If you’re finding yourself fed up with the cold, gloomy winter months and just can’t wait any longer until your summer holiday, why not book a weekend break to Europe this March? In so many incredible European cities, there are an abundance of great events happening that offer such unique and unforgettable experiences.
March is also an ideal time to visit Europe because there are far less tourists, the weather is often very pleasant, and you can discover some really affordable flight and hotel prices. This list will give you a run-down of some of Europe’s festival highlights for March, as well as some other things to do in the specific destinations.
Best places to go in Europe in March 2020
Dublin, Ireland, for St Patrick’s Day
17th March 2020
One of the greatest celebrations in Irish history is St Patrick’s Day, where the whole country comes alive to celebrate on March 17th. Many visitors from around the world are enticed by Irish hospitality and charm, and make a trip to visit this incredible day; pubs become alive with people drinking, dancing and celebrating their heritage, and there are also many parades and performances.
One of the best places to celebrate St Patrick’s Day is in Dublin, which is the capital of Ireland, and an incredible city. Make sure that you visit the Temple Bar on St Patrick’s Day and have a pint of Guinness; the Bar is one of the most famous in the whole of Dublin, and you will undoubtedly see why once you have visited! Also make sure that you wander around the University grounds, as they are particularly beautiful, and there is so much history to uncover.
Keukenhof, The Netherlands
21st March 2020 – 10th May 2020
Though many of you may never head of Keukenhof, but it is a series of beautiful gardens that are grown for every spring, and welcome visitors from all over the world to admire its magnificent array of colours. It features 800 different types of tulips, which are synonymous with the Netherlands.
This is a great place to visit for both families, as there is a lot to explore for young children, as well as for couples, as the abundance of natural beauty is perfect for a romantic stroll. There is so much to explore at Keukenhof, including mazes, animal shows, places to eat and drink, as well as performances and exhibitions.
Every year, the festival has a theme, and this year it is Flower Power; it is incredibly fitting with the nature of the festival, and it invites visitors to dress up in Hippie costumes, and admire and celebrate the wonder of flowers.
Las Fallas – Valencia, Spain
15st March 2020 – 19th March 2020
Las Fallas is the perfect festival to visit in March if you love all things big, loud and full of fire! The city literally lights up with some of the most impressive fireworks you will ever see in your life; they are loud, colourful and so incredibly exciting.
There are also an array of different parades, where creative groups design the most outrageous and intricate floats, that they show off to onlookers. There are also many different performances and various forms of entertainment, as well as people dressing up in traditional Spanish attire; the festival is massive in Europe, and attracts over 3 million visitors a year.
Aside from the festival, Valencia is a beautiful city; make sure that you visit Plaza de Toros de Valencia, to sample a culture entirely different; here, you can discover a bull fighting arena, and gaze at its sheer impressiveness and enormity.
Taste of Florence – Florence, Italy
14th March 2020 – 16th March 2020
If you are a foodie at heart, you would be a fool to miss the Taste of Florence food festival happening in Italy’s most gorgeous city, and the hub of the Renaissance, Florence, otherwise known as Firenze to its locals.
Over 300 Italian food companies meet in this incredible city every march to share their foodie techniques, and encourage visitors to try new styles of food, traditional foods, as well as a variety of different Italian flavours and dishes.
There is always a great shop as well, where visitors can buy many of the items that they tried, and try to incorporate them into their own home cooking. Aside from the festival, Florence is an enticing, magical city; make sure that you catch sunset from Piazza Michelangelo, as it has one of the most breath-taking views of the city down below, and looks beautiful seeing it sheltered by the mountains.
You might be interested in my 4 day Florence and Tuscany itinerary.
Munich Strong Beer Festival – Starkbierzeit
13th March 2020 – 22nd March 2020
Munich is located in the traditional region of Germany called Bavaria, and here, one can find some of the country’s most incredible beers. The annual Munich Strong Beer Festival is a relatively small festival that calls all strong beer loving individuals to the same place, where they can try an array of different Germany beers, and experience a traditional Bavarian atmosphere, where many people dress up in authentic attire, and sing traditional songs.
Aside from the festival, Munich is a great city to visit in Europe in March; there is so much to see and do, including the Hofbräuhaus, which is a traditional Bavarian beer hall, where visitors can indulge in litre sized beers! It is not for the faint-hearted, but even if you do not like beer, make sure you visit, as it is like something you will have never seen before!
Whichever festival takes your fancy, make sure that you find an excuse to escape to Europe this march. As this list has demonstrated, there is so much just waiting to be discovered, and with the fewer crowds, cheaper flights and accommodation, what better time to visit a fantastic European city?
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