Top 5 places to travel in Europe in May

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Summer is close, in Europe the pleasant weather returns, and the sun begins to warm up several countries. It is the ideal time to visit southern and western Europe.  You want to plan a vacation in May to get some sun, enjoy the beach, delicious food and experience some European culture? But where can you go in this time of the year when typical beach destinations are still too cold to swim? Paradizo has created a list of 5 awesome destinations to visit in Europe in May, so you can get some inspirations of where to go.

 

1. Almafi coast, Italy

Overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Amalfi Coast stretches along the Gulf of Salerno and includes some of its most famous cities such as Positano and Ravello, as well as Amalfi, of course. The street stretches like a balcony between the cobalt blue sea and the slopes of Lattari Mountains, in a succession of valleys and headlands between coves, beaches and terraces planted with citrus fruits, vines and olive trees. A unique landscape protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site. And not to forget the delicious Italian food that you can taste everywhere here.

The best time to visit the Amalfi Coast is in spring between April and June when the Amalfi Coast is in full bloom and presents itself particularly beautiful with pleasant temperatures of 22-25 ° C, when the sun’s rays are pleasantly warm, but not too hot. Nature lovers expect at this time of the year a sea of ​​flowers! The perfect time of the year for a wonderful hiking holiday, city exploring or just to avoid the crowds that are visiting in summer.

Airport: Naples

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2. The Algarve, Portugal

Wide sandy beaches and hidden bays, dreamy villages and rugged cliffs, all these things you can find in the southernmost region of Portugal. The Atlantic Ocean lures with fantastic waves that attract surfers all year round. Especially popular is the region around Lagos, because there the spectacular waves can be ridden all year round. Who prefers soft sand beaches, is most likely to find on the coast between the Spanish coast and Faro. But the diversity of the region also attracts adventure-tourists and sun- seekers.

A nice time to visit the Algarve is in spring, which lasts from March to May. Then in May the air temperature rises to an average of 20 ° C during the day and brings ten hours of sunshine a day. Nature lover get their money’s worth, especially in the spring, when everything is blooming and green. For hikers and bikers the best time to visit is spring because the heat in summer is too hot for activities outside.

Airport: Faro

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3. Provence, France

In the southeast of France, between Italy, the Côte d’Azur and the Camargue lies the Provence. A varied landscape from the Alps to the sun-kissed coast, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and fantastic cuisine make the region an ideal destination for beach lovers, nature lovers, culture lovers and connoisseurs.

During the spring months, nature awakens from its winter starvation. Flowering herbal fields, the fruit and almond trees unfold to their full beauty. Temperatures in spring range between 20-25 degrees, just the right climate for long hikes. Thereafter, high-pressure areas from the tropics are heading north and ringing in the summer. The perfect time of the year when you want to avoid the crowds that come in the summer and do some outside activities.

Airports: Marseille, Avignon, Nice & Toulon

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4. Sicily, Italy

Sicily is not only the largest island in the Mediterranean, but also the most vegetated with 3000 different plant species. The traveler is greeted in Sicily by a variety of wildflowers such as orchids, jasmine or bougainvillea. In some regions even subtropical and tropical plants thrive. But culture lovers will also get their money’s worth on the island with its eventful history.

Spring here offers great hiking weather to explore the area and the history of Sicily. Mount Etna appears in a dress of flowering almond trees and citrus orchards, the rest of the island is covered with red carpets of poppies. The bathing season begins in April. At this time of year, this area is touristic yet manageable. Culinary Sicily impresses with its Arabic-influenced cuisine. Specialties are sardinines stuffed with pine nuts or stockfish with tomatoes, capers, olives, served with celery and potatoes.

Airports: Catania, Trapani & Palermo

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5. Greek islands

If you are looking for a holiday with great beaches, crystal clear water and beautiful nature, many of us think of Greece first. The contrast between the azure blue sea and the typical white houses is the symbol of Greece. Olive trees and pine forests, which give us comforting shade when the sun sizzles on our skin, complete this picture. Greece has more than 3000 islands and mini-islands, accounting for nearly one-fifth of the country’s surface. The most famous ones are Crete, Rhodes, Kos and Corfu.

On the islands of the Aegean, a tapestry of thousands of wild flowers and herbs grow on the bare rocks in spring. The valleys and plateaus in the mountains of Crete shine in all kinds of shades of green. Almond blossoms adorn the hills as rivers gush under stone bridges – A paradise for rafting fans. Sports fans will love spring, as it is the best time for horse riding, kayaking and river rafting.

Airports: Crete, Rhodes, Kos and Corfu.

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Find your  luxury villas with paradizo.com in these areas:

 

naples5 Bedroom Luxury Sea View Rental, Naples

This charming villa is situated in Massa Lubrense looking over the sea and islands in the distance. The garden is separated into attractive terraces on different levels.

 

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algarveVilamoura Luxury Golf Rental, Algarve

This 5 bedroom luxury villa enjoys an unbeatable situation right next to Vilasol, Algarve’s most prestigious golf course, with great views of the surrounding pine forest.

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cannesLarge & Airy Luxury Pool Villa, Cannes

Villa 048 is located in St. Paul. This is a magnificent Provencal property, designed by the well-known architect Robert Dallas, and situated in the residential private domaine of “Les Hauts de St Paul”, near the famous restaurants La Colombie d’or and Mas d’Artigny.

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sicilyVilla Lisca Bianca, Sicily

Panarea is the most exclusive and small  island of Aeolian islands for its small size you can go around walking only. Panarea also for this reason is the most popular sicilian minor island for the international jetset you can see the beautifull and luxurious yachts in Junco bay.

 

 

 

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creteDelightful Prinias Oceanfront Pool Villa, Crete

Villa Evzen, promises to turn your holiday into an unforgettable experience. Situated at Prinias district, right between two popular tourist destinations, Ipsos and Barbati, it is 16 klm. far away from Corfu town and 18 klm. from the international airport Ioannis Kapodistrias

 

 

 

Have you already decided where you are going to stay on your next holiday?

We are happy to help you! Visit us on paradizo.com Enjoy your holiday!

 



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