Averages for Krakow in May
Thanks to increasingly warmer temperatures and moderate rainfall, May is an excellent month for tourists to visit Krakow. The city in the south of Poland plays host to a number of different festivals this month, so you have plenty of options for getting out and enjoying the warmer spring temperatures. The average temperature during this time is 14°C (about 57°F), not hot by any means, but getting more pleasant to enjoy time outside....
Averages for Krakow in May
|Sunshine Hours||5.9 hrs|
|Rainfall days||16 days|
|Chance of Rain||50 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||33 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||33 %|
|Chance of Fog Day||50%|
|Chance of Snow Day||50%|
Daily averages for May
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Averages for Krakow in May
Thanks to increasingly warmer temperatures and moderate rainfall, May is an excellent month for tourists to visit Krakow. The city in the south of Poland plays host to a number of different festivals this month, so you have plenty of options for getting out and enjoying the warmer spring temperatures. The average temperature during this time is 14°C (about 57°F), not hot by any means, but getting more pleasant to enjoy time outside.
Like the nearby city of Katowice, the average high for the month hits a nice and warm 20°C (around 68°F). It still gets cool, however, with an average low of 8°C (around 46°F). You probably won’t need your heavy winter coat or parka anymore, although you’ll still want to pack a medium-weight jacket. During the evening hours, you also might want a hat and gloves to keep your extremities warm, especially if you’ll be outside.
The number of daylight hours increases during this month, with an average of 6 hours of sunshine each day. Expect several rainy days during your stay though and pack an umbrella or a poncho to be prepared, as the city averages 16 days of rainfall in the month. The average amount of rain that falls sits around 49 mm and the chance of rain on any given day is 50 percent, typical for an Eastern European spring day.
The chance of a windy day during your stay is 33 percent, as is your chance of having a cloudy day. The chance of fog remains at 50 percent like the previous four months, but thankfully the increased sunlight each day helps burn the fog off quickly each morning. Take advantage of the warmer weather to walk the storied streets of the city and take in the beautiful architecture and the amazing landscapes that surround the area.
Where to Stay
Hotel Columbus was the Traveler’s Choice 2012 winner for Best Service. Located in the center of Krakow, the hotel is surrounded by bars, restaurants, art galleries, museums and shops. There are 24 rooms to choose from, comprised of 11 twin, 10 double and three triples. Each room comes with air-conditioning, magnetic-coded room access, wireless Internet access, a safe and bathrooms.
Just five minutes away from Market Square in the center of Krakow, the Amber Hotel provides a boutique feel for guests with its 20 rooms and suites. All the rooms come with satellite television, telephone, wireless internet and coffee and tea daily. You can choose from twin and double rooms, as well as studio rooms and family suites. Hotel amenities include an on-site restaurant and bar, summer garden, mini-gym and club room.
At the Farmona Hotel Business and Spa, guests get more than just basic accommodations. The complex includes thoughtfully-designed rooms, a relaxing spa and a first-class restaurant. Enjoy the lovely May weather and wander through the nearby park or indulge in one of the spa’s numerous European body and facial treatments. You can also take advantage of the concierge services to plan out your day sightseeing in Krakow.
Things to Do
May is the month of festivals for Krakow and a popular choice is the Krakow International Film Festival, showcasing short films and documentaries. Along with films and movies, festival goers can enjoy photography exhibits. The eight-day event includes over 250 films from around Poland and throughout the world and is the oldest film festival in the country. Festival goers are treated to films in different genres and forms including documentary, animation and short films.
If running is your thing, test your endurance at the Cracovia Marathon that takes place each spring in Krakow. If you’re not quite up for the 26.2-mile race, the event also includes a 13.1-mile half-marathon distance. You can also register as a team and run the race as a relay in small increments. The race route takes runners on a scenic tour of the city, running near the river, as well as through historic parts of town.
The student carnival Juwenalia takes place in the middle of the month of May and is when many of the town’s students receive symbolic keys to the city gates. Juvenalia has plenty of fancy dress processions, masquerades and street dancing, as the students celebrate youth, education and their respective schools. Other events that accompanying the event include concerts, parties and lots of crazy fun.
Eating and Drinking Out
One of Krakow’s top restaurants, Aqua e Vino brings the flavors of the Mediterranean to the Poland. The menu is full of Italian and fresh seafood dishes like spaghetti alla Bolognese, risotto, Black Tiger prawns and scallops. Diners enjoy a high-end ambience in the restaurant and can also enjoy drinks in the chilled-out lounge. The restaurant is open every day for lunch and dinner and it’s recommended you make reservations, especially on the weekends.
The FAB Fusion Restaurant sets the tone with live piano music every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday in the comfortable yet chic dining room. The menu includes zurek, a traditional sour Polish soup, pastas, seafood, duck and dumplings. The restaurant enjoys a convenient location in the popular Kazimierz neighborhood of Krakow. The chic and modern dining room provides a classy ambience to enjoy a date night or time out with friends.
As authentic as you can get, Kuchnia u Doroty is a popular Polish restaurant in the Kazimierz neighborhood of Krakow. The restaurant serves up Polish classics for breakfast, lunch and dinner including potato pancakes, goulash, Polish sausage, pierogies and beet soup. Customers appreciate the affordable prices and large portions, so come hungry and be prepared to enjoy amazing food.
May events in Krakow
1st May 2016
Labor Day, also known as May 1st marks a time when the weather becomes warmer in the spring, and is a day to celebrate the achievement of workers. Polish citizens have the day off work to celebrate with their families. There are occasional marches to promote workers’ rights in some major cities.
Constitution Day Poland
3rd May 2016
Constitution Day is part of a holiday season known as Majówka, which also includes the May 1st Labor Day holiday. It is celebrated with military parades, spring concerts and family picnics. Many people also gather at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The monument is dedicated to unknown soldiers who gave their lives for Poland. It is considered one of the most important achievements in the history of Poland.
15th May 2016
Whitsun is a Public Holiday throughout the country. It is a Christian holiday to remember the Holy Spirit’s descent (Zeslanie Ducha Swietego) upon Jesus’ disciples.
26th May 2016
Corpus Christi is a Catholic feast celebrated as a public holiday in Poland. It is the day that commemorates the practice of Holy Eucharist, or Communion. There will be processions and children dressed in white who scatter flower petals on the streets.
International Soup Festival
1st May 2016 to 31st May 2016
It is one of a kind annual festival, taking place in Plac Nowy, Kazimierz. It is a great occasion to taste traditional soups from various places in the world. A competition for the best soup prepared by amateur cooks from across Poland.
Photomonth in Krakow
15th May 2016 to 15th June 2016
The Month of Photography in Krakow has established itself as one of Europe's leading photography festivals, since beginning in 2002. Featuring over a 100 artists from all around Europe and beyond, the Photomonth Festival hosts nearly 50 displays each year along with a healthy smattering of workshops, seminars, lectures and moving picture shows.
26th May 2016
Krakow celebrate Mother's day on 26th of May each year to honour all the mothers, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. Mother's Day in Poland was first celebrated in Krakow in 1923, but its popularity did not grow until World War II and after.
Krakow Film Festival
27th May 2016 to 5th June 2016
An annual event in Krakow, one of Europe's oldest festivals dedicated to documentary, animation and other short films - and the international competition, the Krakow Film Festival ranks as one of the best celluloid celebrations in Europe, every year drawing legions of film fans to the city.