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Cultural beacon, political hotbed, nightlife mecca – the Czech capital is many things to many people. Discover one of the world’s most seductive cities on a short break to Prague from Glasgow Airport.

  • Time difference : GMT +2
  • Currency : Czech Crown (CZK)
  • Summer avg temp : 20°C
  • Flight time : Approx 2hr 30mins


Cultural icons

Prague’s Old Town is so crowded with architectural masterpieces and iconic sights that it can leave first-time visitors feeling a tad overwhelmed. Be sure to squeeze in a visit to the instantly recognisable Týn Church (Staroměstské náměstí), with its twin Gothic towers. The Astronomical Clock and Jan Hus Statue in the Old Town Square are also must-sees. Just outside the city’s historic core, the heavily graffitied John Lennon wall (Velkopřevorské náměstí) is a more recent addition to Prague’s cultural tapestry.    

Let the music play on

When Mozart feared that the people of Vienna would find his latest opera, Don Giovanni, too challenging, he chose instead to premiere it in Prague. Since then the city has been at the cutting edge of classical music, showcasing talented local composers such as Antonín Dvořák and Bedřich Smetana as well as the international greats. Its world-class venues include the Rudolfinum (Alšovo nábřeží 12), Prague State Opera House (Wilsonova 4), Municipal House (náměstí Republiky 5) and National Theatre (Národní třída 2), but there are dozens of smaller and more eclectic concert halls to discover as well. 

Get quaffing

Gone are the days when Prague’s rock-bottom prices and zingy nightlife scene made it Europe’s number one stag do destination. The city has matured culturally – but while the tackiest bars may have had their day, the quality of the beer and the cutting-edge nature of the clubs remain constant. Start your night at microbrewery U Medvídků (Na Perštýně 7), which produces some of the strongest – and most sippable – lager in the country. Classy cocktail joint Hemingway (Karolíny Světlé 26) is an alternative for non-beer drinks, while the industrial-style Cross Club (Plynární 23, Holešovice) is the place of the moment to party.

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It might be the largest city in the Baltic States, but Riga retains a whimsical charm that no amount of economic growth or frenetic construction can dilute. With its UNESCO-listed Old Town, staggeringly beautiful art nouveau architecture and electrifying nightlife culture, this is a place to come back to time and time again.

  • Time difference : GMT +3
  • Currency : Euro (EUR)
  • Summer avg temp : 19°C
  • Flight time : Approx 2hr 30mins


Art attack

Central Riga is one big aesthetic banquet, so it’s no surprise that this culturally minded city has something of an obsession with the arts. Get the story behind its most iconic buildings at the Riga Art Nouveau Centre (Alberta iela 12) and the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design (Skārņu iela 10/20) – then head to the Latvian National Museum of Art (Krišjāņa Valdemāra iela 10a) to gorge on an impressive selection of historic Russian and Latvian paintings. The recently opened Art Museum Riga Bourse (Doma laukums 6) is the hottest new hangout for visiting culture junkies.

Retail therapy

A short break to Riga from Glasgow Airport is the perfect chance to indulge your inner Anna Wintour. The city once dubbed the ‘Paris of the East’ is awash with quirky little fashion boutiques, including art nouveau shoe gallery Madam Bonbon (Alberta iela 1-7a) and jewellery store Tornis (Grēcinieku iela 11-2). Bookworms can lose themselves in Jāņa Sēta (Elizabetes iela 83/85), the largest travel bookshop in the Baltics.  

Gourmet grub

Riga is the gastronomic centre of Latvia, with an increasingly eclectic line-up of cafés, restaurants and markets. Traditional Baltic grub is the theme at the LIDO Atpūtas Centrs (Krasta iela 76), where the buffet yields up delicacies such as cold beet soup and pork tongue, and waitresses clad in frilly milkmaid outfits serve craft beer to thirsty patrons. You won’t find a hint of such kitsch at Istaba (Krišjāņa Barona iela 31a), a funky loft restaurant floating above an alternative art gallery, with dishes dreamed up by celebrity chef Mārtiņš Sirmais. The local secret is Dorian Gray (Mazā Muzeja iela 1), where intellectuals linger over cups of hot, strong coffee.

