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The Best Places to Travel in Europe in February

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February might be one of the most underrated months to travel to Europe — between smaller crowds and great deals on flights and hotels, this can be one of the best times to head across the pond. Maybe you want to visit Paris for a romantic Valentine's Day getaway, or maybe you want to plan an active vacation in the beautiful Swiss Alps (complete with skiing and fondue). With so many culturally-rich cities and picture-perfect small towns , there's a European destination for every kind of traveler this winter.

These are the best places to travel in Europe in February to take advantage of great deals and fewer crowds.

Madeira, Portugal

If you want to avoid the cold and wet weather that hits much of Europe in February, visit the island of Madeira, which sits in the Atlantic Ocean off the northwest coast of Africa.

This environment makes Madeira the perfect place for outdoor activities, even during the winter months. Try hiking Ponta de São Lourenço, which is a nature reserve filled with red-streaked volcanic rocks that offers majestic views of the ocean. Or, if you don't want to hike, but still want amazing views, visit the Cabo Girão Skywalk, which is a clear platform that hangs off of Europe's highest cliff— definitely not for those afraid of heights. Be sure to sample some of the area's wine while you're here, too. Head to Blandy's Wine Lodge, where you can take a tour and find out how this region's wine is made.

You can also try paragliding, or even the famous street tobogganing. Plus, if you visit at the end of February, you can take part in the Carnival festivities.

Prague, Czech Republic

Explore the winding streets of Prague's Old Town to admire the pastel-colored buildings this February. Take a walk down Karlova Street, which historically was the way Bohemian kings traveled to their coronations, and check out the local shops selling glassware, wooden toys, painted eggs, puppets, and other crafts that make great gifts.

Warm up from the cold by visiting one of the city's museums, like the Prague Jewish Museum, the National Museum, or the Museum of Beer. For a unique experience, check out the Franz Kafka Museum, which is devoted to the famous writer.

Zurich, Switzerland

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If you want to hit the slopes and explore a wintry wonderland this February, consider visiting Zurich. Take a day trip to a nearby ski resort to take advantage of this region's mountainous terrain — head to Flumserberg for family fun and beginner slopes, or visit Stoos, which has the classic Swiss scenery you would expect. Amden offers sledding and skiing, and Rigi even has snowshoeing trails and hot springs.

When you want to take a break from skiing, you can wander through the Old Town or visit the Kunsthaus Zürich, a fine arts museum, or Löwenbräu Areal, a remodeled brewery that now houses 2 modern art museums. While you're in Switzerland, be sure to sample some fondue — hop on The Fondue Tram, which takes you on a two-hour ride around Zurich while you eat to your heart's content.

Montvalezan, France

Explore the ski resorts here on the French-Italian border this February for amazing terrain and even better views. Try La Rosière, which is kid-friendly and offers border-free skiing between France and Italy, or visit the bigger Les Arcs resort area to take advantage of night skiing, luge tracks, and a ski waterslide .

Paris, France

Paris is an obvious choice for a Valentine's Day trip across the pond. The city is known as the most romantic in the world, and it certainly won't disappoint if you decide to visit this winter.

Plus, February is often the cheapest month to fly to Paris, and you can enjoy off-season hotel prices and fewer crowds at the big attractions. Skip the lines and still get a chance to see some of the most popular tourist sites in the world , including the Eiffel Tower, Versailles Palace, and the Arc de Triomphe.

One night, take a Seine dinner cruise, where a heated boat will take you down the iconic river that flows through the center of the city. Consider booking a ticket to performances at the famous Moulin Rouge or Opéra Garnier for another exciting night in Paris.

Kyrenia, Cyprus

You won't find snow in Kyrenia, Cyprus this February, where the temperature sticks around 60 degrees. This city, located on the northern side of the island, has plenty to offer travelers, even during the off-season.

Visit the white-sand beaches at Alagadi Beach, famous for its turtles, or head to Escape Beach, where you can try volleyball or scuba diving. Wander around the cobblestoned waterfront, and stop for a meal at The Cabin Restaurant & Bar Lapta or Lagoon Fish Restaurant for delicious seafood.

Be sure to check out the famous Kyrenia Castle and the Shipwreck Museum, which houses a well-preserved shipwreck that sunk 2,300 years ago.

Madrid, Spain

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Take advantage of smaller crowds and explore the many museums that this historic city has to offer. Be sure to pay a visit to the Prado Museum, the main Spanish national art museum; the Reina Sofia Museum, which displays 20th-century art; the Museo del Romanticismo, which is devoted to Romantic period art; and the Sorolla Museum, which features work by the artist Joaquín Sorolla.

At the end of February, Madrid hosts its annual Carnival celebration, which features parades, parties, and the famous tradition of burying of the sardines.

Nice, France

This beautiful city on the French Riviera is most popular from May through September, so visiting during winter gives guests the opportunity to explore without the crowds. February usually sees temperatures in the 50s, so you won't be able to swim in the stunning blue waters, but there's still plenty to do in this chic city.

Take a stroll or bike ride along the famous beachfront Promenade des Anglais. Then visit the Parc du Chateau, with beautiful greenery as far as the eye can see. Be sure to wander through the Old Town, where you'll find brightly-colored buildings and streets filled with cafes and restaurants.

Reykjavik, Iceland

It might sound crazy to head to a country like Iceland in the heart of winter, but the long, cold nights provide the perfect opportunity to see the northern lights. If you're lucky enough to have clear night skies and an active aurora, you can see the other-worldly green glow from anywhere in the city. Head outside the city center to see the lights more clearly — try Grótta island on the western tip of the Reykjavík peninsula, Laugarnestangi, or Mosfellsheiði for amazing views.

The winter is also a great time to do snow-specific activities, such as ice caving and glacier hiking. After a day out in the snow, take advantage of the area's hot springs and geothermal pools — try the Instagram-famous Blue Lagoon or the Nauthólsvík geothermal beach.

Venice, Italy

In the winter, this romantic Italian city is shrouded in mist, making it even more picturesque and mysterious. Explore the canals and winding alleyways on foot or on a traditional gondola, and then warm up at at a cafe. Be sure to try the region's specialty, cicchetti, which are Italian small plates.

The Carnival of Venice will take place this month, too, making February a perfect time to visit. This festival has a history spanning more than 700 years and the streets are filled with food booths, live performances, parades, and parties.

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16 fantastic places to visit in europe in february.

Arctic Cathedral with snow around it

Are you looking for an unforgettable February getaway in Europe? Myself and other expert travel bloggers have put together this list of the best place to visit in Europe in February in this post!

There’s so much to see in Europe, even in the middle of winter.

While it’s certainly not the warmest month of the year, you don’t need brilliant sunny weather to enjoy Europe.

February is an excellent time to explore the continent’s fascinating culture, rich history and breathtaking landscapes.

It may be cold and frosty in some parts of Europe, but there are chances to make the most of this with snowsports; plus many places on the continent look like winter wonderlands when covered in a blanket of glistening white snow!

Warm up by taking a dip in a geothermal pool in Iceland or take a boat through the frozen Norwegian fjords.

Alternatively, take a city break – perhaps for a romantic Valentine’s getaway to admire Gothic architecture in cities like Paris, or enjoy the Barcelona carnival and other festivities throughout the continent. 

The hours of sunshine per day are increasing all over Europe, and you can enjoy the winter sun in the Canary Islands and other Southern Europe destinations. 

In this blog post, I’ve asked some expert travel bloggers about their favourite places to visit in Europe in February. 

We’ll highlight some of the best places to visit in Europe during this month and explain why it’s the perfect time to visit many destinations!

This blog post may contain affiliate links. 

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Places to visit in Europe in February

The best places to visit in Europe in February include Western Europe capitals like Paris, destinations like Tromsø to chase the northern lights and cities such as Venice and Barcelona where you can bask in carnival celebrations during Mardi Gras.

Tromsø, Norway

View of the Arctic Cathedral, Tromso bridge and the mountains in the background.

Tromsø, located in northern Norway, is often renowned as the unofficial capital city of the Arctic!

A fascinating destination for travelers looking for a winter wonderland experience, Tromso is ideal in February for northern lights chasing and seeing the Arctic as its coldest – the way everyone imagines it to be!

Tromso city has a vibrant cultural scene, with many museums and galleries, such as the Polar Museum and Troll Museum, showcasing the region’s history and customs.

Lit up buildings in Tromso with a reflection over the water

6th February is Sami National Day in Norway – this is a celebration for the Sami (Indigenous Norwegian) people to honor their rich history, heritage and culture.

There are plenty of celebrations in the city during this time, including the Arctic market and reindeer racing championships; one of the best ways to see reindeer in Tromsø !

Reindeer at a Sami camp, grazing in the snow

You can enjoy a plethora of winter activities on offer in the surroundings around Tromsø too. Enjoy cross-country or downhill skiing, snowshoe to epic viewpoints or go dog sledding across the epic landscape. 

If you need to warm up, head to Pust sauna.

Swimming in the chilly arctic waters in February, outside of Pust sauna

This is a small sauna (it must be booked in advance), where you can warm up and then jump straight into the Arctic waters.

It’s a chilly 2°C (35.6°F) in February, but it’s an invigorating way to start the day – it’s definitely one of the best Tromsø winter activities !

Check out the best places to visit in Norway in winter here!

Cadiz, Spain

February is the perfect time of the year to travel to the port city of Cadiz in southern Spain.

When February rolls around, the carnival of Cadiz fills up the streets with parades and festive tourists and locals.

In fact, this is the oldest carnival in Spain – it dates back to when Cadiz traded with the New World and Venice.

The sailors saw Venice Carnival and wanted to create something similar at home and so they did – but with a local twist!

Besides the daytime parades, you’ll see groups of singers caroling on street corners – they’re usually singing comedy about the city!

There are also concerts in the big squares in town.

Going to the carnival is truly one of the best things to do in Cadiz , but as one of the oldest cities in Western Europe, there is a lot more to see if you plan your visit well!

Historic buildings in Cadiz, spread out in a panorama, with blue sea and sky in the background.

Cadiz Cathedral is the most prominent attraction in Cadiz and you can climb the clock tower – from the top, you’ll enjoy sweeping views of the city.

But you’ll find even better views at Torre Tavira, the highest and only watchtower you can visit.

You can also stroll along the coastline to explore the city’s two castles, Santa Catalina Castle and San Sebastian Castle.

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, the comfortable Hotel Boutique Convento Cádiz is a stylish boutique hotel in the heart of the city centre. 

By Linn from Amused by Andalucia

Zakopane, Poland

Are you seeking snow? 

Enjoy the winter season in February by visiting Zakopane, Poland.

Tatra mountain landscape of zakopane with wooden cottages. Panoramic beautiful winter inspirational landscape view.

This is a small mountain town located in the majestic Tatra Mountains and is an absolute winter paradise for outdoor adventurers – as well as anyone who is looking to experience pure relaxation.

The small town is home to several ski resorts, making it a crowd-favorite destination for anyone looking to ski or snowboard.

Alternatively, if you prefer to take in local culture, walk along Krupowki Street.

Here, you’ll find plenty of stalls selling hand-crafted goods, souvenirs, traditional foods, and all sorts of clothes.

When you’re ready to relax, warm up at one of the nearby thermal pools . The water temperature of these pools is about 90-98°F and it’s sourced directly from the mountains!

If you’re looking for places to stay, choose the Aries Hotel and Spa. This hotel boasts all the necessary amenities to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible!

By Kristin from Global Travel Escapades

Check out my guide to visiting Zakopane in winter here!

Helsinki, Finland

Senate Square in Helsinki, with darkening sky above and snow on the ground.

The capital of Finland, Helsinki is located by the coast of the Baltic Sea.

With a rich history and strong cultural influence, it has been nicknamed the “Daughter of the Baltic”. While it’s cold in the winter months, it’s one of the best places to visit in Europe in February! 

The snowy period in Helsinki can last for five to six months – from the end of October to mid-April and the average temperature hovers around freezing throughout February.

It is easy to plan a winter itinerary in Helsinki; there are so many unique activities to do and keep warm. It’s the best month to visit a traditional Finnish Sauna and get warmed up before heading out and exploring!

Take a walk in the city center and discover the many world-class art and history museums, including the Ateneum, Kiasma, National Museum, and the Design Museum in the Design District. All these museums offer free entry with a Helsinki Card .

Helsinki is also filled with interesting architecture such as the Tempopeliaukio Kirkko is a Lutheran Church carved into solid granite, featuring an impressive pipe organ. To go a bit further, take a ferry and sail across the frozen harbor to Suomenlinna, one of the most important heritage sites in Finland.

The Helsinki Cathedral is the city’s iconic landmark, and no visit to the capital is complete without taking pictures of the building. There are a number of popular attractions around Senate Square. Hop on the SkyWheel Helsinki, it is the only observation wheel in the world with a SkySauna.

Hotel F6 is a hip and chic boutique hotel in the city center and it’s within a short walking distance of Senate Square.

By Kenny from Knycx Journeying

Paris, France

Gothic architecture illuminated against the dark sky in Paris.

Paris is a rare city that is magnificent to visit year-round — with so much beauty and plenty of outdoor and indoor attractions, Paris never quite has an off-season.

This is one reason why Paris is particularly delightful in February. It’s one of the least touristed months of the year, which means you won’t have to fight huge crowds to get into the Louvre or the Musée d’Orsay, and you can get a glimpse of the more typical Parisian lifestyle.

Spend your days getting lost in the culture-rich, boutique-filled streets of Marais, the best area to stay in Paris — or head St. Germain to cafe-hop in the steps of Hemingway or Sartre, or wander the steep winding streets of Montmartre that are straight out of Amélie.

And if you’re looking for a romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day, you can’t do better than Paris! This is the chance to splurge on something special, like an evening of champagne tasting or tickets to the spectacular show at the Moulin Rouge.

Just be warned that visiting Paris in February may ruin the city for you — after seeing how good this month is, you might never want to return in summer!

By Kate from Adventurous Kate

Venice, Italy

Sunset over a canal of Venice with buidlings on either side

Venice is worth visiting all year round, but February is the month when the most eagerly awaited event of the year takes place: Carnival!

The Venetian Carnival is one of the most famous Carnivals in the world and Venetians have celebrated it since the year 1094.

During this month, hoards of tourists pour into the ‘calli’ (narrow streets) of the city, transforming them into a whirlwind of colorful masks and costumes capable of reviving even the greyest of winter days.

Around this time of the year, temperatures are between 6°C (42.8°F) and 10°C (50°F) and rainy days are normal.

The best things to do in Venice include the chance to try local foods such as the cicchetti and fritole veneziane , which is a typical Carnival treat.

Aside from the Carnival, another good reason to be in Venice in February, is for Valentine’s Day.

During Valentine’s Day, you can ride a gondola to see the city from a unique perspective with your other half.

Then at the end of the ride, watch the sunset from the Rialto Bridge, which is the most famous bridge in Venice. For the most extravagant stay, check out the Palazzo Experimental, a contemporary style 4-star hotel with canal views.

By Maddalena from Venice Travel Tips

Santorini, Greece

The beautiful white buildings of Santorini against the bright blue Mediterranean waters.

With stunning views of the Aegean Sea, warmer weather than many other places in the continent, fewer crowds, lower prices than the summer months and vibrant culture, Santorini is an ideal February destination.

It might be windy at that time of the year, but still, you can expect lots of sunshine!

In February, the beaches in Santorini are nearly empty and perfect to soak up some sun in silence.

Another plus is the green, lush vegetation on the island, which make the whole scenery absolutely stunning – even more beautiful than in the summer months!

The mild Mediterranean climate during this time of year makes Santorini Island an ideal spot for outdoor activities.

You can explore Oia without any crowds, visit amazing archaeological sites or take a boat tour to the neighboring islands.

You’ll still find plenty of restaurants and bars open in February, along with shops and markets that offer unique local products – like creamy Greek feta cheese and Kalamata olives!

By Martina from PlacesofJuma

Hamburg, Germany

A view over Hamburg city, with the church on the left, with a dusting of snow covering it.

One of the best places to visit in Europe in February is Hamburg, Germany.

Although it is the second largest city in Germany and has countless fascinating attractions, it is often overlooked by cities like Munich, Berlin, and Frankfurt. It’s also easy to get to, with its own international airport.

Hamburg has a chocolate museum, zoo, and many parks and outdoor spaces.

There are also a lot of free things to do in Hamburg , which is ideal if you’re traveling on a budget.

Don’t miss the Speicherstadt district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world’s largest complex of warehouses, spanning an area of 260,000 square meters.

February in particular is a good time to visit Hamburg because it is much less crowded. At the end of February, the city also celebrates Carnival, where you’ll see masks, costumes, parades, and lots of beer. Many venues will also have live music.

For your February trip, consider staying at the Citadines Michel Hamburg. It’s in a great location; within walking distance of attractions and public transportation stations.

By Vicky from Buddy The Traveling Monkey

Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

Cortina d'Ampezzo, a city in Italy, with buildings on either side and a church tower in the background.

Located in the Italian Dolomites, Cortina d’Ampezzo is a fantastic European destination to visit in February.

There are many things to do in Cortina in February, such as winter sports, skiing, riding cable cars and exploring the picturesque town.

Cortina has a great vibe in February and is covered in snow – in fact, February is the snowiest month in Cortina with over 330mm of snow falling!

Cortina has some of the best skiing in the Alps with more than 120 kilometers/ 75 miles of slopes. If you want a change from skiing you can try snowshoeing, snowboarding or even tobogganing!

Even if you aren’t keen on snow sports, definitely go on the cable car up to the mountains – the views from the top are absolutely stunning and there are even some restaurants at the top!

If you’d prefer to admire the mountains from below, visit the pedestrianised Corso Italia – Cortina’s main street.

Cortina is lively with plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars with terraces where you can enjoy the views with an Aperol spritz, hot chocolate, mulled wine or the winter drink Bombardino (an Italian egg nog)! February is peak season in Cortina so book your accommodation in advance! Hotel Cortina comes highly recommended. 

By Catrina from 24 Hours Layover

Viareggio, Italy

Viareggo in Italy, with boats on either side of the canal.

A lovely coastal city situated in Tuscany, Viareggio livens up in February during carnival festivities.

Competing with Venice for the crown of the most famous carnival in Italy and Europe, Viareggio has one of the largest celebrations in Italy. The parade has a very ancient history, with the first one held in 1873.

The celebrations take place from February and reach their peak on the last Saturday, after Ash Wednesday.

Huge and colored chariots invade the city’s most famous road, the hyped pedestrian road along the docks and seaside resorts.

The festivities start during the afternoon with the parade and last long after the sunset when the party goes on in the bars and nightclubs in the area.

To celebrate this tradition you can taste one of the best deserts in the area, c hiacchere . Literally translated as “gossip”, these delicious fried biscuits are made with the same dough as pizza and covered with icing sugar.

Some variations add chocolate on top or also pistachio cream.

Without a doubt, Viareggio is one of the best destinations to visit in February for the incredible Carnival!

But don’t miss the surrounding areas while you’re in Viareggio. 

Even though the beach looks less attractive in Winter, there are many other locations to visit on a day trip without crowds, such as Henraux abandoned marble quarry or Villa Reale di Marlia , and Lucca.

By Anita from Anita Beyond the Sea

Matera, Italy

Matera in Italy

Famous for its more than 1600 stone-carved cave dwellings (including cave churches and homes) and hundreds of stone buildings (such as stone-cut monasteries, stone palaces, and stone houses),  the stone-carved Matera is one of the most spectacular places on earth – and it’s a fantastic place to visit in February!

Today many cave homes are turned into cave hotels, cave restaurants, and cave cafes and shops in Matera. 

There are lots of  things to do in Matera , including visiting some of the most famous cave churches, dining in a romantic cave restaurant, and sleeping in a cave hotel or a stone-carved palace like Palazzo Gattini Luxury Hotel.

Magical Matera was the filming location of No Time to Die , the latest James Bond movie – the movie’s main protagonists slept in the gorgeous Palazzo Gattini in Matera.

Palazzo Gattini Luxury Hotel has elegant rooms, stone bathrooms, a wellness center set in an ancient cistern, and a thermal pool.

Matera and the Palazzo Gattini Luxury Hotel are perfect places for couples to have the most magical Valentine’s Day!

As Matera is in the sunny Basilicata region near the heel of the Italian boot, the average daily high in Matera in February is 13°C (55°F) and there is more sunshine than many other places in Italy and the rest of Europe. After all, Matera is in the sun-kissed Italian south!

Matera gets fewer crowds in February than in summer, the peak of tourist season.

For the same reason, accommodations in Matera are cheaper in February than during the high tourist season.

By Milijana from World Travel Connector

Nice, France

A main square of Nice in France, with black and white tiles and the pink and yellow buildings in the background.

Located on the French Riviera, Nice is one of France’s most popular tourist destinations and is well-known for its beautiful climate and architecture.

The weather in Nice is mild and breezy in winter, although it’s warmer than other destinations in Northern Europe. 

The city rarely gets snow, but rain is fairly common. 

So why visit in February? Well, the Carnaval de Nice takes place during this month.

This is a must-see event on the French Riviera and it takes place every February with the festivities lasting for two weeks.

The carnival features a colorful parade of floats, with each representing a different theme and accompanied by performers, bands, and dancers. There are also giant puppets!

After the day’s events, you can enjoy fireworks displays in the evening. You’ll enjoy watching the carnival floats light up in a colorful festive atmosphere.

Outside of the carnival are numerous other activities to enjoy while in Nice.

The city’s popular attractions include the Promenade des Anglais, a famous seafront walkway along the Mediterranean Sea.

Visitors can also explore the city’s old town ( Vieux Nice ), which features pastel-colored homes, narrow streets, and art galleries.

If you’re visiting Nice during carnival season, it’s recommended to reserve your hotel in advance before they are fully booked.

Here’s a list of the  best hotels in Nice to choose from – a favorite is the mid-range, cozy and comfortable Hotel Florence Nice .

By Imee from Journey to France

Vik, Iceland

reynisfjara beach in Iceland

If you’re looking for a wintery getaway, Vik in Southern Iceland is lovely in February. 

Located along the southern coastline of Iceland, this tiny fishing village has a lot to offer, from the picturesque center to the sweeping surrounding landscapes.

Come winter, the small town is likely to be blanketed in snow, making the scenery look that much more magical!

Vik is most famous for Reynisfjara, the most famous black sand beach in Iceland .

Reynisfjara is known for its jet-black sand, rugged sea stacks and columnar basalt cliff sides, jutting out of the beach.

During the wintertime, the waves on the beach are quite rough and the wind can be quite gusty, so be sure to bring along plenty of layers to keep you warm!

Another amazing winter experience in Vik is to head to the nearby Katla Ice Cave, which actually forms between the Kötlujökull glacier and the volatile Katla Volcano.

On a tour here, you’ll be able to walk across barren volcanic fields, see the cave’s jaw-droppingly blue walls of ice, and potentially even hike on the glacier!

While Vik has plenty to explore during the day, the real magic appears (if you’re lucky!) at night in February.

Due to its remote location and limited light pollution, Vik is one of the best places in Iceland to see the Northern Lights dance across the night sky; as February still has relatively long, dark nights, you’re in for a higher chance of seeing them! 

While you’re in the village, stay at Hotel Vik i Myrdal, which perfectly marries modern design with Nordic coziness.

By Jessica from Uprooted Traveler

Check out my three-day Iceland in winter itinerary here!

Barcelona, Spain

Sagrada Familia, in Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is a fantastic destination any time of year, but visiting in February is definitely something special.

Catalonia is significantly warmer and sunnier than many other European destinations during this time of year, making it perfect for those looking to escape the gray winter in other parts of the world.

Enjoy the sun with a long walk on the beach, or take a hiking tour from Barcelona to admire the beautiful nature in the surrounding area.

While Barcelona’s always busy, in February, there are significantly fewer tourists in the city.

Take advantage of the tranquility for beautiful photos without crowds in the background, lower prices, and shorter queues in front of the sights.

View of the city from Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

If you’re looking for events, head to Sitges, an idyllic coastal town just 20 minutes from Barcelona. It hosts an exciting Carnival celebration, considered one of the most colorful and crazy in the area.

Barcelona also has a lot to offer in terms of cuisine in February. Besides the typical Catalan dishes, you should not miss an authentic calçotada .

The so-called Calçots, a Catalan spring onion, are grilled and eaten with a delicious sauce of nuts and peppers – a taste sensation! 

By Vicki from Vicki Viaja

Lanzarote, Spain

Central old square with San Gines church in Arrecife city on Lanzarote island in Spain

If you want to escape Europe’s cold weather in February, head to the Canary Islands, or more specifically, Lanzarote! 

Lanzarote, the easternmost island of the Canary Islands archipelago, is a year-round destination known for its stunning volcanic landscapes, beautiful sandy beaches, and warm weather.

February is a wonderful time to visit the island (as is December , January and any other month of the year!).

Although it’s not the warmest month, the weather is mild and sunny without being too hot, making it ideal for exploring the island’s many natural wonders and outdoor activities.

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One of the most popular attractions on this Canary Island is Timanfaya National Park , where you can explore the island’s volcanic terrain and take a guided tour of the park’s stunning landscapes.

The park’s geothermal activity is an incredible sight to behold, with a dramatic erupting geyser. In fact, Timanfaya is Lanzarote’s only active volcano, although it hasn’t erupted since 1730!

Lanzarote has plenty of pristine beaches to choose from, including Famara Beach, on the north coast and the beaches of Playa Blanca on the south coast.

Central square with old church Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe in Teguise village on the sunset on lanzarote island

Lanzarote is also home to several charming towns and villages, such as the capital, Arrecife, and the picturesque village of Yaiza.

Explore the island’s rich history and culture by visiting its many museums and galleries, such as the César Manrique Foundation, which showcases the works of the famous Lanzarote artist and architect.

Bergen, Norway

The historic wooden buildings of Bergen that sit next to the fjord

Bergen is located on the west coast of Norway and is a beautiful and charming city that’s worth visiting year-round.

In February, there isn’t much snow (it happens occasionally, but there’s much more rain!), but this means that you can still get out and about to see the fjords without freezing!

It’s the perfect destination for gastronomy, as the seafood is at its freshest in the winter months. Bergen is a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, mainly for its fish! 

You can make the most of the seasons in Bergen in February – Nordnes Sjøbad offers the chance to take a dip in the chilly water – while it’s cold, it’s extremely refreshing and revitalizing, and you can warm up straight away in the sauna or thermal pool!

Swimming in a fjord at Nordnes Baths in Bergen in February

There are also plenty of indoor attractions including the Bryggen Museum which focuses on the city’s complex history and the Bergen Maritime Museum where you’ll learn all about the seafaring history of the western Norwegian city! 

If you do want cooler weather, just head up to the top of Mount Fløyen, where you can enjoy beautiful birds-eye views of the city and walk through the Troll Forest, which is often blanketed with snow! 

View over the historic houses of Bergen with clouds in the sky.

Or, take a train to the nearby city of Voss, which is a prime destination for snow sports. 

Additionally, Bergen is much quieter than in the summer months, when cruise ships dock in the city, and prices are better too (which is welcome in expensive Scandinavia!). 

Visiting February in winter FAQs

places to visit europe february

Where in Europe is the warmest in February?

You’ll find mild weather in Southern Europe, most notably the Canary Islands, South Spain, Southern Italy, Malta and Cyprus. Nowhere in Europe is particularly hot, but as a general rule of thumb, the further south you go, the more mild temperatures you’ll find!

Which part of Europe is best to visit in February?

It depends on what type of trip you want! You’ll find beautiful beaches and more hours of sunshine in Southern Europe, but head to Northern Europe for more winter wonderlands. Or, visit European cities and enjoy Medieval architecture and buzzing culture. The beautiful city of Paris is a good first stop! 

Is February a cheap month to travel?

February can be a cheap month to visit a range of destinations in Europe. It can be the coldest month in some places, but as long as you pack some warm clothes it’s worth visiting the continent to enjoy the budget-friendly prices and smaller crowds!

Where is hot and cheap in February?

If you’re looking for somewhere that’s budget-friendly and has plenty of sunshine in February, I recommend the south coast of Turkey. Generally, Turkey is an affordable country, and it also has pleasant temperatures throughout the cooler months. Lots of towns and cities on the south coast have fascinating cultural heritage too! 

Which European city is warm in February?

Cities like Malaga and Antalya are warm in February; although don’t expect the entire month to be hot and sunny! However, you will have some days with beautiful weather where you can sit outside, enjoying drinks and local food and even have a few beach days!

What are the best places to visit in February for sun?

The best places to visit in Europe for mild winters include Southern Europe destinations like Turkey, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Malta and Cyprus. Although February certainly isn’t the warmest month in these countries, you’ll often find beautiful weather in these destinations! 

Are you ready to spend February in Europe? 

This list of popular destinations in Europe in February is all you need to plan a fun winter trip to the continent!

Whether you fancy skiing in the continent’s mountains, visiting islands with plenty of sunshine or enjoying historical attractions in some of the region’s major cities (without the crowds!), there should be a vacation destination for you on this list! 

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Claire is an expert in exploring Europe in the winter! She's from the UK and has been to over 20 countries on the continent in the winter season. She loves every bit of Europe in the cooler months, including finding winter sunshine in Spain, skiing in the Alps and the charm of the Nordic countries in the festive season.

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22 Best Places To Visit In Europe In February (2024)

Last Updated on January 12, 2024 by Nicole

February in Europe can be the best time of year to visit. It is low season in most places so you will find fantastic hotel and flight deals. There will be fewer crowds at the most popular tourist attractions and celebrated restaurants. In addition, many European destinations put on special annual events and festivals to try and attract visitors. There is also a lot of diverse climates from which to choose including snowy winter wonderlands to mild sunny climates suitable for walks along the beach, and everything in between. Accordingly, here are 25 of the best places to visit in Europe in February.

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Other Destinations In Europe

If you are looking for more travel inspiration after reviewing this article, please check out these other amazing vacation ideas.

If you are looking for the best snow and winter destinations in Europe, please see 17 Best Snowy Winter Wonderlands To Visit In Europe .

For those looking for the best sunsets in Europe, please see 28 Best Places In Europe For Most Beautiful Sunsets .

If you are not sure about your timing, here are a list of other warm or cool European vacation destinations that would be ideal around February.

  • 24 Best Places To Visit In Europe In January ; and
  • 24 Best Places To Visit In Europe For Christmas .

For those hoping to find inexpensive European destinations regardless of the season, please see:

  • 27 Best Cheap Cities In Europe For A Fantastic Vacation ; and
  • 22 Best Cheap Countries To Visit In Europe .

Best Holidays in Europe In February

I have asked some of the best travel bloggers for their recommendations for the best European places to visit in February. Each of them highlights what makes these winter time vacations a fantastic choice, the best things to do, and how best to reach it. If there are annual events or festivals that could make it a more special February destination, then those are mentioned as well. In addition, if someone stayed or knows of a fabulous hotel, it has been included.

In most cases, one of the trickiest things to navigate in February in Europe is the weather. However, it is all about expectations.

If you know that it will likely be cold, rainy or snowy, then you can pick suitable things to do, pack accordingly, and be excited by your itinerary.

Similarly so, if you pick a beach destination that is warm but not hot, you know that you may likely be able to walk along the beach or sit for a time by the pool, but maybe not swim in the ocean or sunbathe all day long. Rather than be disappointed by the lack of steamy weather, you will thrilled by the time you do get feeling the warmth of the sun.

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One of the must-visit places in Europe in February is definitely Cyprus. In February, it offers beautiful warm weather. In fact, February feels like spring with blooming flowers and meadows in velvety green colors. While the sea is still too cold for swimming during this month, the island offers plenty of interesting activities and entertainment for its visitors.

Make sure to  rent a car in Cyprus  to drive around as February is among the best months for road trips. Then, visit ancient archaeological sites such as Kourion and Paphos Archaeological Park where you can delve into the rich history of the island. Then, explore medieval castles and fortresses such as Kolossi and Limassol Castle to learn more about Cyprus’ feudal era.

If you like skiing, then head to the Troodos ski resort and enjoy skiing or snowboarding on its slopes which are great for different levels. February is the primary month for skiing in Cyprus and it’s a great destination for everyone who likes alpine sports combined with a lot of winter sun.

February is also a great time for nature lovers as there are many coastal trails where you can hike and enjoy the scenery when the weather is cool and breezy. In summer, when the heat is unbearable, this is not an enjoyable activity.

It is also one of the best European getaways in February where you can relax by the pool as hotel prices drop significantly and many properties have heated swimming pools.

If that is not enough, there is an option to go relax in thermal springs like Ayii Anargyri Natural Healing Spa with healing waters not far from Paphos, or  Casale Panayiotis Traditional Village Hotel & Spa  among the Cyprus mountains.

Average high temperatures in February is 60 °F and average lows are 43 °F. Expect an average of 1.7″ of rain over 6 days.

Best Place To Stay

Anya from Road Is Calling says, “Two of my favorite hotels are located in different parts of the island. Alion Beach hotel is a 5 star hotel in Ayia Napa, one of the most popular beach destinations in Cyprus. This hotel is gorgeous and the location is phenomenal.

Almyra hotel in Paphos is also a luxury seafront 5 star hotel that is stylish and relaxing and great for families.”

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Granada, Spain

Granada is the ideal February getaway in Europe if you love history and outdoor adventures. You can explore its incredible history and sites, hike in the lower Sierra Nevada or head up and ski.

The wondrous city is most famous for the incredible Alhambra fortress, palace, and the perfectly manicured gardens which can easily be visited all year round. This is the best-preserved example of Moorish architecture in Andalucia and it is incredible to see how it was used and renovated by both Moors and Christians throughout the years.

However, Granada has so much more to see than the Alhambra. Stroll through the oldest area in Granada, Albaicín, which is the old Moorish neighborhood, to experience the steep, narrow streets winding through whitewashed houses decorated with potted plants.

From San Nicolas Viewpoint, you will be rewarded with the best views of the Alhambra and February is sure to give you a picturesque backdrop of a snowy Sierra Nevada.

Talking about Sierra Nevada, it is the southernmost ski resort in Spain and you can take a day trip to enjoy the white-powdered slopes down Andalucia’s 3000-meter high peaks (almost 10,000 feet). There are plenty of options for seasoned skiers and snowboarders as well as beginners, with equipment rentals easily available by the lifts.

If you prefer hiking, there are plenty of options in the lower Sierra Nevada without snow. For example, the Cahorros de Monachil trail takes you across hanging bridges and through a tight narrow gorge – a true favorite among kids and adults alike.

Besides skiing and hiking, February is also a great month for carnival, and Granada is no exception. You can expect parades, singing, and happy vibes in the streets during carnival week. Best of all, Granada is not the place tourists typically go for carnival in Spain, so the experience will be more local.

When traveling to Granada in February, you can expect temperatures around 55-60 degrees during the day and sometimes down to 32 F at night. It is mostly sunny, but the there will be a few days with very light rain, so make sure to bring an umbrella.

Best Way To Reach Destination

Granada has its own airport. F.G.L. Granada-Jaén Airport is only a 20-minute drive from the city, but you are more likely to find affordable tickets to Malaga Airport which is an hour and a half away by car. There are direct buses too which normally take around 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Linn from Amused By Andalucia says, “If you are looking for  where to stay in Granada Spain , Albaicín is a wonderful area for first-timers as you are amidst traditional bars and restaurants.

The Hotel Casa 1800 Granada is a beautiful boutique hotel where you can enjoy a traditional Andalusian courtyard.”

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Dordogne, France

The Dordogne region in South West France is one of the prettiest departments in the Nouvelle Aquitaine. The rolling hills and picturesque countryside draw in thousands of visitors every year.

Like most of this region it’s steeped in history, and sun or rain there is always something to do. It is one of the best holiday destinations in Europe in February

Discovered by a group of teenagers back in 1940, Lascaux Caves in Montignac are prehistoric caves that feature Paleolithic cave paintings estimated to be around 17,000 years old. Known as the “Sistine Chapel of Cave Art,” they’re considered to be one of the most significant examples of prehistoric art.

As you can imagine though, humidity and the sheer volume of visitors took its toll, and the caves were closed to the public in 1963. However, due to the popularity an exact replica was built, and Lascaux II opened in 1983.

You’ll notice as you walk around that nearly all the paintings are of animals. The bull chamber, which is the main area, has the famous painting of four large black bulls. There are 2,200 images painted onto the walls and they’re said to be the most visited cave paintings in the world.

If it’s history you’re after then the Chateau de Beynac is an impressive castle overlooking the Dordogne river. Dating back to the 12th century, it’s passed hands a few times between the English and the French.

The views from the castle are stunning and you’ll get to step back in time as you tour through the dungeons, kitchens and other restored living areas.

One of the best festivals that occurs during February in the Dordogne is the Sarlat Goose Festival (Sarlat en Périgord Fest’oie). It’s quite a sight to see as tables are set up on Place de la Liberté on the Saturday evening and everyone is invited to tuck in.

The Goose is the mascot of Sarlat and like so many things in France, is celebrated liberally every year at the end of February.

The Dordogne enjoys over 2,000 hours of sunshine every year and February is often warmer and sunnier than you’d expect. Although average temperatures usually sit between 33 – 50°F, it is not uncommon to have days in the low 60s Fahrenheit.

You can expect around 2″ of rain over 7 days.

The main international airport is Bordeaux and from there it’s about a two hour drive to the heart of the Dordogne.

Kylie from Life In Rural France says, “ Sarlat is at the heart of everything so our top pick for a hotel is the 14th century La Maison des Peyrat Hotel. The building has everything you’d expect of something this old with beautiful exposed beams and gorgeous stonework. With just ten rooms you get that lovely feeling of really living there rather than just being a visitor passing through.”

Best February vacation in Europe

Tyrol, Austria

Tyrol is an alpine region located in Austria, bordering Bavaria in Germany to the north, and South Tyrol, Italy to the south. The region has long been known for its unique cultural heritage and one of the most well-known celebrations is held during the Carnival period in February. Together with its amazing winter sports, Tyrol is a fantastic vacation destination in Europe in February.

Shrovetide Carnival is known as  Fasnacht  in Tyrol. Mystical creatures are said to come down to the villages to usher in warmer weather and drive away bad spirits. Men and children wear hand carved wooden masks, beautifully adorned head pieces and wear customary themed clothes.

