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(By Tom Spurling via Lonelyplanet)

Sydney, Rio and Barcelona aside, the beach is not usually synonymous with the city. But with so many amazing cities sprung near water, it is surprisingly easy to catch a suntan – or a few cheeky waves – while doing the urban crawl. Dip your toes into these lesser-known beach cities around the world.

1. Take a break in Tel Aviv, Israel

Join the sun worshippers in Tel Aviv (Image Source: Aleksandar Todorovic / Shutterstock)


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Israel's sophisticated second city has a cracking Mediterranean climate and a genuine beach culture. Bring your rug and matkot (paddle ball) and take a break from the city's fine museums, cafes and galleries. There's Hilton Beach near the hotel of the same name, where all the beautiful people splay out in style; long and golden Gordon and Frishman Beaches, which are postcard staples (but can get crowded); or our favourite at Geula, which is central but still mellow with the narghile pipes in full smoke.
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2. Hang out in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has multiple sandy shores to choose from, including Repulse Bay (Image Source: King Robert / Shutterstock)  

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Asia's financial hub is also a small island with lush mountain trails leading down to some lovely patches of sand, especially on the southern side. Repulse Bay is glamorous, with a high-end mall and restaurant strip overlooking calm waters, and a huge expanse of sunbathing area, while Shek O and Big Wave Bay pick up impressive swells when a daifung swirls around the South China Sea. Once you're suitably fried, you can catch a minibus back to Soho for sundowners.
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3. Pace the promenade in Porto, Portugal

Greet the Atlantic from Porto's shores (Image Source: Fotokon / Shutterstock)

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The Costa Verde is a dramatically beautiful coastline in the north of Portugal. Huge Atlantic Ocean swells pound against rocky headlands and soft sand beaches, but in stylish Porto you'll find Praia do Carneiro, with its long promenade winding back towards the city's castle walls. The view may upend your state of saudade, a distinctly Portuguese sense of longing for past glories. The best cure is to sip some bubbly green wine beneath your umbrella and enjoy the city’s understated northern charms.
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4. Dip your toes into Dakar, Senegal

Dive into Dakar and its surrounding beaches (Image Source: Harri Jarvelainen Photography / Getty Images)

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Plage de Ngor is the pick of the Senegalese capital's many fine beaches. You can shuck oysters at humble local cafes or Euro-Afrique boltholes in between backstroking the calm strait from point to point. The weather is almost always beach-friendly; even the dry harmattan season in January and February encourages ticklish swimmers to wash off fast-moving clouds of dust. Ile de Gorée lies offshore as a grim reminder of the country's slave history. Surf’s up a short drive south.
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5. Raise your temperature in Reykjavík, Iceland

Not all Icelandic beaches are remote, black-sand marvels – there are hot springs too (Image Source: Matthew Micah Wright / Getty Images)

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Nauthólsvík Beach is a man-made wonder in the heart of the Icelandic capital, where you can brave the icy North Atlantic waters until way past your bedtime. Outside of summer – or anytime really – you can boil in thermal hot tubs with clear city views. The white-sand beach is very child-friendly, but hip adults also descend on warm weekends to test their bearded extremities.
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6. Have a child-friendly beach trip in Hobart, Australia

Hobart has lots of competition on the city beach front, but still sets the bar high (Image Source: Jeff Miller / Getty Images)

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Perhaps Australia's least-known beach city, Hobart boasts a number of pristine bays nestled along the bends of the River Derwent. On the eastern side sit Howrah Beach and Bellerive Beach. Never busy, but more than a tad chilly in non-summer months, both beaches are fabulous for children and the gentle conditions suit sailing, or daydreaming of a passage to Antarctica. Sandy Bay and Long Beach are popular ‘suburban’ beaches in the Tasmanian capital.
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7. Escape the norm in Essaouira, Morocco

Swap skyscrapers for souks and seagulls for camels in Essaouira (Image Source: kasto80 / Getty Images)

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Home to at least five music festivals, including the Gnaoua World Music Festival, Essaouira is skirted by flat, open sand beaches attracting elite kite-surfers and disoriented travellers in search of substance and a refreshing dip. Whitewashed, low-rise buildings, easy-going souks and seafood restaurants round out the exotic, windswept experience. If shopping, be on the hunt for lamps or unusual glass trinkets, but don’t leave town without a stash of new tunes.
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