Ah, May, the month that precedes the summer that all have been waiting for. However, it’s more than a time of waiting. You can really get down and see some amazing stuff even before the summer comes. Here’s Skycop’s shortlist of events to visit in May!
5. Vienna Festival
10 May – 16 June
Also known as Festwochen, this is a cultural festival in Vienna. Taking place from the 10th of May all the way to the 16th of June, it’s an event that’s all but immune to flight disruption shenanigans due to length.
For these many weeks, you will be given the opportunity to experience art you couldn’t imagine before. The theme this year is openness, and not only in showing that Vienna is a vibrant city. Get to Festwochen, be exposed to points of view you have never considered before and returned home enlightened.
4. Tulip Festival
Tulip mania might just remain in the hazy memories of 1637 (not a terrible year), but that doesn’t mean that the Dutch aren’t down with getting crazy over some bulbs and blooms. Just like every year, Tulip Festival will be taking Amsterdam by storm this 19th of May.
Overall, 85 locations in Amsterdam will be showing off their tulips. You can see them in public spaces, in parks, at hotels and at buildings of national import. Cap it off with a visit to Keukenhof Gardens and taking a bicycle tour in the flower fields, and you’ll be a pair of wooden clogs and a windmill away from peak Dutch experience.
3. Tattoo Collection
17 – 19 May
Flowers may wilt, but tattoos never do (and the people who ask “but won’t it look terrible once you get old” forget that you will look terrible when you get old anyway). So why not visit the 15th international tattoo event Tattoo Collection in Kiev, Ukraine?
The show will host probably all of the talents in Ukraine – seriously, peep the length of that list – and artists from a lot of other countries. You want to get some unforgettable inks and probably even sneak a peek at Kiev? That is your show.
2. Rally de Portugal
30 May – 2 June
Currently known as Vodafone Rally de Portugal – God forbid we didn’t have corporate sponsors – it’s the racing event in Portugal. Started in 1967 as TAP Rally, Rally Portugal has been going for over 50 years.
Having won “Best Rally in the World,” it was recently re-admitted to World Rally Championships with great acclaim. From the 30th of May, you’ll be able to see some of the best rally drivers in the world tear it down dirt roads in some of Portugal’s most scenic locations. Can you afford to miss it?
1. Fiesta de San Isidro
10 – 15 May
San Isidro – Isidore the Laborer for a ye English speaker – is the patron saint of the farmers of Madrid and the city itself. That’s why the city is down to party every May and throws a great feast in his honor. This year, it just so happens to fall on May 10th – 15th.
Starting with a parade displaying statues of the saint and his wife, this leads to celebrations that can get pretty involved. A parade of giants and big-heads (cabezudos), dancing, concerts, crafts and historical exhibits, mass, and other religious events – they’re all there.
May may have starter already, but there are still events you can see if you’re fast enough! However, flight disruptions may still conspire to spoil your fun. That’s why you shouldn’t take flight delays, cancelled flights or overbooking laying down. Claim up to €600 in-flight compensation via Skycop.com and start saving for the events next May!