The Alps

5 reasons to visit the Alps in May

Despite the Alps’ reputation as a winter sports playground, there are many reasons to visit in the interseason. May is a beautiful month to plan a trip, and with summer right around the corner, there is plenty to see and do.

In this post, we share 5 reasons to visit the Alps in May including:

  • Cheaper holidays
  • Romantic stays
  • Remote working holidays
  • Activities
  • The weather

So whether you’re travelling as a family, a couple or a group of friends, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable spring break in the Alps. Read on to find out more…

Why visit the Alps in May

1. Cheaper holidays

May is generally considered a ‘low-season’ month in the Alps. This means that holidays in general tend to be more budget-friendly.

Accommodation and flights will be much cheaper than in the peak months of December, February, July and August and you won’t need to factor in the cost of a ski pass.

Another benefit of cheaper holidays is that you can take advantage of shorter stays. Throughout peak times, these are far more costly, therefore many people will opt for a quick mountain getaway in the interseason instead.

May is the ideal time to plan a long weekend in the Alps, as there are a few bank holidays to make use of. However, do note that in some rare cases, prices may slightly increase over May public holidays.

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2. Romantic stays

The Alps in May are an ideal time for a romantic break. Resorts are quieter and accommodation is cheaper, so it’s easier to find a great value chalet for two.

At OVO Network, our “Cool for Couples” partner properties are perfect for romantic getaways. Whether you’re looking for stunning mountain views, luxury features such as hot tubs and saunas or a secluded hideout for two, you’re sure to find your dream chalet.

What’s more, you’ll be able to enjoy endless activities together straight from your doorstep. Adventurous couples could try paragliding or watersports and fitness enthusiasts can enjoy mountain biking, hiking, climbing and much more!

For foodies, there are plenty of Michelin-star restaurants for special occasions or if you simply want to relax, why not visit a spa for a couples massage?

A man stands on grass with binoculars and a woman sits on a rock with mountains in background
Enjoy a romantic spring getaway in the Alps

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3. Remote working holidays

With remote work more common than ever, many of us can enjoy greater flexibility. So why not trade in your home office for a luxury chalet in the Alps?

Along with the autumn months, May is an ideal time for a remote working holiday in the mountains. If you fancy a change of scenery, but can’t get the time off work, then this is perfect for you.

When you book a remote working chalet with OVO Network, you’ll have all you need with fast Wifi and private desk space, whilst being immersed in the beautiful surroundings of the Alps. Spend your time off hiking, cycling, sightseeing or sampling the local cuisine!

A home working space with a velux window, desk, cow printed chair and desk lamp
Enjoy this cosy home office at Chalet Aravista in Le Grand Bornand

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4. A wealth of activities

The winter season continues into early May in some high-altitude resorts such as Val Thorens and Tignes, so if you visit early enough, you may be lucky to fit in a final ski.

Spring, however, heralds the onset of a new season and brings with it a multitude of exciting activities. Here are some examples of things to try:

…and much more! For more details, check out our blog post about spring activities in the Alps.

A couple cycle on a mountain road
Whether it’s road cycling, mountain biking or e-biking – the Alps are a paradise for cycling enthusiasts!

Similarly, spring is a brilliant time to plan a wellness retreat in the mountains. Practise yoga with a view, take a mindful walk through the mountain pastures or unwind in a wellness centre – there are plenty of ways to enjoy a restorative break in the Alps.

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5. The weather

Although the weather can never be guaranteed, the conditions in May often provide a happy medium. It’s usually warm and sunny enough to spend time outside, but not so hot that it stops you from enjoying your favourite activities. Plus, the blossoming trees and local wildlife are a sight to behold.

This is also a great time to visit the Alps with a pet, for example, as you’ll be able to hike at any time of the day with your dog. There are hundreds of dog-friendly walks and cafés and restaurants to choose from, as well as excellent accommodation where pets are welcome.

A woman wearing a blue top and red leggings walks a black dog along a mountain pass
Bring your four-legged friend with you to the mountains in spring!

We hope you found this guide useful and are ready to start planning your May holiday! If you’re still unsure when to visit, then check out our other guides on when to visit the Alps.

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