It’s a well known dilemma: do you go for the exciting buzz of a city break, or the more relaxing option of topping up the tan on the beach? Well, why not do both? Maximize your holiday time by combining city break with sandy break and visiting an urban beach this summer. Beaches, deckchairs and cocktails can be found well within the city limits of these hot spots.
Barcelona, Spain: This Spanish city is a great place to blend a beach break with city slicking. One of the biggest beaches around is Barceloneta which attracts hundreds of Barcelonans when the sun comes out – which is fairly often of course! If you prefer something more chill, try Nova Icària, one of the quietest beaches in the city, ideal for families.
Copenhagen, Denmark: The Danish capital may not strike you as a sand hot spot, - until you get here, that is. Copenhagen has two beaches: Amager Beach Park and Haynebad close to the city centre, easily accessible by the local S-train. Here you’ll find clear water, white sand and warm water temperatures during summer.
Brighton, UK: Brighton beachfront is famous for its pier which hosts a fun fair, arcades, side stalls, bars and an atmosphere of traditional seaside fun. Brighton is also known for its lively night life and funky beach club culture.
Vancouver, Canada: The fact that Vancouver has 11 miles worth of beaches within its city limits is doubtless one of the reasons why it’s consistently ranked as one of the best cities to live in the world. Trendy Kitsilano Beach has a great outlook spanning from the bay to the North Shore Mountains. It also has Vancouver’s largest heated salt water pool.
Dubrovnik, Croatia: Warm azure seas line the Dubrovnik Riviera and most of the seafront hotels in the city have access to beaches. Most are pebble rather than sand but all offer the usual fun in the sun amenities such as cafés, beach bars, and swimming pools. Banje is probably the most famous beach in Dubrovnik and offers a divine view of the city’s red roofed architecture.
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