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Where’s Hot in May?


If you’re looking for where’s hot in May for your next holiday then we’re here to help. Whether you’re looking to travel to warm European destinations in May, or further afield, this list if of our top travel destinations will give you all the inspiration you need for your next trip.

On the other hand, if you know what you want but don’t know where to find it, try using our destination finder at the top of this page to discover the best places to visit this May that will cater for all your holiday needs.

Where’s hot in May


Av. High Temp


Paxos 23º 9 hours
Menorca 22º 9 hours
Halkidiki 23º 11 hours
St Vincent & The Grenadines 31º 9 hours
Sardinia 22º 9 hours
Santorini 23º 12 hours
Costa Brava 22º 9 hours
Samoa 29º 7 hours
Guatemala 27º 6 hours
Texas 29º 8 hours

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  • Temperature: 23º
  • Sunshine: 9 hours
  • Rainy days: 8
  • Flight Time: 3 hours (further travel required)

First off is the Greek island of Paxos, the smallest of the Ionian islands. It’s so small in fact (just 10km by 4km!) that it doesn’t have an airport and travellers must instead fly to Corfu and get a ferry or hydrofoil to Paxos. Don’t let this little extra leg put you off though, Paxos is as picturesque as it is tranquil and it’s well worth going the extra mile to get there.

A well-kept secret among sailors, this tiny island has an abundance of secluded beaches whilst the charming towns of Gaios (where you’ll find the port), Lakka and Longos boast plenty of traditional tavernas offering everything from seafood to Greek mezze.

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Birdseye view of Lakka in Paxos, Greece


  • Temperature: 22º
  • Sunshine: 9 hours
  • Rainy days: 4
  • Flight Time: 2 hours 20 mins

Known for being one of the most relaxed of the Balearic Islands, Menorca boasts many sandy beaches and bays perfect for families and couples alike. Fortunately, Menorca is mild enough in May that you can hike (or drive) up Mount Toro — which is more of a hill than a mountain — to see the some of the best views that the island has to offer.

Up here you’ll also find the stunning catholic church of Santuari de la Mare de Déu del Toro (Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Bull). Whilst active travellers will enjoy a walk along one of S’Albufera Nature Reserve’s many hiking trails, there are plenty of beautiful beaches for the sunseekers that simply want to relax.

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Mitjaneta Beach in Menorca, Spain


  • Temperature: 23º
  • Sunshine: 11 hours
  • Rainy days: 4
  • Flight Time: 3 hours 30 mins

In mainland Greece, you’ll find Halkidiki, home to a large peninsula that resembles a hand with three fingers, although Greeks often refer to these as ‘legs’. This historic region has plenty to offer its visitors, whether you’re looking for culture or somewhere to simply unwind.

Halkidiki is not only the birthplace of Aristotle but also home to the ancient city of Olynthus, known for its well-preserved mosaic floors. Meanwhile, Kassandra (the most westerly peninsula) has a more modern and touristy feel with many resorts, bars and nightclubs.

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Chrousou Beach in Paliouri, Halkidiki

St Vincent & The Grenadines

  • Temperature: 31º
  • Sunshine: 9 hours
  • Rainy days: 11
  • Flight Time: 12 hours

Looking further afield to the Caribbean, the stunning island nation of St Vincent & The Grenadines is a paradise that remains unspoilt by mass tourism, making it the perfect getaway for anyone looking for a relaxing holiday. The main island of St. Vincent is blessed with some of the best beaches in the region, without the crowds that you might find at better-known Caribbean destinations. Plus, heading to the island in May is an opportune time to holiday on the island, maximising your time on the beaches before the rains come in the following months.

Here you can go whale-watching and explore the La Soufrière National Park, home to a volcano, which stands 1,234 meters above sea level, making it the highest peak in the country.

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Turquoise waters of Mayreau Island, St Vincent & The Grenadines


  • Temperature: 22º
  • Sunshine: 9 hours
  • Rainy days: 9
  • Flight Time: 2 hours 30 mins

With almost 2,000km of coastline and a rugged inner-landscape marked with hiking trails, the Italian island of Sardinia makes for a wonderful May holiday destination for both beach-lovers and intrepid explorers.