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Better known by its German name, Bromberg, this elegant riverside city is packed with museums, music venues and Gothic churches. A calendar brimming with trade fairs and several world-class conference venues draw business visitors from across the globe, but there’s plenty to do outside of office hours too. 

  • Time difference : GMT+2
  • Currency : Polish Zloty (PLN)
  • Summer avg temp : 20°C
  • Flight time : Approx 2hr 20mins


Music and mayhem

Whether your taste runs to classical, jazz or pop, Poland’s most musically minded city will have you toe-tapping in no time. As well as the world-famous Pomeranian Philharmonic Orchestra House (Andrzeja Szwalbego 6) and the offbeat Mózgu jazz club (Gdańska 10), Bydgoszcz boasts an impressive annual line-up of music festivals. The Bydgoszcz Opera Festival (April-May) and the Bydgoszcz Jazz Festival (October) have both evolved to become leading showcases of talent within their genres.

The old and the new

Bydgoszcz’s harmonious blend of historic and modern architecture gives the city a unique aesthetic. Take a stroll along the waterside streets of the Old Town, past the fragmented remains of the 15th-century walls, and lose yourself in the jumble of stalls that fill the neo-Gothic Market Hall (Magdzińskiego). Then make a beeline for Mill Island – Bydgoszcz’s ‘Little Venice’ – where a series of restored galleries houses some of the city’s leading museums. The Modern Art Gallery (Mennica 8) is the biggest draw.

Medieval marvels

Just an hour’s drive from Bydgoszcz is the UNESCO-listed Old Town of Toruń – a visual feast of Gothic architecture that has yet to register on the international tourism radar. The astronomer Copernicus was born here in 1473, and his old house is now a fascinating museum (Kopernika 15-17). Another medieval secret guarded jealously by those in the known is the idyllic little town of Chełmno, with a town hall that dates back to the 13th century. The Iron Age fortified settlement of Biskupin, once dubbed the ‘Polish Pompeii’, is also an easy journey from Bydgoszcz.

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With an Old Town plucked straight out of the Middle Ages, a dazzlingly picturesque riverside location and a slap-up portion of traditional Eastern European charm, Wrocław is nipping at Krakow’s heels in the ‘Polish cities everyone wants to visit’ stakes. Discover a delicious combination of cultural heritage, mind-bending views and great beer.

  • Time difference : GMT +2
  • Currency : Polish Zloty (PLN)
  • Summer avg temp : 20°C
  • Flight time : Approx 2hr 30mins


Walk this way…

Poland’s fourth largest city has one of the grandest and most intriguing Old Towns in the country. Spread across several islands and linked by 100 bridges, the best way to see this architectural treasure box is on foot. Explore the streets around the 13th-century Town Hall (Rynek) – one of the few buildings in the city centre not to have been destroyed by WWII bombing and subsequently reconstructed – before breathing in the breathtaking views from the spire of St Elizabeth’s Church (Świętego Mikołaja).

Hop it

A profusion of beer halls, brewhouses and Bavarian bars cluster around the streets and squares of the Old Town, giving Wrocław its well-deserved reputation as the nightlife capital of southwest Poland. Renowned brewpub Spiż (Rynek Ratusz 2), hidden in the atmospheric cellars of the Town Hall, was the first of its kind in Poland and is still the first go-to for modern-day beer lovers. Český Ráj (Bogusławskiego 9) and Zakład Usług Piwnych (Ruska 34) are also both worth a look-in as the night progresses.

