11 European cities with beaches

Can’t decide between a city break or a few days spent lying on the sand? With these European city breaks, you can have both!

The sand may not be as glistening white as a tropical island but with these brilliant urban beaches, sunseekers can catch a museum in the morning and a few rays in the afternoon.

Barcelona

Grab a picnic and don’t forget the sun cream – Barcelona has over two miles (4.2km) of sandy beaches! And they’re only 10 minutes’ walk from the city centre.

Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona, Spain

Paris

See Paris with 5000 tonnes of sand as the Georges-Pompidou expressway (4th) and the La Villette canal basin (19th) are transformed into Paris Plages!

Open from 20th July to 21st August 2016

Paris, France
Paris, France

Berlin

Beach bars pop up all over Berlin during the summer months, and there’s something for everyone. Sand, a large floating swimming pool, and Europe’s largest beach volleyball court are all here!

Berlin, Germany
Berlin, Germany

San Sebastián (Basque: Donostia)

Tuck into exquisite pintxos (bite-sized morsels) or head to one of the Michelin-starred restaurants, and don’t miss taking a dip in the sea in this beautiful city. It’s also European Capital of Culture for 2016 and there’s a whole host of arts events to attend.

San-Sebastian
San Sebastian, Spain

Amsterdam

Need a little rest between sightseeing and wandering along the canals? Head to Blijburg aan Zee, Amsterdam’s main city beach, on the man-made island of IJburg.

Amsterdam, Holland
Amsterdam, Holland

Brussels

Watch DJs, build sandcastles or go on a boat cruise at Quai des Péniches near the Place Sainctelette is transformed into an urban beach for Bruxelles les Bains! 

Open from 1st July to 7th August 2016

Brussels, Belgium
Brussels, Belgium

London

Slip off your shoes, grab yourself an ice cream and wander over the sand of BeachEast! With 1,000 tonnes of sand and a paddling pool at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, it’s a perfect escape for when the sun beams down on the capital!

Open from 23rd July to 4th September 2016

London, UK
London, United Kingdom

Dubrovnik

Dip a toe in the twinkling Adriatic sea and then wander among stunning architecture and winding streets in this exquisite city! 

Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Valencia

Meander through the city centre for you’ll be met with the golden sands of Valencia’s Las Arenas. Wander a little further and you’ll reach the picturesque La Malvarrosa Beach. Whilst you’re here, don’t forget to sample paella – Valencia is renowned for this mouthwatering dish!

Valencia, Spain
Valencia, Spain

Marseilles

Located near to the Vieux Port, Plage des Catalans is an ideal spot for an ice cream when you’re out and about in Old Marseille. Keep an eye out for beach volleyball players, Plage des Catalans is the home of the Catalans Beach Volleyball club.

Marseilles, France
Marseilles, France

Brighton & Hove

The beach might be shingle rather than sand but when the warm weather hits London, this is one of the beaches Londoners flock to. And it never fails to delight! Walk to the end of Brighton Pier, eat fish and chips, and potter around the quaint shops lining the alleys of The Lanes.

Brighton & Hove, United Kingdom
Brighton & Hove, United Kingdom

Ready to head off on your city break? Get in touch with your Travel Counsellor today to plan your European city and beach holiday!

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