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    European Beach Cities

    Experiences in some of the favourite European cities with Beaches

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    • Where: Barcelona, Spain
    • Who: kb081
    • When: February

    Barcelona is a great city to visit as it offers a good mix of city and beach life! There is heaps to do here from art galleries, shopping, beaches and nightlife.

    The city itself is stunning - I would recommend you take a 'hop-on, hop-off' bus to get you round the city as there are a lot of sights that would easily be missed. If art's your thing, Barcelona is the home of Gaudi and his work is dotted all around the city. Don't miss a trip to Park Guell, Gaudi's weird and wonderful 'English Garden'. A visit to the city also isn't complete without seeing Sagrada Familia. We didn't actually go in to the church itself as the queues were too long but its pretty incredible just to sit in one of the street side cafes and gawk at the views. I would say that if you wanted to go into the church its definitely worth pre-booking tickets.

    My favourite area of Barcelona was the Las Ramblas. A gorgeous tree-lined street filled with artists, street entertainers, tapas bars and street-side cafes. We spent hours wondering the streets, taking in the atmosphere. Word of caution, these streets get crowded and pick pocketing here in rife so always be on your guard. From Las Ramblas you can walk straight down the the marina and beach area. This makes a lovely walk and its nice to have the contrast of old town and new town just a stones throw from each other. The marina is home to all the larger chain restaurants and shops and really comes alive at night when all the bars heave onto the seafront. I would like to go back to Barcelona, perhaps next time in summer so that we could make use of that beach!

    Published: 08 December 2013

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    • Where: Dubrovnik, Croatia
    • Who: adam
    • When: August

    I visited Dubrovnik last August 2012.

    I stayed in the famous walled city of Dubrovnik. A short walk from the main port area is a great beach. Nice weather and plenty of people around to meet. A nice tour of the city walls are available which was really intertesting. You can take a short boat ride to the island nature reserve for a small fee of a few Kona and a free return trip is included. Here you will see wild peacocks roaming around and take in the sights. At night there are many night clubs with big name djs for those of you into dance music, alternatively sit out by the marina and sample the local delicacies.

    Published: 09 April 2013

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    • Where: Barcelona, Spain
    • Who: DaveJarvis1234
    • When: September

    Barcelona is a wonderful city to visit and really good quality hotels can be found at very reasonable prices on the internet out of season. I stayed at the Porta Fira Hotel which is in the business area of the city but is a really superb hotel. Be aware that if you are landing at Girona airport it is quite a way away from Barcelona itself and you either will need to hire a car or be prepared for a train or coach ride into Barcelona, El Prat is the best airport to land at because it is closest.

    Once at the hotel I left the car in the underground car park and went most places on foot using the underground metro rail system which goes to most parts of the city including the main bus and rail terminals. BEWARE though, Barcelona is rife with pickpockets who are very skilled in their trade and will open zips and stud fasteners to steal things from your person (I had my mobile phone stolen whilst here). My advice is to keep your phone, keys, camera and wallet very securely in a rucksack which has two layer of fasteners and leave any items you don't need back in the hotel safe.

    On to more pleasant items. Take the guided open top bus tours around the city to get your bearings and Visit all the Gaudi exhibits and especially the sagrada familia they are amazing. Las Ramblas is a must as is the waterfront area and the Olympic park. Out of the city (by car) Sitges is a superb place to visit and swim/sunbathe. Evening meals range from the cheap to the exhorbitant but all seem to be clean and hygenic. The people are friendly and accommodating to requests. I went in September and the temperature was between 20 and 25 most days and it didn't rain once. A great city to visit with lots to see and do.

    Published: 12 September 2012

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    • Where: Croatia
    • Who: crengifo
    • When: April

    Spent 10 days in the beautiful Croatia, having been to many places over the years I can honestly say that I have never seen such beautiful blue waters.
    Flew into Dubrovnik with Monarch for a ridiculously low price, went as a couple and used booking.com to book the first and last nights in Dubrovnik but then used local WIFI in cafes to book as we went. At this time of year it's just starting to get hot and all the tourists haven't started coming yet.