Some of these processions are held only every 4 years, such as the UNESCO World Heritage protected  Imster Schemmenlaufen . The next  Schemmenlaufen  will take place in 2024, with the various funny characters reenacting age-old mountain tales and beliefs. Other processions are held every year but in different locations across Tyrol.

These traditional parades are held before Carnival on a Sunday between the first and 3rd week in February.

Every procession includes good food and spirit! Look out for traditional foods such as  Daumnidei , potato and flour thumb-sized fries, and  Kiachel , fried doughnut topped with lingonberry jam or Sauerkraut. A homemade farmer’s Schnapps or a Jagatee, an Après Ski drink, will keep you warm when the outdoor temperatures drop below 32 Fahrenheit.

All winter long, there are many  things to see and do in Tyrol ! It is known for some of the most prestigious winter sports slopes in Europe, such as the Arlberg resorts and the Kitzbühel skiing resorts. The skiing slopes are perfect for beginner children and grown-ups alike. Three-year-old kids can join a ski lesson and people from all over the world will find a skiing instructor in their language.

Winter sports lovers will also appreciate the vast network of cross-country Nordic ski trails for classical and skate skiing. Most villages and towns are connected with each other and lead through forests with various marked difficulty degrees.

Another fun group activity is snow sledding on one of the many sledding runs in Tyrol. Illuminated tracks make night sledding down the hills another unforgettable experience.

It is cold in Tyrol in February. Expect average temperatures to range from 40 °F to 24 °F, and lots of snowfall.

Fly into the international airport in Innsbruck. Most top tourist places are located within an hour from the airport by car and train. Remote Tyrolean mountain villages, among glaciers and high alpine landscapes, are best accessed by car.

Marina Helene of Paulmarina says, “Most 4 and 5-star properties are still family owned and accommodate visitors with a charming Tyrolean theme. Awaiting guests are warm stone pine decorated rooms, luxury sauna and spa facilities and entertaining Tyrolean evenings with music and dance.”

best February holiday in Europe

London, England

Many tourists will visit London during the summer months, thinking that the better weather will lead to a much better trip. When they arrive, however, they often find the attractions overbooked, long queues, beautiful spots filled with crowds of people, hotels with no vacancies or high prices and the overall experience can be stressful and expensive. Far better to visit during the winter months when the Christmas shoppers have left and everyone Is lowering their prices to entice you to travel. That is why February is one of the best times to visit in London.

The weather tends to be cold, sometimes very cold, and it is often rainy, but there are some days when the sky is so blue and the sunshine so bright that it is hard to believe it is still months from summer. The trick is to just accept the weather for what it is – keep a raincoat at hand at all times and just “keep calm and carry on.

If you get too cold, a quick pitstop in one of the many cafes for a hot chocolate or tea will soon warm you up ready for more exploration. Of course, there are countless indoor attractions to keep you occupied.

London is home to about 30 free museums which is enough to keep anyone busy and warm, but there are plenty of other attractions which are worth a visit.

February is one of the few times you can visit the 1000 year old  Tower of London  without queueing to see the Crown Jewels. In fact, you can glide past them on the moving walkway as many times as you want. Truly spectacular, they are awe inspiring for even the most cynical of republicans.

Churchill’s War Rooms is another good site for February. A huge underground bunker which can fill up with people and heat in the summer, it is pleasant and emptier in the cooler months, giving you plenty of time to look at the historic map room, control centre and offices from where the British War Cabinet governed in World War II.

February is the time of year in England when the very first tentative signs of spring arrive, with snowdrops emerging through the frosty soil. Kew Gardens is the best place to see these but you can also see them at Chelsea Physic Garden, London’s oldest botanical garden or in the many parks and graveyards across the capital. A walk through a frosty Highgate Cemetery will give you some incredible photos which look far more impressive than the intricate graves set against a sunny background.

Average highs are 48 °F and average lows are 39 F. It is cold but not that rainy with only 1.4″ of rain expected over 7 days in February.

Flights to London will be at their lowest for the year, and you can fly into Heathrow or Gatwick and catch a quick train to the centre. To get around just use the tube (the subway); it is cheap , warm and very fast.

Sarah from Slow Travel says, “Staying in London is cheaper in February than any other time and you can get a central hotel for a great price. Try the Tower Hotel right next to the Tower of London – unattractive from the outside, yet each room has a huge picture window with incredible views over Tower Bridge and the Thames, and the riverside bar has fire pits to keep you warm.”

best European city to visit in February

Sintra, Portugal

Sintra is a charming city only 20 minutes away from the lively capital of Portugal. It is the perfect European vacation getaway in February as it offers beautiful weather with lots of wonderful places to explore without the bustling crowds.

Its claim to fame is the Pena Palace, but this city has much more to offer.

Sitting at the top of the Sintra mountains, the Pena Palace offers stunning views overlooking the city. You can see the beautiful lush trees for miles, with colorful houses providing a picturesque backdrop.

As you explore the city, stop by the Quinta da Regaleira to see the mystical Neo-Gothic architecture. With passageways, waterfalls, and towers, this is one of the most beautiful places in Sintra. Be sure to stop by Alba Gelato and have delicious homemade Gelato from the sweetest woman in the world.

Afterwards, go to Apple Beach to see the ocean. It is breathtaking, but don’t be fooled by its beauty! The water is freezing!

If you visit Sintra in February, you can celebrate Carnival. Although it isn’t as big as the one in  Rio de Janeiro , it’s a lot of fun.

The weather in Sintra is mild in February, so you will not encounter snow or freezing cold. Expect average highs of 59 °F and average lows of 49 °F. However, there will be some rain with an average of 2″ over 6 days, so bring a coat and an umbrella.

It is easy to get to Sintra. Fly into Lisbon and rent a car or take an Uber for 25 minutes (depending on traffic), to the city center. You can also take the train, but it will require a transfer.

Corritta from It Za Family Thing says, “ Paço do Bispo Boutique House  is a beautiful boutique hotel in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. It is the perfect place for nature lovers to hike, cycle, and take in fresh air.”

best vacation in Europe in February

Prague, Czech Republic

Wintery charm, fewer crowds and historic marvels make Prague one of the best cities to visit in February. Known as the “City of a Hundred Spires,” Prague offers visitors narrow cobblestone streets, charming squares, majestic castles and old-world charm — the perfect picturesque getaway for a winter holiday in Europe. 

If you’re visiting the Czech capital in February, you can’t miss  Prague’s most popular sights , including Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Klementinum (a collection of old beautiful baroque and rococo buildings, now mostly occupied by the Czech National Library) and Old Town Square. The best part about visiting in February? There are few crowds, so these normally busy sights will be much, much emptier. 

In addition, February marks Masopust, a traditional Czech carnival. “Masopust” means “meat fast” in old Czech. During this festival, people dress up in costumes and masks, celebrating the start of spring and the end of winter — even if the winter weather may continue for a couple more months! 

February marks the best time to see a snowy Prague so make sure to pack heavy jackets for the city’s winter weather. The average temperature ranges from 26°F to 39°F (-3°C to 4°C).

During this time, you will likely see some snowfall which is fantastic. There’s something so magical about seeing this charming city under a white blanket of snow.

To plan your trip, book a flight into Václav Havel Airport Prague. From there, you can take a 45-minute bus ride into the city center. Once you’re in Prague, you won’t need a car. The city is well-connected by an extensive network of buses, trams, and metro lines.

Samantha from Undiscovered Path Home says, “When booking a hotel, look for options slightly outside the city center in Nove Mesto, Karlin or Vinohrady to enjoy a more local vibe, all the while still having easy access to the center.”

best holiday in February in Europe

Sardinia, Italy

Even though it is mainly a popular travel destination in summer,  planning a trip to Sardinia  in February opens up an incredible array of fascinating experiences that “in-the-know travelers” will enjoy.

There are thousands of miles of a coastline famous for its rugged shores and sandy pristine beaches. Every summer, thousands of tourists flock to enjoy the turquoise waters that change shades and hues depending on the time of the day, the exposure to the sun, and whether they are on the western or eastern coast.

The unforgiving summer heat, however, can prevent you from sightseeing, and that’s a pity because exploring Sardinia’s inland is what makes you fall in love with this spectacular Italian island.

February is a perfect time to travel to Sardinia if you are curious about local traditions. This month, in fact, even though one of the coldest of the year, is also when Carnival is celebrated. And in Sardinia, Carnival means ancestral rituals, ancient festivals, and primordial ceremonies.

Some of the coolest places to visit in Sardinia in February certainly include Oristano for its Sartiglia Carnival where masked horse riders race and perform spectacular equestrian vaultings.

Apart from the Carnival, I suggest visiting its archaeological museum “Antiquarium Arborense” and also exploring the nearby towns such as Cabras for its Museo Civico and the ancient city of Tharros.

In Mamoiada, the Carnival is completely different. Instead of horses and colorful masks parading across town, there are ancient wooden masks of the Mamuthones. This is an old ritual from pagan times used to bid farewell to the cold season and welcome the new harvest.

Of course, if you are staying in Sardinia longer than just the Carnival or if you are visiting when the party’s over, other great things to do are exploring cities like Cagliari, Sassari, and Nuoro.

In addition, there are some incredible archaeological sites on Sardinia like the Nuragic villages of Barumini “Su Nuraxi” or the sacred well of Santa Cristina near Paulilatino in the Oristano province.”

The temperature ranges between 6°C/43°F and around 13°C/55°F, with the north being slightly colder than the south and mountainous areas chillier than the coast. You can expect around 1.5″ of rain over 5 days and the coast might be a bit windy.

In addition to flights from various cities across Europe, you can take a ferry from several ports in mainland Italy and Sicily, France and Spain. There is a reliable public transportation service on the island. However, it would be best to rent a car to be able to explore the island more easily.

Angela from Sardinia revealed says, “”If you are visiting Sardinia in February for the Carnival, you can stay in Oristano. One of the best hotels you can opt for is Mariano IV Palace Hotel . This time of the year, it’s highly recommended to book your room months in advance because the choice is limited and it gets busy.”

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Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, the capital of Belgium, is a charming and vibrant city that offers a unique blend of history, culture, and culinary delights. Known as the “Capital of Europe,” it draws visitors with its rich architectural heritage, world-class museums, and famous Belgian chocolates and beers.

Visiting the Grand Place is one of  the best things to do in Brussels . It is the central square of Brussels and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Surrounded by beautiful buildings, including the City Hall and the Guild Houses, the Grand Place is a must-visit. Just a few steps away, you can see Manneken Pis, a statue of a peeing boy which is a landmark of Brussels. 

The Atomium is a symbol of Brussels and its futuristic structure represents a magnified iron crystal. It offers a unique experience to explore its interconnected spheres, which house permanent and temporary exhibitions on history and art. The panoramic view from the top sphere and the restaurant are additional reasons to visit.

Don’t forget to Indulge in world-famous Belgian chocolates and beers. Brussels is home to numerous chocolate shops where you can savor pralines and truffles. You can also visit breweries to try a variety of Belgian beers. Add to that waffles, fries, and Michelin-starred restaurants, and you’ll see why Brussels is a great destination for foodies. 

Brussels is one of the best European cities to visit in February because of the annual Carnival festivities. The Carnival events take place over several days, featuring colorful parades, music, dancing, and street performances.

The streets come alive with people dressed in costumes and masks creating a festive atmosphere. One of the best Carnival events in Brussels is the Venetian Parade in Marolles, one of the most authentic neighborhoods in Brussels.

Another reason to visit Brussels in February is the light shows in the city. While there are several temporary light shows every February, one of the best is Bright Brussels. It is organized by the city itself and it features light and sound installations in different neighborhoods in Brussels.

In February, the weather in Brussels is cool with an average temperature ranging from 35°F (2°C) to 44°F (7°C). It is often chilly, so pack warm clothes. You can expect occasional showers too (1.6″ over 7 days). You should carry an umbrella or raincoat just in case.

To reach Brussels, you can fly to Brussels Airport (BRU), which is the main international airport. It’s approximately a 30-minute drive to the city center, but there is no need to rent a car to explore the city.

Public transportation is excellent. You can take a train from the airport in the city center which takes around 20 minutes. The train is also a convenient way to reach Belgium from other major European cities.

Jo from World Wild Schooling says, “Brussels offers a wide range of accommodation options. Some popular areas to consider are the city center (around Grand Place) and the European Quarter (close to the European institutions). Novotel Brussels City Centre and Thon Hotel in the EU quarter respectively are both good choices.”

best getaways in Europe in February

Tenerife, Spain (Canary Islands)

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands with a population of nearly 1 million and is located in the Atlantic Ocean just 125 miles (200 km) off the coast of Morocco, Africa. Mount Teide, a dormant volcano, dominates the island and is Spain’s tallest peak.

Tenerife is one of the best February getaways in Europe because of its subtropical climate and fewer crowds. Another reason is the annual Carnival celebrations that happen in February in Santa Cruz.

Like most Canary Islands, visiting the beaches is one of the best things to do in February. However, the beaches in Tenerife are not your typical white-sand beaches. They are black due to the volcanic ash. While it will most likely be too cool to sunbathe or swim in the ocean in February, you can walk and explore these extraordinary and beautiful spots.

Other amazing things to do would be a sunset boat ride, shopping or if you’re a bit more adventurous, paragliding! The is an exhilarating activity where you also get to see the beauty of the island from above.

For those traveling with children, you can also enjoy waterparks such as Siam Park and Aqualand.

You can expect an average of 60-71°F most days with practically no rainfall.

Most international flights will land at Tenerife South Airport while those coming from mainland Spain fly into Tenerife North Airport. Public transportation is not very good so you will most likely need to get rent a car or take a taxi to your accommodation.

Jess from Jet off with Jess says, “The best areas to stay in the south of the island are Playa de las Americas, Costa Adeje and La Caleta. All of these towns are a 10-20 minute taxi journey from the airport. Most hotels in this area will have a pool where you can sit and enjoy the sunshine.

A great hotel to stay in Costa Adeje is the H10 Atlantic Sunset . The hotel opened in 2019 and has lots to offer from a gym, spa and even its own restaurants on site.

If you are looking for an all-inclusive hotel, the Riu Buenavista is a good choice. There are 4 swimming pools, children’s pool with water slides and infants pool. There is also great entertainment at night with theme parties!”

best European destinations to visit in winter

Rovaniemi, Finland

Rovaniemi is an amazing place for a February holiday in Europe, with ice skating, dog sledding, and lots of other winter sports available. For those less inclined to be outside all the time, cozy cafes and steamy saunas will give you the chance to relax and unwind.

You can also take a trip to nearby Santa Claus Village, where you’ll find Christmas-themed restaurants, shops, and activities for the whole family every day of the year. You can even send a letter at the Santa Claus Village official post office, or take a photo with Santa himself.

Bundle up and head out for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, or ice skating. A unique activity you don’t get to do in many other places is to take a traditional dog-sled ride. You can drive your own team or sit as a passenger, with hot drinks and photos with the huskies afterward.

Don’t miss out on chasing the Northern Lights. You can head out by yourself, or alternatively, a guided tour is a great way to go to the best spots and get tips on how to photograph this amazing phenomenon. There are a variety of tours to choose from, such as one that focuses on photographing the aurora or one that offers a barbecue dinner on the tour.

For inside activities, other than a Finnish sauna, check out the superb Arktikum Museum which showcases the history and science of the Finnish Lapland.

Visiting Rovaniemi in February  requires a good set of winter clothes, as it’s one of the coldest and snowiest months. Temperatures range from 9 to 19 °F degrees Fahrenheit, so it generally stays below freezing. While there isn’t much sun in February, it is also a dry month.

The best way to get to Rovaniemi is to fly directly to Rovaniemi International Airport. There are seasonal flights from different destinations in Europe and year-round flights from Helsinki. If you prefer to arrive by car or train, it’s approximately a ten-hour trip from Helsinki.

Megan from Megan Starr says, “For a one-of-a-kind stay in Rovaniemi and to maximize your chances of seeing the aurora, book a room at an igloo hotel or a glass-domed cabin resort like Apukka Resort , where you can gaze at the starry sky and possibly see the Northern Lights from the comfort of your bed!”

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Paris, France

Known as the city of Light, Paris is a beautiful destination in Europe to visit in February, offering a unique blend of winter beauty and cultural pleasures. It also provides a unique opportunity to explore its renowned attractions with fewer crowds and experience the city’s romantic ambiance without feeling overwhelmed by masses of tourists.

There are many places to visit and things to do in  Paris in February . The city boasts world-class museums and galleries, and one of them is the famous Louvre Museum, home to a thousand art collections, including the iconic Mona Lisa. The museum also houses a collection of interesting ancient artifacts and modern masterpieces, which makes it a must-visit destination in Paris.

If you are looking for breathtaking sights or maybe a little bit of romance while you are in Paris, spend time at the Eiffel Tower. In February, the tower is beautifully lit up against the winter sky, creating a magical ambiance. Take a lift or climb to the top of the tower for breathtaking panoramic views of the city.

February is not typically known for major festivals in Paris. However, there are seasonal events that you may want to experience, like the glorious Chinese New Year Parade that features dragon and lion dances, traditional costumes, music, and performances. And the Paris Carnival showcases vibrant parades with floats and costumed participants with lively music.

In February, Paris experiences cold temperatures. The average temperature ranges from around 37°F (3°C) to 47°F (8°C). You will likely have some rainfall and even some light snowfall during this month.

There are many options to get to Paris from the major airports in France like Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) or Orly Airport (ORY). From the airport, you can take taxis, trains, airport shuttles, rental cars or private transfers. It will take just over an hour to reach Paris depending on your chosen mode of transfer options.

Imee from Journey To France says,”If you are staying in Paris for a few days, you can stay in La Maison Favart, known for its magnificent interior design, a beautiful 4-star boutique hotel with impressive facilities.”

best places to visit in Europe in February

Faro, Portugal

Just imagine visiting the  stunning Algarve region in Portugal  and having the beautiful golden sand beaches all to yourself. You can in February. You can also explore the soaring cliffs and sea caves without the crowds and it is magical. It’s too cold to swim in the ocean in February, but that won’t stop you from admiring the crystal-clear blue water of the Atlantic Ocean.

The gateway to the Algarve region is Faro, the capital of the Algarve region. It is a city that offers an interesting mix of historical charm and modern amenities with a large beach.

One of the main attractions of Faro is its historic Old Town, known as Cidade Velha. This well-preserved area is enclosed by ancient walls and is a fun place to explore. Simply wander the narrow cobblestone streets leading you to tiny plazas.

Admire the low whitewash buildings with ancient colourful doors. Visit the top sites of the Faro Cathedral and Faro Archaeological Museum housed in a former convent to learn more about the Algarve’s history.

Faro is also known for its amazing food scene. Try some of the local dishes at its many eateries like grilled sardines or cataplana – a seafood (or vegetarian) stew cooked and served in a copper pot.

No visit to the Algarve is complete without visiting some of its amazing beaches even in February, when it will be too cool to sunbathe or swim. Head east and visit the nearby Ria Formosa Natural Park, a protected area of lagoons, salt marshes and islands that is one of the largest bird migrations in Europe.

Alternatively, go to the west, where some of the world’s best beaches can be found with their unique rock formations like Praia Da Marinha, Benagil Caves or Praia da Falésia.  

Beyond the experience of fewer crowds, one of the best reasons to visit Faro in February is the Carnival Loule, the oldest continuous festival in Portugal. This 3-day festival held in the nearby town of Loule features colourful floats, samba dancers, live music and visitors who line the streets dressed in costumes – everything from bright colours to glitter paint. This family-friendly event has a strong Brazilian influence. You must be in costume, and promise to have fun!  

In February, the days are sunny. Average high temperature are 62 °F and average lows are 48 °F. There will be a little bit of rain – around 1.7″ over 5 days.

The gateway to the Algarve region is Faro International Airport. From the airport, hop on the train or bus to downtown Faro, and the Hotel Faro is a 5-minute walk from the train station and bus terminal.

Renee from Dream Plan Experience says, “Stay at Hotel Faro & Beach Club , which receives top marks for its ideal location and views of the marina and Old Town.”

best European destination to visit in February

Istanbul, Turkey

The largest city in Europe, Istanbul, is a cultural hot spot that offers tourists some of the best food and attractions in Europe. 

No Turkey itinerary would be complete without visiting the impressive Hagia Sophia. Originally built as a church around 1500 years ago, then converted into a mosque, then a museum and back into a mosque again, it is likely to be one of the most stunning buildings you’ll ever go visit.

Topkapi Palace is the next best attraction in this amazing city. This palace was previously the home to the sultan and his family. More recently it has been converted into one of Turkey’s best museums. In addition to seeing how the sultans lived, this multi-building complex displays the magnificent sultan’s crown jewels and their ceremonial robes.

It’s always a good time to visit Istanbul, but it is one of the best European holiday destinations in February, especially if you are considering Istanbul with teens ! If you love skiing or snowboarding, then you’ll find Istanbul is close to a handful of cheap and high quality ski resorts – Uludag is a local favourite.

Sightseeing in Istanbul will also be far more enjoyable during February, as long as you wrap up in some warm clothes. You’ll also find your visit much less stressful without the hordes of tourists everywhere. Not to mention, if you’re lucky enough to see snow, the city becomes exceptionally beautiful allowing you to see a side of Istanbul that most tourists never get to see.

Average highs in February is 48 °F and average lows are 39 °F. You can expect around 2″ of rain over 6 days. You might even get a bit of snowfall.

There are two international airports in Istanbul, Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gokcen Airport. Most people arrive in Istanbul Airport, from which you can take the Havaist Bus into Sultanahmet or Taksim Square or catch a taxi. This can take between 1 and 2 hours depending on traffic.

Delilah from Our Travel Mix says, “In terms of accommodation, Archeo is our favourite place to stay in Istanbul. Its location in Karakoy is perfect for sightseeing, accessing the asian side of Istanbul (by boat) and enjoying the evenings by the Bosphorus Strait.”

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Valletta, Malta

With balmy temperatures, Valletta is a popular UNESCO World Heritage city to visit in February while the rest of Europe shivers in the grip of winter.

In addition to experiencing Malta’s lively 4 day carnival, which is centred in Valletta, visitors to the island in February can enjoy queue-free and crowd-free entry to Valletta’s top attractions, including St John’s Co-Cathedral.

This spectacular 16 th  century Roman Catholic Cathedral has awe-inspiring Baroque architecture and ornate decorations that rivals the most famous cathedrals in Italy. It’s marvellous to visit in February when there’s time and space to pause and admire all nine of the individually styled chapels, and to see the ornate tiled floor. 

Afterwards, explore the Lascaris War Rooms. They are a fascinating underground warren of tunnels, opened in 1940, that housed the War Headquarters responsible for defending Malta during the Second World War. 

The National War Museum at St Elmo’s Fort is also must-see site. This sprawling fortress on the very edge of Valletta harbour has been instrumental in defending the city for centuries. 

Finally, head over to the Upper and Lower Barrakka Gardens. In the summer these sweeping public gardens next to Castille Palace, teem with locals and visitors enjoying the impressive views over the vast harbour. In February, there’s breathing space and plenty of time to get the best photos! 

As a thriving city, many restaurants and hotels remain open all year around. For traditional street food, try  pastizzi  – fluffy pastry stuffed with ricotta cheese or a paste of peas or dine on some of Malta’s famous snail, quail, rabbit or horse meat dishes! Alternatively, Maltese arancini is delicious, as is the local pizza, and the ice cream is really rather fabulous. 

Average highs are 60 °F and average lows are 51 °F with around 1.7″ of rain over 6 days.

Valletta is only 6 miles (10 km) from Malta International Airport. There is excellent public transportation so you do not need to rent a car unless you wish to explore more of Malta. Even then, Malta has an excellent bus system.

Coralie from Grey Globetrotters  says, “As February is a shoulder season month in Malta, visitors can find excellent deals on hotels in Valletta. The Ursulino Valletta is right in the heart of the old city, moments from top attractions and great places to eat.”

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Zakopone, Poland

Zakopane, Poland is a town located at the foothills of the Tatra Mountains. It is a picturesque town and is often referred to as the “Winter Capital of Poland” due to its popularity as a ski resort town. 

The town’s atmosphere, coupled with its close proximity to the Tatra National Park, makes it an ideal destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

One of the top things to do in Zakopane Poland is to explore the Tatra Mountains. There are numerous hiking trails, including winter hikes, throughout mountains, offering panoramic views.

The best hike is the hike to Morskie Oko. It is a two hour uphill trek, where you will find a crystal clear lake between mountains at the top. There is a cafe and a place to relax after you’ve reached the top, before you head back down.

The main street, Krupówki Street, is the main street in the center of town that is lined with bars, restaurants, cafes, boutique shops and other small shops that offer traditional Polish items. Some of the region’s most famous dishes are served in this area and many restaurants also offer live music at certain times of the year.

February is a great time to visit as there is usually plenty of snow and snow experiences to have in the mountains. The city also offers temporary exhibitions in local museums throughout the year. 

In February, Zakopane experiences winter conditions with average temperatures ranging from 19°F to 36°F. The region tends to see lots of snowfall during this time, as it is right at the base of the mountains, and a central point for the start of ski and snowboard lessons.

The closest international airport to Zakopane is Kraków John Paul II International Airport, located approximately 70 miles away. From the airport, you can reach Zakopane by driving or taking a bus or train. The journey by road takes around 1.5 to 2 hours. 

Diana says, “For a comfortable stay, the Hotel Belvedere Zakopane is a 4-star hotel offering cozy rooms, a spa, and stunning views of the Tatra Mountains.

Another option is the Nosalowy Dwór Resort & Spa, which features luxurious accommodations and a wellness center.”

best beach destination in February in Europe

Cadiz, Spain

The southern Spanish city of Cádiz is a perfect February escape because it’s Carnaval time. Nowhere in Spain do they celebrate Carnaval like they do in Cádiz. As well as ten days of parties, dancing, drinking and great food, Cádiz Carnaval is particularly known for its “chirigotas” – cheeky sketches that make fun of politicians. Even Spaniards from other regions flock to watch them – why not test out your Spanish?

Cádiz was founded in 1100 BCE by the Phoenicians, which makes it the oldest city in Europe. Surrounded almost entirely by water, the old city of Cádiz has everything you could want in a city: great food, museums, parks, and even a beach.

Most visitors to Cádiz spend their time wandering happily around the old town and along the Campo del Sur. The Campo del Sur is a beautiful walkway that follows the coastline around the city through parks, past forts, and onto Playa de la Caleta, the city beach.

From the beach, visitors can either sit and enjoy the view of Castillo de San Sebastian or they can walk the 400-metre walkway to the island castle.

Don’t miss the incredible giant rubber trees of Cádiz. You can find them in front of Playa de la Caleta and in the Jardines Clara Campoamor.  

As you explore the old town, make sure you visit the Yaciemento Arqueologico Gadír, the free Phoenician settlement museum. It gives a great historical overview of Cádiz.

Average highs in February are between 62 degrees Fahrenheit with an average low of 48 degrees Fahrenheit. You can expect around 2″ of rain over 7 days.

The nearest airport is Sevilla. There is a train from Sevilla to Cadiz and there are regular buses from Sevilla too. It takes about 1hr 45 minutes.

Cassie from Mexico Cassie says, “If you plan to visit in February be sure to book in advance as the city fills up fast for Carnaval.”

best city in Europe in February to visit

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is a wonderful city to visit all year round, but there is something extra special about visiting in February. Often the canals are frozen which means the locals will be ice skating on them.

Ice skating is a must when you find yourself in Amsterdam in February. The famous Museum Square has an ice skating rink where you can rent skates, get a hot chocolate and people watch. If you’re new to ice skating, they also offer equipment to help keep you upright!

When you find yourself near Museum Square, why not head into the Rijksmuseum and admire world-famous paintings of Van Gogh and Rembrandt? Be sure to purchase advanced tickets since the museum is incredibly popular with both locals and tourists.

However, some people don’t enjoy the traditional museums. In that case, head to the Heineken Experience. Learn all about this beer that’s being poured all over the world and enjoy a glass or two.

February is a magical month in Amsterdam. Sunset is early, so the beautifully lit canals can be admired for even longer. It’s relatively cold (but not extremely!) which makes it a little less attractive for many tourists, giving you extra space to enjoy all the wonders of Amsterdam.

The average high temperature is about 42°F and average low is 34°F. It is usually cloudy with a little bit of rain, and maybe even snow!

Amsterdam has its own airport. So when you fly into Amsterdam, it’ll be easy to get to the city center. It’s possible to get a taxi, but not recommended. They are overpriced and just as quick as a train.

Trains run all day, multiple times per hour, and are very straightforward to use. Just follow the signs to the train platforms inside the airport, and buy a ticket before going down to the right platform.

There are large screens telling you which train is coming into which platform. Look for “Amsterdam Centaal” to get to the city center. This should save you a lot of money compared to a taxi!

Callie from Counting Our Footsteps says, “After a long  day of exploring Amsterdam  and ice skating, Hotel Nes is the ideal place to relax and unwind. Located in the city centre it is easy to get to and offers really great big comfy beds.”

best places in February to visit in Europe

Paros, Greece

Paros is a stunning European Island in the Cyclades in Greece. It has picturesque villages, golden beaches, and a rich cultural heritage.

Paros is one of the best spots in Europe for a weekend break in February as it offers the perfect blend of relaxation and exploration without the crowds. In February, Paros takes on a tranquil charm, making it an ideal destination for those seeking an off-season Greek island adventure.

One of the must-visit places in Paros is Parikia, the island’s capital and main port. As you wander through its maze-like streets, you’ll find yourself upon the iconic Church of Ekatontapyliani. This ancient Byzantine church holds fascinating historical significance and provides a glimpse into the island’s past.

Golden Beach is a must-see in Paros. With its crystal-clear turquoise waters and soft golden sand, it offers a true paradise-like experience. In February, most beach activities will be shut down but there is nothing better than a walk along the sand.

After visiting Golden Beach, be sure to venture to Naoussa, a cute fishing village known for its enchanting streets and vibrant nightlife. Explore the harbor, dine at traditional tavernas, and soak in the relaxed atmosphere. Naoussa gives you a unique blend of traditional Greek culture with modern day conveniences, making it a fantastic stop on your Paros journey.

Don’t miss the vibrant Carnival celebration that takes place during this month, featuring colorful parades, traditional dances, and mouthwatering local delicacies.

February in Paros is an inexpensive and quiet time to visit this serene Greek Island. With the island being less crowded, it provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture and enjoy a more authentic atmosphere.

Paros experiences mild winter weather in February, with average temperatures ranging from 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. While occasional rainfall is possible (2.4″ over 8 days), sunny days are more common.

To reach Paros, you’ll need to fly into Athens International Airport (ATH), the nearest international airport. From Athens, you can take a domestic flight or catch a ferry to Paros.

The ferry takes approximately 3 to 5 hours, depending on the type of ferry you book. If you are planning on island hopping in Greece, here is a great way of getting from the popular island of Santorini to Paros during your February vacation.

Rebecca at the Travel Scrapbook says, “When it comes to where to stay in Paros, you should choose to stay in Parikia for a central location with easy access to amenities or Naoussa for a charming seaside experience. Saint Andrea Resort Hotel in Naoussa is a great 5-star hotel in Paros that you could score a deal on during the off-season

Golden Beach is perfect for those seeking a beachfront retreat, where you can wake up to the soothing sound of waves and breathtaking views without the hefty summer prices.”

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Krakow, Poland

Krakow is a beautiful city in southern Poland, known for its impressive architecture and lively nightlife. It’s a city steeped in history with legends of damsels and dragons. 

There are lots of things to do in Krakow . Wander around its Historic Centre, a registered UNESCO World Heritage Site. At its centre, you’ll find Krakow’s Rynek Glowny Central Square, the largest mediaeval square in Europe. It’s a bustling place filled with bars, restaurants, and souvenir shops. It’s where you will also find Krakow nightlife .

Make sure to venture further south into the town of Kazimierz and visit the towering Wawel Castle. Kazimierz is the old Jewish district, and home to Schindler’s factory. This is a deeply moving museum showcasing the heroic acts of Oskar Schindler who saved hundreds of Jews in WWII. 

Whilst Krakow is beautiful all year round, there’s something special about seeing it in the crisp winter air. It is one of the best places to visit in February in Europe if you’re on a budget or want to take some beautiful photos. You’ll avoid the busy Christmas crowds, but still get to see it during lovely clear winter days.

The average temperature in February is a cold 28°F. While it’s mostly dry throughout the month, you might get some snow.

Don’t worry too much about the cold as a lot of the main attractions are inside and most restaurants have outdoor heating. After all, it’s nothing a few warm pierogi or a bowl of bigos (polish stew) can’t solve.  

It’s very easy to get to Krakow from the airport. Most likely you’ll be flying into John Paul II International Airport (KRK), which is just 10 miles (15km) away from the city centre. You can take a taxi, which you can pre-book. However, Uber is readily available throughout Krakow and usually costs about half.

For a more budget-friendly option, head to the train station. A single ticket costs just a couple of dollars and takes about 30 minutes. 

Kizzi from Off To Get Lost says, “If you’re after a luxury stay, check out The Loft . This all-inclusive hotel is beautifully designed with a dark modern interior and is perfectly situated in Krakow’s Old Town. The Loft has everything you could need, plus more. Take time to enjoy the hotel’s restaurant as well as a rooftop hot tub and sauna.”

best places to visit in Europe in February

Nice, France

Another European trip in February that would be wonderful is the coastal town of Nice in the south of France. During February, the city’s temperatures are perfect for exploring and there are lots of activities to do.

You can spend time soaking up the sun and enjoying the views of one of Nice’s many beautiful beaches while you walk along the Promenade Des Anglaise. This beachside walkway stretches for 4 miles (7 kms) and provides an uninterrupted view of the Mediterranean Sea. You can easily spot Ponchettes Beach and Plage de Carras, two popular beaches near Nice’s historic Old Town.

Alternatively, take in the panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea from above by hiking to the top of Colline du Château, which also functions as a lovely public park. And of course, no trip to Nice is complete without trying the delicious regional food and wines !

One of the biggest reasons to visit during February would be to attend Carnaval de Nice. This is a massive two-week festival full of colorful parades, vibrant music, dancing, and flower floats. So, if you want to attend this beloved event and fully immerse yourself in the local culture, the second half of February is an excellent time to plan your trip.

All in all, between its stunning sea views, friendly people, and abundance of activities for the whole family, Nice is one of Europe’s best beachside cities to visit during February!

During February, the city’s temperatures are perfect for exploring with an average high temperature of 54°F, an average low temperature of 45°F, and only a couple of rainy days.

Fly directly to Nice’s International Airport, which is just a few miles away from the city center. Once at the airport, you can take a short tram ride into the heart of the city and explore all that Nice has to offer.

Kristin from Global Travel Escapades says, “For places to stay, consider staying at Le Negresco. This is the city’s famous 5-star hotel located along Promenade des Anglaise.”

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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain is the perfect city to visit in Europe in February. Since Barcelona is on Spain’s Mediterranean coast, temperatures in February are milder than in most European cities. 

One of the things that Barcelona is most known for is the incredible architecture of Antoni Gaudí.  Some of his unique buildings with fantastical curves and mystical finishes, such as Casa Milà and Casa Batlló, are located right in the middle of the city and stand out against the surrounding buildings.

The basilica of La Sagrada Familia is Gaudí’s masterpiece. Be sure to walk around the whole exterior so you can see the basilica from all sides, as the styles and intricacies of each façade are unique and amazing to see. Consider booking a tour of the interior so a guide can highlight the magnificent interior.

No trip to Barcelona is complete without a stroll down La Rambla, the  most famous street in Barcelona .  La Rambla is a pedestrian boulevard lined with shops, cafés, restaurants, churches, hotels, and museums. 

Enjoy the entertainment provided by street performers vying for attention. In addition, visit La Boqueria, Barcelona’s incredible food market. Here you’ll find everything from fresh juices and fantastic local produce to specialty meats and cheeses.

In addition to all the amazing things you can do in Barcelona year-round, there’s an extra reason to visit the city in February. That’s when Barcelona has its 4-day celebration of the holy day of its patron saint, Santa Eulalia. 

February is also typically the month when the Carnival festivities take place, one of the city’s most entertaining annual festivals!

Expect average high temperatures around 57° F, average low temperatures around 42° F, and sunny skies (there are typically only a couple days of rain in February).

To reach Barcelona, fly into the Barcelona–El Prat Airport. The airport is about a 20-minute drive from the center of Barcelona. Or skip the rental car and take public transportation – there is service directly from the airport to the Plaça de Catalunya. You really don’t need a car in Barcelona to enjoy it.

Lisa from Waves and Cobblestones says, “Stay at the Hotel Jazz . It’s conveniently located just a few blocks from La Rambla, and you’ll enjoy relaxing on the rooftop patio after a busy day of exploring all the top attractions in Barcelona.”

best February destination in Europe

Appenzell, Switzerland

Located in northeastern Switzerland, Appenzell is a small village and a nature-lovers paradise.  It is filled with gorgeous hiking trails , alpine lakes, rolling hills, and some of the happiest cows on the planet.

Though summer is the usual tourist season, February offers a wonderful experience, transforming the town into an absolutely breathtaking winter wonderland. 

There are many fun activities to do while in Appenzell, from exploring the village to enjoying the museums. Two recommended winter activities include hiking and tobogganing.

Winter hiking takes you on prepared trails through idyllic landscapes, sugared fields and snow covered forest. For a more thrilling adventure, try tobogganing down designated slopes for a rush. 

There are many reasons to visit in February despite the cold weather. First, the snow-capped mountains and frozen lakes ensure you are always surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Second, there are many opportunities for winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, tobogganing, and more. Lastly, the village is also quieter and less crowded with tourists in February, giving travelers the opportunity to immerse themselves in Swiss culture.

Appenzell in February is cold, as expected in the Swiss Alps. The weather ranges from 23°F to 35°F during the day, and it is often snowing. This is what transforms the village into a wonderland and creates a charming effect. 

