Weather and Events in Spain in March

Spring in Spain: What to do and what temperatures to expect

Fallas festival
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Springtime is here! March sees the temperatures start to creep up before the spring showers hit - the ideal time to visit if you like the weather cool (but not cold) and dry.

Remember that we're talking averages here. Weather is unpredictable, so don't take what you read on this page as gospel.

Further Reading: Weather in Portugal in March

Best Event in March 

The Fallas festival in Valencia. Read more about events in Spain in March below.

Weather in Madrid in March

Temperatures jump up a notch in Madrid in March. You're also early enough to avoid the spring showers that will come in the next two months.

The average maximum temperature in Madrid in March is 61°F/16°C and the average minimum temperature is 37°F/3°C.

Read more about Madrid or find out about Madrid Events in 2014.

Weather in Barcelona in March

Main article: Barcelona Weather in March

Slowly heating up, Barcelona is emerging from its cold winter, but don't expect the best weather just yet. The later in the month you go the more likely it will be that you will get good weather. It stays reasonably dry in March but dull, cloudy days are quite common.

The average maximum temperature in Barcelona in March is 61°F/16°C and the average minimum temperature is 45°F/7°C.

Read more about Barcelona.

Weather in Andalusia in March

As Andalusia is Spain's warmest region, March should see some pleasant and warm days - but nothing is guaranteed.

Expect mainly sunny, dry days, with the weather improving towards the end of the week.

The average maximum temperature in Malaga in March is 66°F/19°C and the average minimum temperature is 48°F/9°C.

Read more about Andalusia or read about Andalusia Events in 2014.

Weather in Northern Spain in March

Spring time comes to the north later than in the south and you shouldn't expect miracles just yet.

It rains regularly in the Basque Country in March and the weather is a bit warmer than in February, but not by much.

The average maximum temperature in Bilbao in March is 61°F/16°C and the average minimum temperature is 45°F/7°C.

Weather in North-West Spain in March

The north-west of Spain doesn't get much luck with the weather. Expect conditions in March in Galicia and Asturias to much like it is in the rest of winter and spring - mild but wet. Very wet.

The average maximum temperature in Santiago de Compostela in March is 57°F/14°C and the average minimum temperature is 48°F/9°C.

Read more about North-West Spain

Where to Go in Spain in March

1. Valencia

Valencia is home to the Fallas festival, which takes place from March 15 to March 19 every year. Fiestas in Spain often take over an entire city, but never city as large as Valencia, Spain's third biggest (you'll never see all of Barcelona or Madrid taken up by a single event).

Other events in and around Valencia in March include the Fiesta de la Magdalena in Castellon de la Plana and Palm Sunday, all over Spain, but with the most famous celebrations in Elche, near Valencia.

2. Barcelona and Sitges

Close to Barcelona is the town of Sitges, where the gay and the straight unite for one of the biggest carnivals in Spain.

Read more about Carnival in Sitges. The carnival features in my list of the Best Parties in Spain.

Barcelona is also a good place to escape from Semana Santa as the city doesn't celebrate as much as other cities.

Other events in and around Barcelona that usually take place this month include the Barcelona Beer FestivalAmimac Mostra Internacional de Cinema d'Animació, the Sant Medir Festival and the Fec Festival.

Read more about How to Plan the Perfect Barcelona Vacation

3. Jerez and Cadiz

The Jerez Flamenco Festival ends on March 9, 2014  (dates TBC), so check out some of the shows in the city that gave birth to Sherry.

Events in Spain in Early March (and Throughout Month)

Barcelona Beer Festival
At the Museu Marítim de Barcelona 
What? Craft beer festival.

Tradionarius Festival.
Where? Barcelona.

What? Traditional music festival in Barcelona. Usually runs from January to mid-March: check out the link for concert dates.

Event: Fiesta de la Magdalena
Where? Castellon de la Plana, near Valencia
What? Traditional festival to celebrate the historic victory of the Christians over the Moors.  

Jerez Flamenco Festival
Where? Jerez, in Andalusia.
What? One of Spain's largest flamenco festivals. Starts in late February.

Sant Medir Festival
Where? Barcelona.
What? Costumed processions in the Gracia area of Barcelona. March 3 every year.

Where? All over Spain. Click on the above link for more details.
What? It's Carnival time! Spain's two main gay communities, Chueca in Madrid and Sitges near Barcelona , are the stars of the shows here. Cadiz and Tenerife also host famous processions. Usually in February, but a late Easter and Lent can push it back into March.

La Passio
Where? Esparraguera, Catalonia.
What? Famous performance of the Passion of Christ. Every Sunday in March.

Event: Old Music Festival
Where? Seville  
Baroque and classical music festival. Usually runs for most of the month.


Fec Festival
Where? Reus, near Barcelona.
What? Short-film festival.

Las Fallas
Where? Valencia
What? The biggest party in Spain: the third biggest city in the country shuts down for a week for one of the biggest street parties you'll ever see. Xàtiva, Benidorm and Denia also have mini-Fallas festivities. Every year from March 15 until March 19.

Valencian communities make high-tech paper mache sculptures - sometimes in the shape of traditional figures, sometimes in the shape of famous people like Shrek or George W. Bush. The creations are on display all over the ciy before being burned in one of the many bonfires. This takes place amid much partying! You haven't seen bonfires until you've seen the ones the Valencians light on the last night of Las Fallas. Read more about Las Fallas here: What to Do at Las Fallas.

Motortec ​404
Where? Ifema exhibition hall in Madrid.
What? Motoring trade show.

Classic Car Rally of Mallorca
Where? Mallorca, in the Balearic Islands.
What? Classic car rally. 

Where? Barcelona
What? Cannabis trade fair! Promotes the legal use of cannabis in Spain. See also: Is Cannabis Legal in Spain

Late March

Semana Santa
Where? All over the country.
What? Spain's Easter celebrations. Kinda a big deal. Late March or April. Read more on Semana Santa dates

Bullfighting season begins.
Where? Madrid. Other cities will also have their first bullfight of the season around this date.
What? The beginning of the year's bullfights. Fights run every Sunday until October, with extra events throughout the year. 

Gaucin bull run.
Where? Gaucin, near Malaga.
What? A mini bull-run, much like those at Pamplona.