Best Countries To Visit In May - How To Spend Your MayCation!

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Best Countries To Visit In May

The warm month of May brings sunshine and a plethora of festivals all across the globe. From the magical sight of cherry blossoms to summertime adventure sports, the beginning of the vacation period begins with this list of the best countries to visit in May.

Here is the list of 22 Best Countries To Visit In May - How To Spend Your MayCation!

1. Italy - An amalgamation of art, history and culture

The warm, balmy summer of Italy makes May the beginning of the busiest tourist period. The temperature ranges from 10° to 24° Celsius depending on the time of the month and the region where you are. Since May is the beginning of the tourist period, it is relatively less crowded. The Tuscan Hills are green and vibrant with the recent departure of the Spring rains. Experience the exhilaration of Gondola rides in Venice, and explore art in Florence, the cradle of Renaissance, the classical ruins of Rome and the exuberance of Milan. Make sure to see the ancient city of Pompeii and complete your tour with Naples and Sicily. May is also the time when Italy hosts its three weeks bike race which you may be fortunate enough to witness. Another exciting festival in May is the Festival of Snakes in Cocullo. The villagers carry the statue of San Domenico covered in snakes. San Domenico was a monk who used to cure people of snake bites in the 10th century.

2. France - The Land of Cultural Landscape

The mild Spring couples with the array of events and the small crowd are some of the reasons that contribute to making France one of the best countries to visit in May. The weather is usually warm, and the temperature ranges from 8° to 20° Celsius. You may encounter some spring showers and cold evenings now and then. Apart from the glamour of Paris, the Roman ruins of Marseille, the architecture of Lyon and the spectacular beauty of the Lire Valley, France offers some rich experiences in May. There is something for everyone. The sports enthusiasts should make sure to book in advance for the French Open Tennis near the Bois de Boulogne. It is the best time for art lovers to visit the museums after midnight, something that happens only in May. There is no charge for the evening called the Museum Night where many events are run for the public. Jazz lovers should make sure to experience the Saint-Germain-des-Pres Jazz Festival. It is a two-week festival of music and entertainment with free concerts. This is also the time of the Cannes Film Festival and the Cinéma de la Plage, a nightly screening of the Cannes Classics.

3. Spain - An explorer's paradise

The warm and sunny May is brimming with festivals in May. The temperature can dip to 13°C and goes to 26°C at most. Visit the city of Cordoba and witness the festivals like Cruces de Mayo and the Cordoba Festival. There are other small events like the Feria Corridas which is the famous festival of bullfights of Spain. There is the San Isidro Festival of Madrid and the Dos de Mayo festival. For sports lovers, this is the time of the Madrid Open, the country's biggest tennis tournament. Film buffs have the opportunity to watch documentaries at Documenta Madrid in May. Barcelona hosts events like the Girona Flower Festival on 12th May, the Snail Festival, The Primavera Sound Music Festival and the world-renowned Spanish Grand Prix Formula One (F1) motor races. The city of Seville puts up the famous Seville Fair in May which attracts around four million people while Caceres hosts the WOMAD World Music Festival which features artists from all around the world. No matter where and at what time of the month you visit Spain, you will have the pleasure to be a part of one of these events.

4. Morocco - The Exotic Land of Spices & Stories

Morrocan May is bliss for travellers. Nature is at its full bloom in the warm summer from the coastline to the mountains. The temperature ranges from 15°C to 29°C with cool evenings. Visit the town of El Kelaat M'Gouna in the Dades Valley and the nearby village of Azlag. Take a walk in the Kasbah district and enjoy the art and culture of Rabat. Film enthusiasts should visit Ouarzazate, the 'Hollywood of Morocco' and take a trip to the beach of Kennitra. The beach lovers and the hikers, both will enjoy this period in Morocco. May is also the time for the global music festival at Rabat known as the Rhythms of the World Concert. World known artists perform here with the local musicians. Apart from this, the famous Festival of Roses is a must see. The festival is celebrated at El Kelaa M'Gouna in the Valley of Roses to celebrate the harvest of the Damascus rosebuds. There is food, music, parades and dance.