Visitors can fly into Zurich airport and take trains for approximately two hours to reach Appenzell. As a bonus, if you stay in Appenzell for three nights, you receive the Appenzell Holiday Card.

This card gives tourists perks such as free transportation between the airport and Appenzell, free transportation all around Appenzell, entry into museums, free hiking shoes for the day, gifts, and more. 

Shavari from Sightseeing Shar says, “One of the best accommodations in Appenzell for all types of travelers is the Alte Metzg Boutique and Alte Metzg Hostel . The guesthouse has six rooms with a well-stocked kitchen and a sauna and terrace. It is extremely clean and well-kept, with a friendly staff.

For travelers on a budget, the hostel portion of the accommodation is less expensive, allows visitors to socialize and make friends,and puts guests right in the middle of town, making it a convenient choice.”

best places to visit in Europe in February

Puglia, Italy

Puglia, the heel of Italy’s boot-shaped peninsula, is a region known for its stunning landscapes and historical sites. During the month of February, Puglia becomes even more inviting as its mild weather and sunny days make it an ideal destination for travelers looking to explore this Mediterranean paradise and enjoy some winter sun.

The mild temperatures also provide perfect conditions for outdoor activities such as hiking and biking through the majestic countryside or enjoying a leisurely stroll along one of Puglia’s many picturesque coastal towns such as Monopoli, Lecce, or Bari.

Stroll on the streets filled with trulli in Alberobello. The white conical-shaped houses, made from limestone, unique to Puglia, are one of its main attractions. 

Admire one of the loveliest beaches in Polignano a Mare, Lama Monachile, or skip the beach and eat at one of the most famous restaurants in the world, Grotta Palazzese, a stunning place hidden in a sea cave. 

With an average daily maximum of 13 C and an average daily minimum of 10 C, you might not head directly to the beach. However, that would be the perfect weather for exploring the stone towns that heat up during summer and also attract countless tourists.

The Italian region of Puglia is mainly served by Bari International Airport, and from there it is advisable to  rent a car  if you want to make the best out of your trip. Alberobello is only 70 kilometers away, while Polignano a Mare is one hour away by car. 

Ingrid from Ingrid Zen Moments says, “No trip to Puglia is complete without a stay at one of the many stunning trullo houses. Alberobello is famous for them, however, you can find them in the whole region.

Trullo Astra in Alberobello is an exceptional choice, located in the city center, close to all the main attractions in town, with a beautiful garden where you can enjoy delicious Italian breakfasts.”

There are many wonderful places to visit in Europe in February. From beach destinations, winter wonderlands, city escapes and cultural hot spots, you will have your choice of amazing holiday getaways. Better yet, it is low season so you will pay less and be faced with fewer crowds so you can fully relax and enjoy your vacation.

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18 Best Places to Visit in February in Europe

20 Best Places to Visit in February in Europe

Are you traveling to Europe? Are you seeking the Best Places to Visit in February in Europe ? Though mainly wintry, the month of February is still a good one to explore and enjoy the many wonders that Europe has to offer.

To be able to enjoy most of these resources, it is essential to know just where to go in February in Europe. That is because not every destination you pick at random may give you that end.

We have taken the stress of finding the right destination away from you. We also know the warmest locations in Europe for the winter months .

Accompanying each destination is the specific attractions and niches they confer. Almost all are even more linked posts, from our experiences.

Did you know that seeing the Northern Lights from different locations is a trend? Isn’t that an ideal concept for Valentine’s Day which falls in February?

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What are the 20 Best Places to Visit in February in Europe?

One by one here are the ideal places to visit in February in Europe.

1. Copenhagen, Denmark

Starting with the European cities to visit, Februaries in Copenhagen can get cold. It is subsequently not the place to consider visiting for your outdoor events and activities.

Copenhagen Street Food Strolling & Eating - Best Places to Visit in Europe in February

That can only mean you are paying a visit to the area for the sake of your indoor engagements. When we talk of indoor engagements, Copenhagen has numerous attractions.  

As you stroll out and about this fantastic city, you will find numerous museums , art galleries, eateries , and exhibitions.

These contain plenty of collations that date back to antiquity. Plan your day trip to the city in such a way as to make the most of these facilities.

2. Algarve, Portugal

Located in Portugal’s southernmost region, Algarve is mainly renowned for golden shores and mild weather.

old town of Algarve, Portugal

On account of this, the area is fantastic for sunbathing and other outdoor engagements in the otherwise wintry February. Temperatures here range from 13 – 17 °C and record almost no rainfall.

Matters of weather aside, Algarve also possesses a brilliant landscape, dazzling culinary scene, and rich culture.

Considering the low population of the area, you will enjoy limited congestion, more open beaches, and cheaper accommodation if you choose to spend your time here.

3. Budapest, Hungary

Though cold, February is ironically the driest month of the year for Budapest . Several attractions and resources converge to make it a beautiful place to be in February.

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The existence of UNESCO World Heritage-listed landmarks and outdoor events are top examples of these.  If you love romance, you have no better venue.

While at the facility, take some of your time also to cruise through the Danube River.

As you do so, you will get to behold the city’s skyline and other breathtaking facilities.

After you are through with your cruises, take some warm baths at the many thermal spas that strew the city center. Don’t forget to taste the local food .

4. Athens, Greece

Athens forms a vital part of the many idyllic islands that lie in and around the Aegean Sea.

Though February is still cold, it does not have a shortage of things to enjoy while in the area.

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The Greek Parthenon, the National Archaeological Museum, and the acropolis are some of the attractions to spend your time at. Allocate time for day trips from Athens .

Complementing these facilities are high-end luxury hotels that contain pleasurable amenities and facilities.

After you are through with your visit to the area, do take time to retreat to these hotels to relax and unwind.

Athens is evolving in an all-season city, among the best ones to visit in Europe in February or any winter month (not only for summer).

5. Lisbon, Portugal

Of all the major European destinations, it is Lisbon that experiences the mildest February weather.

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This notwithstanding, you should still put on slowly if you happen to hail from outside Europe.

Temperatures may still be cold and unfriendly at such times.

Though comprising numerous facilities, sightseeing and photography are the main activities that the month of February favors.

Do take a stroll along the streets and capture the shots as you travel by. There are lots of places to visit outside of Lisbon, like Porto , Cascais , Sintra , and more.

Also, read our post for day trips from Lisbon .

Prioritize public transportation systems as they are the most affordable and flexible means.

After you are through, retire to any of the luxury hotels to unwind.

6. Tenerife, Canary Islands

Are you a beach life enthusiast? You need not suspend your beach activities simply because it is wintertime.

Tenerife, Canary Islands

Europe still has you well taken care of. The Tenerife, Canary Islands are the ideal place to go and set up base. ‘But why,’ you may ask? The islands are detached from continental Europe.

They are located to the south, not so far from the North African shoreline.

This location accords it some warmth when the rest of the continent is too cold. Here, you will enjoy abundant sunshine, warm weather, mild seas, and the freedom to sunbathe.

7. Venice, Italy

Venice is generally known to be a party city. Indeed year round, numerous carnivals, festivities, and fun-filled activities are hosted here.

 Venice, Italy

All you have to do is plan early and make your travel arrangements accurate. That is because the area suffers from a phenomenon called ‘over-tourism.’

A visit to the historic city will also take you through the many canals that wind out and about the area. As always, you should also carry along your digital camera to see to it that you miss out at no event at all.  This chic city is too awesome to behold and walk away.

8. Geneva, Switzerland

If gliding, winter sport, and other ice-based sporting activities are your things, have Geneva , Switzerland is your destination of choice.

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The city is situated in areas that experience heavy snow and provide continuous trails where you can just set sail and glide. The month of February is also unique.

It marks the conclusion of La Réserve Genève’s (indoor ice skating rink.)

This is an event that is held in honor of both parents and children.

You can never visit the nation without tasting the chocolates as Switzerland is widely known for the same!

9. St. Moritz, Switzerland

Still in Switzerland, you have this alpine resort town to visit.

St. Moritz, Switzerland

Though suitable for a visit year-round, February is undoubtedly the best time to visit here. It is home to many of Switzerland’s top attractions, snow-capped mountains, tourist sites, and other facilities of repute.

Chief of these is the White Turf horse-racing event.

After you are done with your events, troop down to the stylish, all-suite Carlton Hotel.

Bear in mind that Switzerland is a wealthy country that also experiences higher costs of living.

Be prepared appropriately hence to counter these obstacles as a way forward.

10. Girne (Kyrenia), Cyprus

Cyprus is an island that is not so far away from Greece, Israel, and Egypt.

Girne (Kyrenia), Cyprus

It is hot, owing to its Mediterranean location.

It experiences 320 days of abundant sun yearly. The city is adorned with ancient castles, monasteries, and golden sandy beaches.

Being warmer than much of Europe, this is an excellent place to retreat to if you want to escape the icy winters on the rest of the continents. Some good news!

The island is cheaper than many locations in Europe. You won’t have to spend too much to stay afloat.

11. Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw is the capital city of Poland. It is located pretty close to the North Pole, a fact that makes it pretty cold during winters.

The Old Town of Warsaw

In fact, by February, the place is still too cold as the snow has yet started to recede. Plan a visit here only if you are interested in winter activities.

The city authorities understand this fact only too well. That is why it holds an annual winter exhibition every year. This is the Royal Garden of Light that runs through to the end of the month.

It is definitely in your best interest to time your visit accordingly to coincide with this event.

12. Friedrichshafen, Germany

Situated in Southern Germany, Friedrichshafen is a small city that is nonetheless filled with plenty of leisure and other forms of attractions.

Friedrichshafen, Germany

Each February, a cake design contest is held in the city, an event that brings together top confectionary masters of Germany and beyond.

If you love cakes or simply want to get in the company of many others, this is a place you do not want to miss out on.

Germany is an expensive country, though. You have to set aside a sufficient amount of money to be able to enjoy what it has to offer.  

13. Tuscany, Italy

Are you a lover of wine and other hard drinks? Tuscany, Italy, should be the place you should retreat to. Each February, it holds the Benvenuto Brunello festival.

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This event brings together top winemakers for a 4-day event. By visiting the place, you also get to enjoy the many tastes of wine. Did you know that Pisa and Florence belong to this region?

You will also get a chance to ruffle feathers with the who-is-who in the winemaking industry.

Tuscany itself is a serene location that is adorned with rolling hills, lush green vegetation, breathtaking ambiance, and a relatively quiet atmosphere.

14. Nice, France

France is more than in Paris. On the whole, the French Riviera  is the place where you retreat to dodge the otherwise long and dreary winters.

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Nice, stands tall as the premier destination in the Riviera region.

This beautiful city is located just 20 miles off the Italian border. Its population is also low enough to allow for smooth transportation out and about the area.

The winter temperatures here are also high enough to let you walk out as you may please.

And if you like roaming, the city itself has many attractions you might want to explore. Only be sure that you have a French guide as many people here speak French entirely.

15. Mallorca, Spain

We have already explained that Spain experiences warmer weather because of being located further south of continental Europe.

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It is a port city whose shoreline is dotted with trees of various species. This is an ideal location for couples who just want to break away and spend some quiet time.

Several facilities are constructed solely for this end. Of these, the adults-only  Pure Salt Port Adriano stands out.

Here, you will get in and enjoy some spacious suites which have balconies attached to them.

It is secluded and private enough to let you do whatever you want without unnecessary interference.

16. Lake District, England

The Lake District , England, is an amalgamation of sleepy villages that are quiet and detached enough for private stays and retreats.

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This is a great place to stay in and enjoy some quiet time. You will behold some beautiful sceneries, breathtaking vegetation, and a relaxed atmosphere.

Other than unwinding, the area is also the right place for matters of photography.

The serene environment gives an excellent background to any serious photographer.

With many commercial airlines mooting the idea of flying here, access to the place is going to be better and more convenient.

That place is considered one of the best places to visit in Europe in February for cycling. It is not the only one, but it is famous for the lake cycling rides.

17. Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monaco is one of those soft-spoken destinations in Europe and the world over.

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This notwithstanding, it is still an idyllic location to consider retreating to for a holiday.

The weather in February is neither hot nor cold. This makes getting out a smooth and hassle-free undertaking.

Monaco is widely known for gambling, betting, and casinos.

Thus, it goes that this is the place to get to if you want to try your luck on several issues.

Being rich and developed, expect to part with plenty of money to be able to afford to stay and move around here.

18. Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn is located at a stone-throw distance from the North Pole.

Northern Europe - Tallinn, Estonia

Its winters are subsequently colder and longer than those of the rest of the continent. On account of this, the entire city is an excellent place to be to experience some winter activities.

Though formidable, this city experiences fewer tourists at this time of the year.

By choosing to spend your February here, you will enjoy the benefits of limited congestion, greater breathing spaces, and the freedom to move around with limited hindrances.

Some winter lights festivals are also held around this time, which you may want to catch.

Conclusion on Where to Go in February in Europe

Our look into the  best places to visit in Europe in February comes to an end here. 

Are you still searching for where to go in Europe in the wintertime?

We now hope that you have obtained the insight you need to make a pleasant and successful trip. Make sure to check weather forecasts . We had some cancellations for activities due to that in a couple of our tours, so we learned the hard way.

This list is bound to change any time soon. We are aware of this fact, only too well.

That is why we are always on the lookout for any changes or improvements that may adversely affect the order and the cities in this list.

Do search this site as we have more posts on the best places to visit in Europe in other than February months like December , January , March (coming soon), and April (check this week). We even have budget-friendly places .

You can also subscribe to our newsletter for all such useful information.

Consider referring to this site in the future for the sake of staying abreast.

In the meantime, we wish you a pleasant trip ahead with the best places to visit in Europe this February.

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The 15 Best Places to Travel in Europe in February (2024)

February is one of those months that gets forgotten about when it comes to traveling. All the fun of Christmas and New Year’s is far behind, but the warm, sunshine-filled days of spring have yet to arrive. Because it’s not typically a popular month for traveling, you’ll find excellent deals if you decide to jet away to Europe in February.

As well as the great prices on accommodation and transport, another excellent reason to travel in February is the lack of crowds. As a lot of Europe can be pretty chilly at this time of year, many of the most beautiful, historic, and captivating cities throughout the continent are practically empty. This means you can explore the most impressive sights without the hustle and bustle of unwanted crowds. 

Don’t let the idea of a little chill in the air put you off. Not all of Europe experiences low temperatures in February. There are plenty of sun-kissed resorts and countries where you can go sunbathing, swimming, and dining al fresco at this time of year without having to wrap up.

Whether you’re dreaming of walking along gorgeous coastlines with the sun beating down on you or soaking up some culture and admiring breathtaking artwork in a gallery where it’s just you and no one else, February is a wonderful time to travel in Europe. To help you organize the ultimate winter escape, we’ve created a collection of cool cities, warm resorts, and exciting towns that come into their own at this time of year! 

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The 15 Best Places to Visit in Europe in February

1. cape roca in portugal.

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Cape Roca, also known as Cabo da Roca, is one of the most captivating places to visit in Europe in February – or at any time of year! 

It’s perched on the most western point of continental Europe and rewards all visitors with spectacular vistas of the Atlantic Ocean. At this time of year, the sky can get pretty cloudy and moody. But this only enhances the magical, mystical feeling that surrounds the area.

Best Cities to Visit in Europe in February: Cape Roca

If you’re traveling with your partner, a romantic picnic in this one-of-a-kind location is a wonderful way to spend a memorable Valentine’s Day. If you’re traveling alone or with a group of friends, there are still plenty of things to do in this part of the world.

Cape Roca is located in the historic city of Sintra , where temperatures are blissfully mild in February. The pleasant temperatures and delicate sunshine provide the perfect conditions to explore the city’s winding streets and check out its amazing architecture. If you plan your trip just right, you’ll even get to take part in Sintra’s carnival. 

2. Lake Bled, Slovenia

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Sintra isn’t the only place that celebrates in February. Lake Bled in Slovenia throws an amazing Mardi Gras at this time of year that you’ve absolutely got to check out if you’re looking for where to go in Europe in February. 

Known locally as Kurentovanje, the Slovenian celebrations include two weeks of colorful parades, spectacular music concerts, huge dance parties, loads of yummy food, and amazing performances that are always fun to watch – even if you don’t speak the language.

Must Visit Places in Europe in February: Mardi Gras in Lake Bled

If you’d prefer something a little more low-key, February also marks the end of the winter season in Lake Bled. This means the stunning resort town nestled at the base of the Julian Alps is an excellent place for all kinds of winter sports without the crowds.

Straza is one of the most popular local skiing resorts. Most of the runs are dedicated to beginners, making it a great place to learn. But there are still plenty of options if you’re a more experienced skier or snowboarder. 

When you need to warm up, you’ll be spoiled for choice with indulgent spas that offer day passes. Essence Spa & Wellness is one of our favorites. This major chain has a number of different spots throughout the town that offer Thai spa experiences and all kinds of saunas from around the world.

3. Les Arcs in Savoie

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Like the idea of a ski vacation, but want something a little different? Make plans to travel to Les Arcs in Savoie. This beautiful part of the world is perched on the French-Italian border and is usually covered in a layer of snow, perfect for winter sports at this time of year.

Les Arcs has all the ingredients for a trip you’ll never forget. While it may be one single spot, it includes five incredible ski resorts that are open all year round. This huge skiing hotspot offers all kinds of unique experiences you’ll struggle to find elsewhere, including night skiing and luge tracks. There’s even a ski waterslide you’ll be telling everyone about for the rest of your life!

Best Cities to Visit in Europe in February: Les Arcs in Savoie

If that sounds a bit extreme for you, consider checking out La Rosière instead. This ski resort is more family-friendly and gives you the chance to ski border-free between France and Italy. 

There are dramatic 360° views from the slopes, and there’s an amazing spa for when you need to warm up. When it comes to the best places to travel in Europe in February for a snow-filled vacation, Les Arcs is tough to beat.

4. Nice, France

Must Visit Places in Europe in February: Lavender in Nice

Escape to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nice in France if you’re in the mood for some winter sunshine. This graceful city is a hugely popular destination throughout the year. But the crowds that tend to descend on the place in spring and summer will be nowhere to be seen in February, giving you plenty of space to explore on your own.

The Marché Aux Fleurs Cours Saleya is a superb place to visit at this time of year. This dreamy outdoor market is located in Vieux Nice and boasts a huge number of colorful stalls selling all kinds of wonderful local products, from fresh flowers to home-baked goods. 

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If you time your trip right, you’ll be able to experience Nice’s carnival celebrations, too. As well as the usual parades, music concerts, and street parties that make up European carnivals, Nice’s festival also features pop-up markets that specialize in lavender in every possible form you could ever imagine.

From fresh lavender bushes and dried lavender flowers to lavender-infused olive oil and artisan jewelry made out of lavender, you’ll find loads of cool gifts and trinkets here. 

5. Kyrenia, Cyprus

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Kyrenia in Cyprus is another one of the best cities to visit in Europe in February if you’re seeking some winter sunshine. This cute resort town enjoys temperatures in the 60s at this time of year, making it a great month to soak up the sun without getting too hot.

Alagadi Beach is a must-visit. This place is also known as Turtle Beach because it’s where turtles go to lay their eggs in summer. But it’s still worth checking out in February when the golden sand is blissfully peaceful, and you’ll find plenty of small rock pools to dip your toes in. 

Must Visit Places in Europe in February: Kyrenia, Cyprus

Escape Beach is a great choice if you prefer a little more atmosphere. Here you’ll find buzzing beach clubs, in-sea water parks, and loads of water sports. 

When you’ve had enough of the sun, sea, and sand of Kyrenia, you’ll find plenty of things to do inland. Located on the northern side of the island, this resort is home to the magnificent Kyrenia Castle and the Shipwreck Museum, where you’ll find a shipwreck dating back more than two millennia. 

6. Bright Brussels

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Brussels boasts one of Europe’s most spectacular February festivals – Bright Brussels . Although it only takes place over a few days in the month (you’ve got to be very well organized to plan your trip just right!), it’s made up of 30+ magical light installations that are scattered throughout the city.

The weather in Brussels is pretty rainy and dark in February, which would usually be a deal-breaker if you were looking for somewhere to travel. But this dreary weather makes the spectacular light installations look even more enchanting and beautiful. Checking out the different displays is also an excellent way of getting your bearings.

Best Cities to Visit in Europe in February: Light Installations in Brussels

As well as the light displays, Bright Brussels also features a jam-packed program of events and activities, including night-time museum visits and exclusive guided tours.

Locations throughout the Royal Quarter, the European Quarter, and the Sainte-Marie – Lehon Quarter are transformed into glittering temporary art festivals for the event. So make sure you check the official website before you go to see exactly where and when the installations will pop up.

7. Tuscany, Italy

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Carnivals big and small take place throughout Europe in February, but none is better than the festival in Tuscany , Italy . This astounding event stands out from the crowd thanks to its phenomenal parade floats, some of which are a whopping 20 feet high, making Tuscany one of the best places to travel in Europe in February. 

Get a good spot along the parade route, and you’ll get to see all kinds of grand floats that pay homage to famous figures, raise awareness about important issues, and portray various political opinions. There are plenty of other typical floats, too, extravagantly decorated with a rainbow of flowers, feathers, and glitter. 

Where to Vacation in Europe in February: Carnival of Viareggio

A lot of the floats and decorations are made out of papier-mache. But they look so good that you’d never know it! If you feel like getting creative, you can sign up for a papier-mache workshop and make your own mini version of your favorite carnival float. 

There are six parades each year, giving you plenty of opportunities to catch at least one. If you can spare some time, make sure you’re available for the final day when the carnival comes to a close with an awards ceremony for the best float and an amazing fireworks display.

8. Tenerife, Spain

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It may sound a little cliche, but Tenerife is one of those places that really does have it all. Although it’s technically Spanish, Tenerife is actually closer to Morocco than it is to mainland Spain . This means it enjoys wonderfully warm and sunny weather throughout the year, February included.

Mount Teide is a giant volcano that rises out of the center of the island. In February, the volcano is often dusted with a layer of snow. It looks absolutely fabulous from the coastline, but if you take the time to travel to the peak, you’ll find it looks even better close up. 

Best Cities to Visit in Europe in February: Tenerife

While you can’t go skiing or snowboarding, you can ride a cable car to the top of the mountain and enjoy the amazing views while playing in the fluffy white snow.

When you’ve had enough of the snow, head back down to the coast for an afternoon at the beach. It may be a little on the cool side, but the sea is still warm enough for swimming at this time of year. There’s also plenty of sunshine, so you can go home with a golden tan. 

9. Lipno nad Vltavou, Czech Republic

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If your Christmas was a little disappointing and you’re craving a real winter wonderland, look no further than Lipno nad Vltavou. This enchanting town is hidden away in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic and looks truly spellbinding at this time of year.

A huge lake lies in the center of town and is always coated in an incredibly thick layer of ice in February, making it ideal for ice skating. The mountains that surround the town are also blanketed in dense snow, creating the perfect conditions for skiing, snowboarding, and tobogganing. If you’re feeling particularly energetic, you can even have a go at snowshoeing. 

For an extra-special experience you’ll remember forever, follow the treetop walkway. This unique trek is more than 130 feet high and allows you to walk through the snow-speckled trees, high above the ground below. If you don’t mind towering heights, it’s a great place to snap some fantastic pictures.

There are two ways to get down from the walkway. You can simply walk down or (the much more fun option!) go sledding to the bottom. 

10. Oia, Santorini

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Santorini is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world, so why not celebrate Valentine’s Day there? The island is famous for its dramatic sunsets that will never leave your memory.

Most of the time, it’s almost impossible to get a spot at the best sunset locations because they’re always packed with people. But because February is so quiet, you’ll have your pick of the top locations.

Best Places to Visit in Europe in February: Oia, Santorini

Oia , in the north of Santorini, is the best place to watch the sun dip into the horizon. There’s a special place close to the old castle in the west of the village that rewards everyone who makes the effort to get there with magnificent views. The iconic blue domes of the Agios Spyridonas provide the perfect foreground for the burning orange sky and dazzling sun. 

When the natural show is over, find a charming restaurant on the coast and treat yourself to an indulgent dish of local fish, seafood, and wine. If you’re looking to avoid the summer crowds, Santorini is easily one of the best European destinations in February.

11. Sardinia, Italy

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Sardinia is an amazing place for hiking. Although the weather isn’t beach-worthy (temperatures stay in the mid to high 50s), it is perfect for getting out in nature and hiking without working up too much of a sweat. 

Another advantage of planning a hiking vacation in Sardinia in February is that the most beautiful places that are usually incredibly crowded are pretty much deserted. You’ll get some fantastic pictures during your trip!

Where to Vacation in Europe in February: Hiking in Sardinia

There are so many amazing hikes in Sardinia that it’s difficult to choose the best ones. The Sella del Diavolo Hike in Cagliari is a great choice for beginners. It’s relatively short and takes just 2 hours from start to finish. Although, it could take you longer than that, as there are countless coastal viewpoints that will take your breath away. 

Hiking between Cala Cipolla and Tuerredda is a fantastic choice if you’re looking for something a little more challenging. This hike is 11 miles long and passes by an old lighthouse that’s been transformed into a quirky hotel. It’s a great place to rest and grab something to eat before continuing with your adventure.

12. Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany

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Schwangau is a wonderful place to go if you’re looking for somewhere a little out of the ordinary to celebrate Valentine’s Day. While most castles are associated with battles and violence, Neuschwanstein Castle in Schwangau is a little different.

This iconic castle was created by Mad King Ludwig of Bavaria to honor the famous composer Richard Wagner. It was built in the 19th century when there was no need for defensive or strategic castles. Instead, Neuschwanstein Castle was designed as an elegant symbol of romance and beauty. 

Best Cities to Visit in Europe in February: Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany

Every inch of the castle will leave you speechless. The outside of the building is exactly what comes to mind when you think of a fairytale castle. But step inside, and you’ll be even more spellbound by the elegant chandeliers, ornate carvings, and spectacular paintings. 

You can only visit the castle as part of a guided tour. So if you are planning a Valentine’s Day visit, make sure you’re organized and book as early as possible. The hassle is more than worth it for the chance to explore the magical castle that inspired Disney’s enchanted logo! 

13. York, UK

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Head to York in February for the chance to join in with the biggest celebration of Norse heritage in Europe. Held for one week in February each year, the JORVIK Viking Festival is as close as you’ll get to finding out what it was like to live in Viking times without using a time machine.

Traditional bars pop up throughout the city, selling the type of drinks that were sold way back then, and realistic sword fights take place between knights. It’s a real family-friendly event, with plenty of workshops and events for the little ones, too. 

Where to Vacation in Europe in February: JORVIK Viking Festival

While most of the events are free, there are some ticketed events you have to pay for. The Banquet of the Voyagers is definitely worth the extra money. It takes place in the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall and is a lavish dinner full of authentic food the Vikings ate and free-flowing drinks. 

Loads of people are dressed in clothing from the time, and the atmosphere is incomparable to anything else in the world. If you’re obsessed with all things Viking, and you’re wondering where to go in Europe in February, why not pay a visit to York?

14. Vienna, Austria

Vienna is well-known for its elegant and formal ballroom dancing season. But the LGBTQ+ community is shaking things up with its own colorful version of the iconic event. Known as the Rainbow Ball , this unique festival takes place for only one night every year, so make sure you snap up tickets as early as you can.

The Rainbow Ball takes place in a lavish ballroom, just like all the other dances, but it’s a lot less stuffy and a lot more fun. There are the typical ballroom dances with everyone dressed in black and white, but rainbow fans make it extra colorful and fun. And while you’ll hear traditional polka and waltz music, there’s also a spectacular playlist with songs from the 1920s, 1940s, and 1980s thrown into the mix.

The price of entry goes toward the Homosexual Initiative and the Pride Parade, so not only are you sure of an excellent night out, but you can also know that you’re supporting a great cause.

15. Reykjavik, Iceland

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Start planning an incredible adventure you’ll never forget, and make arrangements to visit Iceland in February. At this time of year, the whole country is in the depth of winter and almost completely shrouded in darkness. While it may sound a bit bleak, these are the best possible conditions to spot the mesmerizing Northern Lights.

Most people avoid Iceland in the winter because of the icy temperatures. It can get as low as 15°F, which is bitingly cold if you’ve never experienced it before. But if you don’t mind wrapping up in super-warm clothes, you’ll have the chance to do all sorts of cool things in Reykjavik without the crowds.

Best Cities to Visit in Europe in February: Northern Lights in Reykjavik

Not only will the Northern Light tours be mostly empty at this time of year (smaller tours almost always offer a better experience than larger tours), but the whale-watching tours won’t be crowded, the ice caves will be empty, and you’ll be able to go glacier hiking without bumping into people. 

If you are really worried about the cold, make plans to visit Iceland’s many hot springs and geothermal pools to warm up. 

There you have it! The 15 best places to travel in Europe in February. What’s your favorite European destination to visit in February?

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Nicola is a freelance writer with an insatiable hunger for travel. She swapped her home in the UK for the sunny Canary Islands when she was just 11 and she has been based there ever since. From crawling on her hands and knees inside pyramids in Egypt to swimming with baby sharks in Bali and searching (fruitlessly!) for the Northern Lights in Iceland, Nicola takes every chance she gets to explore new places. The incredible experiences she has around the world fuels her writing and inspires her to plan even more adventures for the future.

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15 Best Places To Visit In Europe In February (Winter Weather Tips!)

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Are you planning a dream trip and want to know where the best places to visit in Europe in February are? From the romantic streets of Porto to the beautiful northern lights in Iceland, a Europe trip in February is calling your name.

Whether you’re a fan of skiing, a foodie to try new cuisine, or a history and architectural lover looking to explore the cities without the usual crowds, you’ll find the perfect place here. I have visited many times and as it is “low season” it is always an incredible visit!

In this article, I will guide you through 15 of the best countries or cities to visit in Europe in February! With insights on local events, activities, and traditions, as well as travel tips for your trip!

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Best Warm Places To Visit In Europe In February

Weather for Cyprus in February: In February, the average temperature in Cyprus ranges from 8°C to 17°C (46°F – 63°F).

Cyprus is a Mediterranean island known best for its sun-soaked beaches this is one of the hottest European countries in February, and there’s plenty to do in Cyprus in February.

The Cyprus Limassol Carnival typically happens around February and March. This holiday is full of celebrations, carnival processions, folk festivals, and fireworks during this time.

Historical sites to explore in and around Paphos are the Villa of Theseus, the House of Orpheus, the House of Dionysus, and the Odeon.

Locals also take advantage of the cooler weather to hike the mountains or have fun skiing! For hiking, the Akamas Peninsula or visiting the ancient Kourion near Limassol is very popular. And you may run into the pink flamingos that migrate here during the winter!

Winter is also the perfect time to indulge in traditional Cypriot cuisine. Some must-try dishes include souvla (barbecued meat), and stifado (slow-cooked beef stew).

If you aren’t set on February, make sure to check out our breakdown of the Best Time To Visit Europe! We even talk about weather, high and low seasons, and more!

the beautiful view of one of the beaches on the island of Cyprus. There are palm trees lots of places to relax. this is one of the best best places to visit in Europe in February

Tenerife, Spain

Weather for Tenerife in February: During February in Tenerife the average temperatures range from 15°C to 21°C (59°F – 70°F), making it a presently warm winter getaway in Europe.

Tenerife is the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands and is one of the warm European cities in February! Locals often head to the south of the island and spend their days at the Playa de las Americas, Costa Adeje, and La Caleta.

Another one of the top things to do in Tenerife in February is to visit Cueva del Viento, Europe’s largest lava tube! You can also visit Siam Water Park or check out Loro Park there is amazing wildlife spotting here. February is also when the Tenerife Carnival Queen Gala is.

Mount Teide in Tenerife is Spain’s highest peak and is a must-visit in the winter when it’s covered with snow. The Parque Nacional del Teide is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has breathtaking landscapes.

a view of the town of Tenerife, Spain during the winter. there is an ocean, small town, and beautiful mountains in the back round.

Sicily Italy

Weather for Sicily in February: The average temperatures in Sicily in February range from 10°C to 15°C (50°F – 59°F), making it a great destination for a winter getaway to the European beaches in February.

Sicily is one of the best February beach vacations in Europe! It is a great time to visit the beaches in Sicily with fewer tourists around. Rabbit Beach has clear waters and beautiful views. Plan to spend 10 days in Italy, exploring all the best things to do.

In February, Sicily hosts the Sciacca Carnival. This is a colorful event that attracts hundreds of locals and tourists! There is also the Carnival of Acireale that happens in February.

You can see an opera at Theatro Massimo is one of the largest and most important opera houses in all of Europe. And visiting the Neapolis Archaeological Park is a wonderful way to learn the ancient history of Sicily.

Hiking is another popular thing to do in Sicily during February, and exploring Noto Antica, one of Sicily’s prettiest places, is a must-do in winter. Skiing on Mount Etna is an unusual yet exciting winter activity in Sicily too!

the view of the Neapolis Archaeological Park in Sicily during the winter time. this is an ancient theater from roman times. you can see a forest and mountains in the back around and it looks clear and blue in the sky

Dalmatian Coast, Croatia

Weather for Dalmatian Coast in February: The average temperatures in the Dalmatian Coast in February range from 8°C to 14°C (46°F – 57°F).

The Dalmatian Coast in Croatia is a beautiful destination to visit in February. There are fewer crowds and it is one of the cheap European countries in February. Winter brings the opportunity to explore the Dalmatian Coast’s pebble beaches, providing breathtaking views of the winter landscapes.

A must-see on the Dalmatian Coast is the Old Town of Dubrovnik. It is known for its beautiful ancient city walls, the Game of Thrones walk, and the many seafront promenades. This is great because the Dalmation Coast is one of the hottest places in Europe in February!

A little more inland, the Krka National Park is highly recommended in the winter. Here you can take a short hike to see many waterfalls. Cycling through the Biokovo mountain range is another popular activity during winter.

a beautiful town in croatia in the winter time. ti is a sunset and the clouds are pink and blue and the orange bright lights are ill mating the sky. this is one of the best places to visit in Europe in February.

The French Riviera 

Weather for the French Riviera in February: The average temperatures in the French Riviera in February range from 8°C to 15°C (46°F – 59°F).

The French Riviera is also known as the Cote d’Azur, is one of the best European cities to visit in February. This area is known for its clear blue skies in February, making it a great time to visit the beach or take a walk along the Promenade des Anglais.

One of the biggest events in February is the Menton Lemon Festival, where you can see sculptures and parades made of citrus fruits. Another fun event is the Villefranche Naval Flower Battles, where the locals beautifully decorate their boats out in the harbor.

In the area of Mandelieu, there is the yearly Mimosa Festival, which celebrates spring and the flowering of local mimosa trees.

The French Riviera also has the unique opportunity to ski and visit the beach on the same day because the Prealps are just two hours away.

the beautiful view of the French Rivera in February. this is right at dusk when the orange street lights have turned on and the city if glowing. this is one of the best places to visit in Europe in February

Best European Cities To Visit In February

Weather for Lisbon in February: The average temperatures in Lisbon in February range from 8°C to 16°C (46°F – 61°F), making it one of the warm places in Europe to visit in February!

Lisbon is one of the most romantic cities in Europe and is where to go in Europe in February!

One of the fun activities to do in Lisbon during this month is visiting the Pimenta Palace, which houses the Museum of Lisbon. Or if it’s a bit chilly, you can also check out the Lisbon Oceanarium, one of the world’s largest aquariums.

Winter is the also perfect time to visit the top attractions in Lisbon. These include the Castelo de São Jorge, also known as St. George’s Castle because there will be fewer people around.

A romantic way to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Lisbon is with a cruise on the Tagus River. Locals enjoy warming up by drinking port wine aboard. Or you could enjoy a Fado show, a traditional Portuguese music performance.

a few of lisbon portugal from the sky at sunset. you can see the epic bridges and the street lights glowing orange and bright, just like the sky at sunset

Weather for Zermatt in February: The average temperatures in Zermatt during February are -8°C to 3°C (18°F – 37°F).

Zermatt is one of the pretty towns in Switzerland , and is one of the must-see European countries in February!

One of the biggest things to do in Zermatt is to ski the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. This resort town is known for its epic skiing and snowboarding with several slopes cater to all skill levels. Zermatt also has fun winter sports like ice climbing, tobogganing (sledding), and winter trekking.

For those who prefer indoor activities, there are several wellness centers and spas where you can relax after a long day on the slopes.

Add a ride on the Gornergrat Railway to your list of things to do in Zermatt too! Here you will see panoramic views of the Matterhorn.

Zermatt also hosts several fun events in February. Including the popular Fatbike Night-Ride and Horu Trophy Zermatt, a curling tournament.

a red train passing through the Zermatt Switzerland in the winter time. there is plenty of snow covering the mountains and it looks magical

Gozo, Malta

Weather for Gozo in February: The average temperatures in Gozo, Malta in February stay between 9°C to 16°C (48°F – 60°F).

Gozo, Malta is a great place to go when visiting Europe in February. Comino, the smallest of the three Maltese islands is very popular for the beautiful Blue Lagoon Beach.

One of the top attractions in Gozo is the Azure Window. This is a natural arch that draws people for its stunning views. Or you can explore the Golden Bay which has the best views of the coast and is a great place for capturing the perfect Instagram-worthy photo.

The Ta Cenc Cliffs are worth visiting too, especially during sunset. The Citadel Cinema is the perfect place to spend an afternoon.

For a bit of sun going on nature walking trails like the Buskett, Wied Gћollieqa Nature Reserve, and Majjistral Park are very popular hikes. And you have to check out the Gozo Ferry Terminal, it is one of the best ways to get around. Take a look at where to stay in Malta , for the perfect vacation to Malta!

places to visit europe february

Hallstatt, Austria 

Weather for Hallstatt in February: The average temperatures in Hallstatt, Austria in February range from -3°C to 4°C (27°F – 39°F).

Hallstatt, Austria is one of the small towns in Austria , and it turns into a winter wonderland in February! The town becomes a magical place with frozen streams and snow-topped mountains. A visit to the Ice Cave is another must-do activity, offering a unique experience in the heart of the mountains.

There are also winter sports like skiing and cross-country skiing. If you are not into sports, wandering around the Hallstatt, stopping to try local food and shopping are common pastimes for locals during winter. Be sure to stop at the 5 Fingers view platform, it has the best views of the towns.

