Where’s hot in March?
Spring is finally starting and the mercury is on the rise across many countries in Europe. Say goodbye to what has seemed like an ever-lasting winter and get ready to start booking your next getaway! If you’re looking to avoid peak season and want to top-up your vitamin D right now (after all, who wants to wait another month or so!?), you may be wondering where’s hot in March? Here’s our guide to places to go and things to see and do as destinations are beginning to bloom.
Get your sun cream out – with eight hours of sunshine a day, and daily temperatures across the plains reaching 19°C-20°C, Cyprus is the place to be if you’re wondering where’s hot in March. Top up your tan in your private and carefully landscaped gardens complete with large pool at Villa Jan Mari Elen. When you’re ready to venture out, if you’re a nature lover, between Krya Vrysi and Lakkos tou Fragkou lies the Adonis Baths, which link back to Greek mythology and lovers Adonis and Aphrodite. By swimming in the natural pools, it is believed that you will gain youth and virility. There’s also the famous Rock of Aphrodite, which is located off the southwest coast of the island. The UNESCO-listed site is where Aphrodite is said to have risen from the sea, and is one of the country’s most famous landmarks.
If you’re more of a history person, visit the ancient city-kingdom of Kourion on the south coast, which dates back to 1200 B.C, featuring Roman and Byzantine ruins. It is one of the more popular attractions on the island, so visiting early and avoiding peak times helps. The Roman-Greek amphitheatre also hosts Shakespearean plays and music concerts. There are a number of sites across Cyprus that offer incredible insight into its fascinating history, including the Kolossi Castle, which dates back to the medieval era. It was restored in the 15th century, with a majestic rooftop offering panoramic views for visitors.
If you’re got kids, they’ll love Fasouri Watermania – Cyprus’s biggest water park offering 30 different slides and the country’s largest wave pool, as well as six snack bars and three restaurants, with something for children of all ages.
This volcanic and rugged island is the largest of the Canaries, and offers up a year-round mild climate, placing it centre-stage on our list of destinations for where’s hot in March. Enjoy pristine beaches, cute towns with cobbled winding streets and splashes of colour, and national parks and attractions that are great for nature lovers. When you’re not taking some time out for yourself in your sleek boutique-hotel-style Villa Colibri, hop in the car and get exploring some of Tenerife’s unspoiled beauty.
Teide National Park is a must-see when visiting Tenerife, with visitors flocking from all over the world to visit Mount Teide – the world’s third-tallest volcano which hasn’t erupted since 1909 (but is still marked as active). The park’s cable car gets you to the top in just eight minutes. If you fancy the rewarding experience of hiking it, devote five hours of time to it and make sure to pack plenty of water, sunscreen and a jacket. You can also book night tours of Mount Teide, where you watch the stars from the summit.
For the kids, there’s Siam Park, which has received a number of accolades for its numerous waterslides and attractions for kids of all ages. The park is much quieter in the spring months, so your little ones might get most of the place to themselves. Aqualand water park is another option, which is more suited to much younger children. If the kids want to hit the beach, visit the golden sand beach of Playa de Las Teresitas, which features yellow sand that has been imported from Spanish colonies in the Sahara. Its calm waters also make swimming ideal for families.
For the grown-ups and couples, no visit to Tenerife is complete without a wine tasting tour. In the north of the island, visit Casa del Vino in El Sauzal. It’s the ideal place to have lunch and a few samples, while learning about wine production on the island (which has 8,000 hectares of land devoted to wine-making). Learn traditional cultivation methods, and visit the indoor wine museum, which is an ideal attraction if you happen to encounter a brief spring rain shower.