OWith Covid travel restrictions easing and more countries opening up to UK travelers – not to mention the no-regrets end to expensive testing – there’s plenty of tempting to step away for an early spring break. Whether you want to snatch up a few days on the slopes or crash on a sandy beach, here are some ideas for where to vacation in March.
After two years of waiting, fans of Australia can finally visit this vast country which is now in an autumn atmosphere. For a mini ‘big ride’, try Australian Sky’s 12-night driving holiday from Sydney to the Sunshine Coast. You’ll enjoy three days soaking up Sydney’s roasting autumn temperatures before heading to the Hunter Valley vineyards, beautiful Port Stephens Bay, subtropical Coffs Harbor and Byron Bay before continuing to Brisbane and three nights in the Noosa resort town. . The starting price of £1,999 per person includes flights, accommodation and car hire, for departures throughout March.
Longer days in March and fresh snow in the Alps make high altitude Tignes even more appealing – and exorbitant mid-term prices in February are a distant memory. You can also save on the price of a lift pass when you book a seven-night stay at Chalet Les Arolles in Tignes with SNO – located in Tignes Le Lac, this stylish Savoyard chalet has seven bedrooms and a large sunny terrace. When you buy a ski pass, you have the option of getting a second pass or ski equipment at half price. Starting at £1,199 pp, down from £1,408 pp, holiday prices are based on two people sharing a double room and include flights, transfers, daily breakfast, after-tea lunch and dinner with wine for five days, departing from Manchester on March 26.
March is the best time to go whale watching off the island of Boa Vista in Cape Verde. That’s if you can tear yourself away from the endless stretches of soft sand and clear Atlantic waters. If you needed a place to completely unwind after a long winter, this is the place. Cape Verde Experience offers a week-long all-inclusive vacation at the Iberostar Club Boa Vista, which directly faces the golden sands of Praia de Chaves. Water sports are offered as well as a large outdoor pool and spa. Prices in March start at £1,079 pp, a savings of £250 pp, and include all-inclusive flights, transfers and accommodation.
The trio of cities featured in the Nordic Cities Explorer vacation offered by Inntravel are attractive places to see in early spring. After exploring Copenhagen, you take the train over the Oresund Bridge to Stockholm for a few nights before hopping on an overnight ferry to Helsinki. Prices for this seven-night holiday in March start at £995 pp and include B&B accommodation, train and ferry travel, city maps and walking tour tickets. Flights are extra.
With Morocco’s borders reopening to international visitors, now is the time to immerse yourself in all the color and vibrancy of Marrakech before the temperatures get too hot. Settle into one of the five sumptuous bedrooms of the 18andLast century Riad el Zohar in the medina, where there is a swimming pool in the courtyard and a terrace on the roof. You are only a few minutes walk from the souks and the Place des Epices. Booked through Fleewinter, a four-night stay costs £374 for two people sharing a double room, including breakfast and transfers, but not flights.
Before the Easter rush, combine a few days of hiking in the southern Lake District with a lazy day cruising Lake Windermere, plus time to relax in a cozy Lakeland cottage. Nook House is the perfect place to fulfill your rural fantasies, with a farmhouse kitchen and Aga, wood-burning fireplace and countryside views. It’s in the village of Staveley, roughly equidistant between Kendal and Windermere, and is available through Canine Cottages. Four self-catering nights from March 14 cost £611, up from £674, with an extra £20 if you bring your dog.
Mary Novakovich is editor-in-chief at101holidays.co.uk.