One of the most best activities in Hallstatt during winter is visiting the Bone House at St Michael’s Church in the old town. A visit to the World Heritage Museum in town is also a must-do in February.

places to visit europe february

Reykjavik, Iceland

Weather for Reykjavik in February: The average temperatures in Reykjavik, Iceland in February range from -2°C to 3°C (28°F – 37°F).

Up next is Reykjavik, Iceland, and Iceland is one of the best countries in Europe to visit in February! Most people come to Iceland from all over the world to experience the northern lights.

Exploring waterfalls and hiking a glacier are other top things to do in Reykjavik in February. To get there you will want to ride a snowmobile, it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I have done all of these things and I actually went to Iceland in February on my very first trip many years ago!

If you want to take a day tour, Vatnajokull glacier, is a great place for ice caving. This fun event is only possible in the winter. Then afterward you can take a dip in the natural hot springs to warm up.

The Reykjavik Food Walk is a must-do, or you could enjoy visiting the local farm and having lunch there. Plus, the luxury hotels in Iceland are way cheaper in February!

a beautiful photo of Reykjavik Iceland during February at sunset. there are snowy mountains in the back around and the town has cute family homes and big condos.

Best Cheap Places To Visit In February

Madeira portugal.

Weather for Maderia in February: The average temperatures in Madeira, Portugal in February range from 13°C to 18°C (55°F – 64°F).

Madeira in Portugal has some of the best February weather in Europe, and it is very affordable. This island is best known for its epic landscapes and warm welcoming people. The capital town of Madeira is Funchal, and this is where you will find some of the best things to do.

Take Funchal-Monte Cable Car ride, it has amazing views and it will take you to the Monte Palace Madeira and the Madeira Botanical Garden, and the famous wicker toboggan ride.

If you want to get outside, hiking to Pico do Arieiro (PR1) will take you to the second tallest point in Portugal, and the views are incredible.

There are also year-round whale and dolphin tours where you are almost guaranteed to spot wildlife. For historical attractions, the Cathedral (Sé) and Santa Clara Convent will teach you about the region’s rich past.

a view of madeira portugal from above. there is a lovely port full of boats and homes, stores, and restaurants on the shore. this is one of the best places to visit in Europe in February

Istanbul 

Weather for Instanbul in February: The average temperatures in Istanbul in February range from 4°C to 10°C (39°F – 50°F).

Istanbul is one of the best European destinations for February! Some of the best activities is visiting the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and a traditional Turkish bath.

No trip to Turkey is complete without exploring the Grand Bazaar, it is one of the biggest markets in the world. You will want to brush up on your barging before you go! There is also a Spice Bazaar is another must-do you can try a variety of spices, sweets, and Turkish teas.

To get into the heart of modern Istanbul try taking a tram ride to the Taksim Square. the heart of modern Istanbul From here you can take a food tour that allows you to try the local cuisine.

places to visit europe february

Weather for Santorini in February: The average temperatures in Santorini in February will stay from 12°C to 15°C (54°F – 59°F).

Santorini is the perfect place for a Greece honeymoon ! One of the most romantic things is the blue-domed churches in Oia they are iconic and so romantic. Wine tasting is also a very popular activity in Santorini, with its unique volcanic wine.

You can also visit the many beaches, although the water may be too cold for swimming. A visit to villages like Pyrgos and Megalochori will give you a view of the local life. And exploring the archaeological site of Akrotiri and the Archaeological Museum will give you an insight to the ancient civilizations that lived here.

Hiking from Fira to Oia provides stunning views of the caldera and is a great way to explore the island’s natural beauty. All of these things rolled into one make Santorini one of the best places to travel in February in Europe!

places to visit europe february

Porto, Portugal

Weather for Porto in February: The average temperatures in Porto during February range from 8°C to 15°C (46°F – 59°F).

Porto in Portugal is one of the best places to visit in February in Europe. Plan to visit the town of Vila Nova de Gaia for a Porto wine-tasting tour! And the Cais da Ribeira is Porto’s downtown, waterfront district with the orange roof houses and super cute cafes.

The Luís I Bridge will give you beautiful views of the city and the Douro River. Or you can climb the Clerigos Tower for beautiful views of Porto.

The World of Discoveries is a museum that will give you an immersive journey through the history of exploration. And a visit to the Livraria Lello, one of the world’s most beautiful bookstores and its epic red staircase, is a must.

people sitting on the hill in porto Portugal during February. people are wearing coats, but not to bundled up, and the river is calm and beautiful

Weather for Budapest in February: The average temperatures in Budapest, Hungary in February range from -1°C to 4°C (30°F – 39°F).

Budapest in winter really comes alive and is one of the best places to visit in Europe in February . The Farsang is a carnival with parades and fun masquerade balls and it is a major event during February. There is also the Mangalica Festival, which celebrates the Hungarian pig, this is another unique event you will only find in Budapest.

Another event is the Budapesti Halfesztival, this is a a winter gastronomic festival that offers a chance to taste local delicacies like the chimney cake.

Visiting the Budapest’s thermal baths and spas offers relaxation from the warmth of the winter weather. Or you could board a heated boat cruise on the Danube River for beautiful views of the city.

St. Stephens Basilica Catholic Cathedral street in Budapest Hungary. There are not many people in the street because it is winter time, but the city is still very beautiful. this is one of the best places to visit in Europe in February

Tips For Visiting Europe In February

Dress appropriately for the weather.

Europe’s weather in February can be unpredictable, ranging from mild temperatures in southern regions to cold in the north. It’s crucial to pack layers and warm clothing, including a heavy coat, gloves, and scarves.

Waterproof boots can be a lifesaver in cities where snow or rain is common. Dressing appropriately will not only keep you comfortable but also allow you to enjoy outdoor activities and sightseeing without worry.

a girl over looking a city in Europe, she is dressed very warmly and has a cute black jacket on.

Take Advantage of Off-Peak Travel Benefits

February is considered off season in many parts of Europe, which means fewer crowdsand lower prices for accommodations and flights! This is a great opportunity to explore the iconic sites you have been dreaming off at your own pace and save money on travel expenses. Just remember to check the opening hours of attractions, some places will have shorter hours or may even be closed during the winter.

Enjoy Winter Activities and Festivals

Many European cities host big winter festivals and local events in February. There are carnival celebrations. and plenty to keep you entertained. Also, winter sports like skiing and snowboarding are also popular in many countries.

Plan for the Shorter Days

In February, daylight hours are much shorter in Europe, especially in the northern countries. Plan your European trip in February to make the most of the available daylight. Try to get up early to get the most out of the daylight.

a photo of homes in Europe in February with a short day. the lights are shingling orange and the homes are starting to turn on for the night

Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is celebrated almost all European countries, making February in Europe a very romantic time to visit. Many local restaurants will have special menus, and there are concerts and other events to celebrate love.

Stay Healthy

Winter months can bring flu and cold season in Europe. Remember to wash your hands regularly, carrying hand sanitizer, and wear a mask if you are feeling sick. The pharmacies in Europe are almost always market with a green plus sign outfront, and the pharmasics will speak a little Engligh.

Check Travel Advisories

Before traveling, it’s wise to check any travel advisories or restrictions related to your destination, and your home country. This is especially important in winter months when severe weather affect travel plans.

beautiful homes and houses in lake como in nothern italy with trees and a lake in the foreground

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THE 13 BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN EUROPE IN FEBRUARY

Are you planning a trip to Europe in February and are looking for some fun winter destinations to visit!? Well, I’m more than happy to help out with that.

While many think the peak summer season of June to August is the best time to embark on a Euro trip, I’d argue that winter in Europe is where it’s at — namely, February.

It may be below-freezing in some parts of the continent, but things are heating up in others. Whether your scene is partying the night away at the carnival, hitting the snow of the Alps, or lazing under the Mediterranean Sun, a visit in February has something for everyone in Europe.

I’ve put together this mega guide to 13 incredible cities to visit in Europe in February. It’s jam-packed with winter getaway guides that may inspire you to discover a destination you never considered before.

So, what do you say? How about you pack your travel backpack for Europe , and let’s get trekking!

THE BEST EUROPEAN CITIES TO VISIT IN EUROPE IN FEBRUARY

Europe in February 2020

1) BARCELONA, SPAIN

Let’s face it. Barcelona is a vibrant, fun, surprising, and exciting destination year-round and has something for every style of traveler.

In summer, the Spain average high temperature is 96.8°F (36°C) which can be very hot for some people. While still on the chilly side, Barcelona is a bit warmer than the intensely low temperatures in other parts of Europe in February – thanks to its Mediterranean location. So, you can expect a winter sun with average temperatures of 59°F (15°C).

The city is one of the best places to visit in February because there are tons to keep you busy. Spend your days enjoying the artwork of Antoni Gaudi with fewer crowds, or go bar hopping and tapas in the Gothic District. Of course, you can’t forget to revel in the Barcelona nightlife (which always happens no matter the time of the year).

Barcelona - Best Places to Visit in Europe in February 2023

Barcelona is easily one of the best places to visit in February in Europe!

WHAT’S ON IN BARCELONA IN FEBRUARY:

Barcelona carnival (“carnaval de barcelona”).

When: February 8-14, 2024

https://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/events/easter/barcelona-carnival-carnestoltes.html

Held in the week leading up to Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent, Barcelona Carnival is a quintessential loud and proud Spanish celebration across this remarkable city. TimeOut calls Barcelona Carnival a week of “costume parties, traditions and general debauchery.” Kicking off on the famous central Barcelona strip of Las Ramblas, a week at Barcelona Carnival is a non-stop party.

Sitges Carnival (“Carnaval”)

https://www.sitges-tourist-guide.com/en/events/sitges-carnival.html

An offshoot of Barcelona’s massive carnival, Sitges Carnival is held in the coastal town just 35 km south of Barcelona. The week-long carnival is a wild time held concurrently with Barcelona Carnival!

This carnival is widely considered one of the best festivals in the world. It is an explosion of music, parades, dancing, and constant partying for its 250,000 attendees. I’ve personally attended this carnival, and it’s absolutely incredible and well worth the day trip from Barcelona when it happens.

Carnaval Sitges 2016 - Sitges carnival 2016

Average high temperature in February: 15°C (59°F)

Average low temperature in February: 8°C (46.4°F)

Getting there:  Fly directly into Barcelona El Prat Airport from many European and international cities. To see some stunning sights,  I recommend coming in by road from other Spanish cities or a high-speed train ride from Madrid to Barcelona. It takes just under 3 hours and has many services throughout the day.

Barcelona - Best Places to Travel in Europe in February

WHERE TO STAY IN BARCELONA IN FEBRUARY:

The w hotel barcelona.

https://www.booking.com/hotel/es/w-barcelona.html

There’s no more iconic accommodation in Barcelona than The W Hotel. Located right at the end of the beach, it’s a famous landmark in the city, and the rates are far more affordable in February with fewer tourists.  

Price: $350+ per night

Guest Review:  “Very clean, excellent location. Only place I stay when I am in Barcelona.”

Claris Hotel & Spa GL

https://www.booking.com/hotel/es/clarisderby.en-gb.html

Price:  $270+ USD per night

Guest review: “Beautiful hotel, staff were so accommodating and attentive. Thank you for an amazing stay. The rooftop is stunning. Would definitely return.” – Claire, United Kingdom

Barcelona - Best Places to Visit in Europe in February

2) Venice, Italy

The famous Italian “floating city” of Venice is a summer hotspot. But Venice is one of the best cities to visit in February. Why? Because this time marks the city’s most celebrated annual event – Carnival (or “Carnevale” in Italian).

Traditional Venetian masks are on full display around Venice, and the energy is fun-filled and excitable. The temperatures in the north of Italy may be considerably cooler than its southern counterparts during February. Still, the vibe down the canal side laneways and in the sprawling public squares of Venice is palpable.

Venice, Italy - Best Places to Visit in Europe in February

When it comes to Europe in February – The Venice Carnival is a must-experience!

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN VENICE IN FEBRUARY

Venice carnival:.

When:  February 3-13, 2024

https://www.venice-carnival-italy.com/  

One of the world’s most famous annual festivals, Venice Carnival (“Carnevale”), runs for a fortnight each February and marks the onset of the Christian holiday Lent. The carnival is a colorful tradition with participants wearing beautiful Venetian masks around the streets.

There are lots of events held throughout “Venezia” for Carnevale, including elaborate masked balls. It’s a great family-friendly event the kids will love, but solo travelers and couples will find something special too.

Venice Carnival - February Winter Travel

Average high temperature in February: 9°C (48°F)

Average low temperature in February: 1°C (33.8°F)

Getting there: Fly directly to Venice Airport, or travel by train, bus, or car from many other major Italian cities and bordering countries. The drive from Rome to Venice is 3.5 hours, while Florence to Venice is 3 hours.

WHERE TO STAY IN VENICE:  

There are tons of incredible places to stay around Venice, and it just depends on where you want to be. Personally, I recommend a hotel near the train station or within a few minutes walk from the iconic Piazza San Marco.

Ca’di Dio-Small Luxury Hotel

https://www.booking.com/hotel/it/ca-39-di-dio.html

Price: $483+ per night

This cozy yet chic luxury hotel in Venice is truly vacation-worthy. With a perfect location, excellent service, and glowing reviews, you won’t forget your vacation in Venice if you stay here!

Hotel Il Moro di Venezia

https://www.booking.com/hotel/it/hotel-ii-moro-di-venezia.html

Price: $74+ per night

Located just footsteps away from Venice Santa Lucia Station, this well-priced hotel will be a great home base for your stay in the city! The delicious complimentary breakfast plus the comfortable and clean rooms make this a pleasant stay.

Venice Carnival in 4K HDR 60P (UHD)

3) Cologne, Germany

If you’re looking for the best places to visit in February, Europe’s northern city of Cologne (“Köln”) is a good place to start. It is a stunning, historical German destination on the Rhine River, famed for its cathedral and charming Old Town.

The fourth largest German city is usually home to around one million permanent city residents and is known for its “college town” aesthetic. But in February each year, an influx of Germans from other cities and international visitors mean that for one week, the charming, historical city limits swell to maximum capacity to party away the “crazy days of Carnival.”

Cologne, Germany - Best Winter Europe Destinations

Cologne deserves a place on every list of the best places to visit in Europe in winter!

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN COLOGNE IN FEBRUARY:

Cologne carnival.

When:  TBA

https://www.koeln.de/COLOGNE_tourist_information/events/cologne_carnival  

https://radseason.com/event/cologne-carnival-koln-germany/

Carnival season continues across Europe in February, with Cologne Carnival kicking off a week of annual festivities. These include massive street parties, parades, and a suspension of closing times for bars and pubs across the city for the duration of the event.

The festival has technically been running in Cologne since the Middle Ages, but the massive event of today has been celebrated for around 200 years. Be prepared for a crazy, action-packed event with a German beer-laden week of celebrations across the entire city  wrapping up on Ash Wednesday.

CARNIVAL IN COLOGNE & DUSSELDORF (GERMANY)

Average high temperature in February: 7°C (44.6°F)

Getting there:  Cologne Bonn Airport is a major hub for many local and international flights. Alternatively, Cologne can be reached by road 6 hours from the capital of Berlin. If you’re approaching from Frankfurt, it is a 2-hour drive.

WHERE TO STAY IN COLOGNE IN FEBRUARY:

Here are a few ideas for your Cologne accommodation needs. No matter where you stay in the city, though, I’m sure you’ll love your stay as it is one of Germany’s coolest cities!

Hyatt Regency Köln

https://www.booking.com/hotel/de/hyatt-regency-koln.en-gb.html

Price:  $224+ USD per night

Guest review:   “ Excellent location, beautiful views of the river & cathedral. Fantastic service and extremely clean. I would highly recommend a stay in this hotel. The food was exceptional. I would give this hotel 10 out of 10.” – Tanya, Ireland

Maritim Hotel Köln

https://www.booking.com/hotel/de/maritim-koln.en-gb.html

Price: $117+ USD per night

Guest review:  “Location is ideal for a quick weekend, very central, we never used any public transport just walked everywhere! Great staff, super helpful and lovely hotel. Rooms are big and the bed was massive! Air con was great and not too noisy, bathroom and shower were very modern”  – Sarah

Scenes from Carnival in Cologne, Germany

4) Helsinki, Finland + Arctic Circle Adventures

February in the Finnish capital of Helsinki rarely climbs above freezing, and snow commonly falls most days. If you’re a snow bunny, you’ll love this magical winter wonderland, and if you’re a winter sports fan – even better!

While Helsinki in February doesn’t have any major events, per se, it made my list because it’s a fantastic winter destination and renowned for its majestic, frozen landscape. It’s also the best place to catch a flight up to Kittilä. You can read about the trip I took there in my Flashpacking Finland  post.

Here are a few more recommendations to get you started on where to travel in February if you visit Finland.

Best places to visit in Europe in February

Helsinki cityscape with Helsinki Cathedral in winter, Finland | Adobe Stock

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN HELSINKI IN FEBRUARY

Shop at market square and old market hall.

These traditional Finnish markets in Helsinki sell local foods and handcrafted products. Market Square is an outdoor market located by the Harbor. Don’t worry. They have a warm cafe tent!  Old Market Hall offers the same experience, but inside and directly next door to Market Square.

Have a Sauna, Obviously

Saunas are a dime a dozen in Northern Europe, and Finland is no exception. Many public saunas in Helsinki have sadly closed down, but a few of the original – and the best – remain. Head to Löyly Sauna  for a traditional Finnish sauna experience, with a spot to jump into the freezing Baltic Sea between sauna sessions like the locals do.

Visit a Finnish Island and UNESCO World Heritage Site:

Suomenlinna Island  is one of Finland’s seven UNESCO heritage sites and is a great day trip to escape the city for a bit. After all, it’s just over ten minutes by ferry.

This island is historically significant, dating back to the 1700s, and has seen a range of wars and battles, with many historical remnants remaining. And if the cold proves too much, it also has a brewery to enjoy a pint or three.

Helsinki, Finland in February Winter

Helsinki in February

Average high temperature in February: -2°C (28.4°F)

Average low temperature in February: -7°C (19.4°F)

Getting there:  Helsinki Airport is Finland’s biggest international airport and is the primary way to arrive into the capital due to its remote location in relation to mainland Europe.

WHERE TO STAY IN HELSINKI IN FEBRUARY:

Lapland hotels bulevardi.

https://www.booking.com/hotel/fi/lapland-hotels-bulevardi.en-us.html

Price:  $215+ per night

With extremely luxurious rooms at affordable prices, you simply can’t beat the Lapland Hotels Bulevardi. It is in the city center, has amazing dining, and top-notch service, so you’ll truly love your winter getaway in Helsinki by staying here!

Marski by Scandic

https://www.booking.com/hotel/fi/scandic-marski.en-gb.html

Price:  $118+ USD per night

Guest review: “Amazing facilities, room, location, amenities, and the staff, wow, the lady that checked me in was super helpful and kind since there was a change in my booking. Super recommended place and way better than other more expensive hotels in Helsinki.” – Daniel, Netherlands.

This is Finland I Helsinki - Winter I

5) Crete, Greece

The vast island of Crete is just 160 km (99 miles) south of the mainland of Greece and is a fantastic escape from the hubbub of Athens. It also has significantly fewer visitors (even in the off-season) than the quintessential Greek islands of Mykonos or Santorini.

It’s not so much that Crete has any major events during February to plan your trip around, but more about the fact that Crete is one of the warmest parts of Europe in the depths of winter. While many parts of Europe are freezing through sub-zero temperatures, Crete offers sunny, mild weather even during their off-season.

If escaping the cold is at the top of your February to-do list, Crete is where it’s at. And filling your time should be easy, as this huge expanse of the island covers over 8,000 square kilometers and has thousands of kilometers of gorgeous coastline.  Here are a few things to keep you busy.

Crete, Greece - Best Places to Visit in Europe in February

Wondering where to go in Europe in February for some winter sun? Then Crete, Greece, is a smart choice!

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN CRETE IN FEBRUARY:

Swim at one of crete’s many beaches.

Crete has over 500 beaches, and even in February, you’ll see locals and visitors splash around and enjoy the winter sun. A massive plus is that you can do this too, minus the throngs of tourists blocking the view.

The sea is also much calmer in winter compared to summer, with less intense winds, which makes February ideal for surfing in Crete.

Take Advantage of Winter Specials

In winter, prices across Crete are half the price as the same thing would cost in the booming summer months. This means you can have a luxury stay with cheap flights there and back and enjoy an endless array of dirt-cheap activities. Add to that a few queues, shorter waits in restaurants and cafes, and an overall feeling of more space.

Go Chasing Waterfalls

The landscape of Crete is primarily hot and dry, but in February, the winter rainfall of the previous months has replenished creeks, gorges, and rivers. This means the island’s waterfalls are flowing gloriously once again.

Visiting Crete in February means you’ll have a chance to see what the peak visitors don’t get to – the lush natural wonders of this ancient island. This time of year brings global canyoning fans to Crete, so give that a go while you’re at it.

Exploring Crete Island, Greece | Is It Worth Visiting?

The average high temperature in February: 16°C (60.8°F)

The average low temperature in February: 9°C (48.2°F)

Getting there:  Crete has two major airports on opposite ends of their massive island – Heraklion and Chania. If you want to arrive in true island style, catch a 2.5-hour ferry to Crete from the Greek Islands of Santorini or Mykonos and experience other incredible island destinations along the way. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, a popular ferry route travels from Brindisi (Italy) to Crete daily and takes a full day and night.

WHERE TO STAY IN CRETE IN FEBRUARY

Domus renier boutique hotel – historic hotels worldwide.

https://www.booking.com/hotel/gr/domus-renier.en-gb.html  

Price:  $164+ USD per night

Guest review:  “The staff treated us like royalty. The room was immaculate and warmly decorated as well as very big and designed for comfort. The location was idyllic with our view looking out over the harbor.” – Chris, Netherlands

Chic Apartment with Views of Koules Fortress

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/24271571

Price:  $178+ USD per night

Guest review:  “Fokion was extremely hospitable responding quickly to messages which was helpful to me as I booked very last minute. Fokion goes beyond just the stay, he picked me up from the port making check in very easy and also left a brochure with wonderful recommendations and information on public transport. The apartment was perfect, with an extraordinary view, making my stay at Crete even more enjoyable. I didn’t want to leave! Will definitely be returning, hopefully soon!” – Jess

Crete, Greece - Places to visit in Europe in February

6) St Moritz, Switzerland 

Switzerland’s snowfields are a playground for the rich and famous in the winter months. That is why St. Moritz is one of Europe’s most esteemed winter destinations. It’s also one of the best European resort towns to visit in February, as it’s the peak season for snow bunnies.

Don’t think the fun ends at hitting the slopes for a taste of the best powder in Europe. A visit in February means a jam-packed calendar to make your Swiss Alps trip unforgettable.  

St. Moritz - Places to visit in Europe in February

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN ST MORITZ IN FEBRUARY:

White turf & night turf.

When: February 4-18, 2024

https://www.whiteturf.ch/en/

“White Turf, a unique, exclusive, top-class event with exciting horse racing, gourmet catering, lively music, and inspiring art exhibitions, all taking place in winter sunshine on the frozen lake among the stunningly beautiful, snow-capped mountains of St Moritz.

This spectacular, major event is not just one with Champagne on ice for the rich and beautiful but an annual event where race-horse owners, trainers, and jockeys from all over the world meet up as well as being an unmissable fixture on the calendar for local people. It is thanks to the sponsors as well as the municipality of St Moritz and the local tourist board, who have been

supporting White Turf for decades, to make this top-class race meeting possible.”

Club Dracula

http://www.dracs.ch

Its name may be daunting, but this well-known members-only nightclub is the place to be seen in St Moritz – if you can wrangle a pass, of course!

Treat Yourself to a Swiss Spending Spree

https://www.stmoritz.com/en/shopping/

St Moritz is all about money, money, money. So it comes as no surprise that it’s full to the brim with luxury shops. Head to Via Serlas for a Rodeo Drive style retail therapy experience in St Moritz. Jimmy, Gucci, and Louis are waiting!

White Turf Promovideo 2017

Average high temperature in February: 0°C (32°F)

Average low temperature in February: -16°C (3.2°F)

Getting there: You can easily reach   St Moritz from a range of European cities, but the closest major airport is Zurich Airport in Switzerland.

From here, you can drive or take the train to St Moritz. The renowned Glacier Express (Chur [Switzerland] to St Moritz and Bernina Express (Tirano [Italy] to St Moritz) heritage railway services take you through the mountains with unparalleled Alps views.

WHERE TO STAY IN ST MORITZ IN FEBRUARY:

Kulm hotel st. moritz.

https://www.booking.com/hotel/ch/kulm-st-moritz.en-gb.html

Price:  $558+ USD per night

If you’ve got the budget, staying at the world-class Kulm Hotel will easily be the highlight of your February Europe getaway! With world-class views, spa treatments, and dining, you’ll fall head over heels in love with St. Moritz.

Guest review:  “All first class, the staff were extremely welcoming, helpful, polite and couldn’t do enough to make our stay more perfect. Overall the hotel, staff, facilities and location were all 5 star.” – Martin, United Kingdom

St. Mortiz - Winter Travel Europe

7) Reykjavik, Iceland 

Iceland has exploded in popularity and is now a bonafide part of the European backpacking trail, despite being off the traditional beaten track.

The capital city, Reykjavik, has so much to offer the tourism industry. It’s no wonder 2 million international visitors now head there for volcanoes, lagoons, and a true sense of rest and relaxation. February is no exception despite having the coolest annual temperatures, with the Iceland average high temperature reaching just 3°C (37.4°F).

But be warned – Iceland is significantly more expensive than mainland European countries. Thankfully, a bit cheaper during a visit in February, but start saving your Icelandic króna’s now. It’s also a fantastic jumping-off point for exploring the rest of this unbelievable country. Iceland winter road trip, anyone?

reykjavik - iceland in february

Northern Lights, anyone? Reykjavik is easily one of the best European cities to visit in February!

     

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN REYKJAVIK IN FEBRUARY:

Experience the northern lights.

http://happytours.is/tours/northern-lights-tour/

November to February is the peak season to see the elusive Northern Lights of northern Europe, and Reykjavik is the ideal base to experience this popular travel bucket list item. A range of tours depart from Reykjavik, but I recommend Happy Tours. They run nighttime tours to the best vantage points most nights of the week during winter.

What sets them apart is that you sail on a traditional fishing vessel away from the city to see the northern lights at their best and clearest. This tour company also has a “sighting guarantee,” which means you can join their tour again any other night for free to try again.

Winter Lights Festival

https://visitreykjavik.is/winter-lights-festival

This annual Reykjavik festival marks midwinter each February with a generous splash of much-needed color and light installations across the city. The best part is that all events have free entry, so visiting this fantastic city’s a great time.

The Blue Lagoon

https://www.bluelagoon.com/

“Healing waters. A subterranean spa. Gourmet cuisine. Luxurious suites. Otherworldly vistas. A universe of radiant wellbeing.”

A trip to Iceland would be incomplete without experiencing the magical Blue Lagoon! It’s one of the country’s most iconic tourist destinations and has the perfect geothermal pools to dip into during the winter.

Hello Iceland | Blue Lagoon, Northern Lights, Golden Circle

Average high temperature in February: 3°C (37.4°F)

Average low temperature in February: -2°C (28.4°F)

Getting there:  You can fly into Reykjavik’s major international airport, Keflavik Airport, from many destinations worldwide. To have a stopover in Reykjavik as part of your flight, you’ll need to be flying with their airline, Icelandair.

WHERE TO STAY IN REYKJAVIK IN FEBRUARY

Canopy by hilton.

https://www.booking.com/hotel/is/canopy-by-hilton-reykjavik-city-centre.en-gb.html

Price:  $257+ USD per night

This hotel offers the ultimate Reykjavik city experience. The Canopy by Hilton is modern, with clean rooms and stylish fittings. Located around the corner from the famous Laugavegur shopping street, you couldn’t get a better base for exploring the city and its attractions.

Hotel Reykjavík Centrum

https://www.booking.com/hotel/is/hotelreykjavikcentrum.en-gb.html

Price:  $181+ USD per night

Guest review:  “The hotel was amazing. It was like an enormous dolls house from the outside and inside so bright and airy. We will stay here again must definitely.” – Paul, United Kingdom

Capital of Iceland Facts

8) Prague, Czech Republic

In my opinion, whether it’s winter, spring, summer, or autumn – I’ll visit Prague anytime in an absolute heartbeat.

The capital of the Czech Republic, there’s a reason Prague is often the favorite world city of any seasoned traveler you ask. It’s magical in the snow, breathtaking in summer, and it has so much to see and do on any given day. I guarantee you’ll walk away from Prague with memories you’ll cherish forever.

Get lost in the fairytale charm, dine like royalty, and soak up all Prague has to offer! Read my 2-Day Prague Itinerary  for all of my top recommendations.

Prague - Best Places to Visit in Europe in February

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN PRAGUE IN FEBRUARY

Experience world-class czech beer at the source.

https://www.getyourguide.com/prague-l10/prague-3-hour-beer-walk-with-traditional-czech-dinner-t63990/

Escape the nighttime winter chill and join a beer tour of Prague that will take you to some of Prague’s most legendary pubs. You’ll also get to taste some of the Czech Republic’s best brews — all capped off with a traditional Czech dinner.

Prague in February

Prague in February

Tour Prague’s Centuries-old Jewish Quarter

https://www.getyourguide.com/prague-l10/prague-jewish-town-with-synagogue-entrance-tickets-t51182/

Josefov, Prague’s Jewish Quarter, has withstood the worst of humanity and still stands firm in the center of the city. A walking tour is the best way to really begin to understand the history of Prague’s Jewish population and the foundations of Josefov. With your tour guide, you’ll visit beautifully preserved synagogues and Jewish cemeteries — unmissable and sobering.

Cruise Prague’s Vltava River

https://www.prague-boats.cz/one-hour-river-cruise

The wind chill may be intense, but a winter cruise up Prague’s Vltava will take you past some of the city’s most beautiful architecture, including Prague Castle and Charles Bridge, and teach you so much about this epic city at the same time.

Prague - Europe Winter Travel

Average high temperature in February: 5°C (41°F)

Average low temperature in February: -1°C (30.2°F)

Getting there:  The Czech Republic is located in central Europe, so it’s right on the popular tourist trail. Prague Airport is a central international hub you can fly directly into.  

Its nearest major cities via road are all heavily trafficked destinations in their own right. Budapest (Hungary) and Krakow (Poland) are both 6 hours away. Vienna (Austria) is just short of 4 hours by train.

WHERE TO STAY IN PRAGUE IN FEBRUARY

Hotel aurus.

https://www.booking.com/hotel/cz/u-zlate-studny.en.html

Price: $79+ USD per night

This is my absolute favorite hotel in Prague! It’s in a fantastic location, affordably priced, and has everything you need for a comfortable stay in this magical city!

Mosaic House

https://www.booking.com/hotel/cz/mosaic-house.en-gb.html

Guest review: “Location. About a 15 minute walk to old town and plenty of cafes and restaurants close by. Close to transport too. Private rooms were so clean and spacious and modern. I had the best stay. The lounge areas had activities for socialising.” – Danielle, Australia

Prague - Czech Republic - Prag Winter Tour

9) Bruges, Belgium 

The medieval Belgian city of Bruges is nicknamed “The Venice of the North”. It’s clear to see why, with its canals, cobblestone laneways, and ornate architecture.

February in Bruges doesn’t see extreme average temperature dips, but it’s still pretty cold. However, that doesn’t mean that Bruges slows down even for a second or that the iconic Belgian beer stops flowing.

Wandering the canals and admiring the architecture in Bruges will truly mesmerize you and will keep you coming back for more every winter.

Brugges, Belgium - BEst Places to Visit in Europe in February

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN BRUGES IN FEBRUARY

Climb the belfry.

https://www.museabrugge.be/belfort

The Belfry of Bruges is its most famous medieval landmark. If you can climb all 270 feet of this tower, you’ll be rewarded with jaw-dropping views of the city and beyond.

Brugge - Winter Travel Europe 2020

Average low temperature in February: 2°C (35.6°F)

Getting there:  Luckily, Bruge is easy to reach anywhere you visit Europe. The easiest way to reach Bruge is by flying directly into Oostende-Brugge International Airport or the larger Brussels Airport. The Belgian capital Brussels is just over an hour’s train trip to Bruges, while Paris is 2.5 hours, and Amsterdam is three hours.

WHERE TO STAY IN BRUGES IN FEBRUARY

Hotel dukes’ palace brugge.

https://www.booking.com/hotel/be/dukes-palace.en-gb.html

Price:  $180+ USD per night

Guest review:  “A beautiful traditional hotel with bags of character. The staff were really friendly, helpful and informative and really made me feel welcome. I also received a free upgrade for my stay as the hotel was not full (weekday stay). Everything about the hotel was stunning and made my stay very special.” – Rebecca, United Kingdom

Hotel Ter Brughe

https://www.booking.com/hotel/be/terbrughe.en-gb.html

Price:  $125+ USD per night

Guest review:  “Loved this hotel. We have stayed at several different places during our 12 day trip to Europe – Airbnb’s and other hotels, but this hotel by far was easily the best of the bunch. Would definitely stay there again!” – Matthew

How to Spend the PERFECT Day in Bruges, Belgium

10) York, England 

The ancient city of York is one of England’s most beautiful, historically significant, and charming cities. It is famed for the enormous Gothic cathedral, York Minster, and its cobblestone streets (including the historical “Shambles”).

By February, York is just emerging from its coldest month of the year, January. Average temperatures around this time are highs of 7°C (44.6°F) and lows of 1°C (33.8°F). But don’t let that stop you. There is still lots to do here.  

York may have frosty cold weather and regularly snowy in February, but that only contributes to its magical lore!

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN YORK IN FEBRUARY

Jorvik viking festival.

https://www.jorvikvikingfestival.co.uk

York is the home of the largest Viking festival in Europe, believe it or not, and it’s well worth timing your visit to ensure you get to experience the action for yourself.

For a week each February, York’s hotels are fully booked as visitors head to the city for this Norse celebration. Expect lots of staged Viking skirmishes and combats, workshops, and markets dotting the cobblestone streets of York.  

The Original Ghost Walk of York  

http://www.theoriginalghostwalkofyork.co.uk

Rug up against the freezing February night and join York’s longest-running nighttime ghost tour. Hear haunting ghost stories from the best storytellers in the business, traveling on foot to all of the places the scary tales took place. Haunting, hair raising and a hell of a good time.

48 Hours In York | UNILAD Adventure

Getting there:  Manchester has the nearest major airport to York, but the United Kingdom is best explored from the ground, especially the sheer beauty of Yorkshire.

You can reach York from London in just over three hours. There are lots of train and bus services between the two cities daily. The major northern city of Leeds is also only 45 minutes from York.

WHERE TO STAY IN YORK:

Guy fawkes inn, sure hotel collection by best western.

https://www.booking.com/hotel/gb/the-guy-fawkes-inn.en-gb.html

Price:  $126+ USD per night

Guest review:  “Amazing atmospheric place with excellent staff. A must in York for a genuine historic lovely stay!!!” – Brenda, United Kingdom

Stroll to Historic City Centre From Refurbished Flat

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/21483514

Price: $130+ USD per night

Guest review: “Brian was a wonderful host, very responsive to every message. The unit is very large and spacious and very tastefully decorated and so close to town. A Spar supermarket was located just down the road and such an easy walk into town only about 5 mins. The bed was wonderful with crisp linen, big fluffy towels and amazing shower, best shower we have had since arriving in the UK and spotlessly clean.” – Jacqueline

York, England - Best Places to Visit in February Europe

11) Chamonix, France 

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (or simply “Chamonix”) is a popular ski resort at the base of the famous Mont Blanc – the tallest peak of the Alps region.

Mont Blanc is a big draw for tourists all year due to its breathtaking views. However, in February, the snow attracts serious Alpine sports fans and is considered the best spot to ski in the Alps. With France average high temperature of just 5°C (41°F), a visit here is a must for snow bunnies.

Chamonix is located at the junction of Italy, Switzerland, and France, offering amazing accessibility on your trip to other major destinations. If breathtaking mountain views and ski slopes sound like a good idea, don’t miss out on Chamonix!

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN CHAMONIX IN FEBRUARY:

Take a husky ride.

https://www.chamonix.com/activites/avec-les-animaux/huskydalen-chiens-de-traineaux

Dogsledding is a tradition in Chamonix and very popular. So be sure to book your place well ahead of time on a husky ride across the white snow of this majestic Alps location.

Experience Aiguille du Midi

https://www.chamonix.net/english/leisure/sightseeing/aiguille-du-midi  

The #1 recommended activity in Chamonix and Mont Blanc is climbing to the peaks of this mountain in the Mont Blanc region in a cable car. You’ll reach a height of 3,842m, so be prepared to be a little breathless with the altitude. But the sweeping views of the French Alps make all the huffing and puffing so worth it.

Of course, hiking these heights isn’t for everyone. If that is too challenging for you, don’t worry. There are also a few cable cars available.

Patagonia Chamonix - 30th Anniversary

Getting there: Most tourists visiting Chamonix fly into Switzerland’s Geneva Airport, which offers daily connections direct to Chamonix. Lyon Airport in France also offers a high-speed train to Chamonix.

WHERE TO STAY IN CHAMONIX:

Alpina eclectic hotel.

https://www.booking.com/hotel/fr/alpina.en-gb.html

Price:  $113+ USD per night

Guest review:  “Nice surprise. The room are stylish. The view of Mont Blanc is amazing from the balcony. And the breakfast is full of options and high quality. There is a spa where you can relax in a nice jacuzzi. Very well located. We will return for sure.” – De, Italy

Luxury One-Bedroom Apartment With Jacuzzi! (Airbnb)

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/18920500

Price: $159+ USD per night

Guest review: “Beyond words location and views, great studio and awesome hot tub! Giles was a great host too, we definitely recommend a visit.” – Marion

Freeriding The Steep Mountains Of Chamonix | Frozen Mind FULL SNOWBOARD/FREESKI FILM

12)  Tenerife, Spain 

Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, is a tourist magnet year-round. The island has mild temperatures, even in February. Being one of the warmest parts of Europe, even in the depths of winter, is just one reason Tenerife has made my list of the best European locations to visit in February.

