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The best European destinations for May (and June)

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May the warmth be with us during the bank holiday-filled month of May where European holidays can supply well-priced, relaxing retreats and perfect conditions for culture vultures.

Here is a list of our best trips for value, sun and exploring. (*All prices are based on the cheapest direct return flights available on a Skyscanner search (09/04/19) flying any time in the month of May)

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Great value holidays

San Juan beach, Alicante
San Juan beach, Alicante

Alicante, Spain

Prices from £44 return*

A haven for sun-worshippers, Alicante is blessed with a huge number of beaches, and one of the Mediterranean's oldest port towns. It's also your perfect landing for the Costa Blanca beaches.

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Benagil Cave, Algarve
Benagil Cave, Algarve

Algarve, Portugal

Prices from £43 return*

Flying into Faro you’ll have Portugal’s beautiful south at your fingertips. There’s plenty to love all year round in the region - especially the fresh-Med food and sweet wines.

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Beautiful Corfu coastline with greenery
Beautiful Corfu coast

Corfu, Greece

Prices from £59 return*

As well as a vibrant main town full of museums and history, Corfu is full of enough water parks, riding stables and scuba centres to tire out even the most excitable of families. Blessed with a glorious climate, you'll barely need to spend a minute inside once you reach its shores.

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Culture and activity holidays

Perigeaux Castle, Perigord
Perigeaux Castle, Perigord

Limoges, France

Prices from £25 return*

Brimming with awe-inspiring churches, gardens and enough historical sites to thrill culture lovers, Limoges is place built on craftsmanship. There'll be plenty to do for even the most active families too just a couple of hours away.

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Temple Bar
Temple Bar

Dublin, Ireland

Prices from £26 return*

It’s not just the Guinness that's better here you know. Historical landmarks, greenery and great shopping are well worth the trip.

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Bratislava Castle
Bratislava Castle

Bratislava, Slovakia

Prices from £28 return*

Spread over both banks of the Danube River, Bratislava is characterised by medieval towers and grandiose 20th-century buildings and is ideal for travellers looking to explore the recent past.

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Trevi fountain, Rome
Trevi fountain, Rome

Rome, Italy

Prices from £92 return*

Clashing gladiators, ancient religion and staggering architecture, the capital of Italy is one of the world's most impressive historical destinations. To truly enjoy a roman holiday you have to see the sights Audrey Hepburn did in the film. The show reel includes the iconic Mouth of Truth and Trevi Fountain.

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Exclusive retreats

Nice centre, France
Nice centre, France

Nice, France

Prices from £97 return*

Home to the French Riviera, Nice is the ideal location for almost every holidaymaker, whether you desire a romantic retreat, golfing getaway or a spontaneous luxury jaunt. Sun Seekers will adore the spotless beaches, while culture vultures can lose themselves for hours in the countless art and history-laden museums.

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Comino
Comino

Malta

Prices from £40 return*

A southern European island all of its very own, Malta is a holiday destination with a very distinct style. Delve into 7,000 years' worth of history, enjoy easy access to the islets of Gozo and Comino and bask in the sweltering heat that hangs on all year round.

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Bridge to Fort Punta Christo, Pula, Croatia
Bridge to Fort Punta Christo, Pula

Pula, Croatia

Prices from £94 return*

Get ready for your pace of life to drop down a few gears. Your seafront base might have hosted Roman gladiators back in the day but Pula is now the champion of the cool and serene.

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Izmir harbour
Izmir harbour

Izmir, Turkey

Prices from £139 return*

Head to the Aegean Coast and find the mesmerizing port city of Izmir. Rebuilt by Alexander the Great himself, it's now a special spot for sun-seekers.

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*All prices are based on the cheapest direct return flights available on a Skyscanner search (09/04/19) flying any time in the month of May. From a destination page on our website, simply click ‘Find Flights’ without adding dates to search for the cheapest month.