48 Hours

City Breaks: All destinations

Whether you’re just passing through or making a weekend of it, we give you the 48-hour lowdown on cities across the globe. What to see, what to do, what not to miss...


Salisbury Europe, England,

Travel Time

1hrs 30mins

Charming medieval architecture, Wiltshire ham and idyllic countryside nearby all make this market city – with its soaring cathedral – worthy of a pilgrimage, says Alex Allen

This year is the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, and Salisbury Cathedral has unveiled a new exhibition all about the famous document. Of the four original charters remaining, Salisbury’s is by far the best preserved. It’s a must see.

  • Lisbon

    Lisbon Europe, Portugal,

    Travel Time

    2hrs 50mins

    Hit the West End-worthy boutiques and patina of historic sights in Portugal’s eclectic capital, then relax with a vinho verde or trademark pastel de nata, says Mark Sansom
  • Baku

    Baku Asia, Azerbaijan,

    Travel Time

    5hrs 30mins

    Futuristic skyscrapers, medieval ramparts and swanky sky bars – Azerbaijan’s capital serves up a slice of the old world with a liberal dose of the new, says Sarah Reid
  • Seville

    Seville Europe, Spain,

    Travel Time

    2hrs 40mins

    Fountain-filled courtyards, a rich history and some of the country’s best tapas are to be found in Andalucia’s sun-soaked capital, ‘the frying pan’ of Spain, says Renate Ruge
  • Ohrid

    Ohrid Europe, Macedonia,

    Travel Time

    6hrs 10mins

    The ‘Pearl of Macedonia’ is just waiting to be discovered, with millennia of history packed into the old town on the shores of an ancient lake, says Martina Danelaite
  • Bristol

    Bristol Europe, United Kingdom,

    Travel Time

    1hrs 50mins

    Once a prosperous powerhouse for trading, this southwest port city is now home to edgy artists, an evolving food scene and first-class museums, says Imogen Lepere
  • New Orleans

    New Orleans

    Travel Time

    10hrs 30mins

    This southern soul city isn’t so much a place as a state of mind. Come here to eat creole, drink bourbon and groove to blues long into the night, says Heidi Ruge
  • Gdansk

    Gdansk Europe, Poland,

    Travel Time

    2hrs 10mins

    Brimming with distinctive architecture, elegant old streets and riverside watering holes, there’s more to this Baltic port than its extraordinary history, says Kelly Satchell
  • Leeds


    Travel Time

    1hrs 10mins

    A pioneer of the textile industry in the 1600s, today Yorkshire’s capital of style has a flourishing independent food scene and beating cultural heart, says Blossom Green
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