Where to go on holiday in May

Get away in May

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Kai Sedgwick

Kai Sedgwick
HomeAway travel expert

MadeiraIf you just can’t wait till summer to flee these shores, why not take a break in May? With two UK bank holiday weekends during the month, a three-day weekend is already on the cards. It only seems right, therefore, to take an extra four days off and turn the weekend into a week to remember. During May, there are holiday hotspots across Europe and the rest of the world that are already bursting with sunshine. Return home with a glowing tan and a host of memories to sustain you until the onset of the British summer.

The advantages of travelling in the off-season are obvious: less crowds and lower prices. As a cursory glance at the HomeAway website will reveal, there are some great holiday rentals that are available during May. First though, you need to choose your destination. We’ve rounded up five options that are ridiculously good at this time of year.


May holiday hotspots


Madeira, Portugal Madeira, Portugal

The eerily beautiful landscape of Madeira, with its volcanic rocks and rugged coastline, is spectacular in May. Explore the charming capital of Funchal and the yachting port of Calheta. Madeira’s waterways - or lavadas - are best explored on foot, though to get the best view of this blissful region, you’d be best chartering a boat and sailing around the coast, stopping to sightsee and swim along the way.

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Aegean Coast, Turkey Aegean Coast, Turkey

The Aegean Coast supplies the sort of pleasures that come with every great beach holiday: warm water, sandy beaches, golf and luxury spas. Turkey offers far more than contemporary delights however: steeped in history, the Aegean Coast is bejewelled with ancient monuments stemming from the time of the Grecian and Ottoman empires. Stock up on culture then, when you’re ready to unwind, hit the beach at Gumbet or Bitez, where some of the country’s best bathing spots can be found.

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 Georgia, USA Georgia, USA

Head to Georgia in May to experience this beautiful state at its best. With temperatures touching 28°and vast expanses of sandy beaches, you could be forgiven for thinking you were lounging on more exotic shores. Inland, Georgia’s lakes are ideal for fishing and swimming, while outdoor types will relish hiking and cycling through the trails that criss-cross the dense woodland.

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Tobago Tobago

In terms of friendliness and laid-back living, Tobago is impossible to fault. Life moves at an unhurried pace here, allowing ample time in which to kick back and savour the charming Caribbean hospitality. The island attracts bird watchers, divers and thrill-seekers as well as couples looking to enjoy a romantic break. Green and leafy, soft and sandy: Tobago’s stunning landscape has got it all.

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Corsica Corsica

What Corsica may lack in size it more than makes up for in diversity. From sawtooth mountains to verdant forests, the French island is awash with natural beauty and ancient history. Explore the hilltop villages, hike through the hills and swim in secluded bays. Despite having been part of France for over two centuries, Corsica still retains a unique charm, complete with its own customs, language and sedate way of life.

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Beach Holiday Rentals in Sicily

Beautiful villa with swimming pool in Fontane Bianche (Syracuse)

Villa Amedeo’s furnishings and fittings have been chosen with great care. The villa is situated in Fontane Bianche, a bathing area in the southeast of Sicily, only 15 km south of Syracuse. The villa distances 900 meters from a beautiful sandy beac...

Wonderful Villa Overlooking On Rocky Ridge With Private Access To The Sea

With 30 steps you arrive in a pebbled beach and large, smooth and flat rocks where is comfortable and pleasant to stay enjoying only the voice of the sea. Where start the private steps, there is a green/solarium with garden furniture where you can...

Appartamento in splendida Villas

House Rules: Animali ammessi ,di piccola taglia.

Lovely apartments with WI-FI and AC in residence with POOL near theSEA

The apartments Palme, spacious and comfortable, are located inside a Residence just in front of the sea. The apartments are independent and provided with all the necessities to enjoy your holiday in complete autonomy and relax! Within the residenc...

Villa with pool and garden in Selinunte

Outside, large patio with a gazebo, swimming pool, solarium, garden and children's playground, barbecue area. Exterior: 900 m². Indoor facilities: air conditioning, refrigerator, freezer, stove, oven, iron and ironing board, microwave, hair dryer,...
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