Soak up the Sun in These Cities
Summer Beach Destinations
Some cities are made for sunbathing and if you’re on the lookout for a sunny city break, it pays to do your homework. From the sun drenched souks of Morocco to the colourful flamboyance of Brazil, there are hundreds of cities all over the world to choose from. If you need to make a shortlist, take a look at these top picks and be inspired by the sun gods.
Europe has some superb cities to head for a holiday but finding sunshine presents more of a challenge, especially during winter months. Fear not, as there are a few European gems where you can sun yourself and enjoy the city sights.
Spain is a safe option for sunny city breaks and Barcelona is one of the top picks. Set against a backdrop of wooded hills and right by the beach, Barcelona is perfect for a warm, Mediterranean break. Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city with some of the most interesting, and bizarre, architecture to be found in Europe, as well as a plethora of beaches upon which you can enjoy the sunny Spanish weather.
Seville is another Spanish destination which packs a punch when it comes to city breaks. Enjoy a spot of alfresco living during your trip; there are hundreds of outdoor cafes, tapas bars and restaurants to take your pick from. Take a seat in one of the cities winding, medieval lanes and watch the world go by.
Seville is the capital city of Andalucía and also the largest city in the region. Top spots for sunbathing include the river Guadalquivir, the second longest river in Spain and the longest in Andalusia or one of the nearby beaches on the Andalucían coast. A twenty minute bus or car journey will have you at Cadiz where you can windsurf, sail, kite surf, or simply sunbathe on the sand.
Another European highlight is the city of Rome, where temperatures in October remain over 20C and you are spoilt for choices of places to visit and things to see. Rome benefits from a characteristically Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers where temperatures often soar above 35°C. November and December are the two wettest months so avoid at all costs if sunbathing is the aim of your game.
Piazza Santa Maria or Navona are great spots for sunbathing and people watching. Rome also benefits from several parks; the perfect place to stretch out under the sun. Pack a lunchtime picnic and make a day of it.
If you don’t fancy a European city break then Morocco is a strong contender. The west coast of this North African destination has numerous beautiful beaches where you can soak up some of the sun’s rays and generally relax.
Morocco has an abundance of cities to enjoy as well. The souks of Marrakech make for a fun filled visit and the cities of Casablanca and Fes are also popular choices. Wherever you decide to go in Morocco, make sure you enjoy one of the country’s oldest traditions and savour a mint tea after a hard days sun worshiping.
The state of California is synonymous with sun, surf and sand and a trip to Los Angeles (LA) won’t leave you disappointed if a sun-filled city break is what you’re looking for.
LA has an abundance of different beaches, from Venice Beach in Santa Monica to dog friendly Huntingdon Beach and the achingly hip Malibu Beach. Zuma Beach in Malibu is often considered to be one of LA’s best beaches for swimming, surfing and sunbathing so a trip here may be in order.
South America is brimming over with dreamy beach destinations but the one that stands out from the crowd has to be Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Also a renowned party capital, a trip here is almost guaranteed to be fun filled so pack your bikinis and get going!
Ipanema Beach is Rio’s most famous and with the southern hemisphere offering year round sunshine, there’s always a good time to visit. Casablanca and Copacabana are the two most famous beaches in Rio; go along to enjoy the local specialty ‘Caipirinhas’ and dance the Capoeira until sunset.