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5weeks with my kids in june... we want to stay near a beach but close to airport

5weeks with my kids in june... we want to stay near a beach but close to airport

Mar 13th, 2018, 12:23 AM
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I agree with Annhig. As alternative, check out Castelldefels just south of Barcelona. Big sandy beach, super close to airport, to a big city, quick train and highway connections, heck even ferries. There's also an airport in Reus, not too far from Castelldefels. It's not very touristy or beautiful but it could work as a home away from home if you find decent rental for a good price. And yes from there you can take plenty of trips all over Spain and Europe. Check the low cost airlines easyjet, ryanair, vueling etc., book early for savings and travel light.
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Mar 13th, 2018, 05:12 AM
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Hi,

Lisbon has everything you want and it has very good flight connections to Europe. Direct flights to the major cities of Europe like Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, London, Budapest, Amsterdam and others.

1st: The airport is only 15 minutes away from the city center with a metro station there
2nd: No big city in Europe has better beaches than Lisbon, not even Barcelona, If it's beaches that you want look no further:
Lisbon's Beaches - A beach guide fully updated for 2018!
3rd: Lisbon is the best world city break 2017 (world travel awards). Great value here for sightseeing and culture trips
https://www.visitlisboa.com/pt-pt/Iisboa
4th: A great amount of day trips only 30 minutes to 1 hour away:
Sintra Portugal Guide - Fully Updated for 2018!
Obidos Portugal Tourism Guide - Updated for 2018!
http://www.visitevora.net/en/
5th: Madrid is only 1 hour away by plain and has a connection by rail to Madrid and to the French border (Sud Express)
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Mar 13th, 2018, 05:13 AM
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Hi,

Yes there is, in Lisbon:

Lisbon's Beaches - A beach guide fully updated for 2018!
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Mar 13th, 2018, 05:27 AM
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Hi Jodirool,

If not Lisbon, then the Algarve, the best beach destination of all Europe (world travel awards).
No better beaches in Europe than in the Algarve. It has a airport, the Faro Airport with direct flights to several cities in Europe.
Check this beaches:

https://www.lagosportugalguide.com/l...hes-beach.html
https://www.travel-in-portugal.com/beaches/albufeira
Tavira Beaches - A Beach Guide
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Mar 13th, 2018, 05:56 AM
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Another vote for Tavira, the very best beach is actually just off shore (2 minute on a ferry) with sea water between and some years they lay a railway on the sandbank to get around along with all facilities which they remove for the winter. Faro airport is just up the motorway.

Tavira has some very ancient parts and some modern low rise hotels.
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Mar 13th, 2018, 07:00 AM
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{{"there aren't many beaches in Europe to compare to the best American beaches" - What?? Really???}}

Yeah, really. This isn't close. Pick a place from shores of New Jersey and Cape Cod/Martha's Vineyard/Nantucket to the coasts and Keys of Florida to the Outer Banks to the mid-Gulf beaches in the Redneck Riviera.

I've just named TONS of beach areas better than 90% of what Europe offers and haven't even touched: California, Hawai'i, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. John or St. Croix.

Shill for Lisbon and Portugal all you want, this is not a contest that Europe can win.

That said, for the OP: when you mention 5 countries - are you including the 3 you're already destined for or are you seeking five countries in ADDITION to Iceland, France and the UK?
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Mar 13th, 2018, 08:37 AM
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I was about to say the same thing, Russ, but you beat me to it. I looked at the pictures of those beaches in Portugal, and they are maybe as nice as a middling beach in New Jersey.

The best beaches I've seen in Italy were in Sardegna, although I haven't been to all the beaches in Italy, by a long shot. Even the best beaches in Sardegna couldn't hold a candle to the average beach in Hawaii, nor to some of the better beaches in California or Florida.

