/ City break with a beach
Probably can't manage a week for various reasons. I have thought of Barcelona and Dubrovnic so far, any other ideas?
Malaga. Highly recommended.
half of western europe will be on the med, so if you look further afield and if its not strict lay-on-a-towel type beaches consider sinop on turkeys black sea coast.
incredible place few visit, rambling port with cool headlands and old walls. the best tea houses on earth possibly, and beaches enough to swim or wander on.
food is northern turkish which has russian and georgian influences.
not sure on access, maybe flights from istanbul. if not right to sinop, then to samsun and a bus.
really interesting area.
Lisbon is very cool, though might be a bit breezy this time of year.
Figueres in Spain is a great place - lovey rocky coastline, good beachs and is where the Salvador-Dali museum is (which is one of the best museums I've been to)
or Palermo in Sicilia
My first idea was Barcelona too..
But splits a nice city, has climbing and decent trails in the city. Plus plenty of history.
I had a week in Nice last summer and my girlfriends Dad used to live there,I like the place, but would like to try somewhere we haven't been to.
Truly stunning part of the world, plus you'll book another trip as soon as you see the potential for climbing!!!
I think you're spot on with Barcelona. It has everything and then Sangria ...
Come down to Bristol, Severn Beach is stunning at this time of year ;)
Yes both Nice and Barcelona are great from March onwards.
What about Marakesh then down to Essouira for a paddle?
I have got to go to Blackpool in a couple of weeks, I won't be staying any longer than I have to.
I loved Dubrovnik, the local beach and the city are very small so I guess both might get very crowded in summer. If you have a car (it was very cheap and easy to hire and driving was no problem as there's only one road!) then there are endless beautiful beaches.
what is there to do in Dubrovnik? I've only heard good things about it.
La Rochelle is stunning, Ile de Re. Or Ile de Pourqorol (sp?)
Nice, has been mentioned, but you could go further down/up the coast easily enough Antibes/Juan le pins, Eze, St Trop maybe.
I'm kind of just listing now. South of France has loads of beaches and stunning countryside, climbing and general culture. I think the Juan Le Pins jazz festival is around the time you're looking. West coast of France is also stunning, I may be wrong, but I've always founf it to be less touristy/busy, which to me is a good thing. Ile de Porqourol (?) Is stunning, 1 car on the whole island. Geneva is also really nice, wouldn't exactly be the atypical beach holiday though. Did some one mention Corsica yet? Loads of climbing and stunning beaches, lots of naked Germans though.
> what is there to do in Dubrovnik? I've only heard good things about it.
Lots of good restaurants and interesting places to see/walk/spend time. Strolling around the old town in the evening after the cruise ships have left, full from a great meal and sampling beer/wine in every bar on your way home is a great way to spend the night!
I managed to do some pretty fantastic DWS on the wee island just next to Dubrovnik, Lokrum.
In all honesty, you'd probably get a bit bored if you were there for a week, but it's a fantastic base to head on to Montenegro and Bosnia from. Plenty of trips if you don't want to hire a car.
From the OP
"I want a beach because I enjoy the coast and swimming in the sea"
Would have to be a bloody good swimmer to fulfil this requirement then!
Lipari, aelios islands off Sicily.
Thanks all, plenty of ideas to research.
Easy to avoid - I didn't experience either of these things in a week spent there, out late on the streets most nights. Just avoided lower end of Ramblas and El Raval in the early hours... feel a bit like I missed out now though! Streets in the Barri Gotic where I stayed felt at least as safe as any UK city I've visited, probably more so.
+1 for San Sebastian
> +1 for San Sebastian
Yep a good choice if guaranteed Mediterranean sunshine is not a neecessity. Biarritz worth a look too.
Could try Cartagena in Spain. Not massively touristy. Very small perfect for a weekend as you could probably see everything. Has some nice Roman ruins and a very nice archaeological museum. Has a pretty town centre and swanky marina area with chilled out bars etc. Beaches are fairly close by.
If you want to try something a bit lively you could give Mazzaron a go, town is typical spanish but slightly seedy if you like that sort of thing but it has great beaches.
Malaga is also a very nice city as has been pointed out
Essarioua would get my vote too. A day or two in Marrakech, followed by a lovely chill in Essa- amazing cheap seafood feasts, culture, sun, etc. Cheap as chips too!
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