15 Best March destinations in Europe in 2021

If you are coming to Europe in March you are obviously not looking for sunbathing destinations. Still, many of Europe's best and most popular cities have surprisingly decent weather in March, so it can be an excellent time for a city visit. More good news is that most of southern Europe is mostly dry in March, so a light jacket or sweater is probably all you'll need most of the time.

If you are looking for a warm-weather destination in March you should probably think about Asia or perhaps the Caribbean. As long as you don't need it to be actually hot, the Canary Islands are warm and pleasant enough that some people do sunbathe in March, so it's the first place on the list below.

Notable March 2021 holidays in Europe

  • March 17 – St. Patrick's Day (Dublin celebrates from March 14 to 18)
  • March 19 – St. Joseph's Day (public holiday in Switzerland, parts of Spain, and a few other places)

COVID-19 situation

As of the November-2020 edit of this article, the COVID-19 situation is pretty bad through most of the world. Many travel destinations on the list below are closed to those from outside of the regions, but quite a few are now getting ready to accept visitors. Needless to say, you'll want to check the most current information for any destination before you book. Some good news can be found in our best destinations for Americans during the COVID crisis article.

Europe's only March beach destination

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

  • March avg high: 71F/22C
  • March avg low: 60F/16C
  • March avg precip: 1.1″/2.8cm

The only destination that is technically in Europe that has warm enough weather for sunbathing in March is the Canary Islands, just off the southern coast of Morocco. Since they are officially part of Spain they count as being in Europe, and they are quite popular this time of year because of that fact and how easy they are to reach from Britain and Scandinavia in particular.

Tenerife is the largest of the islands and the one that is most oriented towards English speakers, so it's the first choice of many. You'll be surprised at how many people are sunbathing in Tenerife when it's just barely warm enough. Fortunately, the evenings don't get cold and there usually isn't much wind, so it feels quite nice. The best climate can be found in the southwest corner of the island near Los Cristianos.

  • Good 3-star hotels in March from €58 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in March from €79 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in March from €17 per person

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The destinations below at least have decent March weather, and plenty to see this month

Rome, Italy

  • March avg high: 60F/16C
  • March avg low: 42F/6C
  • March avg precip: 2.6″/6.5cm

Since Rome's top attractions such as the Vatican Museum and Ancient Rome can be so insanely crowded during the warmer months, March is pretty much perfect for a visit for most people. The crowds are still far smaller than during summer and hotel prices are still way down as well. You can even wander a bit off the beaten track and feel like you are one of the only tourists in town.

Flights to Rome are also reasonably priced in March, so it's a good month to begin a trip beginning here and heading up through Florence and Venice (mentioned below). Easter is April 12 in 2020 so March will be quieter than usual.

  • Good 3-star hotels in March from €52 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in March from €59 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in March from €23 per person

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Florence, Italy

  • March avg high: 59F/15C
  • March avg low: 41F/5C
  • March avg precip: 3.2″/8.0cm

If you are going to be visiting Rome (above) you should also include Florence on that trip. The cities are only about 90 minutes apart by high-speed train, so you could technically visit Florence as a day trip. But really you are better off staying at least a few nights because Florence is more peaceful than Rome, and has a lot to offer.

Florence itself is filled with top museums and other sights such as the famous cathedral, but it also makes for an ideal base for day trips. Pisa is only an hour away, and Siena is only a bit farther, while there are several hill towns that make for wonderful excursions as well. Florence is the capital of Tuscany so it's known as a food and wine center. Hotel prices are a bit lower than in Rome as well.

By the way, Venice is still a bit chilly in March, but it's still worth a visit if you have an extra day or two. The Carnivale celebrations are huge here and they run from February 8 to February 25 in 2020, so you'd have to come earlier to get involved.

  • Good 3-star hotels in March from €52 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in March from €74 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in March from €23 per person

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Paris, France

  • March avg high: 55F/13C
  • March avg low: 43F/6C
  • March avg precip: 2.1″/5.3cm

If you read our remarks about Rome above, and about how March is the last month before summer to avoid massive crowds, they apply equally to Paris as well. As you can see, it's still a bit chilly in Paris in March, but that will also enable you to wear some of your more fashionable outfits that you could never wear on a summer visit.

As you'd expect, hotel rates in March are quite reasonable in Paris, and airfares are modest as well. This city just doesn't get much rain at any time during the year, and March is yet another fairly dry month, so you can probably leave the umbrella at home. The most popular attractions such as the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower are less crowded as well. Consider a Paris Pass if you intend on hitting many of the top attractions in only a few days.

  • Good 3-star hotels in March from €85 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in March from €98 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in March from €31 per person

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Nice, France

  • March avg high: 59F/15C
  • March avg low: 46F/8C
  • March avg precip: 2.4″/6.0cm

Nice is mostly known as a summer retreat for French and English people with means, but it's also a lovely city on the Mediterranean and an ideal second city to visit in France after Paris. The March climate is warm enough to spend a fair amount of time out of doors, which is not something you can say about many other European cities. In fact, this area used to be more of a winter resort for people escaping the cold and snow to the north.

In addition to a pleasant historic town center, Nice is an ideal base for exploring the French Riviera. Cannes and Antibes are very short train rides away to the west, and Monaco is about 20 minutes by train to the east. If you want to do those day trips then getting a more affordable hotel in the area of the train station is wise.

  • Good 3-star hotels in March from €47 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in March from €69 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in March from €17 per person

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London, England

  • March avg high: 51F/11C
  • March avg low: 39F/4C
  • March avg precip: 1.9″/4.8cm

Since London never really has reliably good weather, it can be worthwhile to visit in March when you know it's going to be chilly but probably won't rain much. At least the hotel rates are way down and the crowds are far smaller than during summer. London feels really overloaded from June through September so an off-season visit can be more enjoyable by comparison.

Being a city where most of the famous attractions are indoors and has an excellent public transport system, visiting in March won't feel much different from visiting in July, except you won't have a zillion other tourists to compete with at every turn.

  • Good 3-star hotels in March from €69 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in March from €126 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in March from €24 per person

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Barcelona, Spain

  • March avg high: 61F/16C
  • March avg low: 44F/7C
  • March avg precip: 1.7″/4.3cm

It's obviously still a bit cool in Barcelona in March, but it's warm enough to stroll around and enjoy the fascinating architecture with very little chance of rain. Really the main feature of a March visit will be to be clear of the monstrous crowds that now take Barcelona over from May through September.

This is a city that can be too hot for many in July and August, so these shoulder-season visits will be more comfortable for anyone who doesn't love sweating. Of course the hotel rates are still way down as well, just as you'd expect this time of year. You'll definitely want to also visit Madrid, mentioned below, which is only 3 hours away on a high-speed train.

  • Good 3-star hotels in March from €55 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in March from €77 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in March from €27 per person

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Madrid, Spain

  • March avg high: 60F/16C
  • March avg low: 42F/6C
  • March avg precip: 1.0″/2.5cm

You can see that Madrid has a similar climate to Barcelona in March, but it typically gets even less rainfall. It's best to visit both cities on the same trip because they are both huge, filled with interesting sights, and surprisingly different from one another.

Madrid is where you'll find the Royal Palace and the Prado Museum, and the city center is also more dense and more city-like than Barcelona. The famous nightlife goes pretty much all year round in both cities, so you can dress up a bit in the cooler weather but still leave your umbrella at home.

