The 10 best places to visit in March

Jordi Lippe-McGraw

Editor's Note

March, oh March — the chameleon of the calendar, adept at blending the tail end of winter with the sprightly onset of spring. While your neighbors are busy Googling how to spell "Punxsutawney," travelers like you know this month is the golden ticket to planning some of the world's best destinations.

Bid adieu to the winter blues and the overcrowded summer spots. March is your chance to explore without the hassle of elbowing through selfie-snapping crowds. We're not just talking about the usual tourist traps decked out in spring finery. No, we're venturing off the beaten path to uncover 10 spectacular spots that truly come alive in March.

So, where should you travel? Here are the 10 best destinations. Let the March madness begin – and we're not talking basketball.

Tulum, Mexico

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Tulum has long been a go-to destination thanks to its blend of natural beauty and cultural richness. Now, the town is more accessible than ever before, thanks to new direct flights from major cities including Newark, Charlotte, Miami, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and Los Angeles. This improved connectivity makes it easier for travelers to experience Tulum's stunning sandy beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters and variety of mind-body activities.

The town is famous for its yoga retreats, offering a serene environment for relaxation and rejuvenation. For culinary enthusiasts, Mexican cooking classes provide a taste of local flavors and traditions. Adventure seekers can explore the Caribbean waters through paddle boarding or snorkeling among the vibrant coral reefs.

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Tulum is also rich in history and culture, with its nearby ancient Mayan ruins, such as the Tulum Archaeological Site, offering a glimpse into Mexico's past. Plus, the town's bustling markets and local artisan shops provide an authentic experience for those interested in traditional crafts and souvenirs.

TPG tip : For a serene and peaceful retreat without the kids, guests can book a spring break stay at The Beach Tulum starting at $708 a night. For families, the all-inclusive Hilton Tulum , from $665 (based on double occupancy, all-inclusive) or 90,000 Hilton Honors points per night, is located on a secluded bay, around a 20-minute drive from town.

Related: The best all-inclusive resorts in Mexico

Savannah, Georgia

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March is a fantastic time to visit Savannah. The highlight is the internationally acclaimed Savannah Music Festival from March 28 to April 13, known for its amazing variety of music.

In Savannah, the streets are a picturesque blend of historic charm and natural beauty, lined with ancient trees draped in Spanish moss. The weather in March is just right for wandering through the city's lovely parks and along the riverfront. Savannah's rich history is everywhere, from its cobblestone squares to its grand old buildings.

For food lovers, the city offers everything from classic Southern dishes to new culinary delights.

TPG tip : The Alida Hotel is the perfect place for attendees to lay their heads after a day of soaking up the melodies. It's available from $274 or 53,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.

Turks and Caicos

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It's all about R&R in Turks and Caicos, and in March, it's a sunny paradise, boasting perfect weather at around 82 degrees Fahrenheit. This Caribbean destination is surprisingly close, just a four-hour flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), offering an easy tropical escape.

Its white-sand beaches and crystal blue waters are a highlight, perfect for days spent relaxing or snorkeling among vibrant coral reefs. Thanks to new direct flights from airlines like Delta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic and Silver Airways, getting there is easier than ever.

With tourism on the rise, March is a great time to experience the island's natural beauty and lively atmosphere before the peak season rush.

TPG tip : Book a stay at the luxurious and pampering Ritz-Carlton, Turks & Caicos on stunning Grace Bay Beach for a serene escape. Rates start at $1,371 or 112,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.

Related: Spectacular Turks and Caicos all-inclusives for beach getaways

Bali, Indonesia

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March in Bali is a fascinating time to visit, especially as it marks the start of the offseason. This means you can enjoy the beauty of Bali with fewer crowds, more affordable flights and cheaper hotel rates.

Although there's more rainfall, it's also a time of rich cultural significance, highlighted by the Balinese New Year celebrations. A unique aspect of these celebrations is the Nyepi Day of Silence, which falls on March 11 this year. On this day, the island embraces a remarkable quietness, turning off all lights at 6 a.m. for 24 hours, including street lamps and traffic signals.

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There's no broadcasting on TV or radio, and everyone stays indoors. This tradition is meant to deceive visiting spirits into believing Bali is deserted, ensuring peace for the island in the year ahead. For visitors, Nyepi offers a rare opportunity for deep rest and reflection, allowing both the body and mind to rejuvenate in Bali's tranquil and mystical atmosphere during this time.

TPG tip : Viceroy Bali is offering a Nyepi Package , where guests can be cocooned in a spacious private pool villa for two nights with all meals included on March 11. Prices start from $1,152 for the two-night package in a pool suite.

Florence, Italy

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Florence is particularly charming in March. The city starts to shake off its winter chill, making way for the pleasant warmth of spring.

This time of year, famous spots like the Duomo and Boboli Gardens are less crowded, offering a peaceful experience. Art enthusiasts will find the Uffizi and Accademia galleries more accessible, allowing for a closer look at Renaissance masterpieces.

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March also brings a series of cultural events that showcase Florence's rich artistic legacy. A walk along the Arno River or through historic streets is delightful in the mild weather. Florence in March combines the start of spring, fewer tourists and its timeless beauty, making it an inviting destination.

TPG tip : The Place is a 20-room luxury boutique hotel located in the heart of Florence's Piazza Santa Maria Novella. It's available for $470 per night.

Estes Park, Colorado

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Estes Park is a unique destination in March, especially with the quirky Frozen Dead Guy Days festival. Scheduled over St. Patrick's Day weekend, March 15-17, this festival celebrates the unusual story of Grandpa Bredo, an actual frozen dead guy now residing at the International Cryonics Museum at The Stanley Hotel .

The event features a range of bizarre yet wonderful activities, from coffin races to the Deadman Fashion Show. This offbeat festival not only offers a glimpse into the eccentric but also highlights the community's sense of humor and creativity. The backdrop of Estes Park's stunning natural scenery, combined with this one-of-a-kind festival, makes for an unforgettable visit.

TPG tip : Book a stay at The Inn on Fall River for a remarkable picturesque getaway among the Rocky Mountains. Rates start at $124 for a one-night stay.

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The Pacific Riviera, nestled along the Pan-American Highway, is breathtaking with its stunning beaches and lush mountains.

You'll find unique black sands at Coronado and lovely golden beaches at Bijao, Playa Blanca and Buenaventura. For surfers, places like Chame and El Palmar are perfect, especially in March, right after the peak fishing season. Nature lovers can explore the scenic Anton Valley, with its captivating waterfalls and the impressive La India Dormida mountain.

Also, the Ruta de la Caldera offers great hiking trails, part of Panama's initiative to enhance outdoor exploration. The Pacific Riviera is ideal for those who love the beach, surfing, fishing or just enjoying nature.

TPG tip: The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort is where outdoor adventure and magical beaches collide. Prices start as low as $159 or 31,000 Marriott Bonvoy points for a one-night stay in March.

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March in Chicago is notable for its unique St. Patrick's Day celebration and the city's array of activities.

The dyeing of the Chicago River on March 16 is a must-see event, turning the river into a brilliant green spectacle. This is one of the most unusual St. Patrick's Day events globally, drawing crowds to marvel at the transformation.

While in Chicago, travelers can still take advantage of winter festivities, like the Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park — perfect for families on spring break in the Windy City. Additionally, "Peter Pan" and "Pretty Woman" make their musical debut on Broadway in Chicago in March, and the iconic Bean in Millennium Park, which has been closed for construction, reopens in spring.

TPG tip : Located a few short blocks from the riverwalk, 21c Museum Hotel Chicago is a quick walk to the action and available for $150 for a one-night stay.

Related: The 17 best Chicago hotels

Ocala, Florida

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Ocala, Florida , known as "The Horse Capital of the World," is an increasingly popular destination, especially in March. Downtown Ocala boasts a vibrant farmer's market, an emerging food scene and public art, providing visitors with a rich cultural experience.

The area is also famous for its crystal-clear natural springs, like the largest in America, Silver Springs. These springs are perfect for kayaking, paddle boarding and glass-bottom boat tours.

Furthermore, Ocala becomes the center of the equestrian world from March 21-24 as it hosts the FEI Longines League of Nations. In this prestigious event, athletes from around the globe come to qualify.

TPG tip : A new addition for March is The Riding Academy Hotel , set to open on the 400-acre World Equestrian Center campus. This hotel will provide nearly 400 rooms and suites, an outdoor pool and sun deck, dual fitness centers and a lobby marketplace. The Hilton Ocala is also centrally located and even houses its own Clydesdale, Buddy. Rates start at $157 or 45,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

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There's no better time to visit Malta, as it becomes a cultural epicenter with the inauguration of its first Art Biennale, a prestigious event backed by UNESCO. This festival promises to provide immersive art experiences that showcase the Mediterranean's significant impact on global culture.

Beyond the Biennale, Malta is a paradise for architecture and design aficionados, brimming with historical sites and medieval fortresses, each telling stories of the past. Bonus: The mild March weather complements outdoor explorations of Malta's scenic landscapes and architectural wonders.

TPG tip : A luxury beachfront hotel with a spa and bay views, the Malta Marriott Hotel & Spa is a no-brainer. Rates start at $132 or 33,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.

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The Best Places to Travel in March

Okavango Delta Botswana

You're reading this because you're likely deep in internet research, trying to determine the best places to travel in March. It's that awkward month between winter and spring, when it can get surprisingly hot and still unseasonably cold at the flip of a switch. Whenever leaving the house, it's a toss up—is this puffer weather, or the time to switch to sandals ?

Flee the indecisive climate and get thee to somewhere that's properly hot. Or properly cold. Though the notorious spring breakers tend to command all the attention at airports and train stations this month, there's so much more to traveling in March than sipping margaritas with a herd of Gen Zers (sorry, Gen Z). As spring looms in the northern hemisphere, some destinations begin to emerge from winter hibernation with blooming flowers . Meanwhile, buzzy spots in South America and Asia offer a blessed lack of the humidity (and crowds) you might experience in the busier summer months (did someone say shoulder season?).

Whether you’re looking to warm up with a tropical beach vacation or want to cling to the last days of winter with a ski trip, this is the month to do it. Here are nine of the best places to travel in March, from Big Sky in Montana to the Okavango Delta in Botswana.

All listings featured in this story are independently selected by our editors. However, when you book something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission. This article has been updated with new information since its original publish date.

Panama is a great place to visit any time of year thanks to its biodiverse jungles sprawling beaches and relative lack...

Panama is a great place to visit any time of year, thanks to its biodiverse jungles, sprawling beaches, and relative lack of crowds compared to neighboring Costa Rica. But March is an especially great time to experience that outdoor splendor, with temperatures in the 70s and 80s and lots of sunshine (the rainy season kicks off in April). The Caribbean-facing province of Bocas del Toro is a one-stop shop for both gorgeous beaches and active wildlife. For a truly memorable experience, take a nighttime snorkeling trip through bioluminescent waters with Hello Travel Panama .

A straight shot south from Bocas del Toro, the Pacific Ocean-facing province Chiriquí offers an equally beautiful, but wholly different slice of nature. Here you can hike through cloud forests, swim beneath roaring waterfalls, and witness the panoramic sunrise from the summit of Volcán Barú. Check in at the 10-room boutique hotel  Finca El Oasis right on the edge of the volcano, or venture a bit off the Pacific Gulf to the remote, luxurious 400-acre resort of  Isla Palenque . And make sure to allow time for Panama City, where a revived historic center thrives—no wonder we recently named it one of the Best Places to Go in Central and South America in 2024 .

Cartagena Colombia

Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena is one of the best places to travel in March, thanks to weather primed for both city exploration and beach relaxation. Temperatures stick around the high 70s and low 80s without too much humidity, and ocean breezes make for cool and comfortable evenings. Visit the UNESCO-listed Old Town, complete with cobbled streets and colonial-era architecture, as well as the high-rise-heavy neighborhood of Bocagrande and street-art haven of  Getsemaní .

While there are several city beaches to enjoy, it’s worth taking a quick drive outside city limits to see some truly pristine stretches of sand. Take a 1.5-hour bus ride to Isla Barú, where you can swim in the cerulean waters at Playa Blanca and sample plates of ceviche at local restaurants. You can also take a boat ride to the Rosario Islands, a coral archipelago about one hour southwest of the city, to experience some of the region’s best snorkeling. Back in town, rest up at Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards darling Sofitel Legend Santa Clara , located right at the northern edge of Cartagena’s historic district.

This northeastern corner of New South Wales was ravaged by massive floods in 2022 but after recovery efforts in 2023...

Northern Rivers, Australia

This northeastern corner of New South Wales was ravaged by massive floods in 2022, but after recovery efforts in 2023 partially boosted by tourism, the area excitedly began welcoming visitors again this year. That, paired with its reputation for coastal resort towns, scenic seaside drives, gorgeous Pacific beaches, and adventuresome hikes and treks, earned it a spot on our list of Best Places to Go in 2024 .

March will be an especially fun time to visit the land Down Under: Since it's the southern hemisphere, the weather will just be cooling off from summer—ideal if you prefer more temperate climes. The wave-lashed town of Byron Bay will be hosting the 2024 Australian Pro Adaptive Surfing Championship , the country’s first international event for surfers with disabilities, which should make for some exciting energy along the coast.

Locals and visitors alike will be spoiled with a bevy of openings in Northern Rivers: Copperstone by the Range Estates will open its equestrian-style ranch in Bangalow in early 2024 (their properties Swell Hotel and the California-style Sun Ranch in Byron Bay are both epitomes of Aussie style and chill), while in Yamba on the southern fringe of Northern Rivers, the designer and stylist Sheree Commerford will open a breezy seaside inn called Il Delfino in early 2024.

Ilulissat Greenland

Ilulissat, Greenland

Greenland  is icy, mysterious, and one of the most naturally beautiful places on the planet. And while the concept of the summertime midnight sun is appealing, there are many advantages to skirting the June to September crowds in favor of a late-winter sojourn. The coastal town of Ilulissat is particularly appealing in March, when there are less tourists, lower hotel prices, and a lack of mosquitoes and other pesky bugs (a major problem in the summer months). The town also happens to shine most beautifully at this time, with a thick layer of snow shrouding the region in a peaceful silence.

You can reach Ilulissat via an Air Greenland flight from either Copenhagen or Reykjavik. The Ilulissat Icefjord (one of the northernmost UNESCO World Heritage Sites) can be seen from your plane window, but you’ll want to get an even closer look at the massive collection of icebergs. AirZafari offers small-plane flights in Ilulissat, while you can find helicopter tours through Air Greenland . If you book a stay at Hotel Arctic , you can also book boat and helicopter tours (along with dog sled rides, walking tours through town, and more) directly through the concierge.

Montage Big Sky Montana

Big Sky, Montana

If you think ski season is over by the time March rolls around, think again: Montana’s Big Sky Resort doesn’t close its slopes until late April, meaning you can still enjoy prime conditions during this month. Big Sky features an incredible 5,850 acres of skiable terrain, with sizable portions dedicated to both beginner and expert runs (keep an eye out for the brand-new Lone Peak Tram opening this winter.) It’s easily one of the best ski destinations in the country, but the region offers so much more than rides down the slopes. Yellowstone National Park is just an hour away, for example, and the park’s geothermal pools look even more brilliant set against a backdrop of snow.

You could also have your fill of skiing at Montage Big Sky , an alpine resort that offers ski-in, ski-out access to Big Sky Resort. On top of that, the property also provides guests with opportunities for snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, hiking, and fly-fishing—not to mention some seriously luxurious interiors. Cozy up by the lobby fireplace or snuggle in the fur throw at the foot of your bed, then treat yourself to a massage or grab a craft cocktail at the après-ski bar. Consider these just some of the reasons Big Sky is one of the Best Places to Go in North America this year.

Best Islands in the World Raja Ampat Islands Indonesia

Raja Ampat, Indonesia

It takes a bit of effort to reach the Raja Ampat Islands —flying first to  Jakarta , then to Sorong, where most travelers hop on a liveaboard. But once you arrive, you’ll be greeted by lush jungles, blue channels, and biodiverse reefs. The archipelago is truly a scuba diver’s dream, where an average dive gets you up close to manta rays, hawksbill turtles, and around 1,300 species of colorful coral-dwelling fish. There’s really no bad time to visit, but March typically yields the best diving weather (think less rain and calmer waters).

The most popular way to explore Raja Ampat is by booking a small cruise or yacht, and you have several great options to choose from. You could try Aqua Expeditions and set sail on the long-range cruising yacht, Aqua Blu , which offers seven-night, island-hopping itineraries . The boat has 15 sea-facing suites and a spa, and guests can partake in activities like snorkeling, kayaking, diving to manta ray cleaning stations, and searching for elusive bird of paradise species on guided hikes.

Southeast Asia's Lion City is aptly named because it's facing the new year with a great big roar. There's always lots to...

Southeast Asia's Lion City is aptly named because it's facing the new year with a great big roar. There's always lots to do in Singapore, especially in the year ahead (the cosmopolitan city-state is on our list of Best Places to Go in Asia in 2024 ), but there's something happening in March that's whipping the island into a tizzy: The pop princess Taylor Swift is bringing her Eras Tour to the Singapore National Stadium for her sole stop in the region. Hotels bookings are reportedly through the roof, and additional flights have been added , but keep an eye out for the openings of the new Grand Hyatt and the latest Raffles on Sentosa Island for more room at the inn, as it were.

Beyond the Swiftie reasons to swing by Singapore in March, there's also the return of glamorous and ultra-luxury train travel with Belmond's Eastern & Oriental Express , which will, in February, have begun their new itineraries from Singapore into the Malaysian peninsula and back, featuring excursions into Taman Negara National Park and culinary tours on Penang Island, which should be incredibly fun and engaging—that is, if you can tear yourself away from your plush state room or the swanky dining car.

Dana Point California

Dana Point, California

Dana Point, a small harbor city along California’s southern coast, is known for its incredible dolphin and whale populations. That reputation was cemented in early 2021, when the town was dubbed the first “Whale Heritage Site” in the United States, courtesy of the World Cetacean Alliance. Dana Point is now one of five global destinations to receive such an honor, specifically created to recognize destinations that offer dolphin- and whale-watching experiences that are both responsible and sustainable.

While you can see some whale species year-round, February and March are known as peak season to see the California Gray Whales as they make their annual migration to Baja California . Book a 2.5-hour tour with Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari , where you can see the magnificent mammals from an underwater glass pod while listening to a live narration from expert naturalists. Or, book the OC Wine Cruise with Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, which lets passengers sample four different organic wines while they scan the sunset-lit waters for breaching whales.

Okavango Delta Botswana

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Picture it: Seasonal floodwaters rolling into parched sands and transforming them into a delicate tracery of glittering rivers and channels—the dry plains once again dripping with new life. That's the scene that greets you at the Okavango Delta in Botswana, the world's largest inland river delta. It plays host to a wide variety of wildlife, thriving across great swathes of the land held by the Moremi Game Reserve. You may encounter safari lions, leopards, giraffes, and rhinos; and when the floodwaters quench the land, you'll paddle in canoes past hippos, elephants, and crocodiles.

In the summer (that's January and February in Botswana, given it's the southern hemisphere), rainfall from the Angola highlands is drained by the Okavango River into the delta, where the water levels will rise and fall over the next four months, from March through June, making this month the best time to see the transformation happen before your very eyes.

Looking for a place to stay? African Bush Camps opened the riverside Khwai Lediba in 2023, and will open Atzaro Okavango in March 2024. The latter will feature 10 lagoon-side suites and offer peak safari-luxe vibes and a strong sense of place through design. (To no surprise, it's one of the Best Places to Go in Africa in 2024 .)

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  • 37 Best Places To Visit In March In The World To Satisfy Your Wanderlust In 2024

26 Dec 2023

With each New Year come fresh hopes. We resolve to be a better person by learning from our past experiences. To make our life blissful, travel is the best solution. Although the beginning of the year won’t let you come out from your shell due to the cold and shiver, the month of March is a fair time to travel. In March, the earth is happy and blooming. Also, the temperatures are moderate. There’s no point in wasting the beautiful month of March by sitting idle at home. Pack your bags and explore these 37 incredible places to visit in March in world . We bet it’ll be hard for you to pick just a single one out of these owing to all that these whimsical destinations offer.

37 Best Places To Visit In March In The World 2024

Here is the list of 37 best places to visit in March around the world to guide you and let you quench your wanderlust. Scroll down to know what all awaits you in these gorgeous countries to visit in March 2024 . Pick the one that best suits your whims and fancies so that you can have a wonderful vacay with your loved ones in a different corner of the world!

  • Paris – France
  • London – United Kingdom
  • Rome – Italy
  • Crete – Greece
  • Barcelona – Spain
  • Prague – Czech Republic
  • Marrakech – Morocco
  • Istanbul – Turkey
  • New York City – USA
  • Phuket – Thailand
  • Siem Reap – Cambodia
  • Playa Del Carmen – Mexico
  • Lisbon – Portugal
  • Dubai – United Arab Emirates
  • Pokhara – Nepal
  • Adelaide – Australia
  • Bermuda – British Overseas Territory
  • Lima – Peru
  • Cairo – Egypt
  • Montego Bay – Jamaica
  • Cape Town – South Africa
  • Punta Cana – Dominican Republic
  • Santiago – Chile
  • Cancun – Mexico
  • Nuuk – Greenland
  • Queenstown – New Zealand
  • Salt Lake City – Utah
  • Las Vegas – Nevada
  • Maui – Hawaii
  • Colombo – Sri Lanka
  • Hamburg – Germany
  • Whistler – Canada
  • Teton County – Wyoming
  • Zermatt – Switzerland
  • Reykjavik – Iceland
  • Delhi – India
  • Victoria – Seychelles

1. Paris - France

Paris is one of the places to visit in March in world

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Who doesn’t want to be in Paris in the spring season? Nobody would want to miss kissing under Eiffel Tower, and drinking hot coffee with some croissants and macaroons in the street cafe. Paris’ museums and monuments are what makes everyone’s hearts melt. The people who are huge fans of history should definitely go there. Paris is one of the best places to visit in March in Europe . The advantage of traveling in March is you don’t have to stand in the long queue as compared to the summer season. The flea market in Paris is a dream destination for vintage fashion lovers.

How To Reach: Fly To Paris International Airport Tourist Attractions: Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Arc de Triomphe Places To Stay:  Hôtel ibis Paris Tour Eiffel Cambronne 15ème, Novotel Paris Gare de Lyon, Le Regent Montmartre, Hotel ibis Paris La Défense Centre Best Restaurants: Epicure, Le Cinq, Le Gabriel Things To Do In Paris : Sightseeing, Photography, Food Currency:  Euro (EUR) Duration: 3 days Language: French, English, Spanish Visa: You will require a Schengen Visa Approx. Price:  INR 88,000 Specialty:  World famous monuments, museums, historical sites, luxurious ambiance, refreshing getaways, leisurely stays

Must Read: 10 Incredible Ways To Ring In New Year In Paris

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2. London - United Kingdom

London is one of the best places to visit in March in world

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London is famous for its bewildering weather, grumpy British guards outside the Buckingham Palace and mouthwatering fish and chips. If you’re visiting in March, make sure to participate in St. Patrick’s Day, Pancake Day and Beer Week. Visit Brick Lane for vintage clothes, Alfie’s Antique Market for accessories, and Southbank Centre Market for dining. So, are you ready to visit this glorious and yet one of the best places to visit in March outside India ?

How To Reach: Fly to London Heathrow Airport Tourist Attractions: Big Ben, The London Eye, Tower of London, Tower Bridge Places To Stay: Best Western London Peckham Hotel, The Waldorf Hilton London, Park Grand London Paddington, Kensington Suite Hotel Things To Do In London : tour of the Houses of Parliament, Visit Borough Market, Witness London Street Art Best Restaurants: E Pellicci, Amrutha Lounge Visa: You can apply for a short term visa for London. The minimum period is 6 months. Duration: 2 to 3 days Currency: Pound (£) Language:  English Approx. Price: INR 52,000 Specialty:  World-famous palaces and historical sites, luxurious ambiance, famous museums and galleries, delicious food

3. Rome - Italy

Rome is the best places to visit in March in world

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March is the best season to visit Rome. For Easter’s preparation, Christians gather here in large numbers. As winter is on the verge of leaving and the days get longer, Roman monuments basking in the sunlight are a sight to look at, making it one of the best places to visit in March in world. From Sunday shopping at the Porta Portese flea market to jumping to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome has a lot to offer. In fact, there are a plethora of places for shopping in Rome that won't disappoint you. While you're out and about in this scenic land, don't forget to check out these places for sure!

How To Reach: Fly to Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino International Airport in Rome Tourist Attractions: Colosseum, St. Peter's Basilica, Trevi Fountain, Roman Forum Places To Stay: Hotel Des Artistes, Radisson Blu es. Hotel Rome, Hotel Capannelle, Hotel Rimini Roma Termini Things To Do In Rome : Gondola ride in Venice, Road trip around Amalfi Coast, visit the Colosseum in Rome Best Restaurants: CiPASSO Vineria-Bistrot, Ristorante Ad Hoc Visa: Tourist visa is required. Duration : 1 to 2 days Currency: Euro Language:  Italian Approx. Price: INR 58,000 Specialty:  Roman monuments, historical sites, natural beauty, luxurious stays, heart warming locals

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4. Crete - Greece

Crete is one of the places to visit in March in world

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Crete is a place with so much unsolved history. You could witness around 2,000 different kinds of vegetation blossoming in March and around 150 or more can be found here only. Crete is known to be an ancient capital with secret codes from the time of Theseus and is one of the cool places to visit in March. You can get a glimpse of mysterious castles and alleys or go on a safari, the choices are endless.

How to reach: Fly to Athens International Airport and take a ferry from Piraeus Port in Athens Tourist Attractions: Heraklion, Palace of Knossos, Chania lighthouse & Venetian harbor, Rethimno, Knossos Places To Stay: Lato Boutique Hotel, Heliotrope Apartments, Omiros Boutique Hotel, Kumba Hostel Visa:  Schengen Visa Required Duration: 1 to 2 Days Best Restaurants: Tavern Stelios, Peskesi Things To Do:  Visit the ruins of a prehistoric village, Sightseeing, Relax at the beaches, Dine at famous restaurants, Winery Tours Currency:  Euro (EUR) Language:  Greek Approx. Price: INR 65,000 per person Specialty:  Ancient city, prominent sites, natural beauty, adventures

5. Barcelona - Spain

Barcelona is one of the places to visit in March in world

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Barcelona is not only famous for Messi. But then, what really does make it one of the finest places to visit in March in world? It has so many amazing sights and monuments that will leave you awestruck. The “Gaudi Tour”, which happens to be in March, is a famous tour. It includes visits to Sagrada Familia, The Casa Batllo, La Pedrera among other famous attractions. Barcelona has one of the expensive districts in Europe which is Eixample. It is believed to be the best place to stay in and shop.

How to reach: Fly to Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport Tourist attractions: La Sagrada Familia, Montjuïc and Plaça de Catalunya, Park Güell Places to stay: Bruc & Bruc, Hotel Catalonia Park Güell, Safestay Barcelona Passeig de Gràcia Things To Do In Barcelona : Photography, Sightseeing, Museum tour Best Restaurants: Disfrutar Barcelona, Santa Rita Experience Visa: Apply for a tourist visa which is valid for 90 days Duration: 2 days Currency: Euro (EUR) Language: Catalan, Spanish Approx. Price: INR 58,000 per person Specialty:  Sky-scrappers, lively ambiance, luxurious stays, refreshing getaways, historical sites

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6. Prague - Czech Republic

Prague is one of the places to visit in March in world

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Prague is a magical as well as a budget-friendly city which makes it one of the top places to visit in March in world for history geeks, hopeless romantic, families with kids, architecture lovers, and culture vultures! The melodiousness of the sounds at the Municipal House, and at the Spanish synagogue are worth experiencing. Don’t forget to see the Infant Jesus of Prague statue in Mala Strana. Explore the old town Square and all those castles that will take you back to history. In fact, Prague has two of the most fascinating castles in Hungary that you must not miss. Compared to other European holiday destinations, this is still an affordable one and is a must-visit for all kinds of explorers!

How to reach: Fly to Prague International Airport and take the shuttle or taxi to reach the city Tourist attractions: Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, Old Town Square, St. Vitus Cathedral Places to stay: Hotel Theatrino, Hostel Santini Prague, Hilton Prague, Hotel Carlton Things To Do In Prague : Visit Cafes, Sightseeing, Nightlife, Best Restaurants: Johnny Pizza, Restaurace Bellevue Visa: Tourist visa is required Duration: 2 days Currency: Czech Crown (CZK) Language: Czech Approx. Price: INR 53,000 per person Specialty:  Historical sites, natural beauty, luxurious stays, delicious food, architectural marvels, world-famous churches

7. Marrakech - Morocco

Marrakech is one of the places to visit in March in world

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Mid-March is the best time to visit this amazing place. Marrakech is famous for its unique blend of cultural diversity. Explore the Jemma el-Fna, a prominent place and market area with a history that dates back to 1,000 years old. Shop in souks, which are traditional marketplaces, where you can buy shoes, bags, nuts, etc. Explore palaces and museums which will give you insight into the history of this beautiful place.

How to reach: Fly to Marrakech Menara Airport Tourist attractions: Jama El f’na Market, Jardin Majorelle, Bahia Palace, Koutoubia Places to stay: Hotel Sofitel Marrakech Lounge and Spa, Riad Kasbah, Hotel ibis Marrakech Palmeraie, Rodamon Riad Marrakech Things To Do In Marrakech : Visit tourist attractions, photography, dine at famous restaurants Best Restaurants: The Red House, Corner Cafe Visa: Single entry visa fee is INR 1,309. The processing time is about 7-10 days. Duration: 2 days Currency: Moroccan Dirham (MAD) Language: Arabic, Berber Approx. Price: INR 48,000 Specialty:  Cultural diversity, historical sites, traditional marketplaces

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8. Istanbul - Turkey

Istanbul is one of the places to visit in March in world

Istanbul is one of the most beautiful cities in Turkey. It houses amazing mosques. Make sure to taste the world-famous Baklava here. For non-vegetarians, Istanbul has a variety of food items to offer. The cuisine includes kebabs, mezes and everything meaty. For acknowledging the Turkish art and Mevlevi culture, visit Galata Mevlevihanesi. To further experience a 500-year old traditional bath, you should visit Galatasaray Hammam to get a glimpse of Ottoman culture. Visit Grand Bazaar in Beyazit for shopping exquisite items that the merchants there have to offer.

How To Reach: Fly to Istanbul Atatürk Airport Tourist Attractions: Hagia Sophia, The Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace Museum, Grand Bazaar Places To Stay: Istanbul Royal Hotel, Aleph Hotel Istanbul, Hotel Terrace Istanbul, Ayasofya Hotel Istanbul Things To Do In Istanbul : Shop for Apparels, Chocolates, Jewellery and try local food Best Restaurants: Garden Mezze, Hanzade Terrace Restaurant Visa: E-visa required Duration: 2 days Currency: Turkish Lira (TRY) Language: Turkish, Arabic Approx. Price: INR 58,000 Specialty:  World-class cuisine, architectural marvels, historical sites

9. New York City - USA

New York City is one of the places to visit in March in world

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Wondering where to go in March in USA? The answer is New York city, which never sleeps and has so much to offer to tourists. March is the best time to visit because the days begin to get warmer. You can be a part of St. Patrick's Parade on 17th March and visit the Statue of Liberty, among other fun things. Then, you can walk over the Brooklyn Bridge at night and take a free brewery tour or a free food tour, the choices are endless. With so much to offer, no wonder travelers call it one of the best places to visit in March in world.

How To Reach: Fly to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York Tourist Attractions: Statue of Liberty National Monument, Central Park, Times Square, Empire State Building Places To Stay: Courtyard by Marriott New York, The Central Park North, Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel, DoubleTree by Hilton New York Downtown Things To Do In New York : Visit the tourist attractions, enjoy the nightlife, relish local food Best Restaurants: Le Bernardin, Song' E Napule NYC Visa: ESTA visa waiver required, and it is valid for two years Duration: 3 days Currency: US Dollar Language: English Approx. Price: INR 55,000 per person Specialty:  One of the best places to visit in the world, prominent statues and sites, world famous museums

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10. Phuket - Thailand

Phuket is one of the places to visit in March in world

Phuket is the biggest island in Thailand. Almost 30,000 tourists visit Phuket in March. With beaches like Kata Noi, Nai Harn, etc. you can have the perfect family vacation in Thailand. If you wish to live in luxury, visit Surin Beach. Phuket Big Buddha is one of the most prominent statues. It is situated at Nakkerd Hills and is 45 meters tall. If you're on a budget, this is surely the best place that you can explore and experience an amazing nightlife in Thailand!

How To Reach: Fly to Phuket International Airport Tourist Attractions: Old Phuket Town, Sunday Walking Street Market, Phuket Trickeye Museum Places To Stay: Blu Monkey Hub & Hotel Phuket, Book a Bed Poshtel, EcoLoft Hotel, Phuket Merlin Hotel Things To Do In Phuket : Island hopping, Nightlife, relax at the beaches Best Restaurants: La Gaetana Restaurant, Raya Restaurant Visa: Tourist visa is required Duration: 3 days Currency: Thai Baht Language: Thai Approx. Price: INR 35,000 per person Specialty: Natural beauty, adventure activities, prominent temples

11. Siem Reap - Cambodia

Siem Reap is one of the places to visit in March in world

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The temples of Angkor Wat are Siem Reap’s main attraction and this city is also one of the cheapest places to travel in March . Though it’s the main attraction, it’s not the only one to focus on. Visit Banteay Srei. It was built in the 10th century. Explore the floating village, where the fishermen and their families live. You can wander around town on cycle. Most of the hotels and guesthouses provide cycling facility. Visit Angkor Night Market which offers Khmer artwork, handicrafts, and street food.