On top of that, the Canary Islands are also beautiful. The beaches are stunning, the water turquoise, and the vibe relaxed as hell. Plus, it has one of the world’s biggest carnivals kicking off in February. You’re closer to the West Coast of Africa when you visit Tenerife, so sit back, sip a cocktail, and enjoy escaping the February chill for a little while.

Tenerife, Spain - Europe Winter Travel

The coastal village in Tenerife Canary Islands, Spain

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN TENERIFE IN FEBRUARY:

Carnaval de santa cruz.

When: January 12 – February 18, 2024

https://m.spain.info/en/agenda/fiestas/tenerife/fiestas_de_carnaval.html

Another massive part of the European carnival scene, Carnaval de Santa Cruz, is Tenerife’s biggest annual celebration and is celebrated at the beginning of Lent. In fact, it’s right behind Brazil’s world-famous Carnival on the list of the world’s biggest.

Parades, parties, music, and huge celebrations are held across this beautiful island, and recent years have seen more than half a million attendees spill onto the island for the fortnight-long party.

Winter on Tenerife North, Impressions 2018

Average high temperature in February: 20°C (68°F)

Average low temperature in February: 15°C (59°F)

Getting there: The easiest way to reach Tenerife is to fly directly to Tenerife South Airport. Luckily, many European airlines fly here.

WHERE TO STAY IN TENERIFE:

Iberostar heritage grand mencey.

https://www.booking.com/hotel/es/mencey.en-gb.html

Price:  $149+ USD per night

Guest review: “Our stay was exceptional. The rooms were impeccable, the decor stunning, the facilities fantastic, the staff attentive and polite. This hotel is close to faultless.” – Catherine, Netherlands

Ocean & volcano views, terrace, wifi, concierge, in Villa (Airbnb)

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/6566800

Price:  $114+ USD per night

Guest review:  Everything in this hotel was excellent. Building itself was spectacular! Pool very nice! Staff very friendly and polite! The atmospheric was brilliant for the highest comfort break. Will be back for sure! View throw our window was breath taking to the mountains garden and very clear blue sky! like from the postcard!!! – Simona

Tenerife Travel Guide: Top 10 Things To Do (4K)

13) Innsbruck, Austria 

The beautiful Alps city of Innsbruck has always been beloved by European travelers, especially during winter. The Winter Olympics have even been hosted in Innsbruck twice thanks to its epic alpine sports stage.

A more modern Austrian destination than its larger counterparts, Salzburg and Vienna, Innsbruck still has so much of the charm (and perfection) you should be accustomed to if you’ve ever been to this pristine country. February in Innsbruck is a busy time for tourism and one of the best months of the year to hit this chic city.

Innsbruck, Austria - Best places to visit in Europe in February

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN INNSBRUCK IN FEBRUARY

Kristallwelten.

https://kristallwelten.swarovski.com/Content.Node/wattens/index.en.html

Kristallwelten (“Crystals World”) is a massive exhibition and art experience from brand giant Swarovski. By using the brand’s famed crystals, the space has beautiful art installations, films, huge gardens, and visual experiences everywhere you look. There’s also a handy shuttle directly from Innsbruck to Wattens, where the exhibit is housed.

Alpine Zoo Innsbruck

https://www.alpenzoo.at/en/  

Open daily, Innsbruck’s Alpine Zoo has achieved the title of the highest-elevated zoo in Europe. But it is also the sanctuary for over 2,000 animals and plays an important role in animal conservation. They are doing a fantastic job with a conservation job aimed at saving a (currently unknown) mouse species.

Stick around for when the church bells chime in the hour in Innsbruck. You’ll also hear a choir of the wolves of the Alpine Zoo join in, howling along with it.

Air & Style

https://www.facebook.com/airandstyle/

Now in its 25th year, Air & Style is a European snowboarding competition and music festival held annually in Innsbruck. It’s the only event of its kind in all of Europe and is held for a weekend each February.

Air + Style Innsbruck-Tirol 2017 - Recap Video

Average high temperature in February: 6°C (42.8°F)

Average low temperature in February: -3°C (26.6°F)

Getting there: You can fly into Innsbruck Airport with a series of European airlines. Alternatively, the Eurail system makes accessing the Austrian city from various locations easy. Salzburg is less than 2 hours away, Munich is less than 3 hours away, and Zurich is 3.5 hours away. The Austrian capital of Vienna is 4 hours by train.

WHERE TO STAY IN INNSBRUCK:

Hotel mondschein.

https://www.booking.com/hotel/at/mondschein.en-gb.html

Guest review:   “We loved the hotel! The staff were very professional and friendly. The room was lovely and included a seating area by the windows overlooking the river. The location was excellent for exploring the old town of Innsbruck. Would definitely recommend!” – Sally, Australia

Innsbruck, Austria - Best places to visit in Europe in February 2020

AM I MISSING ANY BEST PLACES TO GO IN FEBRUARY IN EUROPE?

Now, I probably could have extended this list to 30+ different best places to go in Europe in February because I absolutely love visiting Europe during winter! If you think there are any specific cities, festivals, or events that I need to add to my list, please do let me know! I’d love to hear where you enjoy traveling!

Northern Lights Finland

ESSENTIAL EUROPEAN WINTER TRAVEL TIPS:

  • Pack accordingly for the weather! February in Europe is an icy, bone-chilling cold you can’t escape. So excellent quality winter clothes equipped to withstand snow and ice (and a TON of thermals) are just the beginning of what you should be packing. Thankfully, European stores are equipped with clothing and footwear designed for their own plunging temperatures. So if you forget anything, you can guarantee you’ll find what you’re looking for in any major city!
  • Purchasing adequate travel insurance in advance of your trip goes without saying. But, if you are taking part in winter sports, add the mandatory extras. Trust me, breaking your leg on a mountain without insurance is not only stupid, but it will set you back hundreds of thousands of dollars – at least. Even catching a winter cold could require medical treatment if you get particularly sick. Travel insurance to cover you in Europe is totally affordable and a MUST. No excuses.
  • It’s pretty obvious, but be aware of your surroundings at all times, especially during big events. Huge annual carnivals like those across Europe in February are prime time for pickpockets and thieves to get busy. Channel your inner dad and wear a money belt with your belongings safely tucked away — you won’t regret it.
  • Most of all, enjoy visiting some of Europe’s best city’s at this magical time of year!

7 Best Winter Destinations In Europe | STA Travel x Contiki European Magic Vlog

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These are great suggestions.

Great list to explore Europe in Feb. I took a tour of Europe through this article. Prague and Barcelona is always in my bucket list. I think you missed Amsterdam.

Well in February there are numerous of things which you can plan although visiting all over is not easy as it can be but if you wish to visit and explore places then you can easily visit with the help of travel agency as they help you in booking tickets and arranging all things which you want from them.

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This list is inspiring me to book a trip to Europe in February! Thanks for sharing all these ideas. Hallstatt Austria is another place I’ve been eyeing for winter travel

Such lovely places especially Iceland! I know all of them are worth visiting not just in February :) I would recommend Asturias, Spain, too if you’re into greenery scenes. Overall, this is very helpful. Thanks for sharing this :)

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Top Places to Visit in Europe in February – Recommended by Travel Experts!

When thinking of Europe in February, you might imagine grey, dreary cities , rainy weather, and not much to do. But that’s not (always) the case!

From enchanting snowy landscapes and charming, less-crowded cities to unexpectedly mild escapes – February in Europe has a surprise or two in store for you.

Moreover, it’s the month of Carnival and Valentine’s Day , and where better to celebrate these events than in certain European cities? If you don’t know which ones I’m talking about – just keep on reading. 😉

Together with over 20 other travel bloggers, I’ve compiled this extensive list featuring the top destinations to explore in Europe during February.

Whether you prefer to  escape the cold , experience Carnival festivities , or celebrate a romantic Valentine’s Day – you’ll surely find the right place!

(This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a certain percentage of a sale if you purchase after clicking.)

Best Cities to Visit in Europe in February

1. rome, italy.

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The Eternal City of Rome is a great destination to see all year round, but February is a great month to enjoy the city without all the tourist masses .

February boasts mild weather , with temperatures ranging from 3° to 12°C (43° to 59°F) , making it perfect for outdoor activities.

Some of the best things to do in Rome include visiting famous Italian landmarks such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Piazza Navona.

The Trevi Fountain, adorned with intricate sculptures, is especially enchanting when visited in the quieter winter months.

Trevi Fountain, Rome

Imagine tossing a coin into the fountain to ensure your return to this timeless city without the hustle and bustle of peak tourist season.

Consider exploring the Vatican City , home to St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. With fewer visitors, you can admire Michelangelo’s masterpiece on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel without feeling rushed.

Plan at least 3-4 days to delve into Rome’s rich history and appreciate the tranquil ambiance that February provides.

Stay at Cancelleriadieci Guest House , only a short walk from Piazza Navona, to enjoy a private balcony with views of St. Peter’s Basilica and the domes of Rome’s many churches.

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2. Milan, Italy

Recommended by Merry of Virginia Vacation Guide

Milan is a great European destination, particularly for a romantic getaway in February.

Though the weather is cold, with an average high of just 9°C (49°F), you’ll find that crowds are smaller and prices are lower during this off-peak period. 

Milan is home to fabulous restaurants , particularly around the stunning white Duomo di Milano, which makes it a great destination for a romantic Italian dinner . 

Duomo di Milano, Italy

Many of the hotels feature special romantic packages for guests around Valentine’s Day.

Chateau Monfort is an excellent choice located in a beautiful historic building not far from the Duomo. It features luxurious linens and curtains, ornate stonework, and glittering chandeliers. The hotel is perfect for a romantic stay! 

Even the streets of Milan are decorated for Valentine’s Day, with cute red hearts hanging above the streets and sidewalks. 

Check out: 30 Most Famous Landmarks in Italy

3. Prague, Czech Republic

Recommended by Veronika of Travel Geekery

Whether you visit Prague for Valentine’s Day or any time in February, you’re going to have a lovely time with a substantially smaller amount of other tourists .

Prague is incredibly romantic and you can enhance your trip with your loved one by taking walks along the river, through the picturesque Old Town , and in the New World area near Prague Castle .

Make at least one dinner in Prague even more romantic – if you choose Marina Ristorante , you can have great Italian food on a boat , with a view of Prague Castle.

View of Prague Castle

As on any  winter trip to Prague , you’ll spend some time checking out the famous landmarks – such as the Old Town Square with its Astronomical Clock, the Charles Bridge, and Prague Castle.

In between, you can enjoy Prague’s plentiful cafés , from traditional ones to super modern roasteries. Choco-café at Liliová Street with its steamy windows provides not just warmth but also superior chocolate drinks and coffee .

Prague’s February temperature averages – 0.6°C (30.9°F). Plan at least 3 days to properly experience the city.

The Mosaic House is a wonderful accommodation option ranging from mid-range to luxury depending on the room you choose.

4. Paris, France

Recommended by Martha of May Cause Wanderlust

In the middle of February is Saint Valentine’s Day and what more romantic place to spend Valentine’s Day than Paris, the City of Love?

There are so many  romantic things to do in Paris , including its many famous landmarks . In February, wrap up warm to share a kiss at the top of the Eiffel Tower , or the domes of Sacre Coeur . 

Whether you’re in a couple or not, take the Batobus or a cruise down the Seine , where you can see dozens of iconic Paris buildings including the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, and Notre Dame.

And of course, you might want to wander one of the many world-class art galleries and try some French specialties, such as macarons, Croque Madame, or crème brulee. 

Best Places to Visit in Europe in February

Finally, the viewing platform on Arc de Triomphe makes a great place from which to watch the sunset, and the lights come on over Paris. It’s also a wonderful place to enjoy iconic views of the Eiffel Tower .

Average high temperatures in Paris in February are a chilly 9 °C (48°F) . But the upside is that you will avoid the crowds that descend on Paris in the warmer months. 

For a trip you won’t forget, give yourself at least a few days and consider splashing out on one of Paris’s luxury hotels , such as the Hotel Regina Louvre . 

Check out: – 27 Most Beautiful & Famous Landmarks in France – Vegan Restaurants & Cafés in Paris – Visiting The Grand Mosque of Paris – Best Views of The Eiffel Tower

5. Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Recommended by Cris of LooknWalk

Cluj-Napoca, the capital of Transylvania , is located about 320 km northwest of Bucharest, Romania’s capital. The city has a warm-summer continental climate, with an average daily temperature in February of 1°C/35°F . 

One of the most popular things to do in Cluj Napoca is to take in the views from Cetățuia Park . Just a few steps from the city center, the place offers a lovely panorama of the city .

Then you can explore the city center on foot . The heart of the city is Piața Unirii (Union Square) where you’ll find St. Michael’s Church .

Piața Avram Iancu is not far and is where the imposing Orthodox Cathedral and the Romanian National Opera can be found.

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

A bit further away, Piața Muzeului (the Museum Square) is a stunning area where you’ll find, among other important landmarks, the Transylvanian History Museum . 

While most travelers only stay in the city briefly, plan for at least three days here as a day trip to the stunning  Turda Salt Mine can be a great addition to your itinerary. 

The best is to book your accommodation in the city center so you’ll have the sites right at your fingertips. Central Park Apartments is a great choice!

Check out: Best Things to do in Cluj-Napoca

6. Vienna, Austria

Recommended by Leigh of Campfires & Concierges

Vienna is a beautiful destination any time of year, and if you don’t mind a bit of a chill, it’s even great to visit Vienna in February.

The weather generally stays above freezing , with rain every few days. However, the tradeoff is cheaper accommodation and fewer crowds . Not to mention, the beautiful white architecture around Vienna is a nice contrast to the gray skies. 

Vienna is a city of wonderful culture, with palaces, parks, and museums galore . A few of the most popular Austrian landmarks to see in Vienna are Schönbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace , which houses many pieces of art from Gustav Klimt.

Belvedere Castle in Vienna, Austria

The State Opera House is also a must, and you can get very cheap standing-room-only tickets!

You can also join a  food tour in Vienna . Food tours are a great way to experience many different dishes of the local cuisine , and in the case of Vienna, you’ll get to experience the famous Viennese cafe culture .

Also, don’t miss out on Sacher Torte , a delicious chocolate cake invented here in Vienna.

Le Méridien Vienna is an excellent accommodation choice near the best Vienna attractions .

Check out: – 16 Most Famous Landmarks in Austria – 16 Amazing Day Trips From Vienna

7. London, UK

Recommended by Becky of Cultivate Traveling

Don’t let the winter weather discourage you from visiting London in February. Take advantage of the off-season to enjoy deals on hotels and flights to skip the crowds.

With five days to explore , you’ll have ample time to experience London’s best.

In February, London has daytime temperatures averaging 9°C and slightly cooler nights at 3°C. While there may be some rainfall , don’t let the weather dampen your trip.

London’s free museums are a perfect rainy-day adventure. Enjoy the art and culture at the Victoria and Albert Museum , British Museum , or the Natural History Museum .

Another way to avoid a chilly day is to visit Westminster Abbey or St. Paul’s Cathedral .

London

While visiting London, take in a show on the West End or enjoy an afternoon tea at Fortnum and Mason . There are even double-decker bus tours that do themed afternoon teas .

A tour of the Harry Potter Studios is an absolute must for Harry Potter fans . 

Also don’t let the weather stop you from experiencing food markets like Camden and Borough Markets , which open all year round. And of course, a visit to London is only complete with shopping on Oxford and Regent Streets or at the iconic Liberty of London . 

Are you looking for the perfect place to stay in London? Consider the Leonardo Royal Hotel London St. Paul’s or the Montcalm Royal London House .

Check out: 10 Best Vegan Restaurants in London (by a Local)

8. Warsaw, Poland

Recommended by Monica of This Rare Earth

Visiting Warsaw, Poland in February is one of the most charming, unique times in the city. Although the winter season is in full swing, the city still has plenty to offer.   

The average weather in February is chilly and cold , with average daily temperatures ranging from -5°C to +1°C (22°F to 34°F) . You will likely see  snow in Warsaw  in February, but the amount can vary.

Despite the cold weather, a visit to the Old Town is a must-see with its charming cobblestone streets, illuminated buildings, and historical Polish landmarks .  

Warsaw, Poland

If you’re interested in history, the Warsaw Uprising Monument is an impressive sight, detailing one of the most significant events in Poland’s past. And, the mermaid sculpture in the center of Old Town is a must-see. 

February is also a great month to visit if you’re on a budget since the prices for airfare, accommodations, and attractions are cheaper.

If you’re looking for a place to stay, consider Hotel Bristol which boasts luxurious accommodations , an on-site spa , and is within walking distance to many of Warsaw’s top attractions.

Overall, a trip to Warsaw in February is an excellent way to see a unique side of the city while saving money.

Check out: – 8 Reasons Why You Should Visit Poland – 22 Most Beautiful & Famous Landmarks in Poland

Places to Visit in Europe in February For Carnival

9. venice, italy.

Recommended by Kim of Traveling Swansons

Venice in February is a must-visit, offering a cozy winter atmosphere combined with the vibrant Carnival festivities .

This is when Venice really shines, with its streets coming alive with stunning masks, beautiful costumes , and an air of celebration. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss!

Apart from the Carnival, there are many other things to do in Venice .

Wander around the famous St. Mark’s Square , take a gondola ride , and explore the historical Doge’s Palace . For art lovers, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and the Accademia Gallery are absolute must-sees.

Venice Carnival

It might be a bit chilly, with temperatures around 3°C – 8°C (37°F to 46°F), so bundle up! A stay of 3 to 4 days is perfect for enjoying both Carnival and the city’s other charming sights.

But even if you’ve only got a day, Venice is doable, especially if you’re coming from somewhere like Florence. It’s an easy  day trip from Florence  and you’ll still get a taste of this magical city.

Baglioni Hotel Luna is the perfect accommodation choice for a stay in Venice.  This elegant Venetian hotel is located in a prime location next to St Mark’s Square .

Check out: – 10 Best Things to do in Venice For First-Timers – A Perfect Day Trip to Burano & Murano – A Gondola Ride in Venice – Where to Stay in Venice

10. Binche, Belgium

Recommended by Annelies of Travelers & Dreamers

Binche is a small town in Wallonia, the French-speaking part of Belgium and it’s known for a UNESCO-recognized event held yearly in February: The Carnaval de Binche .

The Carnaval de Binche is one of the most famous and ancient carnivals in Europe . It takes place in the days leading up to Ash Wednesday and is deeply rooted in local culture and tradition.

The most peculiar feature of the Carnaval de Binche is the iconic figures of the Carnaval , called les Gilles De Binche. The Gilles are local men, who dress up in ornamented costumes featuring wax masks, wooden clogs , and vibrant colors.

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Traditional activities during the carnival include a parade with the throwing of oranges by the Gilles into the crowd, which is considered a gesture of good luck and they also perform dances to traditional music and drums .

The temperatures are cold in Belgium in February and hover between 0 to 7 degrees Celcius. Dress warm if you want to witness this extraordinary festival!

Binche is a small town with few accommodation options. If you plan a trip to Belgium to attend the Carnaval de Binche, it’s a good idea to base yourself in Brussels or Dinant and visit Binche on a day trip.

From there, you can reach Binche by car or train in about one hour . Jardin Secret is a lovely hotel in Brussels with a year-round outdoor heated pool .

11. Menton, France

Recommended by Elisa of France Bucket List

Menton  is a great place to visit in France in February.

This coastal town in the French Rivera, not far from the border with Italy, is one of the sunniest places in France in winter, with temperatures of 12°C (max) and 7°C (min) and only 4 days of rain on average.

Menton is known for its lovely beaches, laid-back atmosphere , and colorful and Italian-style architecture. It is also known for its citrus, which is very intense in smell and flavor.

You can find the lemon of Menton in many dishes and cakes in town and also in essential oils and perfumes.

One of the reasons why Menton is a great destination to visit in February is Menton’s Lemon Festival , a unique festival in France which this year will take place from February 17 until March 3.

Lemon Festival in Menton, France

During two weeks, Menton celebrates its lemons through parades, music, giant sculptures made of citrus , and all kinds of lemon-based products. The Festival even has a mascot, John Lemon!

It is possible to visit Menton in two days , more if you want to take day trips to beautiful places nearby like Eze, Nice, or Montecarlo. For your stay in Menton, Hotel Napoleon is central and with sea views.

Places to Visit in Europe in February For Winter Activities

12. vik, iceland.

Recommended by Jess of Uprooted Traveler

For an epic winter getaway, consider heading to Vik, located along the southern coastline of Iceland .

While the Land of Fire and Ice is known for its incredible landscape, this small fishing village is home to some of the country’s most iconic scenery .

For example, the town’s most famous landmark is  Reynisfjara Beach , known for its jet-black sand, hexagonal basalt columns , and dramatic sea stacks. 

February is also a perfect time to see a stunning ice cave in the Mýrdalsjökull glacier at the top of the nearby Katla volcano .

If you join a group tour of this ice cave , you’ll get to wander into an otherworldly tunnel , carved out of white snow, brilliant blue ice, and streaks of ash.

Northern Lights in Vik, Iceland

Of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to Iceland without enjoying one of the best aspects of its winter season – the Northern Lights . Due to Vik’s remote location and limited light pollution, you’ll have an excellent shot of seeing them here.

You should plan to spend at least a weekend enjoying some of the best sights in Vik and the surrounding southern coastline of Iceland. 

February is the chilliest month in Iceland, with an average high of  3°C (37°F) and an average low of -1°C (31°F) – and it can actually feel even colder with Iceland’s unpredictable wind.

So be sure to include plenty of warm layers , including a cozy hat and gloves, on your  Iceland packing list . 

During your stay, make the  Hótel Kría  your home base. This hotel melds modern Scandinavian design with the perfect amount of coziness and the floor-to-ceiling windows in the rooms will be perfect for scoping out the Northern Lights.

13. Lapland, Finland

Recommended by Pamela of The Directionally Challenged Traveler

February in Lapland, Finland, transforms the region into a magical winter wonderland .

It’s an ideal time to experience the enchanting beauty of Rovaniemi , the official hometown of Santa Claus. The snow-covered landscape and crisp winter air create a serene and picturesque atmosphere that captivates visitors.

Additionally, the winter season enhances the charm of Rovaniemi’s Santa Claus Village, where you can meet the man in the red suit , visit his post office, and experience the festive spirit year-round .

Rovaniemi in Lapland, Finland

One of the main draws of visiting Lapland in February is the chance to witness the Northern Lights . You can see these magical lights from the comfort of your bed at the  Arctic Snow Hotel & Glass Igloos ! 

Winter activities include exhilarating husky sled rides through snowy forests and thrilling reindeer safaris that showcase the unique Arctic scenery.

For adventure seekers, there is snowmobiling and skiing . Spend at least three days in the area to embrace all you can do.

While temperatures can dip to around -15°C (5°F) , the chilly weather is an integral part of the Lapland experience.

Proper winter gear ensures a comfortable exploration of this winter wonderland, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the magic of Lapland.

Check out: A Sustainable Travel Guide to Lapland, Finland

14. Zell am See, Austria

Recommended by Ashley of Jetset Jansen

The snowcapped mountains and ski runs in Austria make Zell am See one of the best places to visit in Europe in February.

For skiers, February is the peak time to visit the Austrian Alps as the snow conditions will be at their best. The average temperatures are around -1°C to +2°C (30-35ºF) , which is perfect for fresh snow on the mountain . 

Zell am See is a picturesque ski town with bars and restaurants along the cobblestone streets.

Head to the top of Schmittenhöhe while  skiing in Zell am See  for a beautiful mountain view of 30 peaks over 3,000 meters . And if you’re into the après ski scene, you’ll find a lively bar there at the top . 

Zell am See, Austria

One of the great things about Zell am See is how close it is to two other ski resorts.

Saalbach-Hinterglemm and Kaprun are just a short bus ride away and offer some other fun snow activities like toboggans, alpine coasters , and the Kitzsteinhorn glacier.

You can stay in town but it’s recommended to stay 1-2 streets over from the main street as the après ski scene continues here late into the night. A good option is the Grand Hotel – a beautiful property situated right on the edge of Lake Zell .

15. Interlaken, Switzerland

Recommended by Madison of Madison’s Footsteps

If picturesque Swiss chalets , hearty fondue courses, and adrenaline-inducing adventures are calling your name – then Interlaken, Switzerland in February should be your next European vacation.

This time of year, the temperature ranges from -4°C to +5°C (25-40°F) , making it perfect weather to rent some gear and hit the Swiss Alps for some once-in-a-lifetime skiing .

Regardless of your skill level (because you’ll find slopes fit for every level of expertise), the breathtaking panoramic views in these mountains won’t soon be forgotten. 

Even if the slopes aren’t your thing, there are plenty of exciting things to do in Interlaken .

Interlaken Switzerland

Head to Hightide Kayak School to book a winter kayaking excursion on Lake Brienz , suit up for an exhilarating night of tobogganing down the Alps in the dark, or cozy up at a chocolate-making class with Funky Chocolate . 

To fully enjoy these activities and explore the beauty of this winter wonderland in February, it’s highly recommended to stay for at least four days .

During your stay, Hotel Du Nord is an excellent accommodation option. Located in the heart of Interlaken , this charming Swiss hotel provides a cozy and comfortable place to relax after a day of outdoor adventures.

Warm Places to Visit in Europe in February

Malta is one of the best places to visit in Europe in February to get some winter sun .

The archipelago, nestled in the Mediterranean, offers a mild climate with temperatures ranging from 11°C to 16°C (52°F to 61°F) . This is just ideal for exploration without the heat that characterizes the summer months.

There’s a lot to see in Malta starting with its capital city of Valletta. With fewer tourists in February, you can enjoy a great mix of history, culture, and architectural wonders .

For example, plan a visit to the stunning St. John’s Co-Cathedral with its Baroque architecture and intricate carvings. The Upper Barrakka Gardens are a serene escape in the heart of the city and offer panoramic views of the Grand Harbour .

Valletta

Throughout the main island, you’ll find numerous historical sites, such as the ancient temples of Hagar Qim and Mnajdra , that provide an insight into Malta’s past.

Make your way to the medieval walled city of Mdina and wander through its charming, narrow streets, or head to St. Julian’s for some vibrant nightlife .

To get the most out of your trip, plan at least 4-5 days . This will allow you a visit the other two islands Gozo and Comino as well.

The best place to stay in Malta is the Hilton Malta located at the seafront of St. Julian’s. This 5-star resort boasts bright and modern rooms, five restaurants, an indoor pool , and a spa.

17. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Recommended by Vanessa of Traveling Ness

Dubrovnik, Croatia is one of the most beautiful medieval cities in Europe situated along the Adriatic Sea.

Massive city walls encircle Dubrovnik’s old town resembling a pristine movie set. It’s no surprise that the city has been the setting for shows and movies with the most famous being, Game of Thrones . 

February is a great month to visit as the weather is quite mild (7°C/45°F – 14°C/57°F) with only occasional rain. Grab a coat and enjoy this charming city void of crowds.

Staying at St. Joseph’s in the heart of the old town will put you only steps away from everything. 

Best Places to Visit in Europe in February

Three days is a great amount of time to see all the best sights and fit in a few tours. Popular excursions are going on a Game of Thrones walking tour and sampling traditional Croatian dishes on a food tour .  

Other top  activities in Dubrovnik  are climbing the steps up to Fort Lovrijenac or walking the city walls for higher vantage points and incredible views. 

Wrap up a day of sightseeing to watch the sunset from a cliff bar or take the cable car up to Mount Srd . Both offer stunning photo opportunities and a memorable experience while sipping a cocktail. 

18. Lisbon, Portugal

Recommended by Nausheen of Globe Gazers

In February, Lisbon offers a winter escape with mild temperatures (around 13°C/55°F) and fewer crowds.

Comfortably explore the historic Alfama and vibrant Bairro Alto districts. Visit Portuguese landmarks like São Jorge Castle and Belém Tower, and take a short  train trip to Sintra  where you can visit Pena Palace and Quinta da Regaleira with far fewer crowds.

Lisbon, Portugal

Of course, mid-February also sees Lisbon celebrating Carnival . Join in on the parades, concerts, and costume contests in the Parque das Nações area .

In the evenings, escape the chill by warming up with a glass of port wine while taking in a traditional Fado music show .

Music lovers visiting Lisbon in February are in luck, as there are several music festivals taking place in the city this time of year.

For a relaxing visit that also allows time to cover a lot of ground, plan to stay in Lisbon for 5-7 days . Stay at Hotel da Baixa for spacious rooms, kind staff, and a great location .

February in Lisbon means a festive vibe and less tourist hustle , allowing you to enjoy the city’s charm to the fullest!

Check out: – 26 Most Famous Landmarks in Portugal – Quinta da Regaleira – A Place of Mystery in Sintra – 10 Best Photo Spots in Lisbon – 14 Amazing Day Trips From Lisbon

19. Madeira, Portugal

Recommended by Helen of Helen on her Holidays

Madeira is a fabulous destination all year round, but it’s particularly wonderful as an island escape from mainland Europe’s winter weather.

While Madeira is part of Portugal, it’s nearly 1000 miles from Lisbon but just 300 miles from the coast of Africa.

As you land at Madeira’s airport, you could be forgiven for thinking that you’ve taken a trip to Hawaii; Madeira’s ancient forests, dramatic cliffs, and lush landscapes are unlike anywhere else in Europe .

Average temperatures in February are between 20°C (62°F) and 13°C (56°F) , which makes February a great time to explore the stunning hiking trails along the “Levada” irrigation channels.

Best Places to Visit in Europe in February

There are plenty of easy trails to follow and the path to the Balcões de Ribeiro Frio viewpoint is a particularly lovely  easy levada walk near Funchal .

Other things to do in Madeira include visiting a traditional Madeira wine lodge , seeing the botanic gardens, and trying out a unique Madeiran wicker basket toboggan ride.  

You can see the highlights of Madeira in a long weekend, but a week gives plenty of time to explore the island. The best place to stay is Madeira’s capital, Funchal. The Sé Boutique Hotel has a great location and a lovely rooftop bar .

20. Nazare, Portugal

Recommended by Melissa of Mountains & Mahals

After gaining international popularity as a surf spot for giant waves in the last decade, Nazare has gone from a summertime destination to a year-round getaway .

Big wave season runs from November to the end of February . Plan a trip to Nazare in February to catch the last month of daring professional surfers on the hunt for an elusive 100-foot wave to ride .

Head out to the Nazare Lighthouse in Sítio for the best view of the giant waves crashing onto the rocks and North Beach (“Praia do Norte”).

Be sure to walk along the Nazare Beach promenade and wander through the small stone lanes in town. Enjoy ocean views while riding on the Nazare Funicular to get between Sítio and the town’s main beachfront area.

Nazare, Portugal

You only need a couple of days to see Nazare, but if you have the time you should book a stay at a beachfront villa or house for at least a week to increase your chances of witnessing the colossal waves. 

While you wait for the giant waves to roll in, take advantage of the off-season by exploring other destinations nearby without the crowds .

You can drive along the Silver Coast (“Costa de Prata” ) or visit the monasteries of Alcobaça and Batalha , both UNESCO World Heritage Sites , just a short drive away from Nazare.

21. Seville, Spain

Recommended by Stephanie of The Unknown Enthusiast

Seville, Spain is an excellent February destination in Europe, thanks to its beautiful surroundings and nice weather.

The city enjoys some of the warmest weather in Europe during the winter, with average high temperatures in the 60’s F ( around 17-19°C ). 

Seville (and all of southern Spain) was inhabited by the Islamic Moors for hundreds of years during the Middle Ages, and they left a lasting impact on the architecture and culture of the city. 

You can see some of that architectural style represented in the gorgeous Real Alcazar , a stunning palace filled with detailed, colorful mosaics and intricately carved arches.

Best Places to Visit in Europe in February

The La Giralda bell tower , adjacent to the Seville Cathedral, used to be a minaret of the Grand Mosque that was on the same site. 

You will definitely need to walk the colorful streets of the historic Barrio Santa Cruz neighborhood and stop in the Plaza de Espana , which features archways, towers, a canal and fountain , bridges, and intricate blue, white, and yellow mosaics .

And watching a flamenco show is a must when in Seville!

Spending  two days in Seville  is recommended to really dive into all the city has to offer. A great accommodation option is the Hotel Casa 1800 Seville . 

22. Barcelona, Spain

Recommended by Riana of Teaspoon of Adventure

Barcelona is one of the most popular places to visit in Europe and can be extremely overcrowded with tourists. That’s why visiting Barcelona in February makes so much sense! 

Being the off-season , Barcelona doesn’t see nearly as many tourists in February as it does in the summer. And being located on the south coast of Spain, the weather in Barcelona is still very pleasant in February (average high of 15°C/59°F ). 

You’ll definitely want to visit architect Antoni Gaudi’s masterpieces while in Barcelona. You can tour his famous houses , like Casa Batllo and Casa Mila , walk through Parc Guell and, of course, admire the famous Sagrada Familia. 

Places to Visit in Europe in February

If you’re on a  budget in Barcelona , you can visit the free part of Parc Guell and see La Sagrada Familia from the outside to save money.

Other budget-friendly activities include walking through the Gothic Quarter , hitting the beach, and grabbing a quick snack at Mercado de La Boqueria . Plan at least 3 days in Barcelona to visit all the most important sights.

Check out  Bicycle Apartments  for accommodation. They’re centrally located by a metro station and perfect if you’re traveling with a family or group of friends. 

Check out: – 24 Most Famous Landmarks in Spain – 3 Days in Barcelona – The Perfect Itinerary

23. Marbella, Spain

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Marbella, located in the province of Malaga in Southern Spain, is a fantastic destination to visit in February.

First, Marbella enjoys over 300 days of sun , and it’s relatively warm compared to other European destinations in February because of its microclimate. 

The average temperature in February is 12 degrees Celsius, but it usually reaches up to 19 degrees Celsius during the day. 

Second, February is a good time for those who want to save money on flights and accommodation and don’t like crowds. 

Two days in Marbella  is enough to explore the city at a good pace.

Best Places to Visit in Europe in February

Although swimming in the sea might not be on the list, there are other fantastic activities to do, such as wandering its historic center , visiting its famous port, relaxing at a beach club, or going on a hike . 

Also, many picturesque towns surround Marbella, so it is worth checking out for excursions. One of the most popular day trips is Ronda , an inland whitewashed village known for its excellent wines.

When it comes to accommodation, there are many options, including top-notch beach resorts like Puente Romano . 

Linda Boutique Hotel is also good and located in the heart of Marbella’s old town for a more budget-friendly option .

24. Santorini, Greece

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One of the best places to visit in Europe in February is the popular summer destination of Santorini.

Santorini in winter is pretty quiet, allowing you to explore one of the most famous Greek islands with a fraction of the crowds at a fraction of the price. 

While many of Santorini’s beautiful cave hotels close for the season , the ones that stay open, like Alexander’s Suites , slash their prices, meaning you can stay in luxury for pennies on the dollar .

But more importantly, those unbearable crowds you’d heard about in Santori simply do not exist in February. It’s the perfect time to watch the sunset from Oia , explore the magical streets of Fira , or do a panorama winter cruise . 

Best Places to Visit in Europe in February

The winter weather in Santorini is also usually pretty mild and pleasant , making hiking around the island comfortable and enjoyable. The average daily high in February is about 15°C (60°F) with overnight lows around 10°C (50°F) .

February receives more rainfall than the summer season, where it essentially does not rain, but at less than 50mm a month it’s still manageable. Chances are you’ll have at least a few nice sunny days on a February visit to Santorini. 

25. Athens, Greece

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If you’re searching for interesting European cities to visit in February, consider the capital of Greece – Athens.

Many visitors skip Athens and choose Greek islands such as Santorini or Mykonos as their holiday destination, but the city’s rich blend of culinary delights and historic Greek landmarks more than warrant the trip.

While other European capitals are freezing cold, Athens experiences very pleasant temperatures , with daily averages around 15°C and plenty of sunshine.

A trip in February is also perfect because you’ll be able to snatch a bargain on flights and accommodation as well as enjoy the city without the crowds . 

Best Places to Visit in Europe in February

Stroll the city’s famous monuments, such as the Acropolis Hill and the Ancient Agora , without the crowds, and visit its museums to learn more about Ancient Greece.

Athens has a fantastic food scene , and the best way to experience it is by taking a food tour , which will allow you to sample the best of the local food , such as Greek churros – loukomades and Spanakopita savory pastry.

Two or three days should be enough to visit all the essential attractions, but if you have a spare day, rent a car in Athens and visit Delphi , famous for its stunning ruins and breathtaking mountain views.

Stay at the Asomaton Hotel , located in the trendy neighborhood of Psiri, which boasts an in-house spa and a rooftop bar overlooking the Acropolis.

Check out: 20 Beautiful & Famous Landmarks in Greece

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Travel Travel Inspiration 14 Best Places to Visit in Europe in February

Are you sick of the cold weather, gray skies and runny nose? I know I am! This February say goodbye to the frigid temperatures and thick blankets, and say hello to the sun-kissed beaches of Spain, the tropical weather of Greece and the hot springs of Hungary! Travelling to and exploring Europe is something everybody wants to do at least once in their lives (Europeans included). And why not? This rather small-sized continent has a ton to offer, from staggering alpine views to pristine beaches to untouched, raw countrysides and even breathtaking architecture. In short, Europe is a travellers dream. A visit to Europe in February offers a number of advantages that you simply must keep in mind - balmy temperatures, smaller crowds and a chance to witness some amazing, fun festivals! Read on for our curation of the 14 places you can visit in Europe in the month of February. Some are warm, some are cold; but they all make for a perfect travel destination in February.

14 Best Places to Go in Europe in February

A mixbag of 14 places that cover the warm and cold parts of Europe, our list of the 14 Best Places to Go in Europe in February is just what you need to satfisfy your February fernweh. Keep your passports handy as you'll need them real soon!