  • Good 3-star hotels in March from €45 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in March from €69 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in March from €18 per person

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Malaga, Spain

  • March avg high: 64F/18C
  • March avg low: 46F/8C
  • March avg precip: 2.1″/5.3cm

The best March climate in Spain can be found in the historic city of Malaga along the Mediterranean coast. This is the gateway to the Costa del Sol resort towns, but those tend to be very quiet this time of year so staying in Malaga itself is probably a better idea.

It's not quite warm enough for sunbathing in Malaga in March, though it can be close late in the month. Even so, this city has a proper downtown with shopping, restaurants, bars, and other attractions. Flights into Malaga are fairly cheap this time of year, and if you are coming from Madrid they can be even cheaper than the train, depending on when you buy.

  • Good 3-star hotels in March from €53 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in March from €81 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in March from €16 per person

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Lisbon, Portugal

  • March avg high: 66F/19C
  • March avg low: 48F/9C
  • March avg precip: 1.9″/4.8cm

While Spain has the reputation for the sunniest and warmest part of Europe during winter, it's really Portugal that deserves the crown more. Lisbon is a wonderful and historic city with a surprisingly good climate all year round. This city is also unusually cheap for Europe, especially for how posh the historic center feels. Hotel rates in March are even more reasonable, of course.

Some people start a Europe tour by flying into Lisbon and then taking the overnight train to Madrid, or flying to Madrid or somewhere else. If you are starting a Europe tour in March it can be good to start in a place like Lisbon with a nice climate, and then head north as temperatures climb a bit each week. Lisbon is actually known for excellent hostels, so even if you aren't a backpacker you might consider a private room in a hostel because they also include something of a social life built in.

  • Good 3-star hotels in March from €39 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in March from €58 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in March from €18 per person

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Split, Croatia

  • March avg high: 57F/14C
  • March avg low: 46F/8C
  • March avg precip: 2.5″/6.3cm

Most people are far more aware of Dubrovnik, which is a bit down the coast of Croatia from Split and just a bit warmer as well. But Dubrovnik's historic center is also much smaller and far more expensive than Split's, so many people prefer going here instead. The March weather is pleasant, even if you'll need to wear a jacket or sweater still.

Split is actually even a bit older than Dubrovnik and the white-on-white marble city center is very similar. Better still, Split is a real city where tourists eat among locals and there is always something going on. Dubrovnik's walled city is almost 100% tourists, so it feels more artificial even though it's quite impressive. You can visit both if you are in the area, and hotel rates this time of year are very reasonable. Local apartment rentals called “sobes” are abundant and usually cheaper than hotels.

  • Good 3-star hotels in March from €31 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in March from €36 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in March from €24 per person

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Athens, Greece

  • March avg high: 60F/16C
  • March avg low: 44F/7C
  • March avg precip: 1.6″/4.0cm

Many people visit Athens for a few days on their way to visit one of the islands, but the islands are virtually closed down until after Easter, so in March you'll want to just focus on the mainland. Athens is one of Europe's cheaper large cities, and it's obviously one of the most historic cities in the world. Hotel rates in March are very reasonable, and the attractions such as the Acropolis and Archeological Museum are far less crowded.

If you really want to also visit an island you might consider Santorini, Mykonos, or Rhodes. Those are the largest and most popular islands for tourists, and they have town centers that are going all year round.

  • Good 3-star hotels in March from €45 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in March from €57 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in March from €11 per person

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Valletta, Malta

  • March avg high: 61F/16C
  • March avg low: 50F/10C
  • March avg precip: 1.9″/4.8cm

You'll be excused if you only know Malta from the Maltese Falcon because this small island just south of Sicily is really only popular with Brits and some Scandinavians. But you can see above that its southern location gives is a very pleasant climate this time of year, and it's a very friendly and easy to visit island as well. Since it was once run by Britain, English is one of the official languages and everyone in the tourism industry speaks it fluently.

It obviously won't be warm enough for sunbathing, but it'll be pleasant to spend a lot of time outdoors. The capital city of Valletta is quite small and compact, so most visitors will have a better time staying in Sliema, which is a short ferry ride across the bay from Valletta. There are many other villages along the waterfront, with plenty of good restaurants and nightlife never far away.

  • Good 3-star hotels in March from €61 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in March from €68 for two people

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Reykjavik, Iceland

  • March avg high: 38F/3C
  • March avg low: 28F/-2C
  • March avg precip: 3.2″/8.0cm

We've listed this suggestion as ‘Reykjavik,' which is obviously the capital, but really you'll probably only be visiting the city on your way in or out of the country. March is the last full month of the best Northern Lights viewing, which is best done in smaller towns and rural areas far away from Reykjavik itself. Some people visit Iceland in December, January, or February for the Northern Lights, but you can't do much else in those months because the days are so short. In March the sun is out for around 12 hours each day, although it is low in the sky.

Another reason to visit Iceland in March is that it's before the busy summer season begins so you won't be competing with all of the other tourists. Hotel rates are more affordable, although prices have been going up so even the cheaper places may feel a bit expensive at this point. Still, this is an amazing island and it becomes the favorite destination in the world for many who visit, including yours truly.

  • Good 3-star hotels in March from €109 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in March from €147 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in March from €35 per person

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Interlaken, Switzerland

  • March avg high: 50F/10C
  • March avg low: 33F/1C
  • March avg precip: 3.2″/8.0cm

If you are touring around Europe and you want to catch the most amazing Alpine views possible, you'll want to head to the Interlaken area. There are observation decks such as Schilthorn and scenic railways such as Jungfraujoch with views that you will never forget if you catch them on a clear day.

The Interlaken area is also home to quite a few ski centers, and there should still be good snow in March. But it's also an adventure and trekking area so there is something interesting to do all year round. Hotel rates near ski lifts can be pricey, but hotels in towns without ski lifts can be good bargains this time of year.

  • Good 3-star hotels in March from €76 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in March from €128 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in March from €23 per person

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82 Responses to “15 Best March destinations in Europe in 2021”

serena hawley says:

looking for a good price on an all inclusive from march 11-15

    Roger Wade says:


    There are only a few all-inclusive resorts on Tenerife and the other Canary Islands, but you could try there. And the mid March weather is okay for sunbathing for part of the day, though still a bit chilly for most people.

    If you can put up with the flight time I’d recommend trying Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The all-inclusive resort deals there are outstanding, which would make up for a pricier flight. The March weather there is also warm and sunny every day.

    Your cheapest option close to Europe for all-inclusives with warm March weather would be Sharm el-Sheikh. The value is amazing, but that’s partly because some Europeans would prefer to avoid Egypt right now. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Paula says:

Looking for a fairly warm location with good accessibility for a wheelchair.



    I’m happy to try to help, but you might find more information on a website that discusses accessibility. In my experience I can say that most European cities do quite a good job with accessibility, although in some cities such as Paris, it’s most convenient to get around on the Metro, and not all stops have elevators. My first suggestions would be Barcelona and Madrid, since they have reasonably warm weather in March and are also mostly flat. Both of those cities are also compact enough that if you stay in a hotel in the central district you can see most things without needing public transportation.

