Where to go on a honeymoon in May

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With its first not too intense heat, long afternoons and the scent of flowers filling the air, May is the month that opens the wedding season. But May does not bring good weather only to Italy: there are many destinations in the world that offer their best in spring, combining good weather with low season, giving the newlyweds the opportunity of a honeymoon away from the crowds of the months highlight.
Whether you are a lover of the sea, big cities or history, you will surely find in this guide the best destinations for a honeymoon in May!


  1. Honeymoon in May in the rest of the world
  2. Honeymoon in May in Europe
  3. Honeymoon in May in Italy
  4. Where not to go: the destinations not recommended in May
  5. User questions and comments
  6. Request a personalized quote for your honeymoon

Honeymoon in May in the rest of the world

1 - ABC Islands, Netherlands Antilles

The denomination applies to Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao islands, in the archipelago of the Antilles in the Caribbean Sea.
They were formerly known as the Netherlands Antilles due to colonization by Holland, but since 2010 they have assumed their own identity as nations, while still falling under the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

May is the ideal month to visit the ABC islands: the sea is warm and the climate is dry, before the air becomes muggy and the hurricane season begins. Dutch colonization is still evident on the islands, where you will feel like you are visiting a piece of Europe in the heart of the Caribbean. You will recognize the typical architecture of colorful buildings and windmills, but instead of being in the cold of Amsterdam you will find yourself in the sunny Caribbean sun. Alternate lazy mornings on the white beaches with energetic afternoons of water sports including snorkeling, windsurfing and kayaking trips to the numerous flamingo nests.

  • Main cities and places: Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao
  • duration: 10 days / 9 nights (3 nights in Aruba, 3 in Bonaire, 3 in Curaçao)
  • Budget (fee per person): High (over € 2.500 per person) - ask for a personalized quote

Plan your trip yourself: flights and hotels

  • Flights to Aruba starting from € 449,00 -
  • Hotels and b & b starting from € 87,00 per night -

2 - Florida: Miami and Orlando parks

Florida is known as the state of the sun. Located on the east coast of the United States, is the dream destination for fun lovers. May is the last useful time for a visit before the summer hurricane season sets in, and the heat and crowds are less intense than in the winter.

Devote most of your days to the city of Orlando in Orange County, in the center of the state. Orlando is home to several theme parks, each of which will take more than a day for a full visit, starting from the famous Walt Disney World and passing through Universal Studios with their thematic area dedicated to the world of Harry Potter, up to Sea World with its water attractions.

Then dedicate a day to Cape Canaveral: do not miss a visit to the Kennedy Space Center, the NASA spacecraft launch facility from where Apollo 1969 departed in 11, bringing the first astronauts to the moon.
Finish the itinerary in Miami, to enjoy its beaches and the festive Latin atmosphere. The must-sees are undoubtedly a tour of south beach and an excursion to the Everglades, the home of the alligators, to be visited on an adrenaline-fueled airboat tour!

  • Main cities and places: Orlando, Cape Canaveral, Miami
  • duration: 15 days / 14 nights (9 nights in Orlando, 5 nights in Miami)
  • Budget (fee per person): High (over € 2.500 per person) - ask for a personalized quote

Plan your trip yourself: flights and hotels

  • Flights to Orlando starting from € 341,00 -
  • Hotels and b & b starting from € 90,00 per night -

3 - Egypt: Cairo, Luxor and Sharm el Sheikh

A few hours flight from Italy, overlooking the Mediterranean, is one of the destinations of greatest historical interest for tourists from all over the world. Egypt is known as the land of the Pharaohs, whose millennial cult is still shrouded in unsolved mysteries.

The itinerary starts from the capital Cairo. Here are the Pyramids of Giza and the great Sphinx, funerary monuments of the pharaohs dating back to the th century BC. of particular importance since it is the only one of the seven wonders of the ancient world to have reached the present day. Before moving on, don't miss the thrill of a Nile cruise.

Then move south and stop in Luxor to complete the historical itinerary. Around the small city, 600 km from the capital, there are the remains of ancient Thebes. The attractions not to be missed are the homonymous Temple of Luxor dedicated to the God Amun, the temple complex of Karnak, but above all, organize a day excursion to the Valley of the Kings, which houses the "cursed" tomb of Tutankhamun, and the Valley of the Queens, the eternal resting place of Queen Nefertari.

After this immersion in history it is then time to immerse yourself in the fresh waters of the Red Sea, choosing how last leg of the trip Sharm el Sheik, where you can admire the natural beauty of the coral reef.

