0 Six Themed Guides to Take on The Perfect Short Break Off-season Cornwall Perranporth Beach on Cornwall’s Coast Visit Britain’s western tip when the crowds dwindle, to discover how mining and maritime exploration have shaped the region, plus enjoy wild landscapes, surf and artistic communities. Kraków in winter Wawel Castle – Kraków, Poland According to legend, Poland’s historic capital was founded upon the defeat of a dragon, and, especially in winter, a mythical atmosphere permeates its attractive streets and squares. Bars in New York The rooftop bar at The Strand Hotel looks onto the Empire State Building In the land where the cocktail was born, mixed drinks are stirred with gravitas, craft breweries and bars take their artisan suds seriously, but you can also still find old-school dive bars. Historic Beijing The Forbidden City’s moat – Beijing, China With a palace like no other, sublime temples and a criss-crossing of enchanting hutong alleyways, the Chinese capital is inextricably linked to its glorious, notorious past. Activities in Costa Rica The forested peak of the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica’s northwest Miles of beaches and a number of national parks and reserves provide the perfect playground for rafting through the wilderness, surfing epic breaks or hiking through clouds. Budget Sydney Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge seen from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair In this city, many of the best things in life really are free – from lazing around the beaches or checking out the wildlife, to admiring Sydney’s outstanding art collection.