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The Wanderlust guide to short breaks and city breaks

European cities make classic short break destinations and, particularly with improved rail links between the UK and continental Europe, are easy on both effort and eco-conscience.

As we all become increasingly time poor, packing more experience into less holiday is a challenge. However, it has unearthed some interesting options and experiences, too.

Here, we reveal countless short break ideas and city break ideas – in the UK, Europe and beyond…


How to plan and book your break

Short break ideas for UK & Ireland

European short break and city break ideas

Short break ideas beyond Europe

Top tips for planning and booking your next mini break

Before you hop on a plane and fly away, you'll want to do your research. Where do you want to go? City or countryside, or both? What kind of experience do you want? How much do you want to spend? Time to get thinking...

Short breaks and city breaks in the UK & Ireland

Every area in the UK & Ireland is worth a visit – but here’s a little inspiration to get you started…

Classic short breaks and city breaks in Europe

So much of Europe can be seen on a short break, that it’s hard to narrow down where to go. These countries are a good place to start your short break search. They’re absolute classics for city wanders, brilliant beaches and long weekends, with arts and culture, historical sites, cave-exploring and time-friendly hikes all on offer. So, let’s start there…

Short breaks in Italy

Short breaks in France

Short breaks in Spain

Short breaks in Portugal

Short breaks in Germany

Short breaks in Austria

Go further afield with these European mini breaks

The best short breaks beyond Europe

There are so many places you could visit around the world on a short break. It really depends where you're starting from, how much money you've got and how much time you have for your short but sweet getaway. Here are a few ideas to get you started...

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