My Top 5 Island Escapes in May

May is one of my favourite months in Europe. Spring is in full bloom, the temperatures, although warm, are not blisteringly hot, the sea is warming up and the summer hoardes have not yet arrived. The best of what a place has to offer can be enjoyed to the max. I can’t think of anything better than escaping to a European island, with or without the kids, at this time of year. Take a look at my top 5 suggestions. I would avoid all of these islands in July and August as they become far too busy and overcrowded.

1. Hvar, Croatia

Hvar, Croatia. Photo by Ramon / cc by 2.0

Places to Stay
Palmizana — Boutique accommodation set in lush gardens on Sveti Klement island — 15 minutes by water taxi to Hvar town.
Hotel Villa Nora — A good no frills budget hotel situated in the middle of Hvar town.

2. Gozo, Malta

Mgarr Harbour, Gozo. Photo by Myriam Thyes

Places to Stay
Thirtyseven Gozo — A funky and colourful boutique hotel in the quiet village of Munxar.
St Patrick’s Hotel — A charming moderately-sized hotel on Xlendi bay.

3. Formentera, Spain

Formentera. Photo by Nacho Pinto / cc by 2.0

Places to Stay
Talaya Formentera — Tasteful and simple bungalows next to Migjorn beach.
Hotel Es Mares — A family-run hotel in the old part of Sant Francesc.

4. Elba, Italy

Elba Bay — Portoferraio. Photo by SDKmac / cc by-SA 4.0

Places to Stay
Hotel Ilio — A boutique hotel overlooking Capo Sant’ Andrea.
Airbnb — There are fantastic options on airbnb.

5. Ile De Re, France

Ile de Re. Photo by Herve/ cc by 2.0

Places to Stay
Le Clos des Vieux Moulins — Tastefully decorated holiday villas in La Flotte en Re.
La Maison au Figuer — Bed and breakfast in La Bois Plage en Re.