Spain Vacations in March

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Spain Vacations in March

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Vacation in Spain in March at a Glance

Venture to Spain this spring to explore the spectacular country of Spain. You can travel to the sunshine of Andalucia, splash in the Meditteranean Sea, and marvel at the Monastery of Montserrat outside of Barcelona. March is an especially exciting time to visit Spain because springtime festivities are in full swing. You can admire the grand processions of Andalucia that take part during Semana Santa before traveling to Valencia to witness the incredible display during the city's annual Las Fallas festival. Spain in March is sure to provide a thrilling vacation full of adventure and celebration.

Regions

Andalucia: Andalucia is a beautiful region in southern Spain. It's famous for flamenco, tapas, and warm hospitality. During the month of March, you should consider the following destinations and sightseeing opportunities.

  • Semana Santa: Semana Santa is a city-wide procession during the week that leads up to Easter.
  • La Mezquita Córdoba: This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the form of a mosque-cathedral.
  • Tapas in Granada: Indulge in complimentary tapas to pair with a cana or vino tinto.
  • Live Flamenco Show in Seville: attend an authentic flamenco show and dinner.

Castilla La Mancha: This central region borders Spain's national capital. It's famously known as the setting for Don Quixote. Below, you'll find ideal sightseeing opportunities, especially in spring.

  • Alcázar de Toledo: This is a military museum and former palace. It dates back to Roman times.
  • Hanging Houses of Cuenca: These 15-century homes hug a steep cliffside and are located in the charming village of Cuenca.

Valencia: This region is located on the Mediterranean coast. Valencia lures travelers in with its sparkling coastline, bold architecture, and bustling art scene. You may fall in love with Valencia when you plan for the following activities in March.

  • Las Fallas: March is undoubtedly one of the best times of year to visit Valencia because this is when the annual Las Fallas festivities ensue. During this cultural celebration, artists and local community groups demonstrate massive ceramic statues that they have spent the year constructing.
  • Authentic Paella Dinner: You can roll up your sleeves to take part in an authentic paella cooking class with an expert chef. You can sip on sweet red wine as you mix peppers, onion, tomato, rice, and saffron in a massive cast-iron skillet. Then, you will sit out on a balcony that overlooks the city to enjoy your mouthwatering creation.

Catalonia: This northeastern region shares borders with Valencia and opens up to the Mediterranean Sea. Travelers will love Barcelona's charming downtown and seafood delights along the coast. Below are a few suggested activities when visiting Catalonia.

  • Figueres, Dali Museum: Step inside the fantasy-like museum of famed architect, Salvador Dali, in his hometown of Figueres.
  • Girona, Game of Thrones Set: Follow an expert guide through Girona's city center to the main cathedral, which became a key setting in the television show, Game of Thrones.
  • Barcelona, Montserrat Monastery: Santa Maria de Montserrat is a stunning monastery that sits above Barcelona. It's accessible by cable car and offers panoramic views that extend as far as Mallorca on a clear day.

Climate

Temperatures are generally mild throughout Spain in March. Parts of northern Spain may still be a bit wet as the rainy season comes to a close.

Population

The population of Spain is 46.6 million people.

Religion

Spain is predominantly a Roman Catholic country. Islamic and Jewish traditions have also played an important role in the nation's history.

Language

Castilian Spanish is the official and most common language of Spain. Other official languages include Catalan (Cataluna), Basque (Basque Country), and Galician (Galicia).

Currency

Spain uses the Euro as its national currency.

Where to Visit in Spain in March

Andalucia: This southern region is known for its sunny weather, warm hospitality, Moorish architecture, flamenco dance, and tantalizing variety of tapas.

Castilla La Mancha: This central region borders Spain's national capital. It's marked by undulating plains, idyllic windmills, stoic castles, and scenic vineyards. This region also served as the setting for Miguel Cervantes' Don Quixote.

Valencia: This region is located on the Mediterranean coast. Valencia offers a thrilling art scene, the most notable being the futuristic conceptions of renowned architect Santiago Calatrava. It's also the birthplace of one of Spain's most beloved culinary traditions: saffron-induced paella.

Catalonia: This northeastern region shares borders with Valencia and also opens up to the Mediterranean Sea. Visitors will fall in love with the intricate architecture of Gaudi and the rich history of the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona. You can then venture beyond Barcelona to explore the Catalan cities of Girona and Figueres. In Figueres, you can step inside the Dali Museums to witness a dream-like fantasy land of Dali’s most notable works of art. In Girona, you can marvel at the majestic landscapes and visit some of the real-life sets of Game of Thrones. On your return to Barcelona, you can ascend to the Montserrat Monastery for mesmerizing views of the surrounding mountains.

Essential Experiences in Spain in March

Semana Santa in Andalucia: This is the city-wide procession during the week that leads up to Easter. The most famous of these processions take place in Sevilla, Granada, Cordoba, Malaga, and Cadiz. During the processions, church members in cloaks and hoods illuminate the night sky with candles.