The Best Places to Go in Europe in February

Best Places to Go in Europe in February

The first 7 cities on the list are the places that are warm and sunny during February. These cities do not experience the harsh coldness of winter, and are more or less pleasant throughout the year. If you are looking to get away from depressing low temperatures, then these 7 cities are for you

1. Algarve, Portugal

Average high: 17°c | average low: 9°c.

Portugal’s southernmost region, Algarve , known for its golden shores and mild weather, is the perfect place to soak up some much needed Vitamin D this February. With temperatures ranging between 13 - 17 °C and with almost no rainfall, there’s nowhere else you’d rather be. But despite having a brilliant landscape, rich culture and dazzling culinary scene, Algarve still somehow manages to fly under the radar (relatively) in terms of it being a tourism hotspot. This works in your favour as it means - lesser crowds, open beaches and cheaper accommodation. Obviously, this won’t be the case for too long, so make the most of this and be there. Apart from lounging on the beaches and hiking up the cliffs, this city has quite a few events and festivals happening in February, including the famous Semana de Chocolate (chocolate week) and the annual Loulé Carnival.

2. Girne, Cyprus

Average high: 16°c | average low: 10°c.

The next place on our list is straight out of a postcard. Girne or Kyrenia, is a city located in Northern Cyprus, and with a breathtaking landscape which swoops from mountain to sea in the blink of an eye, this city is truly a testament to the wonder and beauty of mother nature. Temperatures in February are not too cold nor too hot to explore the city and enjoy its white-sand beaches. There is a ton to do here in this small stretch of land - strolling about its cobblestoned waterfront lined with a slew of small cafes and restaurants, uncovering the famous Kyrenia Castle and marvelling at the Shipwreck Museum which houses the oldest shipwreck display in the world, or simply unwinding and taking in the warmth at Algadi Beach. If that isn’t enough, the city is complemented with a good supply of local shopping, hotels and casinos, enough to keep you occupied for an entire month!

3. Madrid, Spain

Average high: 12°c | average low: 4°c.

Head next to the capital of Spain, where the weather is not exactly what you would call warm, but it still is pretty manageable. Temperatures loom around the 10°C mark, however you won’t really feel the chill as the sun is out for nearly 5-6 hours everyday. Being a metropolitan city, Madrid is bustling with activity and as a result you will never run out of things to do and places to see. If you are a museum buff, this city is your haven. The Prado National Museum , Reina Sofia Museum , Museo del Romanticismo, Sorolla Museum - these are just a few of the many, many museums you can spend hours and hours at in Madrid. Madrid is also well known for its electric nightlife scene, housing some of the world’s most popular clubs and restaurants. Apart from the usual, in February, Madrid hosts its annual Carnival - a massive celebration with theatrical parades, live performances, fun activities and a lovely, joyous atmosphere all round the city. Don’t miss the famous burying of the sardines!

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4. Barcelona, Spain

Average high: 15°c | average low: 8°c.

One of Europe’s top tourist destinations, Barcelona , is a city that is situated right on the coast, touched by the Mediterranean sea on its eastern side. Although weather-wise February is not the greatest month here, the number of festivals and activities happening makes up for the relative chill. The average temperature is around 10-15°C (not exactly perfect beach weather) and you can expect a little rainfall in passing. But don’t let the cold get you down - there is much to do and see in the Catalan capital! This cultural hub is a sight for sore eyes with its mind-boggling architecture, picture-perfect beaches and wondrous landscape. The nightlife and culinary scene too is bound to wake you up and get you moving around (with a jacket, of course). Add to all this, there are a number of events lined up in February including the Barcelona Carnival, Santa Eulàlia Festival, Chinese New Year Celebration and the Llum BCN - Festival Llum. With all this and more happening, you’ll surely forget about the cold temperatures!

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5. Canary Islands, Spain

Average high: 20°c | average low: 13°c.

Sticking to Spain, our next destination takes us to the southernmost tip of the country, to the beautiful and warm, Canary Islands . Composed of 7 small islands - Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro, this archipelago is a common destination for sun-seekers, and for good reason. The average temperature in the month of February is between 18 - 21°C! Couple that with over 11 hours of sunshine and you have the perfect answer to the cold and depressing winters. Perfect for sea lovers, you can do a number of things apart from just chilling on the beach You can go snorkelling, swimming, cliff diving and even scuba diving! And the water is not all, each of the islands have their own unique landscape, from the lava fields of Tenerife to the submerged mountain of El Hierro to the ancient laurel forests of La Gomera, the Canary Islands offer jaw dropping sceneries all around.

6. Nice, France

Average high: 13°c | average low: 6°c.

France has a number of small cities and islands are quite cold in the month of February, except for one of them. Nice , a picturesque coastal town is perfect to get away from the cold, boring winters that mars the rest of the country. Situated on the French Riviera, at the foothills of the Alps (do I really need to say anything more?), this charming city has been attracting artists and aesthetes for decades and decades, and more recently, sun seekers. During the month of February, temperatures do increase slightly from January and it hovers around the 10°C mark. Not ideal for a dip in the ocean, but perfect for a long stroll along the famous Promenade des Anglais or even a picnic at the Parc du Chateau. Like most other European cities, Nice too has a number of festivals and celebrations in February, including the Nice Carnival, one of the biggest and loudest events of the year.

7. Monte Carlo, Monaco

Average high: 12°c | average low: 7°c.

Often referred to as the ‘Billionaires Playground’, Monte Carlo is another ideal holiday destination for the month of February. The weather is not too hot nor too cold, with the temperature averaging around 11-13°C and the sun shining for a good 8 hours. Race cars to roulette tables, Monte Carlo is truly the ultimate place to indulge in your wildest (and most expensive) fantasies. You can spend your time trying your luck at the most famous casino in the world, Monte-Carlo Casino, or strolling along the quarters of Monaco-ville, or even dining at some Michelin star restaurants. If you aren’t in the mood to blow up your bank savings, you can choose to live the simple life and cycle along the famous winding roads of Col de Braus and soak in the sunshine.

And that brings us to the end of the warm and sunny places on our list. Although some of them aren’t exactly what you would call hot, all the cities mentioned above do enjoy a good amount of sunshine and a relative degree of warmth in February. Our next 7 destinations are for the people who are looking to get away from the sun and enjoy the cold, cozy, tea-sipping, blanket-wearing frostiness of winter.

8. Reykjavik, Iceland

Average high: 3°c | average low: -2°c.

The first cold destination on our list is the world’s northernmost capital, Reykjavik . In the month of February, the entire country is still in full winter mode, with temperatures going as low as -9°C. The average temperature is usually around -3 to +3°C (not too bad) with high chances of precipitation in the form of rain, snow and sleet. The city is also almost completely shrouded in darkness, which gives you the perfect opportunity to bask in the beauty of the Northern Lights. With minimal light pollution and sunshine, you can see the amazing green glow in the sky better than any other time of the year! The winter also gives rise to certain activities such as ice caving, lava caving, glacier hiking and even whale watching! The cold weather further makes it the best time to enjoy a dip in the hot springs and geothermal pools.

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9. rome, italy, average high: 14°c | average low: 3°c.

They say it is never a bad time to visit Rome , and whoever they are, they’re absolutely right. The capital of Italy is bustling with tourists all year round given its cultural and historical significance. However, during the winter months (particularly November- March) the crowds thin out a little bit, given the slightly cooler weather. The average temperature in February is about 8-10°C with little chance of rainfall. Travelling during this month allows you to avoid the sweltering heat of summer and harsh coldness of winter, as February is almost the ‘in between month’. Apart from the mild weather, there are a number of other perks of visiting Rome during this time - no waiting time at the major attractions (woohoo!), no tourists breathing down your neck as you marvel at Michelangelo’s masterpieces, and cheap hotel accommodations. Also, you get the chance to experience the life of a local and take part in the annual Carnevale - an 8 day long celebration right before lent! Need way say more?

Read More About Rome In February

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10. venice, italy, average high: 9°c | average low: 1°c.

It is often said that ‘Winter brings out the best in La Serenissima’ and after reading this you’ll know exactly why. February is one of the colder months in Venice , with temperatures looming around the 8°C mark. During this month, the beautiful city becomes even more beautiful with the romantic, dark alleyways, and the famous, traditional gondolas floating around in the mist. It maybe chilly, but the hazy canals with the backdrop of the charming, quaint buildings look particularly stunning this time of year. The cold weather makes it perfect for you to hang out at the small cafes and trattorias, and sip on some belly warming Italian coffee while chowing down delicious, hot cicchetti. One of this city’s most famous annual events takes place during the month of February, the Carnival of Venice. This 700 year old celebration, brings the entire city alive and makes it more charming and wonderful than it already is. Amazing live performances, exciting eating adventures and a lovely feel-good vibe around the city are just some of the things in store for you, if you choose to visit in February.

Read More About Venice In February

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11. amsterdam, netherlands, average high: 6°c | average low: 0°c.

The capital of Netherlands is another ideal destination for those looking to get away from the sun and snuggle in the coziness of the cold, chilly winter. In February, the climate is not exactly frigid, but it can get very crisp with the temperatures ranging between -1 to 5°C. The cold weather, falling snow, dark nights and twinkling lights together create a lovely, jovial atmosphere around the city, absolutely perfect for people who are looking to get the most out of winter. During this month, Amsterdam sees a ton of night markets teeming with intricate items, piping hot street food and a number of fun activities. You can also enjoy a number of celebrations and events like Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year, De Koninck Blues Festival and the Wonderland Festival.

Read More About Amsterdam In February

12. London, United Kingdom

Average high: 9°c | average low: 5°c.

The Best Places to Go in Europe in February

You can never go wrong when visiting London . Whether you choose to visit in the sunny summers or the icy winters, the Big Smoke is as charming and fun as ever. Although the city does get pretty cold in February, it is nothing compared to some of the Northern European countries. The average temperature is about 5-7°C, meaning that you can get away with a heavy jacket and boots, however you do have to be mindful about the rain. It is recommended to always, always carry an umbrella when heading out anywhere. As far as things to do are concerned, it is always a good time to catch a West End show, visit the London Eye, catch a Premier League game or even stroll around Hyde park. Valentine’s day is especially popular around these parts and also the Chinese New Year celebrations! If you’re feeling especially fancy, you can check out the London Fashion Week Festival and catch some trendy outfits.

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13. Prague, Czech Republic

Average high: 5°c | average low: -1°c.

The Best Places to Go in Europe in February

February is the coldest month in the Capital of Czech Republic with the degrees going as low as -4. It will do you extremely well to carry thermal leggings, gloves and a warm jacket if you’re planning to head here this winter. Travelling during this month is not all grey, as it gives you the opportunity to explore the museums, cafes and other places of attraction in peace. Over the recent years, Prague has unfortunately fallen prey to over-tourism thanks to massive publicizing and marketing efforts. By going during the off season, you avoid the bulk of tourists, and with it the overpriced hotels and airfare. Walk through Prague Castle, study the National Gallery, gorge on mouthwatering Czech food and revel in the views at Letná Park. It's the simple things that will make your trip to this city an absolute joy.

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14. Paris, France

Average high: 8°c | average low: 3°c.

The Best Places to Go in Europe in February

No list of European cities to visit is complete without including the City of Love. Paris , one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the world, is an absolute dream to visit in February. The city is blanketed in picture-perfect white snow, streets are dotted with a few pedestrians and lovers are out in the open, romancing and taking in the lovely atmosphere. The weather around this time is not exactly bitter cold, but it is very chilly especially with the winds from the river and the rainfall. The average temperature is close to 3°C, making it perfect to laze around and gaze at the beauty that is Paris. Sit down and relax at one of the many cozy cafes or take a boat out on the Seine, or even walk around and explore the attractions with ease (no crowds). Whatever you choose to do, you are bound to enjoy as the weather is such - jovial and calm. Some of the major days and events celebrated here include Valentine’s Day (of course), Chinese New Years, along with a number of live concerts. And if you’re a shopaholic, you’re in luck, as most of the retail stores are on the final days of their sale!

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The best holiday destinations in February

By Sarah James

25 best holiday destinations in February 2024

February might mark the month of romance with Valentine's Day, but the UK winter season is still very much ongoing. If there's ever a time to escape the cold, dark days and lift new year spirits, this is it. From summer sun in South America and culture hopping in Asia , to chic city breaks in Paris or Copenhagen , here we round up the best places to visit in February 2024. Looking for winter sun specifically? See our edit of where is hot in February .

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Tulum, Mexico

Temperature in February: 27°C high; 21°C low Season: Dry season Travel time from UK: 10 hours Time difference: GMT -5

Over the past decade, this corner of Mexico ’s Caribbean coastline has become a bucket list staple for influencers and wellness enthusiasts. As a result, finding your own white-sand beach for the afternoon is a little tricky, but with miles of pristine shore and crystal-clear waters, that’s the epitome of a first-world problem. It’s like Tulum was designed for social media feeds. Beauty spots are at every turn, while the clever minds behind the design of the sleek hotels, bars and restaurants here have tapped into the pockets of aesthetes and lovers of all things boho-chic. History buffs head to the mysterious archaeological sites and Mayan ruins slightly inland, while many others opt to simply soak up the dry season’s rays poolside or in the glitzy beach clubs.

Where to stay: Embrace jungle living at Hotel Bardo . Contemporary luxury is rooted in wellness, and regular rituals include sound healing ceremonies and yoga classes. It’s an adults-only oasis where sun-kissed travellers emerge from loft-style villas in search of fruit platters and punchy cocktails by the swimming pool.

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Cairo, Egypt

Temperature in February: 21°C high; 11°C low Season: Spring Travel time from UK: 5 hours Time difference: GMT +2

The ancient city of Cairo is a unique, fascinating city everyone should experience once in their lifetime. However, sightseeing isn’t much fun in the blistering summer heat when temperatures exceed 40C. Visiting in February means you’re more likely to stick to the bucket list itinerary and explore elsewhere while you’re at it. Stand before the Grand Pyramids of Giza, explore the sandy desert scape by camel, and wile away the hours in the many museums.

Where to stay: Rest tired toes at the Waldorf Astoria Cairo Heliopolis . The sprawling hotel opened its doors at the end of 2023, and there are 252 rooms and suites to choose from. Make time for afternoon tea in the opulent Peacock Lounge, and sip chilled rosé at Le Jardin Pool Bar before heading to supper in the sleek Mediterranean brasserie.

Maldives

Temperature in February  29°C high; 25°C low Season:  Dry Travel time from UK:  10 hours 30 minutes Time difference: GMT +5

Never turn down a trip to the Maldives , even in monsoon season (May to November). But if you can choose, February is one of the best months of all to go – when the skies are clear and blue, the days long, dry and not too humid, and the sunshine turns the water a luminous turquoise that’s hard to tear your gaze from. The waters are clear for snorkelling and diving and this is the time of year to see manta rays, tiger sharks and whales sharks. Check the eco-credentials of a resort before you book: many Maldives resorts have their in-house marine biologists and conservationists leading underwater and wildlife conservation initiatives; gardens where they can grow vegetables to supply their restaurants ; are plastic-free or, like Kudadoo, use only solar power.

Where to stay: There are dozens of out-of-this-world Maldives hotels ; the thing is to find the castaway fantasy that’s right for you, whether you want haute cuisine or high-octane activities, knock-out design or lo-fi Crusoe chic. For a bit of everything, we love Gili Lankanfushi , where all villas sit stilted above one of the most beautiful lagoons in the country. For a cool newcomer, Patina Maldives offers hi-tech therapies at its unique Flow Spa, while its collection of bars and restaurants are all exceptional.

Courchevel

Courchevel, France

Temperature in February:  2°C high; -6°C low Season:  winter Travel time from UK:  1 hour 30 minutes flight to Chambéry; 9 hours by train Time difference: GMT +1

Courchevel is the superstar ski resort of the French Alps. Of its four villages, Courchevel 1850 is the highest, biggest and glitziest, drawing a jet-set crowd with its Michelin-star restaurants , super-smart chalets and hotels, posh aprés ski – oh yes, and its abundance of snowy slopes for all levels, on-piste and off, with a long season and 230 snow cannons to guarantee good snow. It’s brilliant for superstar and beginner skiers alike, so makes a great option for the February half term ; families may prefer the slightly less high-glamour vibe of 1650.

Where to stay: Ski-in ski-out  Portetta  in Courchevel Moriond (1650) is a lovely rustic-chic alpine retreat. There are lots of dark wood and log fires, a great spa (Bamford facials, double treatment rooms, gym, hammam), an Angela Hartnett Italian-influenced mountain restaurant, and 44 rooms including six loft duplexes and various family options with extra bunk rooms. If you're travelling in a group, the beautiful  Chalet Montanum  sleeps nine and offers a true ski-in, ski-out experience – there's slope access from the end of the drive.

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Cotswolds, United Kingdom

Temperature in February : 7°C high; 1°C low Season: winter Travel time from London: 2 hours by train Time difference: GMT +0

If there’s one thing that can make a British winter appealing, it’s the thought of getting cosy in the Cotswolds . Amid a quintessentially English landscape, publicans pull artisan ales, sipped by roaring fires. Frosty walks ramble past country manors and up green hills topped with Iron Age forts. But while its home to some of the most beautiful villages in the UK , this isn’t back-in-time England. Clued-in movers and shakers have helped sow an ultra-modern crop of Michelin-starred restaurants in the Cotswolds between the organic spacs, antiques stores and tea rooms. Naturally, rates and reservations are more manageable in winter. Two of the best hotels in the Cotswolds that particularly embody contemporary village living: Soho Farmhouse (copper bathtubs; bottled Negronis), and Lady Bamford’s trailblazing Daylesford farm and estate, where the organic ethos extends to everything from the farm shop and pub to wellness treatments.

Where to stay: The Lygon Arms , located in a 16th-century coaching inn in the middle of Broadway Village. The interiors are of the traditional countryside kind and the four courtyard rooms are particularly spacious. For a private stay, takeover this quaint and cosy thatched cottage in Kingham , one of our favourite Airbnbs in the Cotwolds .

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Paris, France

Temperature in February: 9°C high; 3°C low Season: winter Travel time from UK: 1 hour 15 minutes flight or 2 hours 15 minutes by train Time difference: GMT +1

The City of Love should be an obvious pick in February, but potential suitors are all-too-often put off by the weather. Très grosse erreur . Anyone who knows the French knows they scarper tout de suite in summer, shuttering restaurants, frustrating foreigners and not giving a tiny French fig. Come instead in winter, when everything’s open, visitors are fewer, reservations easier and rates lower. All the best stuff is indoors anyway: cute, candle-lit bistros; echoey art museums; bo-bo (bourgeois-boho) bars. South Pigalle – or SoPo – still sizzles as one of Paris ’s hottest spots, where the best table is at Bouillon Pigalle. The queue around the block is worth it – three-course meals with drinks here can cost less than €25, practically unheard of within the list of the best restaurants in Paris .

Where to stay: Parisians in the know will recommend Château Voltaire , once the showroom for cult fashion label Zadig & Voltaire and now a super chic bolthole on the rue Saint-Roch. In terms of Paris hotels with a great location, it's hard to beat La Réserve which faces the Grand Palais and, at a slightly greater distance, the Eiffel Tower, overlooks the Champs-Elysées and is only a few doors down from the presidential palace. For Eiffel Tower views, take over The Margaux , a three-bedroom Airbnb apartment on the Left Bank.

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Temperature in February: 25°C high; 17°C low Season: dry Travel time from UK: 10 hours 15 minutes Time difference: GMT -5

Swap the white sludge on your doorstep for a bright white beach in the Bahamas . Those in the know head for the Caribbean islands in sleepy February, just as the December holiday crowds have dispersed and before the raucous spring breakers descend in March, for the pristine sands, laidback lifestyle and 18th-century streets tinged with the scent of frangipani. Take advantage of the relative quiet with a barefoot stroll across Pink Sands beach, consider a diving class after a long lunch on Harbour Island or while away the afternoon with a mojito and a novel – what's the rush?

Where to stay: Paradise Island is home to the most famous retreat in the Bahamas, One&Only Ocean Club , a 106-room resort with a neighbouring championship golf course, and a near-perfect, alabaster-white beach

Above: Poolside at The Other Side, on North Eleuthera.

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Ibiza, Spain

Temperature in February: 15°C high; 8°C low Season: winter Travel time from UK: 2 hours 30 minutes Time difference: GMT +1

Winter on the White Isle isn’t as bonkers as it sounds. It’s the best time to experience Ibiza as the locals know it – almond trees flush pink-white with blossom; beach bars and pavement cafés are laid-back not lairy; and the tapas and drinks come cheap. Bargain isn’t a word too often associated with this Balearic, but without the club crowds, proprietors look to lure customers with deals. During winter nights, island restaurants participate in Gastrojueves – Gastro Thursdays – where meals are offered half-price. Craving a blowout? Small towns across Ibiza celebrate Carnival with parades early in the month; superclubs such as Pacha throw the after-parties. Really, though, it’s all about taking time to soak up the quieter side of Ibiza. Ibiza’s bohemian north is the best place to discover a more peaceful side to the island, and one of the smartest experiences here is found at Ibiza Horse Valley . This sanctuary rehabilitates mistreated animals and reintroduces them to riding, offering horseback trips to the White Isle’s untouched forest, remote mountaintops and secret beaches .

Where to stay: The address to know about is OKU Ibiza , a laid-back luxury retreat with two serene swimming pools, wabi-sabi-inspired decor and regular yoga sessions. Another option is Nobu Ibiza Bay in Talamanca, all soothing white bedrooms, fabulous sea views and mostly crowd-free at this time of year. For more, see our round-up of the best hotels on Ibiza and the best Airbnbs in Ibiza .

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Temperature in February: 28°C high; 17°C low Season: dry Travel time from UK: 10 hours 50 minutes Time difference: GMT -6

This little slice of Central America packs a powerful punch. With verdant rainforests and towering volcanoes sitting beside vibrant cities, explorers are spoiled for choice. You can trek through rugged Tenorio National Park, frolic in Arenal's secret waterfalls and finish the day dining on French fusion in San José. Dive into the action in Costa Rica in February, just as prices dip after peak tourist season. The rainforests are still lush (monsoon season ends in December ) and the coconut-strewn beaches of Puerto Viejo as idyllic as ever.

Where to stay: The Harmony Hotel (pictured) in Nosara, with daily classes (yoga on the beach, vinyasa body dance), one-off retreats, a vegetarian juice bar, and a kidney-bean-shaped pool with white-faced monkeys swinging from the nearby trees. On the wonderfully wild southern shores in Puerto Viejo, Aguas Claras 's Victorian-style bungalows gets our tick of approval as one of the best eco-friendly hotels in Costa Rica .

Oman

Temperature:  28°C high; 17°C low Season:  winter Travel time from UK:  7 hours 30 minutes Time difference: GMT +4

A seven-and-a-half-hour flight transports you to another place and time – one of heat and spice, epic landscapes and exotic otherness – in this most welcoming country of the Arabian Peninsula. Its topography is diverse and dramatic, with adventures of many kinds: go driving over dunes and diving in the marine-rich waters off the Musandam Peninsula; stay at remote Bedouin camps or polished-luxury resorts from desert to beach. February is the last month of winter in Oman , which means it’s still bearably hot rather than unbearably hot.

Where to stay: In a hard-to-reach cove surrounded by mountains, Six Senses Zighy Bay is one of the country’s original five-star retreats, and for many, still the best hotel in Oman . Its natural adobe casitas are built in harmony with the surrounding desert stone, the restaurants and spa are superb, the creamy-sand beach is footprint-free sublime, and staff can arrange the kind of adventures that are never forgotten. Another impressive option is Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort , a wilderness retreat set on the rim of a beautiful canyon. Mornings are ushered in with dawn yoga while evenings are spent smoking shisha under the stars.

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New Orleans, USA

Temperature in February: 19°C high; 9°C low Season: winter Travel time from UK: 9 hours 55 minutes Time difference: GMT -6

“I don't want realism. I want magic,” cooed Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire , an enduring love letter to this romantic, crumbling city. Mardi Gras certainly delivers on that. The iconic two-week carnival sees daily parades and masquerade balls transform New Orleans into a riotous party town. Don a mask, discard your inhibitions and wander the city in mystical torchlight. After the festivities, crawl out of bed for a meal of gumbo over cheese grits and stroll through the cobblestone alleyways of the French Quarter to a soundtrack of Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin. Without the glittering krewes the quaint streets are almost unrecognisable - the discarded beads that litter the pavement act as the only proof that you're in the same place.

Where to stay: W French Quarter , a contemporary urban oasis, with small courtyard pool, bar and Miami-style cabanas; and rooms are in a former sugar mill with grey shutters.

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Venice, Italy

Temperature in February: 9°C high; 1°C low Season: winter Travel time from UK: 2 hours Time difference: GMT +1

February is carnival time in Venice , which makes it either the very best time to come, or the worst. Noblemen clink swords in St Mark's Square, courtesans cloaked in red silk drift down the Grand Canal on plumed gondolas, and gilded masks allow royalty to walk freely among the commoners. What seems like a Canaletto painting comes to life every year when revellers gather for three weeks of masked debauchery. Those seeking the quiet charms of the floating city will be disappointed, but if you dare to join the huddled masses you'll be rewarded with an otherworldly experience. You can flaunt your finery on the Rialto, dance the quadrilles at the Doge's ball and wake up the next morning in a luxurious four-poster bed in your very own Venetian palace wondering if it was all a dream.

Where to stay: Palazzo Cristo , a renovated 16th-century house with original exposed timber beams, Carrara marble, oak parquet flooring and canopy beds, all done in a pared-back palette, a million miles from the usual gilded ceilings and Murano-glass extravagance. A more recent addition to St. Mark's Square is Ca'di Dio , where the interiors of the 66-room hotel are molto chic, and many enjoy views of the lagoon. For a stay that feels like a best kept secret, this Airbnb apartment 's canal-side balcony makes it one of the most romantic Airbnbs in Europe. For more places to stay, see our guide to the best hotels in Venice .

Above: Palazzo Contarini Polignac, Dorsoduro.

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Cartagena, Colombia

Temperature in February: 31°C high; 24°C low Season: dry Travel time from UK: 14 hours 40 minutes Time difference: GMT -5

A riotous clash of Spanish, Latin and Caribbean cultures, the Colombian seaside city is a feast for the senses, with corn-yellow colonial villas and palm-dotted plazas, citrus-kissed ceviche and potent rum cocktails. True, old Cartagena ’s picturesque romance has turned it into a well-known destination. But the locals in its Getsemani neighbourhood still cling to artsy authenticity: streets here belong to bright murals and vagabond musicians, Champeta dance clubs (Afro-Caribbean beats meet salsa) and hip restaurants (find Di Silvio Trattoria’s thin-crust pizzas in a former soap factory). Ready to dial it down? Rent a boat for the one-hour ride to the Rosario Islands, where simple beach shacks pour Mojitos into coconuts on peaceful, powder-soft beaches. February sea breezes take the edge off summer’s humidity.

Where to stay: Casa San Agustin is the top boutique hotel in the old walled city. Three 18th-century houses knocked into one with a pool in the courtyard and an upstairs library has deep armchairs and an honesty bar.

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Finnish Lapland

Temperature in February: -6°C high; -13°C low Season: winter Travel time from UK: 5 hours 20 minutes Time difference: GMT +2

February in Finnish Lapland might be bracing, but there’s plenty going on here that’s hot. How about hopping aboard the world’s only sauna gondola – a wooden cable car that treats passengers to a steamy ride over the slopes of Ylläs Ski Resort? Or working up a sweat by fat-biking across Ylläs National Park’s stark-white scenery (the thick treads help plucky cyclists pedal in deep snow). Of course, Christmas is high season here, but conditions are every bit as romantic in February, without the sky-high prices or crowds. Northern Lights stalkers also have a good chance of spotting those elusive, swirling illuminations – perhaps best viewed from the Aurora Domes at Harriniva, where igloo-like tents are fitted out with a transparent wall, wood burner and Champagne. Experiences with the Indigenous Sami people of Lapland are becoming ever more popular, but be sure your operator is providing a genuine connection with their culture (rather than a ‘show’). Done right, this kind of tourism helps boost a local economy that can only rely on a lucrative revenue stream – tourism – a few months of the year. Magnetic North Travel , for example, organises time with genuine reindeer herders and their families, so you get a real sense of their way of life.

Where to stay: Hotel & Igloo Village Kakslauttanen . A short drive from Saariselkä, these glass igloos are fabulous. There's an ice gallery, ice restaurant and an ice chapel for weddings.

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Kerala, India

Temperature in February: 32°C high; 23°C low Season: dry Travel time from UK: 15 hours Time difference: GMT +5.30

If you're dreaming of drifting down Kerala 's tranquil backwaters in relative solitude, wait until February. The tail end of peak season sees low humidity, practically no rain and fewer tour groups to disturb your zen-like state of mind. Whether you prefer to hide away on an elegant houseboat or enjoy southern hospitality at a local homestay, it's impossible not to fall for this state's easygoing charm. Spend your evenings lingering over delicious South Indian thalis, exploring the meandering Dutch canals of Cochin and lazing on Varkala's deserted beaches. Hiring a houseboat to explore the backwaters is undoubtedly a magical experience, but the popularity of the practice has led to some less-than-honourable operations that cut corners and pollute the water. Be sure to research the eco credentials of who you’re going with, and consider combining a houseboat tour with a homestay, which keeps your money within the communities you’re visiting.

Where to stay: If you're not on the backwaters, take over one of the many nearby homestays like Anugraha . The stylish two-bedroom heritage home was restored by former Architectural Digest India editor Manju Sara Rajan.

Antarctica

Antarctica 

Temperature in February:  1°C high; –11°C low Season:  summer Travel time from UK:  19 hours 30 minutes Time difference: GMT +13

February is summertime in the Antarctic. Temperatures can soar as high as slightly above freezing, it’s the optimum time to cross the Antarctic Circle, and fluffy baby penguins are toddling around making hay while the sun shines – for up to 24 hours a day. It’s one of the best months to see the extraordinary white icescapes against blue skies, and spot whales – humpbacks minke, orca – gliding below on Zodiac trips.

How to do it: Adventure company Pelorus has the truly extraordinary 10-night ‘Shackleton’s Antarctica’, following in the footsteps of the polar explorer – climbing, abseiling, hiking, ice-walking and sailing aboard sleek superyacht La Datcha.

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Bahia, Brazil

Temperature in February: 31°C high; 25°C low Season: dry Travel time from UK: 13 hours 30 minutes Time difference: GMT -3

It’s carnival time in Brazil – but it’s not only Rio de Janeiro that brings the party. Salvador, capital of Bahía – the north-eastern state and birthplace of Afro-Brazilian culture – hosts bigger, longer and louder festivities. Drumming troupes thunder through the streets playing the region’s signature axé music: a rousing fusion of reggae, merengue and salsa. And while the Sambadrome is the base for carnival activities in Rio, in Salvador it’s the whole city. Caipirinha-weary revellers can recover with a stint at any one of Bahía’s golden, jungle-fringed sands along its 1,000km-long coast. Beach town Trancoso is where Brazilians go on holiday: it’s a languid, curiously hippie-glam mix of billionaires and bohemians.

Where to stay: Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa is not just a great sustainable stay but also a top stay in general. A ramshackle façade disguises the beloved hotel, where ten beautiful houses are set among high-growing gardens. There's a spa and a pool lined with green aventurine stones.

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Temperature in February: 26°C high; 16°C low Season: dry Travel time from UK: 7 hours 55 minutes Time difference: GMT +0

Senegal has always danced to its own beat – usually the beat of a booming sabar drum – and attracts adventurers with its delta wildlife, spicy street food and thriving contemporary art scene. Gloriously golden beaches have also turned it into an unexpected surfing hotspot and February is the best time to catch some big waves. While it's tropical and hot all year round, this month sees no rain, totally bearable heat and eight hours of sunshine a day – your typical Senegalese winter. Even a short trip guarantees life-changing experiences.

Where to stay: Sobo Badé hotel in Toubab Dialaw is an utterly serene stay on the water.

Chile

Temperature in February:  19°C high; 5°C low (Torres del Paine) Season:  summer Travel time from UK:  14 hours 30 minutes to Santiago Time difference: GMT -3 (south); GMT -4 (north)

Nowhere is the world quite so multi-dimensionally mindblowing, so humbling in its majesty, as Chile . It’s a vast land of two time zones and epic proportions – towering volcanoes, endless deserts, dramatic mountains reflected in pristine glacial lakes. Its clear skies and great uninhabited expanses – Patagonia , Atacama , the Andes – make the night sky an awesome spectacle like no other place on earth. February is the best month for stargazing and, as the last month of summer, it’s also still warm enough for walking, horseriding and wild swimming in the staggeringly beautiful Torres del Paine and other national parks .

Where to stay: Explora lodges are contemporary, low-slung and gloriously miles from anywhere, in Torres Del Paine , Patagonia National Park , Easter Island and Atacama .

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Copenhagen, Denmark

Temperature in February: 3°C high; -1°C low Season: winter Travel time from UK: 1 hours 50 minutes Time difference: GMT +1

Home of hygge, layering up is all part of the fun in the undisputed capital of Scandi-cool . The Danes’ design prowess has lately seen the city popularised as a hipster dreamland, but it’s been fabulous far longer than beanie-clad bicyclists have been on Instagram: leading-edge visual arts, high Nordic cooking and fancy coffee are all in the Danish DNA.

Where to stay: Steep yourself in Copenhagen cool at Design Hotel digs Nobis , where contemporary interiors have reinvigorated the former Royal Danish Conservatory of Music, restaurant Niels does frilly things with local, seasonal ingredients, and there’s a traditional sauna to stave off the chill. We also like Hotel Danmark , where bedrooms are styled in a hipster-spartan style, painted deep, inky forest-green with contemporary Danish designs – nab a room on the sixth floor for views of the Tivoli fireworks on a summer’s evening.

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Temperature in February: 31°C high; 23°C low Season: dry Travel time from UK: 10 hours 45 minutes Time difference: GMT +5.30

Following the Covid pandemic and Sri Lanka's political troubles, tourism to the country has greatly suffered. More recently the country's Tourism Ministry and government have taken many initiatives to revive the industry. And while the foreign office recommends exercising caution, travel to Sri Lanka is allowed. It may also even help to make a difference. According to The Diplomat , "economic analysts are of the view that, if there is an increase in tourist inflows, it could have a positive impact on pulling the nation out of its current economic crisis." If you're up for the adventure, the best place to begin is in the historic capital Colombo, then head down the coast to the colonial town of Galle, sampling some mouth-watering seafood along the way.

Where to stay: Design fans will love Paradise Road The Villa Bentota , a colonial-era ancestral home with laid-back service and an excellent restaurant.

5. Aspen USA

North American ski resorts

Temperature in February: 4°C high; -12°C low Season: winter Travel time from UK: 12 hours Time difference: GMT -7

Is there anything more alluring than powdery, just-fallen snow? Especially when your primary concern is not how to get to work but deciding what time to book your ski lesson? Fresh snowfall drives winter sports aficionados to the Rockies in their droves from November , but by February you can take advantage of the optimum skiing conditions at more affordable prices. Aspen glitters the brightest, attracting high rollers more interested in sipping hot chocolate by an open fire than hitting the slopes. Serious skiers head further up to Jackson Hole and Banff, in the picturesque Canadian Rockies.

Where to stay: In Aspen, Hotel Jerome is a solid, square old building of mellowed brick that's been a landmark here since it opened in 1889, stylishly designed to mix the patina of age with the design elements of now. In Banff, you can also kick off your skis at the lavish Fairmont Banff Springs , but when rooms come with awe-inspiring panoramas straight out of The Revenant is it even worth going outside?

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 Mendoza, Argentina

Temperature in February: 31°C high; 17°C low Season: summer Travel time from UK: 18 hours 30 minutes Time difference: GMT -3

Summer in Argentina is in full swing, and few places look lovelier under the season’s clear, blue skies than Mendoza. The convivial, famously laid-back city isn’t just the gateway to Argentine wine country, but a destination every bit as seductive as the region’s finest reds – where buzzy bars and restaurants spill out onto pavements, world-class beef is grilled over wood fires, and even the ice cream comes laced with Malbec. Road trips to the Uco Valley wineries are framed by the frosted Andes soaring over neatly plotted, brilliant-green vines. In late February, the Vendimia Festival, celebrating the grape harvest, takes over the town: it’s a fine time to join the party, or flee to a rustic bungalow in a placid Uco pasture.

Where to stay: Cavas Wine Lodge , where the architecture is bold and the 14 abode-style cabaña buildings are spacious. The restaurant makes good use of local produce and, as you'd expect, has a carefully compiled wine list – give advance notice and you can dine by candlelight on your roof terrace.

Typical enclosed Maltese balconies flanking a narrow cobbled alley with steps to the Grand Harbor Valletta Malta

Valletta, Malta

Temperature in February: 16°C high; 9°C low Season: winter Travel time from UK: 3 hours 20 minutes Time difference: GMT +1

Malta is the Mediterranean's sunshine island – with more than 300 days of sunshine a year, even in February the island skims temperatures of 16°C – practically tropical compared to the British average of 7°C . February is also Carnival Week; when parades with colourful floats passing through the streets of the capital, Valletta.

Where to stay: At 66 Saint Paul’s , doubles from about £120, which has a cute, diminutive rooftop pool. Or book into Domus Zamittello , set in a restored 17th-century palazzo.

View of Rio de Janeiro at dusk

Rio de Janerio, Brazil

Temperature in February: 31°C high; 24°C low Season: rainy Travel time from UK: 11 hours 20 minutes Time difference: GMT -4

Of all the carnival celebrations that happen across the world during this time, Rio Carnival is the one to beat. It's widely regarded as the biggest carnival in the world, having taken place since 1723. Samba schools from across the city compete against each other in all-night-long parades at the Sambadrome; but the party rages on outside of the stadium, too – at blocos that takeover the beaches and shut down the streets throughout the week (9 February - 17 February 2024).

Where to stay: Copacabana Palace, A Belmond Hotel , is the city's classic grand dame, a beachfront, Belle Epoque hangout with the city's buzziest poolside scene.

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22 Best Places to Visit in Europe in February 2024

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February is one of those months when the winter has not left, and the summer is still far away. As somebody (aka me) born this month, finding a place to travel to is always challenging, especially in Europe. So we reached out to travelers who have been to or enjoyed destinations this month, and we have curated this list of the 22 best places to visit in Europe in February. 

