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Copenhagen, Stockholm best for swimming

The Danish capital comes top of a new list of cities in the world for taking a dip, while Stockholm is also recommended.

Copenhagen has beaten the likes of Sydney, Zurich, Rio, Hong Kong and Lisbon for the title of best city for swimming in the world, in a new top-twelve list put together by CNN.

The Danish capital’s harbour swimming areas and urban beaches are the finest in the world for beating the city heat, according to the US broadcaster and news site.

“A city surrounded by water, Copenhagen is a joy for swimmers, especially as midsummer looms and winter becomes a distant memory,” CNN gushes.

“Amager Beach Park is an ideal sandy spot for whiling away an afternoon. It’s a 2km artificial island that creates a calm lagoon perfect for a paddle.”

It concludes: “If leaving the city seems like a chore, the sensational harbour baths at islands Brygge and Fisketorvet are a winning alternative. Daredevils can try out the diving boards while fitness fanatics can plow out laps in the clean, cool water.”

Tourism organisation Wonderful Copenhagen is delighted with the profile boost for the city, agreeing that clean bathing water in the city centre is a top attraction for tourists, TV2 News reports.

“It’s a good piece for our marketing of the city and it will naturally boost our position as a city with a maritime and sustainable profile,” Tine Kastrup-Misiri, Wonderful Copenhagen’s head of communications, told the broadcaster.

Meanwhile, a new beach area is likely to get the go-ahead at Valbyparken, to be completed by 2021.

Stockholm’s beaches
In 11th place, CNN puts Stockholm, saying: “While daring swimmers dive straight into the water from Stockholm’s myriad quays, there are plenty of pretty beaches and secluded coves for more peaceful dips.”

It suggests Smedsuddsbadet, with a “sunbathing lawn and sandy bank”, for families, while Oxhalsbadet in Stora Essingen has diving platforms from three jetties.

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