    I know quite a few European cities have special taxis and buses that can load in a wheelchair, but I don’t know enough about them to give advice myself. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. -Roger

Amanda says:


My friend and I are hoping to go to Rome for Spring Break this year, March 11-18. We are thinking that we would stay in Rome for four nights and Florence for two nights. I was hoping that you would have some suggestions for our trip as well as cheap places to go and means of travel since we are both in college and don’t have THAT much money. Thank you!



    That sounds like an excellent Spring Break trip. You might even consider doing Rome in 3 nights then Florence in 2 nights and then 1 night in Venice. They are all less than two hours apart by train, and Venice might be the single most amazing place you’ll ever see in person. Venice is also small enough that 24 hours is a long enough visit.

    By far the best way of getting around is by train, especially as the high-speed links between those cities are fast and cheap. Once you decide on a schedule it’s best to buy the train tickets ASAP for the best prices from the official Italy rail site. Even the train from Venice back to the Rome Airport won’t cost too much if you buy early.

    I don’t often give specific itinerary suggestions for within cities as I feel that guidebooks and other websites do a much better job of that. I can highly recommend Rick Steves Italy guide, which is available in a book and also an ebook version. He does an excellent job of explaining the top sights and best strategies for saving money. You can also get advice from Lonelyplanet.com among others, but most of those guides tend to list everything so you are left to read it all and then sort out the highlights yourself.

    The area around the Rome train station is convenient and pretty cheap for hostels and budget hotels, although a bit seedy at times if you get too far south. I hope this helps. If you have other specific questions I’ll be happy to try to answer them. -Roger

elana says:

we are looking to take a family trip to europe at the end of march. We mostly like to hike and are nervous that the weather won’t be so good. We are a family of 11 so we are looking for something on the lower end, budget wise- any suggetsions?



    One nice thing is that nowhere in the popular countries in Europe do they experience extreme weather with any regularity. Rain is spread fairly evenly throughout the year, and in the southern countries such as Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Greece, you won’t get any snow in March except at the highest elevations. Really my top recommendations for a March trip are all in the article above. And if you want to focus on hiking and outdoor activities it’s probably best to think about Spain and Portugal for the best March weather. Again, there are parts of the world where you might get heavy rain for a week straight in March, but in southern Europe you’d be extremely unlucky to get more than a couple of rainy days in a row. It will be a bit of a gamble, of course, but most likely it’ll be reasonably warm and mostly dry. Northern Spain has mountains and plenty of good hiking, but for the warmest and clearest weather you might look more to southern Spain and Portugal. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Rob Smith says:

we are planning a 18 day trip to switzerland & italy. And would like to avoid snow and rain as my wife is pregnant.

We are not much interested in arts & museums. We like nature & scenic places.

We had following cities in mind:

Montreux or chamonix

Could you recommend places to visit in switzerland and italy for 15 days in last week of march & 1st week of april. We want to avoid cold or rainy weather. we are not much into arts & museums.
Mostly we would like to visit scenic places.



    It can rain any day of the year in Switzerland, but it’s a very modern and well organized country so it’s usually pretty easy to avoid getting too wet. To be honest, Geneva is a pretty dull city that happens to have a nice location on a lake. Montreux is similar and also with very nice views. I don’t think I would visit both of them, especially with so many other things to see in Switzerland. The most scenic and interesting city is Bern, which is also the capital. Interlaken and Lucerne are the most scenic places in Switzerland, and you probably won’t get snow in those places unless you go up into the mountains.

    Milan is Italy’s second largest city but it’s not much of a tourist city (and it’s not very Italian). Unless you’ve already been to Venice I would recommend going there instead. The Lake Como area is indeed nice and it’s easy to reach from Milan on a local train in about an hour. Florence and Rome are the other two big tourist cities (along with Venice) and I would recommend 3 days in each of them.

    The Amalfi Coast is a bit hard to reach and there isn’t much to do there aside from relax and enjoy the views. The easiest way to visit Amalfi is to take a train from Rome to Naples and then another local train from Naples to Sorrento, which is a lovely town on its own. Once in Sorrento you can take the local bus (leaving in front of the train station every hour) that goes along the Amalfi Coast including stops in Positano and Amalfi itself. It’s probably easiest to just stay in Sorrento and visit for the day. I’m not sure if you had any questions and I hope this helped. -Roger

Jermaine says:

To each is own but I would recommend staying longer in Florence than in Rome. Personally, aside fro the collisuem and ruins Rome is just okay… Florence is beautiful and much better imo. Just my two cents. Enjoy



    I actually agree with you. Rome is amazing, but it’s also overwhelming and so I think 3 days is a perfect stay for a first visit. But in Florence I think staying a week or even more would be lovely. I think the food is better as well. Thanks for the comments. -Roger

Sumithra says:

I am living in Warszawa and planning on a holiday from 24th March to 30 March with my daughter in Europe. Which place would you suggest is best. Do you think going to Italy – covering Rome, Venice and Florence would be good or is there any other place I can go. I wanted to take her to Greece – Athens and Santorini during this time but am not sure as hearing mixed reviews. Please advise. And thanks for your help.



    Athens and Santorini are very nice and definitely worthwhile, but if you haven’t yet been to Italy I would recommend going there first. Also, Athens is nice in March, but Santorini will be very quiet because the tourist season doesn’t really begin until mid April and it’s still quiet until June there.

    With 6 days the fastest trip to Italy I would recommend would be to fly into Venice (or nearby Treviso) and spend about 24 hours there. Then take the two-hour train ride down to Florence and spend two nights there. Then take the 90-minute train ride down to Rome and spend your final 3 nights there, before flying back to Warsaw. With only 6 days you don’t really have much flexibility to do it any differently, so I hope that sounds okay. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger


I’d like to ask about the best places to visit in Europe (other than the UK) in the end of March and April which have many activities and the weather is warm or ok.
Thanks in advance!



    Actually, the whole article above is specifically written to answer your question. Spain, Portugal, and Italy all have reasonably nice weather in late March and early April, although none of them may be as warm as you hope. If you are interested in history, food, and culture I would go to Italy. But if you are more interested in hiking and relaxation and smaller crowds I would go to Spain and/or Portugal. I’m happy to help with more information if you have specific questions. -Roger

Srini says:

Hi Roger,

Could you please let me know which places are good to visit in Europe in 2/3 week of March. like Portugal or Malta or canary islands,etc.




    Actually, the whole article above was written to answer this question. I included the weather averages so you could see which places are warm and which places are still cold but worthwhile. The Canary Islands has warm weather all year and some people even sit on the beach there in December, but I find it to be kind of a boring place for cultural purposes because almost everyone there is just there to relax. Malta might be warm enough in March and at least it has enough permanent residents that it has interesting culture, particularly in the Valletta area and Sliema, which is just across the bay from Valletta.

    And the southern coast of Portugal and Spain are getting warm that time of year as well. I’m not sure this helps, but I’m happy to answer specific questions if you have them. -Roger

Jill says:

[email protected] we are interested in San Sebastián Spain and Bordeaux, France in late March -early April? Is this a douable idea and where would we fly into and out.



