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Where to go in March

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Where to go in March

You’ve almost made it through the winter. Spring is on its way. And some of our favourite destinations are warming up and bursting into life. We pick our top five destinations to help you get ahead of the Easter crowds.

Washington DC, USA

Temperature 13ºC

The blossoming of Washington DC’s 3,000-or-so cherry trees heralds the arrival of spring in the American capital. And the National Cherry Blossom Festival that kicks off on 20 March will get you in the mood to cast off the mantle of winter and welcome warmer days. (Pub quiz fact: the trees were a gift from the Mayor Of Tokyo, Yukio Ozaki, in 1912).

Here’s another little-known fact. Washington DC is better for museums than New York and certainly much easier on the wallet. The magnificent collections of the Smithsonian Institution are all free to enter, including the Air and Space Museum and Portrait Gallery.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is, justifiably, wildly popular: if you can’t get a (free) timed-entry ticket on line in advance, use jetlag to your advantage and log on to their website at 6.30am to try for one that day.

Read more: Best long-haul city breaks

Washington DC, USA
Average airfare Average hotel rate Accommodation Food and drink Cultural attractions Value for money City score
£610 £131 84%
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Rome, Italy

Temperature 16ºC

Did you know that summer is not high season for tourism in Rome? That honour goes to Easter. So March is a good month to visit before the crowds really start to build up.

Don your comfy walking shoes to meander down streets that have been at the centre of European history for over 2,000 years. Yes, the Colosseum, the museums of the Vatican and St Peter’s Basilica are all firmly on the tourist trail, but for very good reason.  You won’t be alone but they are all worth lingering over.

Your reward for all the pavement pounding is some of the finest gelato in all of Italy: be like a Roman and have yours with a dollop of fresh whipped cream on top.

Read more: Best city breaks in Europe

Rome, Italy
Average airfare Average hotel rate Accommodation Food and drink Cultural attractions Value for money City score
£134 £95 84%
City score combines overall satisfaction and likelihood to recommend.

Singapore

Temperature 31ºC

Now is a good time to visit to take part in the bicentenary celebrations of Sir Stamford Raffles landing in Singapore and laying the foundations of the modern city state.

Of course he’d never have envisaged the landscape of skyscrapers that blanket downtown, nor developments like the Gardens by the Bay that sit on 101 hectares of reclaimed land, nor the malls on Orchard Road, which you’ll love, if for no other reason, than the reviving blast of air conditioning they provide – Singapore is hot and humid throughout the year.

A host of trendy new boutique hotels have sprung up over the last few years, and the food scene has developed to be among the best in Asia. You'll find everything from Michelin-starred restaurants to basic cafes at metro stations that, for £3, will serve the best bowl of laksa (spicy noodle soup) you’ll ever taste.

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Singapore
Average airfare Average hotel rate Accommodation Food and drink Cultural attractions Value for money City score
£562 £102 82%
City score combines overall satisfaction and likelihood to recommend.

St Davids, UK

Temperature 9ºC

Visit the Welsh Patron Saint’s home ‘city’ in early spring, when the grounds of St David’s magnificent 12th-century Cathedral will be carpeted in daffodils.

Spring is a wonderful time to visit this windswept peninsula in Wales’s far west, taking in the blockbuster sights of the extravagant Bishop’s Palace, and wild Ramsey Island, with its sea caves filled with lounging grey seals.

This miniature metropolis – the UK’s smallest city - is just a 15 minute walk from the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, where narrow inlets and precarious sea stacks meet expansive bays of soft golden sand. It’s heaven for walkers, and in March you can expect to have its secluded coves all to yourself.

Read more: Best city breaks in the UK

St Davids, UK
Average hotel rate Accommodation Food and drink Cultural attractions Value for money City score
- - 80%
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Prague, Czech Republic

Temperature 9ºC

With the weather warming up, hotel prices still low, and tourist sites yet to become overrun, March is the sweet spot for visiting Prague.

No need to battle the hordes to cross 14th-century city icon, Charles Bridge. Nor will you have to jostle for position to see the Old Town Hall’s medieval Astronomical Clock. And you’ll virtually have the fairytale hilltop castle to yourself.

Bright, clear days are typical – perfect for exploring the cobbled maze of courtyards, chapels and convents, before taking in some world-class opera, or enjoying a well-earned beer at one of the city’s renowned microbreweries.

Prague, Czech Republic
Average airfare Average hotel rate Accommodation Food and drink Cultural attractions Value for money City score
£132 £113 82%
City score combines overall satisfaction and likelihood to recommend.
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