As the days grow longer and warmer, it’s natural for wanderlust to set in. May is the perfect month to satisfy that itch to travel abroad because many locations provide fantastic chances for sightseeing and outdoor activities, and the weather is often favorable in many locations. For tourists seeking a romantic getaway or a nature escape, the world is full of amazing places to discover. The following are the best international destinations to visit in May, taking into account elements like weather, local events, and visitor crowds. From the cherry blossoms of Japan to the beaches of Greece, each of these destinations has its own unique charm and appeal.
1 Bali, Indonesia
Ulun Danu Beratan Temple in Bali
Bali is an Indonesian island renowned for having some of the most stunning beaches, a pleasant climates, and extensive cultural history. Tourists who visit Bali in May can enjoy the island’s sunny and dry weather while taking advantage of discounted rates during the slow summer season. May is also the best time to appreciate the beautiful scenery of Bali’s rice paddies and ancient temples as they prepare for their annual rice planting season. Bali is now ranked as one of the most affordable tourist destinations, with hotel rates and other lodging costs significantly lower in May than during other times of the year. Bali’s tourism sector grows all year long due to annual events like the Bali Arts Festival and the Bali Beach Music Festival.
2 Santorini, Greece
A boat soars above the water off the coast of Santorini.
Tourists who are looking for an adventurous getaway should consider visiting Santorini in the month of May. Visitors can explore the area’s beautiful beaches, active volcanic caldera, historic sites, and museums and access some of the best beachfront resorts in Santorini. May is also thought to be one of the greatest months for scaling the volcanic cliffs of Santorini to get a birds-eye perspective of the island. The famous red-hued structures are usually at their most photogenic during this time of year.
3 Kyoto, Japan
View Of Kyoto, Japan
May is a good time for tourists to visit Kyoto because of the city’s pleasant climate and reputation for its traditional culture. Kyoto’s scenic Imperial Palace and iconic bamboo groves are major tourist attractions for May travelers. The city also has beautiful cherry blossoms, which are in full bloom during spring. Tourists can take part in tours around Kyoto that showcase Japanese cultural heritage, and kimono-dressing events, join traditional festivals and performances or enjoy Japanese craft workshops.
4 Paris, France
The Eiffel Tower behind beautiful Parisian buildings
France’s capital city is an excellent destination for travelers seeking both culture and enjoyment because it has a wide array of attractions. The Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral are well-known tourist destinations because they are recognizable metropolitan landmarks. France’s arts scene is also showcased during the annual Paris Fashion Week. For tourists who enjoy a gourmet experience, Paris is also known for an assortment of desserts sure to satiate anyone’s sweet tooth, as well as great cuisines. There are plenty of museums, restaurants, cafés, and shops that can be explored in Paris throughout May. Tours related to fashion and technology can be found in early May as part of Paris Fashion Week.
5 Amalfi Coast, Italy
Italy Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast is located on the southernmost point of Italy’s boot-shaped peninsula. May is an ideal month for travelers who are looking for a relaxing and romantic getaway as it falls within the slow season. Travelers should keep an eye out for special occasions like the Amalfi Coast Music Festival or Amalfi Coast Jazz Festival that happen all year long in various locations. Also, visitors can explore the quaint towns, enjoy the local cuisine, and take boat trips along the coast.
6 Marrakech, Morocco
The Menara Gardens in Marrakech, Morocco
Marrakech has a wide array of cultural and historical attractions, including majestic mosques and souks in the medina. This area is also renowned for its atmospheric setting in a desert valley, with red mountains framing the horizon. Travelers should visit this historic city in May since it is typically sunnier and dryer than at other times of the year. Marrakech’s famed flea markets and bazaars as well as its traditional architecture, make it ideal for cultural enthusiasts. This month offers ample opportunities to explore Morocco’s colorful history as well as enjoy various festivals and exhibitions centered on folklore or domestic culture.
7 Banff, Canada
Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Canada
Banff is a well-known destination for travelers who enjoy the outdoors. The Canadian national park is known for its wildlife and dazzling Alpine mountain surrounds. May is an ideal time to visit Banff as it falls within the shoulder season, which means it’s neither too busy nor too quiet during this period of the year. While in Banff, tourists can hike along lush mountains, enjoy outdoor activities such as canoeing and rafting, or admire local wildlife, such as bears and moose, at various national parks throughout the region.
8 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Aerial panorama of Christ and Sugar Loaf Mountain, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
While Brazil’s winter season is considered a great time to visit, Rio de Janeiro offers travelers various reasons to visit it during summer as well. The city’s host of world-famous beaches and vibrant nightlife are highly attractive for holidays. May is regarded as one of the best months to visit Rio de Janeiro because its sunny and warm weather makes beach holidays enjoyable. This time of year is the busiest at beaches like Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach.
9 Barcelona, Spain
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
Barcelona is renowned for its picturesque architecture, lush parks and lush public gardens. The city is known for hosting street events, including the Spanish Carnival and the Spain International Film Festival, which is the biggest film festival in the entire globe. Throughout May, Barcelona’s inhabitants enjoy plenty of cultural activities such as art exhibitions and music concerts. As in other high-end destinations throughout the year, May in Barcelona offers visitors a wide range of gastronomic delights on offer.
10 Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa with gorgeous mountains white sand beaches and clear blue water
The peak travel season for Cape Town, also known as the Mother City, occurs in the month of May. For beachgoers and outdoor adventurers looking to escape the chilly winter months, this area is an excellent vacation destination thanks to its milder climate. In May, beach destinations such as Camps Bay Beach and Kalk Bay Beach are at their liveliest as tourists take advantage of superb sunny weather and miles of sandy beaches. The city is also known for its scenic drives along the Twelve Apostles, Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, and Chapman’s Peak Drive, which can be enjoyed by road trip enthusiasts who wish to experience South Africa at its most scenic.