Summer is just around the corner but there is no reason to wait for a sunny sojourn – from Biarritz to the Gambia, we’ve rounded up our top picks for a May getaway
Best for families – Taipei, Taiwan
With influences from China, Japan, the West and the island’s own indigenous heritage, Taipei is an intriguing mix of modern and ancient. The National Palace Museum holds a treasure trove of priceless artefacts spanning 8,000 years. Indulging in street food is a national obsession, so visit one of the capital’s vibrant night markets and try anything from gua bao (dumplings) to stinky tofu. Our informative Taipei travel guide will help you research the best things to see and do in this exciting city.
Best for a city break – New York City, USA
With cheaper fares in May and countless airlines flying to New York, you can get a bargain trip and fall in love with the Big Apple all over again. Manhattan oozes a frenetic buzz day and night. Its world-class museums are chocked full of the finest art. Its nightlife proves legendary and its key sights – the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and Central Park – never disappoint. In between sightseeing, leave some time to enjoy a slice of New York’s namesake cheesecake and maybe even a Manhattan cocktail. Life is blissful, even amid chaos.
Best for a beach break – Biarritz, France
As the mercury rises across mainland Europe, Biarritz, one of the most glamorous beach resorts in France, gets ready to welcome visitors. Grab a board and join the hordes of olive-skinned locals bobbing in the surf at La Grade Plage or stretch out on the silky sands of Plage du Miramar. Away from the golden shores, the seaside town’s colourful old fishing port is worth seeking out.
Best for an adventure break – The Gambia
With pleasant temperatures and low humidity, May is a good time to visit the Gambia, a small country on the west coast of Africa. Explore the tropical forest of Abuko Nature Reserve and keep a look out for crocodiles, monkeys, antelope and over 300 exotic bird species. If that sounds too subdued, sign up for borreh (Gambian wrestling). Similar to Greco-Roman wrestling, this national sport is ferocious and often bloody.