Best Destinations For March Sun
It’s not too late to plan an escape in March, ahead of the Easter rush. Below are 10 sultry shortcuts to the sun, but there are many more great destinations for March, or other months of the year, on The Heatseeker, our interactive tool that helps readers plan their holidays.
Forever in the enormous shadow of its neighbour to the west, Tenerife, Gran Canaria is nonetheless never so eclipsed that it cannot provide temperatures around the 20C mark as March makes the rest of Europe shiver. In truth, the third-largest Canary Island is a fabulous destination. The capital Las Palmas offers elegant culture at its Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno – but saves its best for the beach in the shape of Playa de las Canteras.
Where once, Morocco only really gleamed on the map – for British tourists at least – via the (admittedly alluring) souks of Marrakesh, now it can suggest Fes, Agadir and Tangier as accessible reasons to visit. And Essaouira. Pinned to the country’s Atlantic coast 110 miles west of Marrakesh, here is all the food and market frenzy you may expect of any Moroccan city – but also long beaches which are oases for surfers and windsurfers.
If you take the line that it doesn’t matter when you visit Sin City – for you will be locked in the casino trebling your life savings – then the temperature outside is irrelevant. But Nevada’s big beast is arguably near its best in March – not so hot that you cannot brave the poolside, not given over to the desert chill either. A brief flight away in Arizona, however, the more elevated Grand Canyon may be dusted with snow – which is all the more reason to visit one of the world’s greatest natural wonders.
What to make of South Australia’s capital? True, it cannot match Melbourne or Sydney for glamour, nor Perth for surfing beaches. But it rewards investigation – the waterfront districts of Glenelg and Semaphore, the wineries of the Barossa Valley, the wildlife-laden outcrop of Kangaroo Island, the calm seascapes of the Yorke Peninsula. It’s all wrapped in mid-20s Celsius warmth in March. Case closed.
Sometimes it is hard to imagine Dubai as it was barely more than a century ago – a fishing village gazing at the Persian Gulf. Certainly, it was a place far removed from the metropolis that beckons travellers today – its Atlantis The Palm and Burj Al Arab resorts smiling for the cameras. But then, if you come for the luxury to be found in both, or the reliable warmth outside, such back stories scarcely matter.