    It’ll still be a little chilly in those cities in late March, but it should be pleasant enough to visit. If you are coming from somewhere other than Europe it’s probably best to fly into Paris and then take the high-speed train in about 2.5 hours to Bordeaux. From Bordeaux you can take a train and then a bus in a bit over 3 hours to reach San Sebastián. The closest large airport to San Sebastián is in Bilbao, which is about 70 minutes away by bus. From there you could fly back to Paris for a flight home. That’s probably the easiest way to do it. -Roger

Erin says:

Greetings Roger- We are trying to decide where to take our 3 daughters (19, 15 and 12) for spring break, which is March 9th through the 17, 2019. My husband and I have both lived in London (which we love and would enjoy showing our girls) but I have several relatives living in Dublin and the surrounding area that might be happy to play “tour guides” for a bit. We also have relatives living in Lengwil, (Thurgau Canton, Switzerland) and also near split, Croatia. For which of these cities would you cast you vote? We are looking for an immersion in history, culture and nature. We don’t need beaches and warm weather. Cost is something to consider but we understand what we are getting into having lived in Europe previously. Your opinion is appreciated!



    It sounds like you’ve got some really nice options with some interesting base cities. Any of them would be a good choice, but for a mid March trip I’d worry that Ireland might be a bit gloomy. Personally, I like Dublin, but to me the real “magic” of a visit to Ireland is the small towns and castles and scenery and whatnot. In other words, if this was a May or September trip I might lean towards Ireland. In March I think Croatia might be a better choice and you can do Ireland another time. The weather in the Split area will be reasonably mild (at least compared to northern Europe) and the crowds will be small. If you go to Croatia you should try to make it to Plitvice Falls National Park if you can, and especially on a sunny day. It’s one of Europe’s best natural sights.

    Speaking of nature, you really can’t beat Switzerland for natural beauty and in March there will be snow on most of the mountains still. Have a look at my article on where to go in Switzerland for my advice about seeing the best in a short visit. You may know that Switzerland is very expensive, even compared to its neighbors, but if you have a place to stay near Zurich for at least part of your trip that would cut costs down. You could invest in either some Swiss Travel Passes or at least the Half Fare Cards to keep the train travel cheap. If you can pull off a Switzerland trip in an affordable way it would be my top pick. If not then I’d choose Croatia over Ireland at that time of year, although I’m sure you’d really enjoy any of them. Let me know if you have any other questions and I hope this helped. -Roger

Nils says:

I think you need to reconsider your pricing of Lisbon. A central 3 star hotel is consistently impossible to find for less than 60€, anf that the average price is 37€ now is way off!! It’s not that cheap anymore.



    Thank you for the comment and I really appreciate people caring about the accuracy of our information. Those hotel rates for Lisbon say:

    Good 3-star hotels in March from €37 for two people
    Good 4-star hotels in March from €57 for two people
    Hostel dorm beds in March from €19 per person

    In other words, the absolute cheapest 3-star hotel in Lisbon in the month of March that gets good reviews was €37 when we checked it. I just checked it again now and there are some places that are even lower. In summer those rates will be higher, of course, but March is a slow month so it’s not surprising that deals are available. And again, those aren’t AVERAGE room rates, they are the minimum, for comparison to other cities on the list. London, for example, starts at €67 for a 3-star in March, so that helps you know that Lisbon is cheaper, at least for hotels.

    It’s pretty much impossible to figure out an “average” price for hotel rooms, so at least telling readers the bottom of the market for price gives them something to compare cities with. -Roger

Chett says:


First, I want to thank you for your diligence in maintaining such a wonderful resource of information here on this site. I used your site, the comments from others, and some advice you shared after i asked questions a few years ago to plan a trip for my wife and I to visit Paris and various places in Italy for our first ever trip to Europe to celebrate our 20th anniversary. It was a fantastic trip and we want to take our teenage children (15 and 17) to Europe for spring break this year during mid March. I’ve found some fantastic prices for round trip tickets for around $500 from an airport a few hours from our house to the following European destinations:


Here’s my question. We have about eight days to travel and I would like to visit a few different countries over the eight days. What would you recommend as a starting/finishing point (among the locations listed) and method to see as much as possible (without overwhelming ourselves) in the short time we have?



    I’m glad you find this site helpful, and I apologize for the slow reply this time, as I’m on a cruise and in Barbados at the moment.

    If you have 8 days to travel I’d recommend choosing 3 cities to visit and spending 3 days in two and 2 days in one. In March I don’t think I’d recommend northern Europe. I like the idea in your other comment about Switzerland and Spain. You could fly into Zurich and spend 2 or 3 days in the Interlaken area, and then fly to Madrid for 2 or 3 days and then a train to Barcelona for your remaining 2 or 3 days. Switzerland is amazing all year round, and Spain will have mild weather in March. Let me know if you have other questions and I’ll have more time to respond in a couple days. -Roger

Chett says:

Sorry, quick follow up as an additional option to my questions above. I just checked one way tickets from Zurich to Madrid, Spain and we can fly one way to Madrid for about $50 per person. Another option would be to fly into Zurich and spend a couple days in Switzerland. We could fly out of Switzerland and spend a couple days in Madrid then catch a train to Barcelona for a couple days and fly back to Zurich for our flight home. Thoughts?

Julie says:

Glad I found this site. My 2 kids (19, 20) and I are trying to decide between Iceland or Lisbon for early March 2019. I know Iceland will be colder, but I think the sites would be more spectacular. Any recommendations, comments would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!



    That is a tough one. Iceland is literally my favorite destination in the world, but as you say, March is before even the shoulder season and it’ll be chilly. On the other hand, Lisbon has a fairly mild winter and it should be quite nice in March. I think I’d probably vote for Lisbon for this trip and then hopefully you can schedule an Iceland trip closer to summer. Let me know if you have any questions. -Roger

Raja says:

I am planning my honeymoon in April 2019 for 15 days. Have decided Paris and Rome for 11 days. Couldn’t decide on the third option for the remaining 4 days between Barcelona, Vienna and Amsterdam. We want something with museum, less touristy, easy accessibility and more walking. Kindly suggest.



    That should be an amazing honeymoon. Eleven days is actually a long time for Paris and Rome so you might want to move a bit more quickly. Paris is really gorgeous, but you can see all of the things that interest you in 4 days or maybe 5. Rome is also a fascinating place, but it’s also quite hectic and many people are happy to see the main sights in 3 or maybe 4 days and then move on. You could always go to Florence and/or Venice as well, as they are all connected by fast and short train rides.

    Barcelona, Vienna, and Amsterdam all have great museums, and I’d say Amsterdam is most famous for that. But they are all quite touristy (because they are so interesting). All three are all flat so walking is quite easy. Amsterdam is the most compact of the three, although the main sights in Vienna are all in a small area in the center as well. Barcelona is larger and more spread out. It’s hard to choose between them and you’d have to fly in and out, so I’d pick the one that interests you most. I think Amsterdam is the most interesting, but Barcelona will have nicer weather in April. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Jessica says:


Thank you for this great article! My mother and I have secured flights to and from Munich, arriving on the 19th March and departing on the 29th March 2019. My brother will be joining us for the initial week or so if this trip and wishes to visit Geneva, for a visit to CERN. He will then depart on the 24th March from Munich. I am trying desperately to create an itinerary thereafter for my mother and I- and was hoping to visit Prague-Vienna-Budapest. I see now that this may not be possible unless I change my departure date, ir fly directly to Prague from Geneva. I’m also concerned that this may be too much activity for my mum, who is in her sixties. What are our other options from Geneva? Croatia, perhaps? She is more likely to be interested in culture and history, And loves visiting gardens- though it may not quite yet be the season for that.., I’m hesitant to take her to a bustling city like Rome..Perhaps it is also because I have travelled extensively in Italy, and wish to travel elsewhere. she has been to France and Greece before, and I would like her to experience something different- I doubt that Geneva will very affordable- and in addition to travel cost, I also want to consider shorter travel times on trains/ flights as these tire my mother tremendously.. please help!



