Alicante: May Weather AveragesDaily averages for May
|Sunshine Hours||9 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||50 %|
|Rainfall days||3 days|
|Chance of Rain||17 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||12 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||6 %|
Daily averages for May
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Averages for Alicante in May
May is a lovely time to visit Alicante, with pleasant, warm weather, long, sunny days and relatively little rainfall. While it isn’t quite beach weather just yet, it might be possible to do a little sunbathing.
With more than 9 hours of sunshine each day, the average temperature is a very temperate 18C, with highs of 23C. It often reaches 30C for at least one day a month at this time. Sea temperatures are also beginning to rise, and reach an average of 19C at this time. With relatively high humidity levels of around 70% year round, it will feel even warmer. The heat is moderated somewhat by cooling afternoon sea breezes (in fact, it might even be quite windy in the afternoons) and it will feel colder overnight, though still relatively pleasant, when temperatures drop down to a low of around 13C.
May is usually quite dry in Alicante, with rainfall averages of just 32mm over 3 days. Expect short, light showers in the afternoon every few days, and the occasional weak thunderstorm. The start of the month is generally wetter than the end, with summer rapidly approaching.
Many areas of Spain will see greater amounts of rainfall, as Alicante benefits from a sheltered microclimate due to its unique topography. Seville, for example, expects around 41mm of rainfall over 6 days in May, and Barcelona around 60mm over 9 days.
Pollen levels reach their height in May, so visitors suffering from hay fever should be sure to bring appropriate medication.
Where to Stay
The three star Hotel Castilla Alicante is a mid-range establishment, catering more to families than couples. With a large, outdoor children’s play area and entertainment program, as well as pleasantly arranged pool area, there’s plenty to keep the kids occupied.
The three Hotel Maya Alicante boasts a fantastic, central location and excellent range of very high quality facilities. The café and restaurant serve both Mediterranean and international dishes, the pool area is quite lovely, and guests who prefer a more active holiday will definitely enjoy the tennis court and fitness centre.
Hotel Maya, Alicante.
Things to Do
The Ayuntamiento de Alicante (Town hall) with its baroque civic architecture is situated just behind La Explanada Park in the downtown area of Alicante. Locally known as Ayuntamiento, inside view the Dali statue, and small metal disc indicating where an instrument stood that used to measure the height above sea level of all other parts of Spain.
Ayuntamiento de Alicante.
Teatro Principal de Alicante (Alicante Theatre) is an impressive building in the neoclassical style, built between 1846 and 1848. This grand edifice hosts ballet, opera and theatre performances.
The Marina, with its yacht slips and designer shops, is obviously the more upmarket end of Alicante’s tourist areas. There are some lovely restaurants and coffee shops, besides the expensive shopping opportunities, and if you’d like to take a boat trip this is the place to book. It’s also a lovely place for an evening stroll.
Hit the Beach
Playa Postiguet, in the heart of the city, is a 900m wide arc of golden sand. Situated at the base of the imposing Monte Benacantil, it's wonderfully positioned for easy access and backed by a palm-shaded promenade where modern bars offer food and refreshments. It is lapped by tranquil waters, making it perfect for swimming, and has consistently been awarded the Blue Flag for cleanliness. Being a local beach, it’s likely to be pretty busy year round and heaving with tourists in the summer months.
Playa Postiguet, Alicante.
Eat & Drink
Monastrell is one of the more trendy Spanish restaurants in Alicante. The menu is traditional Valencian cuisine with a gourmet twist. The ingredients used are top quality and the chef, Maria Jose San Roman, is well known locally. It’s a very popular spot with locals and tourists alike, so book in advance to be sure of getting a table.
El Buen Comer is a typical Spanish restaurant, with a lovely Tapas bar. Located in the city centre, behind the Town Hall, it’s very convenient and easy to find. The menu offers a choice of meat or seafood, with excellent fresh local specialities like calamari and prawns. The prices are not too steep, and they do incredible speciality menus for religious and festive holidays.
May events in Alicante
Labour Day : 1st May
1st May 2015
Labour Day is a public holiday given to recognize and celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers.
Cruces de Mayo
1st May 2015 to 3rd May 2015
During the annual Cruces de Mayo festival, held in May from the 1st-3rd May in the Santa Cruz neighbourhood of Alicante, the area comes alive with music, dance and flowers. The cobbled streets, plazas and balconies get a makeover as they are decorated with flowers arranged into the shape of crosses.