May in Costa del Sol – Events, Weather and Travel Tips
So, you are planning to have a vacation in Costa del Sol in May? The month of May is actually the start of the very hot summer in Costa del Sol. The region tends to be crowded with tourist and locals alike not just because of its many beaches but also thanks to the numerous events taking place as well.
May Events in Costa del Sol
Romeria of the Juanar Cross
Celebrated in early May, Romeria of the Juanar Cross is a historical event founded in the end of 19th century, with a variety of activities near Malaga. The event is centered on the Sierra Blanca Mountain.
San Isidro Fair
San Isidro is the patron saint of farmers and his feast takes place each 15th of May. Isidro was believed to be a ploughman in 11th century and he was popular for giving divine water. The locals of Romeria normally pass through the fields and the fair includes agricultural exhibitions. One of the greatest fairs takes place in Nerja where in the procession leaves the town and parades all the way through the Nerja caves for a very famous fair that started with fireworks on the evening of May 14. Nerja makes for an excellent day trip from Malaga, just one hour away by car.
This well known Patio Contest is held on May 4 to 16, wherein homeowners vie for the prize given to magnificently decorated patio. The town Tourism Office gives a map that will inform you of the competing courtyard that is accessible to the public on that day. So, if you are fascinated with gardens and flower, you should not miss this event.
Wine Fair of San Lucar Manzanilla
An active feast devoted to the Manzanilla, an extraordinary dried sherry wine made in the area of San Lucar de Barrameda. This prevailing festival which is carefully planned by the town’s council and is supported by local wine makers takes place on the third week of May and lasted for several days.
May Weather in Costa del Sol
Weather conditions in May gradually improve with clearer skies and rising temperatures. The climate is as sunny and warm as the summer in England. Prices are not as high as summer, and hotel rooms don’t fill up as fast.
Avg. high 74°F/23°C
Avg. low 56°F/13°C
Avg. precipitation 1.18 inches/3 cm
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In order to get the cheapest airfare to Spain check for mid-week flights and budget airlines. Many budget airlines fly to Malaga now, such as Ryanair and Easyjet, so it’s easy to nab cheap flights there in May. Keep in mind though that the low-priced flight is not essentially the cheapest choice.
Remember that some airlines are more cozy compared to others. They include longer leg-room and drinks and foods are normally incorporated. And you won’t be able to get these in a low cost airline (if that’s what you expect from a flight, of course). In addition, you need to make sure that you include the surcharges and taxes to the cost of your airfare as these will be considerably added later on.
Where to Stay
The variety of accommodations in Costa del Sol particularly in Marbella is very diverse, ranging from the cheap hostels to fabulous hotels near the seafront. Normally near to beaches and boasts private swimming pools, hotels in Marbella are specifically active during the summer season, rapidly becoming jam-packed. Famous chains of hotels provide the finest rooms and most competitive rates, though local visitors also provide great importance for money.