  • Main cities and places: Cairo, Luxor, Sharm el Sheik
  • duration: 10 days / 9 nights (3 nights in Cairo, 2 nights in Luxor, 4 nights in Sharm el Sheik)
  • Budget (fee per person): medium (between € 1.500 and € 2.500 per person) - ask for a personalized quote

Plan your trip yourself: flights and hotels

  • Flights to Cairo starting from € 182,00 -
  • Hotels and b & b starting from € 45,00 per night -

4 - Indonesia: Java and Bali

The Indonesian archipelago is located between Asia and Oceania, and is famous for its unspoiled nature, ancient places of worship and the sea of ​​vivid and brilliant colors. The major islands of the more than 17 thousand that compose it are Java, Sumatra, New Guinea, Sulawesi and Borneo, so it will be necessary to move by ferry for a complete visit.
May is one of the least rainy months, and the temperatures settle around 30 ° C.
Despite being a very distant and visited destination, the favorable exchange rate will help you keep costs down.

Among the must-see attractions, the first place is occupied by ruins of Borobudur, the largest Buddhist temple in the world, dating back to around 800 AD, on the island of Java. Within easy reach of Borobudur you can also visit the most beautiful Hindu temple in Indonesia, Prambanan, also on the island of central Java, which just like the Buddhist temple was forgotten for centuries and rediscovered in the th century.

As for the natural destinations on the island of Bali, do not miss the sunrise excursion to Mount Batur and the night excursion to the Ijen volcano to witness the extraordinary phenomenon of blue fire. Also in Bali there are numerous temples of interest: among the must-sees, do not miss the Tanah Lot, located on a small islet on the east coast. Complete the visit of the island with an afternoon in the rice fields and at least two days to discover the beaches.

  • Main cities and places: Java, Bali
  • duration: 12 days / 11 nights (5 nights in Jakarta on Java island, 6 nights in Ubud on Bali island)
  • Budget (fee per person): medium (between € 1.500 and € 2.000 per person) - ask for a personalized quote

Plan your trip yourself: flights and hotels

  • Flights to Bali from € 489,00 -
  • Hotels and b & b starting from € 25,00 per night -

5 - Madagascar

The island of Madagascar, off the east coast of Africa, has a microclimate of its own that makes May an excellent month to visit, when the rains break out on the continent at the same time.
Madagascar itself sees very different environments coexist within it: from the gigantic baobabs to the white beaches, from the savannah of the Isalo national park to the waterfalls of the Amber Mountain, where among the many animals you can also meet lemurs, the little yellow-eyed animals that symbolize the island.

Madagascar is therefore the ideal destination for those who love nature and animals, which, however, can also be combined with tourist resorts for relaxing days at the beach. Do not miss to visit the islets adjacent to the main island to discover its splendid bays. Among the smaller islands Ile Sainte-Marie certainly stands out, where it is possible to spot whales and where Captain Kidd, a famous Scottish pirate who plundered the merchant ships of the Indian Ocean, was based.

  • Main cities and places: Ile Sainte-Marie, Antsiranana, Anakao, Isalo
  • duration: 10 days / 9 nights (5 nights in Antsiranana, 2 nights in Isalo, 2 nights in Anakao)
  • Budget (fee per person): medium (between € 1.500 and € 2.500 per person) - ask for a personalized quote

Plan your trip yourself: flights and hotels

  • Flights to Antananarivo starting from € 490,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 34,00 per room -

Honeymoon in May in Europe

1 - Andalusia

Andalusia is a vast region in southern Spain where Mediterranean traditions blend with Arab atmospheres, following the Islamic domination that lasted over seven hundred years. Nowadays there are numerous architectural works that the Moorish occupation bequeathed to the region, making it one of the favorite Spanish destinations for tourists. In May, the region enjoys a mild climate, unlike the summer months characterized by scorching heat.

It is advisable to leave from Seville for the number of direct flights from Italy greater than in other cities; it will then be possible to reach other cities by train, or for the more adventurous spirits it is advisable to rent a car for a road trip.

Visit the unmissable stops in Seville, such as the Alcázar and the Cathedral, but above all do not miss a Flamenco show in a typical Tablao in the Triana district, the cradle of this Spanish dance.
In Cordoba, however, do not miss the great mosque, later converted into a place of Christian worship, the Madinat al-Zahra 'residence and the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos.
Coming to Granada you can visit the Alhambra, the Generalife and the Arab Bath. Eye, the entrances are limited and require a reservation well in advance, better opt for the skip the line ticket with a guided tour.
In Malaga instead we suggest a pictorial rather than an architectural visit to the Picasso museum, and then enjoy the beaches of the costa del Sol.
The tour will end in style in Gibraltar, in a day of naturalistic excursions among the monkeys of the "Penon" reserve and the Europa Point lighthouse that looks towards Morocco.

