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    Top destinations to visit in May

    Top destinations to visit in May

    The summer is edging ever closer and the sun is finally putting its hat on across the UK.

    People are starting to get the holiday vibe and picking out where they want to sun themselves over the coming months. While many will no doubt have one eye on the likes of June, July and August, May provides the perfect time of the year for a getaway. And with two bank holidays over the course of the month, there is no reason not to jet off.

    The great thing about this part of the year is that many resorts are a lot less busier than they would be during the peak summer season.

    So where is good to go for a holiday over May? Here are our suggestions.

    Antalya

    An emerging destination in Turkey’s tourism industry is Antalya. The largest city on the nation’s Mediterranean coasts has been growing in popularity and it is easy to see why. Alongside the beautiful beaches and clear waters is a city steeped in history with the fascinating Kaleici well worth a visit.

    The biggest attraction is the charming Hadrianus Gate situated in the old quarter of the city. Here you will also see the Ottoman-era clock tower and 18th century Pasa Camii mosque in Saat Kulesi. Another feature of Antalya is that is the gateway to the Turkish Riviera and is the perfect starting point for a tour of the Mediterranean.

    Why visit in May?

    Antalya is a great place for a walking holiday with so much to see and do around this historic city. Visiting in May means that you can experience warm temperatures on average so you can thoroughly explore the area in comfort.

    Be sure to visit the Broken Minaret Mosque in the Kesik Minare part of the city, which is the ruins of an old Roman temple that has since been converted into a Christian church and then a mosque.

    Verona

    Perhaps one of the more underrated destinations in Italy, Verona can be a perfect getaway destination whether it be for a city break or a long weekend. Providing the backdrop to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, it is a city that is steeped in history boasting an abundance of breathtaking sights.

    With a mix of Roman and modern day culture, Verona simply exudes romance and is also the gateway to the nearby Lake Garda. You can experience the heartbreak and tragedy of that famous Shakespearean play by visiting the Capulet House, Casa di Giulietta. This includes the famous balcony where Romeo and Juliet first fell in love.

    No trip to Verona is complete without a visit to the Arena where in years gone by crowds would have watched on as gladiators fought to the death. It is a truly remarkable structure and is third largest of its kind to dot the landscape of Italy.

    Why visit in May?

    Temperatures are starting to creep up around May but an average of 22 degrees C makes it a pleasant climate to explore the city. Why not relax with a and indulge in a delicious slice or two of pizza?

    Verona’s Philharmonic Theatre also has a host of recitals happening throughout the month as well for all you culture vultures.

    Sharm el Sheikh

    Sharm el Sheikh has long been popular with British and European holidaymakers alike. With almost year-round sunshine and pristine beaches straddling clear blue oceans, the resort sees thousands of people flock there every year.

    While many regard it as a holiday resort to lounge by the pool or beach, there is much more to this once sleepy fishing village. Take a trip out to the desert and indulge in some stargazing to see some of the most spectacular sights in this corner of Egypt. Here you will find a range of bars and restaurants to suit every taste.

    Why visit in May?

    The weather hots up in May in Sharm el Sheikh with temperatures hitting around 33 degrees C. This makes it perfect for diving and snorkelling. A visit to the resort is not complete without travelling to Tiran Island and seeing the magnificent coral reef below.

    If diving is not your thing then you can indulge in some windsurfing, canoeing, banana boating or even para-sailing. Or of course just relaxing on the gorgeous golden sands listening to the blue waters lapping the beach.

    Tenerife

    The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is the ultimate beach holiday resort. Brits have headed to this corner of the Atlantic for years to enjoy relaxing breaks in this interesting and spectacular landscape.

    Some of Europe’s best beaches are located in Tenerife with Playa de Las Vistas and Playa de Las Americas being among the favourites. However, there is much more to this island than the beaches. Hikers often take on El Teide, Spain’s highest mountain, and Parque Rural de Anaga which provide incredible views over the island.

    Why visit in May?

    As summer gets closer the vegetation and flora begins to come into bloom. Tenerife has an abundance of lush forests and exotic fauna which sit alongside deserts and even volcanoes. The temperature is also a bearable average of around 21 degrees C.

    Between April and July the Isla Baja region becomes the musical capital of Tenerife as it hosts the Caprichos Musicales festival. During May there will be a host of jazz, classical, folk and choral music performances.

    Menorca

    Sometimes overlooked by the its Balearic Islands counterparts Majorca and Ibiza, Menorca is a great location to visit at this time of year. May tends to be less busy than June, July and August so the island will be a bit quieter this month.

    Head to the capital Mahon to explore this magnificent 18th century city that boasts the world’s deepest harbour. This creates a hugely ambient location perfect for a bite to eat or a few cocktails and watch the sun goes down.

    Why visit in May?

    Menorca holds a number of exciting festivals during the month of May. One of the highlights of calendar is the Mao Flors, which is a colourful flower fair that brings to life this quaint island.

    Like with all of the mainland in May, the weather is fairly pleasant and ideal for exploring a new resort.

    With so much choice, which destination would you like to visit this month? Let us know in the comments section below!

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