As the schools and university exams come to an end, we are already thinking of where to travel in May. The end of spring in many places promises warm weather with flower blooms all around. According to travellerspeaks, a perfect time to get out of town to relax.
Let’s look at some of the best places you can visit in this sunny month. For most of us choosing the next destination is not easy. Many travelers want to know what spring looks like in other parts of the world, there are others looking for a longer holiday at a jungle retreat or a beach. So put on your walking shoes and get ready for some of the memorable trips you can enjoy in May.
Whether you’re a beach lover or nature lover, there are enough destinations you can explore. These are the places travellers need to be in May:
Come May and Greece is welcoming travelers from around the world. The enchanting view of whitewashed stone villages illuminated against the blue Aegean. It’s an ideal month to visit Crete, Santorin and Athens. Nisyros the volcanic island, is a must visit and a haven for artists. If you are looking for Byzantine architecture Patmos and Calypso has incredible structural designs. And if you are in a mood to explore then take a walk on the old streets of Delos or negotiate in a Mykonos marketplace for mementos. You can also visit the annual Rhodian flower festival; it’s a vibrant color explosion that takes over the island for a few weeks at the end of this month.
This is the place you will fall in love with over and over again. May is the month when the temperature is perfect for sightseeing. With few showers at the beginning of the month, the second half guarantees warm days and cool nights with flowers adorning every available windowsill. A trip to Tuscany will inevitably cast you into the deepest of adorations with its tranquil cellar doors. This region is also known for the crazily cute Cinque Terre, coastal region The Maremma and its Chianti growing vines and rolling Tuscan hills. Florence is the place you can devour gelatos and for the annual Festa del Grillo in Cascine Park or you can also relish the in-season fava beans, tomatoes, and strawberries at a Monti street café in Rome.
May is a fabulous time of year to find yourself in the romantic Swiss Alps. Threaded with turquoise mountain lakes and stunning hiking trails the bucolic town of Flims, is about an hour and a half from Zurich and a must-visit destination for travelers.
Head to Istanbul before Turkey’s blazing summer heat sets. It is a blend of European and Asian culture. You will find hawkers sitting next to contemporary art galleries selling trinkets. You will hear the calls to prayer from glittering mosques intertwine with the sound of electronic music from boat nightclubs floating on the Bosphorus.
May is the month when Spain springs back to life. It’s an ideal time for swimming. For the locals May signifies sangria. Good company and a few choice plates of jamon iberico or patatas bravas, sangria al fresco is the choice of one and all. You caould also visit out-of-the-way spot like Castelldefels. When in Spain you could find a good rooftop bar, in the Gothic Quarter and enjoy the ruby pitcher of sangria. Put on your dancing shoes and check out the Ciutat Flamenco Festival which is held in the Mercat de les Flors.
May is the time to visit the picturesque Nepal. With blue skies and no mist in sight, this is the good time to knock Base camp off your Bucket List. With May being the Buddha’s birthday month, you will find madal-beating, street-dancing celebrations that break out all over Nepal. And during your stay if you want to attend the biggest party, head to Bhaktapur or Patan.
THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS
May is the month when the Scottish Highlands burst into life with the wildflowers and rhododendrons brightfully blooming. Ardtornish, the Highlands wonderfully grand country estates are still the norm, with reams of lochs and lakes for fishing or acres of land for tramping. There’s an abundance of romantic hideaways to forget about the rest of the world; and, a trip to a whisky distillery will soon warm you up if you’re finding May still a little chilly.
The mention of Peru reminds you of Machu Picchu. This is the best month to go on a hike to the iconic Inca Trail through the Andes. With temperatures dropping to around 10°C (50°F) after sunset, it is safe bet to so pack a few layers to keep you warm at night. Also, check out the Qoyllur Rit’I, a massive indigenous pilgrimage to the peak of Mt Ausangate, near Cusco for something really special.
Amongst the knotted tangle of Vancouver Island’s evergreen forest, Mother Nature is still queen, with bears roaming the interior and excellent whale-watching off the coast. The island is for daredevils who throw themselves down whitewater rapids, paraglide from peaks or snorkel and dive the sea. This place is a must visit on every travelers list.
Although summer is hot here, May is considered one of the best times to visit, with an average temperature of around 21°C (69°F). The rivers come alive, and flowers and festivals take over the country, it’s the month when spring meltwater runs off the High Atlas. Travellers can also visit the Festival of the Roses at Kelaa-des-Mgouna, a desert town that’s home to the country’s famous rose water industry. It is said that over 700 tonnes of petals are harvested from the valleys during this time. It is a time for locals to celebrate with traditional dancing, singing and eating. If rose water’s your thing, then this is the place for you.
Cape Verde is good for a guaranteed hit of sunshine located in The Atlantic, it is known as Africa’s answer to the Galápagos Islands. The beaches, with their azure seas and white sands, are more befitting of the Caribbean; the dramatic interior hides volcanic hot springs and arid deserts. With a dash of African charm and culture, this place is in abundance of natural resources and every travelers dream.