May’s a great month for a hot weather holiday! Europe’s starting to warm up nicely and you can still get some great weather further afield as well, meaning you’ve plenty of choice if you’re looking for somewhere hot and sunny for a break.
It’s often a good time for a break for those who like to enjoy good weather but would also rather holiday outside of the school holidays. If you’re considering a holiday at this time of year, you’ll want to know where is hot in May. Here’s a handful of destinations that suit sun seekers.
The Canary Islands really have it pretty good all year round when it comes to the weather. It rarely gets particularly cold! But by the time May hits, things are really warming up in the Canaries and in Gran Canaria, the average temperature is a perfectly pleasant 21 degrees Celsius. It’s not unusual to see it creep as high as 23 or 24 either.
With lovely beaches and sights to see, there’s something for everyone in Gran Canaria. And with a flight time of little over 4 hours from the UK, you can get from home to sunny hotel in the space of an afternoon!
Places such as Marmaris in Turkey average 21 to 22 degrees Celsius in May. That’s not so sweltering that you can’t move without sweating, but it’s warm enough to make the most of the beach or the pool. And there are no fewer than 11 Unesco World Heritage sights in Turkey, making it a great destination for those looking to do a bit of sightseeing as well.
It takes around 4 hours to fly to Turkey from the UK, so you don’t have to spend all day on a plane for your May sunshine.
Crete is a popular choice for people of all ages. There’s plenty of choice for sun seekers here, plenty of partying of options and no shortage of historical sights to see. This beautiful little Mediterranean Greek island enjoys temperatures of an average of 24 degrees Celsius, which is some 10 degrees hotter than London’s average.
And if you fancy a break for the beautiful beaches, this stunning little island is home to some incredible mountains and quaint little villages. Go exploring!
Crete is around a 4-hour flight from the UK.
If you prefer the mercury closer to the 30s, then Sharm el Sheikh in May is pretty close with an average temperature of 29. Don’t be surprised if this goes a few degrees higher either. Hot and dry makes this the perfect destination for someone looking for a beach holiday in May, but there’s plenty for the sightseeing types too.
If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you can take a day trip or an overnight excursion to see the pyramids or St Catherine’s Monastery, for example.
The flight time is typically somewhere between 5 and 5 and a half hours.
A little further afield, the Cape Verde Islands are a stunning option for a May holiday. With average temperatures of around 23 degrees, it’s great weather for enjoying the copious beautiful beaches these islands have to offer.
There are attractions and sights to see on each of the Cape Verde islands if you fancy a break from all that sunbathing, from watersports, to go karting and volcano excursions and you don’t have to be on the beach to soak up the sun!
The Cape Verde islands are around a 6 to 6 and a half hour flight from the UK.
These are just a few destinations where it’s hot in May. You don’t have to travel too far at all for a taste of summer in Spring!