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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St Ives Europe, United Kingdom

Travel Time

5hrs 10mins

This bustling Cornish village is home to a thriving artistic community, idyllic beaches and superior produce that’s guaranteed to sate the appetite, says Imogen Lepere

With the constant play of light on waves, jumble of slate-roofed cottages and the simply epic Cornish coastline, it’s no surprise that St Ives has inspired generations of artists and free-thinkers. The narrow streets are lined with craft shops and galleries, including the most southern outpost of…

  • Salcombe

    Salcombe Europe, United Kingdom

    Travel Time

    1hrs 10mins

    Seaside traditions meet elegant coastal style in this upmarket Devon town, where the seafood draws diners as much as the cream teas, says Imogen Lepere
  • Osaka

    Osaka Asia, Japan

    Travel Time

    13hrs 30mins

    Blending bustling modern streets with traditional culture, the food and finance capital of Japan more than lives up to its name as the ‘nation’s kitchen’, says James Williams
  • Hamburg

    Hamburg Europe, Germany

    Travel Time

    1hrs 30mins

    Germany’s second-largest city is embracing its long-awaited and edgy new look with a swathe of über-cool bars, restaurants and boutique hotels, says Stefanie Will
  • Toulouse

    Toulouse Europe, France

    Travel Time

    2hrs 10mins

    It has the history, art and café culture of France’s bigger cities but is small enough to walk around and enjoy a laid-back southern European vibe, says Lizzie Frainier
  • Hoi An

    Hoi An Asia, Vietnam

    Travel Time

    15hrs 10mins

    Blending colonial style with vibrant South-East Asian flavours, this historic merchant town amid the paddy fields of Vietnam has oodles of charm, finds Blossom Green
  • Cork

    Cork Europe, Ireland

    Travel Time

    1hrs 30mins

    Ireland’s lyrical port city has seen settlers and sailors come and go, but the quality of its culinary, design and art scene has remained constant, says Imogen Lepere
  • Le Havre

    Le Havre Europe, France

    Travel Time

    5hrs 30mins

    The cradle of impressionism, this seaside city has bags of art, modern architecture and Breton crepes in-store, making it a real hidden gem, says Emilee Tombs
  • Krakow

    Krakow Europe, Poland

    Travel Time

    2hrs 30mins

    One of Europe’s most spectacular Old Towns, a fast-evolving dining scene and some lively, artistic neighbourhoods make for a surprising spring getaway, says Amy Grier
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