Party plans: the city will host a festival in September

Perth travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

No longer a remote outpost, Western Australia's sun-soaked capital buzzes with creativity and it's about to come into bloom

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Valletta travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

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Art galleries, parks and a medieval city centre

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Genoa travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

At the heart of the Italian Riviera, this seafront city packs in culture and history

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Copenhagen travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

Cheap flights and a series of festivals make the Danish capital a strong summer prospect

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Leipzig travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

Follow in the footsteps of musical greats in this small but venerable east German city that was pivotal in the fall of the Berlin Wall, writes Nick Boulos

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Ljubljana travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

Summer is in full swing in the Slovenian capital, with music festivals that span classical to techno, a graphic arts biennial and more, writes Mary Novakovich

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Belgrade travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

It's festival season in the Serbian capital, with events celebrating just about everything – from beer to boats, writes Mary Novakovich

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Lille travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

This northern French city has a stunning modernist mansion on its outskirts to complement its atmospheric Flemish old town. Simon Calder makes a return trip

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Nantes travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

The Loire Valley's cultural capital comes into full bloom in the summer months

Layers of history: the Cagliari cityscape tells its story

Cagliari travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

Italy's Capital of Culture in 2015 has 25 centuries of heritage, with new flights from the UK making it even more accessible. Simon Calder is your guide

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Brighton travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

Naked bike rides and pop church 'services' are part of this Regency resort's appeal, writes Tracey Davies

On the up: Detroit is in the early stages of a renaissance

Detroit travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

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In bloom: Atlanta comes alive in summer

Atlanta travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

History and more modern delights converge in Georgia's charming state capital

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Rome travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

The Italian capital is looking rosy, with a special garden opening to mark its birthday, says Aoife O'Riordain

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