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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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

While this Regency spa town is as quintessentially English as cream tea and cricket whites, and prettier than one of local legend Edward Wilson’s pictures, it’s got brains as well as beauty. October heralds the arrival of the Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, which follows a cerebral summer of……

  • Apia


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    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


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    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


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    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

  • Valletta


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    Bursting with baroque architecture, the beautiful and compact capital of Malta offers rich Mediterranean cuisine and a unique mix of Arab and European influences

  • Berlin


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    Celebrating 25 years of German reunification, the uber-cool hauptstadt is aglow as a lightwall of balloons tracing the wall’s route sheds new light on the city, says Renate Ruge

  • Piran


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    Slovenia’s coastal hub has it all – lashings of olive oil, fishy feasts and as much wine as you can manage. And summer is just the season to visit the salt pans, finds Alicia Miller

  • Plymouth


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    3hrs 50mins

    To look at the modern ‘Ocean City’ with its swish new waterfront, historic Barbican and super-fresh seafood, the Pilgrims would wonder why they left, says Alex Mead

  • Paris


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    From macarons to flea markets, moody wine bars to Michelin stars, the City of Light doses out culture, glamour and inimitable style time after time, says Alex Allen

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