It's never too late to plan for an escape as winter turns to spring. Most destinations start to bloom in March. In parts of Asia, the dry season kicks in while Middle Eastern deserts are the perfect temperature before the summer sizzle. It's shoulder season (so called because it's between peak and off-peak) everywhere from the Caribbean to the Indian Ocean. This is a month for budget travellers. In Asia and Latin America, you can expect reasonable crowds and off-peak hotel prices. Ahead of the Easter rush, plan a holiday to the following 10 exciting destinations. Here's our guide to where to go in March.
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Visit Amsterdam from mid- to late-March when it really is blooming lovely. Famous for its flowers, including the iconic tulips, the city will be looking wonderful at this time of year. The Dutch capital has gone through serious transformations and now has more attractions, like world-class museums, to see than ever before. Its idyllic cobbled streets and 165 canals are easy to explore by bicycle or on foot. Have lunch at an exclusive restaurant during the Dining City Restaurant Week in March.
Located in the north-western part of Belgium, Bruges is the capital of West Flanders province. You have to visit this medieval city to believe its fairy tale atmosphere and beautiful canals. It's a pilgrimage for chocolate fans and art lovers in particular. When it comes to sweets, tapestry, cosy cafes and laces, the town has no rivals in seduction. Discover what's down the canal by taking a boat tour.
With a rich blend of culture and gorgeous architecture, Budapest is perfect for a spring city break. For sightseeing, make sure to visit the Hungarian Parliament Building, Heroes' Square, Fisherman's Bastion and Margaret Island. Getting around is no problem, thanks to a wide public transportation network. And spring flowers should help make those holiday photos look even better.
If you are wondering where to go on holidays in March in the Red Sea Coast, Hurghada is a perfect resort to choose. It is the oldest and most popular Egyptian resort. A world of coral and fishes bring the place to global attention. There is a city on the ground that caters directly to tourists. Go snorkelling and deep-sea diving at Giftun Island. For the perfect view of colourful corals and dolphins, Magawish Island is a must-see spot.
You have to be in Egypt to witness such wonders as the pyramids - this country is on a lot of bucket lists. The backbone of the African country is the ancient monuments along the Nile River Valley. Do not miss a tour in Cairo, the capital city and home to the great Sphinx of Giza and the Egyptian Museum. If you love animals, check out the Animal Care in Luxor to watch trained donkeys, horses and stray dogs.
This is the northernmost country in Africa. It offers everything you need for a pure beach holiday in March. Wander around Roman time monuments and grand ancient ruins. It is a stone's throw from Europe, encapsulating Sahara dunes and gorgeous Mediterranean beaches. There is enough sand for sun-seekers bearing in mind that the coastline of Tunisia is 1148km long. The best beaches are on Cap Bon peninsula.
Did you know that Dubai was a mere fishing village on the Persian Gulf a century ago? Now, the Burj Al Arab resorts and Palm Islands beckon tourists with picture-perfect backdrops. The city's beaches are most popular with Europeans in March. If you are tired of winter in the UK, this is a warm place to escape and relax, shop and dine.
In March, the Atlantic waters of Miami are warm and skies are blue. The tropical metropolis offers something for every traveller. Enjoy the wide beaches, admire art deco architecture, taste tempting local foods and learn the Latin culture. Away from the city, a trip to the Everglades in southern Florida gives you the chance to catch some incredible wildlife, including alligators and crocodiles.
If want to experience the cherry blossom season in Japan, you have to visit the country in March holidays. This natural phenomenon is the dream of many photographers. Get the most out of your vacation by touring Tokyo - from Takayama, Mukayu to Beniya. On the 3rd of March, see impressive doll displays during the Hinamatsuri festival. Keiyo Plaza Hotel, Mount Fuji and Kyoto National Museum are the most famous attractions.
Popularly known as the Island of the Gods, Bali is a paradise. It is surrounded by golden beaches and azure seas. There is no better place for a beach holiday than this island located in Indonesia. Apart from the sea, Bali has numerous attractions including markets, museums, waterfalls and caves. For adventure, fly through the Tarzan jungle, surf in Kuta, muck and wreck dive.
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