Now is the perfect time of the year for a wonderful holiday, escape the hustle and bustle of peak season and take advantage of the warm temperatures across the globe.
You’ll encounter sunny weather in many European destinations from firm favourites such as Majorca and Benidorm, to further afield Caribbean delights – the possibilities are never-ending. So what are you waiting for? Check out the best destinations for family holidays and make May half term an absolute scorcher!
The Spanish island of Menorca is located in between Ibiza and Majorca, part of the Balearic archipelago. It’s just as beautiful as its neighbours, but boasts a far more relaxed pace of life and has kept its local culture intact.
What’s more, there are more beaches in Menorca than all the other Balearic islands put together, so it’s easy to find a sunbathing spot. Cala Macarella is a picturesque white-sand cove with shimmering blue waters, surrounded by forested cliffs. We also recommend visiting the historic city of Ciutadella; a jumble of cobbled streets, pink-tinged sandstone palaces and mansions. In May the weather averages 18°C or above making it the perfect temperature to explore or lounge around by the pool – the choice is yours!
Lanzarote is one of the Canary Islands, and it has a unique beauty. Whitewashed villages contrast with the dark, surreal volcanic landscape and the shimmering blue sea. The south of the island is lined with holiday resorts, and visiting them in May means you’ll have the beaches all to yourself.
Playa de Papagayo is particularly stunning. Exploring the north of the island yields many off-the-beaten-track destinations. But a firm favourite with holidaymakers is Costa Teguise and it comes as no surprise with the clear blue lagoon like waters and excellent food and drink scene. We also particularly recommend hiking in the Timanfaya National Park, where you will marvel at the stark, mountainous landscape swirled with red, copper and burnt-umber hues. Temperatures in May average around 20°C but can reach higher, so you can look forward to topping up your tan.
This archipelago island is just off the coast of Africa and it sure is a beauty! Cape Verde is a six-hour flight from the UK, and is a popular year-round destination for sun-seekers. There are 10 islands in total – Sal and Boa Vista are the most popular in their own right, boasting incredible beaches and landscapes. Not to mention a water sport fanatics paradise, the waves here have surfers all over the world itching to make a splash.
Santa Maria is certainly worth a visit – a vibrant fishing port of colourful houses and cobbled streets lines with palm trees, but it’s the five-mile stretch of white sand and clear waters that really steal the show.
Have a break from sunbathing to take a boat trip to the other islands – Santiago is the best island for wildlife spotting. Temperatures in May range from 23°C to 25°C and you’ll find the rainfall at its lowest. Chances are you’ll spend most of your time on the beach or in the ocean!
The stunning Caribbean island of Dominican Republic offers world-renowned beaches, old-world colonial towns, soaring mountain tops and deserts galore. It really is a place worth exploring on a May half-term holiday.
The palm-fringed beach of Bayahibe is absolutely stunning, with shimmering azure waters and icing-sugar sand. It’s also one of the best places on the island for scuba diving, with 20 official dive sites where you can find sunken ships, coral reefs and colourful fish. There are plenty of other watersports available across the island, such as kite surfing, windsurfing, parasailing and jet skiing.
The weather in May averages a sizzling 27°C, so don’t forget to pack your sunscreen!