Enjoy a horticultural trip away this year

Wednesday, 6 April 2011 1:16 PM

What better time than summer to take a relaxing holiday while enjoying some of the world’s best gardens and horticultural delights.

The Majorelle Garden in Marrakech, Morocco is famed for its splashes of mind blowing blue. The subtropical oasis combines Islamic and Mediterranean elements with magical botanical bliss.

A week’s stay in the city is from £476 per person, staying at the four-star Hotel Tichka and includes flights from London.

The gardens of Madeira, thanks to its subtropical climate, remain a haven of colour throughout the year. Enjoy a guided tour of the island, interspersed with visits to the Funchal Botanic Garden, Monte Park, Quinta de Palmeira and the orchid collection at the Quinta das Cruzes Museum. The Gardens of Madeira tour departs Gatwick 13 November and costs from £1,186 per person.

The undulating green landscape of the Azores can be enjoyed from your own doorstep with break to the Hotel Terra Nostra Garden. Situated in the peaceful spa town of Furnas and surrounded by a sweeping valley landscape, this classical hotel boasts a world-famous botanical garden. A seven-night stay costs from £573 per person.

Even the train stations are stunning in Spain

Escape the strikes and travel differently...by train

Planned strikes by Spanish air traffic controllers are expected to last through the Easter and summer holidays. However British travellers can heart from the fact the railways are running in Spain and taking the train will add something different a Spanish holiday this year.

Don't miss Bath in Bloom

Don't miss Bath in Bloom

If you are planning a staycation then there may be few better times to book holiday homes in Bath than when the city's Bath in Bloom event is in full swing.

Great things to do in Devon with the kids

How to make the most of a short family trip to Devon

Devon is an excellent choice for a short family break, being home to a wealth of family-friendly attractions. With our guide, you can find out which of these are most worth visiting, and so also how to get the absolute maximum from your time here.

Ideas for short family breaks

Fun family weekends away

The key to planning a successful long weekend away with the kids lies in achieving a good balance of a relatively short journey - so you don't spend the whole time in the car! - and a splash of excitement once you arrive. We think there are three options that work particularly well.

Enjoy a relaxing weekend in Andalucia

A weekend away on Andalucia's beaches

Choosing a short getaway doesn't limit you to a quick city break in the UK, so why not turn your thoughts to sunnier climes? Andalucia in Spain is an ideal candidate, particularly as it has an impressive 800 km of coastline that's complemented by beautiful weather.

Explore Ireland's nature with a road trip

A road trip around County Dublin's natural attractions

Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle due to its lush green landscape, so where better to embark on a road trip to explore the best that nature has to offer? Branching out from the stunning city of Dublin you will find lots of parks and gardens to delight you and blow away those cobwebs.

Arles inspired Van Gogh

An arty road trip from Nice to Toulouse

If you're looking for a cultural weekend away, but one that doesn't just restrict you to the delights of one city, consider a road trip in France. There are plenty of options here, but a fantastic route is the one from Nice to Toulouse in the south of the country.

Rome offers an inexpensive cultural break

Away from the amphitheatre

Forget Rome's cultural hallmarks for an evening and instead enjoy a night out at the theatre.

Coffee with a local in 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.

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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?