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Let’s move to Portobello, Edinburgh: ‘It has a Rio-like promenade’

Sand, sea ... shame about the climateWhat’s going for it? I always forget Edinburgh has a seaside. This would make the city perfect (all the best cities have a seaside), were it not for the distinctly un-Rio-like climate. Instead it’s almost perfect. For, although Portobello lacks Copacabana and 30C year-round heat, it does have sandy beaches and a Rio-like promenade peopled with joggers and lovers arm-in-arm, rollerbladers and scooter kids fronting a sweeping landscape of knobbly hills and a sea of blue (on a good day). But who needs balmy seas when you have a newly restored Victorian Turkish baths to poach in? Who needs the work of Oscar Niemeyer when there are beautiful 19th-century stone villas? Who needs The Girl From Ipanema and an ice-cold caipirinha when you can meet the girl from St Andrews chippy over a bag of scraps and whisk her off for a sundowner pint at The Espy on the seafront?The case against It’s rather cut off from the rest of the city, with the railway viaducts and the roaring Sir Harry Lauder Road. It feels as if it needs just a little more love (and money). Continue reading...

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