Dotted all around this island you’ll find the ruins of more than 7,000 nuraghe, ancient structures that are believed to have been built in the Bronze Age — the oldest of which (Su Nuraxi in Barumini) dates back to 1500 B.C. If you’re looking for culture and heritage you might also like to visit the Temple of Antas or the National Archaeology Museum in Cagliari.

With so much to offer, we’d suggest hiring a car and exploring as much of the island as possible. There are also many golden-sandy beaches to visit as well, so be sure to save some time for sunbathing.

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Cala Carsara, Maddalena Archipelago in Sardinia


  • Temperature: 23º
  • Sunshine: 12 hours
  • Rainy days: 3
  • Flight Time: 4 hours

Of all the hot destinations in May, the Greek island of Santorini is not one to miss. This volcanic island has been shaped by a devastating eruption that took place more than 3,000 years ago, which left in its wake an underwater caldera (crater) which you can still see from the island’s many cliffs.

Now, however, Santorini is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, known for its luxurious hotels and whitewashed villages. To witness one of the best sunsets on the planet, head to Oia and for unusual volcanic grey-sand beaches, head to Kamari.

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Oia Town, Santorini

Costa Brava

  • Temperature: 22º
  • Sunshine: 9 hours
  • Rainy days: 5
  • Flight Time: 2 hours

Between Barcelona and the south of France lies Costa Brava. This stunning strip of Catalonian coastline stretches for 60km and has something for every kind of traveller — whether you’re visiting with children or going on a strictly grown-ups getaway.

Platja D’Aro and Santa Susanna make for popular family resorts, whilst Lloret de Mar has a vibrant nightlife for anyone looking to let their hair down. If however, you’re seeking some peace and quiet, you might opt to stay in the more relaxed parts of the coast such as Pineda de Mar or Malgrat de Mar.

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Iloret de Mar Castell overlooking Plaja sa Caleta Beach, Costa Brava


  • Temperature: 29º
  • Sunshine: 7 hours
  • Rainy days: 13
  • Flight Time: 20 hours

In the great expanse of the Pacific Ocean, you’ll find Samoa, a paradise nation consisting of two main islands, Upolu and Savaii. Although getting there is quite a journey, the experiences that these islands have to offer will make for the holiday of a lifetime — not to mention their sheer beauty.

As well as gorgeous beaches and an abundance of marine life, Samoa’s internal landscape is well worth exploring. With so much to see and do, this destination is perfect for anyone who is looking to do more than simply lay on the beach.

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Camel Rock, Pago Pago, American Samoa


  • Temperature: 27º
  • Sunshine: 6 hours
  • Rainy days: 8
  • Flight Time: 14 hours 30 mins

If you’re looking to take the road less travelled, a trip to the Central American country of Guatemala outside of the rainy season will be right up your street. This fascinating destination on the southern border of Mexico has so far managed to stay out of the limelight, which is all part of its charm.

As well as a rich heritage and many ancient temples dotted around the country, Guatemala has a spectacular and diverse landscape for visitors to explore, from its many volcanoes (37 in total) to its luscious jungles.

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Lake Atitlan San Pedro Volcano in the Guatemala Highlands


  • Temperature: 29º
  • Sunshine: 8 hours
  • Rainy days: 8
  • Flight Time: 10 hours

Texas is, without a doubt, one of the cornerstones of America’s iconography. From its rolling plains and roaming bison – which still live in some of the state’s parks and reserves – to its cowboys and their rodeos.

As the second-largest state in the US, here you can live like a cowboy and explore the modern metropolises of Dallas, Houston and Austin, the latter of which is widely regarded as the live music capital of the world, perfect for a bit of honky-tonk! May’s a superb time to experience Texas ahead of the dry heat of the summer months.

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Rio Grande viewed from Big Bend in Texas
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