March 2014 is a busy in month in Spain, the highlight of which is the Fallas festival in Valencia - probably the biggest party in Spain and one of the largest in Europe. Carnival in 2014 also falls in March, due to the late Easter.
Check out my suggestions below for where to go in Spain in March 2014.
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).
Las Fallas has twice-daily fireworks - a traditional display at night and a special 'audio display' in broad daylight. There are impressive sculptures built all over the city (which get burned down on the last night), religious processions, street food and lots of drinking and partying.
Las Fallas features in my list of the Best Parties in Spain.
Xàtiva, Benidorm and Denia also have mini-Fallas festivities.
Other Events in and Around Valencia in March
- March 2 to 10, 2014 (dates approx): Fiesta de la Magdalena in Castellon de la Plana
- March 24, 2014 Palm Sunday All over Spain, but the most famous celebrations are in Elche, near Valencia.
Accommodation in Valencia
I stayed at the Ayre Astoria Palace when I visited Valencia for the Fallas festival. Check out my Las Fallas Accommodation Advice and Suggestions (the ideas are all good for trips to Valencia outside of Las Fallas).
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 full of things to do in March 2014. It is also a good place to escape from Semana Santa as the city doesn't do the event as much as other cities.
See also: March Weather in Barcelona
Events in and around Barcelona in March include:
- Barcelona Beer Festival
- De Cajon Flamenco Festival
- Amimac Mostra Internacional de Cinema d'Animació in animated film festival in Lleida, Catalonia, until March 3, 2014 (dates TBC)
- Sant Medir Festival Costumed processions in the Gracia area of Barcelona on March 3, 2014 (dates TBC).
- La Passio Famous performance of the Passion of Christ in Esparraguera, Catalonia on March 3, 2014 (dates TBC).
- Fec Festival Short-film festival in Reus and Cabrils, near Barcelona, on March 8-9 and 15-16, 2014 (dates TBC).
Where to Stay in Barcelona in March
Accommodation options in Barcelona are plentiful. You have the noisy Ramblas and Barrio Gotico (Gothic Quarter) areas, or the village-like Gracia district, with the spacious Eixample district between the two. Most visitors to Barcelona go for the convenience of the Eixample, which has the most hotels in Barcelona. Check out, for example, this excellently located Bed and Breakfast in Eixample.
Gracia is home to the San Medir festival, so staying here during the festival would give you a great insight into the event. Check out this Apartment in Gracia for San Medir festival.
See also: Compare Prices on Hotels in Barcelona.
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.
Where to Stay in Jerez in March
Carnival is at its biggest and most flamboyant in Madrid's Chueca district - you'll be able to party until the sun comes up and then keep on going.
Other big events in Madrid this month:
- March 13-16, 2013
Event: Motortec 2013
Where? Ifema exhibition hall in Madrid.
What? Motoring trade show.
- March 24, 2013
Event: Bullfighting season begins.
Where? Madrid. Other cities will 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. Book tickets for bullfights in Madrid or see the full Bullfighting Schedule for Madrid 2013. http://kayak.about.com/s/search/hotel?p=gospain