How To Reach: Fly to Siem Reap International Airport Tourist Attractions: Angkor Wat, Bayon, Floating Village, Angkor Night Market Places To Stay: Royal Angkor Resort, Lub d - Cambodia Siem Reap, Asanak D'Angkor Boutique Hotel, Yolo Hostel Siem Reap Things To Do In Siem Reap : Beach hopping,  visit the waterfalls, sightseeing, watch the sunset Best Restaurants: Georges Rhumerie, Ox Club Visa: Visa is available on arrival, valid up to 30 days Duration: 2 Days Currency:  Cambodian Riel Language:  Khmer Approx. Price: INR 38,000 per person Specialty:  Floating villages, luxurious stays, night markets, prominent temples with exclusive architectures

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12. Playa Del Carmen - Mexico

Playa Del Carmen is one of the places to visit in March in world

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Playa Del Carmen is a beach town in Mexico, which is a bit less touristy compared to any other place in Mexico. Go snorkeling at Cenote Dos Ojos, Cenote Azul and more. South of Playa has ancient Mayan ruins in the town of Tulum. Mexican food at Yucatan is cheap and delicious. Who doesn’t want to eat Mexican-tacos anyway? So, while you're planning to have a soothing vacay in Mexico, this place will surely provide you a calming experience!

How To Reach: Fly to Cancún International Airport and take a taxi or bus to Playa Del Carmen (45 minutes away) Tourist Attractions: Playacar, Los Fundadores Park, 3D Museum of Wonders Places To Stay: Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort, Playa del Carmen Hotel by H&A, HM Playa Del Carmen, Grand Velas Riviera Maya Things To Do: Relish Mexican food, relax on the beaches Best Restaurants: Rockas Jamaican Kitchen, Oh lala Visa: Tourist Visa required Duration: 2 days Currency:  Mexican Peso (MXN) Language:  Spanish, Nahuatl, Mixtec Approx. Price: INR 48,000 per person Specialty:  Scenic beauty, scrumptious delicacies esp. Mexican tacos, adventure sports, beach holiday

13. Lisbon - Portugal

Yellow vintage tram on the street in Lisbon, one of the places to visit in March in world

March is the best month to visit Lisbon. If you’re into Portuguese’s history and culture, then you must visit the National Museum of Art. Another thing to do while you’re in Lisbon is to visit the Cultural Center of Belem. Don’t miss a chance to enjoy a coffee on the balcony overlooking the river, which offers the kind of views that you may not find in the other places to visit in March in world. Visit Tower of Belem which was built around the 1500s and do visit the Oceanarium which is the world’s attraction.

How To Reach: Fly to Lisbon Portela International Airport Tourist Attractions: Tower of Belém, Jerónimos Monastery, Castelo de S. Jorge, Praça do Comércio Places To Stay: Lisbon City Hotel, Radisson Blu Hotel Lisbon, Lisbon Marriott Hotel, Czar Lisbon Hotel Things To Do In Lisbon : Tower of Belem, sightseeing, photography Best Restaurants: Alma, Ramiro, Augusto Lisboa Visa: Schengen visa required Duration: 3 days Currency:  Euro (EUR) Language:  Portuguese, English Approx. Price: INR 54,000 per person Specialty:  Famous museums and palaces, beautiful getaways, adventure activities

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14. Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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Dubai hosts Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in March every year, where the presence of world-renowned authors will make your visit worthwhile. The malls in Dubai will give you a taste o luxury. You shouldn’t forget visiting Burj al Arab and Jumeirah Beach which are at walking distance from each other. Make sure to see the “world’s tallest building” Burj Khalifa. If you’re a lover of gold, visit The Gold Souk located on Dubai Creek’s south bank in the Deira.

How To Reach: Fly to Dubai International Airport Tourist Attractions: Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Mall, Palm Jumeirah, The Dubai Fountain Places To Stay: Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, At The Top Hostel, Atlantis The Palm, Zain East Hotel Things To Do: Desert safari, dune bashing, skiing, shopping, skydiving Best Restaurants: Al Dawaar Revolving Restaurant, Maiden Shanghai Visa: Visa on arrival Duration: 3 days Currency: Arab Emirate Dirham Language:  Arabic Approx. Price: INR 26,000 per person Specialty:  Sky-scrappers, world-famous architectures, luxurious properties, lavishing getaways

15. Pokhara - Nepal

Panaroma view of Fewa Lake, Pokhara, one of the places to visit in March in world

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One of the most underestimated places, Pokhara is surrounded by mountains and has a lot of scenic beauty to offer. Since nature is best to visit in March, you can visit Pokhara during this time. If you’re an adventure junkie then this place is for you. Trekking is the main tourist activity in Pokhara which has landed it in the list of the most exciting places to visit in March in world for many budget travelers and backpackers across the world. Apart from this, other adventurous things to do in Nepal include paragliding, bungee jumping, and zip-lining are also good to try. Hire a boat trip from Lake Phewa to appreciate the mountains and nature. Visit World Peace Pagoda and enjoy its architecture and landscapes.

How To Reach: Fly to Pokhara International Airport Tourist Attractions: Phewa Lake, Devi's Falls, Begnas Lake, Mahendra Cave Places To Stay: Himalayan Front Hotel, Tuki Resort, Hotel Snowland, Zostel Pokhara Things To Do In Pokhara : Trekking, river rafting, bungee jumping Best Restaurants: Rosemary Kitchen, French Creperie, Fresh Elements Restaurant Visa: No Visa required Duration: 2 days Currency: Nepalese Rupee Language: Nepali Approx. Price: INR 25,000 Specialty:  Natural beauty, adventure, sightseeing, prominent temples

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16. Adelaide – Australia

Adelaide is one of the places to visit in March in world

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Being one of the most renowned summer destinations in Australia, one of the best places to travel in March  is Adelaide in Australia. Besides having a wide range of bars and nightclubs for a unique experience here, you also get to attend the charming Adelaide Festival in this month. If you wish to explore more of the wildlife in this region, visiting Kangaroo Island is definitely a must.

How To Reach: Fly to Adelaide International Airport Tourist Attractions: Adelaide Zoo, Adelaide Central Market, Adelaide Botanic Garden, South Australian Museum Places To Stay: InterContinental Adelaide, Hilton Adelaide, Hotel Ibis Adelaide, Pullman Adelaide Things To Do In Adelaide : Shop at Rundle Mall, dine at the famous restaurants Best Restaurants: Penfolds Magill Estate, Restaurant Orana, Africola Visa: Tourist visa is required Duration: 3 days Currency: Australian Dollar Language: English Approx. Price: INR 78,000 per person Specialty:  A popular summer destination with scenic beauty and electrifying nightclubs, bars, and numerous festivals

17. Bermuda – British Overseas Territory

Bermuda is one of the places to visit in March in world

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One of the best places to visit in March in world is surely the island of Bermuda. Not only does it have scenic beaches with powdery pink sand for you to sunbathe, but it also has a vibrant marine life that you can explore via snorkeling and scuba diving. If you’re planning to visit this beautiful destination anytime soon, don’t forget to explore the gorgeous Crystal Caves and the evergreen Bermuda Railway Trail National Park.

How To Reach: Fly to L.F. Wade International Airport in Bermuda Tourist Attractions: Horseshoe Bay, Royal Naval Dockyard, Crystal Cave, Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Places To Stay: Elbow Beach Resort Bermuda, The Reefs Resort & Club, Coco Reef Resort Bermuda, Rosewood Bermuda Things To Do: Relax at the beaches, Visit Bermuda Aquarium Best Restaurants: Waterlot Inn, Devil’s Isle Cafe Visa: No visa required Duration: 2 days Currency:  Bermudian Dollar (BMD) Language:  English Approx. Price: INR 81,000 per person Specialty:  Perfect island holiday

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18. Lima – Peru

Lima is one of the places to visit in March in world

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Lima, the capital city of Peru, is a historic colonial city which is a popular summer holiday destination, especially for travelers from South America. December to February are the peak months for visiting this place due to the great weather. Lima is considered as one of the best places to visit in March in World. The weather remains pleasant in March too but the crowd subsides and the hotel prices are also low, which makes it a good time to visit and lands this destination in the list of the best places to visit in March in world. Lima has a happening nightlife and the food prices are also good. The popular museums including, Museo Larco exhibit the collection of pre-Columbian art and the Museo de la Nación, displays remains from Peru’s ancient civilizations. Other important monuments include the Plaza de Armas and a 16th-century cathedral.

How To Reach: Fly to Jorge Chavez International Airport and take a taxi or bus to Lima (11 km away) Tourist Attractions: Plaza De Armas De Lima, Larco Museum, Huaca Pucllana, Basílica y Convento de San Francisco de Lima Places To Stay: Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center, Sheraton Lima Hotel & Convention Center, Meliá Lima, Ibis Larco Miraflores Things To Do: Walking Tour Lima, Relish Traditional Cuisine Best Restaurants: Cafe Museo Larco, Central Restaurante Visa: Tourist visa required Duration: 3 days Currency: Peruvian Sol Language: Spanish Approx. Price: INR 74,000 per person Specialty:  A colonial city with lively ambiance

19. Cairo – Egypt

Cairo is one of the places to visit in March in world

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People often wonder why Cairo is called one of the best places to visit in March in world. Little do they know that this bustling capital of Egypt has sweet and warm weather in March that attracts tourists from far and wide. In fact, March is a good time for visiting the Northern and Southern regions of Africa. Though it is a high season in Cairo, the services in the city are comparatively cheaper throughout the year. With Egypt’s emphasis on increasing tourism, the 3 star and 4-star hotels are available at really cheap prices. Even the food is highly affordable. Set on the river Nile, there are many interesting Cairo museums including the Tahrir Square and Egyptian Museum. The museum treasures the royal mummies and the artifacts of King Tutankhamun. The favorable weather lets you explore the city even better.

How To Reach: Fly to Cairo International Airport Tourist Attractions: Giza Necropolis, Egyptian Museum, Khan el-Khalili, Pyramid of Djoser Places To Stay: Ramses Hilton, Cairo Moon Hostel, Four Seasons Hotel Cairo, Cairo Paradise Hotel Things To Do In Cairo : Camel ride, shopping, sightseeing Best Restaurants: The Grill, Pane Vino, Sabaya Visa: Tourist visa required Duration: 2 days Currency: Egyptian Pound Language: Modern Standard Arabic Approx. Price: INR 84,000 per person Specialty:  Historical sites, refreshing escapes and more

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20. Montego Bay – Jamaica

Montego Bay is one of the places to visit in March in world

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Montego Bay is a city in the Northern coast of Jamaica. This is a prominent ship port and has many beaches including Doctor’s Cave Beach and Walter Fletcher Beach. Apart from the endless options of budget hotels, Montego Bay also has many beach resorts and golf courses. You can also have a fun time at the AquaSol Theme Park located here. The protected atmosphere at the Montego Bay Marine Park is a hotspot for snorkeling and diving at coral reefs. This is certainly the best country to visit in March .

How To Reach: Fly to Sangster International Airport and take a taxi or shuttle to reach Montego Bay (5 km away) Tourist Attractions: Doctor’s Cave Beach Club, Doctor’s Cave Beach, Sam Sharpe Square Places To Stay: Hotel Montego, SeaGarden Beach Resort, Relax Resort Montego Bay, A Piece of Paradise Montego Bay Things To Do: Swimming with horses, bamboo rafting Best Restaurants: House Boat Grill Restaurant, Hard Rock Cafe Montego Bay Visa: Free entry for 30 days Duration: 2 days Currency:  Jamaican Dollar (JMD) Language:  English Approx. Price: INR 74,000 per person Specialty:  A beachy holiday with prominent tourists attractions

21. Cape Town – South Africa

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The month of March in Cape Town, the capital of South Africa, is a dry season with pleasant weather. This is the time after the high-season and therefore the prices also come down. Enjoy a cable car ride to the flat top of Table Mountain and the breathtaking view from there. Other places to visit in Cape Town include the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Point Nature Reserve, Signal Hill, Sea Point Swimming Pool, and Robben Island Museum. It is suggested that you plan a longer stay in Cape Town because the expenses of flying into the city is a bit high. Cape Town is amongst the best countries to visit in March .

How To Reach: Fly to Cape Town International Airport Tourist Attractions: Boulders Beach, Cape Point Nature Reserve, Signal Hill, Sea Point Swimming Pool, Robben Island Museum Places To Stay: Mojo Hotel, Sea Point Inn, Road Lodge Cape Town, Grande Kloof Boutique Hotel Things To Do In Cape Town : Sightseeing, relax at the beaches, enjoy the local food Best Restaurants: Lelapa Restaurant, Belly of the beast Visa: Tourist visa required Duration: 3 days Currency: South African Rand Language: English, Southern Sotho, Afrikaans, Zulu, Venda, Tswana Approx. Price: INR 96,000 per person Specialty:  Spellbinding nature, rich flora and fauna, delicious food

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22. Punta Cana – Dominican Republic

Punta Cana is one of the places to visit in March in world

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Punta Cana is a town located in the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic, along the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. This place is popular for its 32 km long stretch of pristine beaches. March is among the best months to visit this place, so you might find a lot of crowd, especially during the last week due to Easter. But the large variety of large resorts make this place worth a visit. Though the weather may be slightly hot, but the prices are low. You can indulge in the adventure activities like kayaking, windsurfing, sailing and zip-lining at Punta Cana.

How To Reach: Fly to Punta Cana International Airport Tourist Attractions: Bávaro, Cap Cana, Hoyo Azul, Bavaro Beach Places To Stay: Karibo, Occidental Punta Cana, The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club, Hotel NH Punta Cana Things To Do: Kayaking, windsurfing, sailing and zip-lining Best Restaurants: Lorenzillo´s Punta Cana, Playa Blanca Restaurant Visa: Tourist Visa required Duration: 1 to 2 days Currency: Dominican Peso Language: Spanish Approx. Price: INR 84,000 perperson Specialty:  Pristine beaches, enthralling water sports, refreshing escapes

23. Santiago – Chile

Santiago is one of the places to visit in March in world

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Santiago, the capital city of Chile is also the largest city in the country. This valley is surrounded by snow-capped Anges and the Chilean Coast Range. During March, the weather in Santiago starts getting cool and the prices also come down. The iconic Plaza de Armas consists of 2 neoclassical landmarks – the 1808 Palacio de la Real Audiencia, housing the National History Museum, and the 18th-century Metropolitan Cathedral. The very popular La Chascona museum was the home of poet Pablo Neruda.

How To Reach: Fly to Santiago International Airport Tourist Attractions: San Cristóbal Hill, Santa Lucía Hill, Plaza de Armas, La Moneda Palace Places To Stay: Capital Hotel San Pablo, Hotel Ibis Santiago Estacion Central, Parron de Colores, Hotel Baleares Things To Do: Visit Valle Nevado, Ride the funicular at Metropolitan Park Best Restaurants: Bocanáriz, Chipe Libre, Castillo Forestal Visa: Visa on arrival Duration: 2 days Currency: Chilean peso Language: Spanish Approx. Price: INR 76,000 per person Specialty:  Hirstorical sites, famous museums, leisurely vibe of the city

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24. Cancun – Mexico

Cancun is one of the places to visit in March in world

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Cancun is a city in Mexico known for its beaches and resorts. Cancun consists of 2 different areas – El Centro, which is a traditional area, and Zona Hotelera which is a long strip of beachfront with high-rise hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and shops. So if you are looking forward to experiencing the Mexican nightlife, you must visit Cancun. This is one of the best places to visit in March because during this month the flights are cheaper.

How To Reach: Fly to Cancún International Airport Tourist Attractions: Cancún Underwater Museum, Playa Norte, Xcaret Park, Isla Contoy Places To Stay: Mayan Monkey Cancun, Hotel Emporio Cancun, The Ritz-Carlton Cancun, Hotel & Spa Xbalamque Cancún Centro Things To Do In Cancun : Relish Mexican food, relax on the beaches Best Restaurants: Fantino, Lorenzillo’s, Tempo Visa:  Tourist Visa required Duration:  2 days Currency:  Mexican Peso (MXN) Language:  Spanish, Nahuatl, Mixtec Approx. Price: INR 76,000 per person Specialty:  The place is know for its serene beaches and luxurious resorts

25. Nuuk – Greenland

Nuuk is one of the places to visit in March in world

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Make your dream of visiting the Arctic Circle come true by taking a trip to Greenland, which is one of the best countries to visit in March without a doubt. Greenland is the ideal place for a scenic boat ride that will take you across various icebergs and let you have a refreshing encounter with whales, walruses, and many more sea creatures. It’s going to be a great destination to soak in the summer months when this place will have longer days and shorter nights, giving you more time to indulge in fun activities in the daylight.

How To Reach: Fly to Keflavík International Airport in Reykjavik (Iceland) and then take a flight to Nuuk International Airport in Nuuk (Greenland) Tourist Attractions: Greenland National Museum and Archives, Katuaq Cultural Center, Nuuk Art Museum, Nuuk Cathedral Places To Stay: Hotel Hans Egede, The Blue Guesthouse by Greenland Escape, Nuuk City Hostel by Greenland Escape, Inuk Hostels Things To Do: Visit the Nuuk art musuem, hiking, try local delicacies Best Restaurants: Mary’s Kitchen, Café Esmeralda Visa: Tourist Visa required Duration: 2 days Currency: Danish krone Language: Greenlandic Approx. Price: INR 93,000 per person Specialty:  Scenic boat rides, enthralling water sports adventure, scenic beauty

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26. Queenstown – New Zealand

Queenstown is one of the places to visit in March in world

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New Zealand is definitely one of the best countries to visit in March courtesy the fact that the summery weather here is winter in Asia, giving travelers in the Northern Hemisphere the perfect excuse to go there to escape the cold weather. It’s one of the most scenic and beautiful destinations in the world owing to the majestic landscapes that appear to be from another planet altogether! It’s also a great place for adventure seekers, nature lovers, hopeless romantics, photographers, birdwatchers, and those inspired to visit simply by the famous Hollywood movies that were shot here!

How To Reach: Fly to Queenstown International Airport Tourist Attractions: Milford Sound, Lake Wakatipu, Routeburn Track, Coronet Peak Ski Area Places To Stay: Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa, YHA Queenstown Lakefront Backpackers, JUCY Snooze Queenstown, Nomads Queenstown Hostel Things To Do In Queenstown :  Try Canyon Swing, Play golf, sightseeing Best Restaurants: Muskets and Moonshine, Botswana Butchery  Visa: Tourist visa required Duration: 3 days Currency: New Zealand Dollar Language:  English, Maori Approx. Price: INR 91,000 Specialty:  Summery weather, refreshing getaways, scenic beauty, majestic landscapes

27. Salt Lake City – Utah

Salt Lake City is one of the places to visit in March in world

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If you’re seeking the best places to visit in March 2024 where you can stay outdoors most of the time, the capital of Utah is perfect for you, and you should start planning your trip right away. With so many beautiful beaches, pleasant weather, and unique experiences, the Salt Lake City offers a perfect touristy ambiance where you can relax, unwind, and repeat. The fascinating landscapes and pleasant weather will tell you why it’s one of the best holiday destinations.

How To Reach: Fly to Salt Lake International Airport Tourist Attractions: Temple Square, Red Butte Garden, Hogle Zoo Places To Stay: Econo Lodge Downtown, Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown, City Creek Inn and Suites, Hotel RL Salt Lake City Things To Do: Sightseeing, try the local food, relax amidst nature Best Restaurants: Takashi, Red Iguana, Valter’s Osteria Visa: Tourist Visa required Duration: 2 days Currency: US dollar Language: English Approx. Price: INR 97,000 per person Specialty:  Beautiful beaches, pleasant weather, and unique experiences

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28. Las Vegas – Nevada

Las Vegas is one of the places to visit in March in world

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While a lot of travelers only see Vegas as a summer place, it’s much more. It is not just one of the good places to visit in March in the US, but also one of the best places to visit in March 2024 in the whole world, especially for those craving the world’s best pool parties. This is a great summer destination that has a lot to offer from gaming at the casinos, bar and club-hopping, witnessing the vibrant and happening lifestyle and culture, and cruising in Las Vegas .

How To Reach: Fly to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas Tourist Attractions: MGM Grand, Grand Canyon, Fremont Street, Bellagio Fountains Places To Stay: Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Bellagio Hotel and Casino, MGM Grand, The Venetian Things To Do In Las Vegas : Hobbiton Movie Set Tour, See Glow Worms, Canyon Swing Best Restaurants: Kabuto-edomae sushi, VegeNation Visa: Tourist visa is required Duration: 3 days Currency:  US Dollar (USD) Language:  English, Spanish Approx. Price: INR 1,06,000 per person Specialty:  Vibrant and happening lifestyle and culture

29. Maui – Hawaii

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Undoubtedly one of the best international places to visit in March for some beachy fun, Maui is a gem of a place to explore. Home to around 30 miles of beaches, Maui is a hidden gem in Hawaii not many know of. This place is one of the best holiday destinations in the world , where you can enjoy and live life at your own pace. As far as the reasons are concerned, there are plenty floating online. But if a paradise is all you seek, there’s nothing else that would satisfy you more than Maui.

How To Reach: Fly to Kahului International Airport in Maui Tourist Attractions: Iao Valley, Kaanapali Beach, Seven Sacred Pools Places To Stay: Aloha Surf Hostel, Banana Bungalow Maui Hostel, Maui Kaanapali Villas, Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea Things To Do: Snorkeling, watch sunrise and sunsets, farm fresh food tour Best Restaurants: Merriman’s Maui, NyloS Restaurant Visa: Tourist visa is required Duration: 2 days Currency: US Dollar Language: Hawaiian Approx. Price: INR 92,000 Specialty: A hidden gem in Hawaii for nature lovers

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30. Colombo – Sri Lanka

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If you’re seeking a budget answer to your queries of where to go in March, then you must head to Colombo in Sri Lanka. It’s among the cheapest places to visit in summer and the best place in Sri Lanka to enjoy an assortment of things like clubbing, food tours, and more. With the weather and a landscape much like India, this place offers the perfect experience to enjoy a respite from heat and embrace it like a pro. There’s nothing in Colombo that you wouldn’t like and that’s what makes it so special. It is one of the best holiday destinations in the world .

How To Reach: Fly to Colombo International Airport Tourist Attractions: Beira Lake, Paradise Road, Gangaramaya Temple, Independence Memorial Hall Places To Stay: Grand Oriental Hotel, Mandarina Colombo, Groove House, Chapelton House (Pvt) Ltd Things To Do In Colombo : Visit the caves at Sigiriya, relax at the pristine beaches Best Restaurants: Flow restaurant, The Lagoon Visa: Visa is available on arrival at a fee of INR 900 Duration: 3 days Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee Language: Sinhala, Tamil Approx. Price: INR 24,000 Specialty:  Lush green ambiance, refreshing getaways, historical sites, a perfect summer holiday

31. Hamburg – Germany

Hamburg is one of the places to visit in March in world

Image Credit: liggraphy for Pixabay Still confused on where to travel in March in Europe? Located in the northern part of Germany, Hamburg is a global trading port, which is also known as the ‘Gateway to the World’, and is perfect for your summer Eurotrip. Whether it is extraordinary experiences like attending a night of Andalusian flamenco at the world-class concert hall or the rich cultural side of the city, a summer vacation here surely turns out to be like none other. It is one of the best p laces to visit in March in the world with family.

How To Reach: Fly to Hamburg International Airport Tourist Attractions: Heide Park, Miniatur Wunderland, Reeperbahn, Rickmer Rickmers Places To Stay: Radisson Blu Hotel Hamburg, Meininger Hotel Hamburg City Center, Generator Hamburg, Holiday Inn Hamburg Things To Do In Hamburg : Walk Around Hamburg Harbor, Visit the chocolate factory Best Restaurants: Philipps Restaurant, Haerlin Restaurant Visa: Schengen visa required Duration: 2 days Currency: Euro Language: German Approx. Price: INR 98,000 per person Specialty:  World-class monuments, shopping places, delicious food, and scenic nature

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32. Whistler – Canada

Whistler is one of the places to visit in March in world

Situated in the Coast Mountains, Whistler in Canada also makes as one of the best places to visit in March in world for those looking for a mix of nature, adventure, blissful weather, top tourist attractions. and good food. With so many intriguing experiences like exploring the hiking trails, going on a bear tour, and more, taking a trip to this town means witnessing the shining gem of Canada all at once. Does this answer your “where to travel in March” questions?

How To Reach: Fly to Vancouver International Airport and take a bus or taxi to get to Whistler Tourist Attractions: Whistler Blackcomb, Garibaldi Provincial Park, Alexander Falls, Whistler Olympic Park Places To Stay: Four Seasons Resort Whistler, Fairmont Chateau Whistler, The Westin Resort & Spa Whistler, HI Whistler Things To Do: Skydiving, Mountain biking Best Restaurants: Rimrock Café, Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar Visa: Tourist Visa required Duration: 2 days Currency: Canadian dollar Language: French, English Approx. Price: INR 84,000 per person Specialty:  Panoramic landscapes, natural beauty, exclusive flore and fauna

33. Teton County – Wyoming

Teton County is one of the places to visit in March in world

Set in the heart of the Wyoming state, Teton County has landed a place on every list of the best places to visit in March in world , and rightly so! Hiding surprise for every kind of traveler, Teton County is home to the famous Yellowstone National Park that serves as the paradise for adventure enthusiasts and brings in thrill seekers, nature lovers, and couples from around the world.

How To Reach: Fly to Salt Lake City International Airport and take an internal flight to Jackson Hole Airport in Teton County Tourist Attractions: Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone Lake, Old Faithful, Jackson Lake Places To Stay: Teton Valley Motel, Hotel Terra Jackson Hole, Alpenhof Lodge, Snake River Lodge & Spa Things To Do: Visit the national parks, explore the markets Best Restaurants: Teton Thai Teton Village,Marigold Cafe Visa: Tourist visa required Duration: 2 days Currency: US dollar Language: English Approx. Price: INR 89,000 per person Specialty:  Natural beauty, ideal for those planning adventurous expeditions

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34. Zermatt – Switzerland

Zermatt is one of the places to visit in March in world

Tucked in the midst of the Swiss Alps, Zermatt is a quaint little town which is popualr as a haven for hiking, skiing, and mountain climbing enthusiasts. Set high at an altitude of about 1600 meters, Zermatt lies in the foothills of the famous Matterhorn Peak in Switzerland and is among the best places to visit in March in world . Being a famous mountain retreat, Zermatt undoubtedly tops the charts when it comes to good summer destinations.

How To Reach: Fly to Zurich International Airport or Geneva International Airport and take a train, bus, or taxi to Zermatt Tourist Attractions: Matterhorn Museum, Observatory in Gornergrat, Schwarzsee Lake, Gorner Gorge Places To Stay: 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat, Hotel Berghof Zermatt, Hotel Elite, Grand Hotel Zermatterhof Things To Do: Skiing & Snowboarding, try local food Best Restaurants: Findlerhof, Le Chalet, Chez Vrony Visa: Short term visa is required Duration: 2 days Currency:  Swiss Franc (CHF) Language:  French, German, Italian, Romansh Approx. Price: INR 97,000 per person Specialty:  Adventurous expeditions, scenic beauty, famous mountain peaks

35. Reykjavik – Iceland

Reykjavik is one of the places to visit in March in world

Being known as one of the best destinations in March for all kinds of travelers, Iceland is where every wanderer needs to be if they have unconditional love for nature and adventure. This place offers not only breathtaking views, but also refreshing experiences that are enough to enjoy a respite from the humidity and heat. While this place can definitely be visited in March, the time during July and August is also great.

How To Reach: Fly to Keflavík International Airport in Reykjavik Tourist Attractions: Hallgrimskirkja, Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre, Perlan, Sun Voyager Places To Stay: Hilton Reykjavik Nordica, Radisson Blu Saga Hotel Reykjavik, Hlemmur Square, Sport Hostel Reykjavík Things To Do: Explore the tourist attractions, try local food, go for a shopping spree Best Restaurants: Messinn,Matarkjallarinn, Gallery Fiskur Visa: Schengen visa required Duration: 2 days Currency: Icelandic króna Language: Icelandic Approx. Price: INR 87,000 per person Specialty:  Refreshing getaways, scenic beauty of the place is spell binding

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36. Delhi – India

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Wondering where to go in March in the world ? Delhi in March looks beautiful, and the weather is quite pleasant. From ancient monuments to marvelous restaurants, Delhi has it all. Whether you are a shopaholic or a foodie, the capital of India will surely satiate all your cravings. Head to Chandni Chowk and relish delicious street food or visit Indian Gate and take a relaxing walk while enjoying the picturesque view. There is a plethora of things that you can try in Delhi and is one of the best places to visit in March in Asia.

How To Reach: Fly to Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi Tourist Attractions: Red Fort, India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan Places To Stay: The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, Country Inn & Suites Things To Do: Explore the famous tourist attractions, try street food, go for a shopping spree  Best Restaurants: Thyme Restaurant, Neung Roi Restaurant, AnnaMaya Visa: Tourist visa required Duration: 3 days Currency: Indian Rupee Language: Hindi, English Approx. Price: INR 15,000 per person Specialty:  Historical sites, lively ambiance, delicious foods, interesting cafes, prominent museums and monuments 

37. Victoria – Seychelles

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Seychelles is one of the best countries to visit in March in world and it is also the most visited one. If you are a beach lover then you ought to visit Victoria which is the capital city of Seychelles. You can visit famous beaches like Beau Vallon, Anse Lazio, Anse Major, and Anse Volbert. If you are an adventure freak then you will be glad to know that there are a lot of thrilling activities that you can try in Seychelles. You can try snorkeling at Anse Source d’Argent and Anse St. Sauveur. If you are ready for a serene vacay then Victoria is the spot for you.

How To Reach: Fly to Victoria-Seychelles Airport in Victoria Tourist Attractions: Victoria Botanical Gardens, Victoria Clock Tower Places To Stay: Hotel Beau Sejour, Hilltop Boutique Hotel Things To Do: Snorkeling, Scuba diving and sightseeing Best Restaurants: Del Place Restaurant, Marie Antoinette Visa: No visa required Duration: 3 days Currency: Seychellois Rupee Language: French, English Approx. Price: INR 83,000 per person Specialty: World famous beaches, scenic beauty, refreshing getaways

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The best part about traveling to these 37 incredible places to visit in March in world is, that the cities aren’t crowded with tourists yet, and it’s the time of spring which means the end of the snow. When you’re in your 20s, it’s your duty to live your life to the fullest. Travel as much as possible. When you’ll be on your death bed, you’ll have so many happy memories to cherish. Book a trip to an international destination and make sure to take your friends and family with you.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Places to Visit in March in World

Which is the best country to visit in March?

March means that it is the start of spring in the whole of the Northern Hemisphere. Some of the nicest places to visit in March are Lake Garda, Italy, Japan, Sri Lanka, Jamaica, Dublin, Ireland, Tenerife, the Andaman Islands, and India.

Where is it warm in March in Europe?

Malta, Crete in Greece, Andalusia in Spain, Tenerife in Canary Islands, and Algarve in Portugal are the warmest and best places to visit in March in Europe.

Is March a good time to go to Costa Rica?

Yes, March is definitely an excellent time to visit Costa Rica as it is a dry season so there is no rainfall, hence an ideal time for sightseeing.

Which are the best places to visit in March?

Places such as Maldives, Croatia, Corfu, Pompeii, China, South Africa, and Barcelona are some of the best places to visit in March in the world which one cannot miss. These places experience pleasant weather; apart from that, there are many things to do at these destinations.

Where should I go abroad in March?

You can go to a lot of places but on average, choose those places that are hot like Cancun, Phuket, Barbados, Dominican Republic, and Cuba. They are all in the range of 25-35 degrees centigrade.

What country has warm weather in March?

Hot regions in March are Mexico, Thailand, and Barbados. Their temperature is neither too hot nor too cold.

Where is the warmest place in the US in March?

Some of the warmest places to visit in the US in March are Palm Springs in California, Los Angeles, Miami, and Phoenix, Arizona.

What is Greece like in March?

The first sign of spring in Greece is in March and the temperature is great by the end of February. The average temperature in March is generally from 12 degrees to 16 degrees.

Is March a good time to visit Europe?

Spring is a good time to visit a few parts of Europe. The weather is perfect because it is neither too hot nor too cold. It is the perfect time to roam around the streets of France, England, Scotland, Hungary, and Ireland.

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The best places to visit in March 2024

Jan 31, 2024 • 6 min read

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By March, spring is stirring across the northern hemisphere, thawing a number of high-profile destinations from their chilly, off-peak periods – with the added bonus that the crowds have yet to arrive. Meanwhile, in the southern hemisphere, the mercury is starting to slide in the opposite direction, attracting thrill seekers and bargain hunters for low-season adventures.

No matter what you’re looking for, it’s a rewarding time to hit the road. Find out some of the best places to go in March. 

The best places to travel to in March for relaxation

Towering palm trees cast some shade along the walkway that runs along the edge of Canteras Beach in Gran Canaria, Spain, where several people relax under sun loungers on the sand.

Gran Canaria, Spain 

Why now? Spring clean mind and body with a tai chi and chill-out break.

Gran Canaria  is a perfect destination for a wellness escape amid sand dunes and blissfully balmy weather, with temperatures reliably above 20°C (68°F) and over seven hours of sunshine daily in March. The beautiful belly-button of the Canary Islands is a hotbed of yoga, meditation, tai chi and qigong retreats, with several clustered around Las Palmas , Gran Canaria’s culturally diverse capital. Pick a location according to your interests – after your early-morning tai chi session, you’ll have plenty of time to relax or get active. You’ll find beaches galore on which to get horizontal, but consider striking out onto the island's hiking trails, too.

Why now? Ride reliable waves in a surf and yoga hot spot.

A string of surf camps stud Morocco ’s coast between Agadir and Essaouira , mostly clustered around Taghazout and the quieter fishing village of Tamraght. The surf is reliably good between October and March, when the weather starts to warm up but waves are still big, long and consistent. Most camps offer a simple recipe: limber up with sunrise yoga, then grab a board and find the best breaks, sparing time to explore the galleries and souqs of Essaouira’s fortified medina.

Discover more about the best times to visit Morocco

The best places to travel to in march for adventure.

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Costa Rica 

Why now? Enjoy coasts, cloud forest, volcanoes and white-water rivers. 

