Best Places To Visit In March
With spring slowly starting to awaken across Europe, it’s a good opportunity to head south and catch the early sunshine before the season really sets in. You’ll find mild conditions and fewer crowds on a quick city break to places like Portugal, making it easy to get around and explore. Meanwhile, the north of the continent is still enjoying snow up in its mountaintop ski resorts. There are some upbeat festivals taking place throughout the month, such as St Patrick’s Day on the 17th of March. And if it’s sun, sand and sea that you’re craving, then there’s always the allure of a picturesque Caribbean beach just waiting to be discovered.
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Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico
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The southeast Caribbean coast of Mexico, also known as the Mayan Riviera, boasts a series of idyllic beaches as well as a treasure trove of Mayan culture to uncover. Cancun is the liveliest resort and attracts a party crowd during the March ‘spring break’ period. However, there are plenty other laid-back beach resorts to choose from. Watched over by ancient temple ruins, the glowing white sands and blue seas of Tulum provide a heavenly setting for a break by the sea. It’s often considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. If it’s adventure you’re after, tours will take you swimming through magical Cenotes caves or into the jungle to visit ancient temple sites, such as Coba and its picturesque lakes.
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Sunny California enjoys a warm climate all year round with average highs often reaching past the 20°C mark. A road trip is the ultimate way to explore the state if you’re hoping to fit lots into your trip. From desert stretches to seaside highways with sensational views, the beautiful landscape and network of roads make the West Coast easy to explore by car. Popular attractions, including San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge, the stars of Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles or Yosemite National Park all make great stops. You can also find quaint towns, unusual museums and alternative attractions dotted along the way. Whatever you’re interested in, you’ll have no trouble finding stops to add to your itinerary.
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Any time is a good time for a trip to Lanzarote. This beautiful Canary Island enjoys temperatures of around 19°C in March, with little rainfall. Although some restaurants might be closed due to the low season, March is an ideal time to visit if you want to enjoy the beaches before the summer crowds arrive. The sandy beaches come in a selection of colours from golden to black. The windswept southeast side of Costa Teguise is great for windsurfing around this time of year. Hire a car and explore the dramatic coastline or head to Timanfaya National Park to join a tour of the island’s stunning volcanic interior.
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There’s still time to fit in one last ski trip to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc before the season of snow takes a summer break. Aside from skiing and snowboarding, you’ll also find a whole selection of other activities on offer in this delightful French ski resort. From ice climbing to paragliding, there’s a lot to keep you entertained. Take the cable car up to the top of the mountain for captivating views. Or set off in the opposite direction where the largest glacier in France, Mer de Glace, and an ice cave can be found nestled in the Chamonix Valley. When it’s time to take a break from the snow, there’s also the sparkling crystal collection in the Musée des Cristaux to take a look at.
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Why not celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Ireland’s capital city, Dublin? Cobbled streets and cosy restaurants, live music venues and a welcoming party atmosphere make it a fun destination for a weekend city break. As well as a modern nightlife scene, the city is also full of traditional Irish charm. A selection of museums and galleries cover a vast array of historical periods, such as the National Museum of Ireland with its prehistoric goldwork pieces on display. Or check out the Christ Church Cathedral, which dates back to the 11th century. If you have a little more time, hire a car and explore the lush green countryside that surrounds the city. There are a number of day trip destinations within easy reach of Dublin, ranging from picturesque coastal villages to historic ruins.
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A city built on hills and decorated with intricately patterned tiles, Porto is feast for the eyes. As well as beautiful Baroque architecture, it also has some modern masterpieces on show. Such as the futuristic Casa da Música concert hall where you can catch classical and contemporary performances. Don’t miss the city’s spectacular centrepiece, the late 19th century Dom Luís Bridge. The huge, double-decker structure was designed by the creator of the Eiffel Tower, Gustave Eiffel. Walk across for captivating views of the winding River Douro. Explore the popular restaurants perched on the banks of the river or wander through the narrow alleys to find hidden gems serving up hearty local dishes.
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The cobbled streets of Cuba’s capital city bustle with colours and vintage charm. Classic cars cruise by elegant crumbling Cuban Baroque-style buildings. March falls within the dry season and warm temperatures of around 20°C mean you can expect lots of sunshine. Culture is in generous supply, from live son music in the sunshine to modern art galleries. Wander through the colourful Old Havana area, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and take a stroll along the Malecon sea wall. Venture just outside the city to take a look around Ernest Hemingway’s former home and museum, Hemingway House.
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Singapore basks in constantly warm and humid conditions throughout the year. You’ll find a modern metropolis thriving in this city-state, where shopping and fine dining are popular pastimes. Signposts often include English translations, so it’s easy to navigate whether you’re driving or exploring by foot. Enjoy high tea while taking a spin around the Singapore Flyer, a big wheel with fantastic views that stretch all the way to Indonesia’s Spice Islands. Or take a break from the fast pace of city life with a trip to Gardens By The Bay, where you’ll find an array of tropical plants, futuristic structures and the world’s largest indoor waterfall. See the colourful temples in Chinatown or sample the street food there. For a bit of beach time, try Senosa Island with its golden sands and impressive menu of watersports.