    If you have a 10-day trip and are spending your first 5 days in Geneva, it would be impossible to squeeze those 3 other cities in. I should also mention that Geneva has a lovely location on a lake, but it’s not really much of a tourist city. You might have a quick look at my main article on where to go in Switzerland. With 5 days to spare I’d recommend choosing two cities, and hopefully ones that are less than 5 hours apart by train.

    I just checked quite a few train times from Geneva and the only city that can be reached in less than 5 hours or so is Paris, so if you don’t want to go to France it might be best to fly out of Geneva Airport. You could fly to Vienna and then two days later take a train to Prague for 3 days and then fly home from there? Croatia has limited train service that is also slow, so you’d have to fly into Split or Dubrovnik. This is a challenge. I think Vienna and perhaps Salzburg are probably great choices. I’m not sure how much help I’ve been, but I’m happy to answer other questions if you have them. -Roger

Georgen says:

My husband and I only have a week in March, any recommendation on where in Europe to go? Florence 3 days is included as a destination any suggestions where to next we always prefer off the beaten path small towns when in Europe. Thank you!



    If you only have a week and you are definitely spending 3 days in Florence, I’d stay in Italy for the remaining 4 days. The obvious choices are Venice and Rome, but I have to assume that since you didn’t mention those that you’ve already been there. In March it might be good to go to Sicily, since it will be a bit warmer there. Palermo is the main town and it’s not nearly as touristy as Florence, Venice, and Rome.

    Another interesting choice in Italy is Sorrento, which is just south of Naples. It’s fairly touristy, but it’s a fantastic place to stay for a few days because it’s lovely and the ideal place to visit Naples, Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast, and the Isle of Capri. Those are my best options with the information you provided. Let me know if you have any questions. -Roger

Hemanshu says:

Hi Roger, fantastic article and its really helpful. Can I consider Amsterdam and Brussels in March? Also should I prefer Rome-Florence-Venice over Amsterdam-Brussels? I am planning for 5-6 nights (for Ams-Brus I will choose less). I do not like wet and overcast weather. Thanks in advance.



    Especially if you don’t like wet or overcast weather, I’d definitely choose Italy. Amsterdam and Brussels are overcast often even in summer, and in March they will be chilly and possibly rainy as well. You might get a little rain and clouds in Italy, but it will definitely be warmer and more pleasant. I love Amsterdam and I even lived there for a while in 2005, so it’s mostly just about the lousy weather you’d probably get in March. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Hemanshu says:

Thank you for quick reply. I have made my mind to go to Italy.

My itinerary (month: end of March)
Flight from London to Rome
Arrive in afternoon in Rome
3 nights in Rome (leave late on 4th day)
1 night in Pisa (arrive late from Rome, night stay and Pisa tower next morning)
2 nights in Venice (arrive in evening, stroll nearby, 1 full day in Venice, half next day – may be do one of the small island Murano)
2 nights in Lake Garda – may be south (arrive in evening, stroll nearby, 1 full day doing half boat ride, 1 or 2 towns to choose from Sirmione, Malcesine, Limone and Garda – which ones?)
Next morning flight – return to London from Verona airport

Is this too much for the first time visitor by a couple or doable – any other suggestion? Have planned this way to avoid backtracking. Not considering Florence for this time. Traveling to other cities is via fast trains only.

Diana says:

Hi Roger, Great article! I needed your opinion on where to go if I will be going with 2 kids (2 1/2yrs & 9month old). We would be traveling between March 19 – April 6. I was looking into Athens and their islands or maybe go to Paris and another place. But We are open to go anywhere in Europe as long as its not extremely cold because of our small kiddos. And we are looking for somewhere to sight-see but also relax. Any places you recommend? I wanted to book something in Europe to go to at least several places… Thank you in advance!



    Thank you. It looks like you’ve got about 18 days or so, although I’m not sure if that’s your travel window or the length of the trip? My recommendation is to plan for 3 nights in each place you visit, or 4 nights if you aren’t in a hurry. So if you are there for 18 days you could visit 5 to 7 places. But of course, with small kids like that it’s probably better to stay in fewer places because it will be a big of a hassle to get around with small kids.

    Athens could be nice, but unfortunately the Greek Islands are very seasonal and nearly everything is closed until mid May or so because it’s too cold to sit on the beach before then. I’d recommend saving them for another trip. Paris is fantastic and I highly recommend it if you haven’t been. After that, and especially that time of year, I’d head to Spain. You can take a train from Paris to Barcelona in about 6 hours, which is about the same amount of total time it would take to fly including the airport transportation and so forth, and the train is much more comfortable and pleasant.

    Barcelona also has relatively mild weather so it’ll be more enjoyable that time of year than if you went north or east. I’d spend at least 3 or 4 nights in Barcelona and if you have more time you could also go to Madrid for 3 or 4 days, which will also have fairly nice weather. If you have more time you could go to Valencia or Granada or Seville or even Malaga. I’m happy to help with more information if you have questions. -Roger

Diana says:

Hi Roger, thank you for quick response!! I’ve been to Paris many years ago but not with family. I haven’t been to Spain… but I’m just worried about Zika virus mosquitoes. I plan to try to get pregnant with 3rd baby and don’t want to go to areas with Zika. I heard that Spain (and Barcelona) may have Zika. I was thinking of Paris as one place and I heard there is Disneyland there too. Do you know of other areas that doesn’t have Zika that’s we can go in addition to Paris?



    I don’t really follow the Zika situation too closely these days, but I can see why you would. I’ve actually never heard of a Zika outbreak in Europe so this is news to me. My go-to resource for Zika information is the CDC (of the US) and its map. It’s updated all the time and it currently says “No Known Zika
    Spain has no known risk of Zika from mosquitos.” I know this is not something to take lightly, but it might be worth checking the source where you heard Spain had Zika. I just Googled it and it appears that all of the Zika cases diagnosed in Spain are of people who traveled abroad to a place where it’s a known problem. Sorry I can’t be of more help and I hope you figure something out. -Roger

Jocelyn says:

Hi Roger,

Thanks for this post. A few friends and I are planning a trip the first week of March to Europe. We really want to do Iceland (we’ve know it will be really cold), but do you think we will not be able to get a tour to see the Northern Lights? Additionally, we’re debating on where else to go…we were thinking Reykjavik for 2-3 days, then either Brussels, Amsterdam, or Copenhagen for the next few days? Are those valid options or is there another place we should consider?

Thanks for your help!




    I haven’t been to Iceland for the Northern Lights, but I’ve been keeping up with how popular it’s becoming and it appears that the season typically goes through March, so I am pretty sure you’d find a tour in the first week of March. Needless to say, you’d have to Google that specifically and I think you’ll find some good options.

    As for Reykjavik, there is certainly something exotic about it due to its isolation, but honestly I find it to be kind of a dud compared to every other northern European capital city. The main downtown area is pretty much 10 blocks by 3 blocks (with really one main street) and aside from the nearby church tower, there is really nothing distinctive about it. Also, it’s VERY expensive for drinks, food, and hotels. I think it might be worth one night if you are coming to Iceland, but I’d recommend renting a car and going along the southern coast to see some of the amazing sights that make Iceland so special.