Australia, I'm told, has wonderful beaches.
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Mar 13th, 2018, 09:07 AM
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Even places like Michigan have miles of nice sandy beaches in a more natural condition than Europe's typically over developed over mobbed beaches.
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Mar 13th, 2018, 09:26 AM
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I usually switch off when BigRuss posts bit like Trump on twitter.

We’ve driven nearly ever inch of coast between Cape Elizabeth and New Orleans.

Cape Cod to Hilton Head : pretty much like anything you’d find in Devon, Cornwall or La Rochelle.

I’d make exceptions for Kiawah, Edisto, Sullivan’s and Monomoy which are truely magical places.

It gets interesting once you’re south of Savannah when you tend to lose the fried food joints, mini golf and 25 stone retirees drinking Bud in the sea.

Blackbeards Island is about as good as it gets.

Which gets you into Florida.... moving swiftly on.

Capitiva was OK once you walk two miles away from the car park to avoid the lazy arses who open the car door and expect to find a huge conch shell at their feet.

i’ll give you the Panhandle once you take a boat down the ICW to get away from Pensacola you’ll find some stunning spots. Then you’re into Biloxi. Nice.

For some strange reason Fodor’s Trump is bringing in terrorities invaded by the Yanks some years back. On that note, we’ll include The Turks and Caicos, Bermuda, Anguilla, Mustique, Cayman Islands and BVI, St Martin and St Barts.

Can’t include any German or Italian territories as they’re not very good at keeping them.
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Mar 14th, 2018, 03:34 AM
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Hi BigRuss,

Everybody knows that the beaches in Grace Bay, Brazil, Cuba, Aruba, Grand Cayman, Hawai.... are amazing and an-beatable. That's not may point. Saying that any beach in Europe is average is quite a statement, plus saying that the Algarve beaches are so so is unbelievable. Say that to the trip advisor voters that put Elafonissi Beach in Greece as the 11th most beautiful in the world or Falésia beach in the Algarve as the 12th most beautiful (the 1 st 2 entries for Europe).
In Europe the best beatches can be found in Greece, Portugal, Spain and Turkey.
For the big cities Lisbon got to be the one with the best offer here, better than Barcelona, 100% sure. I cant remember any other capital with so much sandy beaches. Then there are the beach resorts of Mykonos, Palma Maiorca, Canaries islands, Sardinia.
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Mar 14th, 2018, 01:56 PM
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So BritishCaicos puts as much thought into his name-calling as Trump does to his tweets and thinks he's smart? Typical of someone who lives in or near the George Galloway infected areas of Scotland.

My post stands. I'll take 90% of the US beaches over Europe's. I wouldn't travel to the beach in Europe to be by the beach per se; I'd travel to destinations that have beaches that are part of the reason to go (Mykonos, Nice, various Rivieras), but not for the purpose of going to situate myself at a beach for +/- a month.
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Mar 15th, 2018, 06:29 AM
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A beach is a beach is a beach...??
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Mar 15th, 2018, 06:46 AM
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As much as we liked Valencia, we much preferred the beach areas around Barcelona-either up towards France, Tossa del Mar or our favorite, Roses. However, if you want better access with no car to Barcelona, you might want to check out Castelldefels. We are considering it as a base with no car since you can get to Barcelona in about 25 minutes by train and the airport in about 40 minutes or so. The town itself is nice with a good sandy beach and has the ease of access you want.
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Mar 15th, 2018, 12:16 PM
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My post stands. I'll take 90% of the US beaches over Europe's. I wouldn't travel to the beach in Europe to be by the beach per se; I'd travel to destinations that have beaches that are part of the reason to go (Mykonos, Nice, various Rivieras), but not for the purpose of going to situate myself at a beach for +/- a month.>>

where does the OP say that that's what they want to do?

They want a base, near a beach, to see something of Europe. Hard to do from Nantucket.
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Mar 15th, 2018, 06:03 PM
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Hello

I would pick somewhere near Pisa, so you can use its airport. Lots of nearby beach possibilities and the whole area has so much variety and things of interest to kids and adults.
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