The Best European Cities to Visit in May

Lucie Grace

From wining and dining in Milan and Naples to soaking up ancient history in Athens, we’ve selected the best Culture Trips for exploring European cities in May. Book your spot now.

May is the perfect month to travel in Europe, with long days, pleasant temperatures and fewer crowds than in the height of summer. Whether your passion lies in food, wine, art or architecture, there’s no shortage of cities on the continent where you’ll be able to satisfy all your cravings on these Culture Trip adventures.

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Tourists explore the streets of Lecces historic centre

Naples, Matera and Lecce, for sumptuous cuisine and James Bond filming locations

The cities of Naples, Matera and Lecce, in Southern Italy, have oodles of character that will leave you wondering why it took you so long to explore the region. For a start, Naples makes the best pizza in the world and its street food scene will leave you craving more. This 10-day adventure takes the scenic route inland to Matera, where you’ll be blown away by the ancient dwellings and winding streets of this hilltop town, featured in the latest James Bond movie No Time To Die. Take some time to relax on the dreamy, secluded beaches of Polignano a Mare before ending your tour in Lecce, nicknamed the Florence of the South due to its gorgeous, baroque architecture.

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Naples, Italy

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ENDS AT

Lecce, Italy

DURATION

10

GROUP SIZE

14

PHYSICAL RATING

Easy

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STYLE

Discovery

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Erechtheion at the Acropolis in Athens, with cityscape and mountains beyond

Athens, for ancient history and vibrant nightlife

If you’re looking for a European city with ancient historical sites and lively drinking spots in equal measure, Athens is the place to go. It’ll be warm in May, but not so boiling you’ll want to stay in the shade all day. The Greek capital is home to some of the most impressive archaeological landmarks in the world – most significantly, the Acropolis, which contains the remnants of numerous Pentelic marble temples and monuments, including the Parthenon. Stroll along the labyrinthine streets of Plaka, explore the lively districts of Psirri and Monastiraki and venture off the beaten track to the trendy neighbourhood of Keramikos, where you’ll find plenty of atmospheric bars and restaurants. On this eight-day trip, you can do all of that, combined with an island-hopping adventure to Milos, Naxos and Santorini.

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Athens, Greece

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ENDS AT

Athens, Greece

DURATION

9

GROUP SIZE

18

PHYSICAL RATING

Light

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STYLE

Discovery

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Additional words by Gethin Morgan.

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