Come May, the temperatures have started to rise and all your favourite resorts are waking up from winter and opening their doors in preparation for the busy season. But where is hot in May? Here are our top picks for places that promise high temperatures for your May holiday:
The Greek islands are a great place to head, offering beautiful beaches, sparkling seas and fantastic fare – particularly the seafood! Whether you go to Zante for the perfect party trip, Kos for breathtaking flora and fauna like Plaka Forest, Crete for its ancient architecture such as the site of the Palace of Knossos, or Corfu for the famed Temple of Artemis, one thing is universally true about the Greek islands at this time of year - they're all hot, hot, hot!
Turkey is a safe bet if you want an exotic adventure and May is a good time to visit before the tourists arrive. You can indulge in sports with a round of golf, amazing scuba diving or a hike in the Marmaris Mountains. There are also plenty of historical highlights from the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus to the Bodrum Amphitheatre! Then there's the food, shops and bars in welcoming resorts right on the seafront, the perfect place to appreciate the sun!
If you want a taste of Africa but a safari isn't for you then head to the sun-drenched Tunisia resorts like Hammamet, Sousse and Skanes for long, lazy days under the rays. If sitting by the pool isn't enough there's Nebeul Market (North Africa's largest street market), the Great Mosque and El Djem (the world's third biggest Roman amphitheatre). If wildlife is more your thing, take a boat trip and look out for dolphins off the coast of Skanes!
If you want the heat to extend well into the evening, then head to Las Vegas where the atmosphere is always electric. Most hotels in Sin City boast pool areas and sprawling grounds enough to satisfy on their own, with everything from shark tanks and Siberian tigers to rollercoasters. If you still feel you need some thrills after a night at the casino, there are top music and theatre shows, interactive experiences like CSI: The Experience, or the chance to drive actual diggers in the Dig This theme park.
The season is just starting in May so it's worth a trip while the island is quiet. You can go scuba diving undisturbed, head to the hippy market to pick up the best in boho finery and then sip cocktails by the harbour. You can also get a better feel for the local hospitality, indulge in the delicious delicacies and really get an impression of what the real Ibiza is all about.
Where will you be soaking up the sun on holiday in May? Or where would you like to be heading? Let me know in the comments below and I can give you some information on what weather you can be likely to expect.