Top May Holiday Destinations for UK Travellers

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Spring is a fantastic time to explore England and further into Europe. The weather is warm and mild with regular sunshine, light nights encourage outdoor evening dining, and the countryside is awash with green trees and vibrant flowers in bloom.

It’s not too late to book an amazing May holiday. Discover the top destinations for UK travellers, from idyllic Mediterranean coastal locations to England’s thriving capital city.

1. Seville, Spain

Discover the spectacular plazas and quaint courtyard gardens of Seville, a large Spanish city with exceptional architecture. Moorish influences combine with bold Baroque buildings to ensure scenic city strolls which are peppered with tapas bars and independent shops selling local crafts.

Airlines serving Gatwick Airport offer great deals on flights to Seville in spring, and with the smooth-running Gatwick Park & Ride system it couldn’t be easier to fly from here.

2. Algarve, Portugal

With temperatures hovering around 20°C and a wealth of quiet safe-swimming beaches, the Algarve is a favourite destination for UK families in May. The beach season lasts so long that it’s a great option for October half-term holidays as well.

Flight times from the UK are under three hours and you can travel from local airports such as Bristol and Birmingham as well as the major London options.

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3. Sicily, Italy

Another captivating coastal destination is the island of Sicily in Italy. Located just off the ‘toe’ of Italy’s ‘boot’, this 25,000 km2 island boasts iconic heritage sites and Europe’s largest active volcano.

There are many things to do in Sicily during your visit. Hike or ride the cable car to the top of Mount Etna, wander the adorned paths of Palermo, and see the Valley of the Temples which is one of the best examples of ancient Greek architecture.

4. Lake District, England

Delights await on the doorstep too. The Lake District, the UK’s UNESCO-recognised national park, is a riot of colour in the spring as the waterways reflect the blue of the sky and colourful flowers cover the valleys. There is no shortage of hiking trails in the Lake District to suit all abilities and plenty of historic houses and quaint cafés for those who value a slower-paced itinerary.

The easiest way to travel is by car or campervan but the main towns can be accessed by public transport.

5. London, England

Tempted by an experience that’s a little more fast and furious? Spend the May half-term in London where world-class shows, leading exhibitions, picturesque parks and extraordinary heritage sites await. There are plenty of ways to entertain children and adults alike come rain or shine!

London is easily accessed by road, rail, bus or flight depending on where you’re coming from.


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