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The 10 best places to visit in March 2024

From the Blue Mosque in Istanbul to the heavenly beaches of Mexico, these are the best places to travel in March

Liv Kelly
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Will Jones
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Liv Kelly
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Spring has sprung (or at least limped trembling out the shadowy depths of February) and it’s time to celebrate new life with new horizons. What better time of year could there be to explore a destination you haven’t yet discovered?

Head to Borneo to meet the orangutans, or wrap up and to wander the streets and museums of Copenhagen. Haggle your way through the souks of Marrakech, or bask in the springtime sun of the glorious beaches of Mexico. Do those all sound like good ideas? Well, there’s plenty more where they came from - here’s our list of the very best holiday destinations of an March adventure.

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Best places to travel in March

One of the world’s most fascinating cities, Istanbul has one foot in Europe and one in Asia, with the mighty Bosphorus strait dividing the city in two. While the Asian side is well worth a visit, most of the attractions can be found in the European part, from the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar to the Hagia Sophia, the Topkapi Palace and plenty, plenty more. March is generally pleasant weather-wise, with sunny days and mild temperatures.

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Sure, we all know Italy as a summer vacation spot, but it does get pretty choker. Why not beat the start of the high season and head to Sicily for some springtime sun, before the temperatures reach their scorching summer heights? The breezy March weather will make for a much more enjoyable time to sample all the seafood and explore the gorgeous streets of Palermo and Catania. But it's not just the island’s cities that are worth a peruse - the vibrant town of Cefalu is home to some incredible ancient ruins and even a Norman cathedral.

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The frankly glorious Mexican state of Yucatan has more world-class things to see, do and experience than some entire countries, and March is a great time to visit. Laze on paradise beaches (take your pick from Tulum, Playa del CarmenRiviera Maya or nearby island Cozumel), explore ancient Mayan ruins, walk around vibrant cities with stunning colonial architecture, and dive into gorgeous cenotes (azure sink-holes).

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This oasis of a city, located in the California desert about a two hour drive east from L.A., is a brilliant spot to soak up some spring (or late winter) sunshine (expect 27C/80F). Other than lounging by a hotel pool, a must-do is the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which will carry you on a rotating cable car through a majestic canyon before depositing you at a viewpoint which presents the entire Coachella Valley in all its glory.

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Jaipur, aka the ‘Pink City’ on account of the blushed hue of its buildings, is one of India’s top highlights, and March temperatures (around 30C/86F at the hottest part of the day) make it all the more agreeable. Highlights include the stupendously impressive palaces of Hawa Mahal and Jal Mahal (the latter sits in the middle of a lake), and Nahargarh Fort, which is one of the finest in a country where there’s plenty of competition.

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Pleasing alliterations aside, there are some huge pluses to visiting Morocco’s Marrakech in March. The daytime temperatures lounge around a manageable 22C/72F, perfect for a city that begs to be explored on foot, with a tantalising maze of alleyways within the ancient medina walls (not to mention the enormous public square, Jemaa el-Fna, at the heart of it all). Get lost in one of the world’s best souks, and soak up the atmosphere of the street food stalls in the aforementioned square once evening falls.

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March is one of the best times to visit Central America (the dry season runs from December to April), with balmy air and pleasant sea temperatures: Trek to Belize for splendid coral reefs; Guatemala has beautiful Lake Atitlan; Nicaragua, with its surfable volcanoes (bucket list anyone?); and Costa Rica's jaw-dropping biodiversity. It’ll be a trip to remember.

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The Texan capital has firmly established itself as the live music capital of the world (to borrow its self-awarded slogan), and the corresponding highlight that is SXSW occurs in March (March 10-19 in 2023, to be exact). Other than the music scene, there’s a huge amount to experience here, especially outdoors: the city boasts 300 or so parks, and many miles of urban walking and cycling trails. It’s also absurdly friendly, and has an awesome food truck scene.

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10. Borneo

The South East Asian island of Borneo, shared between Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei, forms one of the most wonderful natural environments Planet Earth has on offer. Its most famous residents are its orangutans, which can be seen in abundance in their natural jungle home, but there are plenty of other reasons to visit: you can swim with turtles, hike up mountains, and explore jaw-dropping caves.

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