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The isles around Naples are good for sailing

Sailing in the Med: perfect for a short break

There are times when you just need to get away from all the stresses and strains of daily life, which is when short breaks can be a godsend. Obviously, if you’ve only got a few days, you don’t want to travel far, which is why the Med is a wonderful choice.

Short sailing holidays are lots of fun

Why a crewed yacht charter is perfect for a mini break

When you don’t have long for a holiday overseas, you want to make the most of the time that you do have for your getaway. If a short beach break sounds a little too routine for you, try taking the luxury and excitement stakes up a notch with a yacht charter.

Tabarca Island is lovely to sail to

Why you should visit Tabarca Island when in Alicante

Alicante is a fantastic city for a short getaway for several reasons. Not only is it around a three-hour flight from the UK, but there is plenty to see and do even on the tightest of itineraries, including visiting theme parks and Tabarca Island.

Faro is a stunning holiday destination

Enjoy a cultural weekend break in Faro

If you are keen to go on a short break that enables you to combine exploring cultural attractions with enjoying pleasant Mediterranean sunshine, Faro is one place well worth visiting. By heading to this Portuguese city for a weekend, you will have the opportunity to take in some truly fantastic landmarks.

The Canal du Midi is a must-visit in Toulouse

How to spend 48 hours in Toulouse

When you've only got a weekend for a short break, you need to make the most of your time away. Toulouse is a fantastic option if you want to have a varied getaway, so we've put together a brief guide on how to spend 48 hours in the French city.

Have a lovely long weekend in Saint-Tropez

Top 3 things to do on a villa break to Saint-Tropez

If you are keen to embark on a luxurious long weekend away but haven't yet decided where to go, you should think about visiting Saint-Tropez (or St Tropez, as it's sometimes spelt). This glamorous coastal town is the ideal place for a short break, though upon arriving you may be tempted to extend your holiday a little longer!

See Windsor Castle on a Thames boating break

Take in amazing British attractions on a short break

If you are keen to go on a culture-filled holiday but don't have a great deal of annual leave to take off work, you should think about booking a boating break along the River Thames. In doing so, you can pack an array of attractions into a relatively short space of time.

Enjoy great culture in the Isle of Wight

Enjoy a cultural break in the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is a fantastic destination for all kinds of holidaymakers, from families to activity lovers, while its position as one of the warmest parts of the UK makes it a good place for sun-lovers. It is perhaps, however, particularly suited to culture vultures.

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.

A short break needn't break the bank

How to save money on a short break

Going away for a long weekend provides the perfect opportunity to take some time out from the rat race and relax. However, it is important to make sure that doing so does not see you shell out an unnecessarily large amount of money. After all, coming home to discover you've spent hundreds, or even thousands, of pounds on a few days away is unlikely to see you remain in a positive frame of mind for long.

Pasta appears on many Veronese menus

Must-try food and drink in Verona

Italy is often associated with wonderful food and drink, and Verona is certainly no different. You may be surprised by how many regional specialities there are, so here is a brief overview of some of the cuisines and tipples you shouldn't miss in the city.

Escape the cold by playing golf in Malta

Escape the cold on an active break in Malta

Even if you enjoy taking part in adventurous activities in your free time, the thought of playing sports in the cold British winter might not hold much appeal. Taking a trip to somewhere that has a pleasant year-round climate, however, means you can enjoy your favourite pastimes in pleasanter conditions. Malta is a particularly great place for activities during the colder months - read on to find out more.

Relax on a weekend break in the Costa del Sol

What are the best places for a short break in the Costa del Sol?

The Costa del Sol region of Spain has long been a popular holiday destination for Britons, largely because of its pleasant weather and array of beautiful beaches. As the area is just a short flight from the UK - it will usually take no more than two hours to get there - it's the ideal place to spend a short break.

Plan a short break to remember

Tips on planning a memorable short break

Whether you're hoping to take a romantic vacation with your partner or wish to enjoy a getaway with all the family, a short break offers the ideal opportunity to chill out and relax. It is important, however, to ensure you make the most of your time away.

Explore Dorset's houses and gardens on a short break

Explore Dorset's houses and gardens on a short break

Dorset is an ideal location to head to if you're looking for somewhere in the UK ideal for a short break. The region has plenty to offer in terms of attractions, being home to some of the most picturesque houses and gardens in the country. Here are just a few you can visit during your brief trip.

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.

Make the most of a short break in Croatia

Make the most of a short break in Croatia

Choosing to book a villa in Croatia might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you are planning a short break, but by choosing Istria as your base you'll find there's plenty to cram into your visit. Plus, you could even take a daytrip to Italy.

Explore Larnaca's rich culture

Uncover fascinating history in Larnaca

For those seeking a culture-filled few days in the sun, taking a short break in Larnaca is bound to tick all the right boxes. Situated on the southern coast of Cyprus, this historic destination contains a wealth of attractions that can be easily explored during a long weekend.

Norway's fjords are perfect for cruise breaks

Norway: the perfect destination for a short cruise

Booking a cruise to a European destination is the perfect way to escape the stresses and strains of daily life. Norway is a wonderful place to visit at any time of the year, but its long daylight hours make it particularly appealing in summer.

Enjoy a city break in Gloucester

Gloucester - the perfect short break destination

A city break is a great way to enjoy a few days away, and in visiting Gloucester, you'll have a truly wonderful getaway. Easily accessible from holiday homes in the Cotswolds, here you can explore a wealth of fantastic attractions and participate in great activities.

Stop by Dublin Castle on a break to the city

5 must-sees on a short break in Dublin

Dublin is the perfect destination for a short break, with the bustling Irish capital offering something for people of all interests and ages. Whether you're enjoying a romantic getaway or jetting off for the weekend with your family, you'll have an amazing time exploring the sights.

Falmouth is beautiful in the spring

Celebrate the new season at the Falmouth Spring Festival

There is no better way to mark the changing of the season and the prospect of warmer weather than by enjoying a short break in Cornwall. There is even an ideal event to visit while you are there, the Falmouth Spring Festival.

Europe’s most scenic drives

Europe’s most scenic drives

Sometimes it’s not always about the destination, but it’s about the journey. Europe is full of spectacular scenic drives that are ideal for short countryside breaks, passing historic towns, charming villages, rolling meadows and soaring mountains. Some of these journeys can be done in a day, while others are best done over a few days, stopping to take in the beautiful sights along the way. These are Europe’s most scenic drives.

Inverness make for a fantastic city break

Top places to visit from self-catering cottages in Inverness

If you're looking for a short break where you'll have the opportunity to see stunning scenery and amazing landmarks, why not visit Inverness? By booking a self-catering cottage in the Scottish city, you will be well-placed to have a wonderful weekend getaway.

Eurostar deals to Provence launch January

Eurostar Announces Early Summer Sale

Eurostar has launched a range of limited ‘sale’ tickets for the summer 2012 service to Provence. This is the earliest that discounted offers for the service have been available and holidaymakers are advised to snap up the bargain or risk disappointment.

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Coffee with a local in Amsterdam

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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?