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

Villa garden on the sea (just 15 steps from the sea) suitable for families

Its prime location and proximity to the sea, in fact, only fifteen steps separate it from the clear waters of the Mediterranean, make this villa a unique place to spend an unforgettable holiday. The villa is divided into two separate apartments wi...

apartment/ flat - Palermo

(Text automatically translated) Gulf of Mondello, facing the sea, the area Mondello, just 10 km from the center of Palermo. With stunning terrace of 120 sqm ideal to admire and enjoy the view of the beautiful Gulf of Mondello. With large terrace o...

Wonderfull Villa at C/mare del golfo with sea view

Villa Noemi is a beautiful house with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, kitchen, big living room, 3 terraces and all of comforts, a big garden and the private parking for your car. Villa Noemi is the ideal place to spend your holiday, to discover the Sicil...

House Josephine - Balestrate - Garden, Internet Wi-Fi FREE

' JOSEPHINE 1 and 2 HOUSE are two apartments with 7 / 8 beds, garden and patio with fenced to allow children to play with confidence. IDEAL FOR AMA SPEND THEIR HOLIDAYS IN ABSOLUTE RELAXATION IN NEAR 'THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF SEGESTA OF THE NAT...

Stylish apartment right on the sand beach, 180 ┬░ panoramic sea view!

Often accommodations in Southern Italy, situated right on the sandy beach, rather equipped with a simpler equipment for the typical summer vacation. Not so the Casa Tirella! This has recently been completely renovated and is distinguished by its m...
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