Istanbul named best value city break


IstanbulIt's that time of year when escaping seems like an especially good idea - the temperatures are plummeting and the nights are drawing in, but the cost of jetting off on holiday seems unaffordable to many.

But why not make the most of a long weekend? City breaks give you and the kids a well-deserved rest in the space of just a few days. You can take less, or no, time off work and the kids won't miss much or any of school either.

M&S has looked into the best value weekend getaways, and found Istanbul in Turkey tops the list.

The average cost of a trip there - including flights, a hotel, activities and eating out - comes to £684 per person. This is significantly cheaper than last year, when it would have cost you £746. Most holiday destinations cost more to get to this year than last, but Istanbul represents the most inflation-busting trip on offer.

The ancient city boasts first class shopping bazaars, great weather and stunning architecture, making it a perfect getaway for both you and the kids. You could even pick up some unique - and cheap - Christmas presents for the family.

And if time constraints are holding you back, you'll be pleased to hear it takes just six hours to travel there - and that includes time to check in at the airport! So you could jet off on the Friday after school and enjoy a long weekend,spending quality time together as a family. Plus, you'll come back rested and refreshed, and ready for the long winter ahead.

Want some other holiday ideas? Check out our guide to get some useful holiday ideas tailored to suit children of all ages.