The Northern Hemisphere is heating up and May is an ideal time to embark on a journey as many holiday destinations are in full swing, and the anticipation of the upcoming season is palpable.
In 2023, Europe will bask in the true warmth of summer, from picturesque Spanish towns to dazzling Portuguese beaches. What’s more, if you’re eco-conscious, you can reach most of these captivating places by train. Similarly, Africa and the Caribbean will also be at their prime. So why delay any further? It’s about time you hit the road and explore. Here are our top picks for holiday destinations in May, featuring sun-kissed locations, thrilling adventures, and breathtaking sightseeing opportunities.
Don’t disregard the Algarve just yet – beyond the bustling tourist resorts lies a tranquil and serene side of the coast. Moreover, some of Europe’s most stunning beaches can be found here. In May, the temperature is rising, but the crowds have not yet arrived. Treat yourself to a stay at the luxurious Bela Vista Hotel, boasting a fantastic spa, and situated on Praia da Rocha. Take the opportunity to discover the hidden gem of Castro Marim. Although the area is predominantly associated with beach vacations, there are also secluded hillside retreats nestled amongst olive groves, such as Casa Arte, or the charming country house of Fazenda Nova, waiting to be explored off the beaten track.
May is an ideal time to visit the provincial capital, with its warm temperatures, clear skies, and fewer crowds before the busy summer season. Heading north, Girona’s medieval old quarter is so captivating that it was used as a filming location for Game of Thrones. Additionally, it’s home to El Celler De Can Roca, which has been named the world’s best restaurant twice, making it the ultimate dining experience. Continue your journey down to Costa Brava, avoiding the touristy areas, and instead, explore the stone-built towns of Peratallada and Pals, which exude honey-colored charm. The beachfront town of Begur boasts Cuban-style mansions that now serve as stunning, independent hotels. From there, it’s a brief, meandering drive to Aiguablava, the most immaculate stretch of sand on this coastline, nestled in a Caribbean-blue bay. In May, you might even be fortunate enough to find a vacancy before it becomes the most coveted sunbathing spot in Spain.
Located in the north-eastern corner of Botswana, Chobe National Park is a mesmerizing destination, particularly during the month of May. With mild weather hovering around 25°C, this time attracts large herds of animals to the Chobe River. Take a boat safari and relish a glass of chilled South African wine while cruising past crocodiles and hippos. The park is home to one of Africa’s largest populations of elephants. For those seeking an authentic adventure, andBeyond’s Chobe Under Canvas is the perfect choice, allowing visitors to get as close to nature as they desire.
Experience the sweet spot of the Bahamas in May. The beaches are calm, devoid of noisy groups, and bask peacefully under the sun. It’s an ideal time to secure a spot on the unblemished Cabbage Beach, which is even quieter at the northern end. Take your pick from a selection of lounge chairs by the pool, and sample the fresh produce from Gladstone Road Farmers Market, which is open until the end of the month. You may even swim with the pigs at Pig Beach, adding an extra element of fun to your visit.