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Where's Hot In March?

With Christmas several months behind us and the credit card debt paid off, we’re all starting to crave something to look forward to, and a holiday might just fit the bill.

Whether you’re after short-haul hotspots or fancy a taste of the tropics, here’s where to go for a dose of sunshine in March.

Southern Tenerife

Average temperature: 20°C

Flight time: 4.5 hours

Costa Adeje,Tenerife,

While there’s a risk of rain in the north of Tenerife during March, southern Tenerife is a different story. The start of spring brings temperatures peaking in the low twenties – perfect for families looking for a sunshine escape without the oppressive heat of summer.

It’s a great time to get out in the countryside for walking, biking and horse riding tours. Or take to the waves for water sports where you’ll find everything from parasailing to kayaking on offer.

For even more splash-filled fun, enjoy a day out at one of the island’s water parks. Stay in the popular resorts of Playa de las Américas or Los Cristianos to have Siam Park and Aqualand on your doorstep.

Cyprus

Average temperature: 15°C

Flight time: 4 hours

Pissouri, Cyprus

Even in March, Cyprus is one of the only European destinations warm enough to make for a passable winter sun getaway. Although 15°C isn’t exactly beach weather, with over 8 hours of sunshine a day, a holiday in Cyprus can still get you a tan!

The island’s small size gives it an intimate feel, and days can be spent wandering around the historic churches and castles or relaxing in a local coffee shop. If you’re feeling energetic, the Troodos Mountains have many great hiking and biking trails, but be aware that there may still be some snow around.

Cape Verde

Average temperature: 23°C

Flight time: 5-6 hours

Santiago Island, Cape Verde

Cape Verde is Africa’s answer to the Caribbean – a tropical paradise boasting miles of white-sand beaches and an irresistibly laidback lifestyle.

To get the most out of your Cape Verde holiday, venture away from your hotel to a local bar or market to get a feel for the rich culture, or spend the evening dining on freshly-caught seafood or cachupa rica, the national dish made of fish, beans and vegetables.

March is a great time for whale and turtle-watching on the island, so grab a pair of binoculars and get out on a boat tour!

Dubai, UAE

Average temperature: 22°C

Flight time: 7 hours

Jumeirah Beach, Dubai

Looking for a luxury getaway in the sun? With plenty of five-star hotels and glamorous all-inclusive resorts, a holiday to Dubai is just the ticket!

You’ll be spoiled for choice with activities, too. The city is a shopping paradise, with huge malls selling everything from high-street fashion to designer brands, and traditional markets offering jewellery, spices and textiles at bargain prices to those willing to haggle.

For adventure seekers, there are plenty of distractions available in the desert, from 4WD tours and camel rides to dune-surfing. Culture vultures on the other hand won’t want to miss the old town of Bastakiya.

Dominican Republic

Average temperature: 25°C

Flight time: 9-10 hours

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

With its tropical temperatures and nine hours of sunshine a day, a holiday in the Dominican Republic is the perfect antidote to Britain’s winter weather.

Relax on the beach with a cocktail or enjoy the warm seas by trying your hand at kite-surfing or scuba diving. For an adrenaline rush, head to Jarabacoa for white-water rafting, or take a ride on a hair-raising zip-line!

A highlight of a March visit is whale-watching; humpback whales migrate to the surrounding waters for mating between December and April, making March an ideal time to see the whales in a natural setting.


Do you have a favourite March hotspot? Tweet us @icelollyholiday and let us know!


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