May we suggest Peru at this time of year? And it's a lot less chilly in Chile. Likewise Madagascar, the country that thinks it’s a continent and a place proving particularly popular at present. How’s that for alliteration? There’s even palatable weather conditions starting to creep into southern Europe, so take a look at the likes of Seville or Porto & the Douro Valley in Portugal.

The bizarre landscapes of Turkey’s Cappadocia are also best explored in May after the chilly winter months and before the scorching heat of summer kicks in. Make like a troglodyte and stay in a cave hotel before taking a truly memorable hot air balloon ride over the extraordinary pinnacles and valleys.

The darling buds may be emerging in the UK, but they’re in full bloom in southern and Eastern Europe. Cyprus, Turkey and Portugal spring to mind.

Dave, Original Traveller

Our favourites for May

Madagascar

Madagascar

Bizarre beasties and loco landscapes put the 'mad' in Madagascar.

Madagascar
Turkey

Turkey

Istanbul is one of the most magical cities on the planet, but Cappadocia and the beautiful Aegean coastline are both well worth exploration as well.

Turkey
Chile

Chile

Imagine a country where all the world’s climatic and topographical variations are represented in a thin ribbon of land and you have Chile.

Chile
Peru

Peru

The scenery is striking in its diversity, from plunging canyons to soaring mountains, lush rainforests to arid Altiplano.

Peru
Porto & the Douro Valley

Porto & the Douro Valley

The Brits have long had a penchant for port, but the vineyards where the fortified wine is created and the eponymous city of Porto are, in themselves, a delight.

Porto & the Douro Valley
Tunisia

Tunisia

Underestimate Tunisia at your peril - this is perfect short haul sun territory, with the fascinating Carthage and Sahara to explore as well.

Tunisia

Where can I start? It was our best trip yet. Everything went smoothly. It was a wonderful package at a very good price, well organised by Original Travel and we felt totally spoilt.

Paul & Jenny

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