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Short Haul v Long Haul Trips

Short Haul v Long Haul

Fancy a weekend getaway somewhere a little warmer? Or perhaps you’re looking to escape to a more far-flung destination for your adventure fix. Whether you have two days or ten to spare – here’s our recommendations for both long haul and short haul trips this spring. 

Short Haul

Barcelona

Barcelona

It’s little wonder that Barcelona is on so many people’s ‘favourite cities’ lists – with its relaxed pace, and backdrop of sun-drenched beaches and iconic architecture, the city makes for a unique city break.

Take your pick from an abundance of mouth-watering tapas restaurants and inexpensive wine bars, before taking a walk through the cobblestone lanes of the city. Thanks to a rich architectural history, spanning more than 2000 years, just a short walk through Barcelona will reveal Gothic facades next to Gaudi’s whimsical creations, next to the towering constructions of Herzog and Jean Nouvel. When the sun sets, the city transforms again, with the rhythms of flamenco spiling out of subterranean bars as Barcelona chimes into life.   

Lisbon

Portugal’s capital is an intriguing collection of cobbled alleys, grand plazas, and white washed buildings, along with delicious cuisine and a relaxed pace of life. 

Sit back and enjoy a cinnamon-sprinkled custard tart at one of the city’s many quirky bars and restaurants, before exploring the town in all its beauty: steep hillsides, yellow trams clattering through leafy streets and locals enjoying conversation over wine at patio bars. Don’t be surprised if you never want to come home. 

Lisbon
Alicante

Alicante

A city that has been stood on the Costa Brava coast for nearly 7000 years, sunny Alicante offers something for everyone. You’ll find well-preserved ruins and fascinating castles here, an array of unique shops selling local crafts and traditional food, white sand beaches and, of course, some of the best bars and clubs in Spain. Head to the magical Canelobre Caves or take a boat trip to Tabarca Island – a well-kept secret ideal for a day of swimming and soaking up the sun.

Long Haul

Beijing

There are few places in the world considered as intriguing as Beijing, and for good reason. Explore the mesmerising Forbidden City, built in the 15th century, which is a complex of stunning courtyards, halls, pavilions and gardens. Take in the awe-inspiring Summer Palace, and observe the eery magnificence of Tiananmen Square and the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall.

Of course, a trip to Beijing wouldn’t be complete without making the journey to the country’s most iconic attraction – the serpentine Great Wall, which stretches over 6,700km across the hills. You’ll be ready for a refreshment pit-stop after all that exploring, so tuck in to sticky noodles, delicious dim sum and mouthwatering crispy duck – all washed down with a cup of traditional tea.

New York

The City That Never Sleeps has to be seen to be believed: an ethnic and cultural melting pot and legendary cinematic backdrop, it offers an unrivalled fusion of people, cuisine, culture and experiences, 24 hours a day.

With iconic sites such as the Empire State building, Times Square, Central Park and the Broadway theatre, New York offers appeal for all visitors. Immerse yourself in museums, galleries, quirky cafes and the trendiest of bars and restaurants. Whatever you get up to in this adrenaline-fuelled city, you're sure to fall head over heels in love with the Big Apple.