    Those Iceland Air and Wow Air flights connecting the US and Europe can be quite cheap so I think it’s a great idea to go somewhere on the continent if you’ve got a few days. If you really want to live it up and get into party mode you won’t do any better than Amsterdam. It’s also the most beautiful of all of the cities in that region, and the easiest to get around in because most of it is walkable and the transport system is cheap and easy. Brussels has an interesting Old Town district, but otherwise it’s meant for bureaucrats and business people, with high prices to match.

    If you really want to make it a proper “winter trip” and enjoy northern Europe you best choices are Copenhagen and Stockholm. Both are really gorgeous (I slightly prefer Copenhagen), but alcohol and food are quite expensive in both. Either would be a really fun choice and very memorable. Something you don’t see in many guidebooks that is worth noting is that the locals in Copenhagen and Stockholm are, as a group, amazingly good looking. Pretty much everyone notices it on their first trip, and it’s kind of interesting to see in person. I’m a big fan of all of these places that we are discussing and I’m happy to help more if you have other questions. -Roger

kshitij says:

Hey Roger! such a helpful article. My family of 4 is planning to visit Switzerland and France for 10 days from march 25th. I have read in many articles that we won’t get to see the greenery in march end and we really want to take the train to enjoy the scenic views. what would you suggest? and what about the weather in France?
we are looking for a mix of nature and city-life overall.
thanking you in advance> 🙂



    The scenery in Switzerland is pretty much amazing all year round. If you don’t get to see some greenery in March it will be because there is still snow, which many people even prefer. But by late March the snow will likely only be high in the mountains and the grass in the valleys still looks nice even if it isn’t bright green. You can read more about my Switzerland recommendations for a short trip.

    The northern part of France including Paris will be fairly chilly in March, but it’s very unlikely that you’d get snow or temperatures near freezing. Again, the meadows won’t be bright green that time of year, but the rolling hills with chateaus on them still look really nice, and there will be far fewer other tourists. You’ll definitely want to spend 3 or 4 nights in Paris and at least 3 or 4 nights in Switzerland, probably in the Interlaken and Lucerne areas.

    Another stop in France in between would be nice and Reims and Dijon are both great options for that and they are also very close to your route. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Yuan says:

Hi Roger,
I and my friend are planning a trip to europe in the 1st-2nd week of March. This is our first trip to europe, and it’s hard to decide which cities we should visit first.
These are cities that come to our mind :
Spain : Seville, Granada, Madrid/Barcelona
France: Paris
Switzerland : Interlaken, lucerne
Austria : Vienna
Czech : Prague
Italy : Venice
Netherland : Amsterdam

We only have 2 weeks but so many destinations in mind. Do you have any suggestion which cities are reasonable to visit within this short period, and how should we arrange these cities?
Sincere thanks for your insights.



    If you’ll be staying for 14 days I would plan on choosing 5 total cities to visit. This topic comes up a lot so I wrote an article describing why 3 nights is the sweet spot for trips where you want to see as much as possible. It’s also best to choose cities that are close enough to each other to travel by train.

    I’d save Spain for a future trip, and Vienna as well. My recommendation would be to visit Paris for sure. The best scenery in Europe is in Switzerland and you can visit those two towns in 3 to 5 days, but it’s also very expensive there. Amsterdam and Prague are both really wonderful so those could be good picks, although they aren’t too close together. Amsterdam is a bit over 3 hours by train from Paris if you are going in that direction.

    Most people who visit Italy will visit the Big 3, which are Rome (3 nights), Florence (2 or 3 nights), and Venice (1 or 2 nights). They are a short train ride (about two hours) from each other so it’s very efficient to visit them all. You can also reach Venice on an amazing train ride through the Alps from Interlaken.

    So it’s all a matter of which places you are most interested in. I am happy to help you sort out your itinerary more once you’ve narrowed things down a bit. -Roger

Cyndy says:

Hi Roger,

Just like Yuan’s email to you, my husband and I wants to see Europe (France, Italy, Spain and Portugal) in March. It’s our first trip and we are both excited but can’t make up our mind where and what to in each country mentioned above. We are what you would call ‘seniors’ and joining a tour group might be too much for us, e.g. fast pace itinerary – waking up so early, too much waking, etc. So, we want to go on a trip on our own time. Any suggestions?

Thank you… cyndy

P.S. Do you think we can squeeze Switzerland in our schedule if we are going away for 15-18 days?



    If you’ve got 15 to 18 days I’d recommend choosing 5 to 6 cities (rather than countries) to visit, and hopefully ones that are close enough to each other to go by train. I strongly feel that 3 nights in almost any city you visit is the ideal length for those who want to move quickly. This article on first-time Europe itinerary suggestions might also help.

    I’d definitely start with 3 or 4 days in Paris. And I think Italy is the other perfect place to include on a Europe trip like this, so I suggest 3 nights in Rome, 3 nights in Florence, and 1 or 2 nights in Venice. If you covered all of those you’d have 3 or 4 days left, and actually Switzerland would be perfect because you can take the train from Paris to Lucerne and then a train to Interlaken and then through the Alps to Venice (and it’s a gorgeous ride).

    Obviously in France and Italy you’d be focused on cities so having the scenery and smaller towns in Switzerland would be a nice break in between. That way you could save Spain and Portugal for a future trip. If you tried to include Spain and Portugal in this trip you’d have to fly a few times and rush around so much that it would be more unpleasant than one of those tours you mentioned. As always, let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Yuan says:


Thank you for your answer. As you’ve suggested, I’ll skip Spain this time.
I am thinking about this route:
But my friend is concern about Paris. With demonstrations that happened recently, do you think it’s safe to go there? If we skip Paris, do you have other alternatif, or i should go directly from amsterdam to lucerne?

Is it possible to include prague? If not, do you have other alternatif route which have prague?

Thank you very much for your help, i am also grateful for other articles you had in this site. Those are really helpful.



    Those demonstrations do look scary, but I still wouldn’t skip Paris. Those kinds of protests are always announced well in advance and there is usually a ring of police around them. I see that they’ve protested at the Arc de Triumph a few times and if they were there the weekend you were there you’d skip going up the stairs in the Arc. It’s not the best view up there anyway. The key thing is to ask your hotel if/when protests are planned (they seem to only be on weekends) and don’t go anywhere near them.

    Prague is a long way from your other stops so you’d have to fly in and then fly out. I’d save it for a future trip that also includes Berlin and Budapest. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Maria says:

Hello from Ireland !
I wonder why I could not see Madeira Island included in your list. The weather is pretty decent there, prices not higher than in Rome, temps not any worse than in Italy in March, besides there would be great hiking opportunities…Highly recommended destination for landscapes and active holiday lovers 😉



    That is an interesting suggestion. I’ve yet to make it to Madeira, but I’ve heard good things and you are right about it having a pretty good climate, at least compared to continental Europe. I’ll look into including it on a future update. I appreciate the suggestion. -Roger

Courtney Garneri says:

Hi Roger,
My husband and I are flying into London March 8 and have until the 11th until we have accommodations. We are trying to figure out somewhere to go by train for those few days. What are your recommendations?



