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Quick Sand: best beaches for a quick break

Skyscanner reveals seven places to get a quick sand fix

Skyscanner reveals seven places to get a quick sand fix

![Barcelona beach.jpg](/sites/default/files/image_import/assets_c/2010/07/Barcelona beach-thumb-425×282-3186.jpg)Need some sun, sea and sand, quick? Here are seven great places to bag some fast beach fun.

Barcelona

Just ten minutes from Barcelona city centre there are 4.2km of golden sand beaches. Join the locals who come to party, kite surf and swim on Barcelona Beach, Icaria Beach or if you prefer to sunbathe in your birthday suit, Mar Bella Beach – an unofficial nudist spot. Being so close to the UK, you can catch flights to Barcelona and be on the beach in just a couple of hours.

Tenerife

With almost year-round sun and low rainfall, Tenerife is great for a quick sand break. Flights to Tenerife take four hours from the UK, but some of the beaches, for example El Medano, is just a few kilometres from the island’s south airport, and is a laid back and friendly strip of sand.

New York (USA)

Despite being one of the biggest, most densely populated cities on earth, New York has several beaches where locals can escape city life and get their sand fix. Coney Island in Brooklyn is a favourite getaway, with Brighton Beach and Manhattan Beach also popular places to soak up some rays. Hop on flights to New York to sample the Big Apple beaches for yourself.

Palma, Majorca

This Mediterranean island is a long time favourite for those seeking some beach time, and many of the beaches in Majorca are located in the actual towns and urban areas as well as in semi-urban zones. With flights to Palma taking just two hours from London, you can go from capital city to sandy beach in no time.

Sydney, Australia

OK – so flights to Sydney may take a while, but once you’re in the city, beaches are never more than half an hour away. Located on the city’s Pacific Ocean and also on its harbours, bays and even rivers, the Australian city’s beaches are dotted in between the Royal National Park in the south and the Hawkesbury River in the north. Choose from the famed Bondi to Coogee, Manly and Cronulla.

Brighton, UK

You don’t need to travel far to find great beaches. Voted as one of the top 10 beaches in the world, Brighton beachfront is famous for its pier which hosts a fun fair, arcades, side stalls, bars and an atmosphere of traditional seaside fun. Brighton is also known for its lively night life and funky beach club culture.

Copenhagen, Denmark

The Danish capital may not strike you as a sand hot spot, but Copenhagen has two beaches close to the city centre, easily accessible by the local S-train. Here you’ll find clean water, white sand and water temperatures around 20 C during summer. Amager Beach Park is the closest to the centre and offers 5km of bathing and a shallow lagoon – a perfect swimming zone. If you just want to swim but are not fussed about sand, dive into Havnebad, Copenhagen’s harbour. The water is clean and clear and it’s a popular spot for cooling off.

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