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Where to go for the May holidays? Our 7 favorite destinations

Written on : 26 April 2019

May holidays are approaching, do you have a last minute change of mind? With spring, the temperature is rising and we want to walk the streets, linger in front of store windows and organize outdoor activities with our family and friends. Villanovo understands that well. That's why, for a weekend or week-long getaway, we offer a selection of 7 destinations perfect for the May holidays. So don't wait any longer and book a getaway to escape for a few days!

1- Marrakech, Morocco

1- Marrakech, Morocco

Known as the "Pearl of the South", Marrakech seduces its travellers with its traditional atmosphere, the warmth of its inhabitants, its delicious cuisine and its colourful souks. In May, the temperatures are hot and the city looks like a postcard. After visiting the sublime Majorelle garden, stroll through the Medina, a real cultural gem in Marrakech. In addition, architectural wonders are also scattered throughout the city. From the Bahia Palace to the Medersa Ben Youssef and the sublime mosques, Marrakech will not stop surprising you. Then wander through the colourful and noisy souks where you will find spices and travel souvenirs of all kinds. Ideal to discover local crafts! Bewitching and fascinating, Marrakech is a dream destination, the perfect mix between tradition and modernity.

2- Corsica, France

2- Corsica, France

Between sea and mountains, Corsica is an ideal island for a family vacation during the May holidays. Here, the sun makes the sea vibrate with its rays of light while the extraordinary places enchant you from the beginning to the end of your escapade. This little piece of paradise set in the Mediterranean Sea is perfect for road trips. Start your journey from Calvi, a small and charming marina that will impress you with its picturesque citadel and bright pink facade church. Then continue towards Ile-Rousse, a seaside resort surrounded by the splendid hills of Balagne. For a change of landscape, head for the Agriates Desert, bordered by mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. In front of this splendid panorama, you will only want one thing: to take a break by the water. To do this, we advise you to sunbathe near the beaches of Lodo or Saleccia. After being stunned by the magnificent Aiguilles de Bavella, which rise up in the Alta Rocca massif, go and explore the landscapes of Cap Corse. This "island in an island" will certainly seduce you!

3- Andalusia, Spain

3- Andalusia, Spain

In May, this beautiful region of Spain looks like an explosion of colour with its maze of labyrinthine alleys, its sense of celebration and its immense cultural and historical heritage. Admire the street shows of Andalusia where you may be able to see the grace of flamenco dances. Then head off to the Alhambra, here you will discover an architectural marvel that has survived through the ages. Perched on a hill, the Alhambra impresses and enchants visitors with its avant-garde structure and sublime natural environment. Continue your cultural stroll by contemplating the wonders of Seville. Here, the alleys are colourful and the passers-by are charming. During your expeditions, you will discover the city's magnificent cathedral, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in the world. You will also be amazed by the beauty of the Alcazar, a true manifesto of Mudéjar architecture. Along the way stop to taste sherryhttps://www.villanovo.fr/guides/espagne/gastronomie, a fortified white wine found in the vineyards of Cadiz and then continue your discovery in Cordoba. The city has no shortage of attractions, do not miss the spectacular mosque of Córdoba, which illustrates the Christian and Muslim architectural evolutions over a 1,000 years. Let yourself be seduced by the beauty of this monument, which has both traditional and modern features.

4- Algarve, Spain

4- Algarve, Spain

Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, the Algarve is a region in the south of Portugal that should not be missed during the May holidays. Between steep cliffs, and vast stretches of sand, the Algarve conceals real treasures. Come and sunbathe with your family on the most beautiful beaches of the Algarve. Keep in mind, however, that this region of southern Portugal is not just about fine sand and clear waters. So take a trip to the hinterland, known as Via Algarviana. Authentic and still undeveloped, this region is easy to discover on foot or by bike. Here, you will be dazzled by rolling hills covered with green vegetation and sublime natural spaces. We also recommend that you visit the Ria Formosa Natural Park, located on the eastern coast of the Algarve. It is a marvel where lagoons, sandy islands and areas where the tide sometimes rises are mixed together. Make sure you also take a walk in the fantastic nature reserve of this park, where you can admire magnificent beaches and birds as they fly right over you.

5- Florida, United States

5- Florida, United States

Known as the "Sunshine State,'' Florida is the perfect place for a family getaway during the May holidays! And for good reason. After discovering the Latin sensuality of Miami, the city of all possibilities, visit the splendid natural spaces of Florida. Among them, don't miss the astounding and hypnotic Everglades, a huge marsh in South Florida. Full of enchantment, the Everglades can be visited by kayak. You can see stagnant waters, a river of grasses, cypresses and mangroves.  And if you are fond of water sports, there are real treasures under Florida's waters. Among the most impressive sites, don't miss the Biscayne National Park or John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, which offers many surprises between superb coral reefs and glass bottom boats.

6- Ile de Ré, France

6- Ile de Ré, France

A short distance from La Rochelle is Île de Ré, nicknamed "Ré la blanche" because of its immaculate houses and facades. Take advantage of the May holidays to discover this island with its incredible charm, where typical villages and sandy beaches combine. Organize a nice family bike ride and admire the pine forests, vineyards and salt marshes that will cross your path. Stretching over 30 kilometres, Île de Ré enchants its visitors with its sumptuous views and gentle lifestyle. During your getaway, don't miss the mythical Whale Lighthouse in Saint-Clément-des-Baleines. Then continue your journey to the beaches rocked by the Atlantic swell. From there, you can organize activities with your children. The island is home to many surfing and windsurfing spots, including the Grenettes. After tasting the delicious shellfish, return to the typical villages of the island where there is a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Ideal to escape and forget all the worries of everyday life!

7- The Italian Lakes, Italy

7- The Italian Lakes, Italy

Formed at the end of the last ice age, the Italian Lakes continue to fascinate travellers from all over the world. And for good reason! Here, you will be amazed by the beauty of nature, where the colours of the camellias blend with the azure blue of the lakes. Surrounded by lush palm trees, the Italian lakes are true wonders that should be visited during the May holidays with family or friends. Among them, do not miss Lake Como, an incomparable beauty. Stretching over 46 kilometers, Lake Como is surrounded by unparalleled nature with snow-capped peaks, cypresses and sublime olive trees. Then head towards Lake Garda, whose shores are lined with olive and lemon trees. Here you can enjoy water sports such as windsurfing or kitesurfing. Do not leave the Italian Lakes without contemplating the sumptuousness of the Borromean Islands. Around Lake Maggiore, these islands are home to the majestic palace of the Borromeo family, a palace with magnificent terraced gardens and a cave decorated with shells.