Europe’s best seaside town has ‘pretty much everything you could want’

The UK has some incredible seaside towns and Britons might find it hard to choose between atmospheric beaches like Bamburgh or charming villages such as Staithes.

However, the UK isn’t the best option for tourists looking for sunshine. Britons who want to bask by the sea might be better off visiting one of Europe’s best seaside towns.

According to research from Which? Travel, the continent’s best seaside town is Valencia, on Spain’s east coast.

A spokesperson said: “A cityscape which swings from honey-stoned old town whorled around a Gothic cathedral, to futuristic buildings of the City of Arts and Sciences development.

“It’s one of Spain’s leading gastronomy scenes too, and it gained four out of five stars for its food and drink. Unlike Barcelona, it’s yet to suffer from overtourism.”

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Valencia’s top attraction on Tripadvisor is Mercado Central, the city’s central market which Which? describes as a “gastronomic marvel”.

A tourist ‘Andrew B’ wrote on Tripadvisor: “A must. We loved spending the morning at the market. Coffee, pastries, smoothies, fruit, paella…pretty much everything you could want for breakfast, lunch or takeaway.”

Another tourist ‘tatjana j’ said: “Situated in the city centre in a beautiful building is the place you must visit while in Valencia. All so vivid, you will love it from the moment you come in.”

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Paella was first eaten in Valencia and tourists should sample it at lunchtime for the most authentic experience. Another local treat is horchata, a unique drink made from tigernuts.

Valencia’s beach was awarded five out of five stars by Which? readers, easily trumping Barcelona’s which got just three in the rankings.

Malvarrosa Beach is very close to the city centre and one tourist described it as “very clean” on Google reviews.

Best seaside towns in Europe (Which?)

  1. Valencia
  2. Porto
  3. Venice
  4. Tavira
  5. Pollenca
  6. Chania Town
  7. Rhodes
  8. Syracuse
  9. Barcelona
  10. Lisbon

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