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Gap year travel spent lounging on the beach

Travelers looking for a destination with great beaches and good value hostels may wish to consult the latest list of the best beach trips in the world.

Researched and published by low-cost flights search engine Skyscanner, the top ten city beach breaks compilation details those urban centers which boast a sandy retreat.

Barcelona is highlighted as having a beach that perfectly accompanies the cultural attractions and great nightlife of the city.

Over 1,000 meters long, the haven is a popular choice among locals and backpackers alike.

Those looking for a less crowded option can head to Nova Icaria in Barcelona, which also offers sports facilities such as a volleyball court and games area.

A sunbathing stint can be a great way to relax after a morning spent taking in the many attractions of Spain's Catalonian capital.

Sights that draw travelers to Barcelona include the Gothic Quarter, Las Ramblas and the famed architectural masterpieces of Antoni Gaudi.

Other city beach trips recommended by the website include Berlin, Dubrovnik, Brighton and Vancouver.

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