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Alternative Christmas markets

Top five 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?

Celebrate Christmas in style in Tenerife

Tenerife: perfect for a Christmas mini break

Not everyone wants to have a white Christmas - for some people the thought of the festive period in sunshine and warmth is much more appealing. If you’re thinking of escaping the UK for a short break at Christmas, consider Tenerife as an option.

Online searches for boutique hotels

Rise in online searches for boutique hotels in the UK

Online searches for Lifestyle & Boutique hotels in the UK were three times more than for those located in short-haul and long-haul destinations combined, reveals the latest analysis of specialist hotels search data from digital marketing agency, Greenlight.

Carcassonne has a lot of culture to discover

Europe's best cultural destinations

Getting a good dose of culture on your holiday does not mean that you have to fly off to some far flung destination. There are plenty of fantastic places to soak up the atmosphere, art and architecture in Europe.

Spain boasts some lovely hiking trails

5 highlights of Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park

The Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park is a stunning corner of Spain that lies around a two-hour drive from the city of Malaga. However, it is well worth taking a daytrip here when holidaying in the city, as there are plenty of things to see and do.

Be part of fantastic festivals in Tenerife

Tenerife's terrific summer festivals

Tenerife is a truly amazing place to visit for a short break. With the Spanish island benefiting from a daily average temperature of 22 degrees C, you can be confident that there will be ample opportunity to spend time outdoors. Come here in the summer, however, and not only will you discover that the weather is warmer but there are a great array of festivals taking place.

Playa Blanca has some of the best beaches on the island

Top spots in Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

Lanzarote is known for its great weather, pristine beaches and laidback lifestyle, and one of the most up-and-coming resorts on the island is Playa Blanca, located on the southern tip of the island.

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.

Tenerife's Santa Cruz is a terrific holiday destination

Enjoy a fun-filled long weekend in Santa Cruz

Going on holiday presents the perfect opportunity to recharge your batteries and forget about any stress you may have been experiencing back home. With that in mind, Santa Cruz in Tenerife is the ideal place for a short getaway.

Spanish Tapas

Hay Festival to host pop-up tapas bar by José Pizarro

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.

Costa Teguise is a terrific short break destination

What can you do on a weekend break in Costa Teguise?

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.

Great-tasting coffee in Barcelona

A coffee lover's guide to Barcelona

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.

Take a long weekend break in Gran Canaria

Have a luxury short break in Gran Canaria

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.

A guide to Sevilla’s Feria de Abril

A guide to Sevilla’s Feria de Abril

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.

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.

Take a family holiday in Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is the perfect place for a short family break

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.

Barcelona is a stunning city break destination

A guide to Barcelona's must-see attractions

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.

Weekend sunshine in Malaga

Weekend sunshine in Malaga

Malaga makes for a perfect weekend city break destination for those looking to escape the gloomy British weather

Easter procession in Spain

Top places for an Easter city break

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.

Enjoy top-quality golf on a short break

Best spots for golfing weekends

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.

The Feast of Sant Jordi is marked with roses

Visit Barcelona for the romantic Feast of Sant Jordi

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.

Half term city breaks

Best city breaks for February half term 2013

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?

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.

Faro, Portugal

Faro, Portugal is top car hire destination for October half term

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.

Barcelona

Celebrate Picasso’s 130th birthday in Barcelona

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.

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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?