You've made it through winter, and you've been working hard in the first part of the year. Now, spring is right around the corner, so why not use the opportunity to recharge your batteries with a seasonal getaway? There are two bank holidays in May, and you can easily build a well-deserved spring break around those weekends. So check out our recommendations about where to go in May - there's sure to be somewhere which captures your imagination.
The pearl of Croatia's Adriatic coastline, Dubrovnik is visually unforgettable at any time of year, but it's especially seductive in May. The city is a sightseeing paradise before the summer crowds arrive, offering the chance to explore the medieval old town at your leisure. But spring is also a great time to enjoy the coast before the sea is crammed with kayakers, and finding a restaurant becomes tricky.
The ancient Moroccan city of Marrakech is easily at its best when spring arrives. Temperatures are warm, but not overly so. You'll be able to explore the Majorelle gardens, and the Koutoubia mosque without worrying about the heat. Restaurants won't be too busy, so you can gorge yourself on cous cous and tagine, and the souk is less hectic in May than it can be in summer. So if you're keen to take home some fine leather or silverware, there's no better time to visit.
In stylish Milan, spring is the number one season for sightseeing. Navigli's canals are at their most bewitching, the Pinacoteca will be spacious and peaceful - letting you enjoy fabulous art without the crowds. You can catch Milan or Inter in action before the football season concludes, while Design Week brings world-class talent to show off cutting edge furniture creations.
The island of Aphrodite is definitely at its most lovable in spring. In May, temperatures will be climbing steadily, and swimming won't be a problem, while resorts won't be heaving with tourists. But the Cypriot landscape is even more appealing. As spring arrives, Cyprus becomes green and welcoming. In fact, the contrast with summer is so striking that the island seems like another country - one with more colour, and plenty of charm.
If you want wall to wall spring sunshine, Tenerife has to be a strong candidate. While the climate is ideal for sunbathing and swimming, the island is peaceful and laid-back. It's not party season by any means. Instead, it's a place to relax and escape the gloomy skies back home with a galaxy of outdoor actvities. From climbing Mount Teide to submarine safaris, spring's climate and relaxed atmosphere makes it ideal for enjoying everything Tenerife has to offer.
Spring in Sardinia is all about the villages. Terrace restaurants become emblazoned with flowers, enotecas serve up this year's vintage, while the greenery of May combines beautifully with multicolored houses to make the island a photographer's dream. Then again, if you want some beach time, the waters of the Costa Smeralda reach 20 degrees by May, and the resorts start to ease into life for the coming season. So it's a good time for a laid-back Sardinian break.
There's something uniquely exciting about New York in spring-time. Central Park is a blaze of colour as the cherry trees bloom, and the mild weather makes a great backdrop for boat tours out to Liberty Island. But it's also the time when New Yorkers really shake off winter, and cultural life kicks into gear. From the Tribeca Film Festival to the Ninth Avenue International Food Festival, it's a great time to explire.
Spring is a very special time in Crete, and when you venture into the countryside, you'll see why. The island becomes a breathtaking work of art as wildflowers emerge, and dramatic locations like the Samarian Gorge become even more impressive. And, with warm temperatures guaranteed, the beach beckons as well, making Crete hard to resist.
Bavaria's capital bursts into life as spring gets underway. Crowds capitalise on the sunshine to pack out the English Garden and Munich's lively beer gardens, while gorgeous floral arrangements decorate the city squares. Add in attractions like the Nymphenburg Palace and the Frauenkirche, and some of Germany's finest nightlife, and Munich has all the ingredients for a spectacular spring escape.
If you're still wondering where to go in May, why not head north to the Norwegian fjords? As winter melts away, it leaves a legacy of awe-inspiring waterfalls and flowers appearing in a riot of colours. It's a great time to explore Norway's acclaimed food culture (don't miss the lamb), and the May 17th is Constitution Day - one of the country's biggest parties. So you're sure to have an amazing time.