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5 x cities by the water for a summer proof city trip!

29 May 2024
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A city trip to a cool city or a sunny beach holiday? Hard to choose, right? A fews days of sunbathing always makes me happy, but I also want to do and see some things. A walk through an old town, drinking a cocktail at a nice bar … Fortunately, there are plenty of cities nearby the water! In the morning you can go to the market, in the afternoon you ly on the beach, in the evening you have dinner at a nice restaurant and afterwards you can walk along the promenade. So you always have the best of both ;-)

Both inside and outside Europe, I have a few favourite cities on the waterfront. Discover the shortlist of 5 city trip summer proof cities at the water!
Summer proof city trip steden - Barcelona

>>> Barcelona >>>

Barcelona is always a good idea! This Spanish city is known for the Rambla, the Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell, Gaudi, boutiques, cocktail bars and tapas restaurants. But do you want to combine your city with a visit to the beach? Then Barca is perfect! The beach here is within walking distance of downtown. After a breakfast in the city center it’s just a short walk to your sun bed!

This is how you get there: KLM has tickets from 99 euro! And, they fly to Barcelona at least 15 days a day!

Nice City Guide

>>> Nice >>>

Another recommendation is the French city Nice. Stroll along the Promenade des Anglais, take a dip in the azure blue sea, drink cocktails under a palm tree and eat mussels at a French Bistro. And only a 2 hours flight away from our cold little country.

This is how you get there: A city trip with city trip prices! From 99 euro you buy a ticket with KLM to Nice!
Summer proof city trip steden - Lisbon

>>> Lisbon >>>

Have you ever been to Portugal? I think the capital Lisbon is fantastic! Lively squares, small streets, brightly coloured houses and … a beach! You have to make a short drive for it, but then you lie on a large beach surrounded by woods enjoying the sun. Oh, and from the city center you have a beautiful view over the ocean !

This is how you get there: Although summertime is a bit more expensive, you book a ticket to Lisbon from 149 euro when you go in October.

Summer proof city trip steden - Cape Town

>>> Cape Town >>>

Cape Town has captured my heart. What a beautiful city! Here you can combine a trip to the Cape of Good Hope with a safari, a wine tasting or a day at the beach. A beautiful white sandy beach! Have an evening picnic on Clifton Beach with a beautiful sunset. Afterwards drink cocktails in the city center for just 4 euros!

This is how you get thereMake yourself comfi and book a direct flight to Cape Town. With KLM from 751 euro. And don’t forget: when it’s summertime in Holland it’s winter in Cape Town!

Summer proof city trip steden - Valencia

>>> Valencia >>>

Another great waterfront city in Spain is Valencia! This picturesque town is perfect for a summer-proof city trip with your lover. Here you walk through the narrow side streets, buy your food at the famous Spanish mercado, watch some cool street art and eat the most delicious paella. Valencia also has two city beaches, La Malvarrosa and Las Arenas, and a nice boulevard. Vamos a la Playa!

This is how you get there: Go to Valencia from 215 euro at KLM.

Of course there are many more summer proof city trip cities by the water. Dubai, Marseille, Miami, Sydney, Hamburg, Athene … What’s gonna be your next holiday destination?

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