A tiny country with a huge range of landscapes and wildlife, Costa Rica also has huge weather – hence the lush rainforests. Come in March to hit the dry(er) season on both Pacific and Caribbean coasts and in the highlands (though showers are always likely). It’s also after the peak US holiday period, so crowds are thinner. The hardest part will be deciding what to do while there . 

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North wales .

Why now? Experience outdoor activities among daffodils and spring lambs.

Springtime in Wales : lambs wander hillsides sprinkled with clusters of butter-yellow daffodils. Though sunshine is never guaranteed here, the Welsh countryside is glorious in March, which is a great time to dust off wintry cobwebs and explore some of the UK ’s less-visited countryside. The Dee Valley is a year-round destination for active adventures – the River Dee being one of the few that offers great white water year-round, with rafting, kayaking, body-boating and even stand-up paddleboarding providing adrenaline highs. 

The best places to travel to in March for food

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New Brunswick, Canada

Why now? Succumb to your sweet tooth amid snowy landscapes.

March is maple syrup month in New Brunswick , a province as peaceful and little-touristed as it is packed with natural beauty and history. In this “fifth season,” temperatures start to nudge above freezing and the sap rises in maple trees. Sugar camps (or shacks) welcome hungry visitors to sugarbush events with cooked breakfasts of eggs, bacon, sausage, beans and pancakes – all smothered with that sticky syrup, of course. With snow lingering on the ground, work up an appetite cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or winter hiking in spectacular settings such as Fundy National Park .

Istanbul, Turkey

Why now? Discover bazaars, ancient wonders and culinary secrets in peace.

Istanbul always astounds, but in March, as things begin to warm up toward the end of the low season, you can enjoy discounts, smaller crowds and more-forgiving weather. Be sure to save some time for the greatest legacy the Ottomans left the world: food. Why else would the Spice Bazaar be so huge and bustling? From simple kebabs to meze feasts and the luscious aubergine masterpiece, imam bayıldı , there are few cuisines as indulgent as that of Turkey . Over the past couple of decades, a roster of excellent food-themed walking tours and cooking schools has sprung up in Istanbul, providing the opportunity to combine a springtime city break with a culinary reboot.

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A split image. On the left, the Muluwurri Magpies from Melville Island (wearing black and white) play against the Tapalinga Super Stars in a game of Australian Rules football. On the right. The Farnese Collection at Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples.

Tiwi Islands, Australia 

Why now? Revel in the excitement of the annual Football Grand Final and Art Sale.

If you thought the rest of the country was football-mad, wait until you experience the extraordinary levels of fandom among the Indigenous people of this two-island archipelago , 80km (50 miles) north of Darwin. Here, more than one third of the population of under 3000 plays the Aussie-rules game, many at the highest level. As March ebbs and the rains start to ease off, the annual Tiwi Islands Football Grand Final and Art Sale draws lovers of both sport and culture, who hop across from mainland Northern Territory to watch the match and pick up unique pieces from the “Islands of Smiles.”

Why now? Quieter sites and a gritty city in early spring. 

Naples is unapologetic. This southern Italian sprawl is scruffy around the edges, yet has an indefatigable spirit, a dramatic location (on the Bay of Naples, in the shadow of Mt Vesuvius ) and, of course, the best pizzas in the country. Off-season March is neither too hot nor too cold, and well before most visitors descend. That means unmissable sights such as the Museo Archeologico Nazionale (packed with Pompeiian artifacts) are crowd-free – as is Pompeii itself, just a 45-minute train ride south. 

The best places to travel to in March for wildlife and nature

A split image. The left-hand image shows Someiyoshino cherry blossoms in full bloom. The right-hand images shows a sea turtle in Tobago.

Kyūshū, Japan 

Why now? Be dazzled by cherry blossoms during early sakura season.

A cherry tree in bloom is a delightful sight – sure. But 2000 cherry trees blossoming in the clear spring air – now, that’s a mind-boggling spectacle. Japan ’s warmer southwestern island of Kyūshū blushes with blossom before the better-known spots on Honshū. Its Somei Yoshino and Yamazakura trees bloom from mid-March in parks around Fukuoka , at the magnificent castle in  Kumamoto , and in Yoshino Park in Kagoshima , set against the dramatic backdrop of aptly named Mt Sakurajima.

Why now? Spot dazzling birdlife and watch nesting sea turtles.

This emerald isle afloat off the coast of South America is everything you’d expect from a Caribbean paradise: palm-fringed beaches, a relaxed pace of life, sunshine. And plenty you might not expect, too. Rather than big cruise ships and package tourists, little Tobago attracts nature lovers, snorkelers and divers. March brings the fine weather you’d want on a beach holiday, but also nesting sea turtles – green, leatherback and hawksbill – who return to lay their own eggs on the patches of sand from which they hatched. Watch (with care!) as the lumbering females haul themselves ashore, or join monitoring and conservation programs to help these threatened beauties. 

A one-horned rhino stands on a track in Kaziranga National Park, India

Why now? Track tigers and rhinos in the best season for wildlife-watching.

In March you have a good change of spotting a one-horned rhino in India’s Kaziranga National Park . And with the eagle eyes and experience of an expert guide, you might also spy tigers (Kaziranga has one of the densest populations), leopards, gaurs, elephants and sloth bears.

Looking to plan further ahead? Here are the best places to travel in every month of the year . 

This article was first published Feb 15, 2018 and updated Jan 31, 2024.

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Traveling in the springtime can offer some of the best experiences. Between smaller crowds and warming weather, March is a great time to go on the adventure of a lifetime. There is so much you can experience in the shoulder season. This is a great time of year to pursue spring skiing, but you can also find warm, tropical destinations that already feel like summer. No matter what type of trip you’re trying to take this spring, these are some of the best countries to visit in March.

Best countries to visit in March

You might not think of Iceland as a good destination for March, but the truth is, the spring is a great time to visit the land of fire and ice. Iceland is known for its glaciers, volcanoes, and the northern lights, and visiting in the shoulder season is the best time of year to experience all of it.

The truth is, Iceland is crowded year-round, but visiting in spring instead of summer is going to give you slightly smaller crowds at a lot of the most popular tourist attractions like the Golden Circle and many of the waterfalls. There are some destinations that you’ll still want to book reservations to in advance, like the famous Blue Lagoon , a hot spring located just outside of Reykjavik.

Springtime is a fantastic time of year to visit in terms of weather. While it will still be quite chilly here in March, you won’t quite be getting the cold winter temperatures anymore. During the winter, there is only five hours of daylight, and during the summer, there is nearly 24 hours of sunlight. Spring and fall offer a good balance of both. During the summer, you are unable to see the northern lights, so if this is on your Iceland bucket list, it’s important to visit during a time of year when there is some darkness. Spring offers a good balance of aurora-viewing opportunities along with enough daylight to see all of the natural wonders you want to see.

Most people start their trips in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital city, which is a 45-minute drive from Keflavik, the city where Iceland’s international airport is located. The city of Reykjavik is known for amazing architecture, walkable streets, and interesting museums. It’s also the starting point for a lot of tours.

You’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors in Iceland, between waterfalls, hot springs, glaciers, beaches, and volcanoes. Many people who visit drive the Ring Road, which encircles the entire island, allowing you to see most of the country’s most famous sites, waterfalls, and beaches. Trek on one of the country’s many glaciers with a guided tour, go whale watching, or visit an old lava field and experience where a volcano once erupted.

If you’re here hoping to catch a late-season view of the aurora, lots of tourists choose to take a guided tour, especially if you choose to visit Iceland without renting a car. 2024 is predicted to have better views of the northern lights than many previous years, so planning a last-minute trip this March could be your best chance to catch this bucket list view for yourself.

Best countries to visit in March

Heading to an opposite climate and landscape, Costa Rica is an incredible country to visit in March. Known for its pleasant weather, tropical landscape, rich greenery, and ocean views, you really can’t go wrong with Costa Rica any time of year.

While you’ll be catching the end of peak tourist season here, there is a reason so many people visit between November and April: this is Costa Rica’s dry season. Visiting in the dry season means you’ll be able to enjoy being outside more, and have to worry about inclement weather a lot less. If you’re really trying to avoid the rain, stick to the Pacific side of the country—the Caribbean side might start to receive some rain in March as Costa Rica gets closer to its rainy season.

No matter what side of the country you end up visiting, you’ll have a fantastic time exploring the beaches, hiking in the humid rainforests, and maybe trying something new, like surfing. In between the two coasts is rich rainforest, and while this part of the country can get humid, you can’t go wrong with such a green, tropical landscape for your March vacation. The country’s capital, San Jose, is a beautiful area to visit, especially if you’re interested in experiencing some of the country’s famous volcanos.

The Pacific side is fantastic for ocean activities. Take a surf lesson, or take a swim—you’re in the perfect place for incredible snorkeling. The beach town of Santa Teresa is a popular destination for Pacific coast travelers in Costa Rica and is known for its laid-back beach vibe. If you’re more of a nature lover, the Pacific side of the country has some incredible options for you, including Manuel Antonio National Park , which is known for its biodiversity, or Bellena Marine National Park , where you’ll catch the end of humpback whale season.

The Caribbean side is also known well for its natural landscapes. Visit Cahuita National Park and snorkel in this incredible stretch of protected coral reef. If you’re interested in experiencing some of the country’s wildlife, you might enjoy Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge , home to many animals such as manatees and even crocodiles. Tortuguero National Park is also an incredible ecosystem to visit if you’re looking to take in wildlife. This is a must-see on the Caribbean coast, and March is a fantastic time to go to see turtles nesting.

If you’re less into nature and more into food and culture, the Caribbean side is a great place for a coffee or chocolate tour. Costa Rica is well known for its food, and the Caribbean side tends to host a very different menu than the Pacific side. Check out Puerto Viejo, one of the country’s most popular towns for foodies and tourists. This destination is also home to a fantastic nightlife scene, allowing you to get the best of both worlds—parties and nature—during your trip to Costa Rica.

Best countries to visit in March

If you’re more of a European traveler, you’ll be happy to know that Italy is a great destination to visit in March. Here, you’ll see a more classic spring—warm weather starts returning to the country, making spending time outside exploring more fun and comfortable. Of course, Italy is a big country, so the weather does differ depending on where you’re staying. Generally, though, you’ll be met with mild weather despite a chance of rain. It’s important to note that your weather will be less rainy the closer to April you visit, as the country moves into its dry season.

March is also a great time to visit Italy because you’ll be there before peak tourist season. This can help you save money on hotels and rentals, as there is less of a demand this time of year. This means that cities like Venice and Rome are going to be less crowded than they are in the summer. If you plan on visiting Venice in the springtime, though, keep an eye on the weather. Lots of rain often leads to high water, which can make exploring the canals impossible this time of year. In Rome, expect beautiful weather and good conditions for exploring bucket-list places like the Colosseum.

If you’re more of a traveler who loves nature and outdoor activities, you’re in luck. This is a great time to visit the Italian Dolomites and catch the end of ski season. As with any shoulder-season ski plans, it’s crucial to be flexible and know that plans can change based on the weather. Have a few options for places to go to catch some time on the slopes, just in case you need to reroute and find a place with better snowpack. Great options for spring skiing are Val Badia and San Candido.

There are some holidays and festivals you can look forward to during your visit to Italy in March. Depending on the year, you might get to experience Carnival and Easter in Italy, but sometimes these holidays land in February (Carnival) or April (Easter), so check your calendar to see if your trip is going to line up with one of them. These holidays can sometimes attract more tourists to the country, so if you’re hoping for a trip with fewer crowds, you might want to plan to be there when holidays are not happening.

Another important day of celebration in Italy is March 8, International Women’s Day. Italians use this day as a way to celebrate achievements in women’s rights and to celebrate those who have worked toward equality for women.

There are so many other places to visit during your spring trip to Italy, from Florence, where museums might be less crowded, to Tuscany, where mild spring weather can be the perfect setting for a wine tasting. With less heat and fewer crowds, you’ll be able to enjoy places like the UNESCO world heritage site of Matera , and the ancient sites located in Sicily. No matter what type of traveler you are, you’ll be able to find something to enjoy during a spring trip to Italy.

Best countries to visit in March

Spring is one of the most popular times of the year to visit Japan, and while you might experience more crowds during a trip here, it’s popular for a reason. For many people, experiencing the spring cherry blossoms in Japan is a bucket list item, and March is the perfect time to go to experience this.

Weather in Japan in March can vary depending on where you are and what activities you want to do during your time here. Some parts of Japan are warming up with the start of springtime temperatures. If you’re trying to catch the cherry blossom blooms, you’ll want to center your trip around warmer regions like Tokyo.

Japan has a lot of different climates throughout the country, which means a lot of different options for activities for whatever type of traveler you are. While cherry blossoms might be blooming in Tokyo, there is still snow in a lot of the colder regions of the country. This means snow sports are still an option, and with Japan having some of the best snow in the world for skiing and snowboarding, this is a great activity for you to do during your March trip to Japan. Shiga Kogen is one of the most popular areas for snow sports, and in the spring, you’ll likely run into fewer crowds, which means more runs for you.

March is also a great time for nature lovers to visit Japan, with many of the country’s national parks warming up. The warmer spring weather leads to good hiking and trail access in places like Fuji Hakone Izu National Park , which is one of the most popular destinations for getting outdoors in Japan in March. This is where you can view Mount Fuji, which is probably one of the most iconic sites in the whole country.

While Tokyo is fairly crowded this time of year due to the cherry blossoms, travelers who love cities should plan on spending time in this iconic Japanese destination. Tokyo is home to a lot of different events that take place in the month of March. Early March brings the annual Doll Fair, also known as Jindaiji Daruma-ichi. Here, you’ll find hundreds of stalls selling traditional Japanese wish dolls known as Daruma. In late March, catch Tokyo’s flower festival, which goes beyond the cherry blossoms to showcase other local flowers like tulips. This festival takes place annually in Showa Kinin Park.

No matter the type of traveler you are, there is so much to do and see in Japan in March, and with the weather finally warming up, this is a great place to spend your vacation this spring.

Best countries to visit in March

For a destination many people might not think of when they think of springtime, visit Morocco this March. Despite the fact that Morocco might not be on a lot of travelers’ radars, spring is actually one of the best times to visit this beautiful country. In the winter, it tends to be very cold here, and summertime brings extreme heat. The spring shoulder season is the perfect happy medium for a Morocco vacation, bringing warm and mild temperatures to northern Africa.

One of the most popular destinations in Morocco is the city of Marrakech. Due to the fact that March does not fall in the country’s peak tourist season, you’ll be able to explore Marrakech with fewer crowds. Marrakech is known for its souks, where you’ll find locally made textiles, pottery, and more. This is also a great time of year to explore the city’s many gardens—due to the warmer temperatures, flowers are blooming here in places like Majorelle Garden and Agdal Gardens.

Marrakech is of course not the only place to visit in Morocco in March. This is a great time to experience the Sahara Desert, as you won’t be met with hot temperatures like you would be in the summertime. Tourists are able to go on safari in the Sahara, and this is a great time of year to experience M’Hamid El Ghizlane, a small oasis in the middle of the desert, which hosts the International Nomad Festivals in the month of March.

There are lots of other destinations throughout Morocco that are fantastic to visit in March, such as the coastal city of Tetouan, home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Medina . This is a unique coastal city worth your time, especially if you’re the type of traveler interested in experiencing a place’s cultural diversity.

Best countries to visit in March

The Maldives

Another fantastic and unique country to visit in March is the Maldives. While there is still a moderate amount of rain here in the month of March, this time of year is still outside of monsoon season, which happens in the summer. This island destination is located in the Indian Ocean, and is made up of more than 500 miles of islands near Sri Lanka. It’s the smallest country in Asia, making this is a once-in-a-lifetime destination that you just can’t miss.

This unique country is known for its clear blue waters and white sandy beaches. Each island is surrounded by incredible coral reefs and lagoons. While there are a lot of tourists present in the Maldives in March, this is a great place to visit if you’re looking for warm weather and a stunning beach vacation. While many people picture the Maldives as a relaxing getaway, this is also a great place to visit if you’re into adventure sports. There’s a little something for everyone here.

International flights land on Hulhumale Island, known for its presence as an urban city in this island nation. Explore the glass-topped mosque and enjoy the beauty of the Indian Ocean. If you’re a city explorer, you should also visit the small capital city of Male, known for its bazaars and the Friday Mosque.

Many people think of the Maldives as a destination for vacationers, but Maafushi is a great place to visit if you’re traveling on a budget. Here, you’ll be a little more removed from the crowds of the bigger cities and will have access to pristine beaches, cute coffee shops, and amazing snorkeling.

No matter where you end up staying in the Maldives this March, this is a great time of year to go out on the water and experience dolphin watching, snorkeling, diving, or other water sports like kayaking or windsurfing. Foodies can also look forward to incredible cuisine in the Maldives. Seek out dishes like Mas Huni, a traditional breakfast, or Ladhu, which is a fish curry.

There is so much to experience in the Maldives in March, which makes it the perfect destination to add to any traveler’s spring bucket list.

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The 10 best places to visit in March 2024

From the Blue Mosque in Istanbul to the heavenly beaches of Mexico, these are the best places to travel in March

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Liv Kelly

Spring has sprung (or at least limped trembling out the shadowy depths of February) and it’s time to celebrate new life with new horizons. What better time of year could there be to explore a destination you haven’t yet discovered?

Head to Borneo to meet the orangutans, or wrap up and to wander the streets and museums of Copenhagen . Haggle your way through the souks of Marrakech , or bask in the springtime sun of the glorious beaches of Mexico . Do those all sound like good ideas? Well, there’s plenty more where they came from - here’s our list of the very best holiday destinations of an March adventure.

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1.  istanbul.

Istanbul

One of the world’s most fascinating cities, Istanbul has one foot in Europe and one in Asia , with the mighty Bosphorus strait dividing the city in two. While the Asian side is well worth a visit, most of the attractions can be found in the European part, from the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar to the Hagia Sophia, the Topkapi Palace and plenty, plenty more. March is generally pleasant weather-wise, with sunny days and mild temperatures.

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2.  Sicily

Sicily

Sure, we all know Italy as a summer vacation spot, but it does get pretty choker. Why not beat the start of the high season and head to Sicily for some springtime sun, before the temperatures reach their scorching summer heights? The breezy March weather will make for a much more enjoyable time to sample all the seafood and explore the gorgeous streets of Palermo and Catania. But it's not just the island’s cities that are worth a peruse - the vibrant town of Cefalu is home to some incredible ancient ruins and even a Norman cathedral.

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3.  Copenhagen

Copenhagen

Straddling two coastal islands, Denmark ’s capital makes for an excellent city break in March. You’ll want to layer up— temperatures don’t tend to exceed 5C/41F—but it’s a small price to pay to avoid the seething tourist crowds that descend later in the year. Most of the main attractions are open, from the National Museum of Denmark to Amalienborg Palace.

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4.  Yucatan, Mexico

Yucatan, Mexico

The frankly glorious Mexican state of Yucatan has more world-class things to see, do and experience than some entire countries, and March is a great time to visit. Laze on paradise beaches (take your pick from Tulum , Playa del Carmen ,  Riviera Maya  or nearby island Cozumel ), explore ancient Mayan ruins, walk around vibrant cities with stunning colonial architecture, and dive into gorgeous cenotes (azure sink-holes).

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5.  Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs, California

This oasis of a city, located in the California desert about a two hour drive east from L.A. , is a brilliant spot to soak up some spring (or late winter) sunshine (expect 27C/80F). Other than lounging by a hotel pool, a must-do is the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which will carry you on a rotating cable car through a majestic canyon before depositing you at a viewpoint which presents the entire Coachella Valley in all its glory.

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6.  Jaipur, India

Jaipur, India

Jaipur, aka the ‘Pink City’ on account of the blushed hue of its buildings, is one of India ’s top highlights, and March temperatures (around 30C/86F at the hottest part of the day) make it all the more agreeable. Highlights include the stupendously impressive palaces of Hawa Mahal and Jal Mahal (the latter sits in the middle of a lake), and Nahargarh Fort, which is one of the finest in a country where there’s plenty of competition.

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7.  Marrakech

Marrakech

Pleasing alliterations aside, there are some huge pluses to visiting Morocco ’s Marrakech in March. The daytime temperatures lounge around a manageable 22C/72F, perfect for a city that begs to be explored on foot, with a tantalising maze of alleyways within the ancient medina walls (not to mention the enormous public square, Jemaa el-Fna, at the heart of it all). Get lost in one of the world’s best souks, and soak up the atmosphere of the street food stalls in the aforementioned square once evening falls.

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8.  Central America

Central America

March is one of the best times to visit Central America (the dry season runs from December to April), with balmy air and pleasant sea temperatures: Trek to Belize for splendid coral reefs; Guatemala has beautiful Lake Atitlan; Nicaragua, with its surfable volcanoes (bucket list anyone?); and Costa Rica 's jaw-dropping biodiversity. It’ll be a trip to remember.

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9.  Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

The Texan capital has firmly established itself as the live music capital of the world (to borrow its self-awarded slogan), and the corresponding highlight that is SXSW occurs in March (March 10-19 in 2023, to be exact). Other than the music scene, there’s a huge amount to experience here, especially outdoors: the city boasts 300 or so parks , and many miles of urban walking and cycling trails . It’s also absurdly friendly, and has an awesome food truck scene.

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10.  Borneo

Borneo

The South East Asian island of Borneo, shared between Indonesia , Malaysia and Brunei, forms one of the most wonderful natural environments Planet Earth has on offer. Its most famous residents are its orangutans, which can be seen in abundance in their natural jungle home, but there are plenty of other reasons to visit: you can swim with turtles, hike up mountains, and explore jaw-dropping caves.

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Spring has sprung once March arrives, but it isn’t all twittering birds and sunshine yet – and not hot enough to tuck away the winter coat. And it’s not just the British who are staying stubbornly crisp, with much of Europe still chilling below the 20°C. Time to retreat to a land far, far away, then, where sapphire seas, lush landscapes and blissed-out beaches are heating up. Depending on how adventurous you’re feeling, you could opt for a heavy hitter in the Caribbean or an off-the-radar archipelago in the Andaman Sea. There are sunny cities , too, and a few far-flung festivities to put a proper spring in your step. Scroll for our pick of where is hot in March, and plan your early spring sunshine escape.

Thailand Krabi province Ko Tub island

Average March temperature: 33°C

From romantic, under-the-radar islands to buzzy, always exciting cities, Thailand is at its most spectacular in the spring. March is towards the end of Thailand’s typical tourist period, so crowds thin out but temperatures hold firm around 30 degrees, and rain showers are few and far between. The east coast islands are particularly idyllic at this time of year – try Koh Samui or Koh Tao for dreamy white-sand beaches and some of the best hotels in the country.

Where to stay: On Koh Samui’s northeast coast, the Four Seasons is the ultimate escape. Think infinity pools spilling down leafy hillsides overlooking the glistening ocean beyond and a spa with treatments inspired by the island.

Barbados beach front

Average March temperature: 29°C

This Caribbean island is one of our all-time favourites, and March is the perfect time to visit before the heat and humidity ramp up for the summer. The island is packed full of charming eateries, beautiful hotels and serene bays with lapping turquoise waters. Plus, the island has plenty of all-inclusive options that offer the best of both worlds.

Where to stay: Fairmont Royal Pavilion is as grand as it sounds. Roll along the palm-tree-lined avenue to arrive at the iconic hotel, where epic terraces look out over twinkling waves and sugary sands and the gardens are like lush green forests waiting to be explored.

Average March temperature 26°C  Many travellers visit Oman for picturesque mountain scenes and winter sun on spectacular...

Average March temperature : 26°C

Many travellers visit Oman for picturesque mountain scenes and winter sun on spectacular beaches, especially with springtime temperatures ideal for a Vitamin D top-up. However, most visits begin in Muscat, the capital city and cultural hub. Before heading to one of the country’s myriad magical resorts, marvel at the architecture of the Royal Opera House, peruse antiques and spices in Mutrah Souq and explore the Old Harbour in the shadow of the 16th-century Al Jalali Fort.

Where to stay: The best stays in Oman range from uber-luxe desert camps where fires and sparkling barbeques illuminate the landscape to sleek hotels that house indulgent spas. Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort is one of the most unique properties in Oman. Perched 2,000 metres above sea level on the rim of a canyon, adrenaline-inducing adventures include ziplining along rugged cliff faces. Connor Sturges

Average March temperature 23°C  March in Marrakech means toasty temperatures reaching the high twenties even low...

Marrakech, Morocco

Average March temperature : 23°C

March in Marrakech means toasty temperatures reaching the high twenties, even low thirties, towards the end of the month. Such balmy weather is ideal for enjoying the area’s cultural highlights – come in mid-summer as the mercury tops 45C, and you won’t want to be anywhere besides the pool, frozen cocktail in hand. Leave space in the suitcase and take it to the souks, where pungent oud scents the shaded alleyways and traders sell their wares, vivid piles of powered spices and hand-woven carpets. Alternatively, go intrepid and tackle the Atlas Mountains with an expert guide. Enjoy a long breakfast in the sun before wrapping up – dustings of snow top the tallest peaks into May.

Where to stay: For an authentic Moroccan experience, check into one of the riads nestled into the heart of the bustling medina. The colourful boltholes make for a cosy stay when the springtime temperatures drop a little during the night, and many have rooftop spaces for lounging on during the day. Alternatively, Mandarin Oriental Marrakech is one of the city outskirts’ most opulent offerings. Set among 20 acres of manicured gardens, pool villas are sleek oases pointing toward the Atlas mountain peaks. Connor Sturges

Average March temperature 19°C  Its shoulder season in one of Europes most reliable winterholiday spots as Cyprus is...

Average March temperature : 19°C

It’s shoulder season in one of Europe’s most reliable winter-holiday spots as Cyprus is calm before Easter, and has a good eight hours of sunshine a day. Temperatures can be mild enough for beach trips, but get out of Paphos and there’s plenty more to quicken the pulse. There are sensational dive spots in and around Larnaca, particularly the MS Zenobia, a ferry that sank on her 1980 maiden voyage, often ranked in the world’s top 10 wreck dives. Travellers can also disappear into the Troodos Mountains in search of its incredible frescoed Byzantine churches, best reached from capital Nicosia, then head to the Limassol foothills for vineyards and micro-wineries, grape terraces spreading prettily across the slopes.

Where to stay: Anassa , a super-solid hotel break perfect for a family holiday, plus home to a beautifully sleek spa. Alternatively, if you're seeking sea views, Amara has arguably the best. For more, see our pick of the best hotels in Cyprus .

Average March temperature 19°C  La Palma is the Canaries greenest and most unspoiled spot with pristine night skies...

La Palma, Canary Islands

La Palma is the Canaries’ greenest and most unspoiled spot, with pristine night skies ideal for star-gazing and pine-scented air that clears the mind as much as the lungs. It’s also a walkers’ island, where footpath signposts outnumber cars. Rock pools and waterfalls refresh flagging travellers, and the boutique hotel scene is surprisingly sharp. Lighthouse-turned-hotel Faro Punta Cumplida is dressed up with a swimming pool and silk bed linens; in the capital, Santa Cruz de La Palma, Hotel San Telmo , a restored 17th-century building, sets delightful sun-filled rooms around a garden and rooftop terrace.

Where to stay: For a truly memorable stay, bed down in Faro Punta Cumplida , a still-functioning 18th-century lighthouse in the rugged northeast of the island, arguably La Palma’s most enchanting region. Elsewhere, Hotel San Telmo is perfectly-located in the oldest part of Santa Cruz de La Palma.

Alcazar Gardens UNESCO World Heritage Site Seville Andalusia Spain

Seville, Spain

Average March temperature : 21°C

The south coast of Spain is a good bet year-round, but March is a time for Seville to shine. The Andalusian city has warmer temperatures than many popular European destinations, which can become unbearable during the summer months. In spring, you're less likely to face the crowds but can wander around with just a light jacket in hand. Spend your time eating and drinking your way through the city – tapas at El Rinconcillo followed by drinks at one of Seville's many rooftop bars is highly recommended.

Where to stay: Built specially for Seville’s 1929 Expo, Alfonso XIII was commissioned by the then king of Spain, who gave it his own name. Now, The hotel’s 148 rooms alternate Andalusian , Castilian and Moorish decorative styles, making this a beautiful and unusual choice. Meanwhile, Corral del Rey is a 16-room boutique divided across buildings on either side of the narrow street with which it shares its name. Two of the rooms have private pool terraces for a glass of wine while taking a dip.

Average March temperature 19°C  For a taste of sunny southern California without the crowds San Diego cant be beaten....

San Diego, California

For a taste of sunny southern California without the crowds, San Diego can’t be beaten. It’s an eternal beach-bum city with a temperament permanently set to ‘chill’. Join the surfer dudes and VW vans at Ocean Beach, or cycle past perennial volleyball games along the Pacific Beach boardwalk, stopping now and then to sip a homespun brew (AleSmith, Green Flash, Ballast Point). It’s laid-back, yes, but not lazy: there’s plenty of energy in the city’s exploding street art-scene (try North Park, where even utility boxes have been given a paint job). Or get experimental at restaurants such as Wrench and Rodent (‘unorthodox nigiri and sashimi’) and the Gaslamp Quarter’s craft cocktail bars (find Noble Experiment behind a wall of kegs).

Where to stay: Les Artistes in Del Mar, an affordable converted motel with artist-themed rooms: the first-floor 'Gaugin' and 'Diego Rivera' both have baths. Or, if it's a story you're after, few hotels in America can claim as compelling history as the Hotel del Coronado (or ‘the Del’ to those in the know), which celebrates its 135th birthday in 2023. For living like a local, this converted loft should do the trick.

Average March temperature 22°C  Its peak season here but with good reason. Longer sunnier days are ideal for sailing the...

Whitsunday Islands, Australia

Average March temperature : 22°C

It’s peak season here, but with good reason. Longer, sunnier days are ideal for sailing , the best way to explore what are among the world’s clearest waters and whitest beaches. Living up to its name, Whitehaven, in the Great Barrier Reef and only accessible by boat, is covered in bone-white sand. The Whitsundays’ newest, most secluded retreat, Elysian, only has 10 rooms, so even at the busiest time of year, guests have their own piece of Eden. And by rooms, we really mean oceanfront villas , with Australian hardwood interiors and rainforest views. It’s almost impossible to leave, but do try, or you’ll miss out on twilight-yoga classes and swimming in the retreat’s private cove.

Where to stay: Hayman Island , a polished Great Barrier Reef hotel with brutalist architecture and softly sexy rooms. Alternatively, Daydream Island Resort is a breezy, barefoot retreat ideal for families. For something private, this apartment has impeccable views.

Average March temperature 23°C  Theres no better time than spring to meander the Garden Route. Weve described driving...

Garden Route, South Africa

There’s no better time than spring to meander the Garden Route . We’ve described driving the Western Cape to the Eastern Cape as South Africa’s greatest hit compilation and it’s true: absurdly beautiful beaches, ragged mountains, wine country, virgin forests, inland lakes and amazing wildlife, from whales and dolphins to the Big Five. March is blissfully temperate and falls neatly outside the high seasons. Do it right, and do it slow: the best bits aren’t in the driving but exploring outside the car, whether that’s canoeing through Garden Route National Park or hiking Robberg Nature Reserve’s wild and wonderful cliffs.

Where to stay: Imposing and grand, Ellerman House is both intensely private and incredibly warm, with one of the best private art collections in South Africa. In Hermanus, The Marine has a prime position, and is comfortable and upmarket.

Average March temperature 28°C  What is it about Havana thats so enchanting Is it really just cigars and classic cars Or...

Havana, Cuba

Average March temperature: 28°C

What is it about Havana that’s so enchanting? Is it really just cigars and classic cars? Or is it the sensually rag-tag mix of weathered Spanish mansions, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, punchy food and grande dame hotels? It’s all of it, of course. Tick off old-school experiences, such as sipping Daiquiris in Hemingway’s hangouts, salsa dancing and relaxing in the cigar room at Brando’s favourite, the Grand Packard; then hit up the newer spots: Salchipizza, a bakery from Michelin-starred chef Alberto González; pulled-pork crepes at Belview Art Café.

Where to stay: Casa de Miriam y Sinai is a fantastic first-floor flat oasis of calm and space, with three spacious rooms, one with a street-side balcony, which are spotless and have top-drawer bathrooms. The colourful creative Malecón 663 has individually-decorated rooms, a restaurant, several bars and a concept store.

Average March temperature 33°C  There are around 800 islands in Myanmars Andaman Sea archipelago and no places to stay....

Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar

Average March temperature : 33°C

There are around 800 islands in Myanmar’s Andaman Sea archipelago, and no places to stay. And that’s exactly what makes it special: it’s accessible, close to the border of Thailand , and yet completely remote. Populated only by the Moken people, settlements are few. Instead, there are just empty beaches, clumps of thick, primeval jungle and untouched coral reefs. The yachties’ version of Shangri-La, one can only visit by boat. With steady winds, clear waters and balmy temperatures, March is a great time for diving, particularly at the ominously named Shark Cave. Others can stick to trekking, getting up close to civets and crab-eating macaques.

Where to stay : With a pool overlooking the beach and horizon, you'll see some of the most impressive sunsets from Victoria Cliff Hotel in Kawthung. On Kyun Pila island, Awei Pila 's outdoor huts feel particularly special.

Average March Temperature 28°C  One island two nations. Thats the appeal of St Martin or St Maarten. The Dutch side is...

St Martin, Caribbean

Average March Temperature : 28°C

One island, two nations. That’s the appeal of St Martin, or St Maarten. The Dutch side is the party-hearty bit: casinos, the cruise-ship dock, duty-free malls. Amble to the French side, though, and things get more refined. There’s the pretty town of Marigot, and fine food (L’Auberge Gourmande, in a vintage Creole cottage, is the spot for escargot and veal). Most of the island’s buildings were flattened by 2017’s Hurricane Irma, but it’s been quick to rebuild. Capital Philipsburg is fully restored, and most of the big-ticket retreats have been revamped and reopened. (Belmond La Samanna’s new retro-chic look is a triumph.) Early March sees the Heineken Regatta blow into town with food stalls, bars and live concerts bringing the party to a specially constructed Regatta Village.

