May is just around the corner, and with it the promise of long, well-deserved weekends off! To help you make the most of the long weekends in May this year, in this article we've put together the calendar of public holidays in May 2024 as well as our advice on how you can make the most of this time off by correctly scheduling your RTT and days off.

For those who have no idea where to go in May 2024, we've shared our weekend and travel ideas for each of these May long weekends :

The calendar of public holidays and bridges to plan when and where to go in May

Wondering what are the May bank holidays for May 2024? With the aim of making your life easier and enabling you to enjoy a well-deserved May vacation, we've put together a May 2024 calendar with public holidays and potential days off to take to maximize your days off!

May 2024 calendar with public holidays and potential days off

Bridges Public holidays Holidays? day off needed
Labor Day Wednesday, May 1, 2024 Long weekend of 5 days possible 2 days
Victory of May 8 and Ascension Wednesday and Thursday, May 8 and 9, 2024 A long weekend of 5 days up to a week from 1 to 3 days
Whitsunday Monday, May 20, 2024 A 3-day long weekend none (except if solidarity day)

How many long weekends are there in May 2024?

With 4 public holidays in May 2024 the month of May counts this year 3 long weekends provided you correctly post your RTTs and days off. Don't hesitate to consult the calendar of public holidays and bridges so that you can make the most of your May.

What days will you have in May 2024 in addition to public holidays?

May 2024 calendar with public holidays
To take advantage of up to 21 days off this year in May (minimum 15), you'll need to plan your vacations strategically. With 4 public holidays in May, here are the winning combinations for working just 14 days in May:

  • May 1st holiday: take Thursday May 2 and Friday May 3 for a 5-day long weekend.
  • Pont de l'ascension: put down Monday 6, Tuesday 7 and Friday 10 for a week off.
  • Pentecost Monday: postpone your Monday if it's your company's solidarity day.

For those who want to make the most of May, you can take 4 days off following Whit Monday (Tuesday May 21, Wednesday May 22, Thursday May 23 and Friday May 24, 2024). This means you'll only have to work one week in May. Plenty of time to plan beautiful trips during the month of May.

Where to go for May long weekends and public holidays in 2024?

May is one of the favorite months for many French people, mainly due to the many long weekends in May, but also due to the fact that it's usually the first real month of good weather of the year. So that you don't waste any time and can plan a well-deserved vacation, here are the 9 destinations to go to in May in France or Europe.

Where to go in May for the May 1st weekend 2024 (5-day long weekend in May)

Date: Wednesday May 1, 2024 - you can land Monday-Tuesday or Thursday-Friday to enjoy the May 1 long weekend.

a couple in a car leaving for a long weekend in France

The year 2024 has many advantages, not least the ability to plan long weekend bridges in May. If you decide to take Thursday May 2 and Friday May 3, you'll be able to enjoy a 5-day long weekend in May. Perfect for organizing a weekend in France in May. If you're not sure where to go in May for Labor Day, here's our list of 3 destinations to go to in May in France that you should consider if you're planning a getaway on this long weekend.

1. Enjoy a Provence getaway this May long weekend

a long weekend in May in France in Provence

The Provence is our top destination for a weekend in France if you're planning to take time off to enjoy the May Labor Day long weekend. The month of May is ideal in this region as Provence awakens in a burst of colors and scents, offering the perfect backdrop for an exotic 5-day long weekend.

A must-see in this region is to explore the budding lavender fields (mid-June to mid-July being the best period), where the soft purple blends with the green of the landscapes. For a unique experience, take part in an open-air Provençal cooking workshop, where you'll learn how to prepare traditional dishes with local herbs and ingredients.

Don't miss a morning stroll to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue's antiques market, renowned for its vintage finds and works of art. Nature lovers will be enchanted by a hike in the nearby Gorges du Verdon, where turquoise waters contrast with majestic cliffs. For a touch of originality, explore the ancient ochre mines of Roussillon, where the scenery looks like it's straight out of a painter's palette. At the end of the day, relax at a wine tasting in an organic vineyard, where passionate winemakers share their love for the land and terroir.

