This is the time of year we get a travel itch that's hard to scratch. Spring break is long gone and the summer holiday can't come soon enough. To tide you over, we're sharing three urban seaside destinations where you can escape to until it's time for that summer getaway.
Barcelona - Playa de la Barceloneta
Barcelona is lovely to visit in any season but it truly comes alive when the beach scene kicks into full swing during the summer months.
Stay: Casa Bonay
Located in the centre of Barcelona, with restaurants, cafeterias, bars and much more, you are close enough to the beach to get the best of both worlds!
Eat: Pez Vela
This seafood beach restaurant is right on the shore line, facing the Barceloneta and is known for their paella and spectacular views of the sea and city.
What To Wear: Hermoza Vanessa One Piece Swimsuit
This swimsuit works on the beach during the day and doubles as a bodysuit for a night out.
Lisbon - Praia do Tamariz Beach
Lisbon has emerged as one of Europe’s most exciting city breaks and is home to some of the best beaches in Europe.
Stay: Charming House
Located in the iconic neighbourhood of Santa Catarina, where winding streets spill down the hills of the city, this authentic Mediterranean hotel with a Moorish vibe is both beautiful and hip.
Eat: Cervejaria Ramiro
This restaurant which opened in 1956 is the hot spot for seafood! Known as a “cervejaria-marisqueira”, which is a type of beer and seafood restaurant believed to have been popularized in Portugal by Galician immigrants.
What To Wear: Biella Reversible Caftan
This stunning poppy red caftan doubles as a coverup at the beach during the day and as a breezy dress for the evening.
Dubrovnik - Banje Beach
Dubrovnik is a dreamy escape perched along the sea with a vibrant food scene and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Stay: Hotel Stari Grad
For a splurge this boutique hotel hidden behind the elegant facade of a converted 16th century residence is idyllic. Boasting eight rooms and suites that are individually decorated in a contemporary style.
Eat: Konoba Dubrava
Dalmation peka is a Croation culinary tradition! This meal is prepared in a pot with a dome shaped lid and is cooked over fire or ashes. Be sure to reserve your peka in advance and select from lamb, veal or octopus.
What To Wear: Melilla Wrap Pant
These versatile wrap pants can be dressed up or down. Wear them as a cover up over a bathing suit or as a statement pant day or night.