Where to stay: Overlooking an idyllic golden stretch of sand, Belmond La Samanna , is a sparkling resort located in St. Martin’s smartest neighbourhood. Those looking for something more private will appreciate this idyllic loft overlooking the perfectly turquoise waters.

Average March temperature 32°C  The Pink City is a mustvisit anyway but come March its also the yellow city the red city...

Jaipur, India

Average March temperature : 32°C

The Pink City is a must-visit anyway, but come March it’s also the yellow city, the red city, the blue city and every-other-coloured city, due to the Holi festivities. Though you’ll certainly get covered in rainbow powder paint, breathe a sigh of relief that it’s not quite as wild here as in Delhi . In Jaipur, the vibe is more local gathering than en masse mania. Despite India’s signature chaos, there’s always been something very regal about Jaipur – the palaces, the temples, the forts – and you can add hotels to that list, too. Suján Rajmahal Palace just might be the last word in opulence, an actual palace that’s hosted Queen Elizabeth II and Jackie Onassis. It was recently refurbished with lavish, custom-designed wallpaper and fabrics.

Where to stay: Suján Rajmahal Palace is a gloriously revamped hotel with a colourful past. For grandeur, Fairmont Jaipur is a 255-room extravaganza set in terraced water gardens with Mughal-style pavilions and frangipani trees, while larger groups can rent their own castle on Airbnb .

Best Countries to Visit in March

Here is the list of 14 best countries to visit in march, 1. maldives.

Maldives

Known For : Stay in an Overwater Bungalow Diving in Maldives Snorkelling in Maldives

With the dry season setting in, The Maldives is one of the best countries to visit in March for a perfect summer beach experience. The weather is sunny, and the average temperature is around 26-30 degrees celsius with very little chance of rain and low humidity. This is an ideal time for activities like diving, snorkeling, island hopping, and sunset cruise. Being the shoulder season, the cost of accommodation and travel, as well as the crowds will be lesser. Top Places: Male, Maafushi Island, Addu Atoll

Best Time: December to April

103 Maldives Attractions

Bhutan

Bhutan moves from the winter season to Spring, making it a must-visit destination in March. The weather is pleasant with average temperatures around 13 degrees celsius, and the flowers start blooming all round the country. It is also an ideal time for exploring the Himalayan nation, and activities like trekking and wildlife safaris. You can get more budget-friendly options for travel and accommodation, as well as lesser crowds during March. Top Places: Paro, Punakha, Thimphu

3. Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is one of the top countries to visit in March for a number of reasons. The weather is sunny and pleasant with less chances of rainfall, especially in the southern and western coasts, a perfect time for outdoor activities like surfing. Average temperatures around 25-30 degrees celsius in coastal areas and 18-22 degrees celsius in Central highlands. Since it is the peak-tourist season, the cost of travel and accommodation, as well as crowds would be higher. Top Places: Colombo, Kandy, Galle

Jordan

March in Jordan sees the shift from the cold winters to more sunny and dry days, which is an ideal time to visit the country. The weather becomes warmer, and temperatures increase as you travel further South, with average temperatures around 10-20 degrees celsius. This is perfect for experiences like sightseeing, hiking and swimming in the dead sea. Since March is the shoulder season, the cost of activities and travel will be lesser. Top Places: Petra, Amman, Wadi Rum

Nepal

Nepal enjoys the spring season in March. . With the increase in temperature after the winters, the rhododendrons start blooming along the valleys and slopes. The days are longer and pleasant with average daytime temperatures around 26 degrees celsius, which make it excellent for activities like trekking and sightseeing. Since spring is a tourist-season, you can expect larger crowds and higher costs for accommodation and activities. Top Places: Pokhara, Kathmandu

6. Malaysia

Malaysia

March is an ideal time to visit Malaysia since it is the dry season. The weather is sunny and pleasant with average temperatures around 25-32 degrees celsius with lower chances of rainfall in most regions. It is perfect for outdoor activities like sightseeing, trekking, water sports like snorkeling and diving. Since March falls before the peak-season rush, you will be able to get more budget-friendly options for travel and accommodation, as well as lesser crowds. Top Places: Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, Borneo

Vietnam

March is one of the best months to explore Vietnam, especially North and Central Vietnam. March marks the beginning of Spring season in North Vietnam but it will be raining in the South. The weather is sunny and pleasant with average temperatures around 23 degrees celsius and this is a suitable time for activities like biking and trekking.  Cost of travel and accommodation and the crowd in popular attractions will be higher in March Top Places: Hanoi, Hoi An, Sapa

8. South Korea

South Korea

South Korea experiences the start of Spring, and remains one of the popular countries to visit in March. The weather is pleasant with average temperatures around 5-15 degrees celsius, making it ideal to explore the cities and beaches. The main attraction of traveling to South Korea is the Cherry Blossoms which cover the streets in hues of pink. Since March is the shoulder season, the cost of activities and travel will be lesser. Top Places: Seoul, Jeju Island

9. Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a perfect destination for visiting in March with the start of summer season. The weather becomes warm and pleasant with average temperatures around 29 degrees celsius in the coastal areas, and slightly cooler temperatures in the mountains. This is a perfect time for outdoor activities like trekking, zip lining and canopy tours. You will be able to get more budget-friendly options for travel and accommodation, as well as lesser crowds. Top Places: Arenal Volcano, Tortuguero National Park

Japan

March is a good time to visit Japan as it moves from Winter to Spring season. The weather is characterized by mild temperatures,and clear skies, on top of the  blooming cherry blossom flowers. Temperatures range from 10-15 degrees celsius. Since March falls outside the peak tourist-months in Japan, you can plan a more budget-friendly trip with lesser costs for flights and accommodation. The crowds in top attractions are also lesser. Top Places: Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Hokkaido

11. Singapore

Singapore

Known For : Gardens by the Bay Sentosa Island Universal Studios Singapore

Singapore in March is probably one of the sunniest periods for the city-state, marking the end of the northeast monsoons and the onset of the dry season. Average temperatures around 25-31 degrees celsius It's the perfect time for sightseeing and hiking. Another attraction is the Singapore International Jazz Festival held in March at the Marina Bay Sands. March falls before the peak-season rush, and you will be able to get more budget-friendly options. Top Places: Chinatown, Sentosa Island

Best Time: January to November

270 Singapore Attractions

Turkey

March in Turkey is characterized by pleasant weather and clear skies. The average temperature is around 19 degrees celsius, and the weather is ideal for exploring the historical cities, and for outdoor activities such hiking, quad-biking, and hot-air balloons. This is also one of the best months for visiting the beaches in Turkey. Since March falls in the off-season, the cost of flights and accommodation, and the crowds would be lower than the peak-tourist season. Top Places: Istanbul, Cappadocia, Antalya

13. Spain - An explorer's paradise

Spain - An explorer's paradise

March is the start of spring season in Spain and the best time to visit the beaches as well. The weather is pleasant with average temperature of 17 degrees celsius. The weather is very amiable, with stunning flowers blossoming all around. The day hours are the best to be out and experience the fun and frolic in some of the major cities in Spain. The magnificent parades and fireworks in the Las Fallas in Valencia takes place in mid-March Top Places: Madrid, Barcelona

14. Egypt - The Exotic Land of History and Mystery

Egypt - The Exotic Land of History and Mystery

March is spring season in Egypt.The weather in spring is all about moderate temperature and ‘Khamsin’ winds. The travellers generally avoid the sand dust storm and hence, these months are again less crowded. In Luxor, a five-day carnival known as Abu El Haggag Moulid is celebrated a month before Ramadan. Since March falls in the off-season, the cost of flights and accommodation, and activities would be lower than the peak-tourist season. Top Places: Luxor, Aswan, Alexandria

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The top 7 destinations for travel in March 2024

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UPDATED: This article was originally published in January 2018

You’ve decided you want to travel more this year (good on you), but you’re struggling to choose your next destination. Surely there’s an easier way than trawling through endless travel mags and guidebooks for the answers, right? That’s where our ultimate month-by-month travel guide comes in: your easily digestible list of places to visit, things to experience, and amazing weather to chase around the world.

Shining a light on March this time! European frosts are beginning to thaw, South America is starting to hot up and year-round destinations like Hong Kong and Dubai, make for easy travel wins. Whether you’re after rum tasting in Cuba, colourful chaos in India or orangutan spotting in Borneo, here’s your guide to where to travel in March.

A traveller standing on a rocky outcrop in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Photo captured by Paul Cashman

Impossibly long and thin, this slither of South America offers a breathtakingly diverse range of natural scenery. From the red Mars-like plains of the Atacama Desert to the icy blue glaciers of Torres del Paine National Park, take your pick of stunning places to explore. It’s also home to cosmopolitan hubs like Santiago with its emerging food scene, and Valparaiso with its vivid street art displays and ties to Nobel prize-winning poet, Pablo Neruda.

Read more: 4 amazing destinations in Chile (that aren’t Patagonia)

March marks the start of Chile’s first shoulder season (March to May). The Patagonia crowds have subsided, the Lake District is ready to wow, and in vineyard country it’s time for the grape harvests and traditional vendimias (wine harvest festivals). Don’t forget to take a ride on Chile’s funiculars, too. They’re cheap, fun and can give beautiful landscape views.

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Three vintage cars parked on a street at sunset in Havana, Cuba

Photo captured by Cliff Bielawski

More than cigars and vintage cars, this Caribbean giant is a vibrant mixture of history, culture and cuisine. Learn all about the pivotal role Che Guevara played in the revolution, salsa dance the night away at Trinidad’s famous Casa de la Musica , bask in the quiet beauty of Soroa, and enjoy strolling through the pastel-hued streets of Havana . Remember to sample a few of Cuba’s other specialities, including rum (of course), coffee and honey.

Read more: 6 dreamy beaches to visit in Cuba

Sunnier days, more manageable temperatures and slimmer chances of rain all play their part in attracting travellers to Cuba’s Caribbean shores this time of year. During the dry season, it’s especially important to try and book in advance to avoid disappointment (if at all possible).

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A birds-eye view of Palm Islands in Dubai

Palm Islands in Dubai

A fair few of us would admit to thinking of Dubai is a mere layover, a place to take a breather en route to your final stop. But, at Intrepid we’re firm believers in the philosophy that: it’s the journey, not just the destination . So, if Dubai is part of your trip, embrace it! March is a great time to go as temperatures haven’t reached their peak yet and rain showers are few and far between.

Want to know what to expect from this surprising and opulent city? Take a trip to a man-made island carved like a tropical palm tree, soak up awe-inspiring vistas from the great heights of the Burj Khalifa, or lose yourself in one of the world’s biggest shopping malls. You can also take a trip back in time to the historic area of Bastakiya, exploring its spice and gold souqs.

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best country to visit end of march

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Step out of the everyday and into the captivating Land of the Pharaohs this March. Egyptian springtime is getting underway, and dry days and daily temperatures of around 25°C can be expected. What better climate to set off and explore this country’s marvellous monuments, or set sail down the Nile?

Read more: What it’s really like cruising the Nile on an Intrepid tour

Get to grips with the mythology and mystery that ancient Egypt is shrouded in as you visit the Pyramids and Great Sphinx of Giza, and the tombs of iconic rulers in the Valley of the Kings. Or make your way through the maze-like marketplace of Cairo’s Khan al-Khalili Bazaar to shop for glass lanterns, jewellery and other traditional trinkets. You’ll love the feeling of being dwarfed by the two enormous rock temples of Abu Simbel, too.

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A baby orangutan perched on a branch in Borneo, Malaysia

Baby orangutan in Borneo

Are you absolutely orangutan obsessed? Then Borneo, and particularly Sabah, should be the next destination you tick off your bucket list. March kickstarts Sabah’s dry season, meaning fewer visitors, lower levels of rainfall and increased chances of finding these gentle giants in their natural habitat. It’s also an ideal time of year for sunning yourself on the beaches of Gaya Island, Kota Kinabalu and Sipadan.

Read more: Another reason to visit Borneo – Malaysia’s Rainforest World Music Festival

If you’d describe yourself as a bit of a water baby, you’ll love the fact that March also brings keen snorkelers the chance to go swimming in search of the world’s largest fish, the whale shark. Lankayan Island is a hotspot for tracking down these graceful beasts and is amazing for diving amongst its rainbow-coloured reefs and sunken shipwrecks from times gone by.

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6. Hong Kong

A scenic view of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak

Photo by Florian Wehde via Unsplash

Hong Kong is yet another one of those places considered a stopover and not a destination in its own right. But, this bustling city gives you a fascinating window into what the future of modern China will look like. With its impressive skyline, varied foodie offerings, and many museums and concert halls, you’ll wish you were staying longer than a few days!

Read more: Here’s what you need to do, eat and drink in Hong Kong

This vibrant urban centre is split into a mass of different neighbourhoods, each with its own speciality and personality. Shop until you drop in Causeway Bay, dig into sophisticated dishes in SoHo, embrace your inner hipster in Sheung Wan, sample a craft beer or two in Kennedy Town and so much more. Aside from all this excitement, Hong Kong also has over 260 outlying islands – boasting abandoned villages, challenging rock climbing opportunities, and otherworldly scenery.

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Festival goers covered in pink powder at Holi Festival in Uttar Pradesh, India

Photo captured by Deba Prasad Roy

Alright, you caught us. We’ve already recommended India as a fantastic country to travel to in November and December, but we’d be missing a trick if we didn’t mention it here too. Why, you ask? Two words – Holi Festival. Officially ushering in the spring, Holi is celebrated as the Festival of Love all over the sub-continent and is one of the most colourful times in the Indian calendar.

Read more: 5 great destinations for solo travel in India

Join locals in the streets as they shower each other with vibrantly coloured powders and water and watch the Holika Dahan (wood and dung bonfires) burn as good triumphs over evil. Plus, try traditional festival treats like puran poli (a sweet buttery flatbread) and dahi vada (vegetable fritters soaked in thick Indian yoghurt). Holi is a cultural experience not to be missed!

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Best Countries To Visit In March

The run of winter comes to end in most of the world and spring blooms, this is the happy month of March. With some major holiday goals and chill vibes coming off places like Maldives , Singapore , Dubai , Bhutan etc, March becomes a great time to explore one of these countries. The Southern Hemisphere sees summer’s end at this time and the mercury levels dip to make way for autumn, hence New Zealand and Australia become highly touristy without the added crowds in March. Here is a list of some of the best countries to visit in March, to help you plan your spring/autumn vacation.

Bhutan:  Best Countries To Visit In March

Bhutan , a tranquil land of mountains and prayer flags, monks and monasteries, is also an exceptional landscape for trekkers. It is said that this piece of land was once bloodied so badly by war that it became impossible to live here. Then a few Buddhist monks came to these hills and meditated for decades together in order to bring Bhutan to peace again. The country today is so self-content that it considers its Happiness Quotient above its GDP. Bhutan is great for most of the year, but March especially becomes the gateway into a pleasant spring here, with flowers blooming and sun streaming. Temperatures reach up to a pleasant 20°C almost in all parts of the country. The dance festival of Paro Tshechu is also celebrated.

Things to Do:

Visit the Paro Taktsang Monastery, also called the Tiger’s Nest. The Paro Valley surrounding this monastery is home to spectacular views, gentle hiking routes and some lovely blooming flora and fauna. For trekking you can try the Nabji Korphu Trek, Snowman Trek, Jomolhari, Druk Path Trek etc. There is also rock-climbing in Thimphu and river rafting in Po Chu river. Bhutan also hosts numerous hot springs like Gasa Tshachus and Gelephu Tshachu. Bird watching is particularly famous at Trongsa, Bumthang , Bomdeling, Phobjikha Valley and Punakha . While here, you must also take some time out to enrolling in yoga and meditation sessions (guided courses offered by most hotels and resorts). Massages are also quite good, as are spas in the mountains.

How to Reach:

Paro International Airport of Bhutan is your major landing point in this country when flying from abroad. Kolkata , Guwahati , New Delhi and Bagdora operate direct flights to Bhutan, while Kochi , Bangalore and Mumbai have one-stop flights. You can also take a train to Bagdora or Jalpaiguri station and then cross the border by hiring a cab.

  • Bhutan Tourism And Travel Guide

Maldives:  Best Countries To Visit In March

A collection of horse-shoe shaped islands, the Maldives atoll is renowned worldwide for its pristine beaches, azure waters and plush resorts. A coveted honeymoon destination, Maldives is also very famous for family holidays, given its host of beaches, adventure sports, shopping and dining opportunities. March marks a great month to visit Maldives. The average temperature is to be around 29°C at this time, while the nights can be cooler. The National Day or the first day of Rabee-ul Awwal is also celebrated in the end of Feb or beginning March. Hence prepare yourself for parades, marches and festive revelry here.

Spend a day or two in the capital city of Male, a town that literally throbs with electrifying tourist energy. Home to cool bars, cafes and lounges, the town gives you beaches and sightseeing too, like the Grand Friday Mosque, National Museum, fish markets etc. Next, head to the paradise that is Meera Island, suffused with long beaches, ultramarine tinted lagoons, corals and pristine white sands. If you feed on adrenaline then go underwater diving, swimming or snorkelling to Biyadhoo Island. For luxury cravers, Kaafu Atoll is the destination of your dreams, managed by the Taj Group. Another unique feature here is the Raa Atoll, known for its glowing bioluminescent waters due to phytoplanktons. Do not miss this.

Reach the Malé International Airport by direct flights from Kochi , Chennai , Mumbai , Kolkata , Delhi or Bangalore. Major carriers on these routes include Air India , Indigo, Jet Airways, Spice Jet, Sri Lankan Airlines etc. You can also take a cruise ship from Mumbai or Kochi to Maldives. The Costa neoClassica, a cruise ship, sets sail from Kochi (3 nights) as well as from Mumbai (7 nights) for Maldives.

  • Maldives Tourism And Travel Guide

Sri Lanka:  Best Countries To Visit In March

A tourism hub and tea paradise, Sri Lanka is that same fabled land where once the Demon King Raavan has said to have ruled. It’s a shame the country is not made of gold anymore, however, its natural delights, mountains, beaches and tea gardens are no less valuable than the gold itself. With its scores of Buddhist monasteries and hiking trails, Sri Lanka offers much to each type of traveller. March, especially is a month that is drier here, with temperatures hovering in the 20s. Kandy becomes specially beautiful through March and must visit for its weather and sunshine.

Start with the marvellous tea gardens of Ceylon and Nuwara Eliya . These offer some great tours, tea-tastings and souvenirs. Midigama, Weligama Beach, Mirissa and Hikkaduwa are particularly renowned for kite surfing and surfing. Sri Lanka also offers many trekking routes, like the Adam’s Peak, Horton Plains and Ella Rock. Temples are also abound here, from the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy and Dambulla Cave Temple to the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple. Sri Lanka is also rich in flora and fauna, as seen in the Udawalawe (Kandy) and Yala National Parks, home to wild elephants and leopards among many others. Sightseeing includes Sigiriya Fortress, Galle Fort and Star Fort. But the best town at this time to explore is Kandy, for its botanical gardens, lakes and serenity.

How to Reach: 

Bandaranaike International Airport of Colombo is the main International airport of Sri Lanka. You can board a flight from Mumbai , Bangalore, Chennai , Kochi or Delhi on carriers like Air India , Sri Lankan Airlines and Jet. Cruises from Mumbai are also an option but highly expensive and much, much slower. Internally in Sri Lanka, you have cars on hire, the picturesque rail services as well as domestic flights.

  • Sri Lanka Tourism And Travel Guide

Vietnam-Cambodia

Vietnam-Cambodia:  Best Countries To Visit In March

Vietnam and Cambodia have been the budget traveller’s delight in the recent years, a pair of countries in the Indo-China stretch that brim with beaches and shrines and shores and heritage towns. In the month of March, the area of Vietnam as well as Cambodia experiences the least rainfall and therefore make for the best time for an outdoorsy holiday. The temperatures are pleasant and remain in their 20s, making it all the more soothing for long leisure explorations, hikes, treks and heritage walks.

For Vietnam, start with the capital city Hanoi , with its magnificent marble mausoleum of their Communist-era leader. The Ho Chi Minh City , named after the same leader, is home to chic French colonial buildings, museums of Vietnamese wars and the iconic Củ Chi tunnels (a major attraction) that were used by Viet Cong soldiers. Take a cruise down Halong Bay, visit Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh city and lose yourself in the uptown nightlife and pub-crawls of Vietnam.

I n Cambodia, the ancient city of Angkor Wat and its ruins are the highlight, while the bustling streets of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap bring the contemporary Cambodia to life. Take a tour of Bayon which is the centre of Angkor Thom. Plan a temple run of monasteries like Phnom Penh Royal Palace, Ta Promh, Tonlé Sap Lake and Silver Pagoda. The Apsara Dance performances of this place are very famous. Also visit the Koh Rong Beach, which is a white sandy delight.

You can reach Vietnam by flying to Ho Chi Minh or the Hanoi- Danang Airports of Vietnam from India . Cruises via the Mekong Delta and Cambodia are also available. Trains from Beijing leave for Vietnam regularly and make for a fast and cheaper option. For Cambodia, you have the Phnom Penh International Airport and Siem Reap International Airport as major hubs, for international flights. Some major players like Malaysian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Air Asia , Thai Airways etc operate regularly on these routes. Buses between Bangkok , Vietnam and Cambodia are also quite common.

Malaysia:  Best Countries To Visit In March

Home to the ‘futuristic’ city of Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia is a beautiful getaway for beach babies, shoppers, luxury tourists and travellers alike. With islands like Langkawi for long, leisure idyllic beach holidays, Kuala Lumpur for city seeing and shopping, as well as the many natural trails and natural parks for wildlife lovers, Malaysia is a delight in the month of March. In this month, the hotspot for diving called Tioman blooms in full spring, while sandy beaches of Perhantians become most coveted. 

Start with Kuala Lumpur, a stunning city of skyscrapers and sky-high bridges, metro trains and expansive views of the mountains. Explore Petronas, one of the tallest man-made tower, shop in the many malls and scourge the street for local food as well as gourmet restaurants. Head to Langkawi for a beach holiday weekend and while there, check out the Langkawi Square. Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park is great for a wildlife safari, while the ancient town of Malacca for its stunning architecture, old houses and streets that are a Portuguese colonial hangover. Go diving to Tioman and spend a relaxing day at Perhantians’ sandy beaches, while some beautiful mosques await you in Kuala Terengganu

Fly into the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Malaysian Airlines, Jet Airways or Sri Lankan Airlines from major Indian cities. You can also drive into Malaysia from Singapore . In Malaysia, you can take the Malaysian railways or KTM for domestic rail travel; as well as buses and hired cars for internal commute.

  • Malaysia Tourism And Travel Guide

Dubai:  Best Countries To Visit In March

The land of Sheikhs as modern as Bhurj Khalifa, Dubai is a business hub as wells as a shopping paradise. But foremost, it is a coveted holiday haven. It has a pulsating nerve for those seeking city fun as well as plenty adventure for those who live off adrenaline. With its line of shopping malls and rows of sand dune deserts, plush islands and diners by the marina, Dubai lives to stun. March is a pleasant dry month in Dubai, with temperatures hovering between 18° and 29°C. The month is also known for hosting a few events, such as Art Dubai and the annual Dubai World Cup (horse racing) at Meydan.

When in Dubai, start your tour with Bhurj Khalifa, the tallest structure in this world. Bhurj Khalifa is an iconic sight, a business centre, home to a few world class restaurants as well as a tourist attraction. The Dubai Fountain nearby comes alive with the world’s biggest choreographed show and lights and sound every evening. This sight is spectacular from the top of Bhurj Khalifa. Dubai is also synonymous to shopping, be it gadgets or high street fashion brands or the haute couture labels. Head to Dubai Mall for all this and more. If you are ready to splurge for a weekend then head to the Palm Jumeirah Islands for lots of pampering. Within Dubai, you also have Kite Beach to pursue water sports, JBR Beach, the Dubai Creek and Dubai Marina. Last but not the least, take a day out for the Arabian Desert Safari with camel rides, quad biking and al-fresco barbecues.

Direct Dubai flights from India are very frequent and regular. Flights from Mumbai , Goa , Jaipur and Delhi take off for the amazing Dubai International Airport, which is the busiest in UAE. Some major players on this route are Etihad, Lufthansa, Air India, Jet and Emirates. Self-drive option is only available from Oman, while coaches can be boarded from Abu Dhabi, Ajmah or Sharjah (UAE).

  • Dubai Tourism And Travel Guide

Singapore:  Best Countries To Visit In March

Singapore is a pure magical experience, from its clean state-of-the-art city roads housing such well maintained colonial era buildings to rising chapels and churches amidst huge, green gardens full of small waterfalls; and of course, a very strict code of conduct, to such an extent that if you leave your bag in the middle of the road, you are sure to find it there even after 6 hours. Untouched. That is how safe Singapore is. It is a global business hub in spite of being a small island, has some of the best amusement parks in Asia , amazing shopping experience and attracts tourism like bees to nectar. March is one of the best times to visit Singapore, what with very few rainy days (only 9) and bright sunny time with temperature between 25 and 32°C. 

Go for an insanely coveted Night Safari, one of the first of its kind. The tour starts with a fire show by the native tribes and proceeds to a toy train ride through the nocturnal zoo, followed by animal shows. The Sentosa Island is another marvel of insane fun, with its collection of beaches, resorts, clubs and wonder shows, 'Wings of Time' being particularly famous. Bird lovers must visit the Bird Park while nature lovers can explore the many gardens of Singapore - Cloud Dome and Forest Dome being exceptional. Also, do book yourself for a ride in the world’s largest Ferris wheel and spend a sunset at the Marina Bay Sands for tower-top views of the Singapore skyline and fountain show.

Universal Studios coupled with its childhood charms, fairyland castles, thrilling rides and aqua park is a must-must-visit. While shopping is great at Victoria Street and Bugis Street.

Changi International Airport of Singapore is one of the biggest and most luxurious airports of the world. It caters to most International flights. Regular flights from Mumbai , Chennai , Delhi , Bangalore or Kochi take off for Singapore everyday. You can also drive to Singapore from Malaysia , just like the many Malays do as they work in Singapore all week and travel back home for weekends. Trains between Malaysia and Singapore are also available. For internal transport, you can just hail a cab or pre-book a car.

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U. S. A.:  Best Countries To Visit In March

Known as the free world and the greatest democracy known to contemporary mankind, the United States of America is a beautiful diverse country that has monopolised the world’s attention for as long as we can remember. With its amazing cities like New York , Chicago, San Francisco, Las Vegas etc, USA becomes a great destination for your March holidays. Spring season brings its faint flutters to the States in March and while many places might still not be completely thawed, there are others like Nevada (think Vegas), Arizona (Scottsdale), Florida (Miami, Orlando etc) and California (HOLLYWOOD, Santa Barbara) become extremely beautiful. Miami sees an average temperature of 27°C, with its golden beaches and clear skies ready for tourists!

The United States is a pretty big country, almost half of a continent. Hence you cannot cover all the places at once. In the month of March, we recommended you cover states like Florida (Miami, Orlando) for its beaches, drive throughs and promenades, as well as theme parks like Disney Land and Universal Studios of Orlando. Other states that you can cover on this trip include Nevada (yes, the 'infamous' Las Vegas), California (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and HOLLYWOOD), North Dakota (Fargo and its beers and bacons), Texas (Houston) and Arizona for its baseball leagues. Santa Barbara is especially renowned for its whale sightings on the coast in this season and Houston for its rodeo shows. Hawaii, South Dakota and Colorado are also quite good during this time of the year.

Loads of connecting flights operate from Mumbai to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vegas, New York, Chicago etc. Other cities like Delhi , Ahmedabad and Bangalore also have quite a few daily flights to the States. Once in America, you can use domestic flights to fly cross-state and city or use their drive options if road trip is your idea. Trains are not very popular here so you can give it a miss. Buses are available in its stead, as are hired chauffeur driven cars (costly).

Iceland:  Best Countries To Visit In March

The land of Northern Lights and Vikings, Iceland also happens to be the country that has hosted the Game of Thrones cast for a long shooting schedule. GOT Fans, this place is a must visit. It is not called the land of fire and ice for nothing; after all, it's got hot springs and volcanoes as well as ice caves and glaciers within close vicinity. In March, Iceland is seeing the last of its winter and hence the last of its Northern Lights before they completely disappear at the onset of summer. With average lows of -2.2°C and highs of 3.3°C, it is not much change from February weather-wise, but the days have begun to have more light and longer days prevail. By the end of March, the mercury has risen quite extensively.

Visit some protected glaciers, some beautiful national parks (Snæfellsjökull and Vatnajökull National Park), and Thingvellir i.e. the location where Game of Thrones was shot. Half a mile off the capital city Reykjavik is Puffin Island, a colony of cute little puffins. You must also go up to the Dynjandi Waterfall, Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, Peace Tower and Valley of Thor for sightseeing. Faxaflói Bay is particularly famous for its whale and dolphin sightings. You must also try the many geothermal pools, ice caves and explore natural hot springs. Finally, for the highlight of your holiday - the Northern Lights, head to Faxafloi Bay or Seltjarnarnes, which are both known for very less city lights and close to zero pollution.

Iceland’s major airport is the Keflavik International Airport for International flights, with Iceland Air and Iceland Express as their most significant airlines. From India , you have options of one-stop fights from Delhi , Mumbai or Bangalore. Ships or cruises also sail from Northern Europe for Iceland, but airways are considered the best.

Australia:  Best Countries To Visit In March

That country we all memorised in the geography class as ‘rabbit shaped’ continent, Australia is a great holiday destination too. With its modern cities and native aborigines, kangaroos and colonial buildings, Australia is a great paradox. March here brings forth autumn, and that means dropping temperatures (not as cold as winter yet). With average temperature of 22°C in Sydney , the weather is lovely and makes for the most ideal time to visit. 

Go city-hopping in Australia, from Sydney to Melbourne to Perth to Gold Coast . Each city has something unique, either a colonial charm or a string of beaches, some great amusement parks or national parks. When in Sydney, you should visit the Bondi beach for all the sun, sand and fun, while tour the Sydney Opera House for its classic structure. The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is a great parade here in the month of March, not to be missed. Head to the Great Barrier Reef for swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving to explore the spectacular corals, marine and underwater life here. Other coveted holiday spots here are the Warner Bros Movie World, Philip Island, Whitsunday Islands and the drive through the Twelve Apostles. Hunter Valley is a very famous place for exploring vineyards and tasting wines while if you want to see kangaroos, there is Murramarang National Park as well as Lucky Bay to visit.

Australia boasts of International airports in 5 major cities; Sydney, Perth, Adelaide , Brisbane and Melbourne. Direct and connecting flights from Mumbai , Chennai , Delhi etc are available. You can also board a cruise from New Zealand but it is a more expensive option and takes much longer. For internal commute, you can hire cars, use buses or take domestic flights. The rail network of Australia is also quite well developed and scenic, if we may add.

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New Zealand:  Best Countries To Visit In March

New Zealand is a country in the Southwest Pacific of the Southern Hemisphere that is renowned for kiwis (both animals and fruits) as well as its beautiful landscapes, glaciers and volcanoes. In March, New Zealand experiences its autumn and the weather gradually cools down as the month progresses. This is by far the best time to visit New Zealand as the temperatures are anywhere between 25°C-27°C in the Northern Islands and crowd has thinned considerably after summer. 

Visit cities like Auckland , Wellington, Gisborne, Christchurch etc, for touring their charms. The capital city of Wellington is known for its Wellington Botanic Garden, Zealandia, National Museum and Weta Cave that houses the props from ‘Lord of the Rings’ movie shoot too. Auckland comes with Sky Tower, Auckland War Memorial and SkyCity Auckland while Queenstown is great for adventure. Go bungee jumping to Kawarau Bridge, cruising to Milford Sound, taste wines at Amisfield Bistro and explore Lake Wakatipu and Lake Wanaka. Relax with a dip in the thermal wonderland of Wai-O-Tapu and swim with the dolphins while in Bay Island. You can also go stargazing by Lake Tekapo and catch sight of the Southern lights if you are in luck. This is also a good time to go hiking. To explore the native tribes of New Zealand, catch hold of a good tour guide and drive up to Tamaki Maori Village in Rotorua . 

Regular stop-over flights from Indian cities like Chennai , Delhi , Mumbai , Kolkata and Hyderabad fly to New Zealand; the majority of those landing in Auckland. For internal commute, there are connecting domestic flights, buses, hired cars as well as trains in New Zealand. If you want to take the sea route, head to Australia and take one of the luxury cruises that depart from there.

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15 Best Places to Travel in March 2024

These are the best places to visit in March in the United States and around the world.

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Spring arrives in March, but depending on where you are, it can still feel like winter — or an early summer. Whether you’re looking for a warm-weather escape from chilly temperatures at home or a late-season ski trip, we’ve got you covered. From sunny Caribbean islands to snowy ski resorts, we’ve rounded up 15 of the best places to travel in March in the U.S. and around the world so you can start planning your next getaway.

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Thousands of visitors will head for this city by the Pacific as the Carlsbad Flower Fields open on March 1 with 55 acres of colorful Giant Tecolote ranunculus blooms. Visitors can also stroll through Carlsbad’s downtown, dine at excellent restaurants, visit Carlsbad Aquafarm for fresh oysters, and shop at local boutiques.  “March in Carlsbad brings sunshine-filled days and balmy weather perfect for beach walks, hikes around the lagoons, springtime surfs (wetsuit-clad), and visits to Legoland California Resort for families with little ones,” Kim Sidoriak, president and CEO of Visit Carlsbad, tells Travel + Leisure . New additions to Legoland this year are Dino Valley and Lego World Parade. 

Where to Stay: Park Hyatt Aviara features a kids pool with waterslides, an adults pool, a golf course, superb dining, and the new Miraval Life in Balance Spa . Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is set on 400 acres with golf, pools, and a spa. The Legoland Hotel and Legoland Castle Hotel are steps from the park.