Must-sees in Provence on a long weekend in May:

2. A sporting long weekend in May in the Gorges du Verdon

go for a weekend in may in the verdon gorges

If you're looking for where to go in the sun in May for the May 1st long weekend and you've got a sporty soul, the Gorges du Verdon is the perfect destination for you.

This month marks the start of the ideal season for discovering the wild and unspoilt beauty of this region. Nature comes alive with a new energy perfect for sports enthusiasts and those looking for a destination to go to in May in France cut off from the world.
Imagine yourself rafting on the white water, an exciting challenge offered by the river. For a more leisurely adventure, opt for a stand-up paddle session on Lac d'Esparron, where the calm waters and surrounding nature lend themselves to active relaxation. Cycling enthusiasts can venture out on the bike paths lining Lac de Sainte-Croix, offering breathtaking views of the azure blue water and surrounding cliffs. For a more aerial experience, paragliding from the heights of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie promises thrills and an unrivalled perspective on the region. Climbers won't be outdone, with numerous climbing sites offering routes for all levels, from beginners to the most experienced. Finally, for a touch of originality, take part in an orienteering race across the vast expanses of the Valensole plateau, combining sport, strategy and nature discovery.

Crucial things to do in the Verdon on a long weekend in May for sports enthusiasts:
  • Canyoning in the Gorges du Verdon: discover hidden waterfalls and natural pools as you embark on a canyoning adventure.
  • Via ferrata above the gorges: tackle a via ferrata for a safe climb offering spectacular views of the gorges.
  • Rafting in the gorges: for a dose of adrenaline and to mark the start of the summer season.

3. A 5-day weekend in May spent on the beaches of Corsica

Bonifacio destination where to go sunbathing in May
If the only thing you're dreaming of to make the most of your long weekend is finding a destination where to go sunbathing in May, Corsica must be at the top of your list.
The month of May offers perfect conditions for exploring the various facets of the island, far from the summer crowds. Another advantage of visiting Corsica at this time of year is that it's an inexpensive destination in May.

For a unique experience, embark on a sailing trip from Ajaccio or Bonifacio, where you can sail along spectacular coastlines, discover secret coves and maybe even spot dolphins. Hiking enthusiasts will be delighted by the crest trail at Capu Rossu, offering breathtaking views of the sea and cliffs. For a touch of originality, take part in a gastronomic hike that combines the pleasures of walking with the discovery of local flavors, a way to savor Corsica through its local products. Cycling enthusiasts can explore Castagniccia, a region renowned for its chestnut groves, by bike, for a total immersion in the island's rolling green landscapes. Finally, be sure to visit Corsica's vineyards in May, an ideal time to taste local wines and meet winemakers passionate about their terroir.

Must-see things to do in Corsica on a 5-day long weekend in May:
  • Scuba diving in the Scandola Nature Reserve: explore the preserved seabed of the Isle of Beauty.
  • Horseback riding in the maquis: take a horseback ride through the Corsican maquis, for total immersion in the island's wilderness.

Where to go for Ascension weekend (long weekend in May from 5 days to 1 week)

Dates: Wednesday May 8 and Thursday May 9, 2024 - you can postpone Monday-Tuesday and/or Friday to take advantage of the Pont de l'Ascension or a week off.

A man who left for the ascension weekend in europe on a trip
This year it's possible to take 5 days to 1 full week off in May for the Ascension Bridge. Perfect for travel lovers who use every excuse to explore the world. If you're wonderingwhere to go for Pont de l'ascension and May 8 this year, here are 3 ideal destinations in Europe to go for 1 week in May!

1. Spend Ascension Day in Croatia for a week

Dubrovnik in Croatia where to go in May
If you're looking for where to spend a week in May in Europe, Croatia is the dream destination. This country, little favored by tourists at this time of year, is perfect for an Ascension Weekend, as you can enjoy the first rays of sunshine on Croatia's beaches, as well as incredible hiking in the heart of the country. If you're looking for a sunny destination in May, Croatia is the place to be, as you'll be able to enjoy the first warm days without the crowds of the summer months.

