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France’s culinary capital also has strong links with the movies. William Cook enjoys the best of both worlds

Back in time: shoppers in the Barri Gótic

48 Hours In: Barcelona

The Catalan capital offers a glut of galleries, Gaudí’s fairy-tale flights of fancy, stylish independent shops – and a chance of late summer sun, says Sarah Gordon

All roads lead to...St Peter's Basilica

48 Hours In: Rome

As Woody Allen's love letter to the Eternal City hits the cinemas, the Italian capital is in a party mood with its annual festival of music and dance.

48 Hours In: Palermo

Autumn's comfortable temperatures make the lively streets of Sicily's captivating capital a pleasure to explore, says Duncan Garwood.

Dome sweet dome: St Basil's Cathedral

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With the prospect of a low-cost link from Gatwick, is the vast Russian capital about to join the big league of weekend break locations? Shaun Walker reports

48 Hours In: San Sebastian

This Basque beauty basks in late-summer sun, with a film festival and perfect pintxos adding extra appeal.

Tsar quality: Peter the Great created a dream city

48 Hours In: St Petersburg

As summer's endless light begins to fade in Peter the Great's creation, the Russian city's arts scene goes into full swing with a new season of ballet and opera, says Chris Leadbeater.

48 Hours In: Salzburg

The Austrian city's annual festival of opera, theatre and classical music gives added sparkle to the home of Mozart and 'The Sound of Music', says Will Hawkes.

Waterworks: Geneva's Jet d'Eau

48 Hours In: Geneva

Next weekend, this Swiss lakeside city will be lit up by Europe's longest firework display. It's all part of a summer of celebrations, says Matthew Teller.

To the point: the 452m-high twin Petronas Towers

48 Hours In: Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia’s vibrant city in the jungle is becoming one of Asia’s biggest crossroads thanks to the arrival of the new ‘ Superjumbo’ A380, says Simon Usborne.

Take the plunge: the Great Bath in the Roman Baths

48 Hours In: Bath

Bask in the natural hot springs of the West Country's ancient city as it celebrates 25 years as a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Looking up: the Malaga skyline

48 Hours In: Malaga

The gateway to the Costa del Sol is a fascinating destination in its own right, says Nick Boulos. With festivals and guaranteed sun, now’s the time to visit.

Slow boat: cruises on Gothenburg's canals

48 Hours In: Gothenburg

Sweden’s second city takes its chance to shine during the long days of summer, says Nick Boulos

City of water: Zurich's river Limmat

48 Hours In: Zurich

Far from being an enclave of buttoned-up reserve, this lakeside Swiss city dazzles in summer with cultural events and water-based activity.

Hit the heights: Luxembourg has a breathtaking setting atop a rocky plateau

48 Hours In: Luxembourg

The Grand Duchy's beguiling capital is in festive mood for the summer, says William Cook.

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