Best holiday deals in March, from walking in Spain to skiing in Montgenevre

If the recent spring-like weather has given you a taste for proper warmth, now's the time to get a bit of heat in southern Europe or Australia. Or if winter can't last long enough for you, nab a late-season ski bargain. Looking ahead to proper summertime, here's our pick of the best destinations for June, too.

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Tenerife

Move quickly to save GBP163 on an all-inclusive holiday in Tenerife. Inspired Luxury Escapes[2] has four nights at the five-star Sandos San Blas Nature Resort on the southern tip of the island overlooking Punta de los Abrigos. As well as a choice of pools, you've got the beach within staggering distance. The starting price of GBP544pp is for a 14 March departure and includes flights and all-inclusive accommodation.

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Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain, voted the fourth best beach in Europe

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Luskentyre beach, Scotland, voted the second best beach in the UK

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Eagle Beach, Aruba, voted the third best beach in the world

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Woolacombe Beach, Woolacombe, Devon, voted the fourth best beach in the UK

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Spiaggia dei Conigli, Lampedusa, Sicily, Italy, voted the second best beach in Europe

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Falesia Beach, Olhos de Agua, Portugal, voted the third best beach in Europe

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Brelade's Bay Beach, St Brelade, Jersey, voted the second best beach in the UK

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Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil, voted the best beach in the world

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Bournemouth Beach, Dorset, voted the best beach in the UK

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Varadero Beach, Cuba, voted the second best beach in the world

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Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain, voted the fourth best beach in Europe

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Luskentyre beach, Scotland, voted the second best beach in the UK

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Eagle Beach, Aruba, voted the third best beach in the world

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Woolacombe Beach, Woolacombe, Devon, voted the fourth best beach in the UK

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Spiaggia dei Conigli, Lampedusa, Sicily, Italy, voted the second best beach in Europe

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Falesia Beach, Olhos de Agua, Portugal, voted the third best beach in Europe

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St. Brelade's Bay Beach, St Brelade, Jersey, voted the second best beach in the UK

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Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil, voted the best beach in the world

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Bournemouth Beach, Dorset, voted the best beach in the UK

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Varadero Beach, Cuba, voted the second best beach in the world

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Australia

As summer winds down in Australia, now's the time for a leisurely exploration of Sydney and the Pacific coast. Austravel[3] has a 14-night fly-drive holiday starting with four nights in Sydney before carrying on to the beautiful natural bay of Port Stephens and finishing in Brisbane via Byron Bay. The starting price of GBP2,395pp includes accommodation, flights and 10 days' car hire, for departures throughout March.

The Australian summer is winding down, making now the perfect time for a visit (Getty)

Spain

Spring comes early in the Andalusian countryside, where carpets of flowers bring colour to the region's pueblos blancos and the surrounding mountains. Inntravel[4] offers a seven-night self-guided walking holiday based in the attractive Andalucian Cottages in Montejaque.

The cottages are scattered around the village, and some come with a shared pool. Seven nights' self-catering costs from GBP620pp, including car hire and walking notes but excluding flights, for departures throughout March.

France

Enjoy the late-season snow in France's southern Alps, where skiing in Montgenevre gives you the chance to potter over to Italy. It's the only French resort in the mainly Italian Milky Way ski area, and has a fantastic choice of slopes for all levels. Peak Retreats[5] has a week's self-catering in a one-bedroom apartment for GBP841 at the Hameau des Airelles apartments.

This smart residence has an indoor/outdoor pool and is right by the Chalvet lift. The price includes a Eurotunnel crossing and is for a 23 March departure.

Montgenevre is the only French resort in the Milky Way area (Adam Batterbee)

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Corsica

You miss Corsica's summer holiday crowds in June but still get wonderful Mediterranean sun and warmth. At Villa Clea, with its seaside dining terraces and outdoor pool, you can get away from it all in a spacious five-bedroom villa in the hills overlooking St Florent and Cap Corse. Corsican Places[6] offers a week's rental for Sunday departures throughout June from GBP485pp, based on six sharing.

The price includes flights and car hire.

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Croatia

If you've already done Croatia's big hitters, get to know some of its lesser-known sights on the Dalmatian coast on a small cruise. Long Travel[7] has a seven-night holiday on a small ship starting and ending in Split. You'll visit the magnificent waterfalls in Krka National Park and stop in the historic cities of Sibenik, Trogir and Zadar as well as cruise around the Kornati islands. The starting price of GBP899 includes flights, transfers and half board, for Sunday departures in June.

Hike through Georgia's Caucasus Mountains (Getty)

Georgia

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Georgia is slowly appearing on people's radars, especially if you're into hiking in the rugged Caucasus. Explore[8] has an eight-day group walking holiday in the remote region of Svaneti where you hike past medieval villages, grottos, glaciers and waterfalls surrounded by the Greater Caucasus Mountains.

The starting price of GBP1,345pp includes flights, accommodation, guides, transfers and most meals, departing 16 June.

Mary Novakovich is editor at large at 101holidays.co.uk[9]

References

  1. ^ Subscribe now (www.independent.co.uk)
  2. ^ Inspired Luxury Escapes (go.redirectingat.com)
  3. ^ Austravel (austravel.com)
  4. ^ Inntravel (inntravel.co.uk)
  5. ^ Peak Retreats (peakretreats.co.uk)
  6. ^ Corsican Places (corsica.co.uk)
  7. ^ Long Travel (long-travel.co.uk)
  8. ^ Explore (www.awin1.com)
  9. ^ 101holidays.co.uk (www.101holidays.co.uk)

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