Spotlight on Portugal: March Adventures

March in Portugal is a season of blooming landscapes and cultural festivities. It's a time when the country shakes off the winter chill and embraces the warmth of spring with open arms.

Castle in Sintra, Portugal
Photo by Julia Solonina / Unsplash

With the arrival of March, Portugal transforms into a vibrant tableau of cultural celebrations and natural beauty, making it an unparalleled destination for travelers seeking adventure and tranquility. As the country awakens from its winter slumber, visitors are greeted with mild temperatures, fewer crowds, and a series of events that showcase the Portuguese people's rich heritage and lively spirit.

Why March is Special in Portugal:

  • Almond Blossoms in the Algarve: The countryside is awash with the delicate whites and pinks of almond blossoms, offering breathtaking landscapes perfect for leisurely drives and countryside walks.
  • Spring Festivals: From Lisbon's "Festival of Chocolate" in Óbidos to "Semana Santa" (Holy Week) celebrations across the country, Portugal's spring festivals blend delicious cuisine, historic traditions, and vibrant street parades.
  • Shoulder Season Perks: March marks the beginning of the shoulder season in Portugal, offering travelers the advantage of lower accommodation prices, a relaxed pace, and the warmth of the Portuguese welcome without the peak season crowds.

Exploring Portugal in March invites you to experience the country's diverse landscapes, from the blooming northern valleys to the sun-drenched southern coastlines, each offering unique adventures that cater to all travelers. Whether surfing in the crisp Atlantic waves, hiking through the verdant Douro Valley, or simply enjoying the slow pace of life in a seaside village, Portugal in March is a celebration of life's simple pleasures. I have yet to try surfing because I am a spoilt, warm Caribbean sea man!

Spotlight on Portugal: March Adventures
1. Visit Portugal - Official Tourism Website
2. Portugal's Spring Festivals Guide