment for a bit of pedal power, both uphill and down, while the stunning views out across the Mediterranean Sea and smell of mountain pine more than make up for the lack of oxygen in the lungs. Cycle along any of the three Corniche’s (Les Trois Corniches) – the Grande, Moyenne, or Basse – to challenge yourself. The Moyenne Corniche is the most famous, providing spectacular and dramatic scenery as you wind along the coast. If you prefer two legs to two wheels, there is also a selection of hiking trails to enjoy, including the verdant slopes up to La Turbie or the slightly more challenging route up to the Medieval village of Eze.
Ski Near Monaco
During the winter months, these mountains also offer some wonderful skiing, with spectacular ski resorts located just a little under 2 hours’ drive from your apartment in Monaco. There are very few places in the world where a breakfast swim in the sea can be followed by lunch in the snow. Limone Piemonte, Isola 2000 and Auron are the three most popular resorts, ideal for day or weekend skiing, but Valberg and Gréolières also offer fantastic days on the slopes. The skiing season generally stretches from December to April – plenty of time to ski yourself into shape!
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Of course, on the doorstep of an apartment within the Principality is the sea, and with it, the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of water sports to keep fit. From a gentle swim at Larvotto Beach to the exhilaration of sailing with the Yacht Club de Monaco or coastal rowing with the Societe Nautique de Monaco, the opportunities are endless and equally as appealing. Swim at Nautical Stadium Rainier III for a glamorous dip in a scenic swimming pool.
Tennis at the Monte Carlo Country Club
A facility that is used to host world-class sporting events, including the Rolex Masters Tennis Tournament, the Monte Carlo Country Club is a picturesque and prestigious racquet club that offers views out across the Mediterranean Sea from 21 clay and 2 hard courts. Step into the footsteps of some of the world’s finest athletes and learn a new skill at the same time. Tennis is a fantastic way to tone the entire body.
Join 39 Monte Carlo Gym
It’s not all about the great outdoors, however. The newest entrant in Monaco’s private members’ clubs is 39 Monte Carlo, an exquisite and sumptuous sports club, fantastically positioned by Larvotto Beach. Catering towards anyone who enjoys looking and feeling their best, this state-of-the-art gym is perfectly complemented by a hair and beauty salon, while a stunning restaurant is primed for delivering healthy and sumptuous food – no doubt after working up a hunger within the facilities.