It’s shoulder season in Europe, and the kids are off from school — what more inspiration do you need to catch a flight overseas? If you’re planning a last-minute getaway, the possibilities for a springtime vacation are many. Is Dublin’s famous St Patrick’s Day Parade calling to you? Or perhaps you'd rather spend spring break
lounging on a balmy Mediterranean island. Maybe you'll spend a week trekking through a remote forest
in central Sweden, or admiring one of the most famous flower blooms on Earth. Whether you're seeking adventure or a low-key retreat, March is the perfect time to experience some of Europe’s loveliest sights: minus the blistering summer heat and roving crowds. Related: The Best Places to Travel in the United States in March
To help you find the absolute best places to travel in Europe this month, we looked at popular (and sometimes underrated) annual events, noteworthy hotel and restaurant openings, sought out exceptional weather, and considered destinations on our list of the 50 Best Places to Travel in 2018
. What we found were hidden Slovenian lake towns where travelers can explore a beautifully preserved medieval castle and new, scenic train routes connecting northern Italy and Germany. March is also the beginning of festival season in Europe, so there are a dizzying number of opportunities to make merry with locals, be it at a citrus-inspired carnival
in southern France, or a street parade with life-size puppets
in Spain. Ready to book a European holiday? These are the best places to visit this month.