Some of the best countries to visit in May 2021 include European gems such as France, Spain, Croatia, and the star of Eurasia, Turkey.
And if you want something a little more exotic, then know that in May, cherry blossoms in Japan are still in bloom. So choose an option from the list below and go on vacation! Some of the countries that one could travel to in May 2021 are still closed due to coronavirus restrictions, but the situation changes every day, and by May they may well be open to Russian tourists.
10. France – for romantics and oyster lovers
The world’s cradle of fashion is beauty best seen in spring. In May, the weather in France is fine, and there are much fewer tourists than in summer.
If you like natural beauty, we recommend choosing to visit the town of Vezak, next to which there are the Hanging Gardens of the Marquess. They are named so because they are planted with terraces around the ancient castle, and from a distance, it seems that they are hanging from the mountain.
This six-kilometer labyrinth is home to over 150,000 boxwood bushes, as well as cypresses, cyclamens, strawberry trees, and other plants.
For romantics, there is nothing better than Toulouse, the “pink city”, in which many old buildings are lined with terracotta-colored bricks. At dusk and dawn, they look especially impressive.
Or if you want to sample some delicious oysters and enjoy the fresh sea breeze, head to Cancale. In this oyster capital of France, sea clams are grown on farms and supplied to local restaurants.
For luxury and relaxation, there is the French Riviera, which includes resort cities such as Cannes, Saint Tropez, Monaco, and Nice. For tourists with children (and even adults), we recommend Disneyland Paris.
9. Croatia – for visiting fairs and enjoying nature
Although Croatia is a good holiday destination all year round, May is the perfect time to experience all that this country has to offer. The weather is warm and sunny, but not too hot for hiking, kayaking, and other outdoor activities. You will also avoid the summer crush that comes in the first month of summer.
On May 7, the ancient Croatian city of Split celebrates the day of its patron saint, Domnius. At this time, religious processions take place, traditional music sounds, and street fairs open. Domnius is considered the patron saint of carpenters, barrels, and woodcarvers, so there will be many wooden products at local fairs that you can hardly buy anywhere else.
Explore the beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park, home to a chain of 16 terraced lakes, pristine waterfalls, and a limestone canyon.
The island of Hvar, located in the Adriatic Sea, is another tranquil place that exudes a spring atmosphere. There are lavender fields, vineyards, and numerous springs. And also – the oldest public theater in Europe, whose history dates back to 1612
8. West Coast of Australia – for outdoor activities
Late spring is a fairly cold time in most parts of Australia, except for its west coast. There is plenty to do at sea, from diving to snorkeling, surfing to kitesurfing and windsurfing.
May is the best time to explore Ningaloo Marine Park. It is a huge coral reef and the most impressive adventure here is walking with whale sharks. Fishing enthusiasts will also not be disappointed, they rent a boat, all the necessary equipment … and many quiet hours trying to catch salmon, snapper, Spanish mackerel, and other fish that are found in the local waters.
7. Botswana – for wildlife lovers
May marks the beginning of a dry and cool season in Botswana. Humidity drops, creating a comfortable, warm environment. The air can be chilly at night and early in the morning, so bring a jacket with you.
In addition to safari, you can take a boat trip or mokoro (traditional canoe) to explore wildlife along the reed waterways of the Okavango, the planet’s largest inland delta, with no drain to the world’s oceans. Botswana’s nature reserves are never overcrowded, but you will see even fewer tourists in May than at the end of the season and may benefit from lower prices.
6. Saint Lucia – for those who love jazz
May is one of the best times to enjoy a vacation in this small island Caribbean state. Those who came here for the winter holidays have already gone home, but the rains have not yet begun. The temperatures in Saint Lucia are pleasant and warm all year round, but in May the hotels offer excellent value for money and the beaches are mostly free of visitors.
Also in May, the island hosts the St. Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival annually. During this time, viewers can enjoy performances by local and visiting jazz musicians, calypso music, and rhythm and blues. Events take place on stages large and small throughout the island, including Pigeon Point National Park, Derek Walcott Square, Old Fort Square, and more.