5. Czech Republic

The world-famous architecture and picturesque beauty of Czech Republic can be relished the best in the warm weather of Spring in May. The weather is cool and wet at the beginning of the month, but the latter half of the month is the perfect time for travelling and hiking. The spectacular beauty of Prague, the architecture of Kutná Hora, the grandeur of Krom and the magnificence of Bohemian Switzerland makes the Czech Republic one of the most popular tourist destinations. Music lovers should make sure to be a part of The Prague Spring, an international festival of classical music that is celebrated throughout the month of May all over Prague. Make sure to check the festival dates in advance because Prague hosts some festivals in May like the food festival, the fringe(theatre) festival, the Khamoro World Roma Festival celebrating Roman culture and so on. Perhaps the most interesting in this scheme of colours and celebrations is the Czech Beer Festival which is celebrated for almost 17 days and comprises over 70 local breweries.

6. Peru - The Land of Mystical Rainforests & Breathtaking Beauty

The bright and sunny May days of Peru makes it the best month to visit it. The greenery, blue skies and chilly nights of May make it possible for the tourists to have the best experience. Apart from Machu Pichu, the Lake Titicaca and the Amazon rainforests, the Peruvian experience offers some festivities in May. This is the time to enjoy the movable feast of Corpus Christi, see the pilgrimage to Virgen de Chapi, take part in the annual celebration of the heritage of Cajamarca at Fiesta de Florecer en Cajamarca and admire the artwork at Fiesta de Alasitas in Puno. Furthermore, there are some religious festivals and pilgrimages like Qoyllority, the Señor de Torrechayoc, the Fiesta del Espíritu Santo and so on. Apart from this, May is also the best time to trek in Peru against the backdrops of the snow-capped mountains. This is one of the best countries to visit in May for its cultural mix!

7. Canada - The Epitome of Ethnic Diversity

Warm weather, early spring and less crowd define a Canadian May. Although, the weather has some variations due to the geological differences. Some parts may experience rains. The spectacular mountains of Whistler and the splendour of the Island of Vancouver makes Canada the perfect destination for people with varied tourism preferences. The architecture of Quebec, the diversity of Toronto, the beauty of the Niagara Falls and the breath-taking scenery of the Banff National Park make Canada a popular destination. The month of May is also bustling with some festivals like the Shaw Festival and the Stratford Festival for theatre lovers, the Contact Photography festival for photographers, the Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival and the world-famous Canadian Tulip Festival for admirers of flora and fauna. The Cabot Trail Relay Race festival is also very popular for its coastal drives. May also sees the annual Atlantic Beer Festival and the Festival Accès Asie which is an Asian multidisciplinary art festival.

8. Vietnam - The Country of Natural Beauty and Scenic Vistas

May in Vietnam does not rise above 32° Celsius. It is the most comfortable weather of the year. The paradisiacal beauty of Mu Cang Chai and the golden paddies of Ninh Binh, the panoramic view of Pu Luong also known as 'the land of warm hearts' and the island of Cat Ba are what make Vietnam one of the best countries to visit in May. What makes May the best time to visit Vietnam is the celebration of Buddha's Birthday. It is one of the most widely practised religions here hence the occasion calls for a grand celebration with lavishly decorated temples, processions of monks and a variety of Vietnamese dishes. It is a treat for vegetarians and celebration of the local culture. The Hue Festival is also a grand feature of May in Vietnam. It is a biannual festival that comprises poetry festival, fashion shows, street performances, film screenings, exhibitions, kite flying, boat racing and even human chess.

9. Australia - Land Down Under

Taking a detour from Spring and Summer, Autumn in May is another great way to enjoy your vacation. For this, you have to head to Australia. The weather is mild and nearly perfect with limited crowds. It is an excellent time to take a trip to Tasmania and the Great Barrier Reef or even the cities like Sydney and Melbourne. Apart from scuba diving and surfing, you should make sure to book tickets for the largest winter festival in the Southern Hemisphere, Vivid Sydney, a music festival. Writers should make sure to be a part of the writing festivals like Noted Canberra and Sydney Writers Festival. Another exciting festival is the Whaleshark Festival which celebrates the return of the whale sharks with four days of events like cinema and talent shows. Another exciting festival is the historical festival called the Captain Cook 1770 Festival which commemorates the landing of Leutitanent James Cook.

10. Greece - All-Time Classic

Greece has a varied geography with coastlines and mountains however the weather is delightful in May. The temperature stays around 21°C making this the best time to explore the islands of Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes, Corfu, and Crete and the archaeological sites like Delphi and the Acropolis. When you visit the cradle of the Western civilisation, make sure to be a part of the Corfu Beach Festival. Corfu is also the best place to celebrate Easter at with the spectacular set of events that include hymn performances, music by the Philharmonics of Corfu orchestra and a variety of vibrant programs. The Medieval Rose Festival at Rhodes is also a must see. This delightful fete is full of medieval music, drama, dancing, games and a dragon's quest. For the music lovers, the Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival is a great event to witness international and local jazz talent and a variety of Jazz music.

