The research was undertaken by Omio which ranked over 1,000 European cities with beaches, taking into consideration the type of beach, water temperature during the peak summer months, nightlife, water sports, and travel convenience.
Whilst Alicante, Catania and Palma took the top spots, five British beaches also made the list – with Brighton coming in third, beaten by surfers’ paradises Newquay and Falmouth and beating picturesque St Ives and Torquay.
In the overall rankings, Brighton came in at a respectable 68th place.
Considering that many travellers rely on public transport during a city break, Omio also looked at destinations that offered the best links within a city, as well as from the airport. This saw our seaside city, with its links to London, Gatwick and frequent city centre buses, ranked 10th in Europe – an impressive feat, indeed.