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

1hrs 30mins

The famous home of French porcelain and traditionally a city of butchers, this medieval jewel in west-central France is full of charm and history, writes Heidi Ruge

Limoges is famous worldwide for its fine porcelain, a tradition that is celebrated throughout the city and kept alive by its modern-day artisans. The city dates back to the Roman emperor Augustus, and its central squares and streets are steeped in history, with cobbled courtyards, magnificent…

  • Poznan


    Travel Time

    2hrs 10mins

    From the destruction of the Second World War, Poland's historic city has transformed into a modern hub of energy and creativity, says Imogen Lepere
  • Boston


    Travel Time

    7hrs 10mins

    New England’s buzzing capital has freedom, revolution, great seafood, and world- class shopping, art and sport to knock your Sox off, says Jonathan Thompson
  • Santa Barbara

    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
  • 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


    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
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