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...


St Helier EuropeUnited Kingdom

Travel Time

1hrs 10mins

Jersey’s capital boasts seaside charm in buckets and spades – Raleigh-era battlements, quayside strolls and fishy feasts are on the menu for James Williams

A little outpost of Britishness floating in the English Channel with a laid-back French twist, Jersey is a honeypot of great cooking, long, sandy beaches and ancient castles. St Helier is its cute capital boasting the best of the island – and all less than an hour’s flight from London. The VAT-free……

  • Budapest


    Travel Time

    2hrs 30mins

    Creative, laid-back and full of character, Budapest may just be Europe’s capital of off-beat culture. A rejuvenated restaurant scene leaves Alex Allen hankering for more

  • Albi

    Albi EuropeFrance

    Travel Time

    5hrs 10mins

    From its Unesco-listed episcopal buildings to the pretty Tarn river, this compact city in the Midi-Pyrénées has southern style and classic food to boot, says Alex Mead

  • Ouro Preto

    Ouro Preto South AmericaBrazil

    Travel Time

    20hrs 10mins

    As the world’s eyes focus on Brazil for this summer’s World Cup, Catherine Balston profiles a lesser-known former mining town, now a charming Unesco-protected hub

  • Porvoo

    Porvoo EuropeFinland

    Travel Time

    4hrs 10mins

    This city at the gateway of Finland’s stunning Pellinki archipelago may be small, but in terms of food, history and culture it has big things to offer, says Alicia Miller

  • Rome

    Rome EuropeItaly

    Travel Time

    2hrs 30mins

    It’s difficult to know where to start in a city filled with such riches, but Guy Woodward plots a path through the thronging streets to pick out the must-see attractions

  • Casablanca

    Casablanca AfricaMorocco

    Travel Time

    3hrs 20mins

    From its laid-back seafront restaurants to chaotic markets and elegant art deco buildings, this Atlantic city is still happily off the tourist radar, says Tahir Shah

  • Xi’an

    Xi’an AsiaChina

    Travel Time

    15hrs 10mins

    A thriving arts scene, great dumplings, elegant pagodas, Terracotta Warriors and layers of history are wrapped up in the well-preserved city walls, says Alex Mead

  • Avignon

    Avignon EuropeFrance

    Travel Time

    3hrs 30mins

    Sip Châteauneuf-du-Pape, soak up the Provençal sunshine and sing the town’s famous song in this 14th-century papal seat and Unesco-listed site, says Alicia Miller

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