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...

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Santa Barbara

Travel Time

14hrs 10mins

Soak up the sun on the American Riviera, where beaches stretch for miles, seafood comes fresh off the boat and wine country is at your feet, says Blossom Green

Between the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains just off Route 101, this chic Californian city’s seductively warm climate and easy spirit make it a key stopping point during iconic road trips, while its accessibility and charm deem it a worthy add-on to longer sojourns in the Golden State.…

  • Geneva

    Geneva

    Travel Time

    1hrs 30mins

    Switzerland’s second city is more than a banking hub. Settle down by the lake with some local wine and quality cheese then watch the jetsetters go by, says William Cook
  • Exeter

    Exeter

    Travel Time

    1hrs 30mins

    A stunning cathedral, tranquil river and top shops are the hallmarks of Devon’s lively capital, says James Williams. And the cream teas are just the start of its food scene.
  • Salisbury

    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
  • 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
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