Dreaming about where to holiday in May? It’s a wonderful time across the world, especially in the Northern Hemisphere where flowers are blooming and the sweet scent of spring filters the air. Any spot that’s close to the equator is guaranteed to be splendidly hot and if you’re planning to break away from the cold of autumn here in SA, these are the best places to visit for time spent in the sun. From foodie breaks to out-of-this-world experiences… we’ve rounded up the top spots!
1. West Coast USA
This destination will perfectly aid you in ticking off a few once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Look out for the shimmering lights of San Francisco, the wonder of the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park, or the thrill of Hollywood… the Western landscape of the USA checks all the boxes. With clear, open skies and warm temperatures, May is the best month to visit. Plus – later this month, Disneyland Resort in Anaheim (California) will be opening its highly-anticipated Star Wars theme park. Sci-fi fans will be overjoyed to visit a spot like this!
2. Amalfi Coast, Italy
At this sun-kissed destination, you’ll find colourful houses perched on the edge of tall cliffs alongside royal blue waters. It’s also an ideal spot for foodies, boasting delectable local cuisine. Sorrento is an excellent starting point when exploring the incredible remains of Pompeii, whereas the ocean-front town of Positano offers tourists a few luxury hotel options – you’ll experience beach-side bliss in abundance here!
3. Ibiza, Spain
This Spanish island is known as a party-loving destination, but before the summer crowds descend Ibiza is an ideal location for a quiet seaside holiday. In May you’ll feel like you have the whole place to yourself. Make sure to meander through the walking trails of the wild herb-scented forests, and also explore the sandy coves. We’d recommend indulging in a few sundowners at one of the many seafood restaurants in the area. Take in the beautiful sights and relax…
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When you stumble across the blissful cove of S’Illot d’es Rencli in the north of the island, there’s a fair chance you’ll never want to visit another beach again. It’s part Blue Lagoon (the good part), part French Riviera chic but oh-so Ibiza at the same time. With just a few sunbeds on the beach you need to arrive early to score a spot, but once you get there you can snooze the rest of the day away. #ibizabay #nobuhotelibizabay #theibizabayway #sillotdesrencli #ibizabeach #islandlife #ourtakeonibiza #ibiza #ibiza2019 #liveinthemoment #ourtakeonibiza #photooftheday
4. Lisbon, Portugal
Make your way over to Portugal where a culinary paradise awaits – this destination is the ultimate escape for foodies. 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.
5. Corfu, Greece
Corfu looks lovely in spring with its wild beaches and vibrant countryside, basking in the gentle sunshine. Come here for a beach holiday and you might find it’s hard to leave. For culture vultures, Corfu’s old town is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and has plenty of archaeological interest. Head to the Andivouniótissa Byzantine Museum, then spend an afternoon at the Old Venetian Fortress for a history lesson. There are excellent beach resorts here, so take your pick and put your towel down – this is the ultimate place to slow down.
History buffs, get your cameras ready. Not only is Egypt a wonderfully hot destination in May, with scorching sunshine reaching the mid thirties, it’s also home to some of the world’s historical wonders. Best explored from the River Nile on a cruise, it’s the ultimate wannabe-archaeologist’s holiday. Most Nile cruises stop off at the likes of Aswan, Luxor and Karnak, and take in peaceful sailing excursions on traditional feluccas.
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The city of Sharm El Sheikh, with its countless attractions, offers a vacation that urges relaxation and compels you to surrender to it's natural beauty. From diving and safari trips to a colorful nightlife and authentic native experience, you're in for a vacation of a lifetime #VisitSharm #ThisIsEgypt #SharmElsheikh #RixosSharmElsheikh #RixosPremiumSeagate #RixosHotels
Vietnam is the jewel in South East Asia’s crown – famous for its beautiful scenery, majestic rivers, rich history, French-inspired architecture, extraordinary food and stunning beaches. May is the perfect month to visit Vietnam since temperatures are mild and yet to reach the sweltering highs of summer. Head to Halong Bay for an otherworldly cruise through rock formations and a jaunt in some enormous caves, then make your way down to Hoi An, where hundreds of tailors will craft bespoke dresses and suits for a fraction of the price that you’d pay at home.
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Rising from the emerald waters of Halong Bay are the steep, lush islets which form a dreamy seascape. @diographic, who captured this incredible shot, thought that this view was a ‘dream come true’. There are lots of interesting things to do during your visit. Hike up to the top of Titop island for an incredible view, visit a local fishing village, or floating pearl farm. . We love seeing your photos from Vietnam, make sure to tag us or use the hashtag #VietnamNOW or #MyVietnam for a chance to be featured.
8. Tenerife, Canary Islands
You might know Tenerife as a family-beach getaway, 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!
Features writer by trade, music lover and fine-line illustrator by nature. As an expert on the ’70s era, Marike will happily introduce you to her record collection. She’s passionate about African art and culture. And if she’s not off on an adventure, you’ll most likely find her making coffee.