Enjoy a beach holiday in May
A month with two UK bank holidays is bound to attract plenty of attention towards domestic destinations. But with the wide availability ofall-inclusive holiday or package holiday abroad, many of us are spreading our wings and deciding to head for the good weather further afield. May is a great month to seek out a quiet beach holiday or a captivating city break, and these suggestions should give you some food for thought.
Take your holiday at whatever pace you want on the Caribbean islands of Barbados, where the fantastic beaches make equally perfect spots for both stretching out and lazing away the days, and getting your adrenalin fix though a great choice of watersports.
As an island of less than 300 square miles, it's easy to explore, with the beaches on the western side being more laid back, and those on the south and east coasts exposed to the more constant breezes which provide the perfect conditions for those sporting activities. And of course, no mention of the island would be complete without acknowledging the influence of cricket - this is, after all, the home of the legenedary Sir Gary Sobers.
Whatever you come here for, you'll experience the friendliness for which the islands are renowned. Accommodation is plentiful, and the food imaginative, tasty and much of it locally produced.
Spend some time in Fuerteventura in May
The island of Fuerteventura
comes into its own as spring gets to its height, being beautifully warm without the temperatures ever reaching uncomfortable levels. And that's just what you need when the main attraction is simply stretching out on a long strip of golden, sandy beach.
Away from the beaches, the whole family will get their adrenalin fix at Corralejo's
water parks, but the whole island is geared more towards offering the perfect conditions in which to just relax and chill out.
Food-wise, the island's offerings are typically rustic, but the local speciality cheese, made from the milk of the Majorero goat, has to be tried. You're nonetheless also on safe ground if you prefer your cuisine more international, with pizzas, pasta and even a good old Sunday roast all widely available.Take in some may sunshine in lanzarote
In the same region, but offering a much more developed range of holiday attractions is the perennial island favourite, Lanzarote
The incredible rugged landscape formed from black volcanic rock gives much of the island an other-worldly feel, while the coastline is dotted with many great beaches where golden sand stretches out to a translucent blue sea.
You can vary the pace of your Lanzarote holiday depending on where you choose to base yourself; from the lively and popular Puerto del Carmen
to more idyllic and unspoilt resorts such as Playa Blanca
and Yaiza, a cultural centre with plenty of ancient buildings, within easy reach of the island's southern tip.
Enjoy the ambience in Lake Como
has for centuries been a favourite hang-out of writers and artists, and today, its location, just 30 minutes' drive from Milan, has ensured its continuing popularity among Italian visitors.
The draw for creative types is obvious - beautiful scenery, a relaxing pace of life, and a sophisticated ambience greatly enhanced by the many elegant villas and sumptuous gardens nearby.
Nowadays, visitors can choose from a wide variety of accommodation catering for every budget, much of which enjoys fabulous views of the lake which itself is a magnet for watersports aficionados. The adjacent mountains, meanwhile, are dotted with paths ideal for walking, cycling and horse-riding.
The May temperature averages in the low to mid-20s degrees C, which makes for ideal conditions for all these activities. Eight hours of daily sunshine is also typical, so you can spend plenty of time relaxing on the terrace or in the garden of a local restaurant.