Bank Holiday breaks in May

Get away for a short holiday in May


Kai Sedgwick

Kai Sedgwick
HomeAway travel expert


ScotlandMake the most of May by booking a family getaway in Europe. It doesn’t matter how far you choose to roam - from home shores to foreign climes, there are a wealth of holiday options to suit your budget. When travelling in May, you’ll want to pick a destination that’s reasonably close; after all, the less time you spend in the air, the more time you can spend enjoying your Bank Holiday weekend.

HomeAway have a host of holiday rentals situated across the UK and mainland Europe. Whether you crave sunshine, adventure or a bit of both, we’ve assembled some great destinations that offer good value for menu and plenty to do at this time of year. Get away in May and experience an unforgettable holiday.


 

May Bank Holiday ideas


   

Scotland Scotland May bank holiday ideas

Pack some warm clothes and head to Scotland to explore its celebrated landscape. Set the GPS to the Isle of Skye, where the beautiful Loch Duich and the jagged ridges of the Cuillins await. After exploring the island’s quaint villages, inlets and bays, prepare your senses for a culinary treat at award-winning restaurant The Three Chimneys. Alternatively, holiday in Edinburgh and feast your eyes upon the capital’s beguiling architecture. Vibrant bars, cosy eateries, chic coffee shops and guided tours are all part of the fun.

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Normandy, France Normandy bank holiday ideas

From William the Conqueror to the D-day landings, the vestiges of Normandy’s tumultuous past can still be seen today. 400 miles of coastline include the open beaches of Cotentin as well as lively rock pools where children fish for crabs. Good wine, bread and cheese are cornerstones of Normandy’s cuisine; visit the boulangerie and stock up on rustic rolls, cakes and sweet pastries. If you’re happy to cook the bulk of your meals instead of eating out, a short trip to Normandy can easily be enjoyed on a budget.

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Algarve, Portugal Algarve bank holiday ideas

The Algarve starts to get warm around May - great news for British families clamouring for sunshine. Boasting three of Europe’s top beaches, the Algarve is perennially popular for good reason. Head here in May to beat the crowds. The region’s water parks will keep the kids happy, while adults will relish a round of golf or a walk around the Old Town of Faro. With the blue blossom of jacaranda trees and the turquoise ocean, the Algarve is a beautiful sight to behold in May.

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Wales Wales bank holiday ideas

Wales is another May Bank Holiday destination that can be enjoyed on a budget. Don’t come here because it’s cheap though - come here because it’s beautiful. Take the kids canoeing and fishing; set off on a mountain hike or hit the beach at Broad Haven. Dip a toe in the shallow water and dredge a bucket through the rock pools. Wales is blessed with a number of free family attractions including the enchanting Dryslwyn Castle and Llanddwyn Island, which is actually joined to the mainland most of the time.

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Costa Brava Costa Brava May bank holiday ideas

Just two hours by air, the Costa Brava is a world away from the UK - especially during May, when things start to heat up in Spain. Family holidays in Costa Brava are all about the beach of course, and what a beach, indeed - miles of clean sands flanked by pines and jagged pink rocks. The food here is also exceptional, with Catalonia combining inventive cuisine with excellent locally-produced wine. Swim, dive, snorkel and sail or explore the ancient city of Girona.

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Holiday Homes for 2013 May Bank Holiday Breaks

Fabulous Lakeside Villa With Private Pool And Games Room

Welcome to our Florida rental home near Disney, Orlando. Our detached, two storey house has 4 bedrooms, sleeping 8, with 3 1/2 baths, a games room and large private pool overlooking a lake. The master bedroom is located on the ground floor with...

Charming alpine chalet,mountain views all round,winter sun,piste access.wifi.

Chalet Altitude is set on the hillside of Les Houches in the Chamonix Valley and is perfect for couples, families and individuals. An all-seasons chalet with incredible views ! Located above the village, it benefits from winter sun too.... It is...

Big self-catering apartment with nice sea view, near natural beaches of Naxos

First-floor apartment with double bedroom, twin bedroom plan open to fully equipped kitchen and shower room. The double bedroom opens onto a balcony with seating area and sea view and the kitchen opens onto a veranda with seating area and sea view...

San Gimignano villa with pool, sleeps 8-12 people

The completely renovated property occupies a panoramic position within an estate of olive groves and vineyards, boasting an entrancing view of the famous towers of San Gimignano 4 km away. The characteristic architecture enables guests to experien...

Beautifully refurbished former boathouse in Morfa Nefyn

This former 19th century boathouse, fully renovated in 2008, is situated in the popular yet unspoilt seaside village of Morfa Nefyn on the beautiful Lleyn Peninsula. Enjoying mountain views from the rear, it is in walking distance of the picturesq...

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