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Visiting Spain in March

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What weather conditions can you expect?

March is the start of Spring and the temperature in Spain starts to rise, its the perfect time to visit if you like the weather cool and dry. Although, the weather is unpredictable, some parts of the country can be hotter than others.

The hottest part of Spain is the South Coast, particularly the Costa del Sol, where temperatures reach up to 19°C and enjoys seven hours of daytime sun. If you’re visiting Madrid, prepare for colder weather where the average is 10°C, reaching highs of 16°C. March sees around 49mm of rain on the Costas, so make sure you take a light rain jacket!

What events are happening?

March is a great time to visit historical locations and do some sightseeing without it being too hot! However, if you’re looking for a dip in the sea and a beach break, be prepared to be a little chilly! There are plenty of events happening around Spain in March, here are a few of our favourites:

Las Fallas Festival:

Every year from March 15th until March 19th, the city of Valencia shuts down for a week for one of the biggest street parties you’ll ever see. Valencian communities make large paper mache sculptures in the shape of traditional / famous figures and are put on display before being burned in one of the many bonfires. We can guarantee you’ve never seen a party quite like it! Xàtiva, Benidorm and Denia also have their own mini-Fallas festivities.

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Semana Santa:

What we call ‘Easter’ the Spanish call Semana Santa, or Holy Week. As the name implies, celebrations go on for a lot longer than the Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and Easter Monday that we have in the United Kingdom!

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The Barcelona Beer Festival:

Taking place from the 16th-18th March, the Barcelona Beer festival will be held at the La Farga Centre d’Activitats. Choose from over 300 varieties of beer and find your new favourite! There will be displays of food, music and much more, a must if you’re in Barcelona during this time.

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Bullfighting season:

Bullfighting, or corrida de toros’, is an iconic tradition in Spain, the season runs from March until September, with most major cities having one event a week, normally on a Sunday. Madrid is one of the best places to see a bullfight in Spain – it attracts fewer tourists and more real aficionados.

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