With annual leave disappearing like snow off a dyke, it’s important to cram as much as we can into the our precious holiday entitlement. If like me, you love the buzz of the city and the solitude of the great outdoors – why not enjoy both by seeking city breaks that offer mountain escapes. I’ve hand-picked five radically different destinations where you can spend the day clambering up mountains and be back in time for evening cocktails.
How are your 2014 travel plans shaping up? If you’re agonising over a city break or a ski trip, but despair of your dwindling annual leave allowance, why not enjoy the best of both worlds on an action-packed mini break to Andalucía. Basking in the glow of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada offers a high-altitude city break where you can feast on tapas, tour the Alhambra and speed down a black run all in the space of a 48 hours.