The lowdown Bucharest
BA, Ryanair and Wizz Air all operate nonstop flights to Bucharest from UK airports.
The Athenee Palace Hilton (www3.hilton.com) is one of the city’s finest hotels and most impressive buildings. Rates are surprisingly reasonable, too, and it’s only about 25 minutes’ walk from the race start/finish.
Head to the old town, where there are plenty of restaurants, or, if you’re determined to have your prerace carbs, try Trattoria La Famiglia, Strada Nicolae Golescu 14, where you can get a pasta dinner for 26 Lei (£5) and a hefty glass of wine for 16 Lei (£3).
The Cismigiu Gardens, near the city centre, are stunning. Often busy at the weekends, so it’s worth getting there for an early run in breathtaking surroundings.