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

9hrs 30mins

Canada’s third-largest city is a haven for culture vultures and as the country marks its 150th birthday, there’s never been a better time to go, says Catherine Van Brunschot

When it comes to sheer physical character, Vancouver has everything you could want from a city break. The North Shore Mountains tumble into the harbour and sandy beaches fringe the absinthe-tinted towers of the city’s core. Here, the appetite for outdoor pursuits is as strong as that for the…

  • San Francisco

    San Francisco North America, USA

    Travel Time

    11hrs 30mins

    Fifty years on from the Summer of Love, the hippie city has blossomed into a thriving tech hub. Start planning your escape to visit the home of Alcatraz, says Lizzie Frainier
  • Bilbao

    Bilbao Europe, Spain

    Travel Time

    2hrs 10mins

    This Basque beauty has impactful architecture, brilliant beaches, one of the best museums in the world and a unique gastronomic identity, says Imogen Lepere
  • Paphos


    Travel Time

    4hrs 30mins

    Be seduced by myths, meze and Mediterranean scenery in this seaside city – not least as it has been named a European Capital of Culture 2017, says Imogen Lepere
  • Kyoto


    Travel Time

    15hrs 40mins

    Japan’s ancient capital serves up an impeccable slice of the past with classic cuisine and the breathtaking beauty of pastel pink cherry blossoms, says James Williams
  • Jakarta


    Travel Time

    14hrs 10mins

    Fuelled by caffeine and the buzz of industry, this steamy metropolis has culture in spades and is the ideal staging post for exploring Asia, says Blossom Green
  • Valencia


    Travel Time

    2hrs 20mins

    Fiestas, food, futuristic buildings and bullfighting are the things that spring to mind when you think of the home of paella and year-round sunshine, says Lizzie Frainier
  • Miami


    Travel Time

    10hrs 10mins

    There's more to Florida's capital than blonde beaches, hedonism and sun-kissed bodies. The palm-fringed city is in the midst of a culture revival, finds Blossom Green
  • Dublin

    Dublin Europe, Ireland

    Travel Time

    1hrs 20mins

    Explore the Georgian architecture, lively pubs, hedonistic writers and abundance of produce in Ireland’s fair city – not least on St Patrick’s Day, says James Williams.
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