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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Madrid

Travel Time

2hrs 30mins

Summer in the lively Spanish capital means one thing: fiesta. Mark Sansom discovers the best places to while away sunny days with a side of tapas before the party begins

How exible is your bedtime? Do you mind eating late? If you can answer positively to either question, you’ll like Madrid and Madrid will like you. While there’s plenty to do and see here, it’s immersing yourself in the day-to-day rhythm of the Madrileños that sets the capital apart from…

  • Lima

    Lima

    Travel Time

    12hrs 30mins

    The Peruvian capital is home to unique, fragrant cuisine and a rich and vibrant multicultural community. Michael Raffael discovers Latin America’s hot young upstart
  • Bath

    Bath

    Travel Time

    1hrs 30mins

    One of Britain’s most handsome cities is as rich in modern food and drink as it is in thermal waters, honey-coloured stone and Georgian architecture, says Imogen Lepere
  • Vancouver

    Vancouver

    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
  • 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

    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

    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

    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
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