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The annual eight-day South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festival arrives at the Austin Convention Center on March 8, with technology, culture, film, music, comedy, and notable speakers. Rodeo Austin is in town from March 8-23, and there’s live music, great food, and always plenty of things to do in Austin .  “March brings a vibrant energy to Austin, well beyond the excitement of SXSW. As a local and advocate for the city’s charm, I recommend visiting this month when the streets buzz with local flair, outdoor adventures are prime, and the culinary scene comes alive,” says Hotel ZaZa general manager, Jacob Weaver.

Where to Stay: Hotel ZaZa offers a convenient downtown location and Group Therapy , their signature restaurant overlooking Republic Square Park. Thompson Austin features a rooftop pool with cabanas.

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In March, the Mile High City is still chilly with daytime temperatures reaching the mid-60s and colder nights. It’s a beautiful time to be outdoors, and nearby, Colorado’s ski towns are still covered in snow. With museums, theater, breweries, and concerts at Red Rock Amphitheater , there are dozens of fun things to do in Denver at any time of year. A sure sign of spring is the beginning of baseball season, and Denver welcomes MLB’s Colorado Rockies to Coors Field and adjacent McGregor Square. 

Where to Stay: Voted one of the best hotels in Denver by T+L readers, The Rally Hotel is steps from the ballpark, and it’s lively and fun with a rooftop pool for summer. Other options include the Hyatt Centric Downtown Denver or Hotel Clio , a Luxury Collection Hotel, in the Cherry Creek North neighborhood.

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As one of the best beaches in the U.S. , Clearwater Beach is an idyllic destination once the weather begins to warm up in March. The Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary at the end of March and early April with its famous sand sculptures and family entertainment. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium, historic Cleveland Street District, dolphin cruises, miles of beaches, and sunny weather in the high 70s make March in Clearwater Beach perfect for families and spring breakers. 

Where to Stay: The beachfront JW Marriott Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa opened in spring 2023. Nearby in St. Petersburg, The Vinoy Resort & Golf Club , dating to 1925, features renovated guest rooms, golf, tennis, and a marina.

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Although spring arrives in March, the cold weather hangs on a bit longer in the Windy City, so bundle up and duck into one of Chicago’s best museums to warm up (and explore). There’s plenty to do both indoors and outside. “As the city’s vibrancy comes back after the winter, there are concerts, theater premieres, and, of course, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations all across Chicago,” according to Rebecca Correri, general manager at 21c Museum Hotel Chicago . St. Patrick’s Day is a big occasion in Chicago, when the Chicago River turns emerald green and the official Irish Parade takes place. Chicago’s food is legendary; from deep-dish pizza to five-star dining, foodies love the city’s cuisine.

Where to Stay: An artsy boutique hotel, 21c Museum Hotel Chicago is set in the River North neighborhood. The St. Regis Chicago opened in May 2023 for another luxe option. Just outside the city, the elegant Deer Path Inn is reminiscent of a 15th-century Tudor mansion.

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Spring is a gorgeous time for skiing in Park City , with snow throughout March (and even later some years). Conveniently located less than an hour from Salt Lake City International Airport, the charming downtown is almost as much of a draw as the snowy slopes. Restaurants, bars, shops, galleries, and a history museum make exploring fun after a day of skiing. There’s also snowboarding, snowmobiling, a toboggan-style mountain coaster, zip line, and ski lessons for all ages. Trails and slopes for all levels are available, from beginner to expert. 

Where to Stay: There are several wonderful hotels in Park City, including The Lodge at Blue Sky , Auberge Resorts Collection, Pendry Park City , and Waldorf Astoria Park City . Montage Deer Valley offers ski-in, ski-out access at Deer Valley Resort, and Washington Schoolhouse is a historic boutique.

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Located in Greensboro about 75 miles east of Atlanta, Lake Oconee is a serene getaway in central Georgia. Boating, golf, hiking, and nearby Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds offer many ways to enjoy the early spring weather and gorgeous outdoors. At Sandy Creek, there’s fishing, kayaking, off-roading, archery, and sporting clay shooting. In the historic downtown, visitors will find antique stores, boutiques, restaurants, and a walking tour for those who want to discover more about Greensboro’s past. Six championship golf courses and the Kingdom at Lake Oconee provide golfers with opportunities for play, practice, equipment, and lessons. My husband and I spent a few days — and played a few rounds of golf — at Lake Oconee. He’s been asking me when we’re going back, so I just might see you there if you schedule a trip in March. 

Where to Stay: The recently renovated Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Lake Oconee offers lakeside dining, boating, a spa, guest rooms, suites, cottages, and the Lake House, with four bedrooms and a stunning lakefront location. RVs and campers are welcome at Lake Oconee KOA .

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Perfect weather in the mid-70s, gorgeous scenery, white-sand beaches, and a lively atmosphere make March a great time for a trip to Oahu. The island is celebrating the 28th Annual Honolulu Festival (March 8-10) with a parade, stage performances, food, music, and a craft fair. March is prime whale watching time, and a cruise to see the humpbacks is a thrilling experience. Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, swimming, surfing, or just relaxing on the beach are more ways to enjoy the island. My first snorkeling experience was at Hanauma Bay, and I’ve returned several times since then; the marine life there is incredible. Visitors can learn about the history of the islands at the Polynesian Cultural Center or the fascinating Bishop Museum . At Wai Kai , there’s a lagoon, wave pool, kayaking, and more for family fun.

Where to Stay: The surf-themed Twin Fin and beachfront Alohilani are options near Waikiki Beach. Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa is a great option for families with activities for all ages. 

Related : Oahu Is Home to a Jaw-dropping Volcanic Crater, Luxury Hotels, and Some of the World's Most Famous Surf Beaches

T+L’s 2024 Destination of the Year sees its dry season in March, making this the ideal time to visit for some travelers (although the best time to visit Costa Rica largely depends on what you want to experience). “There’s really no bad time to visit Costa Rica,” says Trevor Ling, owner of Hotel Three Sixty. “Late February through March is characterized by the driest weather and spectacular wildlife sightings, like the annual humpback whale migration. This is when Osa Peninsula’s biodiversity really comes to life. Here on the Pacific Coast, March is also prime time for watching turtles hatch on our coastline’s pristine beaches.” Whether your goal is to see wildlife, beaches, rainforests, or small towns, you can find what you’re after in Costa Rica.

Where to Stay: Adults-only Hotel Three Sixty is located on the southwest coast along the Pacific. Enjoy panoramic views from the mountainside Origins Lodge or a beachfront villa at Costa Elena . Those looking for a seamless stay may want to choose one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Costa Rica . 

The three-island archipelago just south of Italy features well-preserved medieval fortresses, archaeological sites, and museums. From March through May, the Malta Biennale will be celebrated with cultural events and festivities. “Malta is the hidden gem of the Mediterranean, and art and design lovers who visit our country in 2024 will see more events, exhibitions, and festivals than ever before,” according to Phyllis Muscat, CEO and board chair of MICAS (Malta International Contemporary Art Space). “This fall our new contemporary art museum will open within the old fortification walls above the marina, only a few minutes walk from the center of Valletta. MICAS will offer visitors an ambitious collection of international contemporary art.”

Where to Stay: AC Hotel St. Julian’s and Barceló Fortina Malta opened in 2023, and a Hard Rock Hotel and Hyatt Centric are expected to open in early 2024. 

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Spring arrives in March with flowers blooming and temperatures warming into the high 60s, perfect for being outdoors. Hiking in Keramashoto National Park , strolling along beaches, and enjoying colorful blossoms are among things to do. In Higashi Village, more than 50,000 azaleas bloom for the March Azalea Festival. The Netflix series, Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones , has inspired travel to Okinawa, and visitors find incredible experiences like diving among coral reefs, learning about the islands’ history and traditions, and enjoying the delicious cuisine. Flights from major cities in Asia arrive at Okinawa’s Naha Airport.

Where to Stay: Hoshinoya Okinawa is an oceanside resort offering the Okinawa Blue Zone Stay, a three-day wellness experience. Halekulani Okinawa offers guest rooms and five villas with private pools. Homm Okinawa , a Banyan Tree Hotel, features spacious private villas. 

Mexico City, Mexico 

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March is ideal for a trip to Mexico City, with dry weather, temperatures in the mid-70s, and the blooming of the purple jacarandas. It’s the perfect time to explore the city’s neighborhoods, from hip to historic, sample street food, and learn about the past. More than a museum, Casa Azul is the place where Frida Kahlo spent her early life and her time with Diego Rivera. Personal objects, folk art, photos, books, and paintings by both artists create a fascinating experience. I loved the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco during my visit a few years ago; seeing local families, tourists, and the colorful boats ( trajineras ) and flowers was such fun. 

Where to Stay: Hotel San Fernando is a boutique hotel in the Condesa neighborhood. Andaz Mexico City Condesa features the Cabuya Rooftop restaurant and bar. Colima 71 is in Colonia Roma Norte.

Related : How to Plan a Trip to Mexico City — Including the Best Restaurants, Hotels, and Things to Do 

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March begins the shoulder season in Florence, after the winter months but ahead of spring and summer’s more popular tourist seasons. Visiting museums, restaurants, and piazzas is ideal in March, and with the right clothing, the cool weather can be comfortable. Florentine New Year , dating to the Middle Ages, is celebrated on March 25 with a procession through the city streets. Easter falls on March 31, and a unique tradition, the Explosion of the Cart , takes place. Claudio Meli, general manager of The Place tells T+L, “March is the perfect time to visit our beloved Florence and embrace some of our local traditions. One of my favorites is the Scoppio del Carro , or Exploding of the Cart. Outside of the Duomo, the cardinal of Florence lights a massive cart and fireworks are released, symbolizing the Holy Spirit.”

Where to Stay: The Place , a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Piazza Santa Maria Novella, will reopen in mid-March after a redesign. Hotel Savoy, a Rocco Forte Hotel , is located on Piazza della Repubblica. 

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“The Harvest Festival in Mendoza is a captivating celebration that beautifully intertwines the rich viticultural heritage of the region with a vibrant display of culture and tradition. It’s a time when the vineyards come alive with the culmination of a year’s hard work, and the air is filled with the aroma of freshly harvested grapes,” Veronica Marquina, general manager at Cavas Wine Lodge, told T+L . “It’s a must-experience event that immerses visitors in the heart and soul of Mendoza’s wine culture.” The Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia (Feb.28-March 3) celebrates the harvest with music, dance, theater, and, of course, wine. This agricultural region where malbec is famously made is about 650 miles west of Buenos Aires.

Where to Stay: Cavas Wine Lodge , a Relais & Châteaux member, is a boutique property set in a 55-acre vineyard. The Vines Resort & Spa is set in the Uco Valley, and SB Winemaker’s House & Spa Suites features wines from Susana Balbo Winery .

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Located in the Caribbean Sea, this island is shared by two nations: the Netherlands and France. Visitors cross the open border easily, and in St. Maarten (the Dutch side), they’ll find casinos, bars, shopping, and nightlife, while in St. Martin (the French side), excellent restaurants, beaches, and beautiful natural surroundings are abundant. The largest regatta in the Caribbean, the Heineken Regatta (Feb. 29-March 3), will bring yacht fans from around the world. SXM Music Festival (March 11-18) arrives for five nights of electronic music and dancing. Water sports, sailing, hiking, and zip lining are among the many things to do on St. Martin.

Where to Stay: La Samanna, A Belmond Hotel was voted among the best resorts in the Caribbean in our 2023 World’s Best Awards.

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25 Best Places To Visit in Europe In March (2024)

Last Updated on March 13, 2024 by Nicole

March is a wonderful month of the year. For many of us, it signals that spring has arrived. Temperatures slowly warm and gardens and trees become alive once again. March is also a great time to go on a European vacation. You have warm and sunny beach and outdoor adventure holidays, and a wonderful selection of city destinations that offer exciting night life, great museums and attractions, restaurants and shopping. Wherever go, you won’t be disappointed with the incredible March getaways that await. Here are the 25 best places to visit in Europe in March.

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For those trying to find snow in March, then review 17 Best Snowy Winter Wonderlands To Visit In Europe .

For those who love watching sunsets at any time of year, please see 28 Best Places In Europe For Most Beautiful Sunsets .

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Best March Vacations In Europe

March is the perfect time to visit many European countries. In addition to warmer weather, it is still low season. That means you get the benefit of travel deals, such as cheaper flights and accommodation.

It also means that popular destinations and tourist attractions have fewer crowds making your experience more authentic and relaxed. You get more of an opportunity to really immerse yourself in a city or small town on a March European holiday, or enjoy beaches or other outdoor adventures during a spring vacation in Europe.

In this article, I have highlighted 25 of the best places to visit in Europe in March. They highlight the best things to do, the average temperatures, and whether there are any special annual events or festivals that you might want to try to attend. In addition, a great hotel or other accommodation is included as well. Finally, the best international airport and transportation options are described to help you with your travel plans.

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Valencia, Spain

By Emily from Emily Embarks

Situated along the far eastern coast of Spain , Valencia is easily one of the best places to visit in Europe in March. Known for its world-famous Science Museum, historic Old Town, and mouthwatering paella, there is no shortage of things to capture your attention. 

Valencia is a unique destination that offers everything from gorgeous beaches to world-renowned museums, and even some of the best seafood in Europe. So, what makes March such a good time to visit? 

Well, for starters, you’ll have the place practically to yourself. March is the perfect time to visit Valencia, since the crowds of tourists haven’t quite made their way there yet. Because of this, you’ll score great deals on flights, accommodations, and tours. In addition, there will be shorter wait times at all restaurants, major attractions, and landmarks.

You’ll also have more opportunities to capture beautiful pictures without flocks of people blocking your view. Yes, the summers do bring the best weather, on average. However, if you aren’t much of a beach bum and are looking to connect with the locals and experience true Spanish culture on a deeper level, then the off-season is the best time to visit. Just be sure to  brush up on your Spanish  before you arrive so you can chat with the locals. 

While you’re there, be sure to stop by the Science Museum which is part of the breathtaking City of Arts and Sciences. You can explore everything from the invention of Foucault’s Pendulum to futuristic technologies. You should also snap a photo of yourself along the vibrant beach huts on Playa de la Patacona which are a famous part of Valencia’s beach scene. 

In March, you’ll experience cooler temperatures averaging between 55-65 degrees Fahrenheit (12-18 degrees Celsius) and about 7 hours of sunlight per day. While this provides a much-needed break from the hot weather that accompanies the summer months, you may want to pack a few extra layers for those brisk evenings along the Balearic Sea.

Best Way To Reach Destination

Lucky for visitors, Valencia is home to its own international airport (Manises Airport) which is just a quick 15-minute drive to the Old Town.

Best Place To Stay

Emily says, “After you arrive, check into the stunning Cathedral Suites Hotel before making your way over to Navarro Restaurant for some lunch or dinner.”

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Dublin, Ireland

By Nicola from All About Rosalita

You can’t come the whole way to Europe in March without spending  2 days in Dublin  to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Dublin is a great city to visit at any time of the year but it’s one of the best cities in Europe to visit in March during the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. In addition, Dublin is beautiful at this time of year with cherry blossoms blooming throughout the city.

Every year, the St. Patrick’s Day festival and parade attract over 1 million visitors to the capital of the Emerald Isle. With so many visitors wanting to celebrate and experience the Irish craic for themselves, make sure to book flights into Dublin airport and accommodation in the city well in advance of your trip.

St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland . There are celebrations in cities and towns throughout Ireland, but no-one hosts the festival quite like Dublin does. St. Patrick’s Day originally began as a religious holiday but today’s festivities include a massive parade, community events, and a whole lot of green!

The festival is actually a five day event in Ireland’s capital with the main event and big parade taking place on March 17th. The parade route through Dublin runs from St. Mary’s Place (north of the river) to St. Patrick’s Cathedral (south of the river). It’s not too hard to find a spot along O’Connell Street, but it can be pretty crowded by the time the parade reaches this point in the route. The only way to beat the crowds is to get there early.

The parade in Dublin is amazing with some incredible floats, brass bands from all over the world, energetic leprechauns, and a lot of drunk foreigners wearing green. Most head to the popular Temple Bar to party, a must-do activity during a Dublin itinerary, but it’s best to avoid this area at this time and find a traditional pub, like McDaid’s off Grafton Street, to celebrate with the locals and enjoy a pint of the black stuff.

Once St. Patrick’s Day festivities is over, consider doing a fantastic guided tour of Dublin and learn about its fascinating history, or do a musical pub crawl where you follow a band of musicians from pub to pub watching them play and listening to wonderful Irish songs and folktales.

You may also wish to take a day trip to Northern Ireland to see the breathtaking Giants Causeway and Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge .

Weather in March is unpredictable. Some years have been really warm and sunny while others have been a complete wash out. Average temperatures are 10-14 degrees Celsius (50- 57 degrees Fahrenheit) so pack both your raincoat and your sunnies!

Dublin Airport is only about 25 minutes outside of the city. The easiest and cheapest way to get into the city centre is by Aircoach.

Nicola says, “If you are looking for a centrally located hotel then the Trinity Townhouse is a good option. The Wilder and Aloft Dublin City hotels are both really fun and trendy places to stay if you want to continue on the party.” 

Best European places to visit in March

The Algarve, Portugal

By Alya from The Algarve Family

The Algarve region in southern Portugal is known for its beautiful beaches, picturesque cliffs, sunny weather, and turquoise water. It’s one of the best March vacation destinations in Europe for several reasons.

First of all, l the weather is sunny and warm in March. The second reason is that there are significantly fewer tourists in the region in March. Third, accommodation and car rental prices are lower than summer. Lastly, March is a great time to see spring blossoms and observe the spectacular bird population. 

Algarve is an amazing place for outdoor activities. Hiking, surfing, kayaking, diving, paddle boarding, and cycling are some of the best things to do.

There are many hiking trails across the region of different lengths and difficulty levels from easy one day hikes to more challenging multi-day routes.

Some of the best surfing spots in the region can be found on the West Coast of the Algarve. Sagres, Praia da Arrifana, and Bordeira Beach are some of the most popular.

Kayaking is the best way of visiting some of the Algarve’s highlights such as Benagil Cave and Ponta da Piedade . In addition, the grottos around Sagres and the artificially submerged shipwrecks near Portimao are the best areas for scuba diving in the region.

Lagos and Albufeira are popular places in which to be based. From there, you can do day trips to the nearby attractions.

The average temperature in March is 65°F. March has on average 5 days with some rain.

The easiest way of getting to the Algarve from overseas is to fly to Faro International Airport. There are direct flights to Faro from many European cities. From there, you can get by bus or train to any coastal town in the region. If you rent a car, Lagos is one hour away.

Alya says, “ Bura Surfhouse in Lagos is a great place to stay if you want to have a holiday packed with activities such as surfing, yoga, kayaking, etc.”

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Avignon, France

By Lisa from Waves And Cobblestones

Avignon is located in the region of Provence, in the south of France. It has a rich history, and there are many interesting  things to do in Avignon . It is also a fantastic March holiday destination in Europe.

Avignon is renowned for its rich theater scene. March kicks off the ‘Printemps Anglophone’ festival of English-speaking culture. You can also enjoy Avignon’s opera season with performances from January through June. 

During the 14 th  century unrest in Rome, Avignon was the seat of the papacy. The Palais des Papes is the most impressive building in Avignon. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its historical and architectural importance.  

Avignon’s other iconic attraction is its medieval bridge, the Pont Saint-Bénézet (the Pont D’Avignon).  This bridge was made famous in the French dance song ‘Sur Le Pont D’Avignon’, although only a portion remains standing today.

Visit Les Halles d’Avignon, Avignon’s indoor market, for a fantastic selection of local produce and prepared goods. Don’t miss the market’s unique north wall: a ‘green wall’ comprised of over 300 square meters of plants. Starting in late March, the market’s green wall is beautiful to behold in the bloom of spring. 

Expect high temperatures near 60 degrees Fahrenheit, with low temperatures in the low 40s. Days are a mix of clouds and sun. Avignon is generally not too rainy in March, but it is always a good idea to bring an umbrella – just in case!

Most visitors to France arrive via Paris at the Charles de Gaulle or Orly airports. From Paris, Avignon is about a 2.5-hour train ride via TGV, France’s high-speed train. Alternatively, fly into France through the Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport. From Lyon, Avignon is only one hour away by TGV, or just under three hours by car. 

Lisa says, “To really get the best feel for this historic city, be sure to stay at a hotel inside the old city walls. The Hotel de l’Horloge is perfectly located on Avignon’s town square, Place de l’Horloge. From here you can easily visit all of the best Avignon attractions.”

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Palmero, Italy (Sicily)

By Izzy from The Gap Decaders

Palermo, the capital of Sicily, is a complex European city, caught between West and East for millennia. Full of fabulous buildings, chaotic markets and hidden corners to explore, visiting Palermo in March means you’ll almost have the place to yourself!

Shoulder-season travel is always good for fewer tourists, but when you visit Palermo in March, the city is surrounded by wild flowers, and the markets are full of spring produce.

In Palermo itself, there is a lot to see and do. It’s a great city for wandering – from market, to church, to pretty piazza. But you should make time to visit the Arabian-Norman churches of San Cataldo and San Giovanni degli Eremiti, for thier stunning ancient architecture and simple interiors.

At the other end of the spectrum is the beautifully frescoed Sicilian Baroque Catholic Church of Saint Joseph of the Theatine Fathers. Literally on the corner of Quatti Canti and Via Vittorio Emanuele, this hidden church will blow you away when you step inside!

Visiting a food market is a must-do in Palermo, and trying the street food on offer will be a highlight of your trip. Mercto di Ballaro is a lively, messy, and delightful outdoor public market with fish, meat, fruit and vegetables and lots of stalls where you can try the local offerings.

Weather wise, if the African winds are kind, you’ll see sunny temperatures around 65 degrees Fahrenheit in March.

Fly to Palermo airport for the easiest access to the city. It’s around 40 minutes. If you’re planning on hiring a car for a road trip to see the rest of beautiful Sicily, we suggest doing so after you’ve spent time in Palermo. This is not an easy city in which to drive!”

Izzy says, “Stay at Casa Nostra Boutique Hotel , just 500m from Palermo Cathedral, in the Monte di Pietà district at the heart of the old town. Housed in the historic Palazzo Bulè, which was renovated in 2019, the decor is stylish yet local, and evokes a sense of rural Sicily.”

We just completed a fantastic 12 day road trip in Sicily crossing from one side of this beautiful island to the other. We visited historical sites, took amazing hikes, lounged at stunning beaches and poolsides, and ate some spectacular food. For more information, please see Best 12 Day Itinerary In Sicily .

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

By Krystianna from Volumes & Voyages

One of the best European countries for a March getaway is Luxembourg. This breathtaking place is highly underrated in Europe, as is its’ capital, Luxembourg City.

What makes Luxembourg City a great destination to visit is its’ interesting culture. Even a quick visit to a restaurant downtown, you’ll realize that the locals speak multiple languages, including French, German, English, and Luxembourgish.

There are many great things to do in Luxembourg, with one of the best things being a visit to the Casemates du Bock. It is a set of historic tunnels with a rich history that guests can walk through for just a few euros. They have grown a lot over the years, but the tunnels were initially started back in the 1600s as underground fortification under Spanish rule. The tunnels once held stables, people during bomb threats, shops, stores, and more. Unfortunately, most of them were destroyed in 1867 under the terms of the Treaty of London. What remains today are the tunnels that couldn’t be destroyed without also destroying the city.

It’s also worth visiting the Grund, a separate part of the city. Luxembourg City is broken into an upper city (which is very modern) and a lower city near the river. The two sides feel distinctly different. The Grund feels a bit more like a classic European fairytale town. Anyone who loves historic architecture should take the time to walk through this area and marvel at the buildings. Even though it has an older feel, this area has grown in popularity due to its nightlife venues.

Lastly, be sure to also take time to visit Grand-Ducal Palace. It’s still in use by the Royals today. Though it’s not open for guided tours in March, it’s still an absolute must-see, even if it’s only from the outside.

Expected average temperatures in Luxembourg offer daily averages around 55°F. It usually won’t drop below 30°F during this time of year, but of course, every year is different. It is one of the colder months in Luxembourg, and you can expect a few days of rain. Overall, it is sunny and the weather is quite beautiful in March.

The closest airport to fly into is Luxembourg Airport, which is the only international airport in the country. It’s only about a 15 to 20 minutes drive.

Krystianna says, “When visiting Luxembourg City, it’s best to stay somewhere downtown. Most of the hotels will be found in the upper part of the more modern area of the city, which is near the bus and train station. The ibis Styles Luxembourg Centre Gare is an incredible option, as it’s near everything and is fairly affordable.”

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Lapland, Finland

By Jennie from Jennie Wanders

One of the best destinations for a March trip in Europe is Lapland in Finland . Lapland is known for being a snow lover’s paradise, with March offering thick layers of snow from months of snowfall. You will find warmer temperatures compared to earlier winter months. In addition, the sky is a brilliant ice-blue. Best of all, it’s the best time of year to spot the Northern Lights.

Whilst visiting Lapland in March, you can fill your days with walks through the snow-filled forests, sledge rides down hills and rolling about making snow angels. 

If you want to make your stay even more magical, book one of the amazing day trips. One of the most popular ones is being pulled in a sleigh by huskies. It really is a once-in-a-lifetime bucket list experience! In addition to this, you can spend the day with reindeer in the forest, try your luck at ice fishing or even have a go at driving a snowmobile.

When you need to warm up, pay a visit to the Santa Claus Village, located in the heart of the Rovaniemi countryside. You’ll meet the ‘real’ Santa Claus and his elves, visit his post office and send your Christmas mail. You can even get cozy in the ice bar with either a cocktail or a coffee.

Visiting Lapland in March is also one of the best times of the year to spot the Aurora Borealis. The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon so it is hard to perfectly time your visit to see them. However, to increase your chances, consider visiting in March.

Expect average temperatures between 16 degree Fahrenheit and 29 degree Fahrenheit.

Situated in the north of the country, Lapland can be easily accessed by overnight train from Helsinki International, or directly from Rovaniemi Airport – aka the ‘capital’ of Lapland.

Jennie says, “If you’re staying in Lapland for the first time, spend at least one night at the Apukka Resort . Located at least 20 minutes from Rovaniemi, you can spot the Northern Lights from the comfort of your own bed in unique glass igloos, away from any light pollution. They also run tours for a reasonable price, and have an incredible nightly buffet where you can even try reindeer pizza.”

March is best time to visit Athens in Europe

Athens, Greece

By Roxanne from Faraway Worlds

Athens is the birthplace of Greek civilization, renowned for being the world’s first democracy and the home of Socrates and Plato. It is also one of the best European cities to visit in March.

Weather in March is usually pleasant which makes it an excellent time for exploring the ancient sites. Tickets to museums are also discounted in March (and throughout the off-season), so if you are unlucky and it does rain, spend some time exploring some of Athens’ excellent museums. The National Archaeological Museum, and the Byzantine and Christian Museum are both great options.

The priority for most travellers to Athens is to see the Acropolis, the sacred hill in the centre of the city. The Acropolis is home to the Parthenon, a temple to Athena (the patron goddess of Athens) and one of the most recognisable ancient Greek ruins. Other memorable sites on the Acropolis include the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, a huge Roman theatre built on the slopes; the beautifully-preserved temple to Athena-Nike; and the Acropolis Museum, filled with the treasures of the Acropolis.

March 25 th  is Greece’s Independence Day, with a parade through the centre of Athens, starting in Syntagma Square. Entry to the Acropolis Museum is usually free on Greek Independence Day. The 25 th  is also the day of the Annunciation (when the angel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary). There are special church services and many hotels (and tavernas) serve a traditional meal (salted cod in garlic sauce) to mark the day.

Expect warm weather in March. Average temperature is around 60 degrees Fahrenheit with the possibility of some light rain.

Most people will fly into Athens International Airport, which is about a 30-minute drive into the city without traffic.

Roxanne says, “There are a number of central  areas in Athens  which are suitable for travellers. Many first-time visitors choose to stay in Plaka, a pretty neighbourhood at the foot of the Acropolis. Try the Palladian Hotel for rooms with a view.”

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Lanzarote, Spain (Canary Islands)

By Paulina from UK Everyday

Lanzarote is the northernmost of the Canary Islands and the most populous after Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Since 1993, the whole island has been declared a Unesco Biosphere Reserve and visiting it is like exploring a completely different world. It is also an amazing March beach destination in Europe.

The volcanic landscape is the main reason that tourists come to Lanzarote. Who wouldn’t want to see and take photos of Timanfaya National Park, a place that looks other worldly? It is one of the  must see places in Lanzarote . When you visit the National Park, try the delicious food at El Diablo restaurant. Not only will you enjoy a great meal, but you will also get spectacular views of lava fields from the restaurant’s huge windows.

Lanzarote is also an amazing place to visit for architecture lovers. There are plenty of incredible buildings on the island designed by famous architect César Manrique. Make sure to visit one of César Manrique masterpieces like Jameos del Agua with an underground lagoon and picture-perfect pool.

Warmer temperatures make Lanzarote one of the best European places to go for the sun in March. The temperatures can reach 73.4°F and there are plenty of hours of sunshine during the day.

Aeropuerto de Lanzarote is the best place to fly into and it is only a 10 minutes drive to Arrecife or Puerto del Carmen. There are plenty of sandy beaches near the airport such as Playa de los Pocillos or Playa Grande, which makes it a convenient place to visit if you don’t want to explore the island.

Paulina says, “If you are looking for some luxury, choose Arrecife Gran Hotel & Spa. This 5-star hotel has a great location, less than 10 minutes drive from the airport and next to Playa Reducto.”

best places to visit in Europe in March

London, England

By Kelly from Girl With The Passport

One of the best city breaks in Europe in March is London. Not only is it the capital of England, but this wonderfully dynamic and incredibly diverse metropolis is home to some of the best museums and most historic sites in all of Europe. 

March is also the best time to visit since it is shoulder season and you’ll pay much less for flights and hotel rooms. Plus, you can also enjoy fun events like the Head of the River Races from Mortlake to Putney, a rowing competition that began in 1829, and the ​​ RE-TEXTURED Festival at Printworks, a multi-sensory music and light festival. 

After enjoying these fun events, start your visit with a live performance on the West End. After all, there are a ton of amazing shows to choose from including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Mamma Mia, Wicked, and more. But, don’t pay full price for tickets since you can easily get 50% off by using the TodayTix App in advance, one of many amazing London tips to know.

Next, reserve tickets to ascend to the top of SkyGarden. Not only are the tickets free and the views just as good as from the Shard, but you can enjoy one of the best brunches in London at Darwin Brasserie. 

For something a little bit different, do a scavenger hunt in the Victoria & Albert Museum .

Finally, enjoy a bit of culture as you explore the many exhibits inside the British Museum. In fact, it’s the world’s oldest, national public museum and holds an impressive collection of 6 million plus pieces of art, literature, architecture, and sculpture. 

Never leave your hotel without a raincoat or umbrella since it rains an average of nine days throughout the month, with daily highs around 53°F and daily lows around 42°F. 

If you fly into London Heathrow (one of five international airports in and around London), you can easily take the Piccadilly line to Piccadilly Circus station and access your hotel from there. 

Kelly says, “Enjoy a luxurious stay inside the Thistle Piccadilly Hotel . After all, it’s well-located, the service is exceptional, and the suites are well-appointed.”

For excellent travel tips regarding transportation, safety, food, hotel and things to do in London, please take a look at 50 Best Travel Tips For First Time Visitors To London.

best places to visit in Europe in March

Baku, Azerbaijan

By Ellis from Backpack Adventures

Baku is a city on the crossroads between Europe and Asia and a perfect place to visit in March. As summers can be very hot in Baku, March offers more pleasant temperatures. The cold winter is gone and spring arrives with the Nowruz festival, the Iranian New Year, that has its origins in pre-islamic zoroastrian beliefs. 

The Persian new year still sees big celebrations in Baku and preparations for the festival already begin a month prior to the actual festival. Expect special Nowruz concerts and on the day itself, there will be folk music performances, singing, dancing and games like wrestling. Special sweet pastries are made for the occasion and it is a great time to taste Azerbaijani food as well. 

During Nowruz, Baku feels more middle eastern than European. But Baku has a different side too. The old historic center with its beautiful palace of the Shirvanshah’s shows Baku’s long history as a multicultural city on the silk road between Europe and Asia. 

Historic sights in Baku go together with futuristic modern architecture like the flame towers, the Aliyev cultural center and the carpet museum. Just outside the city, there are peculiar sights like mud volcanoes, ancient petroglyphs and burning hills as well as the less pretty oil wells that did give Baku its wealth. 

This makes Baku a city of contrasts and a good reason to visit. It is a very unique mix of modern shopping streets, ancient mosques, holy shrines and modern architecture. A city where you can indulge in delicious Azerbaijani cuisine that is as varied as its history and the people living in the city. 

In March, the average temperature is 53 degree Fahrenheit.

Baku has an international airport with flights to most other European cities. From the airport, it is a 30 minutes drive to the center of town.

Ellis says, “Baku Old City hostel is a great budget option in the historic old town.”

best cities to visit in Europe in March

Porto, Portugal

By Kenny from Knycx Journeying

Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal and a beautiful city. It is known for its food, art, history, and wine. March is the perfect time to visit as it offers a good number of sunny days to walk in the city, enjoy the beautiful sceneries, or even take day trips and go hiking. 

Porto features the country’s most artistic treasure, the Azulejo. Azulejo is painted tin-glazed ceramic tiles, which are usually blue, depicting stories of critical events. They can be found in churches, palaces, schools, and important buildings in the city. One of the most famous landmarks featuring Azulejo is the São Bento railway station. Opened in 1916, it is frequently named one of the most beautiful train stations in the world.

Livraria Lello & Irmao (the “Lello Library) is widely recognized as the most beautiful bookstore in the world, and also one of the oldest. The bookstore was designed by Xavier Esteves, with dark wooden walls and a luxurious and winding staircase as the center piece. The interior also incorporates Neo-Gothic and Art Deco elements in its design.   

