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Paris named best city to visit in 2014

Paris named best city to visit in 2014 by Lonely Planet

This time Lonely Planet have not named somewhere exotic and far-flung as the best city to visit in 2014, they’ve named ever-popular, elegant Paris.

Budapest is the cheapest city break

Budapest is cheapest European city break

Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is the cheapest European break, according to research released yesterday by HouseTrip.com

City breaks now as popular as beach holidays

City breaks now as popular as beach holidays

New ABTA research released today reveals that city breaks are now as popular as city breaks with 41 percent of the public having taken a city break and 41 percent a beach holiday in the 12 months, either in the UK or overseas.

A weekend in Rozzano

A weekend in Rozzano

If you're tempted by the thought of rich culture, fantastic cuisine and grand, sweeping architecture as far as the eye can see, have you considered booking a short getaway to Italy?

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.

London voted 2nd favourite city in the world

London voted second favourite city in the world

London has been voted one of the world’s favourite cities in the largest ever global survey of its kind by Ipsos MORI, covering 18,000 people in 24 countries.

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.

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.

Brits only switch off for 4 days of 2 week holiday

Shorter breaks found to be more relaxing than longer ones

The average British worker only switches off and relaxes for four days of a two-week holiday, a study has revealed and one in five even believe they are more likely to switch off from work on a shorter holiday than a longer holiday because they don’t have to worry so much about the work mounting up.

48 hours in Milan

48 hours in Milan

Any short city break is an exercise in resisting procrastination and editing all your potential sights down into one must-see list, and Milan is no different.

Great beaches near Newcastle

A weekend city beach break

Finding the perfect weekend break destination is all about balance - you need somewhere that doesn't take too long to travel to but still has all the attractions you want. If you're planning a short break with your partner, an urban setting with nearby beaches is ideal.

Juliet's balcony

Shakespeare's Italy

Most are familiar with the Verona setting of Romeo and Juliet, but Shakespeare's affinity with Italy actually runs far deeper than that. To celebrate Shakespeare's birthday today we take a look at Shakespeare's Italy.

Enjoy a culture-filled break in Denia

Enjoy a culture-filled break in Denia

The Spanish city of Denia is located in Alicante and sits right on the coast of the Mediterranean, which means it enjoys balmy temperatures and sunshine all year round.

Must-see exhibitions for a spring break to Dublin

Must-see exhibitions for a spring break to Dublin

Heading to the city of Dublin soon? Then you will want to check out some of the best exhibitions the Irish capital has to offer.

Things to know before visiting Alicante

A practical guide to visiting Alicante

Alicante is a wonderful city to visit on a short break, with plenty to see and do in the Spanish destination. However, when you only have a few days to spare, it's important to be as organised as possible when planning your trip. Read our guide below.

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.

5 top cities to visit on a luxury break

5 top cities to visit on a luxury break

We all sometimes want a bit of luxury in our lives and one of the best ways to get this is by going on a short getaway, staying in a fancy hotel, sightseeing, getting pampered and enjoying top-quality dinners out. If you only have a few days spare, here are five cities you should consider for an indulgent trip away.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam named best European city to visit in 2013

The guidebook publisher revealed its Best Travel in 2012 list today and the Dutch capital took second place overall, ahead of all other European destinations on the list.

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.

Football museum opens in Manchester, admission free

Goal! National football museum opens for Olympics

The UK’s first national football museum opened this weekend in Manchester.

James Bond exhibition opens in London today

James Bond exhibition opens in London

A new exhibition, celebrating over 50 years of James bond style, opened today at the Barbican centre in London.

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…

Visit Oude Kerk while in Amsterdam

Top historical spots in Amsterdam

Amsterdam has long been a popular weekend break destination, and with good reason. Not only is its intricate network of canals world-famous, but it's also a great place to sample Dutch cuisine. Something that really makes the city stand out is the numerous historical attractions.

Roof gardens in London - which are best?

London’s best roof gardens

Pub beer gardens are so last year - on a hot summers day there's nothing like a cocktail on an urban roof garden. We pick our top 5 - each one has a different character, but all of them boast epic views.

Coffee with a local in Maribor, Slovenia

Coffee with a local in Maribor

Maribor, European Capital of Culture 2012, holds much to be discovered, so we head to the Slovenian city for a chat with local Neda Bazdulj who tells us where to go to taste the best local wines and how to find the city's best kept secrets.

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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?