Where is hot in May?

Making the most of May's Bank Holiday weekends

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Kai Sedgwick

Kai Sedgwick
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MarrakechBooking a holiday shouldn't require any justification: if you can afford to go, go. If you need to conjure an excuse to book a May holiday however, here are a couple to get you started: May has two bank holidays, one falling early in the month and one falling towards the end. Put those days to good use rather than pottering about the house and streaming Netflix – you can do that any time.

The other incentive for making travel plans in May is the weather: while Britain is starting to warm up, many parts of Europe are starting to positively heat up. Malta, Cyprus and the Algarve are all reasonably priced and reasonably warm – in fact the Med as a whole is looking good. Not to omit Morocco either, where there's a whole new world waiting to be discovered. Where will you get away to this May?

 

Top five destinations for hot holidays in May


   

May holidays in the Algarve May holidays in the Algarve

May sees average monthly temperatures of a cosy 18ºC in the Algarve, whose golden beaches and turquoise waters require little by way of introduction. At Monchique, in the hills, a traditional way of life can still be observed, with seasonal produce harvested and olives and oranges sold in the village markets. As a seafaring nation, the Portuguese love their seafood just as much as their Hispanic neighbours; follow the coastline and you'll soon spot fishermen landing squid, sardines and octopus. Elsewhere, there's plenty of pleasure to be found in exploring the quiet coastal towns in between the odd round of golf.

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May holidays in Sicily May holidays in Sicily

There's never a bad time to visit Italy; might as well make it May, when Sicily enjoys average temperatures of 15ºC. Whatever the weather, you can be sure that Mount Etna will be smoking, 2,800 metres above sea level. Make the ascent and you'll encounter a series of craters that could almost be lunar. An authentic slice of Sicilian life can be found in the bustling markets that line the streets of Palermo – the meat, bread and cheese is as fresh and flavoursome as it gets. It doesn't require an architecture degree to appreciate the historic city of Syracuse. Its ampitheatre and the ruins of the Temple of Athena – one of the Ancient Wonders of the World – have to be seen.

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May holidays in the Bahamas May holidays in the Bahamas

For guaranteed sunshine and guaranteed wow, a Bahamas holiday is hard to beat. In May, temperatures are already sitting in the mid-twenties and the beaches are largely free of tourists. The Bahamas' 2,000 islands and cays are home to some of the word's most stunning beaches: calm lagoons, coral reefs, white sands, pink sands, surf spots. Treasure Cay Beach and The Exumas are two of the best, but in truth you can't go wrong wherever you set down your picnic cloth and prepare to make a splash. The islands are best explored by boat; take a trip in a glass-bottomed boat to experience reef life in all its teeming glory. If you've never learned to dive, a trip to the Bahamas might just be the perfect opportunity.

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May holidays in Murcia May holidays in Murcia

May in the south of Spain brings temperatures of 15-30ºC, more than enough to justify packing shorts and swimwear. The ancient city of Murcia is best known for its architecture and its tapas. Feast your eyes upon its ornate churches and museums – then just feast. This small Spanish region is largely devoid of tourists even in high season; May promises quiet coffee shops and deserted plazas. This is a city that was made for walking, and not just because of its confusing one-way system. Take a stroll down Traperia, Plateria and La Avda before paying a visit to the market garden to stock up on fresh produce, jamon and cheese. When evening falls, it's time to pop into one of Murcia's tapas bars for portions of michirones and olla gitana, washed down with a frothy mug of beer. 

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May holidays in Marrakech May holidays in Marrakech

Marrakech elicits images of narrow streets, exotic souks and fine carpets – and while there's more to Morocco’s fourth-largest city, these elements are all to be found. If you're not a big fan of tea, now's your opportunity to remedy that; everyone drinks it here. Join the locals for a brew and you might just learn a thing or two in the process. Marrakech is full of secrets and hidden gems waiting to be discovered, from shops selling remarkable curios to rooftop hammams – bathhouses.

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