  • Main cities and places: Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Malaga, Gibraltar.
  • duration: 10 days / 9 nights (3 nights in Seville, 2 in Cordoba, 2 in Granada, 1 in Malaga, 1 in Gibraltar)
  • Budget (fee per person): Medium (between € 1.500 and € 2.500 per person) - ask for a personalized quote

Plan your trip yourself: flights and hotels

  • Flights to Seville from € 50,00 -
  • Hotels and b & b starting from € 60,00 per night -

2 - The capitals of the Danube: Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest

The itinerary goes out of the way of visiting a single nation and consists of a international tour between Austria, Slovakia and Hungary to discover the capitals overlooking the Danube. It is also possible to participate in a real cruise along the river for those who prefer a relaxing holiday, where the stops and visits are distributed over a week.

Vienna is perhaps the best known of the three cities, linked to the figure of the Empress Sissi. Follow its history with a tour of the Schönbrunn Palace and gardens, but don't forget that the city offers so much more, from the Landstrasse art district to the Prater park with the famous Ferris wheel.

A Bratislava mix past and present by visiting the castle, the old town and the new bridge.
In Budapestfinally, treat yourself to a cruise on the Danube and then relax in the most famous spas in Europe, explore the districts of Buda and Pest and be breathless in front of the baroque architecture of the castle.

  • Main cities and places: Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest
  • duration: 8 days / 7 nights (3 nights in Vienna, 1 night in Bratislava, 3 nights in Budapest)
  • Budget (fee per person): medium (between € 1.500 and € 2.500 per person) - ask for a personalized quote

Plan your trip yourself: flights and hotels

  • Flights to Vienna from € 31,00 -
  • Hotels and b & b starting from € 65,00 per night -

3 - Iceland and the Golden Circle

The itinerary moves to colder climates, seeing Iceland as the protagonist. The island never reaches warm temperatures given its location in the cold waters off Greenland, however in the month of May temperatures vary from 4 ° C to 10 ° C, thus being tolerable and not excessively cold as in winter. A visit in spring or summer will also guarantee you a greater number of hours of light, rather scarce in winter.

The island is the ideal destination for nature lovers, who will be able to live here experiences impossible to achieve on the continent. A must is the excursion to the Golden Circle and Kerid Crater from Reykjavik, where you will admire the spectacular Geysir area, Gullfoss Waterfall and Þingvellir National Park.
Do not miss the boat tour with whale watching from Reykjavik, and then visits to Lake Mývatn, Dettifoss waterfalls, Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon to finally relax in the waters of the Blue Lagoon Spa.
The best way to reach the different sites of interest is to rent a car, which however increases the overall cost of the trip.

  • Main places: Reykjavík, Þingvellir National Park, Lake Myvatn, Dettifoss waterfalls, Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon
  • duration: 10 days / 9 nights (3 nights in Reykjavík, 3 nights near Dettifoss, 3 nights near Jökulsárlón)
  • Budget (fee per person): High (over € 2.500 per person) - ask for a personalized quote

Plan your trip yourself: flights and hotels

  • Flights to Reykjavik starting from € 285,00 -
  • Hotels and b & b starting from € 90,00 per night -

4 - European Russia: St. Petersburg, Moscow and the Golden Ring

Russia covers a vast territory, but for this itinerary we will consider only the European half of the country.

The tour departs from St. Petersburg, the port city on the Baltic Sea known as the northernmost metropolis in the world. It has long been the capital of the Russian Empire, and to this day (although it has lost this title) it remains the country's cultural center. The city took the name of Petrograd by the will of Tsar Nicholas II in the decade 1914-1924, and was later called Leningrad until Lenin's death in 1991. The main attractions in the city are the Hermitage Museum housed in the Palace of Winter, the Fortress of Saints Peter and Paul, where the tombs of the Romanov family are located, the elegant Peterhof palace, a royal residence similar to the palace of Versailles, and the church of the Savior with its typical enameled domes.

