March in Spain: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

Fallas festival
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While winter in Spain is certainly much more mild than in most other European destinations, the arrival of springtime in March brings a rejuvenated sense of fun and passion. As the days get longer and warmer, bar and restaurant terraces spilling out onto sunny plazas get more and more crowded, and you'll find plenty of locals out enjoying the beautiful weather in Spain's myriad gorgeous parks. 

In addition to pleasant temperatures and plentiful sunshine, March in Spain also brings with it a wealth of fun cultural events and activities.

From flamenco to fallas, there's always something going on throughout this action-packed month.

Spain Weather in March

Temperatures throughout Spain in March will depend on where, exactly, in the country you find yourself. Areas along the northern coast will still be a bit chilly, with highs in the low 50s, while the south starts to warm up into the high 60s and even low 70s at times. 

For central areas like Madrid, plan for average temperatures hovering around the low-to-mid 60s. 

Spain truly comes alive at night, when locals head out for tapas, drinks and dancing until the early hours of the next morning. If you plan on joining them, keep in mind that low temperatures during the nighttime hours tend to be quite chilly in March in Spain. Think low 30s in Madrid, and mid 40s in areas such as Barcelona, Andalusia, and the northern coast.

As far as rainfall goes, March in Spain tends to be pretty mild, with the entire country seeing an average of just over an inch of rain throughout the month.

The north tends to be much rainier than the south, so pack an umbrella if the Basque Country or Galicia is on your itinerary.

Sunlight, on the other hand, is abundant. On the whole, Spain sees an average of 12 hours of sunlight per day in March. Great news for a relaxing stroll on one of the country's stunning beaches, but it's not quite swimming season just yet.

 

What to Pack

As you can see, the weather throughout Spain in March can vary quite a bit depending on your destination. A packing list for Malaga in March will be pretty different than one for San Sebastian in the same month. However, there are a few items that will come in handy across the board for most cities in Spain in March.

Spaniards tend to dress according to the season, rather than the weather. Even though March tends to feel warm and sunny, you'll still usually see locals wearing jackets and scarves (it's late winter/early spring, after all). A stylish jacket and a scarf or two will help you blend right in.

While March isn't nearly as rainy as April, unexpected showers do happen—toss a compact umbrella into your suitcase or backpack so you won't be caught off-guard.

If you're heading to a coastal area, leave your swimsuit at home—it's still too cold to swim, even in warmer areas like the southern Costa del Sol. A nice pair of sunglasses are all you need to combat the sun's rays at this time of year. 

March Events in Spain

Some of Spain's most famous and passionate festivals of the year take place in March. Without a doubt, it's one of the best times of year to get immersed in authentic local culture and experience events like a local.

  • Las Fallas in Valencia: Hundreds of towering, intricate paper sculptures are built from the ground up in excruciating detail—and then burned in a spectacular bonfire of gargantuan proportions.
  • Jerez Flamenco Festival: One of Andalusia's liveliest small cities transforms into the epicenter of the flamenco universe at this passionate annual festival. 
  • Sant Medir: An authentic neighborhood festival unlike any other, which sees costumed characters parading around Barcelona's Gracia neighborhood every year on March 3.
  • FEMAS: Music lovers won't want to miss this classical and baroque music festival in Seville, which usually lasts throughout most of March.
  • Classic Car Rally: Come watch rally drivers from all over Europe compete in this awe-inspiring racing event on sunny Mallorca.

Travel Tips

March is generally considered part of low season throughout most parts of Spain.

However, if you plan on attending Las Fallas in Valencia, book accommodation as soon as possible—hotels and Airbnbs fill up fast and prices tend to skyrocket.

To learn more about if you want to visit Spain in March, check out our guide on the best time to visit