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City break destinations from Cardiff – some suggestions:
Visit the Van Gogh Museum and admire 200 paintings of one of the world's most distinguished artists, then spend some time in the Rijksmuseum where you can see a superb national art and history exhibition. Amsterdam is also noted for the Anne Frank House, the building where the famous wartime diarist Anne Frank wrote her diary during the Second World War.
The lively cosmopolitan city of Arrecife has existed for more than 500 years and is known for its excellent shops and attractive golden sandy Playa del Reducto beach. It also benefits from good transport links to one of Lanzarote's principle attractions, the vast Timanfaya National Park, an astonishing volcanic wilderness and important biosphere reserve. From Arrecife, you can easily take a day trip to the Chinijo Archipelago, which is home to more dazzling sandy beaches overlooking the emerald waters of the Atlantic.
See the beautiful medieval Basilica de Santa María, and then visit the Museum of Fine Arts (Museo de Bellas Artes Gravina) before heading to one of Alicante's fantastic beaches. This cosmopolitan nightlife hub is also noted for its pleasant Plaza de Gabriel Miró square, Archaeological Museum (Museo Arqueológico), and the prominent Castillo de Santa Bárbara hilltop castle.
The sunny capital of the Balearic Island of Majorca, Palma de Mallorca features the thriving Olivar Market (food market) and is the location of one of Europe's leading aquariums. It's also dominated by the spectacular Royal Palace of La Almudaina and Palma Cathedral, both of which have medieval origins and are the main focal points of the city, along with 14th century Bellver Castle.
See the magnificent Alcazaba, an 11th-century Moorish fortress build on the remnants of a Roman defence, then head to the Picasso Museum to learn about the life and works of the world-renowned artist Pablo Picasso, who was born in this city. Málaga is also known for its majestic Gothic-Baroque cathedral, 10th-century Gibralfaro castle, and popular contemporary art museum.
See the 13th century St Patrick's Cathedral, the largest cathedral in the nation, and then explore the National Gallery of Ireland, where you can admire more than 2,500 splendid paintings. In Dublin, you can also have a slow stroll in the National Botanic Gardens, visit the Guinness Storehouse, then observe one of the world's most important manuscripts, the medieval Book of Kells, at Trinity College Dublin.