It's the perfect time to explore the hidden treasures of this magnificent country. For a unique experience, embark on a geocaching adventure through Croatian national parks, combining hiking and treasure hunting to discover breathtaking natural sites. Watersports enthusiasts can take advantage of favorable winds to try their hand at kitesurfing on the Adriatic, with spots ideal for beginners and advanced alike.

For a dose of culture and history, join a night-time guided tour of ancient fortresses and castles, offering a different and mysterious perspective of these monuments. Foodies will appreciate a gastronomic bike tour, combining a love of cycling with the discovery of local flavors, from vineyards to olive groves. For nature lovers, a canoeing trip in the hidden lakes of Plitvice reveals unparalleled tranquility and natural beauty.

Croatia is an incredible country blendinguntouched nature andtraditional Mediterranean towns. For us, it's the perfect destination to enjoy a summer atmosphere in May if you want to go away for Ascension weekend.

Must-see things to do and places to visit in Croatia in May
  • The city of Split: visit Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and stroll along the Riva, the lively waterfront
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park: this park of turquoise lakes linked by waterfalls offers breathtaking scenery, ideal for hiking
  • Pelješac Peninsula: a paradise for wine lovers, offering tastings at renowned vineyards with views of the vines and the sea
  • Krka National Park: known for its magnificent waterfalls and natural pools, this is an ideal place to swim in Croatia in May
  • The walled city of Dubrovnik: nicknamed the "pearl of the Adriatic", this city is famous for its historic ramparts and stunning sea views.
How to get to Croatia from France

If you're planning an Ascension Day long weekend in Croatia, the best way to get there is by plane. From major French cities, you'll need to allow for the following flight times to get to Croatia:

  • Paris - Split (Croatia): 2h10 direct flight 4 with one stopover
  • Lyon - Split (Croatia) : 1h50 direct flight, 3h30 with a stopover
  • Marseille - Split (Croatia) : 1h50 direct, 4h30 with a stopover
  • Bordeaux - Split (Croatia) : 5h with a stopover

Flight fares and departure and return times also change according to airport and day. We therefore advise you to check beforehand to find the most interesting fares for you.

2. Discover the Greek islands and enjoy the first summer heat

Corfu perfect destination where to go in May
The Greek Islands are an incredible destination to go to in May for Ascension Day. This area of the Mediterranean boasts an ideal climate at this time of year. The sun will soon reach its zenith, and temperatures are not unbearably hot, as is often the case from June onwards. For your long weekend in May, the Greek islands offer a myriad of activities and sites to explore, each with its own unique atmosphere.


Corfou is the second largest Greek island in the Ionian Sea. It's famous for its lush vegetation, Venetian fortresses and Achilleion summer palace. If you're looking for a destination to go to in May where you can do a bit of lazing around and enjoy some incredible historical scenery, Corfu is for you. A stroll along the tree-lined Esplanade and the Liston, with its elegant arcade, is a must for any visitor. Mount Pantokrator offers breathtaking views from its summit, while Paliokastritsa captivates with its high cliffs and coves. Perfect for a change of scenery.


Mykonos is traditionally known for its beaches but is increasingly famous for its nightlife. If you're in the mood for a May sun holiday in a destination where you can party the night away, this Greek island is the perfect destination. Temperatures are particularly pleasant in May, withan average of around 23 degrees and waters warm enough for swimming. The island offers off-season tranquility with its picturesque fishing villages.


If you've always dreamed of visiting this Greek island of white houses, this is the perfect destination to go but enjoy the sun. The crowds of tourists haven't yet reached the island, so you can make the most of it at this time of year. This month is ideal for exploring its famous hilltop villages, such as Oia and Fira, with their whitewashed houses and emblematic blue domes. The mild climate means you can take full advantage of the terraces offering spectacular views of the caldera and breathtaking sunsets.

