I’ve got a secret, I kind of hate February. Don’t ask me why, I just don’t like it, and I’m thankful it is only 28 days long. Because of this I am constantly dreaming of places to travel in February, I hope my list helps you plan a winter trip too!
Where to go in February for Winter Sun
The Thai Islands
The best time to visit Thailand is during the cooler dry season between November and April. Temperatures during this time usually range from 29°C to 34°C.
Thailand is a renowned beach destination with incredible tropical islands that boast irresistible palm-fringed sands and gentle waters. Rising from the warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui is a popular destination for winter sun seekers. Nearby is Ko Pha Ngan, famous for its monthly full moon parties but otherwise relaxing beaches, it is just a short hop by ferry or speedboat from Koh Samui.
In the west of Thailand on the Andaman Sea travellers can enjoy Phuket, Thailand’s largest island and the most touristic of them all. However, amongst the hustle and bustle are incredible wellness retreats, luxury hotels and high end restaurants.
Palawan Island, Philippines
As soon as you arrive on Palawan Island in the Philippines the views will be sure to take your breath away. Huge limestone cliffs tower out the water that shelter pristine beaches, excellent snorkelling opportunities, and picture-perfect blue lagoons.
Palawan in February is hot but dry, perfect for sun bathing, island hopping and swimming. El Nido on the north-west corner of the island graces the cover of travel magazines around the world and is surely one of the most beautiful beach destinations in the world.
February is one of the best months to visit Mexico and the beaches in Tulum are always ready for sun-starved Europeans throughout winter.
Tulum lies at the southern end coast of the Mayan Riviera. This once small town has become a hub for tourists looking to relax in the sun and experience a laid back Mexican getaway.
The hotels in Tulum are unique and many feel as though it is becoming the second Bali with its open sided cafes and bohemian decor. The real reason for visiting Tulum is its beautiful stretch of white sand and turquoise sea that entice even the most water wary.
Where to go in February for activities
South Africa offers an abundance of activities and it just so happens February is the perfect time to visit Cape Town and the surrounding areas. The Cape Winelands offer some of the best wine tasting and gastronomy in the world whilst Cape Town itself can keep you busy for weeks on end.
Take a South African road trip along the Garden Route where you can swim with Great White Sharks and go whale spotting. If it’s wildlife you are looking for, head up to the Kruger National Park for a Big 5 safari experience.
Abu Dhabi in February is excellent for those wanting to tour a little further than the usual sites. Visitors can expect to find temperatures of around 25°C in the afternoon so exploring attractions such as Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Island and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is very pleasant!
Abu Dhabi offers a remarkable contrast of activities. Travellers have the option of indulging in total opulence in one of the city’s lavish hotels, or instead making their way to a beautiful Bedouin desert camp to sleep under the stars.
February is a great time for winter sport vacations in the Swiss Alps, that’s why it’s high season! There are so many things to do in Switzerland and winter offers a breathtaking sprinkling of snow that make it even more magical.
Take a ride through snowcapped mountains on the Glacier Express or hit the slopes before getting involved in some aprés ski!
If you’re looking for something a little different, travellers can sleep in a real igloo. The Berghotel Engstligenalp igloos sit 2,000 meters above sea level and offer an experience you will never forget.
Where to go in February for a city break
Barcelona in February is much cooler than the rest of the year but it is also mostly dry. Whilst it may not be at the forefront of people’s minds when looking for a winter city break, it definitely is a great choice.
Barcelona is a vibrant Mediterranean city and during February tourists have a chance to enjoy it without the summer crowds.
There are plenty of things to do in Barcelona in February including the glittering Sitges Carnival parade which marches along the beachfront. Alternatively, enjoy the city’s winter festival, Santa Eulàlia, whose holy day is on the 12th February.
February is a good time to visit Marrakesh thanks to sunny, dry days and the lack of tourists. Marrakech is a city with many layers. On the face of it is a bustling, noisy city that can feel like an attack on the senses. Deep down, it is a refreshingly authentic place to visit with pockets of tranquility between the every day activity.
Make sure you dedicated to exploring the souks within the Medina, a Labyrinth of Andalucian architecture home to spice stalls, beautiful carpets and rugs, hand-made handbags and a stunning array of home decor.
Romantic places to go in February
Nothing says ‘romance’ quite like Paris, and whilst a little cliché, it works. February in Paris is one of the busiest times of the year thanks to Valentines and Fashion week, but there is something about the hustle and bustle that makes me love it even more.
Whether you are looking for places to propose, reconnect with a loved one, or just have a good time, Paris is your city.
Fully immerse yourself in nature on a romantic trip to Finland. Where better to spend time with your significant other than in a gorgeous cabin deep in the Finnish forest?
Surrounded by ice and snow, daylight hours are few and far between in Finland in February. Cosy up with a loved one and a hot chocolate as you experience some of the best views of the Northern Lights in Europe.