Take a City Beach Break With Monarch
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 2, 2012) - City breaks are usually defined by shopping and sightseeing, so it might be a surprise to hear that some of Europe's most popular, beautiful and bustling cities are also ideal destinations for beach lovers. Indeed, there are a select few urban areas on the continent that have struck the perfect balance between city and shore. Here are two such destinations, to which Monarch Airlines offers affordable flights from several UK airports.
The former 'capital of the world', this delightful hybrid of ancient settlement with modern metropolis is not a coastal city in the strictest sense. However, a short trip of under an hour on public transport will take you away from the famous cultural treats of the city and out to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. As such, it's an ideal place to base yourself if you enjoy sunning yourself one day, before exposing yourself to some of the most awe-inspiring historical sights the next.
Ostia Lido is the closest resort to the city if pressed for time, with more than adequate facilities for a day on the beach. Santa Marinella, a spot as popular with modern-day locals as it was with the ancient Romans, has more pristine sands and a great selection of bars and restaurants nearby, the best of which is Tavola Azzurra 2 with its highly rated selection of seafood and Mediterranean cuisine.
Carrying a similar wealth of history - from its beginnings in Roman times, through its medieval status as a trading centre for the continent to its busy, cosmopolitan modern day self - Barcelona has had quite a journey to reach its current state.
Now, with affordable Barcelona flights from Monarch Airlines, holidaymakers can go and soak up all the different vagaries of the city's culture, before strolling along white sanded coastline and enjoying some good old fashioned beach culture down by the crystal blue water's edge.
There's over four kilometres of beach in and around the city, so it's well worth toning up the bod and packing some swimmers before heading for the airport. Regularly rated as one of the best beaches in the world, Barceloneta may be crowded but its proximity to a great line-up of bars and restaurants, plus the atmosphere generated by performers and artists, makes it worth jostling for position with your towel.
City breaks to Rome and Barcelona start at just GBP 210. Scheduled flights depart from several UK airports, including Birmingham, London Luton, London Gatwick and Manchester, depending on the destination.
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