Discover where to holiday in May – from Uzbekistan to the Himalayan foothills, and Cannes to Moscow.In Uzbekistan, May sees rainfall at its lowest and temperatures at their mildest, making it a lovely time to explore souks and visit the beautiful cities of Samarkand and Bukhara. Meanwhile, in the Himalayan foothills, the temperature is no longer so cold and tea pickers come out in force on the hillsides of Darjeeling, as do vivid wildflowers and rhododendrons, ensuring the beautiful mountain views come alive with bursts of colour.In Europe, the Cannes Film Festival is in full swing, Victory Day in Moscow offers an impressive parade through the iconic Red Square, and Prague hosts its International Music Festival, a showcase of classical pieces for all to enjoy.
In this mountainous region, visiting in winter is less than ideal; however, in May the weather is clear and sunny, and there is little rain. The countryside is in bloom, with wildflowers painting a picturesque scene, and it is the perfect time to visit natural attractions such as Tiger Leaping Gorge, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and the Shilin Stone Forest. The weather also makes it pleasant to roam the streets of Lijiang, whose old town has been declared a Unesco world heritage site.
Luckily, the Galapagos Islands are a year-round destination, as the weather is temperate. In May the skies are at their bluest and the seas are calm. Wildlife activities are rife – the eggs of marine iguanas and sea turtles begin to hatch, and many birds begin their courtship rituals, including the unmistakable blue-footed boobies. Flowers are now in bloom and the water is at its warmest, making snorkelling a delight. Plus, as the peak season only begins in June, you will be able to experience the Galapagos with fewer tourists around.
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A tiny island in the Seychelles, Bird Island plays host to more than 700,000 sooty and noddy terns that arrive in May for their breeding season. The sheer number of birds on the island at once is an incredible sight. At this time, some of the lesser noddy eggs begin to hatch, so it is possible to view baby chicks feeding. While the birds are the main draw, the island also offers more than 5km of white, sandy beach, perfect for walking or snorkelling just off the coast.