Spring is in the air, and the weather is starting to turn. The snows of winter are a distant memory, and the year is well and truly under way. So why not pick May for a spring getaway? There are plenty of places to head in May, from family destinations to romantic cities for couples to explore.
The Best Destinations for a Holiday in May
May is the ideal time to pack your bags and book a flight. As the beaches start to fill, attractions are still fairly quiet across Europe, and plenty of destinations in other parts of the world are perfectly suited for spring escapes. Here are some of the best ideas for May holidays.
Florence is a magical city at any time of year, but it might just be at its best when summer is around the corner but the peak season crowds are yet to arrive. In May, marquee attractions like the Uffizi Gallery aren't too busy, so visitors can contemplate Botticelli's Venus without feeling the need to move on. And it's possible to take snaps on the Ponte Vecchio or outside the Duomo without hordes of fellow visitors ruining the shot.
In May, southern Portugal is almost perfect for beach breaks and fun in the sun. The Algarve can be a little too warm for some people in July and August, but during May, the popular coastal region basks in average temperatures of 23°C. It's hot enough to hit the beach or slip on a wetsuit for some windsurfing. And conditions couldn't be better for golfing on the region's acclaimed courses.
Turkey's largest city is a wonderland for history lovers, with attractions like the Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, and the Hagia Sophia church all vying for attention. One of the most important historical cities on earth, it's a must-visit for anyone with an interest in the past. However, there's no denying that mid-summer isn't the best time to visit. Instead, plan a May city break in Istanbul, and benefit from mild temperatures, thinner crowds, and events like the 'Sugar Feast' which concludes Ramadan.
Spain's cultural capital is a fantastic destination for romantic May holidays or city breaks with friends. It's possible to appreciate the bizarre beauty of the Sagrada Familia, the outlandish architecture of Parc Guell, and the art works in the Picasso and Miro Museums, without jostling with too many other patrons. There's still a chance to catch a Barcelona match at the Camp Nou, and the weather starts to feel like summer, with pleasant temperatures and relatively little rain.
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