Hottest places in Spain in March

By Mark Hodson, Sunday Times Travel Writer

March marks the onset of spring in Spain and if you pick the right spot you can find some lovely warm spring sunshine, but don’t expect scorching heat. If you to sunbathe, see where’s really hot in March. You should also consider the Canary Islands in March where the weather is a lot more reliable.

Let’s get back to mainland Spain. For the best of the weather you need to head to the south-west corner of Andalucia. Hottest spot will be the city of Seville, one of the best destinations in Spain for a short break. Expect an average 21ºC and seven hours of daily sunshine. Nearby Granada will also be warm and you can explore the majestic sights of the Alhambra without being overwhelmed by crowds.

If you want beaches, the Costa de la Luz in this corner of Spain is quite beautiful with sand dunes, fishing ports and historic towns and cities like Cadiz and El Puerto de Santa Maria. The seafood is especially good in this region.

It’s a good time to explore the world-class art galleries of Madrid with temperatures of 16ºC and an average six hours of daily sunshine. You can expect similar temperatures in Barcelona with seven hours of sunshine, perfect for checking out the sights, from the Sagrada Familia to the Camp Nou.

Before the heat of summer descends, this can be a good time of year for an independent walking holiday or a cycling holiday – you can travel at your own pace, enjoy beautiful unspoiled countryside and your luggage is transported each day to your next overnight stop.

Another option is the Balearic Islands, a different experience to the baking heat of high summer. This is a popular time for walking and cycling in Mallorca and you may see some of the world’s top road cycling teams practising on the hilly roads. Expect temperatures of around 16ºC and six hours of daily sun. The capital Palma is a delightful place to spend a few days.

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Last updated: 4 January 2022

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