SOMETIMES, deciding where to travel next can be a source of tension. Will it be a beach break and some culture in a city?
One of you might want to fly and flop, as the saying goes, while the other might want to be on the go, exploring new things and trying new places.
According to a new study by European travel and hospitality experts at accord, Half of us Brits are torn between the two.
So what better way to solve the problem than going to a town on or near a beach? So Accor researched just that and came out with their top 10.
And in a respectable third place is our very own Edinburgh – the only UK city to make the list.
The cities were rated according to the number of beaches, museums and cultural and cultural sites.
The Scottish capital ranks high with over 50 museums and two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Old Town and the New Town.
And after tourists have soaked up all the culture, they can instead soak up the sun on the nearby beaches of Portobello or Cramond.
With a total of 118 museums, four beaches and three UNESCO World Heritage sites, Barcelona has proven to be the best holiday destination for beach and city lovers in Europe.
Culture vultures can visit the world-famous National Art Museum of Catalonia or the Picasso Museum, which houses around 4,000 works by Pablo Picasso on permanent display, and then hit the sand just outside the city’s doors.
In second place is Trogir in Croatia, the city with the most beaches in the entire ranking – 27 to be exact.
Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997, the popular travel destination is also known for its culture.
The historic old town is located on a small island and has a lot to offer in terms of sights, from medieval churches to small museums such as the Museum of Sacred Art.
Marc Lantrok, Vice President Customer Engagement for Europe and North Africa at Accor, said: “Finding the perfect holiday destination that meets the preferences of every traveler often requires extensive research and careful planning.
“When planning a holiday that suits everyone, European destinations are often a great place to start. Since June 2022, we have seen a significant increase in Google searches for “European public holidays” in the UK.
“This spike in demand comes as no surprise given that many European destinations offer the benefit of shorter travel distances, ultimately making them a more budget-friendly option.”
The Croatian cities of Porec and Dubrovnik ranked 4th and 5th, Rhodes Town 6th, Ios Chora on the Greek island of Ios 7th, Amalfi in Italy 8th, and Pula and Split in Croatia 9th .and 10th place.
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