5. Spain – for connoisseurs of booze, sightseeing, and bullfighting
May in Barcelona is an outdoor café and bar serving endless jugs of sangria, while Madrid has a bullfight to celebrate St. Isidro’s Day.
And in Seville, from late April to early May, the great Seville Fair or La Feria de Abril takes place. Every festive day a parade of horsemen and horse-drawn carriages begins in it. And when you get tired of the spectacle, you can cool off at the Icebarcelona ice bar in Barcelona, explore the Holy Grail at Valencia Cathedral, visit the Almerian Desert, the only desert in Europe, or explore the tomb of Christopher Columbus.
4. Japan – for enjoying the fleeting beauty of cherry blossom
May in Japan is the continuation of the cherry blossom season in April, and the only slight difference between these months is the warmer temperatures.
At the very beginning of May, cherry blossoms come into full bloom in the city of Hakodate. The most popular places for hanami (cherry blossom viewing) are Goryokak Fort, built in the shape of a five-pointed star, and Hakodate Park, one of the first in the country built in a Western-style. It also houses the City Museum, a mini-zoo, and a children’s playground.
In Tokyo’s Shinjuku district, there is another popular place for “sakurophiles” – Shinjuku Gyoen Park. Over a thousand trees grow there, which in the spring delight the eye with white-pink “clouds”. Moreover, there are both early flowering and late flowering sakura varieties in the park, which makes it possible to admire the flowering even for those who missed the main season.
Another amazing place to visit in Japan in May 2021 is Kyoto, with its Philosophical Trail that runs from the Silver Pavilion to Nanzen-Ji Temple. Hundreds of cherry blossoms grow on both sides of the canal along which the trail runs. By the way, the Silver Pavilion, despite the name, is not covered with silver. However, the Japanese are not embarrassed by this, and they call the building an example of unfinished beauty.
3. Belize – for those with a sweet tooth
To ensure that your trip does not disappoint you with rainy weather, we recommend choosing the Cayo area. The rainy season will begin in June, and the Easter bustle has already subsided, so you don’t have to fight for a place in the sun with crowds of tourists.
In the third week of May, the Toledo Cacao Fest, a weeklong festival dedicated to all things chocolate, kicks off in Belize. You can attend tastings, food contests, and street fairs that draw attention to the country’s small but booming cocoa industry.
2. Mauritius – for beach lovers and water sports enthusiasts
One of the best places to travel in May 2021 is the Indian Ocean beach paradise, known worldwide for its natural abundance of clear water, white sand, and emerald-green palms.
In May, the air temperature in Mauritius reaches 27 ° C. This is the ideal time and weather for your May vacation.
Things to do in Mauritius in May:
- Explore the famous Bois Cheri tea plantations. And be sure to visit the tea museum, which operates at the local tea factory.
2. Go scuba diving and kitesurfing at Belle Mare Beach, or snorkeling at Blue Bay Marine Park.
3. Horseback riding on Riambell Beach is delightful, especially during sunset.
4. For nature lovers, visit the National Botanical Gardens of Mauritius.
5. If you need the most developed tourist infrastructure on the island, then the path lies on Grand Bay, the most developed local beach. There are many restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, a large shopping mall, and even hospitals. And you can book an Albatross seaplane ride over the coast of Mauritius for a bird’s eye view.
1.Turkey – for an inexpensive seaside vacation in 2021
While in Turkey, you will find a mixture of old and new: minarets sit side by side with skyscrapers, and calls for evening prayer are intertwined with the sounds of electronic music coming from cruise ships sailing along the Bosphorus.
Start your tourist route in Istanbul, from Hagia Sophia to Topkapi Palace, from Sultan Ahmed Mosque to the Maiden’s Tower to admire the majestic monuments of architecture.
Wander the bazaars of Istanbul in search of exotic spices, dried fruits, coffee, and jewelry. Or if you’re planning to travel to Turkey with kids, head to The Land of Legends, the largest water park in the Mediterranean. Its highlight is the high-speed attraction Hyper Coaster, 61 meters high and a speed of 115 km / h.