    This is an interesting conundrum. The most popular (and worthwhile) destinations in England aside from London are Bath and York, and I’m a big fan of both. However, I don’t think I’d want to spend three nights in either of them in a situation like this. Both are small and extremely charming, and really best suited to adding one or two days to the end of a London trip.

    My top recommendation would be to bomb it up to Edinburgh for those three days. The train ride (on the express trains) takes about 4.5 hours from (Kings Cross Station in) London, but it’s very much worth it because Edinburgh is definitely the number two highlight in all of the UK and with three days to spend it will be worth the time.

    If you are landing in London in the morning (which is pretty much guaranteed if you are coming from North America) then the trip from Heathrow to Kings Cross to Edinburgh is a long way to go without much sleep. But there aren’t any great alternatives that can be reached quicker. Even Bath and York take about the same amount of time. You could go to Brighton (a beach south of London), but in March it’ll be pretty dead. Wherever you decide to go, buy your train ticket as soon as possible for the best fare. I’m happy to answer any other question if you have it. -Roger

Christelle says:

I’m looking into sun destination for late February 2020-early March. Is Sharm el Sheik warmer than Tenerife around that time?



    Yes, Sharm el-Sheikh is typically warmer most of the year than Tenerife, including late February or early March. In fact, it’s usually a bit chilly on the beaches in the Canary Islands that time of year, while it should be quite nice in Egypt. Have a great trip. -Roger

Rohit says:

Hi Roger,
I am a big fan and have been following your posts for quite some time.
I am planning a trip in March next year for around 10-12 days.
We are a group of 4 adults and two infants.
We will definitely be visiting Amsterdam due to friends.
I would like your advice and suggestions as how to go best about visiting some destinations in Europe.
How many cities (including Amsterdam) we can visit comfortably?
What are the best places to be visiting with small kids in March?
To plan the trip accordingly as to take into consideration any medical emergency if any?, as the kids are very small and good healthcare is readily available.
How will it be best to travel? By flight or train?



    Thank you for the nice words. My strong suggestion is to stay 3 nights in almost any European city you visit. So if you have 10 to 12 days I’d highly recommend choosing Amsterdam and 2 or 3 other places, depending on whether it’s 10 or 12 days.

    I have a list of the best family destinations in Europe, and that might be interesting to scan, but it’s really more for children who need to be entertained rather than infants. That list DOES include mostly cities that are flat and easy to visit with infants and small children, so it is worth a look.

    Aside from that, you should be able to go just about anywhere. The healthcare in Europe is famously good and easy to access, and almost everyone you’d encounter in the healthcare system will speak at least some English, or in Amsterdam and elsewhere in northern Europe they’ll speak fluent English.

    I’d recommend you travel around by train. The infants should be able to travel for free, and most long distance trains in Europe have at least one larger bathroom with a changing table on each carriage. And you’ll have plenty of room to move around if the kids are restless or uncomfortable.

    From Amsterdam the fastest cities to reach on trains are Paris (3.5 hours) and Berlin (5.5 hours), but there are plenty more options as well. I’m happy to help more if you have other questions. -Roger

Kathy says:

I see you are still responding to comments from this article. I’m looking to travel to someplace in Europe March 2020. I’ll be coming from London and meeting three friends from the US. We’re in our 50’s and looking for somewhere easy to get around and some good food and wine. I’m sure my friends from the US will want to stay for about a week. We’d like to go somewhere that none of us have visited before. I was thinking perhaps Split but would it be easy to do day trips without a car? Italy may also be a good option. A couple of have been to Venice, Rome, Florence, Tuscany recently so any suggestions for a different location that’s easy for us to get around without a car? Thanks for any suggestions!



    This sounds like a fun opportunity. Split could be good, although it will still be quite chilly in March. Split is the end of the line for train service in Croatia, but the trains are pretty slow and the bus service is usually a better choice anyway. Since it would be off season you could rent a really nice apartment in Split for a very reasonable price. You could take ferries to visit nearby islands and you can take direct buses to Dubrovnik and Mostar, which are both very interesting.

    As for Italy if you want a good base and don’t want to repeat the “Big 3” destinations I’d recommend Sorrento, which is about an hour south of Naples on a suburban train. It’s a lovely small city in its own right, and also an ideal base for day trips to Naples, Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast, and the Isle of Capri. The Amalfi Coast and Capri are both summer-oriented destinations so they will be quiet in March, but still worth a look. Another nice thing about Sorrento is that most people there seem to speak a fair amount of English, which isn’t actually true in most other smaller cities like that. The train from Naples stops at Pompeii on the way to Sorrento, and you can visit the Amalfi Coast on a bus that leaves from the Sorrento train station. Capri is a ferry ride away.

    Either of those choices would be quite nice. Again, they will be a bit chilly and pretty quiet in March, but that is true of most of Europe really. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Dorothy says:

Great article! I found it by mistake and I am glad I did. This is the first time I am traveling and I am doing it with 2 young children. I want to visit Europe in March of 2019 for 10 days. I am looking for kid-friendly areas my kids are 6 and 9 yrs old. What do you suggest? By the way it will be my birthday week. We are coming from Florida and we are not used to cold weather…



    Thank you. Actually, I would get this question quite often so last year I wrote an article specifically about the best family vacation cities in Europe. I discuss why each is good for kids and families. Some of them will be fairly chilly in March, but most will be reasonably mild by then. I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Renee says:

There is great info in this thread! My husband and I along with my daughter are planning to visit my other daughter studing abroad in Sevilla, Spain, mid March this coming year. We live in the Midwest in the US (so leaving cold weather!) and are planning to stay about 10 days. I would like to possibly stay with my daughter for a few days and then check out another city or area of Europe especially with travel within Europe being so reasonable. The Canary Islands might be fun, but we are not beach bums. We do enjoy nature and adventure. We have been to Italy (Rome,Florence,Cinque Terre), Iceland, and Germany. Any recommendations for 4-5 days? Thank you so much!



    I’m glad you are finding this useful. With so little time I’d probably vote against the Canary Islands. They are pleasant and the weather is usually lovely, but they are also mostly boring, especially if you aren’t much of a beach person. Most of the visitors there are northern Europeans who are there to escape cold weather, and not doing much more than just hanging around.

    You might consider Portugal then, as it has probably the nicest weather in Europe that time of year. You could go to Lisbon for 3 days or so and then Porto for a day or two, or down to the Algarve for a day or two. There is good bus service between Seville and those places, and you can take trains within Portugal itself.

    If you haven’t been to Paris yet I’d highly recommend it, even if it’s still a bit chilly. Paris really does live up to the hype, and London does as well. Those are my top recommendations, and I’d be happy to help with more information if any of those sound interesting. -Roger

Tamara Wilson says:

We are flying in and out of Madrid in mid March for 2 weeks. We would like to visit Las Fallas in Valencia and attend a soccer match in Barcelona. Where else should we go? and best way to get there?



    I’d spend at least 3 or 4 nights in Madrid, and that might include a day trip to Toledo, which is less than an hour away by train. And I’d spend 3 or 4 nights in Barcelona as well, which is only about 3 hours away by train. It’s fastest to reach Valencia by train from Madrid because the fast trains don’t connect Barcelona and Valencia, so you’ll have to do a little back tracking. The fast trains in Spain are really nice and the tickets are pretty cheap if you buy at least a month or so in advance. You could also visit Seville for 2 or 3 days and Grenada for 2 or 3 days.

