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Where to go in May with Relais & Châteaux

May conjures up dreams of distant shores. Spring is in full swing, the days are getting longer and the sun’s comforting warm rays call for moments of carefree relaxation on cafe terraces. In the tropics, diving and hikes through abundant vegetation await in Anguilla and Réunion. In the Mediterranean, push back the doors of Morocco’s riads to discover a bubbling fountain. In Greece, the islands are illuminated with a thousand colors, waiting to divulge the secrets of their ancient Gods. Meanwhile the hidden treasures of Italy are waiting to be uncovered in Sardinia, the Aeolian Islands and Sicily.  Further north, far from the olive trees and mint teas, Poland and Ireland promise intense, stirring moments. With breathtaking scenery and rich architectural heritage, the north also has its fair share of riches in May. Enjoy the month of May with Relais & Châteaux!

Where to go in May with Relais & Châteaux

Anguilla

What is the weather like in Anguilla in May? It is still the dry season in May with temperatures reaching as high as 88°F in the air and 82°F in the water. May is an ideal time to visit this paradise island.

What to do in Anguilla The island itself offers picture postcard scenery. Anguilla is renowned for having the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean with turquoise waters that are perfect for enjoying a whole host of water sports, such as kitesurfing or underwater diving. The sea's depths boast countless riches, with beautiful treasures waiting to be discovered by snorkelers. Anguilla is also the perfect island for couples and families, who can enjoy such tranquil delights as horse rides along the beaches in the early morning, bike rides, or barbecued fish on the beach. History buffs can explore the Big Spring caves, which contain Amerindian petroglyphs from over 2,000 years ago. Meanwhile nature lovers will appreciate the innumerable sea turtles that gather to lay their eggs on the beaches between April and November.

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Réunion Island

What is the weather like in Réunion in May? May marks the beginning of the dry season in Réunion. Gone are the heavy rains; from now on the weather is more clement. You can count on temperatures of 68 to 82°F, but prepare for cooler temperatures inland or in the mountains. The water temperature varies between 72 and 81°F year round.

What to do in Réunion Hit the waves in Réunion’s most beautiful surfing sport in Saint-Leu, admire the marine depths of Saint-Gilles-les-Bains, take a hike along the Cirque de Mafate, trek through the peaks, torrents and ravines of the Cirque de Cilaos or try to climb the Piton des Neiges – there are so many things to do in Réunion. Its uncommonly diverse landscapes make it incredibly beautiful. Its creole architecture adorned in rainbow shades sets the tone – one of hospitality, a sometimes capricious climate, and innate joie de vivre. This island is a little piece of paradise that must be preserved, gorging with tamarinds, coffee bushes, clove trees, lychee trees and multicolored flowers. Take a moment to savor the luck of staying here and try a curry or a Sausage Rougail washed down with an infused rum.

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Morocco

What is the weather like in Morocco in May? From Essaouira to Rabat, Marrakesh to Fez, May offers the ideal weather for enjoying Morocco. Ranging from 68°F on the Atlantic coast to 82°F inland, the country experiences milder temperatures before the sweltering summer heat arrives.

What to do in Morocco Soak up the colors of its medinas and souk stalls, not to mention the spicy aromas emanating from them. With the scent of coriander and fresh mint in the air, sip tea on the terrace in Jemaa El-Fna square and admire the rich history from the ramparts of imperial Fez. However, visiting Morocco is also about pushing open the heavy door of a riad and glimpsing the garden of Eden behind it, admiring the architecture of a funduq and discovering the tanners’ quarter in Fez, looking at paintings in Essaouira, city of artists, and exploring the Majorelle garden with its very own shade of blue. Finally, taking the time to meet the profoundly welcoming inhabitants who have a strong sense of hospitality will make it extra special.

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Sardinia, Aeolian Islands and Sicily

What is the weather like in these islands in May? With temperatures varying between 59 and 77°F, May is perfect for dipping your toes in the Mediterranean and discovering the divine secrets of these Italian islands in peaceful surroundings.

