Alicante: March Weather AveragesDaily averages for March
|Sunshine Hours||7 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||44 %|
|Rainfall days||4 days|
|Chance of Rain||18 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||18 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||18 %|
Daily averages for March
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Averages for Alicante in March
March sees the start of spring in Alicante, with longer, warmer days and slightly higher rainfall averages. It should remain fairly dry, as the rainy season in Alicante is really the autumn. The weather can be a little erratic, but generally conditions remain quite temperate.
The average temperature in March is 15C, with highs of 20C. It’s not uncommon for temperatures to reach upwards of 26C on several days of the month. The highest temperature ever recorded in the area at this time is 33C. Overnight it will feel much colder, with lows of just 9C; the lowest ever overnight temperature at this time a very chilly -1C. Conditions are similar across Spain, with average temperatures of 15C in Seville and Almeria. Barcelona, on the north east coast, will be slightly colder with average temperatures of around 12C.
While autumn is the rainy season in Alicante, the spring months do see slightly increased rainfall averages and it will be a little wetter in March than preceding months. Around 25mm of rainfall is expected over 4 days in the month. However, any showers are likely to be light and fairly short lived. Thanks to the area’s topography, Alicante experiences significantly less rainfall than many other areas of the country. Seville, for example, expects around 90mm of rainfall over nine days in March; more than three times that in Alicante.
There is likely to be some cloud cover or fog in the mornings, especially in coastal areas, but this usually clears by midday. With clearer skies, correspondingly, visitors can expect longer days; March sees around seven hours of sunshine, on average, each day. Sea temperatures, however, remain at a low 14C. It still isn’t quite beach weather, though conditions are very pleasant for sightseeing and outdoor activities.
Where to Stay
An unbeatable location, right in the centre of Alicante, and amazing views from the roof-top terrace make the Eurostars Mediterranean Plaza Alicante Hotel an excellent choice. The facilities are lovely and the rooms furnished in a comfortable, modern style.
The Marriott AC Hotel Alicante, as you would expect from a successful and well-known chain, has high standards and feels familiar. Situated in the heart of the town, it offers a range of facilities to cater to both the more active guest and those who are just looking for a little pampering. The pool area is quite lovely and the Turkish bath very luxurious.
Marriott AC Hotel roof top pool, Alicante.
Things to Do
The Castillo de Santa Barbara, right in the centre of Alicante, is one of the biggest medieval fortresses in Spain. It’s an important landmark in the city, and, sitting atop Mount Benacantil, has fabulous views. Look up at it from El Postiguet beach, and you’ll see a strange projected part of the building, like the shape of a human face, known as ‘the Moor's Head’. The castle was built in the 12th century work by Muslim geographer Al-Idrisi. It was designed to fortify the Spanish city and surrounding area and has withstood many sieges and battles. Not to mention that, up until the 18th century, it was still occasionally used as a prison. The Castle was opened to the public in 1963.
The Museum of the City of Alicante (MUSA), inside the Castillo de Santa Barbara, introduces visitors to various Spanish quests through different historical periods. Displays include archaeological materials, sculptures and busts of famous Spanish men and women.
Eat & Drink
El Portal Taberna & Wines is a very trendy and modern Spanish restaurant and cocktail bar. The menu is traditional, with a fantastic variety of local wines and excellent menu of house cocktails.
The island is well known for its fantastic seafood selection and many restaurants offer menus based around the local catch. Definitely try the octopus, sardines and red mullet.
March events in Alicante
14th March 2015 to 18th March 2015
Fallas is a feast for all the senses. Huge colourful caricatures made from papier mache are put up in the streets of Denia and Benidorm.
Dia de San Jose (St Joseph's Day)
19th March 2015
St Joseph's Day is celebrated on March 19th in Western Christianity. This is the principal feast day of Saint Joseph, the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. On this day the Fallas made the day before are burnt to the ground.
29th March 2015
The brotherhoods carry icons on their shoulders and parade throughout different streets during the procession. It is typical for people to carry on this day in their hands palm leaves during the parade.
19th March 2015
Father’s Day is held on 19th March to mark the feast of St. Joseph, the father of Jesus. In the weeks leading up to this day, school children spend a few hours a day preparing a gift for their fathers.