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Naples' coastline is popular for sailing

Sailing breaks: perfect for a short getaway with the kids

Let’s face it, we all seem to have very busy lives nowadays and there never seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done and still have time for some rest and relaxation. It can even be tough to squeeze in holidays, which is why short breaks are increasingly appealing to people from all walks of life.

Great short break ideas

See more in less time with a short break

Short breaks may not give you as much time to relax and explore as a normal holiday, but that doesn't mean you can't still see and do a lot. The secret to a successful short break lies in choosing the right kind of trip - and we're going to offer you some tips.

Mini breaks: why go all inclusive?

Why pick an all inclusive hotel for a mini break?

Mini breaks are fantastic - they give you a chance to spend some quality time with your partner or family and take a break from the real world, while they don't necessitate you taking many days off work. All inclusive hotels are perfect - read on to find out why.

Treat yourself to a mini cruise

Cruises: a short break with a difference

If you only have a few nights to spare for your next holiday, it's likely you'll opt for a city break or a few days in a cosy B&B. However, there are ways to do something a little bit different - even when time is limited. You could, for example, go on a short cruise.

The Algarve is a great place for a weekend break

A weekend in the Algarve - What to do

Making the most of a weekend away in a foreign country such as Portugal doesn't have to mean plenty of planning. If individuals are only going to be abroad for two or three days, there are plenty of activities and sightseeing trips for them to pack in.

Naked gardeners at Abbey House

Best places for nudists in England this summer

Following the announcement that Holkham Beach in Norfolk is to officially ban nudists from its shores from 1st July, here's a round up of places people can still use as a naked hangout, from designated nudist beaches to naked gardening and theatre.

Valletta in Malta

Top destinations for a last minute getaway this summer

Are you eager to escape the unpredictable British weather and jet off to sunnier climes? It’s not too late to get packing as there’s plenty of last minute villa offers and flights to make the most of, especially if you avoid the peak holiday weeks and opt for a break in late summer.

Ultimate weekend relaxation - why you need to visit Majorca

Ultimate weekend relaxation - why you need to visit Majorca

Like most of us, you've probably spent hours at your desk daydreaming about sun-soaked beaches, chilled beers and blue, cloud-free skies. It's a fantasy many of us share, but never get round to making a reality.

Plan ahead for a relaxing short break

Short break inspiration

There is a fine art to maximising the short break and following these simple tips is a step towards perfecting it.

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.

Short breaks with the kids

Short breaks with the kids

Weekend breaks aren’t just for young couples, they can also make for excellent family holidays on a budget

Venice: perfect for a romantic break

Visit Venice: the city of love

Venice has long been considered one of the most romantic destinations in the world for couples to visit on a short break, as there is so much to see and do in this beautiful Italian city. Here are a few suggestions of activities to try and places to visit on your getaway.

Enjoy beaches and culture on a St Ives break

Why choose St Ives for a short break?

It is difficult to think of a better location in the UK for a short break by the sea than St Ives in west Cornwall. The town has a stunning coastline, is surrounded by beautiful countryside and has some fascinating cultural attractions.

Glamis Castle is popular with holidaymakers

Things to do on a short break in Dundee

A short break in Dundee is guaranteed to be a fun experience, thanks to the wide range of things to do in the Scottish city. Whether you want to see Desperate Dan, learn more about Captain Scott or just give your credit cards a workout, you will be able to do it here.

How to spend a weekend in Malaga

How to spend a weekend in Malaga

How you choose to spend your time in Malaga will essentially come down to what sort of holiday you have planned - whether you want to go sightseeing or embrace the resort's iconic nightlife.

Take short break to China?

Take short break to China?

Yes, you heard it right, a short break to China. Wendy Wu Tours, in partnership with Etihad Airways has created the ultimate short break to China, which requires just one day off from work.

Glasgow is packed with fascinating attractions

What makes Glasgow a 'must-see destination of 2012'?

If you are searching for somewhere to spend a short break, there are few better choices than Glasgow. Book one of the many holiday houses in Scotland located close to the city and you can look forward to seeing a variety of cultural and historic attractions.

Padstow: perfect for short Cornish holidays

Why Padstow is perfect for a short break in Cornwall

Picturesque Cornwall has no shortage of destinations ideal for a relaxing short break. One of the best, however, has to be the harbour town of Padstow, where you can enjoy fine dining, historic attractions and a wealth of activities.

Coffee with a local in Gothenburg, Sweden

Coffee with a local in Gothenburg, Sweden

Idealshortbreaks.co.uk heads to the Swedish city of Gothenburg to get the insider tips from local Alice Andersson.

Cookery holidays in the Lake District

Cookery holidays in the Lake District

If you’re looking for a short break to help stave off the post Christmas winter blues, then a cooking holiday in the stunning landscapes of the Lake District could be just the cure.

Discover quirky museums in Paris

Our top picks for the weird and wonderful museums of Paris

If you are planning a short break in Paris, you are bound to want to visit at least one of the museums for which the city is famous. However, there are numerous quirky establishments for you to explore if you fancy something a little different.

Corfe is a picture-perfect Dorset village

Corfe Castle: an ideal daytrip on a short break

Dorset is an excellent setting for a romantic short break with your partner. Stunning countryside, interesting sights and a welcoming atmosphere all combine to make your holiday something to remember and Corfe in Purbeck is a great choice for a day out.

Perfect Christmas breaks in Wales

Perfect Christmas breaks in Wales

Looking for somewhere to go for the perfect Christmas break? We show you why you needn’t go far this winter and why Wales could be your perfect destination. Wales has something for everyone this season, whether you’re looking for romantic boltholes in the countryside, Christmas shopping weekends, activity holidays with the family or just a great place to enjoy your Christmas dinner.

The Loire Valley is ideal for short breaks

The Loire Valley is an ideal destination for a short break

For fantastic short breaks in France, there is perhaps nowhere quite like the Loire Valley.

Relax with an Italian coffee in Pigneto

Explore the heart of bohemia in Rome on the Via del Pigneto

Couples looking for a romantic getaway may want to head to the Via del Pigneto in Rome for the perfect break.

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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?