Archive of articles from 2012

The Guinness Jazz Festival is great fun

All about the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival

The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival is famous the world over, so if you have ever wanted to attend the event, make 2012 the year you book your tickets. The Irish city allows you to enjoy a fantastic few days, especially when you visit the jazz event.

Kids will love the beaches of Malaga

The 16 beaches of Malaga are perfect for family getaways

If your kids love to splash about in the sea, snorkel and build sandcastles, they will enjoy holidays to Malaga. The Spanish destination has 16 beaches, so you can go to a different one every day if you arrange to get car hire from Malaga Airport.

Great events to attend in Amsterdam

Top upcoming events in Amsterdam

If you are planning a brief getaway in Amsterdam this year, there are plenty of great ways you can enjoy this magical city - especially if you are keen to get involved in some local events. Read our guide to discover some of the best upcoming events and festivals.

Enjoy a romantic ride on the London Eye

5 must-see attractions in London

If you're planning an idyllic short getaway in London, you are likely to be hoping to visit some of its top attractions. There is a great selection on offer, from world-famous art galleries to incredible zoos, so there really is something for everyone.

Rome has something for everyone on a break

What makes Rome a top choice for a short break?

Rome is one of the great European cities, offering something for every kind of traveller, whether you're interested in history, art, food, shopping or live entertainment. If you're not yet convinced, here are a few reasons to book a city break in Rome.

Nice and Milan are expected to see late summer price drops

Nice and Milan are expected to see late summer price drops

According to the Hotwire Secret Travel Report, both Nice and Milan are expected to see a late summer price drop with Milan hotels offering average stays of £84 per night and Nice for £110.

Stockholm is one of Europe's most expensive destinations

Hotel prices rise in Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen

Although average hotel prices have dropped across Europe since July, Scandinavian cities are bucking the trend - and fast becoming some of the most expensive destinations for weekend travellers.

Explore Vienna during a river cruise

Why Vienna is a must-visit on a Danube river cruise

A river cruise is a great way to relax and take in local history, culture and scenery as part of a short getaway. There are many waterways around the world worth drifting down, but the Danube is perhaps one of the best known, winding its way past world-famous cities like Vienna in Austria.

Have a fantastic stag do in Europe

Enjoy a long weekend abroad on a stag weekend

One of the best ways to celebrate getting hitched is to gather your friends and head off on a stag do abroad. Depending on where you go, you can look forward to warm weather, a fantastic nightlife and the chance to enjoy a short break before the wedding day.

Alicante is close to some top theme parks

What makes Alicante a great city for young families?

If you like your kids to learn something about the places they visit, the Spanish city of Alicante is the perfect destination to take them. Not only is it filled with top cultural attractions, but you are also just a short journey from the beach.

Stonehenge is an easy drive from London

The best excursions from London

London is a fantastic city to visit on a short break, as there is so much to see and do, you'll certainly enjoy a jam-packed few days. However, don't forget the capital is within easy reach of other major UK landmarks, such as Windsor Castle in Berkshire.

A guide to Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum

A guide to Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum

There are so many fascinating attractions to visit when you stay in an Amsterdam hotel, it can be difficult coming up with a schedule for your break. However, the Rijksmuseum is one place you simply must check out while you're in the city.

There's plenty to keep you busy in La Rochelle

Why La Rochelle is a must-visit on Charente boating holidays

If you're planning a short boating break in France, consider taking a break along the River Charente. The waterway runs close to a wealth of fascinating destinations, one of which is the small but cosmopolitan city of La Rochelle.

What are the best street foods to eat in Europe?

The 10 best street foods in Europe

These 10 European street foods are not only good value for money - we reckon they're worth going on holiday for.

British airways pay Brits to stay in UK for 2012 Games

British Airways pay Brits to stay home for 2012 Olympics

British Airways airline are going to start handing out cash rewards for customers who travel after the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Photos of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris

Notre Dame: The heart of Paris in pictures

A short picture gallery of one of Paris' most beautiful buildings: the Cathédrale de Notre Dame de Paris.

Admire the beauty of Venice on a short break

A guide to Venice's broad spectrum of attractions

If you're planning a short break in Venice, consider renting a boat for your holiday and exploring the city at your own pace. Comprised largely of lagoons, Venice is ideal to get around by boat, and you'll find a wealth of hidden gems alongside the better known attractions.

New york taxi fare rise

New York taxi cabs to raise fares

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission has approved a 17 per cent increase in taxi fares, effective from September.

One in four Brits haven't visited Europe in the past 5 years

One in four Brits don't visit Europe

The average UK resident hasn’t ventured into Europe in the last five years and has only visited 17 percent of Europe, which is seven out of the 41 countries, new research revealed today.

A guide to London's green spaces

A guide to London's green spaces

The UK capital is one of the biggest and most densely populated cities on the planet, but - as you will discover if you choose accommodation in London - it is also home to some stunning green spaces. These parks are perfect for relaxing and enjoying the fresh air.

Start a short cruise from Southampton

Best short breaks with cruises from Southampton

There is no need to spend hours on a flight to an exotic destination if you have always fancied going on a cruise. Should you only have a few days to spare, Southampton cruises are the perfect answer and enable you to visit top countries from the UK.

Discover Greenwich on a London getaway

Greenwich Park: the perfect addition to short breaks

If you are planning a short getaway in London, Greenwich Park is a fantastic place to spend an afternoon - or even a full day. One of the capital's stunning Royal Parks, it is home to a wealth of attractions, including museums and great views.

Explore Amsterdam during festival season

Festivals not to miss on an Amsterdam boating holiday

If you're planning a short boating holiday in Amsterdam and want to make sure you experience the city at its most vibrant, consider visiting during the summer months, when the Dutch capital comes alive with fun-filled, colourful festivals.

The Eiffel Tower: a classic daytrip idea

Top summer daytrips in Paris

Daytrips in Paris are the ideal way to spend a short break, with the French capital offering a number of top attractions, excellent restaurants and interesting activities to ensure you make the most of your time away.

What can do you in Stratford, East London? (Photo: Westfield)

Top five things to do in Stratford, East London

East London is going to be at the heart of London 2012, with the main Olympic Venue lying in Stratford. But what do you know about the London borough? We take a closer look at what to do in the local Olympic Park area…

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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?