Where to holiday in May? From foodie minibreaks to big bucket list adventures, we have the answer!
1. West coast USA
Best May holiday for: Ticking off your USA bucket list
The bright lights of San Francisco. The natural wonders of the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park. The cut-and-thrust of Hollywood… Western USA has it all. And May, with its cloudless skies and comfortable temperatures, is the best month to visit.
2. Amalfi Coast, Italy
Best May holiday for: Foodie fun in the sun
He’s best known for his successful Italian restaurants, countless recipe books and TV cooking shows, but soon Aldo Zilli will also join Woman & Home’s new foodie cruise along the Amalfi Coast – sailing in the magnificent Royal Clipper tall ship. The trip departs in June this year, and again in May 2019.
On the 8-day voyage from Rome down to Sicily, you’ll have the chance to meet Aldo, hear about his life and career, enjoy two cooking demonstrations and join him for a special on-board cocktail party in Amalfi. “I’m over the moon to be travelling to some of my favourite parts of Italy,” says Aldo. “I’ll be teaching and learning about the different foods this amazing region has to offer to us all.” See the details
Best May holiday for: Relaxing off the beaten track
Forget the Ibiza you think you know: there’s a whole other side to this party-loving Spanish island that’s natural and wild… and like nothing you’ve ever encountered in Europe. In May, before the summer crowds descend, you’ll feel like you have the whole place to yourself. Bliss!
Ibiza’s sandy coves look like they’ve been plucked from the Caribbean, with crystalline waters to boot. Wild walking trails take you through wild herb-scented forests, with white-washed villages and secluded seafood restaurants providing the perfect sundowner spots.
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4. The Netherlands
Best May holiday for: Spotting thousands of colourful tulips
In May, Holland’s tulips, daffodils and hyacinths are a rainbow of colour – an eye-popping array of unforgettable blooms, flowering in stunning gardens all over the country. And who better to be your guide on our Woman & Home springtime garden-hopping tour of Holland, than gardening star Charlie Dimmock herself?
From the Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse (where over seven million bulbs are planted every year) to Bouchout Castle (which boasts more than 18,000 species of plants), this colourful holiday will take you to the country’s most stunning spots – in excellent company, too. See the details
Best May holiday for: A fun minibreak
Don’t follow the crowds of hungry tourists flocking to Italy! Make your way to Portugal instead, and marvel that this culinary paradise is still under the radar. In Lisbon, tiny street-side cafes serve up tender Alentejo pork, grilled octopus and mountains of just-caught sardines – all washed down with lashings of local wine, and pasteis de nata (custard tarts) for dessert.
The month of May brings the perfect temperatures to linger outside with your lunch, watching the buzz of the city ebb and flow.
Best May holiday for: Amazing wildlife
It’s late springtime in Greece, and Corfu is looking lovely: its wild beaches and vibrant countryside basking in the gentle sunshine. It’s great time to visit, so we’ve teamed up with Lee Durrell – famous naturalist and wife of the late Gerald Durrell – to create an exclusive Woman & Home holiday in Corfu.
Lee will give a private talk about her family’s love affair with the island and her late husband Gerald’s pioneering role in wildlife conservation, and accompany you on a visit to some of the Durrell family’s favourite places in Corfu. We have arranged five-star accommodation, and you’ll also cruise to the Greek port of Parga and the tiny, unspoilt island of Paxos. See the details
7. Great Britain
Best May holiday for: A pre-summer staycation
May is the ideal month for exploring the British Isles: the days are getting longer, the temperatures are warming up and the countryside is blooming with wild flowers. So if there’s a patch of Britain that you’d really like to visit, now’s your chance to pack up the car and explore it – quick, before the summer holiday crowds get there first.
To help you on your way, we’ve partnered with lots of UK hotels to offer exclusive discounts on mini breaks all over the country – with free afternoon teas, complimentary dinners, spa discounts and more. Some even offer a free bottle of wine on arrival, so you can toast your bargain weekend break! From £65pp – see the details
Best May holiday for: Far-flung adventures
Vietnam is the jewel in South East Asia’s crown – famous for its beautiful scenery, majestic rivers, rich history, French colonial architecture, extraordinary food and stunning beaches. May is the perfect month to visit Vietnam: temperatures are mild, and yet to reach the sweltering highs of summer.
That’s why we’ve planned our exclusive 13-day holiday to Vietnam for May 2018. You’ll find foodie heaven in Hanoi, explore historical Hue, relax on a serene overnight cruise around Halong Bay, and wander the Unesco-listed old town of Hoi An – whose market is the perfect place to haggle for local silks, paintings and tailormade clothes. See the details
Best May holiday for: A Spanish holiday with a difference
You might know Tenerife from family beach getaways, but it’s also a great fitness holiday destination – with excellent hiking, biking, kayaking, sailing and more. In May, this Spanish island enjoys long sunny days – perfect for the fabulous Tenerife Walking Festival, which takes place this month.
From coast to countryside, you’ll explore trails all over the island – with expert guides and friendly company. If you fancy a fitness boost with a difference, look no further. You’ve definitely earned a few days on a sun lounger!
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