Where to go in May

Summer is almost here, but not quite. That means there are still plenty of deals to be found, and destinations to be enjoyed before the summer crowds take over.

So whether you fancy finding a new favourite beach, are keen to explore new surroundings, or just want the best in UK spring scenery – we’ve got you covered with our top five holiday locations for May.

Best for a city break


Forget Oktoberfest. In May, Munich hosts the less busy, but no less fun Springfest (Frühlingsfest to the locals). Expect lots of beer, currywurst, fun fairs, fireworks, and Munich’s biggest flea market.

It’s also a great chance to explore the city. Stroll the Marienplatz and marvel at the architecture, head to Victuals Market for gourmet treats and broaden your horizons with a host of top-class museums.

Best for whatever you fancy


Whether you’re heading for the dancefloor or a hillside yoga retreat, Ibiza is a great choice. Depending on the type of holiday you want, choose carefully about where to stay on the island, as it makes a big difference.

San Antonio and Playa d'en Bossa deliver the late-night party atmosphere the island is famous for. For those seeking the haven of peaceful beaches and historic sights, Ibiza Town or Santa Eulalia del Río will be better options.

Best for scenery

Scottish Highlands

Okay, we’re not guaranteeing perfect weather. But you’ll be in before the midges hit and May is when the Highlands spring into life: flowers bloom, days get longer, sun gleams across lochs.

You’ll be spoilt for scenery wherever you go, but here are a few of our favourite spots: Head to Glen Affric for wildlife sightings and pine forests galore. Or try Loch Torridon for amazing walks overlooking the water. If you still want a little sand between your toes, Arisaig has some of the most gorgeous golden beaches you’re likely to find anywhere.

Best for exploring


There is much more to Catalonia than Barcelona. And May, before the summer rush and the sweltering heat arrive, is a good time to explore. Head north to Girona for medieval charm and gastronomic delights – El Celler De Can Roca was twice voted the world’s best restaurant.

Alternatively, check out nearby Aiguablava – a small bay on the Costa Brava where you’ll find tranquil off-the-beaten-trail beaches for an unforgettable experience.

“there are still plenty of deals to be found, and destinations to be enjoyed before the summer crowds take over”

Best for island escape

Dodecanese islands

Rhodes is arguably the best known island, but the Dodecanese, a chain of 12 islands, has more to offer: ancient ruins, tiny fishing villages, and Michelin star food.

Pick one, or go island hopping. Nisyros and Kastellorizo are still under-the-radar destinations with delights such as natural thermal springs, scenic hiking trails, impressive monasteries – and that’s just for starters. Here you can find true escape.

So what are you waiting for? If you can afford a last-minute getaway, these destinations will help you get more break for your buck.

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