We’ve just enjoyed a gloriously sunny long Easter weekend, and I don’t know about you, but I already can’t wait for May Bank Holiday! Plus, it’s the perfect time for a city break. Why, you ask? Well, it’s not quite summer yet, so you’ll still enjoy wandering around those stunning city streets without getting too hot and bothered. And you can see a whole new part of the world in time to be back at work on Tuesday. But best of all? There are two Bank Holidays throughout May, so you can do it twice! Take a look below at my top picks for where to spend those upcoming long weekends.
If you’ve never been to Amsterdam while the tulips are in bloom, either May Bank Holiday is the perfect opportunity. And, aside from strolling through the green parks and indulging in Dutch waffles, Amsterdam has plenty of events on. Head to the Rijksmuseum Gardens in late May to see the Louise Bourgeois sculpture exhibition, or start your long weekend early to catch the Amsterdam Pizza Festival on 22 May. Yum!
Known as both the City of Lights and the City of Love, in May, Paris becomes the City of Jazz. If you’re a music lover, the Saint Germain des Prés Jazz Festival fills the streets with the sound of the sax alongside concerts in charming cafés and historic hotspots. Prefer your culture a little more modern? Jet off to Paris on the 25 May to enjoy a weekend at the Printemps Des Rues street art festival. Your Instagram will be the talk of the town.
Celebrating its 26th year in Barcelona, Ciutat Flamenco Festival is the place to be between 16 and 31 May. Here, you’ll be able to enjoy passionate performances from the biggest names in the ‘biz. It’s a great way to embrace Barcelona’s culture beyond the buildings, and in your downtime you can stroll down Las Ramblas, dine on paella and sip some vino as the sun goes down. I don’t think there’s anywhere I’d rather be!
If you’re looking to experience some traditional culture, catch the Budapest Folk Fest between 22 and 25 May. You’ll get an incredible insight into Hungarian folk heritage, with authentic music and dancing. You can even sail down the Danube and take in sights like the Hungarian Parliament Building and Buda Castle while you enjoy performances on board. Round off your visit with a relaxing soak at the Széchenyi Thermal Baths. It’s part of their culture too!
Calling all foodies: Prague Food Festival kicks off just in time for the second May Bank Holiday. It was meant to be, right? Top restaurant chefs in the Czech Republic will be there sharing their skills, and there’ll be more stalls handing out delicious samples than you can shake a stick at. Looking for a tipple too? The Prague Drinks Wine festival is on the same weekend, with up to 400 wines to try. It sure beats a beer or two down your local pub.
So where do you fancy exploring on a May Bank Holiday city break? How do you like to spend your long weekends? Let me know in the comments below.