Don’t fancy gambling on beer-garden weather this May bank holiday? Us neither. Which is why we've desperately been searching for places that are hot in May, so we can guarantee a bit of spring sunshine (and a summer base tan). If you're also hoping for some early sun this year, here are 8 destinations that should be hot this May. You're welcome.
Crete, Greece (temperature highs of 24°C)
A modest four hour plane journey from London, Crete is the perfect quick fix for all your vacation needs. With the sun shining for (on average) 10 hours a day, there’s time to do it all: from the Palace of Knossos, an ancient archaeological site steeped in Greek history, to the Samaria Gorge, one of Europe’s longest (and most stunning) canyons. Of course, if you prefer to grab a floppy hat and mooch down to the beach, there’s plenty of hidden gems to choose from. Have a look at our guide of what to do, where to stay and the best places to eat there.
Fes el-Bali, Morocco (temperature highs of 26°C)
Regarded as Morocco’s ‘Spiritual Capital’, Fes el-Bali is a world heritage site famed for its legendary Medina with over 9000 meandering passageways to explore. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you learn to navigate the intricate web of alleyways. Each one reveals something impossibly beautiful: whether it’s fresh batches of pancakes slathered in beetroot jam (surprisingly delicious, trust) or ancient walls strewn with awe-inspiring artwork/ market stalls/craftwork. As the largest urban car-free area in the world, you’re going to need your comfy shoes for this one. For more information on Fez, check out our guide of what to do, where to stay and the best places to eat.
Cannes, France (temperature highs of 20°C)
With the legendary Cannes Film Festival taking place in May, there’s never been a better time to channel your inner diva (oversized sunnies and all). If you don’t manage to walk the red carpet yourself, there’s still plenty of glamour to soak up: from swanky rooftop bars to screenings of classic Cannes films on the beach. If Cannes’ drama sounds a bit much, why not head down to Agay? A 50-minute coastal drive from Cannes is all it takes to visit this sleepy yet spirited harbouring town. And while 20 degrees might not scream bikini, it's definitely shorts and T-shirt weather - and who could argue with that?
Havana, Cuba (temperature highs of 31°C)
Find out why half of Camila Cabeyo’s heart is in Havana (ooh na na) by booking a salacious escape to the north coast of Cuba. Sit back in a beautifully restored, vintage sports car as you tour the palm tree-laden landscape in search of the finest cuban rum. Be sure to leave time for snacking along the way as Havana is legendary for street food. We’re talking Elote (grilled corn on the cob with a variety of delish toppings), fried plantain, paella, and of course, churros. Yum.
Palermo, Italy (temperature highs of 22°C)
The capital of Sicily, Palermo is a deliciously forbidden slice of Southern Italy. While the temperatures aren’t blistering, they’re still perfect for wandering along the Mercato di Ballarò without breaking too much of a sweat. Embrace the Sicilian way of life by dining alfresco, sampling Italian specialities, such as Caponata, and mingling with sociable locals who are sure to provide you with enough expert recommendations to sustain you for the rest of your trip. For more information on Sicily, check out our guide of what to do, where to stay and the best places to eat.
Barbados, The Caribbean (temperature highs of 31°C)
Known simply as ‘paradise’, there’s not much more you can add about this stunning (and notoriously hot) Caribbean island - other than it's a great holiday destination. Whether you want to perfect your tan on the white sands of the (aptly named) Paradise Beach or go humpback whale spotting at Animal Flower Cave, Barbados has got you covered. As it’s the last month of Barbados’ dry season, May is the perfect time to discover what all the fuss is about.
Consider your May sun holiday, sorted.
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