City Break Versus Beach Holiday - Why Decided

Monday, 20 July 2009

UK tourists are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing between city breaks and beach holidays, according to new research by low-fares airline easyJet.

A survey conducted by the airline has revealed that 70% of Brits desire a mix of the two types of break but struggle to find a destination that will satisfy all their holiday needs.

The top reasons given for seeking a holiday that offered the best of both worlds included:

  • Desire for a combination of culture and relaxation
  • Want activity-filled days as well as the chance to re-charge the batteries
  • Breaks seem more spontaneous in the city but would also like the relaxation of a beach
  • Combines sightseeing and sunbathing.

In answer to the age-old holiday conundrum, a number of European cities have established their own urban beaches. Destinations which offer beach relaxation in a cultural city setting include Amsterdam, Rome, Venice and Paris - blurring the lines between city sophistication and the seaside resort.

Paul Simmons, UK general manager for easyJet, comments: "City beaches are a great option for those people who are torn between the traditional beach holiday and city destinations, especially in the current economic climate where some holiday-makers can only afford one break this year."


  • Ø Amsterdam's Plage is a small beach along the Silodam, famous for its incredibly unique location and hugely hospitable crowd. The city's Strand Zuid City Beach also offers over 2000m2 of beach area, next to Beatrix Park.


  • Ø Barcelona's Barceloneta Beach is a traditional beach, close to the city centre and is a huge favourite with visitors. The Nova Icaria Beach is the closest beach to the Port Olimpic and is also worth visiting if you want more space to relax.


  • Ø Berlin's Strand is a collection of beach bars with sand and hammocks that are sprinkled throughout the city.


  • Ø Milan's Parco Sempione is transformed each summer and features palm trees, beach umbrellas and a pool to give a simulated beach experience.


  • Ø Paris Plages allows the cityscape to don greenery throughout July.


  • Ø Rome's Lido di Ostia is considered the capital's beach and is also known as the 'Tourist Port'.


  • Ø Venice Lido shapes the main barrier between Venice and the Adriatic Sea, made up of 11 miles of sandy beach.





About easyJet:

easyJet is Europe's leading low-fares airline, currently operating 175 aircraft on 437 routes, to 111 airports in 28 countries. easyJet carried over 44 million passengers in the past 12 months.


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