How to go from Brussels to Bruges

How to go from Brussels to Bruges

Get ready to be enchanted by Bruges. Leaving the big-city bustle of Brussels behind, you’re about to be immersed in a fairy tale of haunting churches and silhouette spires, of cobbled lanes and drifting canals. It’s considered to be one of the best-preserved medieval centres in all of Europe, with a good dollop of Belgian … Read more

How to go from Paris to Barcelona

How to go from Paris to Barcelona

Grab a marker and get ready to strike two lines from your bucket list: Paris and Barcelona await on this cross-Iberian odyssey. Among the greatest cities on the planet, they beckon with a Flamenco twirl of tapas, wine and top-notch sites, ranging from the iron girders of the Eiffel Tower to the haunting spires of … Read more

Airbnb in Sevilla

Airbnb in Sevilla

In a flurry of Moorish spires and carved Gothic turrets, Sevilla marks out its place between the dusty sierras of southern Spain. Sun-kissed and steeped in history, it jumbles into an old town that comes crowned by a look-at-me Alcázar and the Mudejar tops of the La Giralda belltower. Travelers will often spend days simply … Read more

Airbnb in Perth

Airbnb in Perth

Perth might be isolated out on the windy shores of Western Australia, but it doesn’t seem to mind all that much. A city at once chilled and bold, buzzy and creative, it’s a whopping 2,000 miles from Sydney, out where the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean roll past the quokka-stalked beaches of Rottnest Island. … Read more

Airbnb in Nashville

Airbnb in Nashville

The twang of electric guitar and the bumping baselines of folk ditties are the backing track to Nashville. Welcome to one of America’s most musical cities. This is the town that showed Hank Williams and Chet Atkins to the whole world. It’s considered the home of country music and hosts the legendary Grand Ole Opry … Read more

Airbnb in Adelaide

Airbnb in Adelaide

The so-called City of Churches is one of Australia’s lesser-known towns. Usually content to let Melbourne and Sydney vie for the limelight, this one ticks over with a palpable urban energy and charm. Its importance comes from the fact that it’s the state capital of South Australia. That inevitably puts some bucket-list draws on the … Read more

How to go from Vienna to Bratislava

How to go from Vienna to Bratislava

Just 35 miles and a few bends of the Danube River separate the two capitals of Vienna and Bratislava. That means you can gaze wide-eyed at the Neo-Classical palaces of the Habsburgs and munch on Viennese strudels come morning and then be walking the Old Town of Slovakia’s biggest city between the cheap taverns and … Read more

How to go from Barcelona to Valencia

Barcelona to Valencia

Barcelona might have the great Neo-Gothic cathedral of La Sagrada Familia and the bustling bars of Las Ramblas, but Valencia touts one of the most famous science museums in Europe, gorgeous urban parks, and – of course – that legendary spiced rice that is paella. Thankfully, you might not even have to decide between the … Read more

Airbnb in Vienna

Airbnb in Vienna

Cities like Vienna need to be seen to be believed. Grand buildings loom on all corners in a symphony of Baroque and Neo-Classical construction. From the Hofburg – the onetime home of the Habsburgs – to the elegant Belvedere, the whole city is a sparkling tiara of eye-watering wonders dating back centuries. Add to that … Read more

Airbnb in Amsterdam

Airbnb in Amsterdam

Free-living and downright fun, but also brimming with Golden Age art and fantabulous Flemish architecture, Amsterdam is a corker of an urban break destination. Strolling the UNESCO-tagged canals, you just get the feeling that the Dutch really know how to live. They’re either munching on caramel-glazed stroopwafel or glugging a cold beer by the tram … Read more

Airbnb in Madrid

Airbnb in Madrid

Madrid is the sleepless, spirited capital of Spain. Rolling out in the shadow of the Sierra de Guadarrama in the geographical centre of the country, it flits from moody medieval districts to chic modern areas that bustle with big business. The main attractions are vignettes of the Baroque and the beautiful, from the statue-topped Puerta … Read more

Airbnb in Budapest

Airbnb in Budapest

Draped over the hills and plains that roll around the Danube as it snakes through central-north Hungary, Budapest is the only real metropolis in the country. It’s the heart and soul of the Magyar nation; a town of rambunctious ruin bars and wild nocturnal districts, of grand Habsburg-era palaces and stoic castles. The whole place … Read more

Airbnb in Tokyo

Airbnb in Tokyo

Tokyo is the sprawling, seething, neon-hazed capital of Japan. A megacity of more than 37 million people, it’s a heady overload of ramen stalls and sizzling BBQ kitchens, manga emporiums and steel-dressed skyscrapers that sprout like a forest of trees across the midriff of Honshu Island. At least it’s a heady overload until you discover … Read more

Airbnb in Berlin

Airbnb in Berlin

At once party-mad and uber-chilled, elegant and easy-going, grand and gritty, Berlin is the ultimate city of contrasts. It’s famed for its majestic Reichstag but also for its sleepless techno clubs. It flaunts chic pop-up eateries next to casual bratwurst stalls. You can tour the leafy gardens of the Tiergarten before strutting the boulevards under … Read more