How to get to these Greek islands from France

If you'd like to head off for the Ascension long weekend to Corfu, Santorini or Myconos, flying remains the best way to reach these islands. From Paris, you'll need to allow for the following flight times:

  • Paris - Mykonos (Greece) : 3h20 by direct flight
  • Paris - Santorini (Greece) : 3h25 direct
  • Paris - Corfu (Greece) : 2h45 direct

3. Take advantage of Ascension to spend a week on the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands destination where to go in May
The Canary Islands have the advantage of a perfect year-round climate. A favorite destination for many in winter, it can sometimes be shunned during the long weekends of May for other, closer destinations in Europe. But this year, since you have 5 to 1 weeks off in May, the Canary Islands are the destination to go to for Ascension Day. Among our favorite islands at this time of year are:

Gran Canaria

The island of Gran Canaria boasts warmer, drier winds than the surrounding islands, making it ideal for beach and sun lovers. The diversity of its climate also makes it possible to explore the mountainous areas, where coolness and greenery dominate, contrasting with the rest of the island. At this time of year you can explore the dunes of Maspalomas in particular, a unique landscape reminiscent of the Sahara, offering spectacular views and memorable photo opportunities.

La Palma

The island of Lanzarote may recall the Saharan desert with its dry climate and sand dunes. Average temperatures on the island are 25 degrees at this time of year, offering an ideal setting for sunbathing and swimming in May. If you choose to visit this island, we highly recommend a visit to Timanfaya National Park, for a near-lunar experience on earth, with its volcanic landscapes and geothermal demonstrations.


Unlike the other islands previously mentioned, La Palma stands out for its spectacular flora and verdant landscapes. More particularly for its emblematic plant, nthe Lotus hillebrandii, which blooms in May, transforming the Caldera de Taburiente National Park into a tableau of vibrant colors. This park, recognized as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, is a must for nature lovers and hikers. If you're in the mood for both idleness in the May sunshine and fresh air, the island of La Palma is for you.

How to get to the Canary Islands from France

To reach the islands of La Palma, Gran Canaria or Lanzarote from France, the only means of locomotion is by plane. From Paris, the flight time is as follows:

  • Paris - Gran Canaria : 4h20 by direct flight
  • Paris - Lanzarote : 6h with a stopover in Madrid or Barcelona
  • Paris - La Palma: 6h with a stopover in Madrid or Tenerife

Where to go in May for the Pentecost weekend (3-day long weekend in May)

Date: Monday, May 20, 2024 - if it's your solidarity day you'll need to put off 1 day to enjoy the Pentecost long weekend in May.

leave for the pentecost weekend by train in france

The last long weekend of May, the Pentecost Bridge. This 3-day weekend won't be as far away as the previous ones, so you won't be able to travel as far, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy this 3-day weekend. Several destinations where to go in May are easily accessible by train or car from several cities in France. Among our ideas for weekends and destinations to go to in France in May for Pentecost, the following 3 destinations are our favorites.

1. A getaway to Nice for the Pentecost long weekend

Nice during Pentecost weekend
Nice is one of the top destinations to visit in May for Whitsun weekend. Under the mild spring sun, the city's parks are in full bloom, offering an idyllic setting for an extended Pentecost weekend on the Côte d'Azur. The city, with its famous Promenade des Anglais, invites long strolls along the Mediterranean Sea, where the blue sky melts into the horizon.

Old Nice, with its narrow streets and colorful markets, is a labyrinth of discoveries, where you can sample Nice specialties like socca or salade niçoise. For a cultural getaway, the Musée Matisse, nestled in the majestic Villa des Arènes de Cimiez, showcases an impressive collection of the artist's works, while the Parc du Mont Boron offers panoramic views over the city and the Baie des Anges.