    That is the classic Spain itinerary for a first visit, and two weeks will be plenty to see pretty much all of those. It’s still quite chilly at Spain’s beaches in March so I’d save those for a future visit in a warmer month. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Ashish Gupta says:

Hi Roger,
That was really interesting and helpful article. By reading the comments, the way you reply is simply one of the best available in the internet today.
I am planning to visit Europe 11N/12D in March’20 with my wife. I have selected Switzerland as one of the countries which I will cover in 6-7 days. I would like to need your help in deciding other 1 or 2 countries for balance 5-6 days. Me and my wife are interested in scenic views and adventure. I am confused between Italy, Spain and Czech republic. Please help. Thanks in advance!



    If you’ve got another 5 or 6 days in Europe after Switzerland I would definitely recommend Italy. You can take a gorgeous train ride from the Interlaken area through the Alps to Milan and then change trains for Venice and stay there for about 24 hours. Then take a 2-hour train ride to Florence and stay there for 2 nights and then another short train ride to Rome for your final 3 nights. Those are Italy’s “Big 3” tourist places and each of them is amazing and very worthwhile. Czechia and Spain would each require flying in and out, so the train into Italy is more convenient (and Italy is more interesting as well). Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Jessica says:

First I think it is amazing that you are still replying to people on this article!
I am considering a Europe trip with my family in early March for about 10 days and appreciate this information! My question is what would change in your recommendations if you had three little kids with you?
Thank you for your time!



    In general, Europe is very family-friendly and child friendly. The public transportation systems are used by local families to go shopping and to school and so forth, so you’ll mostly have an easy time of things. Depending on the ages and energy levels of the children, you might avoid some of the hilly cities, especially if you have a stroller with you. You might check another article I wrote about my recommendations for the best European cities for families, each with the reasons why they are especially good. I hope this helps, and let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Jessica says:

Great, thank you. I will read that article.
Happy New Year.

Tamara Wilson says:

Thank you for the suggestions. I would be interested to know your thoughts about Las Fallas. What we have read sounds fun but I don’t know anyone who has been. Are the crowds unbearable?



    To be honest, I’d not heard of Las Fallas and I’ve been studying these things for decades. Looking now, it does look like a very big deal in Valencia itself, but only there. In other words, it doesn’t seem to be something that draws in huge international crowds in the same way that the Running of the Bulls or La Tomatina do. Valencia is a wonderful city and being there during a big festival could be fun, but it could also make it hard to get around and enjoy the main sights. Personally, I’d consider going for the first or last day or two, and I don’t think I’d want to be there for the whole thing unless I was meeting a group that had big plans. I’m not sure that helps much. Best of luck. -Roger

Jenn says:

Hi Roger, my 12 year old son and I will be doing a 7 day bike tour in Provence late March 2020. After that we will spend a few days in Paris. I am wanting to find something for us to do before the bike tour. We will fly in/out of Paris for this trip so any thoughts on where we could spend 3-5 days beforehand? The bike tour starts in Avignon. So we could stay in Paris before the tour and do some days trips. Or we can take a train somewhere from Paris. We both prefer moderate adventure (kayak, hike etc) than museums. I did look into Calanques kayak, bike, hike. Cassis area but appears hard to book anything before April. I’d appreciate any suggestions. Thank you



    Unfortunately this question is outside of my area of expertise so I’d rather not try to answer when I’m as unsure as you are. I know quite a bit about France’s cultural offerings and some wine tourism stuff and even some WWII tourism, but when it comes to outdoor activities I’m sure you’ll find better advice elsewhere. Sorry about that and best of luck. I do know that France has a great number of options like you are searching for, but I just don’t know much about them. -Roger

Helen says:

Hi Roger, I know this is a late reply but i am wondering if you have any ideas of a good destination within Europe for me to bring my two parents on holidays too. they want to go the last weekend in march, first week in April for 4 nights. I cant decide where to bring them that has lots of culture and sites but easy to get around. They have seen Rome and Paris so they are off my list. My mother has her sites set on Greece but i believe that Greece is off season in march April.Any ideas or help would be greatly appreciated thanks.



    It’s true that Greek islands are mostly shut down (as far as hotels and tourist restaurants) until late April, although Athens is lively and the late March weather there is decent. Still, Athens wouldn’t be my top choice for 4 nights that time of year.

    I’d say my top recommendation in late March would be Barcelona or even Lisbon. Barcelona is now dealing with “over tourism” and it can be so packed from June through August that it can be overwhelming, but in late March it should be quite pleasant and the weather is fairly mild (compared to elsewhere in Europe). Barcelona is also a fascinating and booming destination with many good day trips so 4 nights should be entertaining there.

    Lisbon has even nicer weather that time of year and it’s also a bit cheaper and less crowded, so it’s one to consider. It could be very nice for a 4-night visit because there are great day-trip options including the nearby historic town of Sintra, or you could even take a train to Porto in about 2 hours 45 minutes and then back to Lisbon for your flight home.

    Barcelona is mostly flat and the public transportation is quite good. Lisbon is rather hilly, but it’s still pretty easy to get around with taxis and trams. The rest of my top recommendations are in the article above, so I hope this helps a bit more. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Tess says:

Dear Roger,
The above very helpful in planning our March adventure and appreciate any advice with the logistics. We will be limited to flying in and out of Barcelona or Madrid. In what order and modes of transportation should we plan? As I understand we will need to rent a car at White hill towns and wondered if we should use it to reach Tarif,Nerja etc? Would flying over to Lisbon to save time be a good idea?
Barcelona,Madrid,Sevilla,(Cordoba)Granada,Grazalema(hiking),Ronda,Malaga(hiking at gorge if time)Nerja,Tarifa(dolphin,whale watching if applicable),Morocco(day trip) and Lisbon.
Thank you



    Spain is similar to most other European countries in that rental cars can be great for visiting small towns or national parks and so forth, but for visiting cities they can be a liability. It would be very difficult to find parking in Barcelona that doesn’t cost a lot and you definitely don’t want to drive around the city for sightseeing because most sights don’t have parking lots.

    But for going to a gorge and hiking and that sort of thing, a rental car can be ideal. Malaga has a crowded center, but if you stay a bit away from the center you might be able to find parking. Tarifa is a wonderful little city and many hotels outside of the center have parking because it’s so popular with wind surfers and whatnot.

    The only train to Lisbon leaves Madrid at night and arrives in Lisbon the next morning, so flying is usually a better option. Parking in Lisbon is difficult as well, but you could probably find something if you wanted to visit on your rental car portion of your trip. I hope this helps and I’m happy to answer other specific questions if you have them. -Roger

Tess says:

I will travel on the trains whenever possible and limit driving only to the Andalucia area .Looks like Sevilla might be an option for flying to Lisbon? Would you be able to give your input on the travel flow and mode in between:Madrid,Sevilla,Granada,Grazalema,Ronda,Malaga(hiking at gorge if time)Nerja,Tarifa,Morocco and Lisbon. I am getting bogged down trying to figure out where to pick up rental car and what cities to do train or bus or drive to. Perhaps overnight in Tarifa and perhaps Grazalema or Ronda as a home base when visiting the Southern part? Malaga is considered as my friend wants to do the Caminito del Rey hike which I am reading is a bit commercialized and touristy?
Thanks so much


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