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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.

Tallinn in the snow

Cities that look better in the snow

While London may ground to a halt when the white stuff begins to fall and end up with piles of brown slush on the sides of the road, there are some cities that just look better in the snow, covered with a dusting of sparkling white. From the romantic spires of Tallinn, to chocolate-box Salzburg backed by the snowy white Alps - here are our favourites.

Lisbon - officially the cheapest city to drink in

Drinks in Lisbon are cheapest in Europe, survey reveals

If you're feeling a little thirsty whilst travelling, then head to Lisbon - drinks in the city have been named the most affordible in Europe, according to the Post Office's annual Travel Money City Costs Barometer.

Christmas tree in Old Riga, Latvia

Feature: Discover Christmas in Latvia

It’s almost Christmas now and over the past few weeks idealshortbreaks.co.uk have been discovering how the holiday is celebrated all over Europe. So far we’ve looked at Christmas in Spain and Portugal and this week we’re focusing on the small Baltic State of Latvia.

Riga the cheapest option for stag dos

Riga the cheapest stag option

If you’re planning a stag do and want to keep the costs down to a minimum, the Latvian capital Riga is the cheapest place to go. Over one million Britons are planning to travel abroad for a stag or hen party this year and Skyscanner has the best deals.

Riga tops city break table

Riga tops table of bargain city break destinations

Brits planning a city break this year will find the best bargains in Eastern Europe, according to new figures from the Post Office. Latvian capital Riga led the field, followed by Prague and Budapest, in the annual cost comparison survey.

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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.

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?