Take a walk along the Douro River, and admire the impressive Luis I iron Bridge – the longest double-deck metal arch bridge in the world. Cross to the other side of the river, and visit wine cellars celebrating port, the wine that was named after the city itself. Port wine is produced by grapes from the Douro Valley, and it’s a beloved dessert wine to many all over the world. 

In March, make sure you keep your eye open for the wildflowers blossoming. In addition, some of the biggest festivals happen around spring in Portugal, including the famous Carnaval, the Porto Interceltic Festival, and the Easter events on Holy Week. 

In March, Porto is at a pleasant temperature of around 45 to 65 Fahrenheit.

Porto is connected with the rest of the continent with an international airport. It’s a 3-hour train ride from Lisbon.

Kenny says, “For accommodation, stay in NH Collection in Porto. The group offers modern hotels in the city center with a hint of historic charm. The locations are convenient to explore many city highlights on foot.”

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Punta Umbria, Spain

By Linn from Amused By Andalucia

If you are looking for one of the best March escapes in Europe, look no further than Punta Umbria in southern Spain. This is a popular destination among locals from Seville and Huelva, but sees far lesser international tourists. March, however, is a wonderful time of the year to go. There isn’t much tourism of any kind. You can indulge in nice beach weather and walk the sand dunes.

March is also the last month when you can expect to see flamingos in the nearby Marismas del Odiel Natural Park, which is a wonderful day trip.

There are plenty of  things to do in Punta Umbria . The enchanting fisherman’s town is situated right between golden, sand-blown beaches on the Atlantic and the salt water river where you can see traditional, colorful fishing boats. There is a nice walk along the river, perfect for stopping by bars for a drink or some tapas along the way.

In the early 1900s, Punta Umbria was inhabited by the British who owned the biggest employer in the area, Rio Tinto Company Limited. For this reason, you can still see the English-style wooden houses on stilts in some parts of the town. Among them, the Town Hall, but also the English House Museum has a good selection of houses.

For the best views of Punta Umbria, climb the old watchtower, the Almenara Tower. It is situated right next to the Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel where Punta Umbria’s patron saint, La Virgen del Carmen is found.

Punta Umbria offers a high of 68 degrees Fahrenheit in the daytime in March.

The closest airports are Seville Airport and Faro Airport in Portugal. It takes about 1 hour 20 minutes to drive from either airport.

Linn says, “The best place to stay in Punta Umbria is, without a doubt, the Barceló Punta Umbria Beach Resort where you can enjoy excellent service and outdoor pools.”

March is best to visit Paris in Europe

Paris, France

By Alyse from The Invisible Tourist

Paris is always a good idea… right? As one of the most popular European destinations, visiting in the summer in high season may not be the best idea. But did you know that March is the best time to visit for a few reasons? In fact, the time between New Year’s and Easter is often overlooked when planning a  Paris itinerary .

Due to March’s cool mornings, you can expect far fewer queues to enter the Louvre to experience its lengthy hallways of priceless artefacts. Imagine taking photos of iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower or Arc du Triomphe without other tourists in them? It’s almost a given at this time of year.

In March, you will often feel like you have the city to yourself at times. That also means that there is also the chance to score some great hotel deals.

The average temperature for Paris in March ranges from 41°F to 53°F. While it is generally cloudy and rainy for around 12 days of the month, if you’re extremely lucky, you may even get the rare chance to see snow dusting the city.

Home to two international airports, Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Orly (ORY), you’re likely to arrive at CDG if flying in from outside of Europe, and Orly from within. From CDG to central Paris by car or taxi, it takes around an hour, and approximately half an hour from Orly (or longer in heavy traffic).

Alyse says, “For lovers of art and history, don’t miss staying at the boutique Hotel Relais Montmartre . Its central location allows you to walk in the footsteps of Picasso and Van Gogh.”

best places to visit in March in Europe

Venice, Italy

By Dan from Urban Abroad

Venice attracts tourists from all over the world and all year round. Famous for its canals, elegant gondolas, romantic bridges, St. Mark’s Square, and Basilica, the list of  reasons to visit Venice  seems endless. It is

Apart from visiting the most popular landmarks, take some time to explore a few off-the-beaten-path gems. First, stop by the Squero di San Trovaso, one of the few gondola boatyards left in Venice. It’s a place with lots of history and you can even observe craftsmen working from the ‘bacaro’ facing the ‘squero’.

If you want to sip the original Venetian Spritz, the best area to do so is in Campo Santa Margherita, located in the Dorsoduro neighborhood.

One of the best spots to admire a beautiful sunset over the Venetian lagoon is Zattere. From there, you can continue your walk and get to the second most important church in Venice: the outstanding Santa Maria della Salute church.

Depending on the year, March may be the month when Carnival celebrations are being held. The Venetian Carnival is one of the most colorful and famous Carnivals in the world, together with the Mardi Gras and the Rio Carnival in Brazil. It would be a perfect time to visit.

March is a good month to explore Venice since the temperature begins to rise. This means fewer rainy or foggy days and more sunnier ones. Temperatures in Venice see the lowest around 45 °F and the highest around 58 °F.

The Venice airport named Marco Polo is only 20/30 minutes away by bus or longer by water.

Dan says, “The city is divided into six neighborhoods. If staying for a couple of nights, I highly recommend staying in the San Marco, Dorsoduro, or San Polo districts. A fantastic choice is the Palazzo Orseolo , a beautiful 16th century Venetian palazzo. It is located only a few meters away from St. Mark’s Square and Doge’s Palace. Rialto Bridge is also just 500 meters away.”

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Cornwall, England

By Sarah from Cornwalls Best

Cornwall is England’s most south-westerly county and one of the most beautiful places to visit in Europe in March. It’s spring in Cornwall and that means that Cornwall’s Gardens, which are glorious at the best of times, are truly spectacular.  

March is a special time in Cornwall. It’s not only the National Day of Cornwall called St Piran’s Day but also the Cornish Pasty Championships. On St Piran’s Day, there are parades in many of the Cornish town streets. In addition, Cornish singing and music is heard everywhere, after all, he’s also the patron saint of tin miners.  It’s the famous Eden Project that hosts the Cornish Pasty Championships, and chefs and bakers from around the world come together to show off their baking skills.  

You’ll want to visit the Eden Project, a series of eco gardens in a reclaimed china clay pit, and Land’s End, England’s most south-westerly point. However, one of the best things to do is to visit at least one of Cornwall’s gardens. This sub-tropical paradise has some of England and Europe’s best gardens, especially in spring. The stunning Trelissick Garden, near Truro, is one of the best rated in the county and glorious at this time of year. 

In March, Cornwall has average temperatures of 45 degrees and 4 hours of sunshine a day, even with 22 days with some rain.

The closest international airport is Bristol, but that’s a small airport only serviced by budget airlines, so you’ll want to fly into London Heathrow or London Gatwick.  

Sarah says, “For a truly special experience, you’ll want to stay in one of  Cornwall’s castle hotels . The Camelot Castle Hotel overlooking the ancient castle of Tintagel is a glorious place to stay with heaps of history.”

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Prague, Czech Republic

By Veronika from Travel Geekery

Prague is one of the most beautiful cities and most popular destinations to visit in Europe, especially in the summer months. That’s one of the top reasons why you should visit in March in low season. You’ll have it almost to yourself!

There’s no doubt Prague belongs on the list of the prettiest cities in the world. Everybody should see it at least once in their lifetime. A hundred spires, the majestic Prague Castle, the picturesque Charles Bridge, and the historical heart of the city are what draw crowds of tourists.

When in Prague for the first time, you cannot miss strolling through the historic center, stopping at the Old Town Square, marveling at the Astronomical clock and getting lost in the narrow streets of the Old Town. From there, it’s just a short walk to the Charles Bridge. You should climb the tower on the Old Town side for the best views of the Prague Castle. After that – head straight to the largest castle complex in the world.

In March, the weather may be a bit rainy. But that’s okay since there are, fortunately, many  indoor things to do in Prague . You can never run out of galleries to visit! If possible, spend time at the National Museum right at the top of the Wenceslas Square.

In March, events are picking back up after winter. There’s usually a film festival called Febiofest. If it’s Easter in March, you can look forward to some street festivities and Easter markets. During the whole of March, you can also have fun at the amusement park that pops up at the Holešovice exhibition grounds. The Matějská fair is largely popular among locals but anyone is welcome to join in the fun. Also, marathons and half-marathons are starting to take place again after the winter break.

For a complete amazing 3 day itinerary of Prague filled with fantastic restaurants, interesting and fun things to do, and tips for how best to enjoy your trip, please click here .

Temperature-wise, the average for March is between 2°C (36°F) and 10°C (50°F). Use layers and dress warmly. If you get cold easily, plan frequent coffee breaks in Prague’s many lovely cafés. 

It’s easy to get to Prague – just fly into the Václav Havel International Airport. A taxi ride to the city center then takes about 30 minutes. 

Veronika says, “You can stay in the well-rated Mosaic Hotel , which offers different types of rooms based on your budget and travel style.”

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Golden Circle, Iceland

By Paula from Paula Pins The Planet

The Golden Circle in Iceland is the best  itinerary in Iceland  and one of the best road trips in the world. Traveling to Iceland in March is a great time to experience this beautiful country when its quieter, with fewer tourists. This month is Iceland’s low season, so attractions will be less crowded and accommodations will be priced more reasonably. 

The Golden Circle route offers amazing sites to visit, from waterfalls, to geysers, and many other incredible outdoor attractions. One of the highlights is the Thingvellir National Park, one of the most fascinating national parks in Europe. Its’ incredible geology comes from its location between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. 

Another amazing site to visit is the Geysir Geothermal Area. You can see the earth’s volcanic geography grow more intense with steaming vents and chimneys visible along the way. 

During this route, you will also see one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland, Gullfoss. This is a very powerful waterfall located in a plunging, ancient valley. It tumbles down two drops from an overall height of 105 feet.  

The temperature in Iceland in March averages at around 28°F and gets up to about an average of 38°F. March tends to be a bit of a rainy month, but when the temperature is right, you may see flurries of snow. 

International flights to Iceland arrive at Keflavik International Airport. You can pick up your rental car at the airport. The Golden Circle starts only 25 miles east from Reykjavik.

Paula says, “A great place to stay is the town of Selfoss and you can take day trips from here. Guest houses are the best and most affordable accommodations, such as the Lambastadir Guesthouse. “

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Barcelona, Spain

By Baia from Red Fedora Diary

Barcelona is Spain’s most famous city and one of the best March trips in Europe. The weather is mild, crowds are fewer, and outdoor events start to kick off.

The city is famous for its stunning architecture and masterpieces of the world-famous architect, Gaudi. Therefore, one of the main things to do in Barcelona is to visit breathtaking buildings such as La Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo, Casa Milla, and others.

Start the day with a morning stroll on Las Ramblas, a great way to experience less touristy Barcelona. Then pop inside La Boqueria market right on Las Ramblas for a quick snack of fresh fruits, pastries, and even tapas before locals and tourists arrive during the day.

After a walk through the main attractions of Barcelona, come to Ciutadella Park, right in the center, to relax, people watch and enjoy the atmosphere of the city.

As the spring season starts, it also brings several festivals and events to the city. One of them is Sant Medir, held in the Gracia neighborhood. This is a horse-drawn parade where people throw out sweets to children while riding the horses.

The weather in Barcelona in March is quite pleasant, with average temperatures ranging from 44-60F. The days are mostly sunny. When thinking of  what to wear in Barcelona  in March, bring layers as it can be slightly chilly during early mornings and late evenings while warm during the day. The chance of rain is also high, so bring an umbrella or a packable rain jacket.

Getting to Barcelona is easy as it has an airport serving domestic and international flights from all continents. The distance from the city center to the airport is around 17 kilometers and is well connected with public transport.

Baia says, “When visiting Barcelona in spring, it’s best to stay in the city center. Therefore, one of the hotels to choose is Hotel Oasis which is close to the city and the beach.”

best places to visit in March in Europe

Ring of Kerry, Ireland

By Janelle from Make The Trip Matter

March is a wonderful time to visit Ireland. The weather is starting to warm, the sun is staying out longer, wildflowers are in bloom, and it holds the most famous Irish holiday – St. Patrick’s Day!

The Ring of Kerry is one of Ireland’s most popular natural features and visiting in March or taking a  spring break trip to Ireland  is perfect. You will see blooming flowers and vibrant greenery but miss most of the summer crowds.

The 179km-long, circular scenic drive around the gorgeous Iveragh Peninsula takes you through incredible coastal landscapes, magnificent views, and adorable rural seaside villages. It’s best to drive (or take a private car tour) through the Ring of Kerry. There are plenty of stops and attractions you will not want to miss along the way.

Visitors love to stop for walks and hikes, especially throughout Killarney National Forest where you can also canoe or kayak on the Lakes of Killarney. The Torc Waterfall is one of the more popular hikes. A relatively steep climb up a set of steps gives you the best view of the 20m cascade. March is a perfect time for this hike as the waterfall is at its best after the winter rain.

One of the most popular attractions in the Ring of Kerry is the Muckross Estate. Built in 1843 and sitting on 1,300 acres of beautiful land, the Muckross Estate holds much Irish history and is quite majestic to behold. Access to the house is only by guided tour, but the gardens will be blooming and magnificent in March. Plus, you might get to see some baby animals on the traditional Irish farm located on the Estate.

Another exceptional activity to do nearby is to visit the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher. For information about these beautiful natural wonders and a superb tour, please see Aran Islands and The Cliffs of Moher In A Day .

In March, temperatures in Ireland range from an average low of 37°F / 2.8°C to a high of 54°F / 12.2°C. While there is only an average of 11 days of rain in March (pretty nice for Ireland!), the weather is much more varied and hard to predict during the spring.

To reach the Ring of Kerry, you will start in Killarney. Ideally, you would fly into the Cork Airport which is 1.5 hours away by bus, car, or train. Depending on where you are traveling from, Cork Airport might have limited international flights, in which case you will likely fly into Dublin.

From Dublin, it’s possible to fly to the Kerry Airport which is a simple 20-minute drive away from Killarney. If you are renting a car to drive through the Ring of Kerry, it’s a 3.5-hour drive from Dublin. Or buses will take 6-6.5 hours and trains 3.5-4 hours.

Janelle says, “For easy access to the Ring of Kerry you should search for accommodation in Killarney. If you want somewhere a little smaller but with plenty of delicious Irish food and beautiful surrounding nature, check out the small town of Kenmare.

Bed and Breakfast stays are popular in western Ireland. Alternatively, there are plenty of 5-star accommodations such as the Muckross Park Hotel and Spa. “

best cities in Europe to visit in spring

Amsterdam, Netherlands

By Sydney from A World in Reach

With gorgeous canals, iconic bridges, and tulips galore, Amsterdam is one of the best European city breaks in spring.

Amsterdam is home to a plethora of things to do , from world-class museums to exploring its infamous Red Light District. Visiting the Anne Frank House and learning more about what Anne and her family faced while hiding from Nazi persecution is a must. Museums like the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum are perfect for art lovers. You can also take a canal cruise for an up-close-and-personal look at Amsterdam’s waterways, all while learning more about the city’s rich history. For beer connoisseurs, check out the Heineken Experience for an interactive look at the brewing process with the opportunity to enjoy a cold Heineken at the end.

Despite cool temperatures, March is one of the best times to visit Amsterdam. March is the beginning of tulip season, which is a major experience to knock off your bucket list. Keukenhof Gardens, which opens in March and is one of the most famous places to see tulips, is about 30 minutes away from Amsterdam. You can also see tulips blooming throughout the picturesque city. Plus, March is shoulder season for tourism in Amsterdam, which means fewer crowds and cheaper prices for hotels and flights.

In March, the weather in Amsterdam can vary from mild to very cold. Make sure to prepare by bringing along a warm coat. High temperatures average around 50 degrees with lows in the mid-30s. March can be a bit rainy as well, so don’t forget an umbrella.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the main airport serving the country. As one of Europe’s busiest airports, it’s well-connected with destinations in the US and elsewhere around the world. The airport is about 15 minutes away by train from Amsterdam Centraal Station. If traveling by rail, you can also get to Centraal Station from many different places in Europe.

Sydney says, “There are many great hotels to stay at in Amsterdam. For a perfectly located and relatively affordable option, consider a stay at the Ibis Amsterdam Centre .”

best nature reserve in march to visit in Europe

Ria Formosa Natural Park, Portugal

By Linn from Amused By Algarve

One of the best national parks to visit in Europe in March is the lesser known Ria Formosa Natural Park on Portugal’s Algarve coast in the Faro district.

The natural park is an important resting place for migrating birds traveling between Africa and Europe. March is the last month before summer when you can see an abundance of flamingos in the mudflats.

The natural park usually gets more crowded in the summer months, so March is a great time to go for bird watchers to get the tranquility to discover different species.

One of the best  things to do in Faro  includes walking the Ludo trails right outside the city where you can combine the marsh land and Faro beach on a good day.

In Olhao, you can easily go on a boat trip to discover the barrier islands, while in Tavira you can even walk or take the tourist train over to Tavira Island. There you can see the unique Anchor Cemetery too, which is an amazing reminder of the tuna fishing industry in the area.

Temperatures can reach 63 degrees Fahrenheit during the daytime so you can easily relax on the beach at this time of the year.

The closest airport is Faro Airport, as the Natural Park stretches from Faro and far past Tavira in the east. The main hubs for exploring the Natural Park are Faro, Olhao, and Tavira. From the airport, it only takes 10 minutes to drive to Faro, 20 minutes to Olhao, and 35 minutes to Tavira.

Linn says, “There are many amazing places to stay by Ria Formosa Natural Park. If you base yourself in Tavira, check in at Formosa Guest House . In Olhao, stay at Hotel Cidade de Olhao. While in Faro, the Golden Beach Guesthouse & Rooftop Bar is an excellent choice.”

best cities to visit in spring in europe

Split, Croatia

By Richard from RJ On Tour

Split in Croatia is a fantastic European spot to visit in springtime as there are lots of interesting things to see, including lots of historic sites. It is in the Dalmatia region of Croatia which has lots of coastline to explore, including some beautiful coastal paths and beaches. In addition, Split has lots of fantastic restaurants to enjoy, many of which serve seafood fresh from the sea.

One of the core  attractions in Split  is the old town area, which includes the Diocletian’s Palace. The Diocletian’s Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and there are lots of buildings to see which date back to Roman times. Sites include Saint Domnius Cathedral which has an impressive bell tower visitors can climb.

Riva is the seafront promenade of Split which is a beautiful place to hang out and enjoy the sea views. It has many cafes and bars where you can share a meal or a cup of coffee.

If you like hiking, Marjon Hill is a beautiful area for walking. It is a peninsula with some fantastic scenery of the sea and nearby islands.

A great time to visit Split in Croatia is in March as it is relatively quiet. You can enjoy the attractions with limited other visitors. Moreover, the weather is nice for hiking in the nearby hills and mountains.

The temperature in Split in March ranges between 46 F and 57 F. On average, there are 7 days per month with rain.

To reach Split, the easiest airport to fly into is Split airport or SPU. The airport is 18 miles from the centre of Split, a 30 minute drive. There is also a bus service from the airport to the centre of the city.

Richard says, “There are lots of options for hotels and apartments in Split. A rather nice place to stay for a holiday in a great location is Fabo Apartments . It is within walking distance of the sea and all the tourist attractions.”

best European destinations to visit in March

Mallorca, Spain

By Joanna from The World In My Pocket

Mallorca is one of the best European beach destinations for a March vacation. The weather is milder and the island is not yet too crowded with tourists, like it is in summer. Make sure you time your trip to Mallorca outside of the school holidays, and you are guaranteed to have a great time without the crowds.

There are plenty of  things to do in Mallorca  in spring, starting with visiting the capital of the Balearic Islands, Palma. Here you can see La Seu – the majestic cathedral sitting on a small hill, overlooking the skyline of the city. Inside, the cathedral is spectacular, having different architectural styles and a mural reminding you of the works of Gaudi. Towards the end of spring, the rooftop of the cathedral is open for visiting as well where you can see beautiful views over the city.

Mallorca is also home to some of the most spectacular beaches in the Mediterranean, some of which can only be accessed by hiking. If you visit the island in early March, you will find plenty of parking places close to the beaches, and then, enjoy them in peace.

Another great thing to do in Mallorca is experience the local cuisine. Each day a different town or village around the island hosts its local market. You can buy organic sobrasada, a typical Mallorcan sausage made on the island, or Mahon cheese made on the nearby island of Menorca. There is also plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to purchase directly from the grower.

In general, the weather in Mallorca will be quite mild in March, with the occasional shower here and there. The average temperatures in March varies between 17-20 degrees Celsius (62-68 degrees Fahrenheit). However, by the end of the month, it is warm enough to sunbathe.

Mallorca has its own airport, a few kilometres outside of Palma. Consider spending some time on a Palma de Mallorca city break before exploring the rest of the island.

Travelling around the island is very easy, either by car or by public transport. The island is very small.

Joanna says, “You can base yourself in Palma and explore a different part of the island each day, as the distances are quite short. A good hotel to stay in Palma is Melia Palma Bay .”

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Brussels, Belgium

By Shireen from The Happy Days Travels

Brussels is the capital city of Belgium, a small country in Western Europe but large in gastronomical terms. The culinary wonders of Brussels is the best reason to visit this city from the invention of fries to the UNESCO listed beer culture.

Some of the best chocolate you can find in the world is here, in addition to its incredible mussels or the tastiest Belgian waffles in the world.

In between eating all the incredible food and drink on your March visit, take a wander through the main square and compare each of the grand buildings. They represent different rulers of Belgium.

Spend a few hours musing the Beer Museums and Tastings to get the best of Brussels’ famed drink. Lastly, tour the streets to find the odd but ever so popular statues of a peeing boy (Mannekin Pis), a peeing girl and peeing dog.

Visiting Brussels in March is perfect because regardless of the weather (which is pretty dry in March anyway), you can do all of the best attractions. The average temperature in Brussels is 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit) so bring a jacket with your empty stomach.

To reach Brussels, you can fly to Brussels Airport (BRU), which is the main international airport. It’s approximately a 30-minute drive to the city center, but there is no need to rent a car to explore the city.

Public transportation is excellent. You can take a train from the airport in the city center which takes around 20 minutes. The train is also a convenient way to reach Belgium from other major European cities.

Jo from World Wild Schooling says, “Brussels offers a wide range of  accommodation  options. Some popular areas to consider are the city center (around Grand Place) and the European Quarter (close to the European institutions).  Novotel Brussels City Centre  and  Thon Hotel in the EU quarter respectively are both good choices.”

Europe offers many extraordinary for a March holiday. Whether you wish to play in the snow, walk amongst spring flowers, feel the warmth of the sun while at the beach, or explore fascinating cities, you have plenty of amazing European destinations from which to choose.

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10 Best Places to Travel in March

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Screw the cleaning. Make spring the time to take a trip, and blow out the cobwebs in a much more fulfilling way. Even better, shoulder seasons like spring usually offer an affordable way to combine low-season hotel rates and fewer crowds with high-season weather, a canny workaround for any value-seeking traveler.

We’ve pulled together some of the places to visit in March, including an alternative to cherry blossom-spotting (hint: come hungry) to the Caribbean ’s toniest superyacht race and a pyromaniac’s delight of a festival in Europe.

Here are the 10 best places to visit in March.

Flowering almond tree grove blossoms in California

80% of the world’s supply of almonds comes from California.

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1. Modesto, California

March is great for: swapping cherry blossoms for a farmland stand-in.

California ’s agricultural heartlands are often eclipsed by their snazzier coastal counterparts , but pause to consider a trip to the Central Valley, home to some of America’s finest farmland—and in particular, almond groves.

The trees are planted across 1.5 million acres of land here, and a riot of pink and white flowers carpet the horizon from mid-February to mid-March. Modesto, a city with 120,000 acres of those groves, has cannily devised what it’s dubbed the Almond Blossom Cruise , a self-guided driving tour with two routes (and plenty of detours) that allow you to explore the area and see as many blossoms as you can; the western circuit is an hour or so, while the east will require up to three hours.

Stops include farm stands—pick up some tangy signature cheddar at Fiscalini —as well as restaurants and farms. Standouts include Rodin Farms and Roberts Ferry Nut Company, as both have groves that run right down to the parking lot line.

Where to stay

  • Book now: DoubleTree by Hilton

The 260-room hotel downtown is an affordable base, right off Highway 99 and within walking distance of many local landmarks—don’t miss the superbly restored McHenry Mansion, a Victorian-Italianate masterpiece dating back to the 1880s.

How to get to Modesto

Southwest’s your best bet, as it uses the nearest airport, Sacramento, as one of its national hubs, connecting the Californian capital with countless cities across the country from Palm Springs and St. Louis to Portland, OR. From there, it’s a 90-minute drive or so.

Green body of water near buildings

It takes about 40 pounds of powder and two hours to transform Chicago’s waters into a dazzling emerald, using a secret formula about which the city is understandably territorial.

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2. Chicago, Illinois

March is great for: the ultimate Paddy’s party.

Is there anywhere else to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day other than Chicago ? After all, the Windy City goes beyond a massive parade (though there’s one of those, too.) No, the city, quite literally, transforms, as the main river here is dyed bright green on the Saturday before March 17 (this year, that’s March 15). It’s a fleeting change, as the ferocious water flows mean the color ebbs away within one to two days, so you’ll need to be here that weekend to see the maximum impact—take a cruise on the water for an up-close glimpse.

As for celebrations, there’s an endless assortment, whether the Irish American Heritage Center on the north side or the Shamrock’n The Block party in downtown’s West Loop, with a heated beer tent and lots of Irish dancing.

  • Book now: 21C Museum Hotel

This funky boutique chainlet—now part of the Accor umbrella—is aptly named: Each of its sites acts as much as a gallery as a crash pad, a nod to the passions of its art-collecting philanthropist founders Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson. The four-year-old Chicago site is no exception, with work from local artists like Colleen Plumb ranged around the property, including its 10,000-square-foot onsite gallery.

How to get to Chicago

ORD is a hub for not one but two airlines, United and American, with ample service across the country. But don’t dismiss the smaller, nippier Midway (MDW), which Southwest services to the likes of Houston, Sarasota, and Charleston, South Carolina.

Luxury yachts in a harbor.

This Bucket Regatta is a reminder that St Barts is an outdoorsy, active destination, too, with almost three quarters of the land here designated as a green zone, and so precluded from construction.

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3. St. Barths

March is great for: seeing an alternative side to this party-powered island.

Sure, come to St. Barths to sashay ‘round the pool. But there are other reasons to visit this slice of France, just a short flight off the coast of St. Maarten—like the Bucket Regatta this month, which takes place from March 21-24.

This race is a four-day, invitation-only race that’s a point of pride for super-yachts worldwide. This year, there will be no yacht hop party, but instead a dockside bash at the Capitainerie on Saturday night for the ultimate mingler. If you’re not schmoozing or racing, though, it’s still a spectacular chance to see some of the world’s finest yachts performing at their peak, all on some of the bluest waters of the West Indies.

  • Book now: Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa

The eight-year-old, 44-room property has a fitting sits on the eastern reaches of Grand Cul de Sac beach and with understated, ultra-luxe décor from French designer Sybille de Margerie.

How to get to St Barths

Book a flight to SXM in St Maarten—there are countless services from the U.S. on everything from Spirit (FLL) to Sun Country (MSP). From there, take the knuckle-biting puddle jumper over to SBH on Tradewinds. At just over 2,100 feet this is one of the shortest runways in the world, so you’ll be in a tiny plane piloted by a seasoned captain.

Aerial view of Windhoek, Namibia, featuring the its best-recognized landmark, the Christ Church (Christuskirche), a German Lutheran church combining Neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau styles, built in 1907.

Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, is one place to catch independence day festivities.

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March is great for: a green season celebration.

March 21 is a momentous annual day in the Namibian calendar, as it marks the state’s independence from South Africa. It won freedom in 1990 after more than two decades of fighting—today the occasion is marked by a colorful parade, where citizens march and sing the national anthem, Namibia, Land of the Brave, which was composed by a Kalahari desert-based musician in the wake of independence.

Unlike much of sub-Saharan Africa, Namibia has much less likelihood of torrential downpours during this time. Its version of the green season remains drier than most, with the landscape here creating the dramatic dunescapes that have become synonymous with the country for safari-seekers.

  • Book now: Hoanib Valley Camp

The immersive desert experience that is the hallmark of Namibian safari is core to this six-tent camp made entirely from locally sourced materials. Stay here and the game drives focus on desert-adapted lions, elephants, and giraffes.

How to get to Namibia

There are several ways to reach the capital Windhoek (WDH), though none is direct. Consider flying into either Cape Town or Johannesburg and connecting from there, or opt for the Ethiopian Airlines service to Addis Ababa, with connection down to Namibia. Ethiopian connects its capital with Atlanta, Chicago, Newark, JFK, and Dulles.

Popular restaurants at Federation Square in Melbourne

Melbourne’s Fed Square is one of the main spots to get in on the foodie action.

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5. Melbourne, Australia

March is great for: foodie pilgrims with a hunger to explore.

Melbourne ‘s fantastic food scene is mostly thanks to the fact that the surrounding state is such a superb produce source—much of its raw materials need only travel a few miles to the city’s restaurants. That’s all celebrated with the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival , which runs from March 15-24 and sees more than 300 different events as part of its official schedule.

Fed Square downtown’s deeded over to bakers and pâtissiers, complete with a wood-fired oven pop-up, while record-breaking stunts like the World’s Longest Brunch and Lunch (tables running almost 2,000 feet through the main gardens here) are intended to be fun ways to sample the cooking of top local chefs like Andrew McConnell. He’ll helm the kitchen for lunch while Indian cuisine will be spotlighted during brunch, including creations from fine dining champ Helly Raichura.

  • Book now: The Ritz Carlton Melbourne

The 257-room property opened in the spring of 2023 and is housed in Australia’s tallest building—views from the 80th floor sky lobby are superb out along the Yarra River and over Victoria Harbour.

How to get to Melbourne

MEL is one of the international long haul gateways in Oz, so there’s ample option—Qantas and United connect it with LAX thirteen times weekly, and there are also direct non-stops from Dallas and San Francisco.

Red Sea rocky coastline in Saudi Arabia

The ninety or so islands on Saudi Arabia’s coast are pristine, and the mainland features sweeping dunes, ample historic sites and remarkable open countryside.

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6. The Red Sea, Saudi Arabia

March is great for: a pioneering trip to a soon-to-explore spot.

Even though there’s enormous development planned in Saudi Arabia ‘s Red Sea— 50 hotels should be open within the next six years—the government aims to protect the reason it appeals, promising that the ground-up infrastructure will emphasize renewable energy and zero waste operations.

The peak period to visit ends in February, but the weather remains appealing this month thanks to the still-clear skies—ideal conditions for stargazing . Spend a night out in the dunes around a desert campfire, with local guides sharing stories and legends that connect the centuries-old culture here with the modern developments transforming Saudi Arabia at time-warping speed.

  • Book now: Six Senses Southern Dunes

This property includes open-plan villas intended to connect guests with the surrounding sand dunes, plus a signature spa (which, by the way, is two floors and includes a fitness suite with views of the desert.)

How to get to Saudi Arabia

Right now, the best routing to this region is via Riyadh, with direct flights on Saudia from JFK; it’s a two-hour hop from there to RSI, the local airport for the Red Sea. The latter’s primed to welcome international flights at some point in 2024, which will make arrival even easier.

Aerial View of the popular ski town of Winter Park, Colorado

Colorado’s Winter Park allows snowboarding and end-of-season skiing when other, lower altitude spots are running low on powder.

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7. Denver, Colorado

March is great for: late-season skiing and bargain dining..

March is typically the snowiest month of the year in the Mile High City , often logging just under a foot of powder. Climate change has made that less predictable, but there’s still a chance to see the city under a romantic white blanket; this is a place that can more than function even in the trickiest of winters.

You can also choose to stay inside for Denver Restaurant Week , running from March 1-10, with prix fixe meals at many of the top spots here for between $25 and $55 per person. And don’t dismiss the chance to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day here, either: there’s a parade that’s among one of the largest in the country, with around 10,000 marchers and 200,000 spectators—this year, it’s being held on Sunday, March 16.

  • Book now: Hyatt Centric Downtown Denver

The three-year old, 264-room outpost of the funky, mid-market Centric brand has an outdoor rooftop with fireplaces for al fresco cocktails as well as a 1,000-square-foot Presidential Suite that occupies the entire 15th floor.

How to get to Denver

Denver is one of United’s prime hubs, so check your options with UA. The airline services dozens of cities countrywide from here, including Wichita, Kansas, and Little Rock, Arkansas.

Green field in front of mountain range silhouette

Maipu Valley, in addition to Luján de Cuyo and Uco Valley, account for the majority of Argentina’s wine output.

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8. Mendoza, Argentina

March is great for: a southern hemisphere harvest festival.

More than 1,500 wineries are spread over the three growing areas of the Mendoza region: Maipu Valley, Luján de Cuyo, and Uco Valley. You’ll be able to sample and experience all of them in a single place during La Fiesta Nacional de Vendimia, a festival dating back to the 17th century that marks the beginning of the harvest season.

In early March, alongside parties, dance displays, and special dinners in local restaurants, the city hosts La Bendición de los Frutos, an event where a priest publicly blesses the harvest, as well as Via de la Reinas, a parade where a beauty queen from each of the 17 districts in the region rides around town on a specially designed float. This year, the festivities conclude on March 3, so barrel down at the start of the month to catch its climax.

  • Book now: The Vines Resort & Spa

Stay at this property in the heart of the Valle de Uco, set on 1,500 acres of private vineyards estates, with 21 villas ranged around the property—the largest of them tops out at 2,700 square feet—and each of the modernist structures has an outdoor deck that’s a prime spot to sit and contemplate the Andes mountains.

How to get to Mendoza

Try the LATAM routing via Lima, Peru, from JFK, or São Paulo in Brazil, which is connected to multiple U.S. gateways on legacy carriers Delta, United, and American.

