Two free days of holiday are coming your way in May so make the most of them and bag yourself a bargain holiday. Mini break anyone?
The early May Bank Holiday: 3-6 May 2019
We all know spring is a little unpredictable in the UK, so it’s only sensible to fly to sunny Greece instead. Once you arrive on Kefalonia Island, the beach should be your first port of call. There’s plenty to choose from but as the 12-time winner of Greece’s best beach award and ranked as one of the best worldwide, Myrtos Beach wouldn’t be a bad place to start. If you’re visiting the west coast, take time out to see the Lighthouse of Saint Theodoroi, which was rebuilt following the 1963 earthquake – the replica design includes an 8-foot tower surrounded by 20 columns. Visit at sunset, and this lighthouse is sure to make it on to the ‘gram.
Where to stay: Mirabel Hotel
Located on the corner of Valianou Square, Mirabel Hotel comes with a rooftop terrace and views over the bay. Plus with a three-minute walk to the ferry terminal, you’ll be able to explore mainland Greece with ease. Prices start at £34 a night.
The early May bank holiday happily coincides with the Guernsey Heritage Festival (19 April-10 May) giving you a great insight into island life. At only 12 miles long, you can cover a lot of ground in a long weekend, but despite its size, there’s still plenty to do. Visit the capital, St Peter Port, where small cobbled streets lead to restaurants and shops around the harbour. For a more in-depth look at the island, a guided walking tour leaves from St Peter Port’s information centre everyday and costs just £8.
Where to stay: The Yacht Inn
As one of the oldest inns on the island, The Yacht Inn was used to house soldiers during the German occupation in WW2. Today, however, you’re more likely to find a kettle and some tea rations than a colonel in your room. Prices start at £69 a night.
Spring temperatures are still making their way north at the beginning of May, which is why you should partake in the Finns’ favourite pastime – relaxing in a sauna. Löyly Sauna is on the edge of the Baltic Sea and a two-hour session in their public smoke or wood-burning saunas costs €19 and includes complimentary toiletries. Need a cool down afterwards? No problem, there are swimming facilities available onsite… in the sea.
Where to stay: Finlandia Park Hotel Helsinki
Keep away from the buzz of the city in this leafy northern suburb where tram and train links are easily accessible. And, before your ask, the Finlandia Park Hotel Helsinki comes with its own sauna. Prices start at £67 a night.
The late May Bank Holiday: 24-27 May 2019
You can just make it out of Europe at this time of year by spending £110 on the very reasonable four-hour flight to Marrakech. May is prime time to visit before the sweltering temperatures take hold, perfect for an afternoon wandering through the Jemaa el-Fnaa Market. Save a day to explore the 16th-century ruins of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Palais El Badi, where you’ll receive an impressive view over the city. It’s worth noting that the country will be observing Ramadan from 5 May-4 June, and while restaurant and shops will be open as normal, some tourist attractions may close early.
Where to stay: Riad Venôme & Spa
For an authentic stay in the twisting alleys of Marrakech, Riad Venôme & Spa will tick all the boxes. It’s an easy seven-minute walk to Jamaa el-Fnaa and complete with a roof terrace and bar. Prices start at £33 a night.
If you’re thinking of going on a city break, look no further than landlocked Luxembourg where flights start at just £39. Back in the 10th century, the city featured just one small fort but over the centuries, the city’s fortifications have been extended and reinforced after countless invasions. The Old City’s quarters now make up a quirky collection of architecture style so spend some time wandering the streets and taking in the history. In the northeast of the city, Fort Thüngen – known locally as The Three Acorns – includes a small museum on Luxembourg’s history. There’s also a hiking trail that takes you around the Fort’s grounds where you can spy the three acorns the building is named after.
Where to stay: Hotel Grey
Situated in an old 1930s building in the Garer Quarter, Hotel Grey has been recently renovated to fit 28 rooms with a contemporary design. You’ll be centrally located and in walking distance of Sacre Coeur Church and Place de Martyrs. Rooms start at £66.
By May, Milan’s Fashion Week has truly been and gone, which means you can happily sport last season’s sunglasses without anyone staring too much. This fashionable city is an Instagrammer’s dream: your first port of call for a bite to eat should be Bar Luce, located in Fondazione Prada (an institution dedicated to contemporary art and culture) and designed by Wes Anderson. Think of a café filled with vibrant furniture and geometric colours and an old pinball machine thrown in for good measure. Then don’t forget to take a snap of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper in Santa Maria Delle Grazie before you hit the shops.
Where to stay: B&B Hotel Milano Sant’Ambrogio
B&B Hotel Milano Sant’Ambrogio has a range of stylish simple rooms and a rooftop terrace. Located in the centre of Milan, you can even hire bikes directly from the hotel to make exploring as easy as can be. Rooms start at £66.
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All flight and prices mentioned in this article are estimates of the cheapest prices based on Skyscanner’s flight search tools. These are subject to change and were correct at time of writing on 18 March 2019.