Where’s hot in May?
Thinking of booking your next dream villa holiday, but want to avoid the summer crowds and extreme heat? Travelling in May may be the best way to go, as destinations across Europe enjoy the warm temperatures of late spring, and the beaches still remain relatively quiet before the peak season begins. If you’re wondering where’s hot in May, you’re spoiled for choice in terms of sunny destinations offering blue skies, sandy shores and plenty of attractions. Beat the crowds and treat you and your family to a villa holiday on the verdant Greek gem of Corfu, or Spain’s sunny Costa Blanca.
Known as the greenest of the Greek islands, Corfu is the ideal place for a relaxing late-spring villa holiday with your loved ones. When you’re not sunbathing in the beautiful grounds of your Villa Anastasia and enjoying a glass of champagne while admiring the jaw-dropping views, you’ll never tire of things to do and places to explore. If you’re wondering where’s hot in May, Corfu offers everything from quaint villages and quiet walks, to vibrant towns, shopping and nightlife. For the little ones, there’s plenty of theme and water parks to keep them occupied, as well as some of the best beaches in the whole of Greece.
For a day out with your children, head to the Aqualand Water Park in Agios Ioannis Parelia, or Sidari Water Park. Join your kids as you race down the various slides on offer, or relax on a sun lounger while they splash about in the pools. Later in the afternoon, head to Corfu’s old town and explore the winding cobbled streets that are home to various independent shops, boutiques and eateries offering fresh local produce and hand-made souvenirs. Visit the two imposing fortresses that make up this iconic town, before viewing ancient Byzantine artefacts in the local museum. As evening draws in, come together as a family around the table at a cosy Greek taverna and tuck into Sofrito, Pastitsada and Bianco fish while your hosts perform traditional dances and play the bouzouki.
After a day’s rest in your premium villa, hop in the car and drive to Kavos, which is home to Arkoudillas beach and monastery. Arkoudillas is the perfect place to unwind while the kids splash about in the sea. To get some of the best photos during your trip, head up a quiet dirt track and hike up to the monastery, which offers some of the best views of the island and coastline towards Paxos. Take in the area’s history and get back to nature with a stroll around the area, before heading back to the coast.
If you’re looking for a beach holiday and you’re wondering where’s hot in May, it arguably doesn’t get much better than on Spain’s Costa Blanca, which enjoys warm temperatures in late spring without the scorching summer heat and risk of sunburn.
When you’re not lazing by the pool in your spacious Villa Moreno Blanco, you can get out and about for sightseeing in comfortable temperatures of up to 24ºc during the afternoons. If you are up to the challenge, take a hike up Penon d’Ifach, which is known as Costa Blanca’s version of the Rock of Gibraltar. Instagram-worthy photos are your prize once reaching the summit, with spectacular views from every angle. As the day warms up, take some time to catch a few rays at the 600m Playa de Racó de l’Albir blue-flag beach, which is usually quiet, even in the middle of the day. Got children in tow? No problem, Albir offers plenty of bars and restaurants serving a mix of English, Italian and Spanish food for dinner.
Just a 10 minute drive from the coast will take you to Spain’s biggest Medieval fortress, Santa Bárbara Castle, which dates back to the 9th century. Soak up the history of this incredible castle that sits atop Mount Benacantil, offering up antiquity and panoramic views of Alicante and the Costa Blanca. Don’t feel like walking? There is a lift that will take you straight to the summit!