If the Easter weekend wasn’t enough for you and you’re craving another long weekend holiday already, it’s a good thing that there are not one but two bank holidays coming up in May- a perfect opportunity for a mini break. While cities like Paris and Venice are popular for all the right reasons, why not try somewhere a little more off the beaten track? Here are our top five destinations.
The capital of Poland has a charming Old Town where you can enjoy open-air performances in the squares and relax in cosy cafes- try the Zygmuntowka (jelly-filled doughnuts), a local speciality. Visit ornate royal palaces with Baroque gardens, and for art lovers, the national museum has over 800,000 works of Polish and international art. Follow in the footsteps of Chopin, Warsaw’s most famous resident, and listen to recitals of his music in Lazienki Park.
Find out why the poet Byron was so enchanted with the clear blue waters and pristine beaches of Montenegro’s Adriatic coast. This area’s natural beauty and rich cultural heritage are still relatively unexplored. Head to the island of Sveti Stefan for some blissful seclusion, and stay at the decadent Aman Sveti Stefan, a former Royal residence and an exclusive retreat.
With its picture postcard coastlines, melting pot of cultures, internationally-renowned cuisine and numerous UNESCO world heritage sites, this island is a gem, not least the charming town of Taormina, with its winding streets and shops bursting with traditional arts and crafts. Stay at the glamorous Grand Hotel Timeo- its dramatic hillside setting means you can enjoy panoramic views of Mount Etna and the bay.
This city has been named European City of Culture for 2016, so get there ahead of the crowds and see for yourself why. Go via cosmopolitan Madrid and get two Spanish cities into one holiday. Nestled in the beautiful Bay of Biscay, San Sebastian has some of the most stunning - and uncrowded- beaches in Europe, alongside historic architecture and gourmet cuisine, from several Michelin-starred restaurants to bustling tapas bars.
May is the best time to visit Lisse, known as the ‘garden of Europe,’ as this is when the patchwork fields of flowers in Keukenhof park, including tulips and hyacinths, are a kaleidoscope of colour. You can buy bulbs if you fancy recreating a smaller version at home, or check out the nearby 17th century Keukenhof castle and its surrounding forests. Lisse is just half an hour from Amsterdam- so this is another opportunity to visit two places in one trip.