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...

  • 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.
  • Verona

    Verona Europe, Italy

    Travel Time

    2hrs 10mins

    Try ‘fair Verona’, the Italian city that captured Shakespeare’s imagination and is sure to have a similar effect on yours. It’s a feast of Renaissance architecture and the food scene is spectacular. Expect risotto with Monte Veronese cheese, washed down with lashings of full-bodied Amarone.
  • Hanoi

    Hanoi Asia, Vietnam

    Travel Time

    11hrs 30mins

    Hanoi, the northern Vietnamese city exploding with energy after years of restrictive regimes. Expect a buzzing café culture, glamorous champagne bars on West Lake and some of the most tantalising street food in Asia. The old quarter is a colourful tumble of alleys that lure you in with tailoring and trinkets, and keep you coming back for encounters with local characters and cool spots where you can sip pomegranate juice and watch this metropolis’s many stories unfold.
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