Tower record: the lighthouse at Torre de Hércules

48 Hours In: La Coruña

October days are still balmy enough to enjoy the urban beaches of this intriguing Galician city. And there are plenty of cultural diversions, too

Purple haze: Seattle celebrates its local hero, Jimi Hendrix

48 Hours In: Seattle

This waterside gem of the Pacific Northwest has given birth to musical legends and coffee chains, but next month it's all about the arts, says Simon Calder

48 Hours In: Sydney

The Opera House is throwing a birthday bash, making this the ideal time to visit Australia's dramatic harbour city, says Cameron Wilson

Rock star: the capital's Grand Harbour

48 Hours In: Malta

Spend a day in and around Valletta, the historic capital of this Mediterranean nation, then explore deeper into the Maltese islands, says Simon Calder

Mao and then: a statue of the former leader in Chengdu

48 Hours In: Chengdu

The capital of Sichuan province offers a mix of serene parks and startling modernity – and direct flights from the UK are about to start, says Julia Buckley

Van with a plan: a statue of Beethoven gazes over the city

48 Hours In: Bonn

The sound of Beethoven is in the air as this charming German city celebrates its most famous son with a month-long classical music festival, says Nick Boulos

A river runs through it: soaking up the sunset on the Rhine

48 Hours In: Düsseldorf

The cutting-edge architecture, cultural sights and lively bars of this scenic German city on the Rhine are now easier to reach, says Simon Calder

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48 Hours In: Copenhagen

The Danish capital presents an enticing menu this month, with gourmet festivities adding to some of the world's finest restaurants, says Chris Leadbeater

48 Hours In: Calgary

The largest city in Canada's Alberta province packs a punch with contemporary galleries, independent shops and thriving nightlife, says Chris Leadbeater

Rock star: the city's scenic waterfront

48 Hours in: Valletta

Inside the ancient walls of Malta's charming capital, a transformation is taking place, with dramatic new buildings joining the city's alluring mix

Quay player: the medieval harbour at Bryggen

48 Hours In: Bergen

Norway's scenic second city shines with colourful clapboard houses, quaint cafés and a dramatic fjord-flecked coastline, discovers Nick Boulos

Capture the castle: the Alhambra Palace

48 Hours In: Granada

After three years with no direct links from the UK, Andalucia's ancient Moorish outpost is back on the flight map. Laura Holt jets off to southern Spain

Shop-stop: Winter Park is full of boutiques and cafés

48 Hours In: Orlando

Jump on board for a rollercoaster ride through Florida's theme park capital. Chris Leadbeater swings by rope courses, laser games and adventure golf

High and mighty: Edinburgh Castle and city skyline

48 Hours In: Edinburgh

Scotland's beautiful capital is packed with culture and intrigue, says Simon Calder. To see it at its best go now, before the festival crowds take over

Suspend disbelief: Clifton's landmark bridge

48 Hours In: Bristol

This historic harbour city is about to be invaded by giant decorated dogs – which is just the excuse you need for a visit, says Fred Mawer

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