The Great Escape

It’s just a short journey from the centre of Wrocław to the Museum of Allied Prisoners of War (Lotników Alianckich 6, Żagań), which sits on the razed Nazi prison camp made famous by The Great Escape. A visit here offers a harrowing but enlightening insight into Poland’s recent history. The site of the infamous Gross-Rosen concentration camp is also within striking distance of Wrocław, and today serves as a memorial to the victims of Nazi genocide.

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Las Vegas

Nowhere on the planet has a good-time reputation to match that of Las Vegas. The simple reason? There’s nowhere else quite like it. Gamble, eat, drink, go wild. What happens on a city break to Las Vegas from Glasgow Airport … stays in Vegas.

  • Time difference : GMT -7
  • Currency : US Dollar
  • Summer avg temp : 31°C
  • Flight time : Approx 10hr


Nevada nights

No one comes to Vegas for an early night. Speakers pound, corks pop, dancefloors shake. There are clubs, bars and shows of every shape and size. After a blockbuster stage performance? Catch Britney Spears at the Planet Hollywood Resort (3667 Las Vegas Boulevard South). A pool party in Prince Harry’s footsteps? Make a splash at XS Nightclub (3121 Las Vegas Boulevard South). And if you just want a great bar with even greater people watching? Head to the Petrossian Bar at the Bellagio (3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South). 

Make a meal of it

If you thought Las Vegas was all buffets and burgers, think again. Its gastronomic line-up is seriously impressive, with celebrity chefs like Joël Robuchon and Wolfgang Puck – both of whom have restaurants at MGM Grand (3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South) – just two of countless examples. Meat lovers should be aware that Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel (3325 Las Vegas Boulevard South) has what some critics consider to be the best steaks in the USA.

Surprise yourself

Las Vegas built its name on glitz, glam and goodfellas, but away from the casinos and nightclubs there are some hugely rewarding alternative activities. A trip to the Grand Canyon is the obvious example – by helicopter, if you’re feeling flush – but other options include dune-buggy racing, balloon rides and the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay (3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South).

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A broad-brush makeover in the run-up to Derry’s year as UK City of Culture in 2013 transformed the waterfront into an oasis of cool, adding an edgy modern veneer to this famously warm and welcoming metropolis. 

  • Time difference : 0
  • Currency : UK Sterling
  • Summer avg temp : 17°C
  • Flight time : Approx 45mins


Pull up a bar stool

The excellence of Northern Ireland’s pub scene is so widely recognised that it’s become something of a cliché – but there’s nothing hackneyed or unoriginal about the barn-storming boozers that line almost every street in Derry. Whet your lips over a pint of stout at the colossally cosy Bound for Boston (27-31 Waterloo Street), then head to the Gweedore Bar (61 Waterloo Street) and boogie the night away to live Irish music.

Dive into Derry’s history

One of the oldest continually inhabited areas of Northern Ireland and the only intact walled city in the region, Derry is a place where history accosts you at every turn. The neo-Gothic Guildhall (Guildhall Square) and St Columb’s Cathedral (London Street) are the top two cultural draws for visitors looking to immerse themselves in the past, but the Museum of Free Derry (55-61 Glenfada Park) and the Bloody Sunday Memorial on Rossville Street are perhaps the city’s most poignant sights.

Hit the Causeway Coast

The coastline that snakes between the cities of Belfast and Derry is so spectacularly otherworldly that it was chosen as one of the main settings for fantasy series Game of Thrones. From the crumbling grandeur of 12th-century Carrickfergus Castle (Marine Highway, Carrickfergus) to the ethereal steps of the Giant’s Causeway, a holiday to Derry from Glasgow Airport is the perfect opportunity to explore this iconic coastal landscape.

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Bursting with bars, galleries, contemporary restaurants and quirky museums, this architecturally extravagant city is one of Poland’s best-kept travel secrets. Discover its treasures before the crowds do on a weekend away to Poznań from Glasgow Airport.

