Travel in Europe is still limited in March,
though spring is appearing in southern and middle regions and days are not too
short. The Tourist GoZone now extends north to include England and
France. Note that the though the weather can still vary greatly at this time.
n.b. major tourist locations are likely to be overcrowded/overpriced/overbooked
around Easter (sometime between February and April, depending on the year but otherwise March is unlikely to be a busy month for Europe tours).
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Sicily, Taranto have extravagant pre- Easter parades. And on Easter
Sunday it's Florence's turn.
Spain: Seville. Holy Week (Semana
Santa), hundreds of parades, singing.
Italy: Florence and Sicily for Semana
Santa, pre-easter parades.
Portugal: Lisbon for pre-easter parades.
Hungary: Budapest Spring Music
Festival (all sorts of arts/music/drama/poetry) 10 days, end of
Also see European
Festivals or Arts
Festivals for suggestions, information and
sightseeing/culture in reasonably comfortable weather conditions
with the exception of Madrid
(cold) and the North(wet), Spain is generally warm and pleasant
in March. The best bet for a dry cultural experience is in
the south, visiting the magical Moorish cities of Seville, (especially
for Semana Santa celebrations the week before Easter), Cordoba and Granada, where the days are warm and the nights coolish.
Barcelona too is a lively, interesting city, though it can
be a little chilly/wet in March. Swimming in the Mediterranean
in or even hanging out on beaches is no fun at this time.
The southern part of Italy has generally mild winters with blue
skies, so Rome, Naples, Pompeii,
Herculaneum and Sicily are excellent cultural targets, while Amalfi
takes good care of those who need a scenic uplift. Venice
is chilly, damp and foggy, but has an interesting, spooky quality
and a wacko Carnival, and Florence
has an especially colourful Easter procession.
France: The Côte d'Azur should be warm and getting a reliable quota of sunshine this month. Cannes, Nice, Menton, Monaco, St. Tropez - along with the delightful little towns such as Eze, St Paul de Vence - are all attractive, sometimes interesting, and uncrowded in March.
Don't even think about swimming in the Med, but you could make a side trip to ski, around an hour away. The best ski resorts nearby are Isola 2000, Auron and Valberg/Beuil but there are many smaller resorts that offer low cost lift passes and are in easy reach for a day or weekend trip. More Alpes-Maritimes ski info.
Skiing is big business in all over the Alps and Pyrenees in March, but north and southwest France
will still be very chilly while a month in Provence will freeze tourists with irregular blasts of the bitterly cold Mistral wind down the Rhone valley.
March is OK in Athens;
it's warming up, crowds and pollution levels are down. Central
Greece and the Peloponnese peninsula are loaded with sights, ruins
and landscapes e.g. Meteora.
islands are gorgeous, though the it's still chilly, the Med's
too cold for comfortable swimming and tourist/ferry services are
Great urban spaces (apart from those selected above) that are always worth a wander even
though cold and/or rain is always a possibility
Belgium, Brussels, Ghent, Antwerp,
Czech Republic, Prague.
All over Europe, March is the last month of widespread skiing, though April is doable in many places.
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