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Sandy Lupa Beach reopens for summer

Photo : Sándor Csudai / We Love Budapest

This weekend, for the third year running, Lupa Beach opens on the waterfront near Budakalász, just north of Budapest. And even if it isn’t quite swimsuit weather just yet, there are plenty of sports and other attractions to entertain the whole family.

The sun might still be looking for his hat, but Lupa Beach is all ready for summer. This waterside leisure park and sports centre is one of the best features of Budapest from May to September.

 

Photo: Sándor Csudai / We Love Budapest

Here, a white, palm-lined sandy beach brings the seaside closer to the city. Previously off-limits, this former pit lake is now the city’s most coveted summertime destination. At any one time, 10,000 people can enjoy a real holiday experience along a shore stretching for over two kilometres.

 

Photo: Sándor Csudai / We Love Budapest

Like any seaside resort, there are sports a-plenty, including beach volleyball and handball, but you’ll also find street workout and teqball. Kayaks and canoes are available for hire. Those who like extreme sports can look forward to the biggest wakeboard centre in the region, flyboarding and diving. Of course, there are buffets, restaurants and cocktail bars.

 

Photo: Sándor Csudai / We Love Budapest

The man behind it is Károly Gerendai. “This year, there will be more attractions than ever,” said Károly, on the eve of the reopening for 2019. “Our goal is for us to be busy even when it’s not bright sunshine outside. We’ve also given residents from nearby Pomáz, Szentendre, Békásmegyer and Budakalász free admission on certain days.”

 

Photo: Bálint Hirling / We Love Budapest

The sports agenda starts this weekend with volleyball tournaments. Beach football, water polo and American football competitions are all scheduled for later in the season. On May 26, Children’s Day will be free for youngsters, and the pre-season closes with the inaugural Lupa Beach Gastro Fest. On 1 June, high season opens with the unveiling of Öböl Strand, Gulf Beach, completely renovated and ready for summer.

 

Lupa Beach

Budakalász, Tó utca