Qatar Airways Holidays - May

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Oryx presents its insider’s tips for places to visit in May. Consider travelling just out of peak season to enjoy the warm weather without the summer crowds in Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro, and Sri Lanka.



May is the ideal time for a holiday in Barcelona as the weather is beautiful without being as humid as it can get in the later summer months. In May, Barcelona experiences warm days with sunny, clear skies, average daytime temperatures of around 20°C, and around eight hours of sunshine per day. Some must-do activities include strolling along the famous La Rambla; wandering around La Boqueria covered market and discovering the old quarter of Barri Gòtic; visiting the Museu Picasso and the Dalí Theatre-Museum; and admiring the Sagrada Família, Park Güell, and the other architecture of Gaudí.


Barcelona, Spain
Distance: 4,865 km
Flight Time: 7 hours, 25 minutes
Frequency: Daily

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Rio de Janeiro

May is autumn in Rio de Janeiro. With fewer crowds, lower humidity, and cooler temperatures than summer, May is still pleasant with an average temperature of 23°C and sea temperature of 24°C. Enjoy nature treks, beach sports, cycling, city tours, and visiting landmarks such as Sugarloaf Mountain.


Sri Lanka

Despite Sri Lanka’s year-round warmth, peak season has just ended by May – but the shoulder season often provides the best of both worlds: great weather and fewer crowds. For the best chance of sunshine in May, head to the north or east coasts, away from the start of the southwestern monsoon.


Colombo, Sri Lanka
Distance: 3,631 km
Flight Time: 4 hours, 45 minutes
Frequency: 3 flights a day

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