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City beaches for kids: readers” tips Tin ảnh

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( - For kids, a day on the beach is the perfect break from traipsing around a city. Readers suggest sandcastle competitions in Brussels, splashing around in the Danube and sunbathing in, er, Nottingham.

1. WINNING TIP:  Old Danube Strandbad, Vienna, Austria


Old Danube Strandbad beach in Vienna. Photograph: Stadt Wien

One of the best beaches in the city is at the Alte Donau Strandbad – acres of grassy space behind a sandy strand, which shelves gently into the river. When the kids get bored of splashing in the Danube, make use of the two pools (one for weenies), waterslide, beach volleyball, football pitch, playground, minigolf or badminton court. There is a refreshments kiosk and plenty of shade from the many mature trees. 
Off Arbeiterstrandbadstrasse in the Kaisermühlen district 



2. UK

Nottingham city beach. Photograph: Alamy

Nottingham city beach
This will be the sixth year that the beach comes to Nottingham's Old Market Square. There's loads to do, lots of fun rides, a paddling pool, sand, sun loungers, plus lots of games and music entertainment. There are also snack stands and an adult beach-bar area.

Swansea Bay
Why go to the Bay of Naples? 
Swansea Bay has everything but the volcano (though Kilvey Hill offers great views). Six miles of sand, with dunes, kitesurfing, lido, cycle track, coffee shops every mile or so, and the Mumbles lighthouse. When it rains, there's an arts centre, two museums – one described by Dylan Thomas as "a museum that should be in a museum" – and Verdi's, for the best ice cream this side of Sorrento.


3. Europe 

Nauthólsvík, Reykjavík. Photograph: Alamy

Nauthólsvík, Reykjavík, Iceland
Swimming in the sea in Iceland is a thrill not to be missed. Nauthólsvík is a family-friendly geothermal beach in Reykjavík. It has golden sands, children's slides, an ice-cream kiosk and the sea is warmed by a geothermal outlet. A most bizarre experience! A small pool has been created – suitable for children and adults – to bask in the warmest water.


Plage des Catalans, Marseille. Photograph: Alamy


Plage des Catalans, Marseille, France
The tiny Plage des Catalans in downtown Marseille has it all. There's an art deco former sugar-cane processing plant to admire, several bouillabaisse restaurants and pizza places within flip-flop padding distance, a vibrant ethnic mix of local families, clean loos and showers, golden sand, rock diving, clean turquoise sea and a 95% chance of sunshine.

Bruxelles les Bains, Brussels, Belgium
Tuesday to Sunday from July to mid-August, the Bruxelles les Bains festival sees 6,000 square metres of canal bank covered with fine sand and palm trees. A dedicated Kids Village hosts trampolining, storytelling sessions and sandcastle competitions, while older children can check out the free concerts, or hire boats and sporting equipment. There's also that most modern of beach essentials: free Wi-Fi.

Varburg, Sweden
Varburg is a small town south of Gothenburg with the cleanest golden sandy beach, a beautiful prom and reasonably priced places to eat; I recommend 
Olles, overlooking the bay. Once you've had your fill of sand and water, wander round the 1800s pier/bath house and fort. In summer it really does get hot and sunny here!

Le Paris Plage. Photograph: Bruno De Hogues/Getty Images


Le Paris Plage, France
Paris may not be your first choice for a beach holiday but, since 2004, the French capital has opened three prime spots along the Seine, right in the heart of the city, complete with fun stuff to do for kids: swimming pools suspended over the river, soft golden sand, play areas, water fountains and free concerts in the evening. It's easily accessible – and you're never far from an ice cream!


4. North America 

Manhattan beach, Los Angeles, US
Urban LA has 75 beaches. The best one for families is 
Manhattan Beach– it's clean, calm, safe and watched over by attentive lifeguards. There are 50 volleyball nets on the sand, a children's play area, roller skate and cycle hire with bike tracks nearby, plus cheap eateries. If all that isn't enough, head to the free aquarium, where the gang can touch starfish and ogle sea horses. 
Centre Island Beach, Toronto. Photograph: Alamy
Centre Island Beach, Toronto, Canada
This beach, on a small island in Toronto harbour, is definitely worth the five-minute ferry crossing for child-friendly stuff to do. A rock breakwater stops waves and prevents children wandering into open water, and the water is perfect paddling depth. Washrooms, a pizza parlour and bicycle hire are adjacent to the beach and Franklin Children's Garden is just behind, with a treehouse, tunnels and free crafts and gardening activities.
5. Middle East

Jerusalem Beach, Tel Aviv. Photograph: Alamy

Jerusalem Beach, Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv has the widest and cleanest beaches in the Middle East.
Jerusalem Beach has an outdoor cafe, exercise and play area, showers and changing rooms, sun chairs and umbrellas for hire and – perhaps most important for teenagers – it has free Wi-Fi. The long beach promenade from the new port area to Jaffa harbour has a cycle path and bicycles for hire.

Source: theguardian
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