The best Urban Beaches Around the World

Summer is here and there is a tough decision to be made: city break or beach holiday. Explore a new city or relax next to a sparkling blue sea? It’s a tough choice to make but what if you didn’t have to make it all? What if you could have the best of both worlds?

Make your holiday destination this summer an urban beach. What is an urban beach you ask? It is a beautiful beach located next to a bustling city meaning you have the best of both worlds. You can spend one day on the beach and the next exploring your surroundings meaning you are never short of something to do.

Brighton, UK

You don’t need to leave the country to visit one of the world’s top ten urban beaches. Brighton beach is famous for its pier and fairground attractions and has the perfect atmosphere of traditional British seaside fun.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Perhaps seen as a wild card, the Danish capital actual has two beautiful white sandy beaches, both short rides from the city centre. Amager Beach is 5k long, perfect for lounging around, whilst the shallow lagoon is perfect for swimming.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

One of the only beaches in the world to have a song written about it, Copacabana beach runs along the edge of Rio de Janeiro, the capital of Brazil. Pristine sands and a sparkling blue sea make it a popular tourist destination and a must visit location. You can relax all day, taking in the views of the surrounding hills and then party all night in a city that never sleeps.

Barcelona, Spain

Not many people know that the beach at Barcaloneta is actually manmade. Previously the city’s harbour, the beaches were created as a tourist attraction for the summer Olympics in 1992. Lined with restaurants and a boardwalk that is perfect for cycling along, Barceloneta each is minutes away from the city centre via the metro and is the perfect way to escape the heat of the city.

Sydney, Australia
Famous for its stunning harbour and opera house, Sydney is course also best known for its abundance of beautiful beaches and incredible surf. Bondi is the most iconic beach in the country and is a real surf haven, with Manly Beach being another favourite which is accessed via a ferry across the harbour.

New York

Despite being one of the biggest and most densely populated cities in the world, it is still possible to escape to the beach. New York has several beaches meaning you’re a spoilt for choice! Check out Coney Island in Brooklyn and it’s iconic fair ground or Brighton beach and Manhattan beach to soak up some rays before heading back into the Big Apple for more sightseeing.

Berlin, Germany

Although Berlin is a land locked city, it still boasts a number of beaches which are enjoyed all summer long by locals and tourists alike. Check out Strandbar Mitte located on the river Spree, where locals relax in stripy deck chairs and sip mojitos all day long.


Made world famous by Baywatch, L.A. has over 20 beaches to choose from like Manhattan with views of Santa Monica bay, Redondo for cycling and skating or El Matador for a more romantic day by the sea. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for any celebs!


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