Bronzing in Public: Best European Parks to Get a Tan

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	St. James's Park in London is a perfect place to relax and catch a summer tan.

St. James's Park in London is a perfect place to relax and catch a summer tan. 

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Jul 15, 2013 —  Going to the beach is one of the most popular ways to get a summer tan, but sometimes it’s too much of a hassle. From the crowded shores to post-coast traffic, sunning seaside isn’t always the relaxing trip it’s meant to be.

Europe boasts a plethora of accessible beach alternatives where you can easily bronze your body. Public parks around the continent offer ample grassy spaces to lie down and soak in the sun’s warm rays.

Vondelpark in Amsterdam houses 120 acres of natural tanning space surrounding dozens of tiny, scattered ponds. Sunbathers happily share the scenic grounds with friendly skateboarders, bikers, and rollerbladers.

In Barcelona, Parc de la Ciutadella allows guests to get some color while paddling a rowboat. The eclectic crowd – made up of hippies, locals, tourists, and musicians – catch some much needed UV rays almost anywhere in the park (except in the shade of a huge wooly mammoth statue).

Londoners enjoy some regal rays at St. James Park, surrounded by beautiful and historic architecture. Picnickers apply sunblock, plop down in the park’s center for some grub, and bask in an abundance of sunshine.

This summer, the beach isn’t the only place to be when crisscrossing Europe. There are dozens of parks around the corner that offer plenty of ways to get that sexy skin tone you desperately desire.    

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