The vibrant beach city of Brighton has been named one of the world's best by Lonely Planet, along with Rio de Janeiro, Sydney and Barcelona.
According to the Daily Mail, the travel guide says: 'The beach is made up of pebbles, not sand, but that doesn't stop the crowds heading here in their droves.
'Whether it's midday sunbathing or midnight partying, Brighton beach seems to be in use at all times.
'Brighton is the most vibrant seaside resort in England. Just an hour from London, it is a thriving, cosmopolitan city with a Bohemian spirit; home to an exuberant gay community, a dynamic student population and a healthy number of ageing and new-age hippies, as well as traditional candyfloss fun.'
Tourist chiefs in the East Sussex city said nearly three quarters of visitors take in the beach as part of their trip.
According to the Argus, the chair of Brighton's economic development and culture committee Geoffrey Bowden said credit for the accolade should go to Visit Brighton and the beach's seafront team.
He said: 'For the city's beaches to be placed alongside those of Rio, Barcelona and Sydney shows the unique positioning and branding we have achieved globally as a tourist destination.'
Lonely Planet's list of the world's best beach cities
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