Then go to Moscow, the current Russian capital and th most populous city in the world. Stop at least four days in the city to see Red Square, Lenin's Mausoleum, the Kremlin, St. Basil's Cathedral, attend a show at the Bolshoi Theater, and visit the city's many art and history museums.
However, the itinerary does not end here: near Moscow there are several towns that make up the so-called Golden Ring, that is a journey through the history of the Russian Orthodox through medieval fortifications, churches and monasteries. Devote at least eight days to the first two cities and set aside another four days for the Golden Ring to visit Sergiev Posad, Vladimir, Rostov and Suzdal.

  • Main places: St. Petersburg, Moscow, Sergiev Posad, Rostov, Vladimir, Suzdal
  • duration: 12 days / 11 nights (4 nights in St. Petersburg, 7 nights in Moscow)
  • Budget (fee per person): High (over € 2.500 per person) - ask for a personalized quote

Plan your trip yourself: flights and hotels

  • Flights to St. Petersburg starting from € 165,00 -
  • Hotels and b & b starting from € 75,00 per night -

5 - Cruise in the Norwegian Fjords

The Norwegian fjords are one of the most famous destinations in northern Europe, and there are now numerous tour operators who organize cruises along the rugged coasts. However, many of these routes are not focused on Norway and also touch other destinations, such as the Danish capital Copenhagen.
If you want to fully experience the Norwegian sailors' experience, the advice is to choose the Hurtigruten postal boat tour, defined as the most beautiful ship trip in the world for over a century.

The line visits over thirty ports, many of them in the Arctic Circle, without sacrificing the comfort of four-star accommodation. The tour lasts six days and includes the most beautiful destinations on the Norwegian coast, including the city of Tromsø, Bergen, and the seven sisters waterfalls. A perfect trip for those who love the tranquility of small towns, natural landscapes and cold climates.

  • Main places: Tromsø, Bergen, Seven Sisters Waterfalls, North Cape
  • duration: 6 days / 5 nights
  • Budget (fee per person): Medium (between € 1.500 and 2.500 per person) - ask for a personalized quote

Plan your trip yourself: flights and hotels

  • starting from € 230,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 30,00 per room -

Honeymoon in May in Italy

1 - Lakes Region, northern Italy

Northern Italy is home to the nation's largest and most evocative lakes that stretch across the various regions, from Piedmont to Veneto. The three main lakes in the area only Lake Garda, Lake Maggiore and Lake Como, and spring is the ideal period for a holiday on their coasts to discover the small villages that surround them.

Lake Garda is the largest of the three, as well as Italy. On its banks there are many small characteristic villages, from the medieval Sirmione with its Rocca Scaligera fortress and the Grotte di Catullo, up to Gardone Riviera which houses the Vittoriale degli Italiani, former residence of Gabriele D'Annunzio and today a monumental complex.
Afterwards, Lake Maggiore is the second largest, and is the favorite destination for lovers of sailing and water sports, but not only: in the gulf on the Piedmontese shore of the lake, art and nature coexist in the splendid villas and gardens of Stresa and the Borromean islands.
Lake Como closes the tour with its landscapes of Manzoni's memory, also this ideal combination of sport, relaxation, nature and art.

  • Main cities and places: Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, Lake Garda, Sirmione, Borromean Islands, Stresa
  • duration: 7 days / 6 nights (3 nights in Sirmione, 2 nights in Stresa, 1 night in Como).
  • Budget (fee per person): low (between € 1.000 and € 1.500 per person) - ask for a personalized quote

Plan your trip yourself: flights and hotels

  • Flights to Milan from € 42,00 -
  • Hotels and b & b starting from € 63,00 per night -

2 - Ligurian coast: Cinque Terre and surroundings

The Cinque Terre are mostly known for their beaches, but in reality the area offers several attractions that make it an attractive destination even in the late spring of May, including visits to medieval villages, trekking excursions and food and wine itineraries.

The villages that make up the Cinque Terre are Manarola, Vernazza, Monterosso al mare, Riomaggiore and Corniglia, united by being immersed in unspoiled nature on cliffs overlooking the sea, but each characterized by its own peculiarities.
Pack comfortable shoes and make sure your legs are well trained, as some of the points of interest are located at the top of steep rock climbs and stairways of more than three hundred steps.

In the second half of the trip move about 85km further north on the coast to visit too Rapallo and Portofino, favorite cities of the elites in the past as today, from the philosopher Nietzsche to Hollywood actors.

