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...



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

Throughout its history, Cyprus, and Paphos in particular, has charmed the most unlikely people. Mark Antony gave it to Cleopatra as a token of his love, and Richard the Lionheart briefly laid down his crossbow to marry there. So what is it about this Mediterranean island that seduces people? The…

  • 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


    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
  • 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
  • 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
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