11. Nepal - On Top of the World

May in Nepal is a mixture of Spring and early Summer. The country is lush and green with the flowering of rhododendrons. It is the second most popular trekking season with the blue skies and absence of mist making it a great time to consider the Annapurna Circuit. Kathmandu, Pokhara, Bodhnath and Bhaktapur are some of the most popular destinations during this time and also what make Nepal one of the best countries to visit in May. If you are in Nepal in May, make sure to be a part of the Rato Machchhendranath, the longest and the largest festival of Nepal held in Patan. A massive chariot is built for Lord Machchhendranath, and after three days the chariot begins its procession. The festival ushers monsoons. May also sees the celebrations of Buddha's birthday with madal-beating and street dancing all over the country.

12. Bahamas, Bahamas - An Ocean of Gorgeous Landscapes

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Known For : Grand Bahamas Paradise Island Bimini Island

For the ideal beachside holiday, the Bahamas with its warm and sunny weather is the perfect destination. The average temperature during the day stays around 29°C and dips to a 22°C at night. The sheer number of islands like the Long Island, the Nassau's Blue Lagoon Island, the Eleuthera and Harbour Island, the Bimini Island, the Grand Bahamas and the Paradise Islands are a delight for any beach lover. The beaches are less crowded, the humidity drops, and there is a fall in the local prices too. Furthermore, the beaches are less crowded, and booking flights are more comfortable. When in Bahama in this month, do not forget to be a part of The Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival that culminates during the first week of May with the Music Master's Competition. This list is in no particular order, and we highly recommend all these places. Make your next May marvellous by planning your vacation to one of these destinations soon.

Best Time: Anytime except the month of September

13. Turkey - A Land of Culture with Modern Twist

Settled on the border of Asia and Europe, Turkey is an archive of Islamic Middle East impact and the influence of Christian European West. Turkey at present represents a modern and westernised culture that exists along with its more exotic and esoteric side hidden from the outside world. Explore the dual sides of the country with the natural panoramic landscape, historic places, fertile valleys, huge mountain ranges, rugged coastline and quaint villages. The capital city of Istanbul is the heartbeat of the country buzzing with cafes, bustling bazaars, aroma of spices, enchanting belly dancers, nightclubs and hammams. While in Turkey in May, don't forget to visit Pamukkale town, Ankara, Antalya, Hierapolis for heavenly spa days, Cappadocia and Mardin. And since its summer, try the Dondurma, which is a Turkish ice cream speciality.

14. Mauritius, Mauritius - Indian Ocean's Island Paradise.

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Known For : Trou Aux Biches Belle Mare Plage Beach Seven Coloured Earth of Chamarel

Mauritius is the premier holiday destination island on the Indian Ocean. Itês a famous honeymoon location, or for a relaxing trip with your family. The amazing beauty and natural aesthetics of this country will definitely leave you spellbound. While you're here, do try the water activities like scuba diving and kite surfing because that's the perfect way to beat the heat! And one thing you should NOT miss is the Albatross seaplane ride over the Mauritius coast!

Best Time: July to October (winter)

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15. Croatia - The Colourful Coastal Country

Located in Eastern Europe, Croatia is a coastal country that is not only beautiful to look at but also offers a variety of things to do for tourists. There is history interspersed with architecture, great opportunities for swimming, Balkan wine, some of the best seafood and more. The most regularly visited cities here are Dubrovnik and Zagreb, its capital. It also encompasses several islands that are breathtakingly beautiful. In a nutshell, this country offers pretty much everything under the sun for a great vacation. Visit the Plitvice Lakes National Park and spend some quality time at the park admiring its beautiful lakes, waterfalls and canyons. A perfect summer holiday destination and one of the best countries to visit in May!

16. Seychelles, Seychelles - The zenith of natural aesthetic

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Known For : Mahe, Seychelles Praslin Island La Digue Island

Seychelles is a small country in the western Indian Ocean with an area of 455 kilometres square. An archipelago of 115 islands, the island nation is nothing short of a tropical paradise and is known for its exquisite natural beauty, spectacular beaches, and luxury resorts. A great destination for ecotourism and wildlife spotting, the country is popular for its water activities such as diving and snorkelling, in the clear turquoise waters of the Indian ocean. Visit the Vallee de Mai in Praslin which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Do not miss out on the chance of exploring the Seychellois Creole cuisine and the country's capital Victoria, a city that can be explored entirely on foot in less than a day.