  • Main cities and places: Manarola, Portofino, Porto Venere, Vernazza, Monterosso al mare, La Spezia
  • duration: 6 days / 5 nights (3 nights in La Spezia, 2 nights in Portofino)
  • Budget (fee per person): medium (between € 1.500 and € 2.500 per person) - ask for a personalized quote

Plan your trip yourself: flights and hotels

  • Flights to Genoa starting from € 78,00 -
  • Hotels and b & b starting from € 85,00 per night -

3 - Western Sicily

Western Sicily is the ideal destination for those who want to discover ancient history without going too far from home. Colonized since ancient times, Sicily has witnessed the passage of Phoenicians, Greeks, Arabs and Normans, each of which has left its mark on local architecture and traditions.

The itinerary follows a C shape, starting from the capital Palermo: here visit the city with a walking tour between street food and history.
The itinerary follows the natural line of the west coast: we visit Segesta, Erice and the Saline with a tour from Palermo, you then move on to Selinunte Archaeological Park and the Valley of the Temples, to visit with a fun E-scooter tour. In between we will also visit the cities of Marsala, Trapani and Mazara del Vallo.

By choosing the last weeks of the month, you can also enter the historical and artistic itinerary of the days at sea on some of the most beautiful beaches in Italy, avoiding the crowds of tourists in the summer months.
You will fall in love with the scents, the views, the friendliness and the excellent Sicilian cuisine.

  • Main cities and places: Palermo, Trapani, Marsala, Agrigento, Segesta, Selinunte.
  • duration: 7days / 6nights (1 night in Palermo, 3 nights in Trapani, 2 nights in Agrigento)
  • Budget (fee per person): low (between € 1.000 and € 1.500 per person) - ask for a personalized quote

Plan your trip yourself: flights and hotels

  • Flights to Palermo starting from € 39,00 -
  • Hotels and b & b starting from € 60,00 per night -

4 - May of the monuments in Campania

If there is a month to visit Naples, that is May. In fact, it is in this month that the cultural festival "May of the monuments" is held in the city, which includes special visits, exhibitions, concerts and shows. You will then have the opportunity to experience the city at 360 °, immersing you in its history, culture and tradition.

Naples is the perfect destination for the most devoted travelers: it is in fact the city with the highest number of churches in Italy, surpassing even the capital Rome, with a number that stands at around five hundred churches.
You will also retrace the history of the Bourbon dynasty, among the elegant halls of the Royal Palace in the center, overlooking the huge Piazza del Plebiscito, without missing an excursion to the Royal Palace of Caserta, the Italian Versailles, just thirty minutes from the Campania capital.

The last days of the itinerary are reserved for the archaeological areas of the region, with a full-day tour from Naples to the Ruins of Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius.

  • Main cities and places: Naples, Caserta, Pompeii, Herculaneum
  • duration: 10days / 9nights (9 nights in Naples)
  • Budget (fee per person): low (between € 1.000 and € 1.500 per person) - ask for a personalized quote

Plan your trip yourself: flights and hotels

  • Flights to Naples from € 29,00 -
  • Hotels and b & b from € 70,00 per night-

5 - Tuscan provinces

Tuscany is one of the most visited regions in Italy, for excellent reasons: it offers tourists enchanting and relaxing landscapes among green hills, historic cities and coasts with pristine sea.

Start your itinerary in Siena, with a tour of the Val d'Orcia visiting the villages of Pienza and Montepulciano, between history and tasting of local wines, famous all over the world.
The central part of the trip is entirely dedicated to Florence: here, in fact, the art galleries, historic buildings and religious architecture will deserve at least three days to be appreciated in their entirety.

In the third part of the journey move west and choose Pisa as a base from which to explore the surroundings to the coast. In Pisa do not miss to see the famous Leaning Tower in Piazza dei Miracoli. Then dedicate a day to Lucca and visit the historic center surrounded by walls, where there are many testimonies of the ancient Grand Duchy. One of them is the sumptuous Palazzo Pfanner, home to the region's first brewery and the set of numerous films, including the Marchese del Grillo. Here, too, treat yourself to a tour of the Chianti Hills between Pisa and San Gimignano, with lunch and wine tasting.
Finally, conclude your trip with a few days on the coast, between the scent of the sea of ​​Viareggio and the enchanting panorama of Terrazza Mascagni in Livorno.

  • Main cities and places: Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Siena
  • duration: 10days / 9nights (2 nights in Siena, 3 nights in Florence 4 nights in Pisa)
  • Budget (fee per person): medium (between € 1.500 and € 2.500 per person) - ask for a personalized quote

Plan your trip yourself: flights and hotels

  • Flights to Florence starting from € 49,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 66,00 per room -

Where not to go: the destinations not recommended in May

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