The best places to go on holiday in May
With the eagerly anticipated onset of summer and a bank holiday double whammy, there’s a whole lot to get excited about in May. Take advantage of those long weekends and start your summer early, making use of the additional short haul flight routes added for the peak season. This time of year is great for an active holiday in Europe, or for visiting the European hotspots that can become inundated with crowds in the height of summer. Meanwhile, the islands in the Indian Ocean are experiencing peak conditions for a luxury beach holiday.
May is a wonderful time to visit Italy; you should be ahead of the crowds but still able to experience the alluring scenery in all its glory. Days are long and the sun should be glistening from the Alps in the north right down to Sicily in the south. Indulge in the glitz and glamour at the quaint bougainvillea-clad retreats on Lake Como, channel the renaissance in alluring Florence, or rent a convertible and zoom along the deliciously picturesque Amalfi Coast.
Prague is wonderful any time of year, but as summer approaches, restaurants spill out onto patios, pedalos start appearing along the Danube and the view from the striking hilltop castle becomes all the more magnificent. The Czech countryside is also worth exploring too, with regions such as Moravia offering excellent cycling holidays through its lush fields and pretty vineyards, perfectly explored at this time of year thanks to optimum cycling conditions.
Borneo is in its dry season and is one of very few summer destinations in southeast Asia. It’s a brilliant time for jungle hikes to spot the famous orangutans, swinging in the trees of the world’s oldest rainforest. Danum Valley and Tabin Wildlife Reserve are among the country’s finest spots for an exciting jungle holiday. There are also snorkelling and diving opportunities aplenty, and breath-taking white sand beaches hugging the coast to satisfy the sun-worshipper.
Look no further than Botswana for your African safari holiday. Despite being in its peak season, safari crowds are few and far between in Botswana, so you won’t be jostling with multiple jeeps to compete for the prime viewing position. Less vegetation and drier weather also means wildlife centres around the watering holes, making them much easier to spot. Don’t miss the the picture-perfect Okavango Delta for its world class wildlife offerings, as well as the spectacular, vast wilderness of the Kalahari Desert.
Let’s face it, the Seychelles are pretty magnificent any time of the year, but May brings brilliant conditions for snorkelling and diving, with water temperature and visibility levels at their highest. The month also marks the beginning of nesting season for Sooty Tern birds, while the steady winds that blow during the summer months make it ideal windsurfing and sailing weather. There’s no shortage of luxury accommodation in the Seychelles, with private island resorts such as North Island offering barefoot luxury at one of the world’s most exclusive retreats – perfect for some early summer romance.
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