The Austrian capital is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Gustav Klimt. Admire the artist's famous Life and Death at the Leopold Museum and marvel at his Beethoven Frieze at the Secession Building. After all that, you’ll need some coffee and a large slice of cake. Well, when in Vienna.
The island of Hvar is Croatia’s sunniest, and it’s a pretty sunny country, so you should be ok to pack a suitcase consisting of only maxi dresses, bikinis, flip-flops and heels. You’ll need the heels to strut your stuff with cocktail in hand in the see-and-be-seen après beach-scene of Hvar Town. To get to Hvar, catch a ferry from Split or Dubrovnik.
If, like David Cameron, you, or your offspring, are fans of gaming phenomenon Angry Birds, you can pay homage to the irate fowl at the recently-opened Angry Birds Land at Sarkanniemi Amusement Park in Tampere, Finland. The park also features the imaginatively-named ‘Kiddie Land’.
Britain may have been hotter than Sicily last week, but if you’re stuck in the office, what does it matter? We’d rather be away on a scorching city break. How about the Sicilian capital Palermo? Put together a picnic lunch from a street market bursting with foodie treats, but be sure to save a space for a sumptuous seafood supper.
Connoisseurs of seafood can spend more on a helping of bouillabaisse at Marseille’s much-feted Restaurant Miramar than on their airfare, but it’ll be 58 euros well spent on the best fish stew in the land. Apparently the restaurant uses one tonne of fish every week to make it. Work up an appetite by exploring the atmospheric Vieux Port in the soon-to-be European City of Culture.
The beer gardens of Munich no doubt did brisk business recently as Chelsea fans came to town for the final of the Champions League. Summer is the best time to experience the traditional Bavarian concept of drinking large volumes of local beer under the sun. Hearty food is often served or, even better, you can bring your own picnic.
There’s more to Majorca than beach holidays. You may think of Palma as a gateway to the island’s many resorts, but it’s an unheralded choice for a short city break, with the added bonus of great weather for strolling and dining al fresco. If you are in need of feeling the sand between your toes, head to local’s favourite Playa de Palma.
Cram your bucket and spade into your hand luggage and jump on a cheap flight to sandcastle central. Or tuck your surfboard under your arm*, and head for the high rollers of the Atlantic. Favourite for families and surfers alike, Newquay in Cornwall is one of the greatest British seaside resorts. Fingers crossed for sun, and surf.
*surfboards may not be permitted on some airlines
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