Where to go on holiday 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

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...

Dreamy Nest on the beach - only 200 meters from the sandy beach with large garden

Location and special: Framed by the majestic Monte Cofano and the lush plains of Macari, the suburb of San Vito Lo Capo, is the apartment Il Giuccu. This is just 200 meters from the sea and the beach. 'Giuccu' is a Sicilian dialect word meaning 'B...

Comfortable, großzgige villa only 500 meters from the sea and beach. Mediterranean Garden

Location and special: Culture, nature and the sea - a holiday in Scopello has a lot to offer! During your stay in the beautiful Villa Mimma You are not only a stone's throw from the sea, but also close to impressive structures of the various cultu...

Mediterranean lifestyle in San Lorenzo: Sea view & only 250 m from the sandy beach

Longing for süditalienischem flair and beach holiday in comfortable accommodation? Then you are exactly right in the sea view apartment Casa Calantha! After several meetings with the manager Pippo, the extremely stylish interior of the accommodati...

House in the Moorish-Sicilian style with a fantastic sea view panorama

Location and special: Embark on a unique journey to the brilliant colors of nature, the culinary highlights and history of Northwest Sicily. Our House Villa Graziano is this the ideal holiday accommodation. Discover the many attractions in the are...
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