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...



Travel Time

6hrs 10mins

This island nation has a retail obsession, arguably the best airport in the world, and its vibrant dining scene makes it more than a stopover destination, says Renate Ruge

The city state is really starting to enjoy its day in the sun. Its Formula One Grand Prix night race is now a permanent fixture and the World Architecture Festival is held here too. A new CBD is rising to glittering heights with shiny skyscrapers and gleaming new hotels, and the burgeoning…

  • Winchester


    Travel Time

    1hrs 10mins

    England’s ancient capital and home of Alfred the Great, this mini London is a great shopping stop with a plethora of exciting new bars and restaurants, says Renate Ruge

  • Madeira


    Travel Time

    3hrs 30mins

    This Portuguese island, lapped by the Atlantic, has the climate, kitchen, ecosystem and heritage to draw distinguished travellers from all over the world, finds Mark Sansom

  • Mons


    Travel Time

    2hrs 10mins

    Waving the flag for Capital of Culture, this Belgian city is not only a gastronomic great, but also wears a tradition of art and innovation on its sleeve, says James Williams

  • Muscat


    Travel Time

    7hrs 10mins

    Oman has one of the Middle East’s most dynamic and forward-thinking, yet traditional capitals. Mark Sansom finds it ripe for culinary, cultural and multi-sensory exploration

  • Cheltenham


    Travel Time

    2hrs 30mins

    Crystalline white, the Cotswold town’s Regency architecture looks to have been sculpted from sugar. And that’s not the sweetest thing about it, finds Alex Allen

  • Apia


    Travel Time

    24hrs 50mins

    The capital of Samoa is a Pacific playground, fringed by lush green mountains and a marine reserve. And it’s brimming with Polynesian culture too, says Alex Mead

  • Amsterdam


    Travel Time

    1hrs 10mins

    Known for good times, this buzzy, boundary-pushing metropolis is a flower-filled hot house of edgy art galleries, hidden bars and gourmet finds, says Renate Ruge

  • York


    Travel Time

    2hrs 10mins

    Home to some great British chocolate brands and hidden restaurant gems in its snickelways, this historic city makes for a tempting getaway, says Renate Ruge

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