22 Best places to visit in Europe in February

Best places to visit in February in Europe

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Spending February in Europe – Average temperature, weather, and packing tips

Now, you might ask why visit Europe in February when it’s cold, gloomy, dull, or boring – since all the Christmas decorations are gone. Well, there are 101+ reasons to visit in February – we will cover the important ones here. 

It could be someone’s birthday (hello, don’t forget to wish me). To celebrate Valentines’ Day or enjoy off-season hotel and airfare.

February is perfect to beat the crowds and secure your sightseeing minus the wait time in European bucket list destinations like Rome , Prague , Paris , or London – where line-ups go half a mile during summers.

Not to mention the cheap flights. Popular destinations are a smart choice in colder months for that very reason. 

Regarding packing, as you can see on the western, eastern, and northern sides – it is still quite cold. So warm clothing – a jacket, sweater, scarves, gloves, and boots is a must.

In February, places like Iceland and Switzerland will be busy with winter activities – so they can still be crowded (especially because schools close for a bit in Europe in February). If you wish to participate in winter or snow sports – pack your hiking/skiing gear. 

Spending February in Europe

Anything waterproof (boots, walking shoes, or jacket) is highly recommended.

The ‘waterproof clothing’ is a good idea for southern Europe too. But overall, the weather will be warm, so you can shed your parkas and embrace flip-flips, swimwear, and light (spring-summer) clothing.

Comfortable walking shoes and a light jacket are always handy anywhere in Europe. 

Where is hot in February – Warmest places to visit in Europe in February 

The short answer is the Mediterranean Europe side!

Girl in Monaco

So if you want to escape the gloomy days in February, go to the coastal areas of Europe, like the southern coastal cities or the Mediterranean. These destinations are filled with sunshine, beach resorts, and warm weather to walk shirtless or in summer-like clothing – you get the picture. 

Our list of places to visit in February starts with the winter sunshine cities (’cause people love to be warm – mostly). If you are looking for warm-only destinations, read our Winter sun destinations for December – February

1. Chania (Island of Crete, Greece) – Best warm place in Europe in February

By Gabi Ancarola from The Tiny Book

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With its mild Mediterranean temperatures and romantic atmosphere — perfectly catering for Valentine’s Day— Greece is one of the best places to escape the cold season.

Those looking for warm and sunny days, excellent gastronomy, and a touch of romance will certainly find a paradise in one of Crete’s most beautiful cities, Chania.

If you’re ready to enjoy the pleasant local weather, sights, and cuisine, minus the crowds of August, then February is one of the best months to visit. 

Venetian Port in the evening - Visit Chania in February

There are plenty of things to do in Chania every season; however, if you travel in winter, you can enjoy everything at a more relaxed pace.

Home to unique architecture due to centuries of diverse foreign domination, the island’s former capital hides Venetian and Ottoman historic buildings worth a visit.

Once in Chania, make sure to visit the old town, also known as Palia Poli. Chania’s old neighborhood is divided into different quarters with unique characteristics. Start by discovering the west of the old town with a stroll along the tiny alleys of the Venetian quarter.

Here, it’s possible to admire some of the city’s aristocratic mansions, now transformed into glamorous boutique hotels. Choose Casa Delfino if you wish to enjoy the exclusive views of their rooftop bar, with stunning views of the Venetian Port (rooftop bar open to the public in the late afternoon).

Right in the heart of the old town, Chania hosts one of the oldest Jewish quarters of the Mediterranean, where it’s possible to visit a tiny Romaniote synagogue, home to one of the oldest ritual baths in the world. 

Next, take a walk on the seaside promenade of Chania’s Venetian port to soak in the romantic views of the Egyptian lighthouse and the Ottoman mosque.

Turkish Quarter in Europe in February

Or, if you prefer, choose the more relaxed atmosphere of the Turkish quarter, enhanced by the colorful buildings and tasty local flavors. 

Go for a wine-tasting session on Daskalogianni Street with a selection of Greek tapas (known as meze in Greek) under the plane trees of Plateia 1821 , a traditional square and a favorite among locals. 

During the cold season, Chania’s Mediterranean temperatures, laid-back winter vibe, and charming scene put this beautiful old town among the best must-visit places in Europe.

  • RECOMMENDED HOTEL : Casa Delfino Hotel & Spa | Search more hotels in Chania Greece 
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2. Menton (France) for wandering through colorful lanes in Europe in February

By Selam from SWTliving

Menton is a colorful town on the French Riviera located near the France-Italy border. With high temperatures ranging from 10-15°C (50-59°F) and plenty of sunshine, Menton makes an unexpected yet welcoming trip in February.

Menton celebrates their Fête du Citron , or Citrus Festival, every year in February. This event is an opportunity for artists to create elaborate designs made from lemons and oranges and for visitors from near and far to enjoy Menton.

Menton Europe in February

During the three-week-long celebration, you’ll experience the fruit parades and walk through the Biovès Gardens and Garden of Lights day and night. Themes in the past have included Broadway, Bollywood, and Disney.

In and around the Biovès Gardens, local artisans have stalls set up so you get to taste and buy various goods made from lemons and oranges, such as spreads, jams, and vinegar. Check the official website to get the latest information on the citrus festival dates and times.

Other things to see and do in Menton include eating in one of the best restaurants in the world, Mirazur, visiting the Cemetery of the Old Chateau for beautiful panoramic views of Menton, and wandering through the colorful and picturesque old town. 

The coastal walks along the French Riviera are some of the most breathtaking we’ve ever done. One route to take advantage of this is to walk from Menton to Cap Martin in Roquebrune. 

And if you have some spare time, why not cross the Italian border? You can do so on foot, by train, or by car. Though the two countries benefit from an open border, we recommend you still take your passport.

The best place to stay in Menton is in the Old Town. Restaurants, shops, and the Fête du Citron are all within walking distance. We recommend a stay at the Hôtel Vacances Bleues Royal Westminster .

Not only is this hotel in Old Town but it is situated right on the promenade, which is one of the best places in town to watch the sunrise.

  • RECOMMENDED HOTEL: Hôtel Vacances Bleues Royal Westminster | More hotels in Menton France
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3. Malta – Carnival living in Europe in February 

By Rosie from Flyingfluskey

February can be a dreary time in Europe . However, the little islands of Malta and Gozo sit adrift in the Mediterranean, ready to brighten up everybody’s late winters.

Poor Malta is often forgotten, despite having some belting Eurovision entries over the last few years, but it makes an excellent spot for a few days holiday.

In February, there is an average daily high of 16°C (60.8 F), meaning sitting in an outdoor café in the sunshine can be almost pleasant. Valletta’s famous Caffe Cordina has outside tables on a busy thoroughfare and is a wonderful place to relax before a long day of sightseeing. 

Valletta, the capital of Malta, is an interesting mix of fort history, British traditions, and Mediterranean flavors. The WWII tunnels are a particular highlight for any history buffs. Just a short ferry ride away, partner island Gozo has plenty of hiking opportunities that crisscross the island.

Best of all, if you visit Malta, Europe in February, you may catch a carnival. This is celebrated at the beginning of lent (like Carnivale in Rio or Mardi Gras in New Orleans), and festivities stretch over five days.

Warmest places in Europe in February- Carnival in Malta

Colorful parades take to the streets, packed with enthusiastic school children busting out synchronized choreography, surrounding crazy colored floats. The great and good attend wonderful masked balls. 

There are official competitions in and around Valletta and smaller events across both islands. However, the most organic and probably the most fun party is held in Nadur.

This is unofficial, with plenty of revelries, street drinking, and costumes galore. It is just a 20-minute bus ride from Victoria, or you can catch a packed ferry for the night. 

Getting accommodation in Victoria is probably the best option here as you can stay later and have a little more fun. It is a crazy night, and whether you choose to spend the next 40 days sacrificing all those vices for lent is totally up to you….but those prinjolata desserts are far too good!

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4. Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain) for sun-kissed villas and pretty villages

By Marta from Where Life is Great

Tenerife Canary Islands

Are you dreaming of warmer days this winter? You don’t have to travel far to get sand under your feet. Just off the coast of northwestern Africa, you will find the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago that offers beautiful year-round weather.

In February, you can expect temperatures of 20 degrees Celsius (68 F), 6 hours of sunshine a day, and no crowds.

Of all the four main Canary Islands (Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura), Tenerife is our absolute favorite. 

Tenerife is the biggest and most diverse island in the archipelago. It offers beautiful sandy beaches like Playa De Las Teresitas, banana plantations, and volcanoes (with the biggest peak in Spain -Teide).

Head to the island’s northern part, which remains Canarian in character, with plenty of Spanish bars and restaurants around the area.

As an island, Tenerife has a very special vibe; it feels exotic while still in Europe. But to really experience this exotic vibe, you can’t stay in a touristy place; consider staying at a typical Canarian hacienda surrounded by banana plantations with ocean-view villas .

One of our trip highlights in Tenerife was visiting the small mountain village of La Masca. It is located in an impressively isolated and picturesque gorge and is considered Tenerife’s prettiest village.

The route there is very windy, but the road trip is well worth the effort. In Tenerife, a must-visit is Teide National Park and its natural pools.

The Canary Islands are famous for its patatas arrugadas and mojo sauce – we had never had so many delicious potatoes in our lives as we did in Tenerife. So, if you are a potato lover, you found paradise!

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5. Nice (France) for Carnival Celebrations

Nice is another popular destination on the French Riviera, and it’s no surprise that it has a lot to offer even in February. With mild temperatures ranging from 9-14°C (48-57°F) and plenty of sunshine, Nice is an ideal spot for a winter getaway.

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One of the main events happening in Nice during this time of year is the Carnival , which is one of the largest carnivals in the world. This two-week-long celebration includes parades, street performances, and extravagant floats adorned with flowers and lights.

The Light Parade holds a significant role during the Carnival festivities. The center point of the parade is Massena Square, where huge grandstands are set up for the public. The carnival has a different theme each year, so you can expect to see something new and exciting every time you visit.

Aside from the carnival, Nice also offers a variety of activities such as visiting the historic Old Town, exploring the Promenade des Anglais, and strolling through the beautiful Jardin Albert I. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even take a day trip to nearby cities like Monaco or Cannes.

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For accommodation in Nice, we recommend staying at the Radisson Blu Hotel Nice . Located right on the Promenade des Anglais, this hotel offers stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and is just a short walk away from all the major attractions in Nice.

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6. Málaga (Spain) for unlimited winter sunshine in February 

By Kalyn from GirlGoneLondon.com

Malaga Spain in February

Whether you want sand between your toes, palm trees over your head, or tapas in your stomach, Malaga, Spain, is the perfect destination for travelers to Europe in February.

While Malaga has gained a reputation as a party city, the surrounding resorts are filled with revelry. Malaga is a charming, historic city with amazing beaches, great food, and friendly people.

We loved visiting in February for some sunshine – it has about 3,000 hours of sun a year, which is the most in Spain! The temperatures in February are also mild to pleasant, ranging from about 15- 21°C (60-70°Fahrenheit).

February is also not a high tourism season in Malaga, meaning you can enjoy the scenery and attractions without fighting the crowds. 

To take full advantage of a winter beach vacation, head to Playa de la Malagueta, which has restaurants on the beach and plenty of space to run and play.

The Malagueta sign (which means Malaga in Spanish) is a great snapshot and captures the fun-loving spirit of this city.

Malaga Europe February

If cultural attractions inspire you, Malaga has an incredible Picasso Museum and beautiful views from La Alcazaba, a Moorish fortification. There are also incredible day trips from Malaga , including to the famous Caves of Nerja. 

The south of Spain is also much more affordable than the north when it comes to eating out, and you can enjoy delicious tapas (try the seafood options for some local flavor!) at reasonable prices. 

To treat yourself, stay at the Gran Hotel Miramar , which is just steps away from the beach and has luxuriously decorated rooms at prices that may surprise you (in a good way) for such a well-located and classy resort.

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7. Novi Sad (Serbia) for festivals and warm weather in February in Europe

By Emily from wander-lush.org

Novi-Sad-Serbia lanes

Novi Sad in northern Serbia’s autonomous Vojvodina province is one of the prettiest cities in the Balkans .

While the most popular time to visit is during the summer months when the city hosts EXIT Festival, a two-time winner of the Best European Festival award, it’s also pleasant to visit out of season.

Novi Sad’s history dates back to 1694 when Serb merchants founded a settlement on the river bank opposite the Danube to the Habsburg Petrovaradin Fortress. The Fortress still stands today and is one of the must-sees. 

A vast complex of green spaces and crumbling walls, it features a row of bars and boutiques at its highest point. This is the best place in Novi Sad to watch the sunset.

Other things to do in Novi Sad include exploring the main square, Trg Slobode, where the city’s most iconic buildings are. These include the Neo-Renaissance Town Hall and the gorgeous Name of Mary Catholic Church, whose roof is topped with sparkling Zsolnay porcelain tiles.

Zmaj Jovina pedestrian mall is lined with cute cafes and shops, including The Manual Company, a local producer of leather goods. 

Make sure to stop at Trčika, a cute espresso bar housed inside one of the city’s old tram carriages. It’s the perfect place to curl up for a hot beverage on a chilly winter day.

February is a great time to visit Novi Sad if you like fresh weather and clear blue skies and want to avoid the summer crowds.

Base yourself at Boutique Hotel ARTA , and budget at least two full days in Novi Sad to see the highlights. If you have longer, you can go on a day trip to the nearby town of Sremski Karlovci or explore the surrounding wine country.

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8. Venice (Italy) – Experience the floating city in February 

By Tanja from ryokougirl

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A visit to ‘The Floating City’ of Italy might make you feel like you’re stepping onto a movie set when you first arrive, with over 100 islands of incredible artwork, medieval architecture, and UNESCO world heritage sites that will surely take your breath away, it’s no wonder it is considered by many to be the most beautiful city in the world.

Famous for its uniquely romantic experiences, who could resist a ride in a gondola down the iconic Grand Canal or a cheeky dance across St Mark’s Square, the grandest ballroom in all of Europe?

Travelers bold enough to explore the labyrinth of alleyways that map the city will discover an endless parade of café, restaurants, and independent souvenir shops offering uniquely Venetian gifts for you to take home.

With a population of just over 250,000, Venice is far from the largest of Italy’s cities, but it’s no secret that Venice faces a rising tide of tourism, with an estimated 25 million visitors a year.

On a trip in February, you will usually see very mild winter weather, shorter lines, lower prices, fewer tourists, and of course, the Carnivale!

Venice in February

For just two weeks of the year each February, you can experience Venice’s Carnivale, an annual festival world-famous for its elaborate masks and costumed balls.

Throughout Italy, carnivals generally cater to children. However, the Venetians do things differently and cater mostly to adults.

With costumed performers dancing throughout the city, masked balls, and costume parties galore, it will leave you feeling like you have stepped out of time.

While the Carnivale usually means higher-priced hotels, you are likely to pay less if you plan and book well in advance. The Splendid Venice is a boutique hotel in the heart of the city and will bring all the city has to offer to your doorstep.

Venice is like no other place on Earth; to truly understand it, you must experience it yourself!

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9. Paphos (Cyprus) – Enjoy mild temperatures on the Mediterranean coast

By Maggie from The World Was Here First

Cyprus February Europe travel

If you’re looking for the ideal European destination to visit in February, then you absolutely cannot go wrong with Paphos, Cyprus. 

Located on the southwestern coast of the Mediterranean island nation, Paphos is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the Greek goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite, and has a fascinating history that dates back thousands of years.

While many people flock to Paphos in the summer to enjoy the warm waters and sandy beaches, visiting in February will find you fewer crowds and mild, pleasant temperatures. The average high in February will rarely drop below 17°C (62.6 F), and you can expect plenty of sunshine.

Though it may be too chilly to swim in the Mediterranean, there are so many other great things to do in Paphos that you will surely not miss any potential sunbathing opportunities.

If you’re interested in ancient history, head to the Kato Paphos Archaeological Park or the Tombs of the Kings, where you can see relics from the Hellenistic period and onward. 

If you want to be more active, hike in the nearby Akamas peninsula or the green Paphos Forest.

There are so many things to keep you occupied in Paphos, and combined with great winter weather, it makes the perfect destination to visit in February.

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10. Tirana (Albania) – Perfect for Europe February travel for history and city lovers

By Anita from the travellingbalkans

Tirana in Europe February Travel

The bustling capital city of Albania, Tirana, is the perfect city for a February holiday. Tirana has come leaps and bounds over the past few years, with the city becoming a creative haven.

Albania was a communist state for over 40 years, so there are a lot of interesting quirks about this European country.

Visiting Tirana in February is ideal compared to many other European cities . Albania’s weather is mild so you can experience some 20-degree (68 F) days and sunshine.

Also, because it’s not tourist season yet, you will enjoy the sites without many other tourists, which is lovely!

There are so many great things to do in Tirana , including visiting Bunk Art 1 & 2. Bunk Art 1 is located just outside the centre and was the bunker for the communist leader.

You can go inside and visit the huge facility and see the rooms. Bunk Art 2 is in Skanderbeg Square and was the bunker for internal affairs. 

These two museums will give you a great insight into the gloomy time of communism and what it was like for people to live here during that time.

While in Tirana, be sure to hang out in Bloku, the trendy part of Tirana. There are many great restaurants, including Salt, which has an incredible menu, and Oda, which serves traditional Albanian food.

Be sure to try Tave Kosi, a baked dish of lamb and yogurt; it’s delicious!

If you’re staying in Tirana, stay at the Plaza. It’s one of the most interesting buildings in Tirana, and if you get a high room, you can get a beautiful view over Skanderbeg Square, the main square of Tirana.

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11. Siena (Italy) – Of history, winter sports and pleasant weather in February

By Matt from It All in Italy

February is a wonderful month to visit Siena in Italy . It is winter, but the weather is comfortable, and the cold is bearable.

In February, Siena schedules events at venues that are usually closed to the public. These venues include the botanical garden and the crypt of the cathedral.

Siena is also quiet in February. There are fewer tourists, and the bars, restaurants, and cafés are always open. You can check out the winter sports events at Mount Abetone or have a fun time at the Carnival, which is hosted by the town of Viareggio on the Versilia coast.

While in Siena, you might want to visit 3 of its most popular tourist destinations:

The Piazza del Campo is at the heart of Sienna – an open square with stunning views of historical architecture and the frenetic pace of a town buzzing with tourist activity.

A leisurely walk to the town’s upper end will take you to the Fonte Gaia, a fountain masterpiece created in 1419 by Iácopo della Quercia. You can find the original marble reliefs that were removed in 1868 during the restoration of the fountain at the Museo Civico.

Tourists usually start off their itinerary at the Piazza del Campo because it is a stone’s throw away from other attractions, such as the Torre del Mangia and the Palazzo Publico, and offers a wide variety of cafés, shops, and restaurants.

The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta is also known as Siena Cathedral and is widely regarded as the best representative of Gothic architecture in Italy. It was constructed in the 13th century. Siena Cathedral is also home to a treasure trove of masterpieces in art.

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You can find the magnificent works of Nicola, Pisano, Donatello, Bernini, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Giovanni di Turino, and Pinturicchio.

The cathedral’s ceilings, floors, and walls are adorned by some of Italy’s most amazing stone and wood carving renderings, paintings, mosaics, and stained glass art.      

The Palazzo Pubblico was built in the late 13th and early 14th centuries. When visiting the iconic Gothic town hall, take note of the Balzana, a black and white escutcheon of Siena that is repeatedly inscribed on the arches of its windows.

Ensure you have enough pictures of the Coat of Arms of the Medici, which can be found on the first floor.

The Museo Civico is located on the upper floors and is home to paintings, drawings, and historical manuscripts in the town. You will also see an amazing collection of Renaissance paintings and collections that represent the best of Renaissance and Baroque silverware.

The Grand Hotel Continental is an ideal place to stay while in Siena. It is located only a few minutes away from the Piazza del Campo and offers its visitors magnificent views of the city and elegant rooms. The hotel operates one of the best restaurants in Siena.

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12. Porto (Portugal) – An off season gem for Europe February Travel 

By Phil & Kevin

Porto — known as Portugal’s second city — hugs the edge of the gorgeous Douro River, and it stole our hearts. It is laid back, full of medieval architecture, stunning bridges, and cafes, and has something for just about everyone.

You’ll find travel deals during February, which is considered Porto’s low season. But that doesn’t mean the city isn’t still hopping.

Visitors and locals alike flock to the city’s waterfront. We recommend basing yourself at the Porto River Aparthotel , located right along the Cais da Ribeira waterfront. You’re in the heart of the action. And you can snag a river-facing room for $108 USD a night.

You can wander the streets along the riverside area from your hotel and grab dinner with a view. We recommend Jimao for its cozy atmosphere and wide selection of tapas.

Porto Portugal in February

You can’t go wrong with the fresh grilled calamari, cheese plate, and spread of homemade bread paired with olives and locally sourced olive oil.

There is a lot of ground to cover in Porto, and one of the best ways to explore the city is with Gastronomic Porto Bike Tour , at $80 USD per person. Each tour is customized based on your interest — whether you’re into history, current events, or culture.

The tour covered about 18 miles, which made us feel not so guilty about all the delicious food (and Port!) we had along the way.

Porto in February

Next up, you won’t want to miss Livaria Lello , an incredible bookstore many believe was Harry Potter’s inspiration. JK Rowling once called Porto home for two years, teaching English.

It doesn’t take much imagination to see many of the elements of the grand staircase in Hogwarts Castle. Walking underneath the Gothic arches, down the swirling staircase and red-painted wooden steps, you’ll feel transported to another era. 

Finally, wrap up the night with dinner at Idiota Casa Portuense. We recommend ordering a bottle of the “green wine” called “vinho verde.” Vinho Verde isn’t bright green, at least not in the way you might think.

When Portuguese winemakers decided to dub the stuff green wine, they meant green as in “fresh”, “lively,” or “young.”

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13. Rome (Italy) – For romantic city breaks in Europe in February 

By Marta from Learningescapes.net

Rome pantheon in February

If you are looking for the perfect city break in Europe in February, look no further than Rome, Italy. 

February is the tail end of winter in Rome : at this time, the cold slowly starts to lose its grip, springs dress the city up with fragrant blossoms, and Rome often flaunts a stunning blue sky, an absolute dream for sightseeing and even more if you love photography!

To top it all, February is a low season in Rome. With fewer crowds, sightseeing is a breeze, and travelers can get a glimpse of Rome’s true soul: intimate, messy, and immensely charming.

There are many things to see in Rome both on and off the main tourist track.

Among Rome’s main landmarks, the Colosseum , Roman Forum, and the Vatican are worth a visit. The same can be said about the Pantheon and the city’s most famous squares, such as Piazza Navona and Campo de’ Fiori.

The best way to visit Rome is to kit yourself up with good walking shoes and slowly go from one site to another. 

Rome’s main landmarks are not far from each other; you can see many of them even with just one day in Rome or limited time in the city.

With a short stroll, you can see ancient Rome, the Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish steps in one afternoon, and you can even add a stop at the Campidoglio terrace for stunning views over the city or visit the lesser-known Rome Jewish quarter – a gem!

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If you choose a hotel in the city center, such as the Hotel Kolbe –  you have all of this at your doorstep. 

If you love food, this is a wonderful time to experience Rome’s warming dishes (think carbonara…), and if you are looking for a romantic escape, you cannot go wrong in Rome.

Rome is the ultimate romantic destination with cobbled streets, piazzas , hidden corners, and sunset views!

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14. Interlaken (Switzerland) – Surround yourself with the Swiss Alps in February (and a warm cuppa of cocoa)

By Trijit from BudgetTravelBuff

Interlaken & Jungfrau in February

Interlaken is a small but one of the most beautiful towns in Europe. It is located at the heart of the Bernese Alps and surrounded by pristine lakes in central Switzerland .

Interlaken OST Railway Station is just a 2-hour train ride away from Zurich International Airport. You can also reach there by bus, and this small town is well connected with other European cities like Rome, Paris, and Munich.

You need to reserve 2 days for Interlaken, and it can be explored at any time of the year; however, if you are a thrill-seeker and want to experience some winter adventures like skiing, ice skating, sledding, and other adrenaline-pumping winter outdoor activities, then February is the best time to visit Interlaken. 

The Jungfraujoch is a must-see on your 2 days Interlaken trip . It is probably the most popular and expensive and scenic attraction in Interlaken.

At the end of the 7 km (4.3 miles) journey, you will reach the top of Jungfraujoch, the highest train station in Europe at 11000 feet. From the top, Jungfraujoch offers a stunning view of mountain Jungfrau and Eiger.

Grindelwald is another gem of Interlaken, especially for perfect skiing conditions in winter. Take a cable car ride to reach the top of the Grindelwald-First. It offers a breathtaking view of the rocky slopes, snow-capped peaks, pastures, lakes, and a waterfall.

Grindelwald is also known for great skiing and snowboarding in January and February. You can rent all types of gear that you need at the shop.

We recommend staying in Interlaken for at least two nights. You can stay at the Alpenrose Hotel and Gardens , a family-friendly accommodation with a fantastic view of the Jungfrau mountain range.

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Additional Reading : Find the best cities to explore in Switzerland

15. Lake Bled (Slovenia)  for Winter Adventures

Lake Bled is a picturesque alpine town in Slovenia known for its stunning lake and island with a medieval castle perched on top. While it may not be one of the most conventional European destinations for winter, Lake Bled offers plenty of activities to keep you entertained during your visit.

During February, the temperatures can reach as low as -2 °C (28°F), making it the perfect weather for winter sports such as ice skating, snowshoeing, and skiing. You can also take a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride around the lake to soak in the beautiful winter scenery.

For adrenaline junkies, head to Straza Bled Ski Resort for some downhill skiing or snowboarding located near the center of Lake Bled. The resort is amazing, with mountain views.

Aside from winter activities in Lake Bled , you can also enjoy a variety of cultural experiences, such as visiting the medieval Bled Castle and taking a tour of the Church of the Assumption located on the island in the middle of Lake Bled.

For a unique experience, you can also try the traditional pletna boat ride to the island, which local rowers operate. Don’t forget to try local delicacies in Lake Bled, such as the traditional “kremsnita” pastry. 

We recommend staying at the Grand Hotel Toplice Lake Bled to stay warm and cozy during your visit. This 5-star hotel offers stunning views of the lake and mountains and is just a short walk from all the major attractions in town.

For an unforgettable experience, take a dip in the lake’s thermal springs or indulge in a spa treatment at one of the many wellness centers in town.

  • RECOMMENDED HOTEL: Grand Hotel Toplice Lake Bled
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16. Iceland – Chase northern lights in February – yes February in Europe

By Kim from Work Hard Travel Well

Northern Lights in February

Although Iceland in February can have inconsistent weather filled with mostly snow, February is a good time to visit to see the Northern Lights. The Northern Lights are best seen from September through March.

Many factors go into seeing the Northern lights. Booking a tour doesn’t guarantee you will see them.

The tour guides look into the weather and see if it will be a dark, clear night. It’s best to book the tour early on in your trip so that if the tour does not happen, you can try for another night during your trip.

The Northern lights aren’t guaranteed. It is best to have other things in mind that you want to see during your visit to Iceland.

If you want a winter getaway, there are more things to do in Iceland. You can visit a hot spring/ geothermal pool like the Blue Lagoon. Don’t let the term pool mislead you.

Blue Lagoon Iceland

Although it is cold in Iceland, the temperature in the water at the Blue Lagoon is around 102 F. At the Blue Lagoon, besides relaxing in the water, you can use steam rooms, book an in-pool massage, or have a drink at the in-water bar.

Most Golden Circle tours include stops at Gulfoss Waterfall, Strokkur Geysir, and Thingvellir National Park. Thingvellir Park looks different in the Winter, but you can see the line that divides the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.

The Strokkur geyser erupts every 6-10 minutes, shooting water upwards of 15-20 meters.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can check out a tour that includes snowmobiling, hiking a glacier, and visiting an ice cave.

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Additional Reading:

  • Get the guide to all the winter tours in Iceland
  • Itinerary Inspiration for Iceland

17. Innsbruck (Austria) – Still time for winter magic in the mountains

By Linda from Travel Tyrol

The top view of the old town of Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck, the capital of the Austrian Tyrol, is fast becoming one of central Europe’s most popular year-round destinations.

While skiing from Innsbruck would have been the main activity for visitors in February only a few years ago, the city has expanded its winter attractions to include so much more.

In 2019, a new SKI plus CITY Pass was introduced with a ski pass to thirteen ski resorts and the Innsbruck Card with free entry to 22 tourist attractions at no additional cost.

Non-skiers will find Innsbruck has much to offer in the sightseeing department in February. The beautiful old town has the famous Golden Roof at its centre. Or you can take the Sightseer Bus to Ambras Castle and view the world’s first museum as we know them today.

The Bergisel, a historic hill, home to an Olympic ski jump and Tyrol’s largest oil painting is another short ride from the city centre. The Tyrol Panorama by Zeno Diemer is a panoramic 360° painting on a 1,000 m² canvas depicting the famous Third Battle Of Bergisel in 1809.

Lovers of modern art and (or) all things sparkling will enjoy a visit to the Swarovski Crystal Worlds. This top attraction is in the town of Wattens, a 15-minute drive from Innsbruck, where the first Swarovski factory is to this day.

Explore the inside of the Swarovski Giant before walking around in the park landscape filled with crystal features.

What makes a visit to Innsbruck in February unique is that you can experience all of this while marveling at snow-capped mountain peaks. And even if you don’t like skiing, you can go sledding, ice-skating, or snow-shoe walking to experience some of the winter magic.

A good hotel to base yourself in while exploring Innsbruck in February is the Goldene Krone . It’s not only close to the train station but in the shadow of the city’s triumphal arch where the pedestrian zone to the old town starts.

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18. Copenhagen (Denmark) – Celebrate a festive city break in February

By Derek from EverythingCopenhagen

Copenhagen is a great European destination at any time of the year, even in February. There are so many things to do in Copenhagen in winter , and they don’t end as soon as Christmas is over.

While the Danish capital is a perfect Christmas market destination, it’s really fun after the New Year. That’s because it’s the time of year for Danes to get cozy, hunker down, and enjoy the important things in life. They call it “hygge” and February is the middle of Danish hygge-winter.

Copenhagen in February comes with early sunsets, candle-lit pubs, and plenty of fun things to do. This year, Tivoli Gardens is re-opening between the Christmas season and the Summer season and will be operating throughout February.

Tivoli is an urban amusement park in the shadow of Copenhagen City Hall. The grounds are gorgeously landscaped, and the rides are fun for kids and adults of all ages. You’ll need a winter jacket, but shouldn’t miss Tivoli Gardens for some February fun. 

It’s also a good opportunity to warm up inside Copenhagen’s world-class museums. Check out The Danish National Museum, The Scandinavian Design Museum, and The Carlsberg Gylptotek in February. You’ll find the same amazing exhibits with smaller crowd sizes.

The same is true of Copenhagen’s historic castles like Rosenborg, home of the Danish Crown Jewels, and Amalienborg – the royal residence.

For some fun nightlife in the winter months, Copenhagen offers cozy options like board game cafes. There, visitors can reserve a table and share drinks and snacks inside while playing games with their friends.

Copenhagen beer culture is also fun to explore in February. Arrange a visit to the Carlsberg Brewery for a tour and beer tasting. You can also visit any of the popular craft beer pubs around town.

The two areas that are best for finding a hotel in February are near City Hall or the Nyhavn Canal. The city is very easy to navigate via Copenhagen public transport, but these two areas give you the best access to attractions and the metro system.

Copenhagen is a very manageable city and easy to explore on foot, by bike, or public transit.

February weather is never the same in Copenhagen. When the sun is shining, it can be a moderate temperature but still cold. It can feel much colder if it’s overcast and the wind is blowing.

There isn’t usually much snowfall, but the climate is wet, making it feel colder. Dress warmly, and you’ll still have fun in February.

There’s lots to do and see in Copenhagen in February, from museums to amusement parks to pubs and board games. Whatever you decide to do when you visit, you’ll enjoy Copenhagen all year!

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19. London (UK) – For the perfect romantic city break in Europe, February travel

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London, United Kingdom Europe February

London is one of the best places to visit in Europe any time of the year, whether it is visiting London in December or even in the month of love. But February is special in the City because this is the time when the City begins to shake off the vestiges of winter.

When the grey, miserable slush disappears, it will be replaced by tiny budding flowers. The first hints of spring.

With better weather on the way, the myriad of things available in London is much more enjoyable to see and do.

For one, visit landmarks such as the House of Parliaments, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, the British Museum, Tower Bridge, and the London Eye.

Walk along the Embankment, maybe even catch a ferry along the river Thames, and enjoy the city from the river before hopping off beside Big Ben to continue your sightseeing adventure. 

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Then there is the West End. You will never run out of things to watch if you are a theatre fan. There are limited shows and long-standing musicals such as Les Miserable and the Phantom of the Opera that will thrill visitors of all ages.

If you have small children, bring them to watch The Lion King! It is a sure crowd-pleaser. Most West End shows also offer matinees on specific days so that you can keep your evenings free. 

In February, you can join Londoners in celebrating the Chinese New Year in Chinatown. The hundreds of street performers and lion dancers create a truly atmospheric celebration.

The Orchid Festival also occurs in Kew Garden around February if you are a botanical fan. Nothing better than to spend the day among flowers before heading out for a romantic Valentines’ Day dinner.

Pro tip : Rather than recommending a specific hotel to stay at, our suggestion is to look for a place close to the Tube in Zone 1 or 2. Popular areas include Holborn, Piccadilly, Euston, and South Kensington. You honestly can’t go wrong in picking one of these places to stay at, depending on your budget.

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20. Brussels (Belgium) – Get cozy and eat waffles in Europe in February 

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February is low season and cozy in Brussels . Touring the city unencumbered by the droves of tourists that flock there during busier times of the year is a real treat.

The Grand Place, one of Europe’s most ornate and exquisitely constructed city squares, is fantastic without the summer festivities that often obstruct its view.

And just around the corner from there is Manneken Pis. It is a tiny statue, but a must-see since the locals consider him the veritable mascot for the city. Then, get lost exploring the meandering streets of central Brussels.

Brussels is fabulously walkable and has fun cafes, restaurants, clothing boutiques, and excellent thrift shops. And not to be missed are the many beer halls where you can sample one of Belgium’s famous imports. Beer is to Belgians what wine is to the French.

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February weather in Brussels can be a lot like autumn. But if it’s not, the famous Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert is a gorgeous place to duck in out of the cold.

This beautiful landmark’s window-covered arches pour light onto its shops, cafes, restaurants, and some of Belgium’s most famous chocolatiers.

When you’re done, pop over to the fabulous Maison Dandoy Galeries location right next door. Here, you can find the famous cookie, among others. And this is the best place to try the world-renowned Brussels waffle.

You’ll find some of the world’s most delicious chocolate in Belgium. So it’s fitting that the largest chocolate event in the world is held annually in Brussels, most oftentimes in February.

During Salon du Chocolat, visitors can watch a chocolate fashion show, sample the chocolate, and even share in making it at chocolate workshops.

Since this country is small and easy to get around by train, why not see more of it? Leuven, a small city just outside Brussels, is a fantastic place to get a feel for the Flemish side of Belgium.

And the Park Inn by Radisson in Leuven is an excellent choice, as it is right above the train station.

From here, you can take lovely day trips all over Belgium and even into nearby Holland. Brussels and beyond is waiting for you in February!

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21. Lisbon (Portugal) – One of the perfect places to visit in February in Europe

By Kirsten of Kids Are A Trip

Lisbon is one of the best places to visit in February, with relatively mild weather and plentiful sunshine. The city is accessible from most of Europe with a short flight, making it an ideal winter getaway to escape the cold.

There is plenty to see during a weekend in Lisbon, so make sure to visit the highlights and enjoy some delicious food.

Lisbon has seven hills, providing lovely views from all parts of the city. Head to Castelo de S. Jorgé, the castle perched high upon a hill in the Alfama district.

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Or take in the view from the Santa Justa lift, which transports riders from the heart of downtown to the Largo do Carmo.

At the top of the lift are the ruins of Carmo Convent, destroyed by an earthquake in 1755 but left as a reminder of the city’s devastation. 

Allow time for exploring the fashionable boutiques and restaurants of Chiado and the Bairro Alto. Don’t miss Time Out Market, which houses dozens of restaurants, bars, and shops. It’s the perfect spot for a meal or late night out and offers food from the best chefs in Portugal .

Another area of Lisbon that shouldn’t be missed is Belém, along the Tagus River. The area is famous for its seafood restaurants and custard tarts (pastéis de Belém), so don’t miss either.

Take a guided tour of Jerónimos Monastery and the Tower of Belém. They are both architectural marvels.

While in Lisbon, don’t miss a Fado show showcasing Portugal’s folk music.

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22. Amsterdam (Netherlands) – One of the best places to visit in February in Europe

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Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and a great destination to visit no matter what time of the year. It is a city packed with culture, activities, good food, and incredible architecture.

Although February is Amsterdam’s coldest month, it is a wonderful time to visit the city because you’ll find fewer crowds at the major tourist attractions, and the hotels are cheaper.

In winter, the temperatures in the city are between 0º to 5º C (32 to 41 F), and Amsterdam becomes a fairytale city when it snows.

February is one of the cheapest months to visit Amsterdam. During this time, canals might also freeze, showcasing a natural ice skating rink as it does in the winter. However, the popular winter lights festival is over by this time.

During 2 days in Amsterdam you can see the city’s main attractions like Dam Square and The Anne Frank House, take a boat tour along the canals, visit the former Heineken brewery, and more.

To stay warm, visit some of the city’s museums like Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum, or Hermitage Amsterdam.

Amsterdam is a small city, and most tourist activities are in the same area, so that you can walk everywhere. Another alternative to get around is to take the tram (or rent a bike if the weather permits).

If you’re looking for a place to stay in Amsterdam, we recommend you stay near Amsterdam Centraal station, where there are many hotel options and you have all the services close by. 