    Dubrovnik is beautiful, great little shops and restaurants but the best bit is the city walls walk on a hot day followed by some ice cream. Beware that large cruise ships do descend on the town and dump a million tourists off now and then!
    We went by coach to Split and from there visited Sibernik mainly because we wanted to go to Krka national park (not as famous as Plitvice which we thought was too far to go), Sibernik was quaint and beautiful. Krka national park was absolutely beautuiful, take swimming wear to take advantage of the beautiful lakes and waterfalls.
    We took a boat to Hvar from Split (the famous party island), not too many party animals had descended by then, the water was blue and it was lovely and hot. We stayed in the Hvar Yacht Harbour Hotel (again booking as we went) which was lovely.
    From Hvar we headed back to Split, and decided to rent a car and drive down back to Dubrovnik which was a lovely drive stopping at restaurants on the way and driving through a tiny bit of Bosnia (passports required!)
    If we could have had more time there is so much more of Croatia to see and many more islands to hop around near Hvar.

    Highlights - the scenery and waters, Dubrovnik as a beautiful city, the waterfalls at the national park.
    Needs improvement - the food isn't great, if you pay more money you can get good seafood and we had some great steaks but the nation seem to really like baked goods and awful pizza!

    Published: 31 August 2012

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    • Where: Lisbon, Portugal
    • Who: Travelbug
    • When: June

    What a lovely city, having visited tourist resorts near Faro I hadn’t realised how cultural and ancient Lisbon would be. Built on a hill, there’s a lot of steep streets to climb, and the pavements are made of slippery tiles. Girls don’t even attempt to wear heels here. As a group of 4 girls, no footwear was worn other than flipflops much to our disappointment. We stayed near Cameos Square and the location couldn’t’ have been more perfect for a 5 minute walk into the busiest area for bars and restaurants.
    It gets lively relatively late, a great night out. If you fancy an even later night we went to a dance club called Incognito on Rua dos Poiais a 15 minute walk.

    Lisbon centre caters mainly for tourists but we did find a few little restaurants that didn’t speak English, they were much cheaper and we chose them instead for some true Lisbon style food, the main dish seeming to be grilled sardines which were delicious. A 10 minute walk down the hill from the Square takes you to the Estuary where you can get the train to nearby beaches. The train station is a little disorganised with long queues so you will miss a few trains by the time you get a ticket, go early or after lunch. We stopped off at Cascais, which is a small beach town with 2 beaches, head for the second beach at the bottom of the shopping strip, the first one you come too is too busy and small.

    Getting to and from the airport was easy on the Aerobus route 1 for just 3.50 euros and if you keep your ticket it gives you 25% off a city tour with the Yellow buses making a bus tour just 11 euros. You get a good feel for the city on the tour as well as its very interesting history since it was almost completely destroyed after an earthquake. We went in June, and it was really hot weather, with one chilly windy eve. Highly recommended to visit Lisbon.

    Published: 01 July 2012

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    • Where: Nice, France
    • Who: Travelbug
    • When: October

    Extravagant delicious Nice! If you are not a filmstar or seriously rich there is still plenty to do here. The glistening waters of the Mediterranean were still warm in the night on an October weekend getaway which called for a bit of midnight swimming! The city has a charm all of it’s own set on the famous pebble beach with the Promenade d’Anglaise covering the length of it.

    Don’t be tempted just to book a hotel with a sea view as a short stroll a few streets back offers endless hotel and restaurant choices at a fraction of the price of the well known beachfront hotels and tourist restaurants. The seafood dishes of Nice were fresh and fantastic, and they really know how to make a salad a meal, I got hooked on salad fruits de mer as it was so good! Those new to France from the UK are always surprised to find there’s no vinegar to go with fries and no butter to go with the bread, but just enjoy the lazy long lunches and very slow service to slow down and go with that lazy Mediterranean flow! Surrounded by beautiful mountains and just a short drive to Cannes, Monaco and even Italy, Nice is a real Hub in the south of France and can’t be missed if you are travelling anywhere near.

    It is set up for tourists, but the tourist doesn’t take over and the locals take no notice and go about their day. Many a lunch hour you’ll see the locals working in the nearby offices roll up their sleeve and trousers and sit out on the beach for a power break. It has all the glitz of designer shops and marina, but behind it all is simply a modern city on a slowed down scale. Absolutely loved Nice!

    Published: 01 July 2012

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