48 Hours

City Breaks: Europe

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...

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gothenburg

    Gothenburg Europe, Sweden

    Travel Time

    2hrs 10mins

    Sweden’s second city is like the cooler, laid-back kid sister of more established Stockholm. Small wonder it’s known as Little London, says Imogen Lepere
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