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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.

Barcelona is a top choice for a weekend away

Top suggestions for a weekend getaway

Unfortunately, you don’t always have time to take a week off work and getting away for two or three days over a weekend is all you can manage. However, in Europe we’re incredibly lucky as there are so many amazing places within easy reach.

Europe's best weekend city breaks

Europe's best weekend city breaks

While it's always a real thrill to fly long-haul to an exotic destination and spend two weeks soaking up the sun, sometimes commitments at home can get in the way.

Why are European festival trips so popular?

Why are European festival trips so popular?

When you only have a weekend or a few days to spare, you want to be sure that every moment of your short break will be filled with fun. By choosing to head to the continent and experience one or two of the festivals in Europe, you are guaranteed such a treat.

Holker Hall Gardens: Perfect for strolling

Top attractions in Cumbria other than the Lake District

Cumbria is well known for the Lake District, but there are many other top attractions and sightseeing opportunities to enjoy while visiting the region.

The Lake District voted top UK National Park

Lake District named top UK National Park by Countryfile

The Lake District has topped a poll of BBC Countryfile magazine readers to be awarded the best national park in the UK. The award came after Countryfile readers voted the Lake District ahead of all 14 other national parks, beating the Peak Districts and Northumberland into second and third respectively.

glamping is the next 'in-thing'

Feature: Glamping holidays for a scenic UK short break

Glamping is the next ‘big-thing’ taking the travel industry by storm. Thanks to glamping, camping no longer has to mean dining on canned meat or waking up to a dewy field covered in crisp packets. Gone are the cold, sleepless nights...

There are many unusual hotels in Europe

Feature: Europe’s most unusual hotels

Due to Europe’s prominence as an upmarket and well trodden tourist destination, holidays to the continent are easy, breezy and relaxed. And while traditional package holiday hotels line the Med, boutique pads have sprung up in cultural enclaves...

The Henley Regatta is a summer highlight

Treat Dad to a Father's Day to remember

Dads are often dismissed as being too difficult to buy for on special occasions. But why not put a smile on dad’s face this June with a Father’s Day treat to remember, such as a trip to his favourite sporting event or an activity-packed break aboard.

Cardiff has seen hotel prices fall for April

Cardiff hotels slash prices for April

The latest HotelsCombined.com Price Index review of global hotel prices for April 2011 is now available and the monthly report of over 2,500,000 hotels had revealed some interesting insights.

Ragdale Hall now offers short fitness breaks

Short fitness breaks now available from Ragdale Hall

Ragdale Hall is usually renowned for its range of treatment at the luxury award-winning spa but now it is building a reputation for short fitness breaks too. Alongside the regular timetable which boasts over eighteen classes per day in two separate studios, an exercise pool and the ground.

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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?