Signalling the arrival of spring, March is a wonderful time to travel. With the change in temperature, feluccas take to the Nile in Egypt, the Indian subcontinent’s markets recover their energy, and Argentina basks in the afterglow of high season. This is, after all, the month when wildlife stirs, plants blossom and bustling cities prepare themselves for the coming of a new season. We’ve compiled the best locations to visit in March, to make sure you get the most out of its charms.
Wander round the colourful markets of Delhi, admire the government buildings, green parks and gardens of its “New” cousin, or catch a rickshaw to one of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Humayun’s Tomb or Qutub Minar. Few sights in the capital, however, quite match up to the reputation of the Taj Mahal at sunrise, or the giant proportions of Agra Fort. But in March, it’s really Udaipur that steals the show. Set among shimmering lakes and glamorous palaces, its tree-lined streets and gliding boats make for an incredibly relaxing stay.
Walk along the Algarve’s pearlescent sands, shop in Faro or visit ornate palaces, before feasting on dishes cooked cataplana-style at a traditional restaurant. Once refuelled, visit the striking scenery of the Douro Valley, which begins to flourish in March, or go one better and sample some of its famous produce, Port. Architecturally blessed with Roman towers, late Gothic monasteries and Romanesque Revival palaces, Portugal presents a pretty picture around almost every corner.
Renowned for its boutiques, fine dining and museums, Buenos Aires evokes European grandeur. Visit the grand Casa Rosada cathedral or venture into the colourful neighbourhood of La Boca for a slice of Italy on the other side of the Atlantic. Elsewhere, stand in awe at the famous Teatro Colón Opera House or, if you’re a fan of Argentina’s former First Lady, Eva Peron, pay your respects at the Recoleta cemetery. No matter what you get up to, the time evening falls you’ll have doubtless worked up enough of an appetite to devour big cuts of Argentinian beef. Which is so incredibly tender and delicious (especially the vacio – flank), you’ll inevitably return for more.
This patch of South-East Asia deserves its big-hitting reputation. Dotted with temples such as Thian Hock Keng (the oldest Buddhist-Taoist temple in the country), stunning orchid gardens and cultural attractions like Parliament House and the National Gallery, there’s so much to see and do. Highlights, however, include its China Town, Marina Bay (with its futurist architecture) and the ‘wet’ markets, which sells everything from seafood to vegetables – getting the slightly odd name from their squeaky-clean hygiene habits.