With the weather changing hour by hour, and some areas even experiencing snow this month, we Brits are desperately seeking the sun! But where is best to get away in May if we want to warm ourselves up?
May is a fantastic time to go to this beautiful Aegean pearl. The temperate averages 24C with 8 hours of sunshine per day, and only 3 days of rainfall in the entire month (what a refreshing change!). May is widely considered to be the best time for hiking and outdoor activities, and there are smaller crowds than in the high season of July and August so you won’t be fighting for those sun loungers. Crete really does have something for everyone whether it be sampling the superb Cretan wine in Iraklio Wine Country; experiencing the exotic mix of Venetian and Ottoman architecture in Hania Old Town; exploring natural landmarks like the Dikteon Caves; or basking in the hot sun at Vai beach with a Cretan herb infused cocktail.
Cyprus is warming up nicely in May too with average temperatures of 21C in the stunning Larnaca and Kyrenia regions. Currently there is a 100% chance of sun, something you definitely can’t guarantee in the UK right now, and 10 hours of warm rays every day! Ayia Napa isn’t just for clubbing, there are some breath-taking beaches like Landa or the ‘Golden Beach’ located between Nissi and Micronissos, and May is a perfect time to visit before all the crowds swarm in later in the summer. Visit the famous Castle of Paphos in the harbour area, or the Baths or Aphrodite followed by a trek in the lush greenery of the Akamas National Park.
Widely known as the land of perpetual spring, Gran Canaria is warm all day long and into the night during May. With highs of 24C, 9 hours sunshine each day, and no predicted days of rain. Just off the North African coast, the heat continues to rise in May in Lanzarote with highs of 25C – 3 times hotter than Manchester right now! Whether you are travelling as a family, couple or exploring independently, the Canary Islands have something to keep you entertained from the volcanic landscape with geysers in the Timanfaya National Park; tigers and dolphins at Loro Parque; to the lively nightlife at Playa Blanca, there is never a dull moment in the archipelago!
For more intense sun, Dubai is a front-runner with average temperatures of 31C in May and highs of 37C! With minimal rainfall and 11 hours sunshine, it is a stark contrast to the hail stones in Hale and snow in Snowdonia. If art is your passion, then May is a great time to visit with the Ladies in Paint Exhibition, The Dubai International Arabic Calligraphy Exhibition and the StreetCon Urban Art Jam all in full swing. If shopping gets your heart beating then experience the ultimate in retail therapy at the Mall of the Emirates or if more unique, boutique is your bag, the ARTE and RIPE Markets will be right up your street. Or if you are a pure sun worshipper, sample the Jumeirah Beach Park or Sunset Beach to top up your vitamin D!
Another scorcher of a destination right now is Mexico with highs of 33C in Cancun in May and 11 hours of rays every day. For an injection of culture, experience a variety of concerts, gastronomy and theatre at the Puebla International Festival or sample Restaurant Week in Puerto Vallarta where the best eateries offer spectacular three-course menus discounted by up to half price! Or treat yourself to the exclusive-access relaxation and excitement at Garrafon Natural Reef Park on Isla Mujeres – with snorkelling, kayaking and cycling to explore the reefs, cliffs and stunning landscapes, you can escape the rat-race and unleash your inner adventurer.
If you fancy escaping to one of these amazing destinations then contact your Travel Counsellor today for great deals on your perfect sunny break.