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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Reykjavik Europe, Iceland

Travel Time

3hrs 10mins

Geothermal springs, a fluid creative scene and history stretching back to Viking warriors make the world’s most northerly capital city worth setting sail for, says James Williams

More than one-third of Iceland’s 323,000-strong population reside in this small but very outward-looking capital. A cosmopolitan city born out of the 18th-century wool trade, it has a small-town feel and a thriving arts and music scene. It’s one of the world’s cleanest and safest cities –…

  • Edinburgh

    Edinburgh Europe, United Kingdom

    Travel Time

    1hrs 10mins

    Knock back a wee dram of whisky to ensure you stay warm as you step out to explore the chilly but welcoming streets of the Scottish capital, says Lizzie Frainier
  • Cape Town

    Cape Town Africa, South Africa

    Travel Time

    11hrs 20mins

    Home to golden beaches, a burgeoning cultural scene, top-quality wines and Table Mountain, it’s time to seek out some much-needed sunshine, says Francesca Hool
  • Sydney

    Sydney Australia and Southern Pacific, Australia

    Travel Time

    22hrs 10mins

    With cold beers, warm sandy beaches and a progressive, multicultural food scene, you’re bound to experience Australian hospitality at its best, says Imogen Lepere.
  • Salzburg

    Salzburg Europe, Austria

    Travel Time

    2hrs 10mins

    With some of the most atmospheric Christmas markets in Europe, hearty cuisine and snowy vistas, there’s no better time to explore Mozart’s birthplace, says Lizzie Frainier.
  • Ho Chi Minh City

    Ho Chi Minh City Asia, Vietnam

    Travel Time

    12hrs 10mins

    Merging colonial architecture with a buzzy and contemporary restaurant scene, the river city formerly known as Saigon is seriously on the up, finds Blossom Green
  • Los Angeles

    Los Angeles North America, USA

    Travel Time

    11hrs 20mins

    Over the Atlantic to Los Angeles, California’s star-studded city, where dreams are made and crushed in Hollywood studios and every restaurant worker acts on the side. Blonde beaches and hills with cinematic views lend themselves to open-air pursuits, while the neighbourhoods on the outskirts of town are home to indie galleries and cafés that are perfect for mooching.
  • Bruges

    Bruges Europe, Belgium

    Travel Time

    3hrs 30mins

    Next we head to Bruges, the best-preserved medieval city in Europe. Cobbled streets expand into squares framed by timbered houses, delicate footbridges arch over green canals and candlelit bars beckon from every corner. Historic art peers out of the shadows of gothic churches and there’s also plenty of edible art, as the world’s best chocolatiers vie for your attention.
  • Bridgetown

    Bridgetown

    Travel Time

    8hrs 30mins

    Follow the sound of calypso music and the smell of sizzling flying fish to Bridgetown, where locals are celebrating 50 years of independence from Britain. The people are as colourful as their pink and lemon-hued homes, from the fishermen who haul exotic seafood from the shimmering waters to the women who peddle it at the street markets. A whole host of cultural events and festivals are guaranteed to get you up off your sunbed.
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