Averages for Costa Blanca in May
If April was the start of the hot weather, May takes things up by another level. Average temperatures reach 20 degrees Celsius, and sunshine hours make the jump to 10 hours a day. With some scorching heat on the way, it is time to pack plenty the suncream for a day by the pool or the beach, as the effects of not keeping protected from the sun will start to be felt in May. The days of rainfall per month also makes a drop to just three days. Actually, th...
If April was the start of the hot weather, May takes things up by another level. Average temperatures reach 20 degrees Celsius, and sunshine hours make the jump to 10 hours a day. With some scorching heat on the way, it is time to pack plenty the suncream for a day by the pool or the beach, as the effects of not keeping protected from the sun will start to be felt in May. The days of rainfall per month also makes a drop to just three days. Actually, throughout the course of the year, rainfall is never likely to top 300mm.
Things to do
As the heat starts to make an impact on the natural surroundings around Costa Blanca, two attractions will be worth a visit, made even more stunning by the brighter weather.
The Palmeral of Elche is Europe's only Palm Forest and the setting is just incredible. This was acknowledged as a World Heritage Site in 2000 by UNESCO, and a stroll through the palm grove is a great way to spend a day.
El Palmeral Palm Trees Park, Elche, Costa Brava.
Meanwhile in Alicante, a popular excursion is a journey to Guadalest Valley. Visitors will get to see many museums, and a variety of shops and restaurants, too. The valley itself provides one of the most striking landscapes to be seen throughout the whole of Costa Blanca.
Guadalest Valley, Costa Blanca.
Dates for the diary
The major event in the events calendar for May is the May Fair in Torrevieja. This is a week of Andalusia festivities and it attracts thousands of visitors from across Spain. Although the programme is yet to be confirmed for 2013, the expected events within this fair are likely to include wine tasting of some of Andalusia's finest wines, flamenco dancing and a procession of all ages on horseback and in carriages. Traditional costumes are generally the order of the event.
In Alicante city, May sees the regular flower fiesta, known to the locals as Cruces de Mayo. The area of Santa Cruz dresses up quite literally in flowers with awards being handed out to the best designs. As the evenings get warmer, the formations look even better at night time.
Hit the beach
Families will love visiting El Carabassi to spend a day by the beach. Based near Santa Pola, the shallow water makes it very safe and secure for children to paddle in, and the conditions are great for windsurfing and snorkelling rookies and experts alike. The sand space is vast, allowing for plenty of room for ball games and leisurely strolls along the beach. There are shacks serving ice cream, snacks and paellas all day, every day.
El Carabassi is approximately seven miles south of Alicante. Should the preference be Costa Blanca's coastline, try the La Granadella beach near Javea. Flanked by a dense forest of pine trees, this beach is good to bathe on, but not so to swim, due to its location and shape. Snorkelling enthusiasts will love it, so be prepared and take a snorkel and mask to explore with.
The top French restaurant in Benidorm is The Vagabond. This eating establishment is very good for tourists sticking to a budget, but also for romantic and special occasions. The food quality can't be faulted and the friendly owners will make the occasion a pleasing experience. However, don't come to eat here on a Tuesday, as The Vagabond is closed.
Should holidaymakers be in an Alicante restaurant, don't go for the limited dessert menus at your main course choice. Instead, head to the best ice cream paradise around, the Livanti Gelato di Sicilia. The choice is seemingly endless, and the ice cream is delicious enough to tempt anyone to indulge.
In Benidorm, come early to grab a seat and enjoy the entertainment at Morgan's Tavern. This place often has the Best Live Music and Comedy Acts in Benidorm, including Sister Act and One Vision, a tribute to the one and only Queen (as in the band.)
Where to stay
Benidorm's Terralta Apartamentos might be a full kilometre from the sandy and populated beaches, but is close enough to the town's endless choice of restaurants and bars. Leisure activities include a gym for a proper workout, a kids' club and a games room. Self-catering is the best holiday to book for, although as this hotel is on an incline, it is recommended for guests with walking difficulties to look elsewhere.
For example, Solymar Gran Hotel Spa and Beach Club in Calpe, which offers everything required for a comfortable holiday. The hotel's spa centre is the main highlight, and this is a great resort for couples looking for plenty of R&R.
As is Hesperia Alicante Golf Spa in Alicante. The rooms are very spacious and no expense has been spared in terms of the mammoth bathrooms. The hotel also has its own 18-hole golf course, which was designed no less by the great Spanish golfing legend and much missed Seve Ballesteros.
Torrevieja's choice of accommodation isn't as vast as Benidorm and Alicante, but while experiencing the May Fair, staying at the Hotel Dna Monse keeps visitors close to the action. One of the newest developments in the region, the standard room is small but comfy, and the venue itself is a relaxed part of Torrevieja's makeup.
There is one condominium located in Benidorm. The units in Apartamentos Lido include features such as a living room and a laundry room. Almost a footstep away from the Levante beach, this accommodation option is a good choice.