Archive of articles from 2012

Terra Mitica: a theme park for all ages

A guide to the Terra Mitica theme park near Alicante

Alicante is a fantastic destination for a short getaway in Spain, thanks, in part, to it only being a three-hour flight from the UK. Whether you want to enjoy a few days with the kids, or are young at heart, make sure you visit Terra Mitica.

A sailing trip can help keep workers happy

Why corporate sailing days can help boost employee productivity

British workers are putting in plenty of overtime and longer hours in the office, often at the expense of taking the annual leave they are entitled to. This is where a corporate sailing break can prove to be of assistance and help bosses stay in favour.

Top tips for arranging a stag weekend

A guide to organising the perfect stag weekend

If you have been asked to be best man for a friend or relative, you'll no doubt feel honoured about being at the top of the list. However, with this job come lots of responsibilities, such as organising the stag weekend and writing a funny speech.

Porto Cervo is a must-visit in Sardinia

What makes Italy perfect for a short sailing break?

If you enjoy sailing, there is no reason why you can't jet off to a European destination for a short break cruising around the glistening waters of the Mediterranean. Italy is the perfect choice, because there are so many amazing ports to visit here.

Bond with the kids on a skiing holiday

The benefits of skiing with another family

Heading away for a family winter sports holiday is an exciting prospect, but you might have concerns about how you'll keep youngsters entertained or get to spend any time with your partner during your getaway. Travelling with another family can relieve some of the stresses and strains associated with these sorts of breaks, as well as help keep little ones busy - read on to find out how.

Austria is ideal for family skiing breaks

A guide to Austria's most family-friendly ski resorts

If you want to take your family away for a short winter sports break, consider making Austria your destination. The nation is renowned for its wide variety of ski resorts, many of which cater for families - keep reading to find out more.

Austria or Italy - which is best for apres-ski?

Austria v Italy - which has the best apres-ski scene?

Many people going away for a short winter sports break at this time of year head to skiing resorts with a bustling apres-ski scene, and this is a great way to lift your mood if you've got the winter blues. Lively apres-ski activities can make your holiday all the more enjoyable, and there are some excellent locations for this type of getaway in Europe.

Try mountain biking in Scotland

Top spots in Europe for keeping fit on a canal boat break

Heading off on a canal boating holiday needn't mean being inactive for a couple of weeks as you navigate the canals and rivers of your chosen destination. If you like to make sport a central theme on your getaways, holidaying by boat is an ideal way to indulge your passion.

Andorra has a number of excellent ski resorts

Where to ski in Andorra

If you're planning a short winter sports break in the near future, Andorra is the ideal destination. Situated between France and Spain, the location is relatively close by, meaning you can get stuck into skiing without worrying about jetlag.

White Cliffs of Dover

White Cliffs of Dover appeal reaches target two months early

A £1.2 million appeal launched by the National Trust to raise the funds needed to acquire a stretch of the White Cliffs of Dover coastline has reached its target in just 133 days.

Bulgaria: perfect for a short ski break

Top reasons to go skiing in Bulgaria

Bulgaria is growing more attractive as a place to go skiing, but it's perhaps still not as popular among skiers as France or Austria for this type of holiday. There are many reasons why Bulgaria is worth considering for a short ski trip; here are just a few of them.

Visit La Plagne for the ideal family ski trip

La Plagne: the ideal family skiing destination

Short skiing breaks offer a fantastic opportunity for families to spend some time together in a scenic setting, while also getting plenty of exercise. La Plagne in France is a particularly popular resort for family skiing holidays - read on to find out all about it.

The Pleasure Beach is fantastic for hen dos

Blackpool: a fun seaside break for hen parties

Blackpool is a seaside resort that thousands of families flock to every year to enjoy everything it has to offer. Its illuminations and Pleasure Beach are two of the biggest draws for people who come here, including hen parties who want some fun.

Britain has lots of ski resorts

A guide to skiing holidays in Britain

Skiing holidays are fantastic fun, whether you plan to go away with a group of friends, on a romantic break or with your family. However, with people increasingly pushed for spare time, Britain is a great alternative to countries further afield.

Take a few days to sail on the Solent

Why you only need a few days to enjoy a yachting break in the UK

If you are in need of a break, but only have a few days to spare in order to reenergise, consider a yacht charter in Britain. You don't need to spend a fortnight somewhere exotic in order to sail on the open waters, stopping off at fantastic places.

Escape the cold by playing golf in Malta

Escape the cold on an active break in Malta

Even if you enjoy taking part in adventurous activities in your free time, the thought of playing sports in the cold British winter might not hold much appeal. Taking a trip to somewhere that has a pleasant year-round climate, however, means you can enjoy your favourite pastimes in pleasanter conditions. Malta is a particularly great place for activities during the colder months - read on to find out more.

Faro, Portugal

Faro, Portugal is top car hire destination for October half term

Faro, in southern Portugal is the most popular place to go for a driving holiday this coming half term, car hire website 121carhire.com has revealed.

Get a great price on a last minute ski break

A guide to finding the best last minute ski deals

If you've decided you want to get away from it all and enjoy yourself on the slopes for a few days, booking a last minute ski deal can be a budget-friendly way to do so. Knowing how to get the most for your money, as well as where to look for the best offers, can be tricky - read on for some top tips.

What will you catch on a fishing break in France?

Where to cast a line on a short break in the south of France

France is a great location for an angling holiday, even if you have just a few days to devote to the pastime. The south of the country is especially good, as it is characterised by hundreds of lakes, canals, rivers and saltwater lochs known as etangs.

Kids will enjoy quality family time skiing

3 reasons why young children will love a skiing holiday

If you have very young children, it can sometimes be tricky finding a holiday that caters to the needs of a family, as well as boasting enough activities to keep little ones occupied for hours. One break that will prove perfect is a skiing trip.

London Cocktail Week

London celebrates Cocktail Week

From 8-14 October London will be celebrating its unrivalled cocktail culture with a number of cocktail related activities set up around Covent Garden’s Seven Dials area.

Enjoy the zombie walk in Brighton.

Haunted Halloween activities for the family

There are a host of family Halloween activities happening across England in October. Children will love to get dressed up in their Halloween costumes and visit one of the haunted sites holding spooky activities.

Find Guernsey accommodation to suit your budget

Find Guernsey accommodation to suit your budget

Staying close to the British Isles for your holiday is one way to save money, which is why the Channel Isles are such an enduringly popular option. Home to stunning countryside and historic towns and cities, the archipelago is the perfect place for a weekend getaway.

Preparing for a ski trip with the family

How to prepare for a ski trip with the kids

Going away with kids in tow requires a lot of preparation on the part of mums and dads, even for the shortest of holidays. This is especially the case when you decide to go skiing, as there is also the extra clothing and equipment to think about when packing.

Choose the right canal boat for your short break

How to choose the right vessel for your boating holiday

If you're planning a short break by boat, you'll want to ensure the several precious days you spend away from home are as enjoyable as possible. Give some thought to the vessel you'll be living aboard; your home from home should be both functional yet comfortable.

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Coffee with a local in Amsterdam

Amsterdam

This week IdealShortBreaks.co.uk is in Amsterdam drinking strong black coffee with local Machteld Ligtvoet, who gives us tips on some of his favourite local haunts – including where you can go to find one of the best views of the city.

Top five alternative Christmas markets

Alternative Christmas markets

Forget the likes of Germany and Eastern European favourites, Budapest, Krakow and Prague this year and why not head to some alternative Christmas market destinations for something a little different this festive season?