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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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

Spain’s third-largest city has the beaches of Barcelona, museums of Madrid and sun of Seville rolled into one. It also has a mix of the traditional and modern in its architecture and food. While fiestas arrive by the barrel, the granddaddy of them all is Las Fallas, a street party celebrating the…

  • Miami

    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.
  • Reykjavik

    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
  • 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
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