By the time May has arrived the summer finally beginning to arrive across Europe. The tourist season has not yet started, but many places are warming up, meaning this could be the ideal time to plan your holiday.
However, where do you go? Although some places in Europe are getting nice and hot, you won’t find beach weather right across the continent. It would be a bit of a disappointment to return home and find your friends with more of a suntan than you.
The choice of your destination is very important, so here are three places to visit where you can guarantee to arrive back home with an impressive tan.
1. The Amalfi Coast, Italy
The Amalfi Coast on the southern coast of Italy welcomes millions of tourists each year. It enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate, and by early May the temperature is already getting quite hot with an average temperature well into the 20s.
Besides plenty of sunshine and a low level of rainfall, you’ll find scenery along the coast which is absolutely breathtaking. Small villages cling to the cliffs above the deep, turquoise sea below, lemon groves spread out over the hills, injecting their citrus aroma into the air, and the winding coastal roads take you through stunning countryside, historic towns and delightful beaches where you can get in that all important sunbathing.
You can choose from a wide range of places to stay, including Sorrento perched up on the cliffs, the picturesque Positano and the historic Amalfi, or simply travel along the coast and see what you can find.
The island of Crete is not only one of the best places to go for anyone who is interested in ancient history: it is also one of the top destinations for anyone who wants to enjoy hot beach weather from April onwards.
Blessed with a fine climate, the days here are already getting very hot during May, and the beach season is well on the way. With picturesque beaches tucked all around the coast you won’t have any difficulty finding a suitable place to get to work on your suntan.
You can also choose from a number of excellent locations to stay, including the popular Chania on the north-west coast, Elounda Island near to Agios Nikolaos, and Heraklion, the biggest city on the Island with a whole host of archaeological wonders nearby.
3. Andalusia, Spain
Andalusia is the south of Spain is blessed with some of the highest temperatures in Europe throughout the year. The problem with this is that during the popular summer months it can get a bit too hot.
This means that May is often the perfect time to spent a week or two here, and with temperatures starting to rocket as early as March, you won’t have to worry at all about working on your suntan.
You’ll be able to enjoy the authentic Spanish experience during your time here because you’ll be in the home of flamenco, bull fighting and tapas. This is a very traditional region of Spain, and if you manage to coincide your trip with one of the colourful festivals you will be in for a treat.
You can choose to stay in Málaga, Cordoba, Cádiz or a host of other places, but if you want to find an abundance of secluded beaches then head to the Costa de Almería.
Start Planning Your Suntan
In any of these places you will be able to pick up a stunning suntan to show off to all your friends on your return. May is too early to get a suntan in many European destinations and you’ll have to wait at least a month or two longer, but plan your spring escape to any of the above three locations and you’ll return with a healthy glow that will be the envy of all your friends.