If only we could combine the beauty that is golden sands and the sound of waves lapping against the shoreline with everything that a city break has to offer. Taking the best of both worlds and combining them would be amazing. Well you’re in luck, many cities do have a beach on offer but you might not hear about them as much as there is so much to see and do in the city. Did you know that all of these cities have a beach?
Probably the most publicised city beach in Europe, Barcelona’s Barceloneta Beach, which is literally minutes from La Rambla, and is sandwiched between the Olympic and cruise port. The stunning shoreline stretches over 2km along the Mediterranean coast and attracts thousands of locals and visitors on a daily basis. You don’t even need to leave to get food or drink as there are street food stalls dotted along the edge of the beach.
The French Riviera is one of Europe’s most stunning destinations and there is no exception with the city of Nice and its beaches. There are a total of 40 beaches along Nice’s promenade, 25 which are public and 15 private. The turquoise waters and gently sloping cobbles make it perfect for splashing around with the kids. If you want to guarantee a spot on the beach then you can pay to enter one of the bars and have your own sun lounger and access to the bar.
If you want almost endless sunshine and beautiful soft sands then look no further than Dubai’s top quality beaches. Starting from the Jumeriah Open Beach the stretches of golden sands seem to go on for miles and offer changing rooms, showers and refreshments; so you can spend the whole day under the beating sun.
Paris, beach? For 4 weeks in the summer months the banks of the Seine are transformed into a temporary beach. The Paris Plages festival attracts visitors from every corner of the globe to experience the seaside in the heart of the French capital. In fact it might even be better than a real beach with live music, a variety of sporting activities, an adventure beach for kids and even palm trees to complete the beach setting. You might be surprised to hear that entry is free, perfect if you don’t want to go too far or you want a second beach holiday.