Warm breezes, flowers in bloom, crowd-free beaches, cocktails al fresco, and relatively low prices: it's fair to say that May is one of the best months of the year to go on holiday, but how on earth are you meant to choose where to go? Panic not: we've got the lowdown on our favourite places in the world to visit for a late spring holiday, from the top European city break to the best islands for a blissful escape.
Whether you're looking for a new adventure or a relaxing fortnight on the beach, we've found some fantastic destinations for budget-friendly, long-haul and unusual holiday ideas for May.
We've tried to find some off-the-beaten track places to enjoy, too. In Portugal, you can make a wonderful escape and get to know the unexplored Alentejo region. Iceland is another good bet: it offers endless sunrises and sunsets, making it a photographer's dream. And this is also a great time to explore the Bahamas; it's not just about the beaches here (although they are pretty spectacular): there are some amazing seafood festivals and fishing tournaments to take part in too.
Take a look at more holiday ideas for May below, and let us know in the comments box where your fave place to visit is at this time of year.
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