Las Fallas in Valencia: Valencia is awake and thriving during the month of March. This is when the annual Las Fallas festivities begin. During this cultural celebration, you can admire massive ceramic statues that local artists and community groups have spent the year constructing. These colorful designs often express political or social commentary from the past year. At the end of the week-long event, the ceramic masterpieces are set on fire for a dramatic performance that is unlike any other.

Game of Thrones in Girona: You can follow an expert guide through Girona's gothic city center to visit key locations that were featured in the television show, Game of Thrones. You can stand at the facades of the grand cathedral, hike to the Castell de Santa Florentina, and climb the steps of Pujada de Sant Domenec, which were all featured in season 6.

Travel Considerations

Weather

In general, temperatures are mild in all regions of Spain in March. The rainy season in northern Spain usually lasts until March or April, meaning that showers are possible during your visit. In the case of rainy weather, a Zicasso trip specialist will be there to assist you with any trip suggestions or alterations that are required.

Transportation

  • By Plane: Major cities, such as Barcelona and Madrid, are easy access points for international travel by plane.
  • By Train: Domestically, traveling by train is one of the most common means of transportation. Travelers can take the high-speed AVE train between cities like Valencia, Barcelona, and Madrid.

By Bus and Private Shuttle: Especially when traveling between small and mid-sized towns, traveling by bus or private ground transportation is usually the best move. Service is reliable and operates on a regular daily schedule.

Packing

Consider traveling with handheld luggage rather than roller suitcases because many of Spain's downtowns possess cobblestone streets. Bring an external phone charger for full days of exploration. Outlets are not always readily available at cafes, coffee shops, etc. You may also want to purchase a WiFi hotspot ahead of time. WiFi is common in large cities but is rare in small and mid-sized towns.

Weather Considerations

Bring a light jacket and added layers for warmth because evenings can be cool. If you plan to visit northern Spain in March, bring a raincoat or umbrella because rainy weather is possible.

Electrical Considerations

Spain operates on a 230 volt, 50-cycle of electricity. Spanish outlets use a two-pronged system, and plugs can be flat or rounded. North American travelers should bring outlet converters. In some cases, USB outlets may be available.

Pharmaceutical Considerations

In the case of pharmaceutical needs, services in Spain are readily available.

Cultural Considerations

Public bathrooms are readily available in Spanish cities and free of charge. You should consider bringing toiletries because bathroom amenities can be limited. On Sundays and during siesta times, businesses will most likely be closed or offer limited hours.

Travel Insurance

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Travel Documents

Making sure that you are carrying the appropriate travel documents is essential for any traveler when visiting Spain. For this reason, during your trip, you should be sure to pack the proper paperwork to ensure the most pleasant and problem-free travel experience. Listed below are some of the most important documents to have on you while traveling in Spain.

  • Personal medical information (either on paper or on a smartphone app)
  • If you have a specific medical issue, you should carry pertinent information regarding your condition from your doctor, especially medication that you are currently taking
  • Emergency contact information
  • Passport
  • Visa, if necessary
  • Proof of airline tickets and reservations
  • Customs forms and documents
  • Hotel or accommodation reservations
  • Travel and medical insurance (see above section regarding this)

Your Zicasso travel specialist will be able to provide requirements that are specific to your trip, although responsibility always lies with the traveler to ensure that all is in order. Travel requirements can often change with no notice, so it is wise to stay updated as your trip nears.

Finances & Tipping

ATMs are readily available in all major Spanish cities. Compared to other European countries, Spain still operates largely on a cash economy. When possible, tourists should travel with small denominations of coins and cash, especially when visiting small towns, cafes, and shops.

Tipping is not common in Spain. A small tip is considered generous at a cafe or restaurant. For any tipping-related concerns, feel free to get in touch with a Zicasso travel specialist for specific guidelines.

Safety and Accessibility of Resources

Overall, Spain is a safe country. Travelers should feel free to explore during the daytime and evening hours. Pickpocketing is mainly common in larger cities and on public transportation.

Take these safety and health tips into consideration when planning your trip to Spain in March.

Crime Rate

The crime rate in Spain is low and continues to decrease. Most incidents of crime in Spain are limited to petty thefts and pickpocketing.

Things to look out for

International travelers should feel free to travel freely in the evening and at night. Tourists should be wary of pickpocketing on public transportation and in crowded downtown areas.

Medical & First Aid

In the case that you require medical assistance on your trip, you can visit a local hospital or pharmacy. Both are readily available in large and medium-sized cities. For local recommendations, you can speak with a hotel staff member or Zicasso trip specialist. On Sunday, be aware that many pharmacies close or offer limited hours. It is recommended that all international travelers consider a consultation with a primary care physician prior to traveling. This information is not intended as a substitute for personalized guidance from a doctor.

Water & Food Safety

Travelers do not need to take any special precautions when it comes to food and water consumption. Those travelers with specific diets or food restrictions should be clear about their preferences when eating in public.

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