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...


Lindau Europe, Germany

Travel Time

4hrs 30mins

A picturesque town on Lake Constance, this German destination is an Alpine charmer, home to a medieval centre and beautiful harbour, as Blossom Green discovers

Sitting pretty on Lake Constance, Lindau is an idyllic blend of old style and outdoor living. A relatively tiny speck of an island close to the Austrian border and framed by Alpine mountains, it’s known for its traditional old town, Mediterranean greenery and unhurried pace. Referred to as the…

  • Porto

    Porto Europe, Portugal

    Travel Time

    2hrs 30mins

    Portugal’s second city lent its name to the wine that made it famous and there’s no better time to explore its enduring charm and eponymous tipple, says Emily McAuliffe
  • Brighton

    Brighton Europe, United Kingdom

    Travel Time

    1hrs 10mins

    One of the UK’s most progressive cities is home to laid-back beach life, top vegetarian restaurants and all the trappings of a classic seaside resort, says Andrew Messios
  • Madrid

    Madrid Europe, Spain

    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
  • Lima

    Lima South America

    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 Europe, England, United Kingdom

    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


    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
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