Where is hot in March in Europe
By Mark Hodson, Sunday Times Travel Writer
As the coronavirus plays havoc with travel in 2020, it’s a good idea to look ahead to March 2021. March marks the start of spring in the Mediterranean and it’s a lovely time to visit, with brilliant sunshine, wild flowers and cooling breezes. It’s not too hot in the northern part of the Med – the South of France, for example – gets around 7 hours of daily sun and temperatures of 15ºC. But go further south and you can enjoy temperatures of 20ºC. You may get a few showers, particularly at the beginning of March, and swimming in the sea is only for the brave.
Where’s hot in Europe in March
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The Algarve region of Portugal is a handy winter getaway because the weather is mild, there’s a huge choice of good-value hotels and apartments and getting there is easy: just three hours flying time from the UK and plenty of low-cost flights from across the country. Although you can expect a few days of light rain, temperatures are reliable and you can get a good suntan. You’ll find luxury villas and – for solo travellers – Mercury Holidays has a range of hotels with no single supplement.
It’s a longer flight to Cyprus and although average temperatures are similar to the Algarve, it tends to feel much hotter and you can experience highs well into the 20s. This time is a good time of year to explore this fascinating island – check out these holiday experiences including fly-drive itineraries and a self-guided walking holiday.
Although the average temperatures aren’t scorching, Madeira is a lovely winter destination and the sunshine (6 or 7 hours a day) is surprisingly strong, so you’ll need to wear sunblock. It’s a very scenic, green and mountainous island with great walks, drives, things to see and do and some stylish hotels and traditional quintas. Another option is to take a luxury private tour with your own English-speaking driver / guide. British Airways has direct flights from the UK.
4. Canary Islands
The Canary Islands is one of the UK’s most popular winter sun destination with direct flights from across the UK. The islands are a little warmer than Madeira, as they are further south, with constant Atlantic breezes. Some resorts are more sheltered, thus warmer, than others. Although the sun can be strong, especially if you take a trip into the volcanic mountains. Stay at one of these hotels in Tenerife or villas in Lanzarote. If you want to escape the crowds, head to La Gomera (a ferry ride from Tenerife) or tiny La Graciosa near Lanzarote.
5. Malta and Gozo
I recommend Malta if you’re looking for more than a beach. The island is packed with interesting historical sites and is easy to get around. Make time to take a ferry to its sister island, Gozo, which is much quieter and more rural. Many people go straight to Gozo and spend their entire holiday there – the water is especially clear, there are some lovely places to stay and you can rent bicycles and explore the quiet country lanes. The weather is likely to be better towards the end of March.
If you want an exciting city break with good weather in March, it would be hard to beat Seville in southern Spain. This is the home of tapas and flamenco, as well as bullfighting, and is packed with beautiful sights and great food. It’s easy to reach with a short flight from the UK and quick transfer into the city centre. Don’t even think about going in August – it’s roasting – but March is just about perfect for sightseeing and eating lunch outside.
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Last updated: 13 April 2020