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Barcelona is a top choice for a weekend away

Top suggestions for a weekend getaway

Unfortunately, you don’t always have time to take a week off work and getting away for two or three days over a weekend is all you can manage. However, in Europe we’re incredibly lucky as there are so many amazing places within easy reach.

Barcelona - Best autumn city breaks

Best autumn city breaks

Autumn is a great time to travel and the perfect time of year to grab some holiday bargains. Many are back at school and work, hotels and attractions are cheaper and quieter, and in many places within a few hours flight away, are still sunny and warm.

Barcelona is one of the most popular city breaks this bank holiday

Bank Holiday Monday is set to be most popular holiday day of the year

This August Bank Holiday Monday - August 26 - is set to be the most popular day for being on holiday this year according to discount travel site

Europe's best weekend city breaks

Europe's best weekend city breaks

While it's always a real thrill to fly long-haul to an exotic destination and spend two weeks soaking up the sun, sometimes commitments at home can get in the way.

Great-tasting coffee in Barcelona

A coffee lover's guide to Barcelona

Like many other bustling European cities, Barcelona has a fantastic coffee-drinking culture. By coming here on a short break, you'll have the opportunity to sample a range of great-tasting beverages while indulging in a spot of people-watching from the comfort of a stunning coffee bar.

Barcelona is a stunning city break destination

A guide to Barcelona's must-see attractions

For those seeking a fantastic short break destination packed with cultural sights, Barcelona is one place well worth visiting. Brilliant landmarks are to be found all across the Catalan city, so you're certain to come across something that fascinates you.

The Feast of Sant Jordi is marked with roses

Visit Barcelona for the romantic Feast of Sant Jordi

If you're looking for ideas for a romantic break with a difference, consider heading to Barcelona for the Feast of Sant Jordi on April 23rd. Revolving around the interesting combination of romance and books, it's fantastic for soaking up Spanish culture - while also exploring the city itself.

Last minute Easter breaks

Last minute Easter breaks

With the Easter holiday coming up fast, now is the perfect time to start looking for your ideal weekend city break on a budget. There are plenty of destinations to choose from, so whether you prefer a glamorous conurbation packed with cocktail bars and shopping malls, a place with a relaxed and sleepy vibe or a destination soaked in history, read on to see where you could be in just a few short weeks.

View from the Shard

Top 5 city views around Europe

With London’s The View from The Shard opening to the public tomorrow, February 1, we’re taking a look at some of the best views of some of Europe’s best loved cities, and they’re not always from where you’d expect.

Casa Mila, Barcelona

What to see and do on a short break in Barcelona

Having only a few days in one location can make sightseeing difficult, as you often have too many things for you to see in the place you are heading to. Indeed, if you're planning to head to Barcelona on a Royal Caribbean cruise, you won't have long to take in its most important sights.


Celebrate Picasso’s 130th birthday in Barcelona

It’s Pablo Picasso’s 130th birthday next week and if you want to help celebrate, then head to the Catalan capital where he was first inspired to begin creating his groundbreaking works of art.

Chocolate Museum's

Europe’s best chocolate museums

Mention the words chocolate museum and suddenly we all revert back to being kids again imagining Willy Wonka worlds where everything is made out of chocolate and everything is free for the tasting. So, to celebrate Chocolate Week we’ve found you some of Europe’s best chocolate museums.

A guide to Barcelona's nightlife

A guide to Barcelona's nightlife

Barcelona is one of the most enduringly popular holiday destinations in Europe, attracting everyone from families to culture vultures to sun seekers. Because it is only a few hours by air from the UK, it also makes for the ideal location for a short break.

St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow

Europe’s most impressive cathedrals in pictures

Cathedrals are always a big tourist attraction, famed for their impressive architecture and history. Here are Europe’s most impressive cathedrals in pictures, from the multi coloured tops of the Sagrada Familia and St Basil’s, to the grandeur of the Basilica di San Pietro, St Paul’s and Notre Dame; and the iconic domes of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore and the Sacre Coeur.

Coffee with a local in Barcelona

Coffee with a local in Barcelona

Barcelona - some would say one of the best cities in the world, so we decided to go back there and chat with local Roger Planes to get the insider tips on the places to find the best tapas and where to find the most atmospheric bars.

Best city break destinations to propose to your man

Best city break destinations to propose to your man

This year is a leap year and we all know what that means. Yes that’s right, on the 29th of February girls are officially allowed to pop the question and propose to their man (not that you can’t do it any other time of year, it’s just that now you have a good excuse). So where exactly do you take ‘the one’ to convince him to spend the rest of your lives together?

Top picks for March festivals

Top picks for March festivals

Thinking of heading away for a short break this March? Here’s a roundup of some of the best European festivals next month, from burning huge statues and fireworks, to the world famous Irish festival and the cultural highlight of the year in Budapest, March sees some pretty great events taking place.

The best movies for European city scenes

The best movies for European city scenes

With the Oscars coming up in the next few weeks on 26 February, we thought we’d look at some of our favourite movies for European city scenes. If you haven’t been to these places, these movies will be calling out for you to go and if you have then they will make you dream of wanting to go back. So, get comfy on the sofa, grab your bowl of popcorn and you never know you might be inspired to take a short city break.

The alternative city guide to Barcelona

The alternative city guide to Barcelona

By now most of you have probably already seen or heard about Barcelona’s great attractions, the Sagrada Família, La Rambla and Park Güell, among others. While these are all interesting and beautiful sights, what really makes Barcelona one of the most fascinating and exciting cities on earth are all the little things that you’ll only begin to see once you stray from the well beaten tourist trail.

New York won Best City Break destination at the British Travel Awards 2011

Barcelona and New York win best city break destination at the British Travel Awards 2011

The British Travel Awards ceremony reveals that New York and Barcelona are Britain’s favourite city break destinations with both wining a joint first place.

Enjoy a romantic cruise this Christmas

Enjoy a festive cruise to nearby destinations in Europe and the Mediterranean

Christmas should be a time to unwind and relax with your loved ones, so if you want to get away with your partner for some time alone on a short break, why not consider heading off on romantic cruises to some of Europe's top destinations?

Cannes popular after Made in Chelsea

X-Factor influences holiday destinations has reported a dramatic increase in interest towards some holiday destinations, purely because they have been featured in recent reality shows. Mykonos in Greece has seen the biggest rise since X Factor judge Tulisa took her singing hopefuls there.

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Ten best party cities in Europe

People go on city breaks for many different reasons, for a break, to discover new cultures, to learn about history and to marvel at fascinating architecture. But when the sun goes down most of us want to discover what the city has to offer in terms of nightlife and try a different style of partying. With a bit of research, a bit of discovery and a bit of diplomatic voting, we’ve come up with a list of ten of the best party cities in Europe for you.

family on a city break

Best city breaks with the kids

City breaks are most associated with being a couples’ or friends’ getaway, visiting historical sites, art galleries, shopping and nightlife. While some city breaks may be boring for kids, others will be an absolute nightmare with the little ones in tow, however we have found five great city breaks that the kids will love, turning the short break into a whole family affair.


A chocoholics dream in Barcelona

When you think of chocolate, a number of images may enter your head - luxurious Belgian chocolate boxes, milky Swiss chocolate or even 80 per cent dark chocolate made from cocoa beans grown in the depths of Ecuadorian jungle. Few people would picture Barcelona, a city more likely to be associated with quirky architecture, artists and beaches, than chocolate. However, Barcelona is the new up-and-coming chocolate destination and is ready to re-take its crown as chocolate capital of Europe.

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Coffee with a local in Amsterdam


This week 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?