  • Time difference : GMT +2
  • Currency : Polish Zloty (PLN)
  • Summer avg temp : 20°C
  • Flight time : Approx 2hr 30min


Buff up on history

Stary Rynek – Poznań’s medieval Old Town square – was meticulously reconstructed after WWII and now counts as one of the finest in Europe. Lining the square and its surrounding streets is an eye-pleasing montage of ancient buildings, including the gothic Town Hall (Stary Rynek 1), home to the Historical Museum of Poznań, and the Poznań Archaeological Museum in the Renaissance-style Górka Palace (Wodna 27). Both offer fascinating insights into the area’s chequered past.

Markets and malls

When you’re done with sightseeing, grab a hold-all bag and make a beeline for Wielkopolski Square, which hosts an open-air food and flower market for most of the year. Other markets worth checking out include Jeżycki, Wildecki and Lazarski, where the people-watching is as absorbing as the diverse jumble of stalls. For mall bunnies, Poznań and its surroundings are home to dozens of fashion-centric shopping centres. The best is arguably Stary Browar (Półwiejska 32), an award-winning mall housed in a reconstructed 19th-century brewery.

Boutique bars

Like many other Polish cities, Poznań is fast cultivating a nightlife scene that combines an international outlook with oodles of local character. Relax and kick back in the intimate café hideaway that is Atmosfera (Mokra 2), check out the line-up of live jazz and blues acts at Lizard King (Stary Rynek 86), soak up the nostalgic communist-era vibe at Bodega (Żydowska 4), or go wild on the seething dance floor at Czarna Owca (Jaskółcza 13). If you’re interested in the local brewing culture, then Lech Brewery (Szwajcarska 11) on the outskirts of town offers insightful tours to visitors.

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The dynamo at the centre of Poland’s Upper Silesian Industrial District, Katowice is one of the fastest-growing and most exciting places in the country. Dismiss it as an industrialised backwater at your peril – today, that jumble of German Gothic, art nouveau and socialist architecture hides a cultural scene that’s developing as rapidly as the city’s powerhouse economy. 

  • Time difference : GMT +2
  • Currency : Polish Zloty (PLN)
  • Summer avg temp : 20°C
  • Flight time : Approx 2hr 30min


Cultural calendar

A short break to Katowice from Glasgow Airport is the perfect chance to catch one of the region’s fabulous festivals. Off Festival (August), the giant independent music fiesta that attracts A-list bands from all over the globe, relocated to the city in 2010, and dozens of smaller events have sprung up in its wake. The best known include the Rawa Blues Festival (October) and the Ars Cameralis (October/November), a celebration of musical and visual arts. The quirky Cult Film Festival (May) and cutting-edge music festival Tauron Nowa Muzyka (August) are also exciting additions to the annual line-up.

Bon appetit

Silesian cuisine is famous for being easy on the palette but heavy on the arteries, with dumplings, meat, goulash and cheese all essential staples. Sample regional specialities cooked to perfection at Szynk Old Fashioned (Ligonia 16), a snug little restaurant-cum-bar with a sterling reputation. Looking for something lighter? Katowice’s culinary scene is quite literally a cultural melting pot, with scrumptious sushi at Japanese joint Sushi Do (3 Maja 30), exquisite Italian fare at Via Toscana (Uniwersytecka 13) and intriguing experimental dishes at Patio Park (Kościuszki 101).

From dusk ‘til dawn

From craft breweries to elite cocktail bars and from cosy corner pubs to huge super-clubs, Katowice boasts a full hand of after-hours entertainment. Start by sampling the views – and the killer cocktails – at the Altus Tower’s Sky Bar (Uniwersytecka 13), then head onto a live gig at Hipnoza Jazz Club (Plac Sejmu Śląskiego 2). For an injection of high culture, the Silesian Philharmonic (Sokolska 2) and the Silesian Opera (Moniuszki 21-23) both host regular international-class performances.

