March the spring weather awakens and with it the desire to leave for new destinations not yet visited. In fact, March offers excellent temperatures in some areas of the planet without having to worry about too cold or too hot, or you can choose because only in March. There are events that happen only once during the year, if you visit the same places in other periods it is no longer the same. Here are the recommended 10 places in March:
One of the Lisbon, Porto, and Sintra are the cities not to be missed in Portugal. For their historical, cultural heritage and the warm temperatures of March will allow you to enjoy beautiful walks more than in the height of summer. For nature lovers the country offers a great choice: ranging from trekking in Madeira (an island overlooking the west coast of Africa) to whale watching, up to the possibility of walking the Portuguese Way. Get ready to face the Atlantic climate and don’t forget to bring a raincoat with you.
Best Food: The king in Portuguese cuisine is certainly fish: cod and octopus especially
9. Paris, France
Honestly, there is no special month to visit the most romantic city in the world. But certainly, with the awakening of nature, Paris acquires its own particular charm. Until March 10 you can attend the shows of “Showtime in Paris”, which will take place in some of the most prestigious locations in the city, including Moulin Rouge, Philharmonie de Paris, Caveau de la Huchette and Cirque Alexis Gruss. From 22 to 24 the usual edition of Saut Hermes at the Grand Palais, a great event for all horse riding and show jumping enthusiasts. France and therefore Paris have a wide and recognized cuisine in the world.
Best Food: There are many typical dishes, I highly recommend trying “le Boeuf Bourguignon” (similar to a Beef stuffed) and Oysters
Another excellent country that I will put in March for a specific reason …. but Greece is excellent in all periods. Greece is a country to visit in March if you plan to visit Athens; warm temperatures – from 12 to 16 degrees maximum – will be much more enjoyable than the torrid summer weather.
In March you can savor the ancient and authentic flavors of the city by mixing with the locals rather than following the current and joining one of the many guided tours. The homeland of Socrates and Plato will transform into your home for a face-to-face experience with literature and philosophy, without leaving a pinch of modernity aside.
Yes, because in the ancient and modern Greek capital they join hands and take you from the redeveloped neighborhoods of the center to the wonders of yesterday, for a fascinating mix of attractions and curiosities. Don’t miss the magic of the Acropolis, the ancient agora, and the archeology museums, but take the opportunity to also discover the new and creative side of Athens. And if time goes by, set sail for the islands of Greece!
Best Food: As for cooking, Greece is not kidding at all! They have a lot of particularities that would be worth trying all starting from “Moussaka” a particular type of lasagna
Saint Patrick’s Day celebrates all over Ireland on March 17th. However, Dublin is hosting the main event and this year the celebrations will last for five days (from March 15th to 19th). The climax will be the parade on March 17th, which will unfold in the streets of the center of the capital in a riot of colors, sounds, events, and large festive crowds in the four corners of the city.
Important St. Patrick’s Day celebrations will also be held in Cork, Ireland’s second-largest city, as well as in Belfast where the St Patrick’s Day Carnival Parade is held. But everywhere on the island, there will be big celebrations, in small towns and big cities, such as Limerick, Wicklow, Derry-Londonderry, Longford, Letterkenny, Waterford, Killarney and Galway.
Two of the places most associated with Saint Patrick – Armagh and Downpatrick, in Northern Ireland – organize music, entertainment, and culture festival every year. An excellent opportunity to experience first hand the great heritage of the patron saint of Ireland in an area known as St Patrick’s Country.
Food: Irish cuisine is rich in traditional dishes, do not miss the typical Irish stew or the typical Dublin “Dublin Coddle”
See also: Best Places to Visit in January
6. South Africa
With an average temperature of 22 degrees and a maximum of 27, March is probably the best time of the year to travel to South Africa. In addition to being the country where the best safaris are made, with the possibility of seeing rhinos, elephants, lions, leopards, and buffaloes, it is also the right place to do outdoor activities such as surfing, climbing, and trekking in one of the many nature reserves in the area.
