City life? Beach time? Who says you can’t have both? Combine an awesome urban adventure with some quality time in the sand at some of Contiki’s favourite beach cities.
Tapas on the beach anyone? Although Ibiza is known for its epic nightlife, there has to be something for all of the visiting night owls to do during the day, and relaxing on the beach is just that. Ibiza is bordered by legendary beaches, and the gorgeous island of Formentera is only a ferry ride away.
Sydney is the most well-known city in Australia, and the beaches are a big reason why. Ready to surf? Sydney is a surfer’s paradise. With over 100 beaches to choose from such as the famous Bondi, Coogee and Manly you will have lots of opportunities to catch a wave or two during your visit.
Beaches may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Egypt, but trust us, Hurghada is a gorgeous surprise. Right on the Red Sea, Hurghada is blessed with crystal clear calm waters, and is perfect for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts. Add in the year-round heat and sunshine and it’s no surprise why we recommend ending your adventure in Egypt with a stay in Hurghada.
Santorini is arguably one of the most picturesque Greek islands. Once you’ve taken a million photos of the gorgeous whitewashed houses, we suggest checking out the shoreline. With a variety of red, white and black sand beaches, Santorini offers a unique twist on the traditional beauty of the Greek islands.
Croatia is still a relatively hidden treasure in the Mediterranean, and the beaches are no different. With a variety of beach types and jaw-dropping 16th century backdrops, Dubrovnik beaches are often a little less crowded and a lot more authentic than some of the others on this list.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Gorgeous Brazilians and stunning mountains are just some of the reasons why the beaches of Rio are a must-do. With infamous stops like Copacabana, Ipanema and almost 50 kms of shoreline, the beaches of Rio are an awesome part of this vibrant city.