Averages for Costa Blanca in March
March is traditionally the first sign that springtime is on its way across Europe. It is no exception in Costa Blanca, with a temperature high peaking at 19 degrees Celsius. This is only the warm-up to the hot summer months, which is when the majority of holidaymakers will be more likely to visit, drawn to almost guaranteed sunshine and warm seas. Sunset is past 7pm every evening, and you can expect to enjoy an average of seven sunshine hours per day. ...
March is traditionally the first sign that springtime is on its way across Europe. It is no exception in Costa Blanca, with a temperature high peaking at 19 degrees Celsius. This is only the warm-up to the hot summer months, which is when the majority of holidaymakers will be more likely to visit, drawn to almost guaranteed sunshine and warm seas. Sunset is past 7pm every evening, and you can expect to enjoy an average of seven sunshine hours per day. The average temperature this month is 15 degrees Celsius, that's 58 degrees Fahrenheit.
Things to do
Costa Blanca might have a host of attractions to tempt visitors, but if a day break is required, then the city of Valencia is not too far. Situated right at the heart of the Spanish Mediterranean coastline, Valencia offers a lot to do in just a day. Those looking to sightsee could visit the many famous art galleries and museums on show, or take a long stroll along the attractive beach. Spain's most common dish is, of course, paella and this was first cooked up by chefs in Valencia. It would be unwise to not try some paella in the tons of restaurants serving this famous Spanish dish. Sport fans might want to head near the atmospheric Mestalla Stadium, home to La Liga giants Valencia, or to the port of Valencia, which was the home of sailing's prestigious Americas Cup event and more recently, the European Formula One Grand Prix from 2008 to 2012.
The race in Valencia was won by Spanish F1 driver Fernando Alonso last season, and GP fans can attempt to follow in the footsteps – albeit in a tamer fashion - of one of Spain's prodigal sons by competing at the Karting Alacant venue. Different types of go-karts are on offer for kids and adults, and there is often plenty of action on the circuit to enjoy – or merely witness if you prefer sticking to the sidelines. A fun-filled family day out.
Dates for the diary
Craft culture is the theme of the Alicante Cool Craft Market in early March. These markets are located near the Alicante bullring in the Cultural Garden Las Cigarreras. This event is regularly held over one weekend and allows locals to sell and exhibit their homemade goods. This can include scrapbooks, stationery resources, illustrations and jewellery, made from a whole variety of different fabrics and materials.
In late March, the Second Sea World exhibition will take place, and a massive range of activities is planned on the Esplanada of Lo Pagan. This includes mud therapy demonstrations, permanent exhibitions by the Spanish Red Cross, guided tours of the Spanish Institute of Oceanography, and several fish auctions.
Easter weekend falls at the end of March in 2013, so this is when Semana Santa takes place. This is Holy Week across the whole of Costa Blanca, in an event that will begin a week before Easter Sunday every year. All towns and villages have processions throughout the week to mark Easter, with events in Murcia, Alicante and Orihuela leading the way when it comes to creating unforgettable scenes.
Hit the beach
The Moraira beach in Moraira has everything a traveller would need, and there is even a choice of relaxing on fine sand, or strolling slowly along the rocky, pebbly length of beach. Not as overpopulated as many beaches, this is actually a hidden gem when it comes to thinking about staying in Moraira.
Moraira Beach, Costa Blanca.
The Punta Prima Beach in Torrevieja is another golden beach that is often ignored by the regulars. It might not be massive in size, but the local beach bar provides a high-quality selection of drinks, and offers great views of the area in general.
With an inviting atmosphere, the Cap Blanca restaurant in Moraira is a welcoming British restaurant in the Costa Blanca. Every Sunday, there is a traditional roast dinner, with a choice of lamb, pork, beef or gammon for diners, and all food is homemade and freshly cooked. This venue is perfect for a romantic meal or for somewhere to relax with family or friends. Booking in advance is highly recommended to guarantee a table at Cap Blanca.
Over in Santa Pola, the tiny eating establishment of Casa Joaquin is dedicated to seafood and serves fresh food every single day. For those with a real craving for fish, you will be in heaven by coming to Casa Joaquin.
Nightlife: Churchill's pub in Benidorm is a true British favourite to visit. A fun night out is a sure-fire definite by a wide raft of programme in terms of entertainment. Sometimes, theme nights will be put on by the owners, and others will involve karaoke nights that won't be judged properly on this occasion. It is almost like a place home from home.
For a more international feel, the Pacha nightclub is the best for a great night out in Torrevieja. The place is always buzzing with youngsters and the music is provided by an excellent line-up regularly of international and Spanish DJs.
Where to stay
The Oasis Albir Playa hotel in Albir is located in an area of tranquillity, despite the numerous shops that can be found in the vicinity. All rooms have double beds, and some are lucky enough to have king-size beds. A family friendly environment, this hotel caters for half-board, bed and breakfast and all inclusive visitors.
Meanwhile, with a beach close by, modern gym for guests to enjoy and a conference room, Albahia Tennis and Business Hotel in Alicante is great place to stay in Costa Blanca. With nine tennis courts to practice championship skills on, it's especially handy for active types.
The Huerto del Cura in Elche is a large hotel which is almost hidden away by some of the famous palm groves that attracts hundreds of visitors every year. The gardens are luxurious, and the rooms set in neat and polished looking bungalows.
A poolside apartment up for rental use is based in El Pinet, close to the La Marina village. El Pinet is a recent new development and this self-catering apartment is situated in a peaceful area, with all the standard equipment expected. Available for the whole of spring and summer, and fantastic low prices, El Pinet is an example of cheap and classy rental property.
Located three kilometres away from the centre of El Campello, Hostal San Juan in Alicante is located opposite the popular San Juan beach. With good transport links into the Alicante town, and a superb backdrop of a view, this is another fine choice of accommodation that differs from a standard hotel.