What to do in Sardinia, the Aeolian Islands and Sicily If you love beaches, medieval villages, Roman churches, unspoilt natural sites and gastronomy, Sardinia is made for you! Between Cagliari on Sardinia’s southern tip and the charming little port of Alghero in the north, the island is packed with uncommonly beautiful natural sites: rugged cliffs in the south-west, immense white sand dunes in the west, or the Gulf of Arzachena in the east of the island with a spectacular view of the islands of La Maddalena.

Situated to the north of Sicily in the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Aeolian Islands form an archipelago overlooked by the active volcano of Stromboli. These islands are brimming with craters, cliffs and black rocks, forming a unique geological landscape. Salina is one of the greenest islands, where the vegetation has marvelously acclimatized to the territory.

Last but not least, further to the south, Sicily offers a wealth of treasures. They include its varied landscapes, beaches, and Mount Etna, which occasionally rumbles above Catania, as well as the riches of Magna Graecia, which abounds with endless cultural heritage. Agrigento is home to the valley of Greek temples while Palermo displays stunning mosaics in the Palatine Chapel and its dozens of churches. Taormina presents an ancient theater backing onto the hill and overlooking the sea, while Syracuse's Piazza Duomo resonates with sweet melodies.

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Greece

What is the weather like in Greece in May? In the spring, Greece enjoys pleasant temperatures of around 68 to 77°F depending on the region. It is also the perfect time to discover the country’s historical sites without the crowds and to savor the slow life of its inhabitants.

What to do in Greece During a stay in Greece, you can immerse yourself in its ancient history, “meet” the Gods of Olympus, and admire Athens and its Parthenon, Epidaurus and Delphi on Mount Parnassus, constructed to celebrate Apollo. Picture yourself as an athlete on the site of Olympia, climb the Meteora in Thessaly, and imagine yourself living as a hermit on top of a rocky outcrop. But Greece also has the Cyclades and Crete to offer, with the islands all offering the typically Greek style of easy living, architecture that seamlessly blends into the natural surroundings, and countless bays bathed in turquoise waters.

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Ireland

What is the weather like in Ireland in May? In May, the mornings can still be chilly in Ireland with 45°F in the early morning and temperatures only rising as high as 59°F during the daytime. However May is one of the least rainy months, so make the most of it!

What to do in Ireland Ireland is striking and appealing in equal measure. This exceptional country stands out for its sometimes lunar landscapes, vast stretches of green land, cliffs, craggy coastlines, the Giant’s Causeway, and countless lakes. Here, nature provides enjoyment and inspires respect. Ireland's must-see attractions include Connemara Lake, the Cliffs of Moher, the Cliffs of Slieve League, Gaelic football at Dublin’s Croke Park, and the Guinness Storehouse – experiences essential to soaking up the Irish culture that fascinates countless curious visitors to the island. If that’s not enough, wander the narrow cobbled streets of Temple Bar in the Irish capital and admire the avant-garde culture, hip restaurants and authentic Irish pubs – the perfect place to experience true Irish hospitality!

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Poland

What is the weather like in Poland in May? May finally sees the arrival of nice weather. With temperatures ranging from 46°F in the morning to 68°F in the daytime, the season is a far cry from the glacial winter chills. In terms of sunshine, May promises beautiful conditions in which to relax on cafe terraces.

What to do in Poland Poland’s countless riches come from its past of frequently modified borders. Although the cogs of history may have tarnished its image, it has emerged stronger and more vibrant. To the curious tourist, it appears in all its noble splendor. Krakow, the country’s former capital, features on UNESCO’s World Heritage list and is an architectural jewel. In its historic city center, Gothic architecture sits alongside Renaissance and Baroque, presenting incredibly beautiful ornamental stone openwork. But behind this historical facade, the city beats to the rhythm of Krakow's dynamic young people, who like to take walks through the Planty parks or get together in one of its hip cafes. Further north in Gdańsk Bay and on the shores of the Baltic Sea, Gdynia offers all the delights of a seaside resort with its famous Orlowo Pier perfect for strolls in the beautiful May sunshine.

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