From a good-value ski trip to a food fight, deserted beaches to mud-filled trenches, your March getaway could be your most adventurous yet
Best for families: Bansko, Bulgaria
You can still get some skiing done before the season ends and Bansko in Bulgaria’s Pirin Mountains is a good-value option. The resort has a dedicated children’s learning area, while more than a third of its slopes are designed for beginners and intermediates. There is also a lively après scene.
Beyond skiing, the Rila Mountains are also home to the 10th-century Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. A listed UNESCO World Heritage site, the monastery is home to approximately 60 monks.
Getting to Bansko, Bulgaria
The nearest airport is Sofia, about 160km (100 miles) from Bansko. The best way to Bansko is to fly to Sofia, so search for your flights on Skyscanner to find the best and cheapest options available.
From Sofia, you can either drive or take a bus from the Central Bus Station to Bansko. There are multiple buses a day, all buses that go to Gotce Delchev, Ognyanovo, Yakoruda, Bania or Eleshnitsa will make a stop at the resort.
Before you go, visit the Bulgaria travel guide.
Best for city slickers: Ivrea, Italy
Ivrea, a town within the province of Turin, celebrates the carnival season by pummelling each other with 500,000 kilos of oranges. Legend has it that sometime between the 12th and 13th centuries, Ivrea’s lord attempted to rape the daughter of a miller on the eve of her wedding, but the plan backfired as the defiant young woman decapitated him, setting the town free from his oppression.
Today, teams wage a full-on fruit war over four days (Mar 2 to 5) with aranceri (orange handlers) riding in carts representing the tyrant’s ranks and the orange throwers the revolutionaries. And yes, being pelted with oranges hurts.
Getting to Ivrea, Italy
Ivrea is about 52km (32 miles) north of Turin. As many airlines fly direct to Turin from major destinations across Europe, the best way to get to Ivrea is to fly into Turin Caselle Airport (TRN) and take a train to Ivrea.
Search for your flights on Skyscanner to find the best and cheapest options available. If you’re departing on Mar 1 and returning on Mar 4, a check on Jan 24 reveals the cheapest flights are only £80 returns between London Gatwick and Turin.
Best for beach bums: Mozambique
Mozambique has nearly 2,500km (1,550 miles) of coastline with beaches bordered by lagoons, coral reefs and strings of islands. Choose a white sandy spot and enjoy an authentic sand-between-your-toes beach experience. The country has a growing number of resorts that are well-equipped for subaquatic activities – diving and snorkelling with dolphins, rays and dugong (manatee). Key spots for divers include the reefs of Inhambane, the Bazaruto Archipelago and Quirimbas National Park. Before you go, see the Mozambique travel guide.
Getting to Mozambique
Although you can fly to Maputo International Airport, the flights often require a stopover and can be expensive. If you’re after a budget holiday, consider flying into Johannesburg and taking a bus to Maputo. The journey is about 8 to 9 hours and the bus ticket is about US$23 each way. Check out the cheapest flights to Maputo or Johannesburg on this Skyscanner page.
Best for thrill seekers: Innerleithen, Scotland
If you’re prepared to plough through mud-filled trenches and scramble up scree slopes in the UK’s biggest night race, sign up for the annual, notoriously tricky Mighty Deerstalker obstacle race on Mar 16. Wear a head torch; you’ll need it to overcome all the obstacles the course will throw your way. If that sounds too rough, walk the 104km (65 miles) Borders Abbeys Way trail peppered with pretty towns and villages.
Getting to Innerleithen, Scotland
The race takes place at Innerleithen, about 47km (29 miles) south of Edinburgh. The best way to get there is to fly into Edinburgh and rent a car. Check out the cheapest flights to Edinburgh on this Skyscanner page.