Just because the newly-married royal couple is staying at home, it doesn’t mean that you have to! May is a great month for a break, with the promise of good, mild weather and the towns and countryside alive with cherry blossom and flowers in bloom. What’s more, prices haven’t reached their summer peak so you’ll be able to bag some bargain deals on flights and hotels.
Why not head to Madrid and catch the city’s favourite festival, the Fiesta de San Isidro, held this year from the 11th to the 15th of May. The big day is on Sunday the 15th and if you’re in the Plaza Mayor at lunch time, you can join the Madrileños for lunch! Cocido madrileño, a traditional Madrid speciality of chickpeas, meat and fine noodles is served to the public from jaw-dropping, massive cauldrons. Madrid’s patron saint, San Isidro, was a simple farmer who nonetheless, with his wife, gave food to the poor.
Many locals dress as ‘chulapos and chulapas’ in old-style folk costumes, the men wearing black and white check caps and waistcoats and the women, long dresses with shawls. Back in the present, there’s partying galore in the evenings with concerts, circus and performances, and for those with an interest in bullfighting, there’s a session of 'Corridas' at Las Ventas bullring.
EasyJet flies to Madrid from London’s Luton and Gatwick airports, Ryanair from London’s Stansted and Gatwick, and BA and Iberia from London Heathrow.