European Cities with the Best Beaches

Deciding between a city break and a beach vacation can sometimes seem impossible. But don’t stress, simply combine the two and head to one of Europe’s incredible city beaches.

Soak up the rays and splash in the sea by day, and explore some city vibes by night. Who said you couldn’t have it all? Not us. 

 

Put the ‘Tan’ in ‘Istanbul’

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The What: Istanbul is the hottest summer destination of 2015, dontcha know. A mecca for culture vultures, food lovers, shopping addicts and partygoers alike, Istanbul has it all. And more.

Beach Time: Tucked away in a cove on the edge of the Black Sea, Dalia Beach is relaxing and exciting in equal measure; a tranquil spot with lashings of surfing and volleyball for the more energetic beachgoers.

Insider Knowledge: It’s all about the delicacies here – the Iokma (Mmmm, Turkish doughnuts), doner kebabs (visit Kasap Osman for the BEST), and head to Karakov Gulluoglu for some life-changing Baklava and tea.

Cocktail o’clock: Whether you opt for the charming Susam Café or the American-style Sultan Pub, grab an outdoor seat to sip and people-watch.

Party On: The party begins at Araf! With a live in-house Gypsy band and decently priced drinks, there’s no wonder it’s a local favourite.

 

Brighten Up Your Summer in Brighton

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The What: What happens when a British seaside town meets great food, incredible shopping and even better nightlife? Brighton, that’s what.

Beach Time: Known for its pier and pebbles, Brighton Beach is iconic in its appearance. If you’ve had enough of the sun (should it pay a visit), the rides and games on the pier will keep even the most hyper of beach-goers occupied.

Insider Knowledge: Brighton is home to some seriously quirky food businesses, so don’t leave without a visit to Choccywoccydoodah and Lick Froyo. Warning: Sugar rush!

Cocktail o’clock: Start your evening with a classic British pub experience at The Crown & Anchor Inn.

Party On: When the sun is shining, get involved with some live music in giant teepees at Bright Music Hall’s all-day party. Club Revenge is the go-to gay club (with a panoramic roof terrace view!)

 

Play Away in Copenhagen

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The What: A chic vacation destination, Copenhagen is a great party city come sundown and gastronomic delight 24 hours a day. Hop on a bicycle and explore this cosy city with an edge.

Beach Time: Amager Beach Park is the hotspot for all adventurers. Out on an island just off the coast, get fired up with outdoor activities and water sports, then grab a drink for a perfect Scandinavian summer evening.

Insider Knowledge: This city is food obsessed, so unless you’ve had a 6-month reservation at Noma, head down to the meatpacking district or Torvehallerne Street Market for a quality meal. 

Cocktail o’clock: Stereo Bar and Sjus Bar are pub-crawl hotspots. Where better to begin the night?

Party On: Put on your dancing shoes at Club Mambo and salsa, merengue and tango the night away!

 

Soak Up the Sun in Dubrovnik 

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The What: Right against the Adriatic Sea is Dubrovnik’s very own sea of red roofs and marbled pavements. Cue the young and adventurous – there are hidden gems all around the ancient city walls.

Beach Time: A little city beach, Banje Beach fits the bill for an energizing dip in the sizzling sun. Swim or jet ski out on the crystal clear waters with the medieval city as one mighty fine backdrop.

Insider Knowledge: Come night-time, the Old Town bursts into life with all that jazz. If you’re not up for band-hopping, the Troubadour is a go-to spot for a pricey yet brilliant atmosphere.

Cocktail o’clock: Feel sophisticated at Valmara Lacroma’s beach bar, or you’re bound to have a blast at Irish Pub The Gaffe

Party On: Party till dusk at EastWest Beach Club on Banje Beach for the ultimate summer night.

 

Make a Splash in Corsica

Sea Lounge

The What: On the French island of Corisca, you’ll find Porto-Vecchio, a place where unspoilt beaches and mountain scenery meet a phenomenal club scene. It’s the ideal place to immerse yourself in a carefree life of sun, sand and cocktails!

Beach Time: With its white sand and crystal clear water, Palombaggia Beach is actually paradise on earth. But don’t get too comfortable on those white sands as Sea Lounge offers some great all-day partying.

Insider Knowledge: One word: flyboarding. Think of the pictures. And bragging rights.

Cocktail o’clock: Get those drinks flowing at Le Patio or Shanka, where you’ll find the best vibes around town. 

Party On: The definition of summer chic,Via Notte is THE place to let loose in the whole of Corsica.