Can’t wait any longer for the summer season? Start it a little earlier this year with a sun-soaked getaway in May. As long-haul destinations hit temperatures of 25 upwards and easy-reach European hotspots start to open their doors, you’re spoilt for choice on holiday options in May.
Not only that, there’s some incredible savings to be made by going ahead of the peak summer season. To give you a helping hand, here’s where we recommend you get your pre-summer vitamin D fix…
Flight time – 9.5 hours
Average Temperature – 28°C
White sands, palm-studded coastlines and sea water warm enough to be a bath, there’s no wonder this Caribbean island came fourth on TripAdvisor’s poll of the world’s beast beaches in 2018. Lying south of the hurricane path, Aruba is a great choice for the ultimate relaxation holiday, not just in May but all year round. With its Dutch and American influences, take in its interesting blend of culture – think USA-style food, served with a Pina Colada in a laid-back beach hangout.
Flight time – Approx. 6 hours
Average Temperature – 24°C
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, it comes as no surprise that its becoming a celebrity hotspot too. Take your pick between the colourful town of Santa Maria on its most popular island of Sal, or uninterrupted coastline views on the quieter isle of Boa Vista.
Flight time – Approx. 3.5 hours
Average Temperature – 21°C
With all of its Grecian charms, we really are spoilt for choice when it comes to Greece holidays. There’s Zante and it’s after-dark scene, Crete and its 650 miles of coastline, Rhodes and its centuries of history and the whitewashed town of Santorini, and that’s us naming just a few! By going here in May you can soak up its 20 degree plus temperatures and enjoy its beaches before the crowds commence.
Flight time – 3 hours
Average Temperature – 22°C
With off-peak rates and less crowds, May makes a great time to explore the long-legged boot – Italy. Insta-worthy scenery, big-name sights and its collection of islands with sun-bleached beaches are just some of the things you can enjoy here. Not to mention the mouthwatering cuisine – mamma mia!
Flight time – 2.5 hours
Average Temperature – 17°C
The biggest of Spain’s Balearic Islands, Majorca has long been a holiday favourite, particularly amongst families and it’s easy to see why. Its sandy coves and sweeping bays may be one reason, but its holiday resorts are certainly another. Take Alcudia and Puerto Pollensa for example, both are brimming with restaurants, shops and cafes and serve up some spectacular stretches of sand. By holidaying in May, you won’t have to share its crystal clear waters and activities with tons of other tourists.
For things a little more lively, there’s the island’s west cost. Here you’ll find Palma Nova and Magaluf with their neon-lit bars, tapas-on-tap and cocktails on every corner. Don’t worry about things being too quiet here in May as the Magaluf party season starts in April.
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