There is a fine art to maximising the short break and following these simple tips is a step towards perfecting it.
Going on holiday presents the perfect opportunity to recharge your batteries and forget about any stress you may have been experiencing back home. If you've only got a few days to devote to taking a break - perhaps you're taking a long weekend somewhere - it's imperative that you attempt to make the most of the limited amount of time that you have available. With that in mind, Santa Cruz in Tenerife is the ideal place for a short getaway.
At this summer’s Hay Festival from May 23 to June 2, visitors will be able to not only discover new books and meet authors, but also try some tasty tapas created by celebrity Spanish chef, José Pizarro.
If you want to go on an overseas holiday but aren't sure where to go, it's worth visiting Lanzarote. Not only is the Spanish island just a few hours' flight from the UK - ideal if you've only got enough free time to go away for a long weekend - but it also benefits from warm weather and has terrific attractions. Costa Teguise is a particularly good destination for a short break, here's a look at why.
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.
When it comes to taking a luxury short break in a sun-drenched destination, there are few places that are quite as magical as Gran Canaria. Not only is the Spanish island just a couple of hours' flight from the UK - making it easy to get to - but its pleasant year-round weather and wealth of things to see and do should ensure you have a relaxing time.
Spain’s best and most iconic festival, the Feria de Abril begins on Tuesday April 24, next week. The Feria encapsulates everything that you’d usually associate with Spain, Flamenco dancers, Spanish guitar, castanets, horse showmanship, bull fighting and great food. It’s a festival full of fiery passion and age old traditions.
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.
Going on a family holiday, even if it's only for a long weekend, presents a great chance for you and your loved ones to relax and spend quality time with one another. If you're looking to take a break, but can't decide where to go, you should think about heading to Fuerteventura. The Spanish island is the perfect destination for a fun-filled getaway.
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.
Malaga makes for a perfect weekend city break destination for those looking to escape the gloomy British weather
Easter is a big deal in southern Europe and one of the most important times for family get-togethers, here is less about Easter bunnies (although you’ll still find plenty of chocolate and Easter cakes) and more about the religious origins of the festival. Make sure you book travel and accommodation well in advance as Easter is a very busy time across most of Europe. Here are our top places to celebrate.
A Mediterranean golfing getaway is a great way for lovers of the sport to spend a short break. Not only do you get to play in beautiful, well-maintained grounds, but - once your game is over - you will also get the opportunity to make use of a resort's high-end facilities and soak up some pleasant sunshine.
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.
Now that Christmas and New Year are well and truly over, our minds are set on the next chance for a getaway – the February half term. With just under three weeks to go, it’s time to start planning, so just where are the best city break destinations to take the family in February?
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.
Faro, in southern Portugal is the most popular place to go for a driving holiday this coming half term, car hire website 121carhire.com has revealed.
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.
Not happy with this year’s summer I decided to take a short break to explore the other side of a popular autumn sun destination – the Balearic island of Mallorca.
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.
IdealShortBreaks.co.uk have been in Mallorca for the past few days, so we've decided to share with you a Mallorcan photo foodie gallery which features classic Spanish dishes such as paella and sangria as well as traditional Mallorcan favourites such as sweet bread ensaimadas.
There's nothing quite like a short break to re-energise you and help you escape from all the stresses and strains of daily life. If you really want to blow away the cobwebs, get active by taking a short cycling holiday along Europe's coastline.
Marbella has been one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Costa del Sol for decades and welcomes thousands of holidaymakers who are keen to bask in the famous Spanish sun. If you've only got a few days to spend in the town though, it's important you make the most of your time.
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.
This week we’re in Spain, in the Galician city of A Coruña to talk witch's incantations and boiled octopus with local, Rodrigo Gil.