Here are our ten suggestions for where to go in May which cater to a range of trip lengths, budgets and interests
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1- Scottish Highlands
May is surprisingly the best month in terms of weather to visit the highlands, with the most sunshine experienced. Drivable within a day from much of the UK the Scottish Highlands offer a budget friendly option for an adventure. Highlights include Ben Nevis, Loch Lomond & Loch Ness.
A great month to experience all that this beautiful region of Italy has to offer before the crowds arrive and the prices inflate. Highlights include Florence, Siena & the Tuscan Countryside
An island with its own culture and personality, Crete is another great place to visit before the main bulk of tourists arrive for the summer season. Temperatures are warm enough to comfortably explore the island and enjoy its beaches. Highlights include Elafonisi, Chania & the Minoan Fortress of Knossos
4- Cote d’Azur- France & Monaco
The Monaco Grand Prix (26th-29th May) make this a great time to head to the South of France and enjoy the playground of the rich and famous , although don’t expect any bargains!
Whilst perhaps not currently at the top of everyone’s list given the security concerns affecting North Africa, Marrakech is a great option for a short break in May before the temperatures become too hot to handle. Highlights include an Atlas Mountain Trek & Djemma El Fna
6- Cape Verde
Fantastic weather is all but guaranteed in Cape Verde in May, with the winds across the Atlantic dying down, making this a perfect destination for a week of beach based relaxation.
A number of factors including perfect temperatures, warm water, low humidity and no chance of hurricanes make May an ideal time to escape to the Bahamas and kick back in the sun.
Whilst most of Asia is a write off in May due to the monsoon season, Japan bucks the trend. May is when the Cherry Blossom on the countries’ Sakura Trees is out in full force, making for some great photo opportunities. It’s also the time of the Matsumae Cherry Blossom Festival.
Not a trip that can be arranged at last minute so perhaps one for 2017. May is one of the best months to experience some trekking in the himalayas before the monsoons of June begin. It’s also the birth month of the Buddha so a variety of festivals and cultural experiences can be expected.
10- French Polynesia
For those looking for some luxury the South Pacific island of French Polynesia is perfect for an idyllic getaway in May, with warm temperatures and beautiful scenery guaranteed
Where not to go in May
In general most of Asia should be ignored as it enters the off season; in particular India as the monsoons begin. Egypt and the Arabian Gulf are likely to be too hot at this time of year whilst conversely Northern Europe is not quite warm enough for beach breaks.
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