Light trails from rush hour traffic lit up Edmonton downtown Winter sunset skyline showing Walterdale Bridge across the frozen, snow-covered Saskatchewan River and surrounding skyscrapers.

Visit Edmonton’s craft beer festival and try brews from the Alley Kat Brewing Company, Red Shed Malting malt house, or a pale ale from the father-son-run Six Corners Brew Works.

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9. Edmonton, Canada

March is great for: homegrown delights from the hop-growing hub of Canada.

More than 16,000 square miles of the Canadian province of Alberta are prairies, and one key crop grown in this vast landscape is barley. From March 8-9, the product of prairie-grown barley is celebrated via the local Craft Beer festival . There’s a thriving craft beer scene here mostly thanks to the change in law back in 2013, which removed a cap on small producers; as a result, there are now more than 100 operating in the province.

This two-day fest celebrates their output, with tastings as well as seminars and cooking demos. Half-day passes start at $15 while a VIP+ weekend-long entry is around $188 per person.

Where to stay in Edmonton

  • Book now: Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

The 198-room Fairmont Hotel Macdonald is a classic château-inspired hotel in the heart of the city right on the river dating back to 1915.

How to get to Edmonton

More than 10 U.S. gateways are directly connected with YEG here, including Honolulu, Hawai‘i, Nashville, Tennessee, and Phoenix, Arizona; they’re served by a raft of airlines, including WestJet and Flair.

Multicolored float with two people in costume attire as the centerpiece

Las Fallas started centuries ago, when carpenters burned the pieces of wood used to prop up their winter lights at the arrival of spring.

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10. Valencia, Spain

March is great for: satire and starchitecture.

For one thing, Valencia’s food scene is impressive—this is the birthplace of paella , after all. The cityscape is jaw dropping, too: It has been world-leading in sustainability , earning the title of European Green Capital for 2024 from the European Commission.

If you needed another incentive to consider a trip, then, this month’s Las Fallas Festival should be the clincher. It’s the most important in the city’s calendar, and runs from March 1-19. During this time, the city is festooned with papier-mâché figures, known as ninots, both traditional or satirical. All but two of them—saved by public vote on March 15—will be burned at the festival’s conclusion, the event known as La Crema.

  • Book now: Hospes Palau de la Mar Hotel

A one-time nobleman’s mansion right in the heart of the city is now a 66-room luxury hotel, set amid a large garden which was once home to his horses. The minimalist rooms combine whitewashed walls with rich chocolate wood fixtures.

How to get to Valencia

There are no direct, non-stop flights from the USA, so choose either to connect in Madrid, which is serviced by Iberia, American, and Air Europe to JFK, LAX, and DFW. Or go with Iberia’s partner British Airways, which has a wider network stateside. It’s a 2.5 hour flight from LHR to VLC.

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Flight prices are usually pretty good in March too compared to the more crowded summer months. In its State of Travel 2024 report, Going.com predicts that 2024 airfare will be similar to last year but notes that there are deals to be had, especially in Europe. Sweet! That's why we included a few across-the-pond picks along with sunny spots in Florida, California and the Caribbean in this list of 25 top destinations to visit in March. Since this month may be your last chance to hit the slopes, we sprinkled in a few winter wonderlands that are magical whether or not you ski. Festivals and flowers drove our other choices, including an under-the-radar gem outside of Nashville.

As always, we curated our picks with travel experts and our team who explored destinations worldwide for Good Housekeeping's 2024 Family Travel Awards. We're on the move again for our 2025 awards, and we hope you'll get away this month too.

Washington, DC

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Hello, cherry blossoms! The famed DC trees are expected to reach peak bloom on March 23 to 26 — a bit earlier than usual. Keep tabs on the Bloom Watch and check the activity schedule for the National Cherry Blossom Festival running from March 20 to April 14 to zero in on the best time for you to visit. Stay at The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, a historic hotel that's offering a Cherry Blossom package from March 13 to April 14. It includes a cherry blossom amenity, breakfast for two and a bike rental (pedal your way to the Tidal Basin near the National Mall where there's a large number of cherry blossoms). While you're in town, don't miss the International Spy Museum and the newish exhibits at the free National Air & Space Museum . Heads up that both museums require timed tickets.

Kansas City, Missouri

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This Midwestern city is moving and shaking—and we're not talking about Taylor and Travis sightings. March ushers in a handful of new openings that make this city a strong contender for a spring-break getaway. Got a soccer fan in the family? Kansas City's new CPKC Stadium — the world’s first stadium purpose-built for a women’s professional sports team — will host its premiere match on March 16. As amazing as it is, it may be one-uped by an imaginative children's museum that's set to open on March 12. The Rabbit Hole will feature interactive exhibits themed after some of the most beloved children's books, including Frog and Toad, Where The Sidewalk Ends and Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters. Other must-sees for families visiting KC include the Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum and The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures. Stay at the new Aloft Kansas City Country Club Plaza , which is the heart of it all.

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Russian River Valley, California

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A hidden gem in Sonoma Wine Country, Russian River Valley hosts its 46th Annual Wine Barrel Tasting weekend on March 2 and 3. You'll be able to meet more than 50 local wine makers, learn about the wine-making process and even sample the goods directly from the barrel. Stay at the woman-owned Stravrand Russian River Valley (pictured), a 21-room historic hotel, that received a glow-up a few years ago. Some rooms have fireplaces plus an outdoor cedar hot tub.

Orlando, Florida

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Hop over to Orlando for an Easter Egg Hunt that will blow your kids' minds. On March 31, The Grande Lakes Orlando (which includes both the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels) will host a hunt with thousands of eggs; they had 3,200 eggs last year! The egg-stravgant hunt is exclusive to overnight guests ages 12 and under. Other weekend festivities at Grande Lakes, a Good Housekeeping 2024 Family Travel Award winner, include a Cottontail Tea, cookie workshop and springtime festival with games and crafts.

Boston, Massachusetts

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March Madness marches into Boston the last week of the month. Beantown will host the East Region men's basketball round at TD Garden from March 28 to 30. Score tickets for a game (or three!) and work in some other sightseeing, including the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail and the View Boston Observation Deck . Make The Boxer Hotel your home base. The industrial chic, pet-friendly property is just a five-minute walk to TD Garden.

Carlsbad, California

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Flowers and LEGOs — they're a match made in Carlsbad. The Northern San Diego County locale is home to both the year-round Legoland California theme park and The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch , which re-opens on March 1. That's when visitors can take a tractor wagon ride to see the rainbow of Ranunculus flowers that adorn 55 acres of rolling hills. Kids have a bunch of activities just for them, like a mini maze made with sweet pea flowers (aww!). Over at LEGOLAND California , Dino Valley, which features an interactive dinosaur safari and other fun attractions, will open this spring. Wind down your roarin' good day in one of the new roomy family suites at The Cassara Carlsbad, Tapestry Collection by Hilton .

Easton, Pennsylvania

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Bunny ears up! Families can spend the night at a suite that's themed after PEEPS, the iconic Easter treat. The brand adorably decked out a space at Home2 Suites by Hilton Easton , near its headquarters in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Starting at $159 per night and available to book from March 18 to 29, The PEEPS Sweet Suite includes a treat-filled Easter basket plus a tasting and photo op at the Peeps Factory (which usually isn't open to visitors). While you're in Easton, drop in on the Crayola Experience , which is packed with hands-on, art-related exhibits.

Naples, Florida

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For a spring break trip that both kids and parents can get behind, Naples delivers. Beach, pool, eat and repeat at The Ritz-Carlton Naples , which has wrapped up its much-anticipated expansion and redesign. There are thoughtful family touches all around, from pool toys to a kids' activity room with books and games in a massive new Club Lounge. If you do go off-property, visit The Naples Botanical Garden , which offers activity kits for kids to use as they're exploring. Take artsy teens to Artis—Naples: The Baker Museum , which has fascinating special exhibitions in various mediums, including photography. EXPLORE NOW

Beaver Creek, Colorado

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Early March typically brings peak skiing to Beaver Creek Resort in the heart of the Colorado Rockies. Named one of Good Housekeeping's 10 Best Ski Resorts for Families, the resort is a solid pick for beginning and intermediate skiers of any age. Off the slopes, its charming village hosts a Fun Fest with carnival games every Saturday in March. Stay at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa , a ski-in, ski-out spot at the base of the mountain. The chateau-style lodging, winner of a Good Housekeeping 2024 Family Travel Award, is conveniently located next to the building that offers ski and snowboard lessons for kids ages 3 and up.

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A one-of-a-kind island shared by two nationalities, St. Martin (also called St. Maarten) has a spring climate that's tailor-made for beach-hopping, water sports and nature experiences. March has the lowest average rainfall and the best temperatures to boot: Bask in sunny days with highs around 80 degrees. Where should you stay? If you like all-inclusives, the Dutch side offers plenty, including the Sonesta Ocean Point Resort . On the French side, you'll find more intimate options, like the new Le Martin Boutique Hotel . With plenty of direct flights from the U.S. to the airport on the Dutch side of the island, St. Martin is a strong contender for both family spring break and a romantic getaway.

Lake Como, Italy

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Get to Italy before everyone else! Many of Lake Como's seasonally operated hotels re-open in mid-March at rates that are a fraction of the summer prices. High temperatures are typically in the upper 50s to low 60s during the later part of the month — and wisteria, early hydrangeas and other pretty petals are springing back to life all around the lake. The art-centric Grand Hotel Tremezzo , which re-opens on March 15, boasts sumptuous accommodations with three pools, gourmet dining options and a man-made beach. The latter, called T Beach, is a unique lido where guests can dip their feet in the sand and take a refreshing plunge in the floating pool surrounded by the Lake.

Dana Point, California

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Celebrate the return of the California gray whales at the 52nd Annual Dana Point Festival of Whales from March 1 to 3. While this year's activity schedule is still in the works, the weekend usually includes a parade, street fair, concerts, beach cleanup and more. You can also book one of the city's many whale-watching excursions. Stay at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa , a Victorian-style resort overlooking the California Coastline and Dana Point Harbor — just steps away from the festival.

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Home to two national parks, Arches and Canyonlands, Moab is a hot spot for nature enthusiasts. You'll beat the heat (and still enjoy all the splendor) by visiting in March. With plenty of daytime activities to choose from like hiking, rock climbing and horseback riding, it’s an adventurer’s dream. But the fun doesn’t stop after the sun goes down. Boasting some of the darkest skies in the country, it’s one of the best places to stargaze. Visitors can get spend hours staring at the brilliant stars dotting the pitch-black sky. Stay at Red Cliffs Lodge , winner of a Good Housekeeping 2024 Family Travel Award. It's nestled between dramatic cliffs and sprawling canyons and has a variety of cabin-style accommodations at different price points.

Keystone, Colorado

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If you want to spend spring break on the slopes, Keystone Resort is the way to go. Named one of Good Housekeeping's Best Ski Resorts for Families, the winter wonderland in the Rockies educates and enthralls. Kids as young as 3 can take ski and snowboard lessons in its school. (You can even borrow a red wagon to help haul the gear.) Or they can play in two spectacular snow forts — complete with slides — on the mountaintop. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, the resort offers comfortable lodging for families big and small with stellar amenities throughout. Whether you’re looking to stay at a hotel or a private residence, you'll find your perfect home away from home.

Dublin, Ohio

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Can't swing a trip to Ireland this St. Patrick's Day? As luck would have it, a midwestern town throws the “The Greenest, Grandest Parade” on March 9. It will feature marching bands, bagpipers, giant inflatables and leprechauns. The fun actually starts bright and early with a pancake breakfast featuring green syrup. Or you could head to town the following weekend for its St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl on March 16. If you're looking for a place to stay that's more charming than the hotel chains in Dublin, venture a couple of miles away to The Timbrook Guesthouse in Columbus.

The Palm Beaches, Florida

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If you're taking the kids to Walt Disney World or Universal Orlando for spring break, tack on a few extra days for relaxation at the end. Thanks to the new Brightline high-speed passenger train, you can zip from Orlando to West Palm Beach in about two hours. A 2024 Family Travel Award winner, The Palm Beaches have 47 miles of dreamy shoreline for kids to build castles and for you to rest your weary feet from those 20,000-step theme park days. For the most easygoing experience, stay at Crane's Beach House Boutique Hotel and Luxury Villas in Delray Beach. Moderately priced for the area and just a block from the beach, it boasts full kitchens, two saltwater pools and tropical gardens.

Savannah, Georgia

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Savannah is charming any time of year, but in March you'll really be able to walk its oak-lined streets and soak up all the history, culture and shopping without breaking a sweat. Although you may not think of Savannah as a St. Patrick's Day hotspot, 2024 is the 200th anniversary of its Celtic Celebration . Featuring marching bands, dancers and elaborate floats, the St. Patrick's Day Parade will take place on March 16. Stay over at The Alida Hotel , located in the Entertainment District. The Luck of Savannah package includes custom-designed T-shirts, snacks and locally brewed beer.

Franklin, Tennessee

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Let the crowds go to Nashville and bring your family about half an hour away to Franklin. Brimming with history, music, shopping and restaurants, this mid-size southern city is hosting the 10th annual Kids' Art Festival of Tennessee on March 23. You can expect hands-on creative activities plus live performances. Stay at Southall Farm & Inn, a new luxury nature-focused resort, or in the historic downtown at The Harpeth Franklin Downtown, Curio Collection by Hilton.

Zurich, Switzerland

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Fresh clean air and majestic snow-capped mountains peppering the horizon are just a couple of things that come to mind about Zurich. And March is a surprisingly good time to visit thanks to lower room rates and spring wildflower blooms. An exceptional day in the largest city in Switzerland includes stops at one of the many outdoor produce markets, the historical square Lindenhof and a Limmit River Cruise, which re-opens on March 29. Stay at Sorell Hotel St. Peter — a good value — which provides a free organic breakfast and complimentary bike rental for you to explore the city.

Austin, Texas

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Calling all movie and music super-fans: Badges are still available to SXSW (South by Southwest) taking place on March 8-16. The music festival portion alone showcases 340+ artists! But even after the festival rolls out of town, venues like Austin City Limits Live (ACL Live) at The Moody Theater and Antone’s Nightclub feature country and down-home blues tunes. After grooving to music, visitors can check out the city’s other main attraction: barbecue. Stiles Switch BBQ and Interstellar BBQ are trusted go-tos for grubbing on succulent ribs and mouth-watering smoked meats. Turn in for the night at Omni Austin Hotel Downtown , which boasts renovated rooms, outstanding views of the cityscape, top-notch amenities and easy access to the bustling downtown area.

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As winter turns to spring across the Northern Hemisphere, Japan’s blooms start to emerge, and milder temperatures coupled with the showings of early plum blossom make it a good-value time to travel here ahead of the peak season. Portugal also begins to warm, making it a good time for coastal hikes and city sightseeing without the summer crowds.

In South Africa, the wine harvests are in full swing and Kruger wildlife is at its healthiest among the fresh, green vegetation following the rains. Warmer temperatures and sunny skies show the beaches of Sri Lanka at their best. Meanwhile, cooler climes in New Zealand makes March an excellent month to explore, with quieter walking trails, near-empty coastlines and a good chance of sunshine.

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March can be a cool month in the north of Italy, but the south is sunny and mild, making it a wonderful time to explore Sicily , Puglia , or Naples . We love visiting in March because the country is empty of other visitors when compared to the summer months, so you’ll have more room and quiet to enjoy visits to museums and other sights.

If Holy Week falls in March, you can also soak up the pomp and pageantry of the processions in Rome and across the country — seemingly every village and town has its own celebrations. This is also the month when Roman drivers get their vehicles blessed at the church of Santa Francesca (9th March).

  • Don't miss: La Dolce Vita: Vespa tour of Rome
  • Flight time: 8 hours 25 upwards dependent on airline (New York to Rome)
  • Time difference: UTC +1
  • March Temperature (Day): 48 to 63°F, depending on region
  • March rainfall: 1 to 4in, varies by region
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View to Ragusa Ibla, Sicily

While much of Chile can be visited year-round, the jagged mountains of Patagonia are only easily accessed during the summer. With March falling at the tail-end of Chile’s summer, you can still go hiking in Patagonia and will see fewer visitors compared to earlier in the season.

Visiting Chile in March also gives you the chance to see autumn leaves beginning to show in the Lake District, and as the summer crowds thin out, the national parks become much quieter. It’s also wine-harvesting season, with several festivals taking places across the country’s wine region that feature grape stomping, live music and, of course, wine tasting.

  • Don't miss: Base of the Towers Guided Hike
  • Flight time: 15 hours upwards dependent on airline (New York to Santiago)
  • Time difference: UTC -4
  • March Temperature (Day): 54 to 81°F, depending on region
  • March rainfall: 0 to 6in, varies by region
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Lake Pehoe, Torres Del Paine

3. South Africa

As South Africa transitions from summer to autumn, you’ll experience comfortably warm temperatures and little rain. Visit the Winelands to experience the wine harvest in full swing, and enjoy the beaches around Cape Town and along the Garden Route, where there’ll be fewer visitors than in the summer months (as long as you avoid the Easter break).

On safari in the Kruger region, the rains subside and you’ll experience the bush at its thickest and greenest, with rivers in full flow and animals at their healthiest. Some migratory bird species will still be around, and big cats will spend more time out of the shade during the day as temperatures become more comfortable.

  • Don't miss: The Winelands
  • Flight time: 20 hours (New York to Cape Town)
  • Time difference: UTC +2
  • March Temperature (Day): 72 to 86°F, depending on region
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4. New Zealand

As summer fades and visitor numbers thin, March makes an excellent time to visit New Zealand. Outside of Easter, you can enjoy quieter walking tracks, near-empty beaches and a wide choice of hotels while still experiencing pleasant temperatures and a good chance of sunshine.

Across the South Island, temperatures are slightly cooler. This is reflected in the dazzling displays of red and gold foliage you’ll see while driving, hiking or biking through the landscape of mountains and lakes. Wildlife is still plentiful at this time of year, including sperm whales and orcas off the coast of Kaikōura.

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  • Flight time: 18 hours 30 upwards dependent on airline (New York to Wellington)
  • Time difference: UTC +12
  • March Temperature (Day): 59 to 73°F, depending on region
  • March rainfall: 2 to 23in, varies by region
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Kawarau River Valley, Queenstown

March marks the start of spring in Japan, with milder temperatures and the season’s first blooms. Visit in the first few weeks of March and you’re likely to catch the small, bright-pink flowers of plum blossom, and if you travel to Hokkaido, fields of tulips and phlox in a rainbow of colors.

It can be tricky to predict, but March also sees the start of cherry blossom season, with the first blossoms appearing in Okinawa in the south and moving slowly northward, with peak viewing around late March or early April. Japan’s gardens act as a seasonal showcase, as their protective winter coverings are removed and they sprout fresh foliage and flowers.

  • Don't miss: Japan’s seasons: cherry blossom and beyond
  • Flight time: 14 hours upwards dependent on airline (New York to Tokyo)
  • Time difference: UTC +9
  • March Temperature (Day): 23 to 73°F, depending on region
  • March rainfall: 2 to 10in, varies by region
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The Philosopher's Path in spring, Kyoto

6. Portugal

With temperatures on the rise, spring flowers in bloom and fewer visitors than subsequent months, March is an excellent time to visit Portugal. While it’s not quite warm enough to spend hours on the beach, it’s a great time for coastal walks, and you can see the last of the huge winter waves that bring surfers to the west coast and the Algarve. Days gradually turn sunnier, and in cities like Lisbon and Porto you can stroll the historic streets, taking in sights without the crowds of summer (as long as you avoid Easter time).

  • Don't miss: Lagos coastal walk and Sagres visit
  • Flight time: 7 hours upwards dependent on airline (New York to Lisbon)
  • March Temperature (Day): 59 to 64°F, depending on region
  • March rainfall: 2 to 4in, varies by region
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Sandstone cliffs, Algarve

7. Sri Lanka

March sees sunny skies, calm seas and low rainfall across the south of the island, making this an excellent time to laze by the golden-sand beaches around Galle or Bentota. Lower water levels make it easier to spot animals coming out to drink in Yala National Park’s lagoons and wetlands. Sperm, blue and fin whales can be spotted from the southern coast, as well as turtles and flying fish.

Up in the central hill region, temperatures have warmed enough for you to enjoy the poolside views of a converted tea plantation hotel or an alfresco tea tasting session. To the north of the island, March is the start of the kitesurfing season on the western beaches of Kalpitiya.

  • Don't miss: Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Polonnaruwa
  • Flight time: 18½ hours (Washington DC to Colombo)
  • Time difference: UTC +5:30
  • March Temperature (Day): 77 to 91°F, depending on region
  • March rainfall: 1 to 7in, varies by region
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8. The Galapagos Islands

One of the hottest and wettest months of the year, March is also one of the most rewarding times to visit the Galapagos. The archipelago’s marine life is incredibly active, making for some excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities in the warm waters.

There’s also plenty to see on land. Sea turtles begin to hatch and make their hazardous first journey from the beach to the sea. Frigate birds nest on the islands of North Seymour, South Seymour and Genovesa, the males inflating their bright-red throat sacs to attract a mate. And, toward the end of the month, you might see waved albatrosses returning to Espanola Island for the breeding season.

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  • Flight time: 6 hours 55 (New York to Guayaquil, Ecuador)
  • Time difference: UTC -5
  • March Temperature (Day): 86 to 86°F, depending on region
  • March rainfall: 3 to 3in, varies by region
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To see Canada in a completely different light than in the summer, visit during winter. In March, the country’s still firmly wrapped in winter’s deep-freeze, with dazzling-white snow still coating many areas. This creates opportunities for activities you can only do in winter, from dog-sledding and snowshoeing to ice-climbing frozen waterfalls and pedaling through the snow on e-fat bikes. It’s also a good time for seeing the northern lights.

You’ll also find that (outside of the ski resorts) there are far fewer visitors at this time of year. In cities, you can keep warm in museums, galleries and cafés serving frothy hot chocolate.

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It’s the dry season across Southeast Asia, with balmy temperatures and sunny skies across the region, bringing a raft of visitors and places do get very busy. This is an ideal time to combine a trip to lesser-visited Laos, with one its well-known neighbors, Cambodia or Vietnam.

Southern Laos’ riverside towns and islands are warm enough for relaxing days kayaking or exploring river-side temples. The higher altitude of the Bolaven Plateau gives respite from the tropical climate, with thick jungle marked with hiking trails and tiny village communities — with the occasional waterfall pool for swimming.

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  • Flight time: 15¼ hours (New York to Vientiane)
  • Time difference: UTC +7
  • March Temperature (Day): 79 to 79°F, depending on region
  • March rainfall: 2 to 2in, varies by region
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Top 10 Places to Visit in March for an EPIC Getaway | 2024

For a lot of the world, March is a time of transition. As some places are beginning to slip into autumn, others are waking up to spring. In a bunch of destinations, March is the time of year to catch either the first or last sunshine of the year. Elsewhere, it’s smack in the middle of wet season. The best places to visit in March vary – wildly so.

With plenty of festivals going on across the globe, migrating or nesting season for a whole host of different wildlife, snows beginning to melt and wildflowers bursting into life, temperatures perfect for beach days, there’s pretty much something for every type of traveller.

Looking to take a break and explore somewhere new? Check out our list of the best places to visit in March.

Best Places to Visit in March

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While many places are awesome year round, March really showcases the beauty of others. If you’re planning on a March vacation, but you’re stuck on where to jet off to, here’s a round-up of some of the best.

St Lucia in March

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Being in the Caribbean, St Lucia has a tropical climate. That means plenty of sunshine all year round, which is awesome if you like spending your days lounging around on beaches, or getting active in amongst the island’s nature!

St Lucia’s dry season runs between December through May, sitting March firmly in the middle of the heat, making St Lucia one of the best places to visit in March. But that also means accommodation is going to be a little more expensive.

March receives the lowest monthly rainfall, giving you maximum beach time. The daily average temperatures swing between max highs of 29°C and lows of 24°C; the humidity is fairly high though, around 70%.

Do you like swimming and snorkeling? March is prime time for both! You’ll be pleased to know sea temperatures this time of year are 27°C on average – super enjoyable.

Because it’s high season, you can expect the island to be pretty dang lively during your stay. It’s not carnival or festival season (yet), but there are nights like Gros Islet Jump Up and Anse La Raye Fish Fry in March that serve up a vibrant atmosphere.

Where to Stay in St Lucia – St. James’s Club Morgan Bay

St. James’s Club Morgan Bay

Being a perfect time hit the beach and all, this affordable resort offers the chance to kick back with your feet in the sand. There are an array of amenities to keep you comfortable.

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Bali in March

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Bali is beautiful all year round – is it any better to visit in March? Well, we’ll be honest with you, it’s the rainy season. Chances are you’ll get caught in the odd afternoon downpour or two, but it is the tail-end of the rainy season, so the rain is less frequent and not as heavy.

Temperatures start to rise, hovering around 27°C – and the humidity can feel intense. Not so nice for outdoor activities. Just because the weather kind of sucks, Bali is still one of the best places to travel in March. Its culture shines through with a collection of festivals.

Nyepi is the most impressive of March’s celebrations. If you’ve never experienced it, it is unlike anything else. The traditional Balinese New Year sees the island fall into silence, the airport shut down, and lights turn off. Locals believe that the silence and lack of light will allow the bad demons to fly over the island undisturbed – for another year of prosperity and health.

It’s also a low season for tourism, and many of the non-Balinese residents leave for holidays elsewhere. This lull in numbers means you can get some pretty good deals on accommodation – plus major sights are gonna be way quieter than usual. It’s the perfect time to start off a Bali backpacking adventure .

Where to Stay in Bali – Wapa di Ume Sidemen

Wapa di Ume Sidemen

Set on the slopes of Mt Agung in Bali’s lush, green interior, this boutique hotel has everything. It even has its own two-tier infinity swimming pool!

Spain in March

Spain

March is when Spain begins to open after its winter hibernation. Spring is in the air and the weather is, well, pleasant. Days are getting longer and temperatures are rising. Depending on where you are, nights and early mornings are still pretty crisp.

The good thing about visiting Spain in March is that it’s still outside the high tourist season. Crowds are thinner, accommodation is cheaper, and so are flights.

Because the temperature hasn’t quite hit the heights of the summer season, its cities are easily explorable. Instead of walking around dripping with sweat, you can comfortably stroll city sights. Madrid is a good place to start, and one of the best places to stay in Spain in March.

There are some pretty cool festivals this time of year, too, such as Las Fallas. Taking place in Valencia, there are parades of papier-mache effigies, which are later burnt, and one heck of a spectacle.

In Pontevedra, March marks when Columbus’ ship La Pinta docked at Baiona with news of “discovery”. The ensuing festival each year is a medieval extravaganza.

It’s also cherry blossom season in Spain. You may associate this sort of thing more with Japan, but come on: everywhere has cherry blossom, and in the Jerte Valley in particular, it looks truly awesome.

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Luxurious Apartment in Central Madrid

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Costa Rica in March

Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

March in Costa Rica is dry season. This means the sun is out, and the days are warm. Temperatures sit between a high of 30°C and lows of 25°C, with hardly any rain to be seen and moderate humidity, making it a great time of year to hit the great outdoors.

Even though it’s the dry season, you should make sure to keep an eye on the weather as – dry though it may be – it is also hurricane season. 

As one of the best places to travel in March for wildlife watching, temperatures across the country attract holidaymakers – but it’s not the high season, yet! Some people are getting their Spring Break on, others are heading up to the (surprisingly chilly) highlands for the cloud forests of Monteverde.

It’s an ideal time of year for surfing. Oh, and if you didn’t already know, Costa Rica has a coastline on the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, with some pretty beautiful beaches to check out along both! Migrating humpback whales make the Pacific Coast a particular magnet.

Away from nature, a handful of religious celebrations mark March in Costa Rica. Holy Week or Semana Santa can fall within March, with fantastical colorful parades to get caught up in. There’s also the famous Oxcarts Parade, which takes place annually in San Antonio de Escazu, and sees local farmers bringing a procession of oxen to be blessed. Quite a sight!

Where to Stay in Costa Rica – Tortuga Lodge & Gardens

Tortuga Lodge & Gardens

Set along the banks of a jungle river and surrounded by untouched nature, Tortuga Lodge & Gardens is the best base for those wanting to venture into the heart of Costa Rica.

London in March

London Bed and Breakfast

The British capital is any epic trip any time of year, but March offers up a combo of bright spring days and classic cosy London activities that make it hard to resist. Londoners start to come out of hibernation as spring begins, and sunny days sees people braving modest temperatures in the city’s green spaces.

Let’s be real – the best places to visit in March don’t usually have average highs of 10°C, or a good chance of cold rain affecting your plans. But we’ll make an exception for a trip to London . One particularly great aspect of this city are its many free museums – the ideal way to spend a rainy day inside.

And, believe it or not, there’s a fantastic food scene, particularly in the eclectic mixture of restaurants in the Soho area. Nights are still long, so it’s a good time to get to grips with nightlife – whether that’s seeing a West End show, seeing live music, or hitting a club.

Sure, you can do stuff inside, but there’s beauty to be seen outside in the great outdoors. Flowers begin to open up in the capital’s Royal parks, including cherry blossom and lavender. Simply walking around the city streets somewhere like Notting Hill in some sunny March weather can be an utter charmer.

Where to Stay in London – St Christopher’s Liverpool Street

St Christophers Liverpool Street London

Situated in the heart of the East End, staying at this highly rated hostel means staying in a renovated pub. Enough said.

Jamaica in March

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High season for visitors to Jamaica aligns with its winter: December through March. If you want to travel in March, you’ll probably need to plan ahead of time, compare hotel prices and scour the internet for good deals on flights.

Daytime temperatures in March are mild, with averages hovering around 26°C – but highs of 30°C are not unheard of. Humidity is also pretty high at 75%. 

One thing that definitely helps make Jamaica one of the best places to visit in March is the lack of rainfall. Hardly a drop falls this month. Beach days are definitely on the cards, and hiking is decent, too.

Because it’s the high season in Jamaica, you can expect a more vibey atmosphere. Tourists will be mingling on the beaches and wandering around the island’s top sights.

There are a whole load of festivals and events going on. You may like the sound of Jamaica Rum Festival (March 1), with music, food, and lashings of rum. Mid march sees BritJam take place, celebrating the island’s mixed culture.

There’s also Stepping High Festival – and yes, that’s 100% a celebration of marijuana (and music) in Negril. The month winds up with Jamaica Frenzy, a six-day festival taking place on Seven Mile Beach.

Where to Stay in Jamaica – Negril Treehouse Resort

Negril Treehouse Resort Jamaica

Affordable and with an amazing location right on the sands of Seven Mile Beach, it’s clean, well run and easygoing. An easy answer to where to stay in Jamaica .

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Galapagos Islands in March

Galapagos Islands in March

March marks the peak of the rainy season in the Galapagos, which isn’t great weather wise, but that means high temperatures – and fewer tourists. Travelling isn’t just about the weather, after all.

A lure for visiting the Galapagos Islands in March is saving money on accommodation, and with a lack of other tourists you can enjoy near private tours. Money aside, the Galapagos Islands are one of the best places to travel in March for nature – especially the submarine variety.

The average sea temperature is 25°C, and many species are pretty active, which is ideal for snorkeling. March is also great for catching sight of nesting birds, green sea turtles and iguanas.

The month also sees the arrival of the waved albatross to the islands; this famously huge bird starts appearing on Espanola island. You’re more likely to see it towards the end of March, though.

Over on Genovesa island, you can watch the nesting of great frigatebirds, with other nesting birds including greater flamingos, penguins and flightless cormorants. It’s prime time for bird watching!

Where to Stay in Galapagos Islands – Isamar Hotel

Isamar Hotel Galapagos Islands

This easygoing beachfront accommodation is the ideal balance between enjoying nature and whiling away some time during a downpour.

Colorado Springs in March

Manitou Springs, Colorado Springs

The weather in Colorado Springs in March is a middle ground between scorching summer and freezing winter. That said, it’s not too warm. Temperatures range between an average high of 12°C and lows of -3°C. Snowfall is still a possibility this time of year, with snow still built up in the mountains themselves.

Hiking is just about beginning to be an option, while skiing is only just coming to the end of the season – it’s the best of both worlds. With the lack of tourists, the lower prices, and thinner crowds, it makes for a peaceful and cheaper getaway.

But also, note that March is Spring Break in the US. You may find some party-goers in Colorado Springs, hitting the slopes hard – and hitting the apres-ski even harder. If that’s your thing, it makes for a fun atmosphere!

Events this time of year include Banff Mountain Film Festival , Margarita Crawl Colorado Springs (that’s all about sampling the best margaritas in town – no, really), and the party to end all parties: St Patrick’s Day.

St Patrick’s Day in Colorado Springs includes a parade and festival on March 14 throughout Downtown Colorado Springs. For the health conscious, it kicks off with a 5km run!

Where to Stay in Colorado Springs – The Trolley Car

The Trolley Car Colorado Springs

This unique option, set in an old trolley car (obviously), is just blocks away from the stores and restaurants of Old Colorado City. 

Big Sur in March

Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California

March offers up an ideal time of year to see this region. It’s just outside of peak tourist season, meaning you can lap up those sunny Big Sur days, minus scorching temperatures and big crowds.

With moderate temperatures, the great outdoors calls for amazing Big Sur camping adventures . Spring creates a colourful bloom of wildflowers, making coastal trails and inland treks alike even more dreamy. Don’t forget your camera: wild irises bloom in the forests, lupine and California poppies carpet the hillsides, and calla lilies appear along the creeks. For a real flower frenzy, the Garrapata State Park is somewhere you should head.

And with the thinner crowds, mooching around Big Sur’s charming towns like Carmel-by-the-Sea is idyllic. These towns make for good bases, but thanks to the warmer weather, glamping is also an option for all you glampers out there.

Big Sur is one of the best places to visit in March for whale watching. Grey whales pass by on their way to the Arctic. You may even be able to catch a glimpse of them with their pups! For extra cuteness, keep an eye out for sea otter pups!

