For these off-seasons, the mercury rises in the Mediterranean basin, in Asia and in the Caribbean. Autumn is coming to the southern hemisphere where many destinations remain largely sunny.
As spring officially arrives, temperatures are still cool over a large part of Europe, where the weather alternates between sleet and periods of sunshine. The south of the Old Continent and the Mediterranean basin are starting to soften, especially Italy and Greece. Latecomers will head for the northern Alps to slide on the last snow of the season. The southern hemisphere is seeing the first frosts of autumn, but the weather remains mild in Central and Latin America. In the Caribbean and Asia, the mercury is rising. Main area to avoid: the Indian Ocean, where the rains are abundant.
Top 5 of the best destinations for the month of March
- Wales, for its daffodil beds
- Sicily, for a cultural getaway in the mild end of winter
- Oman, to already smell the breath of summer in the deserts and wadis
- Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, to see the glaciers plunge into emerald waters in the mild austral late summer
- India, to see Bengal tigers in Madhya Pradesh
Where to go in March in the sun?
In southern Europe and around the Mediterranean, spring is early. The mildness already heralds the beginnings of summer. In Italy, you will enjoy the coastal landscapes, the riches of the ancient and medieval architectural heritage, the romanticism of ancient cities. Special mention for Sicily, to discover archeology and Baroque art.
The traveler impatient to smell the summer will taste the delights of Greece and its islands. The temperatures are still cool (about ten degrees), which is good conditions for visiting the archaeological sites of Athens, or even extending the stay to the Athenian Riviera and the island of Aegina, easily accessible.
In the islands, it is certainly not yet time for swimming, but it is the ideal time to enjoy the calm of the alleys lined with white houses, visit the churches and monasteries sheltered from the heat wave, admire the creeks with crystal clear waters and fine sandy beaches, far from the summer crowds. In Spain, it is also still a bit cool there, but the Fallas de Valencia, one of the biggest festivals in the country, is in full swing between March 15 and 19 with its share of parades and flower offerings. In the Canary Islands, the Azores anticyclone and the trade winds guarantee an eternal spring, ideal for hiking on the trails or lazing on the beach.
Elsewhere in the world, one can still visit the Maghreb, Egypt and the Middle East, where the temperatures remain pleasant and the weather is sunny. In the deserts and palm groves of the Middle East, winter looks like summer in disguise, with normal seasonal temperatures of 25 to just over 30°C. We will vibrate to the legends of the Thousand and One Nights in Oman, the pearl of Arabia, in the desert of the Wahiba Sands and the luxuriance of the wadis. We will also cross the deserts of the United Arab Emirates, southern Israel (near the Red Sea), or Jordan.
Before the very hot weather, there is still time to fly to the Indian subcontinent. We will choose North India for Holi, the festival of colours, the North and North-East of Sri Lanka, for the green rice fields and terraced tea plantations, or the Maldives, for the weather and good visibility. seabed.
In Southeast Asia too, it is the dry season. The atmosphere still has neither the excess temperature nor especially the humidity of late spring. This is a good time to travel in central and southern Vietnam. In Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, it is starting to get hot, but the weather remains dry. However, avoid the Indian Ocean, subject to rainfall, especially Indonesia, where the rainy season lasts until April.
In the Far East, it is one of the most beautiful seasons to succumb to the charms of Japan: the cherry trees are in bloom from the second half of March in the south of the Archipelago and as far as Tokyo.
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Where to go in March for a week (or more)?
In short-haul, you will find a British change of scenery coupled with the first colors of spring in Wales. The countryside extends its beds of daffodils under a weather that is certainly capricious, but which gives the colors of the flowers a supernatural echo.
In March, culture and seaside tourism are reconciled in the tropics, in Mexico and Cuba. During the dry season, we combine archaeological sites and coral reefs, Hispanic architecture, colonial cities and dream beaches. The weather remains mild throughout Central America (Belize, Costa Rica, Nicaragua), as well as in the West Indies (Guadeloupe, Martinique).
In South America, we taste the mildness of the southern winter. It is good to travel in Brazil, especially on the Atlantic coast, in the regions of Rio de Janeiro and Salvador de Bahia. Argentina offers beautiful sunny days, although cool in the South, in Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. The austral summer is the mildest season to discover the steppes, the glaciers plunging into emerald waters and the peaks capped with eternal snow. In Chile, the austral summer is also a favorable period, both in the center (around Santiago and Valparaíso) and in the north, in the Atacama desert. In Peru, the wet season is not over in the Andes and Amazonia, but the beautiful season is beginning in coastal cities like Lima and the beaches of the Atlantic coast, where swimming is possible.
In Nepal, in the dry season, hiking in the mountains is done in full bloom of rhododendrons, under a bright sky, and in temperatures of around twenty degrees. While the cold persists in the high mountains, Kathmandu, the Terai and the low-lying areas are the most recommended, as the temperatures there have warmed up after the winter.
In Oceania, summer ended gently and with favorable weather in southern Australia (Sydney, Melbourne), with average temperatures around 23°C, as well as in New Zealand, where it is however a little cooler – around ten degrees.
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Where to go on safari in March?
To see animals, we will migrate to the savannahs and African forests. For a safari in March, we will prefer East Africa, which promises a beautiful diversity and a certain concentration of wild animals. The region goes through an intermediate season between the two rainy seasons, the tracks are passable. Temporary rains, possible in the second half of March, punctuate beautiful sunny days, and restore nature to its greenery. Some of the most beautiful destinations for a safari in March include Kenya (Mount Kenya and Meru National Parks) and Tanzania (Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks, Southern Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area). On the West African side, Côte d’Ivoire is in the middle of the dry season, with good sunshine and stable temperatures around 30°C.
In India, it’s a good time to see the Bengal tiger, one of the largest cats in the world, in Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh. This park that inspired Rudyard Kipling to The jungle Book is one of the largest tiger wild reserves in India. But this solitary animal rarely moves in groups. Cat of the shade, it goes out to hunt either very early or very late, and remains lying in the shade during the day. In addition to the king of the jungle, Kanha Park is also home to other animal populations, such as barasingha or swamp deer, other prides of the park.
Cetacean lovers will sail to the Pacific coast of America. Between January and April, whales (gray and blue whales, and humpback whales) migrate from Alaska and Siberia to the Pacific coast of North America. They gather to mate and give birth in the lagoons off Baja California. This coast is also the kingdom of dolphins and sea lions.
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