9 of the best places to visit in March

Whether you want to fly and flop in the sun, or embark on wild safari adventures – here’s where to holiday in March…

1. Athens, Greece

Best March holiday for: A sunny weekend away

If you’ve always fancied exploring the ancient ruins of Athens but don’t fancy battling the summer crowds (and sun), March is the perfect time to explore Greece’s characterful capital – and if you avoid the Easter holidays, you should find a bargain hotel too.

The average temperature of 15 degrees is perfect for exploring the Acropolis, going gallery-hopping, and lingering in outdoor cafes with a coffee and slab of baklava – the delicious honey-drenched peanut pastry dessert.

2. Lake Garda, Italy

Best March holiday for: De-stressing in style

In Italy’s beautiful Lake Garda region, Lefay Resort & Spa combines a stunning location with tailor-made fitness programmes – with an emphasis on outdoor pursuits such as bike riding, yoga and nature walks.

There are personal trainers on hand to take you through your paces, plus sociable group classes such as circuit training and core strengthening. After a full day of fitness, soothe your senses with indulgent spa therapies, or a rigorous sports massage to put the spring back in your step.

Our exclusive three-day Lefay Resort & Spa offer includes return flights, daily activities and one-to-one fitness consultations and classes, and full board accommodation in a Prestige Junior Suite – from £1,269pp, available any time in February, March and April 2018.

3. Japan

Best March holiday for: Cultural wonders

In March, Japan’s cherry blossom bursts into life – a spectacular world-famous sight. The entire country ventures outside to see the pink and white blooms – an annual ritual known as hanami – celebrating with picnics, parties, and festivals.

Our exclusive Woman & Home holiday to Japan takes in the best the country has to offer – including its magical cherry blossom – and departs in March 2019. The exclusive 11-night itinerary includes three nights in the heart of Tokyo, a day at stunning Mount Fuji, and a thrilling trip on one of Japan’s famous bullet trains.

You’ll then board your luxury cruise ship, the Diamond Princess – voted Best International Ship in Japan – for an 8-night round-trip cruise from Tokyo, including stops at Osaka (with the opportunity to visit Kyoto), Kochi and Busan (in South Korea), with plenty cherry blossom along the way. See the details

4. Sri Lanka

Best March holiday for: A tropical getaway

March is a brilliant month to visit Sri Lanka: it’s hot and sunny, but with the occasional afternoon rain shower to stop things from getting uncomfortable.

For beachy adventures, we’d recommend a week or two on the south coast – home of palm-fringed beaches and grand sea-view hotels in characterful colonial mansions. But there’s plenty to explore beyond the beach: don’t miss the island’s beautiful temples, hilltop tea plantations and national parks where elephants roam free.

5. Jamaica

Best March holiday for: Fly-and-flop holidays

In March, the average temperature in Jamaica is a fabulous 29 degrees – with 12 hours of sunshine every day. Sign us up!

If you’re tempted by sun-kissed beaches and cocktails by the pool, set your sights on this fun-loving Caribbean island. Montego Bay and Ocho Rios boast great beaches, colourful shops and nightlife, and hotels to suit every budget.

6. Dublin

Best March holiday for: A fun weekend away

17 March is St Patrick’s Day – and it’s party time in Dublin! In 2018, the national holiday falls on a Saturday, so the whole weekend will be full of street parades and parties.

While the Guinness will certainly be flowing, St Patrick’s Day is a family-friendly occasion – with food fairs, craft stalls, and local music and dance performances galore. If you want to experience Ireland at its fun-loving and vibrant best, you’ve come to the right place!

7. Tenerife

Best March holiday for: Short-haul sunshine

You don’t have to venture to the ends of the earth to find sunshine in March – in fact, some parts of Europe are positively balmy at this time of year. Tenerife – a mere 4.5 hours from the UK – has eight hours of sunshine per day and highs of 21 degrees.

Want to treat yourself to a rejuvenating spa break? We love La Plantacion del Sur on the Costa Adeje – a beautiful spot with sea views and a splendid spa, where you’ll find saunas, steamrooms and whirlpools galore. See all of our exclusive Woman & Home short break offers.

8. Andaman Islands

Best March holiday for: Making EVERYONE green with envy

Where on earth are the Andaman Islands? Don’t worry if you’re not au fait with these idyllic isles between India and Thailand – that’s all part of their charm. They’re a bit of a fiddle to get to (you’ll have to fly via India), so set aside at least two weeks to make the most of your fabulous far-flung surrounds.

If you visit now, you’ll have the world-class diving, luxurious resorts and sugar-white beaches to yourself. But you’d better be quick – the Andamans won’t remain secret for long…

9. Galapagos

Best March holiday for: Unforgettable wildlife encounters

The Galapagos archipelago is top-notch for wildlife watching all year round, but March – and springtime as a whole – sees the isles spring to life with wildflowers and breeding sea lions, tortoises and birds.

Spy blue-footed boobie birds (yes, that is their real name!) doing elaborate courtship dances, and see green sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs in the dead of night. Days are long and sunny – perfect for exploring these wild and wonderful isles.

All images from Alamy

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