In May, the nicest attractions are often simply to roam around busy city streets, squares and arteries. With the return of warmer weather, the sun reflects on façades, shop windows, canals and harbour waters, even finding its way deep in a souk.
Travelling in May is a promise of strong colours, scents and scenes of jubilation, but also of quiet streets and relaxing museum visits. Travelling in May is a promise of terraces where you'll try local food and observe passersby. In May, town folks reveal themselves and parade about in public places, on park lawns or sandy beaches. In May rather than any other time of year, you'll enjoy gentle evenings, when the light of day softly collapses on a city that lights up. In may, cities put on their Sunday best. Demonstration in five steps, with Amsterdam, Glasgow, Tel Aviv, Porto and Marrakech.
Amsterdam's historic routes
In Amsterdam, you regularly come face to face with history. The city's cultural heritage is flourishing (with the Van Gogh, NEMO, Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk museums...) and the façades of narrow buildings take you back to the Dutch Golden Age. A significant sea breeze from the Northern Sea spreads over the canals and invigorates the city before the summer season. The mineral quality of the architecture is especially visible in hip galleries and trendy hotels. But Amsterdam in May also conveys images of bike rides, small bridges, flowers in the windows, Dutch gin sipped at brown cafés and terraces in the shade...
Van Gogh Museum
1071 DJ Amsterdam
1011 VX Amsterdam
1071 CJ Amsterdam
Glasgow dances to the sound of bagpipes
During spring, when the sun sets over the city, it is as if the sounds of accordions and bagpipes travel around Glasgow. The famous Song of the Clyde by R.Y. Bell and Ian Gourley sums up in itself the atmosphere of the great Scottish city: beauty is everywhere to be seen. Famous façades displayed columns of Georgian to Victorian periods, Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed Art Nouveau buildings, Zaha Hadid's Riverside Museum and so many other sites with an extraordinary architecture, turning the Lowlands into a trendy hotspot.
100 Pointhouse Place
Glasgow G3 8RS
Glasgow School of Art
167 Renfrew St
Glasgow G3 6RQ
In the sweet warmth of Tel Aviv
Early May, Tel Aviv really lives by its name, meaning Springtime Hill in Hebrew. The white city slides down towards 9 miles of fine sandy beaches under very mild weather, before the summer heat. From the old city of Jaffa to the economic and financial centre of the country, the Carmel market and the Dizengoff street, a totally unique atmosphere can be felt, at once Western, Eastern and Mediterranean. Finally, while sitting at the terrace of a café in the very trendy Neve Tsedek district, you'll have to choose among the myriads of cultural possibilities that constitute Tel Aviv's true attraction. Spice up your evenings at the mythical Charles Bronfman auditorium or in the hip scene of a city that never sleeps.
Carmel market or Shuk HaCarmel
HaCarmel Street 11
Charles Bronfman Auditorium
Huberman Street 1
+972 03 5430777
On Porto's pinky roofs
Are you eager for authenticity? Then head over to the Cidade Invicta (the undefeated city) in May, while packs of tourists haven't occupied the spot yet. Temperatures at the mouth of the Douro River are already very pleasant in that season (from 53°F in the morning to 69°F in the afternoon), favouring walks around a city that still lives in osmosis with popular middle-classes. Cultural and merchant at heart, Porto also includes a historical centre listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Take a wonderful trip down centuries along the Ribeira waterfronts. If it feels too hot outside, take refuge in Livraria Lello, one of the world's most beautiful bookshops. Or you'd rather go for the Art Deco aesthetics of Café Majestic in the Rua de Santa Catarina to luxuriously relive the glory days of the Belle Epoque.
Rua das Carmelitas 144
Rua Santa Catarina 112
Marrakech: your palace, your kingdom
In May in Marrakech, you'll already need sunblock with temperatures ranging from 59°F to 86°F. Leave your umbrella at the club house (it only rains about twice a month in this season) to practice your drive in one of the 12 golf courses located in a thousand-year-old city that has become Northern Africa's own Florida in the heart of Morocco. If you're not a fan of these small white balls, you'll have the possibility to lose yourself in one of the most beautiful souks of the kingdom. Rest in the medina's fabulous riads and explore palaces turned into museums, like the Dar Si Saïd or the Riad El Fenn. Their gardens hold numerous varieties of plants, olive and orange groves. Enjoy the gastronomy, be it Moroccan, French or fusion, then delve into the night – still fresh yet colourful. Bewitching music and perfumes will carry you into the morning small hours.
Place Jemaa el-Fna
Dar Si Saïd (Moroccan art museum)
Derb El Bahia
Riad Zitoun el-Jedid
Riad El Fenn
2 Derb Moulay Abdullah Ben Hezzian
Bab El Ksour