Best Time: April to May, September to October

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17. Japan - Home To Great Architecture & Great Food

Japan, located in Eastern Asia, is a sovereign nation. It is well known for its bustling cities, imperial palaces, national parks and lots of beautifully constructed temples. Tokyo, the capital of the country, is a much-visited tourist destination, home to tonnes of skyscrapers. There is a lot to do in Japan, from adventure sports to relaxing at the beach and discovering the real beauty of Japanese architecture. In May, the cherry blossom season is still present and this could be the perfect opportunity for you to witness a one-of0a-kind experience. Like scenery straight out of fairytales, And while you're there, do attend 'Hanami', which a traditional form of watching the cherry blossom bloom with picnics and excursions.

18. France - The Land of Cultural Landscape

The mild Spring couples with the array of events and the small crowd are some of the reasons that contribute to making France one of the best countries to visit in May. The weather is usually warm, and the temperature ranges from 8° to 20° Celsius. You may encounter some spring showers and cold evenings now and then. Apart from the glamour of Paris, the Roman ruins of Marseille, the architecture of Lyon and the spectacular beauty of the Lire Valley, France offers some rich experiences in May. There is something for everyone. The sports enthusiasts should make sure to book in advance for the French Open Tennis near the Bois de Boulogne. It is the best time for art lovers to visit the museums after midnight, something that happens only in May. There is no charge for the evening called the Museum Night where many events are run for the public. Jazz lovers should make sure to experience the Saint-Germain-des-Pres Jazz Festival. It is a two-week festival of music and entertainment with free concerts. This is also the time of the Cannes Film Festival and the Cinéma de la Plage, a nightly screening of the Cannes Classics.

19. England - Amalgamation of royalty and culture

One of the most popular countries in the world, England is located in Europe. It is also the dream destination for a lot of people for its beauty and grandeur. With a great history behind it, it has a rich heritage and culture. The English countryside is one of the most peaceful places in the country. The most famous historical sites include the old castles in the countryside, Roman sites and the royal palaces. Each city in the country has its own charm. When its summer in England, people hit the beaches for surfing, take wonderful nature walks in North London, and the highlight of this year in May is the T20 Cricket World Cup! Who wouldn't want to miss that!

20. Hungary - A fusion of traditional and modern Europe

Currently among the 15 most popular tourist destinations in the world, Hungary offers a unique amalgamation of traditional European culture and modern-day practices. Here, you can take a trip through quaint, rural villages and enjoy a thriving nightlife in Budapest, both within a distance of a few miles. With a capital city regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world, Hungary is home to several World Heritage Sites, UNESCO Biosphere reserves and the second largest thermal lake in the world. Hungary also has the largest synagogue in Europe (Great Synagogue) and the third largest church in Europe (Esztergom Basilica). It is an ideal place for a fun and laid-back vacation.

21. Portugal - The best of Europe

With a rich culture, eccentric cities and exquisite countryside, Portugal are among the best countries to visit in May in Europe. The landscape is exceedingly diverse as one can see it changing as they travel from green mountains in the North to rocky cliffs and waterfalls in the Centre to the desert-like landscape in Alentejo and laidback beaches in Algarve. Recently named the "Best Golf Destination", Fourteen of Portugal's golf courses are among the top 100 in Europe. Surfing is another activity Portugal is sought after for. Portugal is the place to be if you desire the best of European landscapes and culture in one spot. Do not miss a trip to Madeira, have some fine Portuguese wine while on a nice sunny cruise o the river, and relax in of of the best countries to visit in May!

22. Malta - The Island of Legends

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The island state of Malta is located in the Mediterranean Sea and falls south of the Italian island of Sicily. Temples, fortresses, sandy beaches, cliffs, and jutted coves are what makes this small island nation worth visiting, coupled with thrilling activities like scuba diving, snorkelling, and a long and fascinating history going back to the days before Christ. In May, indulge in some fantastic water activities like scuba diving and also take a nice day trip to Gozo, unwind at Malta's famous nightlife and party scene.

Best Time: April to June

So, these are the best countries to visit in May. With summer set in, these places are sure to give you a holiday filled with endless 'chilling' and relaxation.

This post was published by Gauranshi Saran

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