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Suggestions for warm and beautiful in late March

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lake bluff, Il
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Suggestions for warm and beautiful in late March

We are meeting our college daughter March 22 in Barcelona but would like to go somewhere beautiful and warm for 5-6 days. Turkey, Portugal or Greece? Where?

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1. Re: Suggestions for warm and beautiful in late March

... Barcelona isn't beautiful and warm?

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2. Re: Suggestions for warm and beautiful in late March

Anyway, if you *need* to escape the city, you have plenty of options at a stone's throw away from Barcelona, you don't need to leave our small nation for that. Have a peek at these, all of them are located within Catalonia...

General overview of things you could be doing in different parts of Catalonia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FQ42cPTAYw

Costa Brava: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFCeI6VAoPU

Pyrenees: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbZQyRDRp7c (btw, there's no snow in May!)

Costa Daurada: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxlGhWSQFqw

Terres de l'Ebre: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKPR6Ir_Yr8

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3. Re: Suggestions for warm and beautiful in late March

Thank you so much. It is beautiful- not sure about warm in March. But we have been there before. Thought we might try somewhere else.

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4. Re: Suggestions for warm and beautiful in late March

... oopsy, mis-read by "May"... yet March *can* be warmish... but not very warm or hot. Keep in mind that climate is similar across all Mediterranean therefore Italy and Greece -which are at the same latitute- will have a very similar weather.

But is also could be cold :).... this was an exceptional weather event we had in 2010 in March 8th in Barcelona: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXCmxc2qUxc

Edited: 08 December 2013, 21:11
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5. Re: Suggestions for warm and beautiful in late March

You would struggle to find anywhere warm in Europe at that time of year. You could look at the Canary Islands (Lanzarote is my favourite) or Andalucia maybe.

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6. Re: Suggestions for warm and beautiful in late March

Actually I was thinking of going to Turkey in March! Compared to temps in Toronto (and Illinois), most of Europe is 'warm'.

Tenerife, Morocco or Sharm el Sheikh. The last one is the warmest but not convenient by air.

Edited: 08 December 2013, 21:38
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7. Re: Suggestions for warm and beautiful in late March

Malaga is the capital of the Costa del Sol and has beaches, plenty of sunshine, and one of the best climates in Spain. It is also one of the most beautiful and relaxing cities in Spain, and 100% Spanish. Malaga has 14 museums (among them Glass and Crystal Museum, Carmen Thyssen Museum, Automobile Museum, and the two Picasso Museums), historic churches (four founded by the Catholic Kings), and monuments that include two castles (Alcazaba and Gibralfaro). The sights are mostly downtown and completely walkable. There are very good restaurants, tapas bars, and nightlife. Shopping is wonderful and the city is very safe. The Malaga Park is a very large semi-tropical park and beside it is a new park called the Palmeral de las Sorpresas at the port. Muelle Uno is a new shopping/restaurant complex at the port. The Gardens of La Concepcion are the largest tropical plant gardens in Europe. There are about 1000 buildings from the 19th century downtown, one of the largest and best conserved collections in Spain.

The natives have the great charm of Andalucia and are among the most friendly people in Spain. It is easy to do day trips to the white towns of Ronda, Mijas, and Nerja, since Malaga is the transportation hub of its province. Malaga Airport is the third largest airport in Spain and has direct connections with many European cities. One can take the AVE from Madrid to Malaga. Read the top questions in the Malaga forum.

Good hotels:

5-star: Vincci Posada del Patio

4-star: Hotel AC Malaga Palacio – The rooftop restaurant is a romantic place during twilight with a great view of the port.

4-star: Hotel Molina Lario – The hotel restaurant Café de Bolsa is a very good restaurant.

3-star: Hotel Don Curro

The Restaurant El Pimpi at Calle Granada, 62, has Andalusian decoration and music and one can have tapas and try Malaga’s sweet wine here. This is the restaurant that celebrities are brought to. Movie stars and members of royalty have all been here.

Malaga was named by Trip Advisor as the 7th best destination in the “Traveler’s Choice 2013 – Top 10 Destinations of Spain” list.

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8. Re: Suggestions for warm and beautiful in late March

Ahh Benny, I see each one of us is "barriendo para casa", eh?? :))) Warmest regards!

Man, I never know how to properly translate this idiom without loosing its true meaning along the way. If anyone knows, please enlighten me.

Edited: 09 December 2013, 04:47
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9. Re: Suggestions for warm and beautiful in late March

Nowhere in Europe or nearby will be "warm" during this time of the year. However, you'll be able to find places warmer than Barcelona, but not warm enough to go to the beach.

Is a place with average of 60-65 F warm enough for you?

For instance, Sevilla fits in that average. From there you can cross to Morocco, if your're looking for something a bit warmer.

On the other hand, if you want sunbathing, then you'll have to go to the South Hemisphere, Persian Gulf or Southeast Asia..

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10. Re: Suggestions for warm and beautiful in late March

Greece (especially the islands) can be decidedly chilly as late as May. March is too early for the places you've mentioned. Cyprus might just about be alright and the Canary Islands should be too but they are quite a lot further south, Andalusia will be the warmest part of Spain, but even there expect cool nights. I've been to Granada in April and it was ok in the day time, temperature wise, but definitely not warm most nights.