The cities of South Africa are much appreciated for the mild temperatures as much as the breathtaking views, such as that of the Blue River Canyon or what can be admired walking through the plateau, where the local wine is produced.
Best Food: Do not miss the Boerewors “similar to a Hot Dog with a mixture of typical South African spiced sausages.
In March, Japanese cities and countryside turn pink with the cherry blossom, hanami. This tradition, more than a millennium old, is still very much felt in Japan, so much so that it also provokes real migrations of millions of Japanese from their cities to the 60 most famous places in the country where you can watch the show of the spring awakening. Among the most suggestive places, we remember the Maruyama Park in Kyoto, the Ueno Park in Tokyo, the Himeji Castle, and the Hirosaki Castle. The cherry blossom, its delicacy, and the brevity of its existence are for the Japanese the symbol of fragility, but also of rebirth. The hanami also takes place at night, in this case, it takes the name of Yozakura (“cherry tree at night”), to admire the sakura (cherry trees) specially illuminated with lights to enhance their beauty.
Best Food: Sushi and Sashimi must never be missing on a Japanese table.
The Lantern Festival celebrated during the full moon of the twelfth month of the Thai calendar so it may fall between February and March. This spectacular holiday divided into two parts: Loi Krathong during which floral arrangements worn on coconut leaves are first lit with candles and then placed on the water to be carried by the current. And the Yi Peng some paper lanterns work by hand they are heated like small hot air balloons and are left to float in the air. The atmosphere filled with thousands of lights giving a unique suggestion to anyone who has been lucky enough to attend this show.
Best Food: Pad Thai excellent Thai dish to try absolutely. It even achieved fifth place in the world in 2011 as the best dish according to CNN!
3. Costa Rica
Costa Rica is waiting for you in March as it is the right month to stay away from hurricanes. This temple of nature embraced by the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific preserves a luxuriant land to be explored were in every corner a philosophy echoes that of “Pura Vida” (Pure Life).
Discover the treasure-filled past at the Museo de Oro Precolombiano in the capital San JosÃ¨ then sink your feet into the sand of Tamarindo and catapult yourself into the rainforest of the Corcovado National Park. This is the biologically richest place on the planet where there will be an opportunity to meet endangered species. But even the daredevils will have fun with the highest bungee jumping in Central America!
Best Food: Do not forget to enjoy a good dish of “Casado” (a literally married man) consumed mainly for lunch. It is a single dish consisting of boiled rice accompanied by red or black beans flavored with onion, garlic, celery, pepper, and coriander, meat or fish
Travel to Cambodia in March to plan visits especially in the early morning and late afternoon, given the heat of the central hours of the day. In Siem Reap every evening you can attend the association’s circus show Phare which supports and takes care of the education of children from the most disadvantaged families in the area.
For those who go to Battambang, it will be possible to visit the public school that prepares students in different addresses: art, computer science, and entertainment. From Phnom Penh, continuing west on the national road 5, you enter the province of Kompong Chhnang. The path is an enchanting immersion in Cambodian rural life, consisting of stilt houses, pagodas, and endless expanses of rice fields. A few minutes from the city of Kompong Chhnang there are several villages specialize in the processing of ceramics and terracotta: do not miss the opportunity to make some truly original purchases!
Best Food: Do not miss the “Fish Amok”, a fish dish with curry. Really excellent.
1. Bali- Indonesia
Bali is the most popular tourist island located in Indonesia. Its southern coasts are seen where the postcard beaches form the backdrop to the lively resorts of Kuta and Nusa Dua, where you can surf in the waves of the sea or have fun in the premises of the center. The more rural and characteristic Ubud and the populous capital Denpasar. There are also numerous temples around the island and present in every village. Also including the most important the mother temple of Besakih on the slope of the Agung volcano where we can often find the sacred ceremonies of the Balinese
Best Food: Excellent “Nasi Goreng” or pan-fried rice, “pepes and tum” or banana leaf rolls and the tasty Bubur Sumsum (or bubuh injin) or wholemeal rice pudding