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1. Posted by warpdesign (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

Is early May a good time to travel in the Mediterranean? Is this good time for beach weather?

2. Posted by mpprh (Full Member 114 posts) 11y

Hi

It is fairly quiet : beat the tourists !

The North and West of the Med has good weather, but the sea can still be quite chilly.

Sea temps are warmer in South Spain, Balearics, African coast and in the East.

Peter

3. Posted by Joao (Budding Member 29 posts) 11y

Hi

I think sure-bet months are June, July and August. In early May it's difficult to be sure, in Portugal for example April is usually very rainy, and I guess it would be the same for Spain at least. The best compromise would be June - not too crowdy yet, good weather already.

Sea temperature is still low as Peter says, so go as South as possible - southern Portugal, southern Spain, southern Italy, etc.

I would guess that if you travel for 2 weeks in May you could have at least a decent 5 sunny days, so I would just recommend you to arrange a visit where you have city + beaches, with beaches in the end of the trip and with the flexibility of being able to rearrange your schedule, depending on the weather.

Good luck

4. Posted by perth (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y

Then I would say Sept / Oct the crowds are gone and the water is still warm and the boats are still running
R

5. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 11y

Christmas on the southern Mediterranean coast of Spain one year was on average temperature of 15 degrees Celcius- warm enough to wear shorts and t-shirts- even on Barcelona's beaches (if you are from northern USA). So in the south of Spain, it will deffinately be warm enough to sunbathe on the beach in May- hopefully it isn't too rainy. In December there were strong storms at night, hard rain, no floods, and warm winds, durring the day it warmed up, it was sunny, and the sunsets/sunrises were beautiful (but not like Hawaii). Spain is also very affordable and easy to travel by train and bus, to get down to the southern coast. If you don't speak fluent Spanish, it may be a good idea to book your accomodations through a bilingual English- or French-speaking travel agent in a major city like Barcelona or maybe Madrid. I've done this successfully - stay in an old resort, esp. off season, if you are travelling with a group of 5 or 6 people and "rent" an "appartment" for a week or two! (Say that in English.)

6. Posted by YerMan (Full Member 66 posts) 11y

It's an excellent time for Greece and Cyprus, I know that much. I go to one or the other every year for Orthodox Easter (long story), and it's even earlier and still nice. Early May should be great.

7. Posted by mpprh (Full Member 114 posts) 11y

Hi

A few interesting weather links :

Sea temps : http://www.ssec.wisc.edu/data/sst/latest_sst.gif

Weather history : http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/weather/historical/historical.htm

Current European weather : http://tlp.netfirms.com/meteo.htm

Peter