It's always great to get away for a few days, whether its to visit one of Europe's many beautiful and dynamic cities (often just a few hours from the UK by train), to relax on the beach or to get out into the country on a mini-adventure or active holiday.
The great advantage of a short break is that you might not even have to take (much) time off, and you can fit it in when you need to escape - let's face it, we don't always have time for a lengthy holiday.
There are plenty of opportunities to have a green short break within the UK or just a few hours away, whatever your holiday tastes are.
From cycling in the Cotswolds or walking in the Majella mountains, Italy to exploring the beautiful Lofoten Islands of Norway...and we've picked out some of the best short breaks in the UK and Europe below:
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