• Cities with sea, sand, and hopefully some sunshine!

    by  • May 2, 2017 • Barcelona, City Breaks, Malaga, Nice

    In Barcelona, Nice and Malaga it’s possible to enjoy a city break and relax on the beach as well.

    Barcelona Beach

    A number of European cities lie on the coast and can offer beaches to enjoy for a relaxing hour or two after you’ve had enough sightseeing.  Three such cities are very popular with Cities Direct customers and I’ll talk a little bit about them here:-

    Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain. It is the 16th-most-visited city in the world and the fourth most visited in Europe after Paris, London and Rome, with several million tourists every year.  Barcelona has a lot of sights to interest the tourist but it also has more than 4 kilometres of golden sandy beaches only 10 minutes from the city centre.  There are four main beach areas of which the closest to the city centre is Barceloneta beach.  For that reason this beach can get quite busy during the summer months.  You can catch a metro from the city centre or alternatively you can walk in about 20 minutes from the end of La Rambla.  If you choose to walk there are some terrific sights en-route. You’ll see the “Monument a Colom,” a memorial to the great explorer Christopher Columbus. A little further along is the Port Vell de Barcelona, a picturesque port with a lovely view of the sea and marina.

    Nice Beach

    The beautiful French city of Nice has plenty to offer the tourist who is visiting for a few days.  Just wandering around the Flower Market in the Cours Saleya with its pretty striped awnings and sweet smelling flowers will surely delight every tourist.   Many will also enjoy strolling along the Promenade des Anglais under the palm trees or mooching around the little shops and cafés of the old town.  The beaches, which attract many tourists to the city at all times of year, are just a short stroll away from the shops in the city centre.   With 7 kilometres of beach along the Promenade des Anglais, Nice has one of the longest and most famous beaches of the French Riviera. It’s worth mentioning that the beach is made of small pebbles rather than sand, but this doesn’t seem to deter the millions of bathers who come here each year.

    Malaga Beach

    Malaga is also an ideal city for those who like to relax and unwind and soak up the laid-back Mediterranean atmosphere.  The city has been spruced up in recent years. Chic boutiques, gastrobars and cool cafés have sprung up alongside the traditional taverns in the winding lanes in the heart of the city, while the waterfront  has been developed with a promenade, bars, restaurants and shops.  Malaga has many beaches just a short walk away from the city centre. If you’re looking to do a morning’s sightseeing and have a quick swim to cool off, you are spoilt for choice. One of the most popular is the Playa de la Misericordia with its dark sand which stretches for about 2 kilometres.  It’s not a typical tourist beach and you’re far more likely to hear Spanish spoken than English, which surely adds to its appeal.

    City, beach and sea  –  that’s got to be a winning combination at any time of year.


    With a degree in Geography under her belt, Ann felt that a career in travel might be a good choice. Fast forward over thirty years, and Ann is still in the industry so her instincts have served her well. Ann spent much of her early career working for big names such as Global Overland and Wallace Arnold where she was involved in the contracting and operation of coach tours on a large scale. Taking time out to raise her family, Ann returned to the industry working for Cities Direct. Her desire to travel is as strong as ever and she loves nothing better than visiting a new destination and being able to relay her experiences first hand to Cities Direct clients.