Planning a holiday this spring? May is a great time for travelling to the world’s most delightful destinations. We think these five ideas will put you right in the mood for a holiday:
Condé Nast Traveller places the South of France as number one on their list of “Best Places to Travel in May”. This is the time of year for the Cannes Film Festival so you won’t be short of action, glitterati and general excitement. Parties are extravagant, nightlife goes on until dawn and the weather is gloriously sunny without being too hot. If you’d rather escape the crowds, take a walk along the Massif de l’Estérel with its rugged, red-rocks and fantastic hiking trails or marvel at nature’s wonders which inspired art masters like Matisse, Renoir and Picasso.
If you’re looking to relax in the sun on powdery white sands without spending a fortune, May is the perfect month to make your way to the Caribbean. High season is over yet the weather remains dry and warm and there are good deals to be had at the all-inclusive resorts. Snorkel or dive amid coral reefs in the azure seas, or explore the green forests alive with yellow parrots and red orchids. For maximum adventure, head for the most unspoilt islands like St Lucia’s Piton Mountains or nature-lovers’ Dominica and you won’t be disappointed.
Malta’s UNESCO-listed capital city is breathtakingly beautiful. With its two historic harbours and well preserved fortifications, palaces, parks and churches, it’s the perfect short-haul getaway for history lovers. Stroll amid the unspoilt grid of old streets and alleys, running into trendy hole-in-the-wall bars and cafes along the way. The city’s 2018 European Capital of Culture has brought with it yet more museums, restored fortresses and mansions, as well as a host of new hotels, bars, restaurants, plus a packed calendar of events only adding to the appeal.
If warm temperatures aren’t your thing, why not wrap up warm and head north to
Iceland to spy the psychedelic Northern Lights? Seeing this breath-taking natural phenomenon in person is something many people have on their bucket lists and now that many airlines are offering low-cost routes to Iceland there’s no excuse not to go! Try to visit in early May in order to catch the Lights at their brightest and most vivid.
Lonely Planet experts back Seville as the top city to visit in 2018 and not without reason. Known as the frying pan of Europe during summer months with temperatures often reaching 50 degrees centigrade, Seville really is best enjoyed in May when temperatures are less intense. Expect a graceful city vibe, Moorish architecture and ancient streets lined with great shops and atmospheric tapas bars. History buffs should head for the UNESCO-listed Cathedral, Alcázar and Archivo de Indias, as well as the beautifully preserved Jewish Quarter of Santa Cruz.