What to do in Nice for Whitsun weekend
Where to stay in Nice for Whitsun weekend

If you'd like to spend your Pentecost long weekend on the Côte d'Azur, we recommend booking one of the following hotels in Nice:

  • Le Grimaldi by HappyCulture seduces with its privileged location, making it easy to explore the city's charms, from the Promenade des Anglais to Old Nice. This hotel combines comfort, Belle Époque style and a warm welcome, offering an authentic Nice experience with a touch of culture and elegance.
  • Les Cigales: nestled in a charming, renovated building, offers an oasis of tranquility in the heart of the city, just steps from the sea and the main attractions. Its welcoming ambience, personalized service and comfortable rooms make it an ideal choice for those seeking an authentic, relaxing experience for Whitsun weekend.
  • Boscolo Nice Hotel & Spa :ith its luxurious spa and top-of-the-range facilities, promises an unrivalled escape into relaxation and well-being for Whitsun weekend. Its elegant location on Boulevard Victor Hugo, close to Nice's iconic sites, makes it the perfect base for exploring the city.

2. A stay in a Spa hotel to let go

un week end spa pour la pentecote

If you just want to unwind for a weekend, a long Whitsun weekend spent in a spa hotel is the perfect way to recharge your batteries. Treat yourself to a moment of well-being and escape in an exceptional setting close to home, or in one of France's most beautiful Spas.

In Normandy, the Cures Marines Trouville Hôtel Thalasso & Spa welcomes you to a 5-star establishment with a wide range of thalassotherapy treatments and facilities, promising relaxation and rejuvenation.
In Honfleur, La Ferme Saint Simeon Spa, a magnificent 18th-century Relais & Châteaux, offers a Spa area with jacuzzi, sauna, hammam and indoor pool, as well as unique relaxation treatments based on Normandy apples.

For those looking to get away from it all near Paris, luxury and refinement are the order of the day at establishments such as the Spa de l'Hôtel Barrière Le Fouquet's Paris. Located in the heart of the capital, this spa offers a high-end experience with personalized treatments, an indoor pool and elegant surroundings for total relaxation

For those looking for a more unusual experience, consider a stay in accommodation with a private spa, offering privacy and absolute relaxation in the heart of nature. Whether in a trapper's cabin in Gironde or a peasant bubble in Isère, these wellness escapes are ideal for recharging your batteries away from everyday life during a long weekend in May.

3. A 3-day weekend in Marseille to enjoy the calanques

partir en mai à marseille
For an extended Whitsun weekend in May, the city of Marseille and its surrounding area is packed with captivating activities to suit all tastes. You could start by exploring the artistic richness of the Sistine Chapel through the immersive exhibition at the Palais de la Bourse, where scale reproductions of Michelangelo's works can be seen up close, accompanied by detailed explanations to enrich your visit.

Embark on a cruise to discover the Friuli Islands, a wild archipelago offering spectacular views and secret beaches, ideal for a picnic away from the urban hustle and bustle. Lovers of contemporary art will marvel at the exhibitions at the MUCEM, an architectural jewel that links the Mediterranean to the city via footbridges of light.

For a unique evening out,explore the Cours Julien, a bohemian neighborhood brimming with street art, independent boutiques and convivial cafés, where the local music scene animates the streets until the wee hours. Gourmets will delight in a gastronomic tour, sampling specialties like bouillabaisse in the restaurants of the Vieux-Port.

Must-do things in May in Marseille for the Pentecost long weekend
  • Visit Marseille's calanques: whether on foot for hiking enthusiasts or by boat for a different perspective, the calanques offer breathtaking scenery and crystal-clear waters ideal for swimming in May.
  • Discover the city of Marseille with its springtime air: take advantage of the pleasant weather to explore the Old Port, the Panier district, and other emblematic sites of the city.

If you'd like more travel tips for planning your May long weekend in Marseille, don't hesitate to consult our complete guide :

You now have all the information you need to plan an incredible May vacation in the 4 corners of France and Europe. May this year is travel month. If you're planning a long weekend getaway in May, why not treat your loved ones to a hotel gift? A Hotelgift hotel gift card is the perfect gift if you want to contribute to their weekend getaway.

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