Where to Stay in Big Sur – Fairytale Cottage

Fairytale Cottage Big Sur

For some out-and-out cosy luxuriousness, opt for this fairytale Airbnb. Want it cheaper? Go for a family or friends vacay and split the cost between you.

Canary Islands in March

Canary Islands in March

March means spring for the Canaries. Temperatures hover around an average of 18°C, which is great for hiking and climbing amidst the islands’ volcanic landscapes, particularly in Teide National Park. Elsewhere surfing – especially on Lanzarote – is the name of the game.

In fact, March is an awesome time to be in the Canaries for surfers. Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are favoured spots thanks to their strong waves. Gran Canaria and Tenerife also have decent surf spots! There are plenty of surf schools for beginners if you stay in Gran Canaria too.

Note that it can feel chilly in the evenings, so it’s best to bring along a sweater to keep warm. On the other hand, you won’t have to worry about waterproofs: rainfall is minimal!

The Canary Islands aren’t just one of the best places to visit in March for the temperatures – and, you know, the affordability and fewer tourists – it’s also an interesting time of year to visit. Semana Santa (Holy Week) often falls in March, with religious parades, feasting and general festivities across the archipelago.

March brings whales and dolphins to the Canaries’ neck of the woods. It’s a great month to head out on a boat to catch sight of these majestic mammals.

Where to Stay in Canary Islands – Ratones de Biblioteca

Ratones de Biblioteca Canary Islands

Because it’s not exactly beach weather, cosy up in a book-filled B&B with historic interiors and an awesome location in storied San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife.

As you can see, March is an incredible time to travel. It’s just about the beginning of spring for much of the world, so wherever you choose on our list, it’ll be exciting – and often (but not always ) the accommodation will be much cheaper than other times of year.

You could be watching whales from your cosy cottage in Big Sur, snorkeling in the Galapagos, partying in Jamaica, soaking up the last of the ski season in Colorado Springs, or museum hopping in still-chilly London.

Let us know where you’re thinking of going this March in the comments below.

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Springtime Escapes: Best International Travel In March

  • Last updated Jul 04, 2024
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March is a great time to travel, as the cold winter winds give way to mild summer winds. From Paris to Istanbul, there's a place that awaits with all its wonders in the month of March. Here are some of the best places to visit in March:

- Paris, France: Paris has a lot to offer, from museums and monuments to royal shopping experiences. There are no long queues in March, and the weather is pleasant for sightseeing.

- London, United Kingdom: London has something for everyone, from the Buckingham Palace to vintage shopping at Brick Lane. March is also the time for festivities like St. Patrick's Day, Pancake Day, and Beer Week.

- Rome, Italy: Rome is a great choice for those seeking warmer temperatures and longer days. It's the perfect time to visit the Porta Portese flea market and explore the city's famous monuments, like the Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica.

- Crete, Greece: Crete is a historical island with over 2,000 different kinds of vegetation blossoming in March. It offers a glimpse of mysterious castles and alleys, as well as safari adventures.

- Barcelona, Spain: Barcelona has amazing sights, including the Gaudi Tour, which takes place in March and covers attractions like Sagrada Familia and La Pedrera.

- New York City, USA: New York is a vibrant city that never sleeps. March is a great time to visit, as the days start to get warmer. You can join the St. Patrick's Parade and explore iconic attractions like the Statue of Liberty.

- Prague, Czech Republic: Prague is a magical city that offers something for history buffs, romantics, and families. You can explore the Municipal House, the Spanish synagogue, and the Infant Jesus of Prague statue.

- Marrakech, Morocco: Marrakech is a cultural melting pot, offering unique experiences like shopping in traditional marketplaces and exploring ancient palaces and museums. Mid-March is the best time to visit.

- Istanbul, Turkey: Istanbul is a beautiful city in Turkey known for its mosques and delicious cuisine. March is a great time to taste the famous Baklava and explore the Grand Bazaar.

- Phuket, Thailand: Phuket is the biggest island in Thailand, attracting around 30,000 tourists in March. It offers beautiful beaches, like Kata Noi and Nai Harn, and unique attractions like the 45-metre-tall Phuket Big Buddha.

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Paris, france: enjoy museums, monuments, and street-side cafes, london, uk: participate in st. patrick's day, pancake day, and beer week, rome, italy: witness the departure of winter and the arrival of summer, crete, greece: witness 2,000 different kinds of vegetation in bloom, barcelona, spain: witness the gaudi tour in march.

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Paris in March is a wonderful time to visit the city of lights. The weather is erratic, with the possibility of rain, snow, hail, and cold temperatures, so be sure to pack layers and an umbrella. However, the longer days and warmer weather mean you can enjoy sitting outside at the street-side cafes and watch the world go by.

Paris is full of museums and monuments, and the best part is that entry is free for those under 26 and students. Visit the Musée de la musique, Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme, Musée Bourdelle, Musée Cognacq-Jay, and the Musée de la vie romantique, to name a few.

If you're looking for the best people-watching cafes, try Café Charlot in Le Marais, Café Nemours between the Palais Royal and the Louvre, and Café de Flore in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

If you're a fan of shorter queues, longer days, and cherry blossoms, then Paris in March is the perfect time to visit. Wander around the parks, rent a boat, and soak up the flower power. Head to Notre Dame, Shakespeare and Co, and the Eiffel Tower to spot some cherry blossoms.

If you're looking for day trips outside of Paris, visit Senlis, Château de Sceaux, Meaux, and Château de Vaux le Vicomte.

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London is famous for its unpredictable weather, mouthwatering fish and chips, and the grumpy British guards outside Buckingham Palace. If you're visiting in March, make sure to join in the celebrations of St. Patrick's Day, Pancake Day, and Beer Week.

St. Patrick's Day Festival

On Sunday, March 17, 2024, London's Trafalgar Square will be bustling with festivities to honour the strong bond between the British and Irish people. The event will showcase the best of Irish arts, culture, food, and music. The highlight of the festival is the annual parade, which begins at Hyde Park Corner and makes its way through Piccadilly, St. James's Street, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street, and Whitehall. More than 50,000 people are expected to join the procession, which includes Irish marching bands, dance troupes, and pageantry. The action then shifts to Trafalgar Square, where a world-class lineup of family concerts, children's films, youth performances, community choirs, schools, and dancing await.

Pancake Day

Pancake Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday, is a beloved holiday that falls on February 13, 2024. It marks the last day before Lent, a period of fasting before Easter, and is traditionally associated with clearing cupboards of sugar, fat, and eggs by making pancakes. Londoners celebrate this day with enthusiasm, and you can find various restaurants offering special deals and events centred around this delicious treat.

London also hosts a Craft Beer Festival, providing the perfect opportunity to sample an extensive range of beers from numerous breweries. The festival usually takes place in August, so mark your calendars for a future visit if you're a beer enthusiast.

Other Attractions

In addition to these festive events, London has much more to offer during your March visit. You can explore vintage clothing stores on Brick Lane, browse accessories at Alfie's Antique Market, and dine at the Southbank Centre Market. Don't miss out on iconic landmarks like Big Ben, the London Eye, Tower of London, and Tower Bridge.

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Rome, the capital of Italy, is one of the best places to visit in March. The transition from winter to spring makes the city even more beautiful. The weather is quite pleasant, with an average temperature of 12°C, making it perfect for sightseeing. The days are longer, and the Roman monuments basking in the sunlight are a sight to behold.

  • Visit the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Palatine Hill. The blossoms start returning to the Palatine in March, making it a stunning sight.
  • Explore the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and Vatican City. Just keep in mind that the Vatican Museums are usually very busy in March, especially if Easter falls during this month.
  • Celebrate International Women's Day on March 8th. In Rome, you'll find people selling and gifting mimosa flowers, and some attractions offer discounts or free entry for women.
  • Visit Castel Sant'Angelo, an ancient mausoleum turned Papal Fortress, located along the Tiber River.
  • Check out the masterpieces at the Borghese Gallery, including works by Raphael, Caravaggio, Bernini, and Canova.
  • Follow the footsteps of Bernini and admire his creations scattered throughout the city, including museums, churches, and piazzas.
  • Take a cooking class and learn how to make traditional Italian dishes such as pizza and pasta.
  • Visit Rome's catacombs, an extensive network of ancient tunnels and early Christian cemeteries under the city. The catacombs on Via Appia are surrounded by stunning nature, making them perfect for a spring walk.
  • Stroll through Rome's famous piazzas, such as Piazza Navona, Piazza del Pantheon, Campo de' Fiori, the Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps.
  • Enjoy a drink at one of Rome's stunning rooftop terraces, taking in the cityscape.
  • Explore Villa Borghese, one of Rome's beautiful parks, or venture to the botanical gardens in Trastevere.
  • Take a stroll on Tiber Island, a small island in the Tiber River, close to Trastevere and the Jewish Ghetto, offering interesting architecture and stories.
  • Indulge in Rome's delicious food, including carbonara, gricia, amatriciana pasta, abbacchio scottadito (lamb cutlets), suppli (fried rice balls with a melting mozzarella heart), and coda alla vaccinara (oxtail).
  • Visit some of Rome's churches, such as Santa Prassede, San Luigi dei Francesi, Santa Maria della Vittoria, and Santa Sabina.

When packing for Rome in March, it's important to bring a mix of lighter and heavier layers, as the weather can be unpredictable. Don't forget to pack comfortable walking shoes, a waterproof jacket, and an umbrella, as March is usually the rainy season.

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Crete is a Greek island with a rich history and diverse flora and fauna. It is estimated that the island is home to around 2,000 different kinds of plants, many of which are endemic to Crete and cannot be found anywhere else in the world. In March, Crete is a sight to behold, with approximately 2,000 different kinds of vegetation in bloom, including 150 species that are unique to the island. From daisies and poppies to orchids and wild herbs, Crete's natural beauty is sure to take your breath away.

  • Omalos Plateau in Spili: Home to around 20 species of wild orchids, including the Giant Orchid (Himantoglossum robertianum) and the Ophrys fusca.
  • Lasithi Plateau: Another great spot to see the Giant Orchid, which is known for its unique scent.
  • Lefka Ori Mountain Range (White Mountains): This mountain range offers stunning views and an abundance of wildflowers, including poppies, chamomile, anemones, iris, and field gladiolus.
  • Heraklion and Rethymnon: These areas are also known for their diverse wildflower species, so be sure to explore the countryside and hillsides.

In addition to its natural beauty, Crete also offers a wealth of historical and cultural attractions. Here are some places to visit during your trip:

  • Palace of Knossos: Explore the ruins of this ancient palace, once the centre of the Minoan civilisation.
  • Chania Lighthouse and Venetian Harbour: Take in the stunning views and imagine yourself back in time as you stroll along the harbour.
  • Rethimno: Wander the charming old town, visit the Venetian fortress, and relax on the beach.
  • Heraklion: Discover the old town, including the Venetian walls and the historic Koules Fortress.

When planning your trip to Crete, keep in mind that the island experiences mild winters and hot summers. March is a great time to visit, as the weather is pleasant, and you can enjoy the wildflowers and other natural attractions without the summer heat. The average temperature in March is around 7°C, but it can go as low as 0°C, so be sure to pack accordingly.

To get to Crete, you will need to fly into Athens International Airport and then take a ferry from Piraeus Port in Athens. The journey takes about 8-10 days, so be sure to plan accordingly.

Crete is a magical place with a rich history and diverse natural beauty. With its abundance of wildflowers, ancient ruins, and charming towns, Crete is sure to leave a lasting impression. So, pack your bags and get ready to explore this enchanting island!

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Barcelona is a beautiful place to visit in March. The weather is mild and ideal for both indoor and outdoor tourism. The city is surrounded by the forested Collserola Hills, which are perfect for hiking, and the Mediterranean Sea, which has several beaches. The summer crowds also haven't arrived yet, so you can enjoy the attractions without hordes of tourists.

Weather in March

The temperature in March ranges between 58-62°F (14.5-16.5°C) during the day, with the warmest temperatures between 2 and 6 PM. At night, it goes down to 43-47°F (6-8.5°C). It's mostly cloudy, with a 33% chance of rain, and the UV index may reach 5 on sunny days, so be sure to use sunblock for outdoor activities.

Attractions

There are plenty of attractions to visit in Barcelona, including:

  • Sagrada Familia
  • Casa Batlló
  • Gothic Quarter
  • Jewish Section
  • Santa Maria del Mar
  • Picasso Museum
  • Boqueria Market
  • Miro Foundation
  • Camp Nou Stadium

Events in March

There are also several exciting events and festivals in March, including:

  • Sant Medir on March 3rd: A local tradition with parades and candy being thrown from cars.
  • Barcelona-Sitges Vintage Car Rally in mid-March: A fun, vintage car-themed party.
  • Barcelona Beer Festival in mid-March: A beer fair with dozens of breweries participating.
  • Saint Patrick's Day on March 17th: Join the crowds dressed in green and head to the local Irish Pubs.
  • Father's Day on March 19th: Bakeries sell "bunyols" fritters, and restaurants serve Catalan creme brulee for dessert.
  • Festa Major del Pi or de Sant Josep Oriol on March 23rd: A festival with many parades, presided over by the Giants of the Pine Tree.

Day trips from Barcelona in March can include the Monastery of Montserrat, the Roman ruins of Tarragona, the medieval town of Girona, and the Penedes wineries.

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The temperature in Dubai in March varies between 18°C and 29°C.

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Late summer is generally marked by hot days and the desire to squeeze in one more vacation. That's why U.S. News evaluated attractions, events and weather (among other factors) to bring you this list of the best places to visit in August. From mountain reprieves to lake getaways , there's a destination on this ranking for every traveler to enjoy. Vote below to help determine next year's list.

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Fiji is an excellent place to visit in August. Although this month falls within Fiji's cooler, drier season, daytime temperatures commonly sit in the low 80s, so you can spend the bulk of your vacation sunbathing on its white sand beaches and swimming in its vibrant blue water. Plus, several of the country's 333 islands – including Taveuni, the Mamanucas and the Yasawas – offer ample opportunities for water sports like surfing and scuba diving. The rich Fiji culture also features all kinds of unique traditions, such as kava and firewalking ceremonies.

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When it comes to summer vacations, why settle for one lake when you can visit two? Interlaken – a scenic Swiss town whose name means between lakes – is set in an idyllic spot between the dazzling lakes Thun and Brienz and surrounded by mountains. August temperatures in the mid-70s will allow you to take in the area's natural beauty while hiking, boating or paragliding, though you'll want to pack some rain gear for occasional wet weather. What's more, if you plan your visit around Aug. 1, you'll be able to participate in the area's Swiss National Day celebration, which includes bonfires, a folk festival and a parade.

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While a case can be made for a quieter shoulder-season trip, Lake Como is in its prime at the height of summer. Visiting during the high season may mean more tourists and higher room rates, but you'll be able to take in the lakeside towns, villas and beaches at their most lustrous. Take a boat cruise across the lake to stroll through the blooming gardens of iconic villas like Villa Balbianello. Sample peak produce at open-air markets or freshly caught fish in the many dining venues with a view. Or simply see and be seen on one of the area's beaches or lakeside pools.

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A trip to Rocky Mountain National Park in August will ensure almost all trails will be accessible and the weather will be pleasant, so you'll have every opportunity to take in the park's mountainous beauty. Wildflowers dot the meadows and bighorn sheep are commonly seen this time of year, too. Popular hikes and vistas become busy this time of year, and you'll need to reserve a timed entry permit available on July 1, but you can easily find quieter options among the park's 355 miles of trails. Combat the crowds by arriving early in the day and taking the park's shuttles instead of driving.

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Vancouver, the most populous city in British Columbia, is a vibrant destination that offers something for all visitors. As one of the driest, warmest months (think: temperatures in the low 70s), August is a superb time to take it all in. Thrill-seekers can cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge or hike the grueling Grouse Grind (both just north of the city), while those who prefer a more leisurely outdoor experience can take a Vancouver Harbour cruise or relax on some of the city's beaches. Vancouver Pride Festival also takes place early in the month and features a parade and performances to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.

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The Mediterranean island of Cyprus has a lot to offer beyond its beaches, including a myth-laden history, but a visit during one of the hottest months of the year will make its sandy stretches look pretty enticing. Sun seekers can bask under cloudless skies, and when the temperatures get too warm (think: 90 degree averages), visitors can cool off by Jet Skiing, swimming and paddleboarding. Later, beach bums and water lovers alike will want to treat themselves to some fresh Cypriot cuisine paired with local wine (including some of the oldest named wine in the world).

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August brings some of the warmest temperatures of the year to Montenegro, as well as throngs of travelers looking to bask on this Balkan country's beaches. Montengro's coastline on the Adriatic Sea and its inlets boasts scenic towns like Budva and Kotor, where you'll find charming old towns and blissful stretches of sand. To cool off and escape the crowds, retreat to the country's mountainous interior to hike in destinations like Durmitor National Park and Biogradska Gora National Park.

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Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve is one of Africa's most frequented safari destinations , especially in August when wildlife viewing opportunities are superb. August is usually a great time to catch the Great Migration, an annual journey by more than 2 million wildebeest, zebras and other animals from Tanzania's Serengeti National Park into Masai Mara. What's more, the reserve is a year-round haven for additional animal species, including the big five (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffaloes), earning it a reputation as one of Africa's most diverse areas.

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Head to Kluane National Park and Reserve in Canada's Yukon region if you want to enjoy an unconventional summer vacation. At this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you'll discover the world's largest nonpolar icefield and Canada's highest mountain, Mount Logan. Sign up for a flightseeing tour to view Kluane's glaciers from the air or take advantage of the mild, incredibly long summer days by exploring the park on foot. A boat ride around Kathleen Lake or a rafting excursion down the Alsek River are also fun ways to admire your surroundings.

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America's Finest City is warm and dry in August, giving you ample opportunities to soak up some sun. If you're eager to spend time at the beach, you'll find 70 miles of coastline  ideal for everything from surfing to swimming to paddleboarding. Away from the shore, there's Balboa Park, where you can admire beautiful architecture, check out various museums and explore the world-renowned San Diego Zoo . Plus, San Diego is home to an exceptional dining scene and a plethora of live music venues to round out your trip.

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Summer is peak season in this Croatian town, so you'll likely rub elbows with other travelers during an August visit. However, Rovinj's beauty will more than make up for the influx of tourists. In August, you can comfortably walk along the car-free cobblestone streets of Rovinj's Old Town thanks to daytime temperatures in the 70s and 80s. This month is also a great time to explore Grisia Street, which hosts an open-air art exhibition in August. If you need a break from the town's throngs of people, take a day trip to one of 14 nearby islands.

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Plan an Outer Banks vacation in August to enjoy toasty beach weather (think: average highs in the mid-80s) and fun festivals like the Outer Banks Watermelon Festival and the Outer Banks Pirate Festival. These North Carolina barrier islands are ideal for all kinds of beach activities, including sailing, surfing and sunbathing. Plus, some of them are rich in history. Head to Kill Devil Hills to visit Wright Brothers National Memorial (where the famous pilots took their first flight), or venture to Roanoke Island to check out Roanoke Island Festival Park's exhibits about what life was like in the 16th century.

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Trade your ski poles for a hiking stick and visit New Hampshire's White Mountains in summertime, when the area's gorges, bike trails and more than 100 waterfalls are at their most lush. Action-seekers can climb Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast, where they'll be rewarded with views of five states. Meanwhile, those looking for a more easygoing summer afternoon can go for a scenic drive or take in the views with a cocktail in hand on the terrace of Omni Mount Washington Resort . With August averages in the 60s and 70s, the weather will be ripe for any outdoor adventure.

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Curacao is the perfect destination for those seeking a late summer Caribbean getaway thanks to its location outside the hurricane belt. Sustained daytime temperatures in the high 80s and low 90s mean you'll likely spend most of your vacation lounging on the beach or swimming past marine life, coral reefs and shipwrecks while scuba diving. But the charming, colorful Dutch colonial architecture found in the UNESCO-certified capital – Willemstad – is worth exploring, too. Plus, with fewer mega resorts and more boutique resorts and bed-and-breakfast establishments, Curacao has a more relaxed feel than other Caribbean destinations and is a great place to reset.

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With festivals, prime weather and outdoor activities galore, Coeur d'Alene is the perfect destination for a summer send-off. This northern Idaho city boasts easily accessible golf courses (including one with a unique floating green), bike paths and parks, while its eponymous 26-mile lake is ideal for boating and fishing come August. The city ushers in the month with popular events like the Coeur d'Alene Street Fair and Taste of Coeur d'Alene, which showcase local shops, breweries and crafts. Coeur d'Alene also caters to a variety of budgets, with accommodation options ranging from campsites to cabins to amenity-filled resorts.

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While our previous post may suggest a potential bump in the road ahead, things look more promising on the high street - with Nationwide and Virgin just announcing mortgage rate cuts. 

The building society's reductions, which will take effect tomorrow, mean its rates will start at 4.18%. 

Selected two, three and five-year switcher rates at up to 95% LTV will be cut by up to 0.16% with rates starting from 4.34%. 

Existing customers moving home will also benefit from up to 0.2% reductions, with rates starting at 4.18%.

Rates for additional borrowing will be reduced by 0.16% and will now start from 4.34%.

Here are some of the new deals that will be available: 

New customers moving home: 

  • Five-year fixed rate at 75% LTV with a £999 fee is 4.45% (reduced by 0.1%)
  • Two-year fixed rate 60% LTV with a £1,499 fee is 4.59% (reduced by 0.2%)
  • Three-year fixed rate at 85% LTV with a £999 fee is 4.99% (reduced by 0.05%)

Remortgage:

  • Three-year fixed rate at 75% LTV with a £999 fee is 4.77% (reduced by 0.17%)
  • Three-year fixed rate at 60% LTV with a £0 fee is 4.81% (reduced by 0.14%)
  • Five-year fixed rate at 80% LTV with a £1,499 fee is 4.94% (reduced by 0.3%)

Virgin has announced cuts of up to 0.12%. 

Here are some of the deals available: 

  • 90% LTV fix and switch rates with £1,495 fee at 5.29% (reduced by 0.05%)
  • 90% LTV own new five year fixed rates with £995 fee starting at 3.78% (reduced by 0.05%)
  • Selected five year fixed rates starting from 4.54% (reductions of up to 0.12%)

The cuts come after a slew of reductions from the UK's biggest lenders. 

Barclays, Halifax and HSBC cut their rates twice last week.

Brokers have welcomed the move, saying the "price war is now well and truly on". 

Stephen Perkins, from Yellow Brick Mortgages, told Newspage: "The summer post-election rate war is now in full swing. This is excellent news for all borrowers and will have a positive impact on affordability.

"With an expected base rate reduction in August, the summer sale is only just starting to heat up. Right now, it's advantage borrowers." 

Jack Tutton, from SJ Mortgages, added: "The momentum for rate cuts continues as Nationwide and Virgin follow several other lenders last week. The price war is now well and truly on. 

"With Nationwide reducing some of their rates by 0.3%, this should push more lenders into making further cuts to remain competitive. This is yet more positive news for borrowers." 

This could be another blow for those hoping for an interest cut next month... 

One Bank of England official has said interest rates should be held at 5.25%  due to concerns over a tight labour market.

Jonathan Haskel, an external member of the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), called for caution despite expectations rates will be reduced.

The MPC is responsible for making decision on interest rates and other monetary policies.

Economists have predicted rates will be cut from the current 16-year-high down to 5% at the next vote on 1 August.

Mr Haskel stressed there were "considerable encouraging signs" related to inflation, including that UK Consumer Price Index inflation dropped to the 2% target rate last month.

"However, the wage-price system in the UK has been subject to a sequence of enormous shocks over recent years," he added during a speech at King's College London. 

"The playing out of those shocks through the economy, and the continued tight and impaired labour market, means that inflation will remain above target for quite some time.

"I would rather hold rates until there is more certainty that underlying inflationary pressures have subsided sustainably."

Mr Haskel also highlighted particular concerns over the impact of pressure in the jobs market, with the unemployment rate rising to 4.4% and vacancies dropping further in the most recent data.

"The labour market continues to be tight, and I worry it is still impaired," he said.

Inflation dropped to 2% in May, the target rate for the Bank set by the government, after a series of interest rate hikes helped it to slow.

But, wage growth and services inflation remain significantly above this level.

School uniform costs can hit families' pockets hard, especially if you're sending more than one child off to the school gates every morning.

To get the most out of your money, it pays to buy early.

That's why we've run through all the best deals and discounts you can get on school uniform before the new academic year starts in September.

Starting with Aldi , this is the third year in a row the supermarket has frozen the price of its back-to-school bundle at just £5 for ages 4-12.

Customers are able to pick up two polo shirts, one sweatshirt or cardigan and a choice of trousers, skirt or cargo shorts for a fiver.

Several styles of leather school shoes are also available for just £6.99, while cardigans are priced at £1.50.

Aldi also run their Specialbuys deal, with unique products launched in stores every Thursday and Sunday.

As part of the Aldi Specialbuys deal, you will be able to buy a sweatshirt for £1.50, two polo shirts for £1.75, a girl's pleated skirt for £1.75, boys' trousers for £1.75 and boys' cargo shorts for £1.75.

Lidl is price-matching Aldi, offering a full set for those aged 4-12 for £5 in stores only, while stocks last.

Lidl is not only selling school uniforms, but also a range of stationery items, including a two pack of notebooks for £2.99 and a marker set for £1.99.

Marks & Spencer is offering 20% off its new school uniforms to help parents get ready for the school year.

M&S's discount excludes footwear, hosiery, underwear, outerwear, accessories, school bags and lunch boxes.

John Lewis is keeping its school uniform prices frozen for the fourth year running.

The department store also offers parents an online school uniform checklist to help prepare for the start of the new year.

It offers a free shoe-fitting service, while some of its newer school uniform products released in the last three years have not seen a price rise.

John Lewis school uniform buyer Cydney Ball said: "Our customers trust us as the one-stop-shop for all things back to school."

Clarks is keeping its school shoes at 2023 prices and is reducing the price of a third of its new back-to-school collection.

Parents can also get £10 off a pair of children's trainers when they buy kids school shoes in black.

Alongside this, Clarks is offering a "fit guarantee" where if kids outgrow their school shoes within three months of their in-store fitting, they can come and exchange them for a new pair, free of charge.

Customers at Asda can get £5 off when you spend £25 or more and scan a coupon in its app.

However, this offer expires at 11.59pm on 14 July, so you must be quick to take advantage.

Supermarkets have done a better job of keeping shelves stocked as the cost of living crisis recedes.

That's according to the latest annual figures from the Grocer , which show the traditional big four supermarkets (Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons) have a combined availability score of 92.7%, up on last year's 91.4% return.

The biggest improvement came from Tesco. It surged from 91.1% to 94.6%, taking it from joint third place in 2023 to top spot this year.

"We want every customer to have the confidence they can get what they want at Tesco, wherever or however they choose to shop with us," said its chief commercial officer Ashwin Prasad.

"These results reflect the incredible efforts of our teams and supplier partners, working day in, day out to keep products moving, and I feel very proud of what we have achieved."

Asda saw its availability score fall from 91.4% to 90.3%, leaving it in a distant last place among the big four.

Runner-up Sainsbury's, which was crowned grocer of the year last week, saw its availability score rise to 94.1%, an improvement from last year's 92.5%.

Morrisons' availability jumped from 91.1% to 92.5%.

Protesters have fired water guns at tourists in Barcelona as part of mass demonstrations over the number of the visitors to the Spanish city.

People marched down streets and sprayed those who they believed were visiting the city with water.

Guests were also prevented from leaving their hotels when campaigners taped up exits.

Thousands of people were said to have taken part in the rally against mass tourism. 

Tension has been mounting over the rising cost of housing and rents in Spain, and the cost of goods in the shops, with many blaming the trends on increasing tourism.

The Catalan capital received more than 12 million tourists in 2023 and expects more in 2024.

Last week, Spain's government announced a crackdown on short-term and seasonal holiday lettings amid rising anger from locals who feel priced out of the housing market.

Rents rose by an average of 13% in June compared with a year earlier and by 18% in tourist cities such as Barcelona and Madrid, according to the property website Idealista.

Barcelona's mayor, Jaume Collboni, has also announced plans to phase out all short-term lets in the city by 2028.

Potters Resorts has been named the best holiday park in the UK, according to a Which? survey. 

The all-inclusive destination beat household names to the top of the table with a customer score of 87%. 

Pontins came in last place, with the popular Butlin's also placing in the bottom five. 

More than 1,700 people were asked about their experiences at holiday parks in the last two years, with each ranking their stays on 11 criteria including cleanliness, value for money and quality of facilities. 

Which? then calculated an customer score based on overall satisfaction and value for money.

Visitors awarded Potters the full five stars for the variety of free facilities on offer, the quality of facilities, and the quality of the entertainment and communication. 

It was awarded four stars for overall customer service, food and drink, value for money and quality of accommodation.

Pontins, founded in 1946, took last place with a customer score of 56%.

It scored a run of two-star ratings for customer service, quality of accommodation, cleanliness, variety of free facilities, quality of facilities and activities, food and drink and value for money.

Its highest score of three stars was for communication and the quality of entertainment.

Sky News has contacted Pontins for comment. 

You can see how the holiday parks were rated in the table below: 

Longstanding rival Butlin's also found itself in the bottom five, with a customer score of 67%. 

Guests at Butlin's rated customer service two stars, it received three stars in key categories including quality of accommodation and cleanliness, and four for the quality and variety of children's activities and entertainment.

"As the home of entertainment, it's brilliant to see that we're scoring highly when it comes to activities and entertainment," a Butlins spokesperson said.

"It is disappointing to see that some scores are lower but would like to reassure guests that we're investing in these areas to offer a better holiday experience."

Centre Parcs, the most visited holiday park, came in slightly higher at 69%. 

Survey respondents reported spending an average of £76 per person per night, making it the most expensive option not to include food or drinks in the price.

A spokesperson for Center Parcs said: "We are proud of our consistently high guest satisfaction scores and over 60% of guests will go on to make another booking with us. 

"Our guests demand a high-quality experience and each year we invest tens of millions of pounds improving our villages to ensure we meet their expectations."

By James Sillars , business news reporter

We'll kick off this morning with a deal that will probably see Britvic changing hands.

The soft drinks maker has agreed to a takeover by Danish brewer Carlsberg. 

The firm, based in Hemel Hempstead, had rejected a bid last month that valued Britvic at £3.1bn.

The agreement - subject to regulatory and shareholder approval - now values Britvic at £3.3bn through 1,315p per share and a special dividend.

Carlsberg also announced that it was to buy UK pub group Marston's out from a joint venture.

It explained that the deals were part of a strategy to create an integrated beer and soft drinks operation in the UK.

Marston's shares were up 12% while those of Britvic were 4% higher.

The FTSE 100 started the week down 0.3%.

There is plenty of focus across the Channel where France is in political turmoil.

The euro was weaker by a tenth of a cent against both the dollar and the pound after the final round of voting in the snap parliamentary election.

It saw the left-wing block claim the most seats with the far-right National Rally, which had been tipped to lead, coming third.

The result leaves a hung parliament in a country with no history of coalition government.

The country's prime minister is set to officially resign today.

The CAC 40, whose banking constituents have suffered particularly badly during the election, fell 0.6% at the open in Paris.

Iceland is searching for up to 250 new sites  for its Food Warehouse stores as part of its nationwide expansion plan.

Crawley, Brighton, Salisbury and Dundee are among the locations already named by the frozen foods specialists as places they'd like to open new stores.

First launched in 2014, Food Warehouse stores are often located in retail parks and are around three times the size of traditional Iceland shops.

Fortnum & Mason has launched a subscription service to deliver refills for tea, biscuits and jams to your front door every month.

The department store is offering three subscriptions, starting with the Tea Post which costs £100 annually and offers customers a year's supply of monthly refills of a choice of tea blends.

It also comes with a customisable initialled china mug, tin and strainer.

The Biscuit Post costs £20 a month and offers refills of the popular Toffolossus, Chocolossus or Gingerlossus biscuits, available on either three-month, six-month or 12-month subscriptions.

The third subscription, called the Teatime Dispatch, offers a selection of both tea and biscuits, as well as a choice of marmalades or jams.

It costs £25 a month, available on either three-month, six-month or 12-month subscriptions.

Cineworld is drawing up plans to axe dozens of British cinemas as part of a radical restructuring that would also include extensive rent cuts.

Sky News has learned the company, which until last year was listed on the London Stock Exchange, is considering closing about a quarter of its roughly-100 British multiplexes.

Cineworld also wants to renegotiate rent agreements at a further 50 sites, with the remaining 25 untouched by the restructuring.

Sources said the proposals were expected to be formally outlined to creditors including landlords in the coming weeks.

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Publicans have expressed their outrage at Co-op for a "disgraceful" television advert encouraging people to stay at home to watch the football rather than go to the pub.

The 10-second advert suggests people "stay in with two pizzas and four beers" purchased as part of a deal during EURO 2024 rather than go to the pub where, the advert says, it is "hard to see the screen".

In a letter to Co-op's chief executive Shirine Khoury-Haq, the Campaign for Pubs accused the supermarket of "openly and deliberately undermining pubs and publicans' livelihoods".

It added it was "disgusted, as well as deeply angry" that the advert was targeting pubs at a difficult time for the industry.

Nearly 800 pubs entered insolvency in 2023, the highest number in over a decade.

The letter read: "You and your management team must surely be aware of what a challenging time it is for pubs and publicans, yet here you are, a supposedly ethical business, openly and deliberately undermining pubs and publicans' livelihoods at this difficult time. It frankly beggars' belief.

"At the time when businesses in England should be uniting in support of the national football team, the Co-op has instead cynically and shamelessly sought to attack another important business sector to try to boost your own profits from the tournament."

The Campaign for Pubs has called on the Co-op to pull the advert and apologise for the campaign immediately.

But a Co-op spokesperson told the Money blog: "The 10-second advert is a light-hearted way of highlighting to our members and customers that, if they have made the choice to stay in to watch the football, we have a cracking pizza and beer deal they can purchase to enjoy in their homes, with the sole intention of providing great value on relevant products which customers tell us they want, especially at a time when the cost of living is high."

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