To kick-start the summer season most European destinations open their doors in May, ready to welcome holidaymakers on a well-deserved early summer break. This means tour operators re-open many of our favourite European routes at the same time, and there are some incredible prices available for holidays in May.
Bargain prices on the first few flights from the UK make May a great month to finally shake off the winter cobwebs and have some fun in the sun. Good prices are one thing, but you also need to know where to go for the hot weather, so here are our top recommendations for May holidays.
Aruba lies south of the hurricane path making it a great choice for a calm and relaxing holiday, not just in May but all year round. Aruba has an interesting blend of American and Dutch influence. Visit Aruba to simply kick-off your shoes and laze away your days on the award-winning beaches, or if you can muster the energy, try out some of the watersports on offer.
Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive Suites At Divi Dutch Village
Druif Beach, Caribbean, Aruba
Cape Verde is another great choice for all year round sunshine. Still an up-and-coming destination, Cape Verde has Portuguese, African and Brazilian influences. With miles of sandy beaches and a tropical climate, Cape Verde is becoming increasingly popular with celebrities. Among an array of daily excursions, whale watching is one of the most popular day trips for visitors with sea legs.
Boa Vista, Cape Verde Islands, Cape Verde
May is a great time to visit Italy to take advantage of off-peak rates and avoid the crowds. Culture, history, arts, lakes and amazing beaches are just some of the incredible diversity of things that Italy has to offer, not to mention the mouthwatering cuisine – mamma mia!
Lido di Jesolo, Venetian Riviera, Italy
With Greece, you are spoilt for choice thanks to the Greek islands offering a wide choice of destinations for your May break. Zante, also known as Zakynthos, is one of the most popular Greek Islands. A trip to Smugglers Cove to visit the shipwreck is a must-do on your list and is one of the most photographed beaches in Greece.
Head to Laganas or Tsilivi if you prefer a lively resort packed with bars and nightclubs. Alykanas and Kalamaki are more suited if you prefer a more laid back traditional holiday visiting local tavernas on an evening.
Tsilivi, Zante, Greek Islands, Greece
Magaluf and Palma Nova are perfect if you prefer your holiday livelier soaking up the party atmosphere. If you prefer traditional resorts then Port De Soller will not disappoint, a quaint little village with a pretty marina that has kept its traditional roots.
Alcudia, Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
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