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An exotic blend of tradition and modernity, Marrakech is one of the world’s most intriguing cities. This is a place where donkey-drawn carts share the road with Rolls-Royces, centuries-old souks squat in the shadow of luxury hotels and snake charmers rub shoulders with be-suited businessmen.

  • Time difference : GMT +1
  • Currency : Dirham
  • Summer avg temp : 29°C
  • Flight time : Approx 3hr 30min


Square meals

There’s only one place to start exploring Marrakech, and that’s in the main Djemaa el-Fna square. A UNESCO World Heritage Site at the heart of the old medina, it’s a whirlwind of acrobatics, storytelling, belly dancing and street theatre. But the best time to come is in the evening, when hundreds of chefs descend on the square to create one of the greatest alfresco dining experiences on the planet.

Souk up the atmosphere

The labyrinthian souks behind Djemaa el-Fna are packed to bursting point with craft stalls, fresh food stands, traditional fashion shops and pop-up stalls selling almost anything you can bring to mind. Keep an eye out for ancient herbalist shop Herboriste Avicenne (172-174 Souk Laghzel), gorgeous jewellery boutique Atelier Moro (114 place de Mouassine) and Aya’s Where (11 bis Derb Jdid Bab Mellah), a favourite with celebs including Sarah Jessica Parker.

Relax and unwind

A holiday to Marrakech from Glasgow Airport is the perfect chance to chillax. Start by wandering around the glorious Majorelle Garden (Rue Yves Saint Laurent), then make a beeline for a hammam such as Dar Karma (51 Derb El Mennabha) near the Royal Palace. With modern bars springing up like mushrooms around the city centre, there are plenty of places to unwind on a hot evening. Try the secret roof terrace at Kechmara (3 rue de la Liberté), where you can sip on a chilled cocktail while admiring the panoramic urban views.

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Croatia’s cultural capital and the diamond of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik combines a glorious ancient citadel with airy sea views and brochure-ready beaches. Its ubiquitous charm draws hordes of visitors during high season, including a glittering army of celebrities, but there are still secret to be discovered within those medieval city walls.

  • Time difference : GMT +2
  • Currency : Croatian Kuna
  • Summer avg temp : 24°C
  • Flight time : Approx 3hrs


Soak up the history

A weekend away to Dubrovnik from Glasgow Airport is nothing short of a cultural odyssey. The UNESCO-listed Old Town is ringed by weathered stone fortifications, built between the 13th and 16th centuries and rising to 25m high in some places. Take a day to explore the walls and their medieval forts by foot, stopping off to see the crumbling Pile Gate and the shell-pocked beauty of St Saviour’s Church (Od Puča 8). Then enjoy a taste of the city’s secret history by wandering down sleepy Iza Roka Street and hunting for a piece of 16th-century graffiti that warns boys against playing football in the area.

Pull up a sunlounger

Ranging from elegant crescents of icing sugar sand to hidden rocky coves, Dubrovnik’s beaches are the wonder of the Adriatic. Banje Beach is just a stone’s throw from the Old Town, but venture out a little further to Sveti Jakov and you’ll discover the locals’ favourite coastal hangout. For tropical-style strips of sand, take a Jadrolinija ferry from the port and hop off at Lopud Island with its fragrant cypress parks and white-sand bay. Saplunara Beach on the eastern side of Mljet Island is another secluded gem.

Seafood smorgasbord

The narrow, pedestrianised streets of Dubrovnik’s Old Town are scattered with top-class seafood restaurants. Tuck into exquisitely crafted Dalmatian dishes at Proto (Široka 1), where fresh oysters and garlic shrimps are served against the backdrop of a romantic first-floor terrace. Restaurant Nautika (Brsalje 3) might be costly, but you can’t put a price on those spellbinding views over the Adriatic or on the famously warm service. Working to a budget? Lokanda Peskarija (Na Ponti bb) is a bustling seafood restaurant with reliably delicious food.

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