Amsterdam is one of the most picturesque cities in Europe and a great destination to visit during February because you will enjoy it with fewer tourists, get better prices at the accommodation, and have the chance of seeing it covered in snow.

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We hope you enjoyed reading our hand-picked beautiful places in Europe in February – it is the perfect time to beat the crowds, score good flight and hotel deals, and enjoy the cultural ambiance! 

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Planning your trip to Europe – If this is your first ever trip to Europe, consider reading our Europe 101 guide.

Schengen Visa – If you require a visa to travel to Europe, most likely it is the Schengen Visa (for those belonging to the Euro Zone or EU, it doesn’t include the UK). Read our guide to applying for Schengen Visa.

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Packing List – Read our in-depth guide to packing for Europe for all seasons and regions.

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Mayuri is the founder & editor of ToSomePlaceNew. An Indian-Canadian globetrotter, she has traveled to over 100 cities and 35+ countries. Mayuri has a graduate degree in History and is an MBA. She loves traveling the world, capturing historical nuances, and discussing that over a cup of coffee with her husband, Salil. She currently resides in Edmonton, Canada, and plots travel plans to Europe, the Americas, and beyond. 

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There’s no wrong time to visit this swish alpine resort town, which stuns both in summer and winter, but February is arguably the best. Ultra-luxe ski resorts are in full swing, the winter temps are at their warmest (ideal for lingering on the high slopes), and Switzerland's world-famous White Turf horse-racing event takes over three weekends on the town’s frozen lake. Don’t forget to try your hand at bobsledding (St. Moritz hosted two Winter Olympic Games, after all) on its Olympia Bob Run , the oldest of its kind in the world. Afterwards, bed down at the glamorous, all-suite Carlton Hotel , whose three-Michelin-starred restaurant Da Vittorio is matched only by the property's show-stopping lake views.

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In Europe, February is the perfect time to go on a winter vacation. Fill in that slump after Christmas with a festive adventure to explore the stunning scenery of Europe, either seeking out some winter sun or embracing the cold in some of the more northern destinations. Valentine’s Day dominates the month so romantic, couples’ destinations are a popular place to visit. Although if you’re also looking for a solo trip you won’t be disappointed.

Europe acts as one of the most diverse areas of the world with ancient cities colliding with modern attractions to provide travellers with a unique destination. In February wrap up warmly and take your time sitting in the best coffee shops in the world or visiting some of the oldest museums on Earth

During February Europe as a whole tends to be pretty chilly, but with longer days and more sun, it’s the perfect time to venture out and see what the continent has to offer. As an offseason, the cities tend to be less crowded with tourists often waiting for the Easter break to take their holidays. This means February is the perfect time to explore without the queues.

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What is the weather like in Europe in February?

In February Europe is extremely cold. Although it starts to warm up from  January , there’s still a chill in the air and you can expect average temperatures to hover around 3 – 5°C. In some areas, you’ll be treated to snow, mainly in the northern areas where you can go skiing.

However, there are a couple of places that are ideal for those searching for winter sun. If you’re more of a beachgoer than winter city explorer, the Mediterranean region is a great place to get your tan while everyone else back home huddles up in their coats. The Canary Islands hover around a toasty 19°C while in the north Iceland is a biting -3°C.

Venice, Italy

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February is the perfect time to visit Venice, as visitors can experience the famous Carnival of Venice; an 18-day extravaganza which sees the locals flood the streets of the ancient city, donning ornate masks and costumes. The elaborate carnival sees parades, concerts and balls overtake the city in celebration of artistic creations. Each year there is a concert for the most beautiful mask which is judged by an international panel of costume and fashion designers.

Naturally, this means that the city is incredibly busy with an influx of nearly 3 million visitors who come to take part in the celebrations. If you want all the fun of Venice without the people try to visit around festival dates, preferably at the beginning and end of the month.

During this colder month, Venice still offers what the city is most well-known for, rides on traditional gondolas that will now float through the misty waterways and give a unique experience rarely seen by others. The cold weather makes it an ideal trip to wrap up warm and see the city in a new light, from trattorias as you warm your hands with a hot cup of coffee.

Weather in Venice

In February Venice experiences an average high of 9°C and an average low of 1°C. These are colder than average for the busy tourist city but offer romantically lit alleyways and the chance to snuggle up in quaint coffee shops.

Canary Islands, Spain

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There aren’t many options for winter sun getaways in Europe during February, but the Canary Islands are one of your saviours. Just off the coast of Africa, these islands enjoy the warmth of the continent while only being a hop, skip and jump from mainland Europe.

Composed of 7 small islands; Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro, these islands offer plenty of options for sun-seekers to choose the kind of winter holiday they want. Tenerife is one of the most popular of them all with the southern beaches being the warmest of them all.

The Canary Islands offer not just miles of beautiful beaches, but also a number of activates for more adventurous holidaymakers. With an average sea temperature of 19°C, there’s no better time to jump in the water and snorkelling, swimming, cliff diving and scuba diving are all on offer. Each island offers its own unique landscapes to explore from the ancient forests of La Gomera to the lava fields of Tenerife.

Weather in the Canary Islands

Luckily the Canary Islands are one of those rare European areas that are warm all year round making it the perfect winter sun option. With average temperatures floating around 18 – 21°C and over 11 hours of uninterrupted sunshine it’s the ideal place to chill on the beach while sipping a mimosa. Who says European winter holidays are all about skiing?

Paris, France

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When choosing a holiday in February nothing is more romantic than visiting Paris for a  weekend getaway . The City of Love blooms in the colder months as one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in the world. If you’re lucky the city will be blanketed in a blanket of pristine snow. Couple this with the lights from the Eiffel Tower in the evening and you’ve got a recipe for romance.

February is a fantastic time to go to Paris to beat the crowds and find deals on flights and hotels. Due to the muddier weather, you’ll not have to queue for the Eiffel Tower or struggle to find a seat in one of the popular cafes. Wander around the tourist barren streets, occasionally stopping at a coffee shop for a warming drink or catch the last few days of the new year sales in some of Paris’ most luxurious stores.

As Valentine’s Day is officially in February why not take a  romantic  river tour along the river Seine, through the heart of Paris while taking in the breath-taking French architecture. A trip up the Eiffel Tower would also not go amiss with miles of gorgeous scenery to see.

Weather in Paris

The weather in Paris during February is chilly with an average temperature of 3°C. There tend to be bitter winds from the river, rain and occasional snowfall. However, due to this less than perfect weather most tourists will be scared off leaving most of the tourist attractions easy to visit.

Reykjavik, Iceland

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As the world’s northernmost capital and posterchild for snowy winter getaways, Reykjavik offers much more than guaranteed snow. The city and surrounding area give those looking for a bit of adventure the perfect place to sink their teeth into with hikes and waterfalls galore.

Just out from the city is the world-famous Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa that channels its hot water from Iceland’s volcanic activity. The warm water, averaging 38°C makes it a wonderful respite from Iceland’s biting weather. The spa offers guests the opportunity to bathe in mineral-rich water, eat at the restaurant and experience in spa treatments.

In February Reykjavik itself is still in full winter mode. Visit the modern cathedral of Hallgrimskirkja, one of the tallest structures in the country with a striking tower. The city is also home to many bars with all sorts of cocktails designed to warm your stomachs. Why not try a white Russian at the Lebowski Bar, based on the 1998 film by the Coen brothers.?

One of the main reasons people visit Iceland is to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, one of the natural wonders of the world. A short drive from Reykjavik is Grotta Island Lighthouse which is one of the best places to see these lights in the country thanks to short daylight hours and clear skies.

Weather in Reykjavik

The weather during February in Reykjavik is incredibly unpredictable with rain, snow and storms aplenty. Make sure you bring your thermals as the temperature averages between -3°C to 3°C providing a biting wind and chilly nights. Although there is only a short 7 hours of daylight a day this will increase your chance to see the Northern Lights at night.

London, England

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Possibly not on the top of everyone’s list but with enough punch as the rest of the list, London is one of the top spots for a European city getaway this February. Whether you’re visiting during the peak of Summer or in the darkness of Winter, there’s something for every season.

As the capital of the United Kingdom, London is like any other tourist hub with an endless list of things to do and see. The city is steeped in history and due to this has plenty of staggering museums and art galleries to explore away from the winter chill. The Natural History Museum is the cherry on top of the cake playing host to some of the rarest dinosaur skeletons on the planet while the Tate Modern is the mecca of contemporary art.

Of course, all the usual London attractions will also be there such as Big Ben, Tower Bridge and Buckingham Palace . Take a ride on the London Eye and see the city from 135 meters up before walking along the embankment or venture further afield and explore the quirky side streets of Camden Town.

Weather in London

London has a reputation for being bleak and grey. While you may not get the winter sun of some of the other destinations, London is still distinctly warmer than some of the other Northern European cities. The city experiences an average temperature of 7°C which it’s not too cold and not too warm. However, bring your umbrella as London happens to get a lot of rain in February.

St Moritz, Switzerland

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February is one of the best times of year to visit the Swiss resort of St. Mortiz. The luxury alpine resort town has previously hosted the Winter Olympics twice and is the perfect place to visit if you can’t see yourself relaxing by the beat this winter. As Switzerland’s original winter wonderland and the birthplace of Alpine winter tourism, St Mortiz is a skier’s paradise and people flock far and wide to try their hand on the slopes.

As the crème de la crème of skiing the resort town has built a reputation as the go-to winter destination for the wealthy, however,  budget travellers  can also experience the wonderland without forking out thousands. St Moritz has 350 kilometres of pistes for skiers and lots of adventurous off-piste terrain to discover but there are plenty of other winter sports to do.

If you’d prefer to hike there are 150km of walking trails surrounding the area and for cross-country skiers, there is a track network of about 200km snaking around the surrounding forests and mountain landscapes. Visitors can also toboggan down the icy run which is one of the oldest natural ice bob runs in the world.

The beauty of Europe during February is the number of choices from winter sun getaways in the Canary Islands to adventurous winter explorations to Iceland. Although the weather is generally quite cold there’s no reason not to explore your favourite cities with the added bonus of fewer tourists and cheaper travel costs. Skiing is prevalent around Europe in winter offering some of the best winter sport options along with relaxing city breaks in Europe’s capitals.

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12 Best February Destinations in Europe in 2024

February in Europe is obviously going to be on the cooler side, but most of the larger cities in the south actually have mild winters and rarely get snowfall. Probably the best reason to head to Europe in February is that it’s going to be much cheaper than just about any other time of year, and the crowds will be nearly all gone. If you are looking for someplace for nicer weather you might look at our list of best cheap places to go in February with warm weather , but if you’ve locked in Europe then you’ll have some good choices to consider below.

Room rates in February of 2024 are looking at least a bit higher than rates in 2023, but they are a bit lower in a few places mentioned below as well. The bottom line is this is a great time of year to visit if you can as nice hotels are relatively cheap and the main attractions will have small crowds or no crowds at all. Booking hotels as far in advance as possible is usually a wise idea since you can usually cancel for free close to the reservation itself.

Note: This article was updated last in November, 2023.

Important Europe holidays in 2024

Carnival celebrations happen in many countries in Europe in February, but not always on the same days.

  • February 3 to 13 – Venice Carnival
  • February 14 – Valentine’s Day (observed all over, but no closures)

Europe's only February beach destination

Tenerife, canary islands, spain.

  • February avg high: 70F/21C
  • February avg low: 59F/15C
  • February avg precip: 1.4″/3.5cm

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There isn’t much culture in Tenerife, but there is a volcano to visit near the south of the island. Most of all, people flock to Tenerife to sit on the beach or at least in the sun during the day, and relax over dinner and drinks at night. Prices are quite low compared to mainland Europe as well, and flights from large European cities are reasonably priced. It’s worth noting that Tenerife is just one of the Canary Islands and you might find even better deals on some of the others. Some online travel agencies bundle all of the islands together, while others list them separately. Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, and La Palma are some others to look into. Room rates in 2024 are looking about the same as in 2023, which means that there are still some bargains for those who book early.

  • Good 3-star hotels in February from €65 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in February from €90 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in February from €24 per person

>>> Check hotel deals for Tenerife >>> Tenerife prices and travel tips

The 11 Best February Destinations in Europe in 2024

The destinations below at least have decent February weather, and plenty to see this month

Rome, Italy

  • February avg high: 57F/14C
  • February avg low: 40F/4C
  • February avg precip: 2.9″/7.3cm

places to visit europe february

When crowds are low it also means that hotel prices are as well, which really helps in a city like Rome where hotels feel overpriced most of the year. You’ll be able to afford a nice hotel in a neighborhood that might feel out of your grasp if you came in summer and had to pay double. Flights should also be quite cheap as well, so this is a good city to start and/or end a tour of Europe. That said, hotel rates in February 2024 are higher than they were in 2023 so this will not be the cheapest stop if you are touring around Europe.

  • Good 3-star hotels in February from €71 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in February from €99 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in February from €19 per person
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Florence, Italy

  • February avg high: 54F/12C
  • February avg low: 37F/3C
  • February avg precip: 3.7″/9.3cm

places to visit europe february

And again, hotel prices in Florence will be far cheaper than in summer. Unlike Rome, which can still feel a bit manic with the crush of locals even in winter, Florence is more relaxed and easier to deal with. This is a city where you can linger a bit and mix in a day trip to nearby Pisa or one of the hill towns. With lower hotel prices, Florence is a city to take a breather on a longer trip, although room rates in 2024 are at least as expensive as in Rome so you might also consider staying somewhere else in the area if you want to slow your trip down a bit.

By the way,  Venice  is usually a bit colder and sometimes wetter in February, but the crowds are also much smaller than normal so you might think about including a night or two there.

  • Good 3-star hotels in February from €88 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in February from €125 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in February from €23 per person
>> Check hotel deals for Florence >>> Florence prices and travel tips

Paris, France

  • February avg high: 47F/8C
  • February avg precip: 1.8″/4.5cm

places to visit europe february

Paris is also a business city so business-oriented hotels won’t be fantastic bargains in February, but hotels in the more touristy districts will have excellent off-season rates. Try to book a hotel in the wonderful Rue Cler neighborhood next to the Eiffel Tower. It’s friendly, convenient, and far more tourist oriented than businessy. Hotel rates in 2024 are up a bit from 2023 so it might be wise to book early, although it’s also possible that rates will go down early in the year.

  • Good 3-star hotels in February from €94 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in February from €105 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in February from €17 per person
>> Check hotel deals for Paris >>> Paris prices and travel tips

Nice, France

  • February avg high: 56F/16C
  • February avg low: 43F/6C
  • February avg precip: 2.4″/6.0cm

places to visit europe february

Nice is an ideal city to visit after Paris and on your way to Italy. Not only is the city itself really lovely, but it’s also a 20-minute train ride to Cannes in one direction and to Monaco in the other. Both are very worthwhile, but both also have extremely high hotel rates so doing them by day trip from Nice is ideal. The food in this part of France is also worth a trip because it’s excellent and also different from what you’ll find up north.

  • Good 4-star hotels in February from €93 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in February from €18 per person
>> Check hotel deals for Nice >>> Nice prices and travel tips

London, England

  • February avg high: 46F/8C

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As you can see, London gets surprisingly little rain in February, and usually no snow. So as long as you dress properly you can move around quickly and visit all the free museums and other famous attractions with almost no wait. The cozy pubs are even cozier in winter, and it’ll be mostly you and some colorful locals lining up at the taps. You’ll be able to afford a much nicer hotel with a better location for the same money this time of year, and it’s always nice inside the stores. Room rates in 2024 are a bit higher than in 2023, but still far cheaper than what you’d pay in June.

  • Good 3-star hotels in February from £74 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in February from £89 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in February from £25 per person
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Barcelona, Spain

  • February avg high: 58F/14C
  • February avg low: 42F/6C
  • February avg precip: 1.1″/2.8cm

places to visit europe february

Barcelona has fantastic nightlife and a noted food scene, so this is a good destination for culture vultures even in winter. Flights into Barcelona are cheap this time of year, of course, and so are short flights from Barcelona to other European destinations. The city has become so crowded with tourists in the summer months that February will actually be very pleasant by comparison.

  • Good 3-star hotels in February from €67 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in February from €73 for two people
>> Check hotel deals for Barcelona >>> Barcelona prices and travel tips

Madrid, Spain

  • February avg low: 39F/4C

places to visit europe february

If you are considering a trip to Barcelona you should also include at least 3 nights in Madrid as well. The cities are very different from each other, and both excellent for tourists. They are connected by a 3-hour high-speed train ride that is cheap if booked weeks in advance. Room rates in Madrid in 2024 are a bit higher than in 2023 but bargains are still available if you look carefully.

  • Good 3-star hotels in February from €62 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in February from €21 per person
>> Check hotel deals for Madrid >>> Madrid prices and travel tips

Malaga, Spain

  • February avg high: 64F/18C
  • February avg low: 46F/8C
  • February avg precip: 2.1″/5.3cm

places to visit europe february

The key attraction of Malaga is that it has probably the best winter weather on continental Europe, so those not willing or able to take the extra two hours flying down to the Canary Islands will enjoy it here. And again, the city of Malaga itself has a lot to offer, so spending a few days here in the off season will be worthwhile. Unlike so many other cities on this list, the room rates in 2024 are the same or maybe a bit lower than in 2023.

  • Good 3-star hotels in February from €48 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in February from €65 for two people
>> Check hotel deals for Malaga >>> Malaga prices and travel tips

Lisbon, Portugal

  • February avg high: 61F/16C
  • February avg low: 49F/9C
  • February avg precip: 3.6″/9.0cm

places to visit europe february

Fortunately the flights are usually reasonably priced, and especially so in months like February. While Lisbon is on the waterfront, it’s mainly an indoor city in terms of attractions. You’ll be seeing castles and museums during the day, and enjoying excellent food and listening to fado singers in the evenings. It’s worth going out of your way to reach Lisbon, especially in February. Room rates in 2024 are about the same as the previous year, which means they are still really good value in a city like this.

  • Good 3-star hotels in February from €52 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in February from €59 for two people
>> Check hotel deals for Lisbon >>> Lisbon prices and travel tips

Athens, Greece

  • February avg high: 56F/13C

places to visit europe february

During the warm months, most people who visit Athens are on their way to or from one of the famous islands such as  Santorini ,  Mykonos , or  Rhodes . But in February those islands are mostly closed down except for their larger towns, so it’s better to skip them this time of year. As a result, hotel rates in Athens in February are very affordable, and getting to and from the airport is easy. Rates in 2024 are even a bit lower than last year making this an amazing bargain for off-season travelers.

  • Good 3-star hotels in February from €38 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in February from €53 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in February from €12 per person
>> Check hotel deals for Athens >>> Athens prices and travel tips

Interlaken, Switzerland

  • February avg high: 41F/5C
  • February avg low: 27F/-3C
  • February avg precip: 2.8″/7.0cm

places to visit europe february

The top sights here are the Schilthorn observation deck and the Jungfraujoch railway. Both of those are amazing when the weather at high elevations is clear, and almost pointless when it’s foggy or raining. The weather can be unpredictable in February so you have to time your visits carefully and only after you arrive. Still, they are worth doing and the crowds are much smaller, of course. This is also a winter ski resort so some areas near slopes do have high hotel prices, though bargains can be found not far away. Room rates in 2024 have gone even higher making this by far the most expensive destination on the list. It’s an absolutely stunning place, but those on tighter budgets definitely should plan on staying no more than two nights.

  • Good 3-star hotels in February from €161 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in February from €190 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in February from €38 per person
>> Check hotel deals for Interlaken >>> Interlaken prices and travel tips

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Hello to All,

Where would you suggest going in February and March in Europe that are friendly and easy going to meet people and enjoy your stay. I have no weather issues and quite frankly enjoy cold climates for short intervals but I want 3 things if possible, from my destinations: 1. friendly and fun atmosphere 2. affordable accommodations 3. great food and cultural choices. Any suggestions?

Thank you in advance,

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Sorry for the slow response over the holidays. My top choices for fun, interesting, and relatively cheap European cities are Krakow, Budapest, and Prague. Each of them is really a gem with a lot to see and they are quite different from one another. The great food part of course is debatable but even if you aren’t crazy about the somewhat heavy local cuisines in those places, you’ll always be able to find Italian and Chinese restaurants and sandwich shops and plenty more. And the food in those is all quite affordable as well. I hope that helps and let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

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Prague, Vienna and Budapest are all very vegetarian friendly; their traditional food is fairly meat centric but you can find a wide variety of cuisines there. Budapest is probably the least vegetarian friendly of the three but that’s only really because Prague is actually in the top five cities for vegan restaurants per capita in the world. Vienna is similarly vegetarian friendly. I’ve been to and/or lived in all 3 cities recently and with an assortment of vegetarians and vegans. Would really recommend A-Pecsenyés in Budapest, it’s not strictly vegetarian but you get to pick from a variety of Hungarian dishes so you can choose the vegetarian choices, the staff are great, speak English and the food is delicious. It is also very close to St Peter’s Basilica so is fairly easily locatable. In Vienna, there’s a lot of places around Naschmarkt: a favourite of my friends was Schillinger’s Swing Kitchen. Unfortunately, I can’t remember where we went in Prague but there’s definitely a lot to choose from! As Roger said, there’s lots of things to do in those cities during the winter, particularly in Vienna and they’re all still beautiful at this time of year. You can still see all the sights and there are things like thermal baths (Budapest), classical music, balls, opera, (Vienna) open-air ice-skating (Vienna and Prague), and various museums/ galleries. (All of the above) So it really depends if these things align with your interested. I will admit however, that it will be EXTREMELY COLD and to be honest, the river cruise will probably be a little bleak unless it’s snowed!

(To Deepak, hope I managed to reply to your comment and congratulations on your wedding!)

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Roger, My husband will be speaking in Copenhagen in February, so we must end our trip in Copenhagen. We have been to Europe several times, visited London, Paris, Amsterdam, some of Switzerland, Southern Germany, Rome, Venice, and Greece. I would like to see something different and unique. Where would you advise for 4-5 days of travel that is not too cold, and involves less travel time in Europe? We speak only English (sadly) thank you for your information

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This is a challenging query, as you probably know. The main problem is that literally every place that is less than two hours from Copenhagen by air is going to be pretty cold in February. I’d say that the most interesting places that are CLOSE to Copenhagen that you’ve yet to visit are Berlin and Prague . Both are fantastic and even though it will be chilly they are easy to get around in because they have great transport systems and plenty to see and do. You could fly into one and then take a 4-hour train ride to the other. Almost everyone you encounter in Berlin will speak English and it’s almost the same for Prague.

If you would prefer to fly farther to a place with nicer weather I’d recommend Lisbon and Porto in Portugal. They have the nicest winter weather on the continent and they are both really interesting cities where English is all you need to get around. Aside from a bit of German, I only really speak English myself and I’ve been pretty much everywhere in Europe. It’s actually pretty easy these days and I’d say Spain is one of the few places where English is less common than you might expect. I’ve yet to make it to Russia, but I’ve heard English isn’t widely spoken there either. I hope this helps and let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

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My wife and I are looking at a 6-7 day trip in Mid-February. We will be 6 months pregnant during the trip. I have been to Europe twice before and have seen London, Paros, Munich before, but would have no problem going again. My wife has never visited so she is just excited to go! Would you still recommend London-Paris? Or any other suggestions?

Christopher,

Congratulations. This one is a bit tricky. In my opinion, London and Paris are the best two cities for a first trip to Europe, especially if you want to hook someone on going back. As you know, they are both pretty amazing and Paris in particular is gorgeous. That said, February is not an ideal month for that part of Europe, weather-wise. Neither city goes below freezing for very long and neither city gets any snow on a regular basis, so I’m sure you’d have a wonderful time.

In February, however, it’s not like any of the other good alternatives are warm and sunny. I’d say the only other trip to consider would be Rome for 3 days, Florence for 3 days, and Venice for 1 or 2 days. Italy will be a bit warmer and more sunny in February, though you’ll still need to wear a jacket all day, so it’s not THAT much of a difference.

Slightly warmer than Italy you could do Barcelona for 3 days and Madrid for 3 days, though I’d save that for a future trip because I really think the other two options are more dramatic, and the food is much better in the others as well.

So long story short, if you are going in February and this is your wife’s first time to Europe, and you enjoyed London and Paris enough to go back, I think that is your best option. Going between them on the Eurostar train is also so convenient that it adds to the charm. Have a great trip and let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

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We are headed to Tennerife in February (16-23) , as my husband is doing an organized bicycle tour of day trips centered from Los Cristanos. I will not be cycling . Will we need to rent a car for some day trips for myself? Or will there be enough in the area for walking ? Also I am reading some negative reviews regarding cockroaches and snakes. The roaches I can handle but I hate to admit I am terrified of snakes. Is this really an issue? Also we are looking to spend 5-7 days before Tennerife in Spain. Would you recommend Barcelona or Madrid? Thank you

Los Cristianos is a really busy area with great beaches, and a longer beach is right next door in Playa de Las Americas. There are loads of boat trips and that sort of thing you can book there, and not many interesting places to drive to. There are buses that go from Los Cristianos to Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which is an interesting place to visit. And you can book bus tours to the volcano from Los Cristianos as well.

I spent almost a month there just a couple years ago and I never saw a snake, or a cockroach for that matter. It’s a pretty dense beach town and there are very few places a snake could live, so I think that won’t be an issue.

Barcelona and Madrid are both fantastic and interesting cities that are very different from each other. Barcelona has become more popular in recent years, and also more crowded. You’d be happy in either or both. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

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30 Best Countries to Visit in February (Fun Spots You Haven’t Thought Of)

Posted on Published: October 17, 2023  - Last updated: December 14, 2023

With spring patiently waiting to arrive, February is the perfect month for a vacation! Whether you’re planning a special Valentine’s Day getaway or looking to find some warm weather, February offers a plethora of options. Here are the best countries to visit in February!

best countries to visit in February view of beach with beach huts and walkway over teal water

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Whether your idea of the best place to travel to in February is to say goodbye to the cold and hit the beach beach, or you’re aiming for snowy adventures like skiing and northern lights, this list has a little bit of everything. 

Some of these destinations are in the off season, so you’ll find amazing pricing, which makes it even more fun to travel there! From cities with cobblestone streets to white sandy beaches, you’ll find the best February destinations.

Including countries from all regions of the world, you’re gonna want to start the search for flights!  Let’s dive in!

Countries to visit in February map

From hiking to frozen waterfalls in Finland to taking a safari in Kenya, your February vacation options are truly endless. Use the map below to start planning!

Oh and by the way, I’m continually checking places off my travel bucket list but since I haven’t been everywhere yet, I’ve asked some of my fellow travel writers to help create this list of the best places to vacation in February. Enjoy!

Before you book your trip, be sure to get travel insurance ! While I truly hope you have a fabulous time, you just never know what will happen before or on vacation, and travel insurance can protect your investment.

Best countries to visit in February

Who knew February was such a great time to travel?! This list proves that it just may be the best. With fewer crowds and diverse options it’s up to you to decide the best place to vacation in February for your travel style.

There are sooo many options….let’s go!

1. Seychelles

best February destinations view of beach with rounded rocks and palm leaves

  • Region:  Africa (island in the Indian Ocean)
  • Fly into:  Seychelles International Airport (SEZ)
  • Average temperature:  85F/76F. Approximately 11 days of rain.

One of the best countries to visit in February is the Seychelles. If you are coming from the Northern Hemisphere, you will likely have the winter blues at this point and the Seychelles offers a completely different world during the winter months!

Technically, the Seychelles experience their ‘rainy’ season throughout this time, however, it’s the tropics so you can expect a bit of rain throughout the year, anyway.

One perk of visiting the Seychelles in winter is that the seas are calmer despite the weather being wetter. This is especially important for those taking the ferry to La Digue or Praslin from Mahe (the summer ferries are known to make passengers seasick).

In February, you can find the Seychellois celebrating Carnival. They have BBQs (a Creole favorite!), picnics, and a lot of dancing on the islands. There is also the eco-friendly marathon taking place in February.

The off-season winter months also experience slightly cheaper prices – which is great for those traveling as the Seychelles is not a budget destination . Tours are also easier to book at the last minute.

One tour to avoid missing out on is the Saint-Anne Marine Park and Moyenne Island day trip. This is one of the  best things to do on Mahe  and is a must for any visitor.

If you plan to visit all three main islands (Mahe, La Digue, and Praslin), you should set aside at least 10 days to properly see all the islands. Otherwise, your trip can feel a bit rushed.

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best countries to visit in February view of reindeer caravan in snowy forest

  • Region: Northern Europe
  • Fly into: Rovaniemi Airport
  • Average temp: 20°F to 29°F

Finland is one of the best vacation spots in February, especially in the Lapland region located in Northern Finland. This whole area is a complete winter wonderland, and you will be guaranteed tons of snow!

Firstly, you will want to base yourself in Rovaniemi, which is the capital of the Lapland region of Finland. It is located right on the Arctic Circle and you can here by train or plane. There are tons of nearby towns, all offering winter wonderland activities.

From winter hiking, frozen waterfalls, reindeer farms, huskies, Finnish Saunas, and ice fishing, there is something for everyone.

Additionally, one of the oldest known Nomadic festivals takes place during February. This is called the Jokkmokk market. It celebrates the traditions of the Sàmi people. During the festival, you’ll be taken back to the Middle Ages, where you can try traditional meals and explore the market stalls.

February is also an incredible time to see the Northern Lights in Lapland! There are plenty of guided tours you can book. By booking a tour, you’ll maximize your chances of seeing the lights as you will be guided by experts. 

Admittedly, the temperatures are definitely low during this time of the year. Just make sure to have extra layers and a big thick coat.

For a  unique place to stay in Rovaniemi, you can consider Apukka Resort, which is well known for its igloo huts! 

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3. Turks and Caicos (a favorite on this list of best counties to visit in February)

turks and caicos photo of woman walking in ocean bright teal water blue sky and tan sand

  • Region : Caribbean
  • Fly into : Providenciales International Airport
  • Average temp : 82°F high  / 74°F low

One of the absolute best countries to visit in February, Turks and Caicos is nestled in the vibrant Caribbean Sea. With vibrant turquoise water and white-sand beaches, this getaway is a much-needed reprieve from a cold winter.

With a scene that can’t be described in words or photos, the color of the water in Turks and Caicos is truly unbelievable. In fact, it reminds me of the time I visited Banff in summer and saw the water in Moraine Lake – truly jaw-dropping!

Turks and Caicos is a chain of islands, although most people fly into and stay on Providenciales, unless you’re taking a cruise you’ll likely go through Grand Turk.

There’s so many great things to do in Turks and Caicos, including eating delicious food, enjoying water activities and beach hopping! Grace Bay is the best beach in Turks and Caicos, and where most of the luxury hotels are located.

To experience more of the island, go kayaking at Chalk Sound National Park, take a snorkeling tour or try kiteboarding at Long Beach.

Whether you’re looking to relax or craving adventure, Turks and Caicos is the answer to your question, “where to go in February?”

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Cairo Egypt pyramids with sand and blue sky

  • Region : North Africa
  • Fly into : Cairo International Airport
  • Average temp : 66 high, 59 low (in F)

Dating back to thousands of years of history,  Egypt  is an ancient and incredible country to visit . The country is home to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Natural Wonders of the World, including the Pyramids of Giza.

Cairo, the capital and the largest city of Egypt, has an international airport that connects with major cities around the world. There are also a few cruise lines that stop at Port Said in Cairo. Apart from the international airport in Cairo, there are other smaller airports around the city that you can fly to.

Other than the capital city, there are other ancient and significant cities such as Giza, Memphis, Saqqar, Luxor and Aswan . Throughout these cities you’ll find many historical monuments and are part of the UNESCO Heritage sites.

You need at least one to two weeks to explore and experience what Egypt has to offer. One of the best places to stay is Giza Pyramids View Inn where the rooms offer views of the pyramids.

The best and the peak season in Egypt is during the winter season and February falls in the winter season. Offering pleasant weather when compared to the rest of the month s, Egypt is one of the best countries to visit in February.

During the month, the average temperature ranges between 59 to 66 degrees Fahrenheit. This makes it ideal to explore the iconic monuments, cruise the Nile River, and scuba dive into the underwater world of the Red Sea. In fact, Egypt also celebrates Abu Simbel Sun Festival in the month of February.

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stunning waterfall scene in the jungle with teal water in Laos best countries to visit in February

  • Region: Southeast Asia
  • Fly into : Wattay International Airport, Vientiane
  • Average temperature: 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit but it can get much colder in the northern province of Phongsali

February is one of the best months to delve into Laos’ culture and natural wonders. While definitely on the banana pancake trail, Laos sees fewer visitors than Thailand or Vietnam and is a haven for those seeking a more tranquil escape in Southeast Asia.

February is one of the best times to visit as the rain bids its adieu and the temperature is neither too hot nor too cold which makes it excellent for outdoor activities.

In addition to the plethora of activities in February, you will love the country for its gorgeous natural scenery, friendly locals, and delicious cuisine . Places not to miss in Laos are definitely the city of Luang Prabang for its proximity to the  Kuang Si Falls  and Vang Vieng for its beautiful rock formations.

Make sure to leave time to explore lesser-known destinations like the towns of Nong Khiaw and Muang Ngoi.

Furthermore, the Mighty Mekong flows right through Laos. Y ou can enjoy boat trips on this amazing river but also taste local delicacies out of the river like fried Mekong seaweed crackers with chili peppers and garlic.

From Wattay Airport, you can easily reach the center of the capital Vientiane . Busses and trains leave from the capital to every corner of the country.

I would recommend staying for at least four weeks to really immerse yourself in the Lao ambiance and to have enough time to slow travel the country.

A great stay that is high on many travelers’ bucket lists is the Gibbon Experience . Here, you’ll sleep in treehouses high in the canopy of lush forest in the north of Laos.

It’s no secret why Laos is one of the best places to visit in February.

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6. Norway (Where to go in February for adventure-lovers!)

where to travel in February view of norway and northern lights green and purple spread across the sky

  • Fly into: Tromsø Airport
  • Average temp: 30° F high, 22° F low 

Norway, and especially the northern portion above the Arctic Circle, is the perfect destination for an adventurous vacation in February. It’s the perfect place to see the northern lights and try other activities like riding a snowmobile or going ice fishing. 

Plan to visit northern Norway for at least 6 days. A longer trip will give you more chances to see the northern lights and will give you time to visit smaller areas like Narvik and Senja.

Unless you’re visiting other countries in northern Europe, plan to start and end your trip in Tromsø, where you’ll find the biggest airport in the region. 

There are weeks during the winter in Norway when Tromsø and other areas see 0 minutes of sunlight each day. By February, the days are starting to get longer and the locals are more friendly . It feels as though the entire region is starting to come back to life as the sun starts to shine longer and longer each day. 

The northern lights are a natural phenomenon , so there’s no way to guarantee that you’ll see them during your visit. You can increase your chances by visiting for several days and visiting areas away from sources of light pollution. 

For a unique and unforgettable experience, you can stay in an arctic dome in northern Norway. If you’re lucky, you might even see the northern lights from your warm bed inside the dome. 

It’s easy to see why Norway makes it on this list of the best places to travel in February!

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  • Region : East Africa
  • Fly into: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO)
  • Average temp: 82°F high, 72°F low

Kenya is one of the best countries to travel to in February. The climate is mild and mostly dry, which is perfect for safari, and the chances of wildlife spotting – including baby animals and a wide variety of birds – is fantastic. February is also a great time of year for hiking and climbing.

You can do a lot during a  12-day action-packed safari trip to Kenya , especially if you use a tour provider like  Sense of Africa .

Most tours begin and end in Nairobi , where you can visit the Giraffe Centre, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the Karen Blixen Museum, and more. 

From here, you can tailor your tour to visit (and stay at) various game parks. Some favorites are Samburu National Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park, and Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Don’t forget to save time to hike at Mount Kenya National Park, home to Africa’s second highest peak.

One of the highlights of any trip to Kenya is the Maasai Mara , which shares the same ecosystem as Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. It is one of the most famous safari destinations in the world.

The Mara is home to an abundance of lions, elephants, giraffes, buffalos, and cheetahs, as well as the elusive leopard and endangered black rhino . Be sure to pack your binoculars!

Here, you can also do a Maasai village tour. On the tour, you’ll practice your high jumps, chant with members of the Maasai tribe, go inside a typical Maasai home, and learn about the Maasai culture.

You can also opt to take a hot air balloon ride over the Mara or have breakfast on a riverbank, while watching hippos and crocodiles swim in the Mara River.

Note that a travel visa is required to enter the country, and the Yellow Fever vaccination is highly recommended.

Recommended by Sara from Travel A-Broads

Best places to visit in February continued…

We’re just getting started! Here are more of the best countries to visit in February – including a few of my favorites!

8. French Polynesia (where to travel in February for warmth!)

vacations for February view of island coast with lush greenery

  • Region : Oceania
  • Fly into: Papeete International Airport 
  • Average temp: 85 high, 75 low

February is the perfect time to visit French Polynesia if you’re looking for an escape from the cold winter weather. During this month, visitors can expect temperatures to range from 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit, making it a great time to soak up the sun on one of the many perfect beaches.

During the stay, consider exploring Tahiti’s waterfalls before hiking Moorea’s lush trails . You can reach the trails by taking a  ferry from Tahiti to Moorea .  

Then. explore the underwater wonders of Bora Bora or the tranquil lagoons of Rangiroa. Both of which feature crystal clear water and a truly unforgettable experience.

Visitors won’t have to worry about crowds either, since February is considered low season.  This is the perfect time to find deals on airfare and accommodations.

The sights will be less crowded and the beaches may feel empty.  For travelers ready to splurge, check out the Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora for excellent service and stunning views.

To get to French Polynesia, most travelers fly into Papeete before flying or boating off to the other islands.

If possible, visit this beautiful country for at least a week to experience all that French Polynesia has to offer.

Travelers should note that in the touristy areas, English is common. However, keep in mind that English may not be widely spoken in off the beaten path areas, so brushing up on some basic French phrases is a good idea.

As you can see, French Polynesia is one of the best places to go in February for an unforgettable getaway!

Recommended by Monica of This Rare Earth

9. Guatemala (an underrated destination on this list of best countries to visit in February)

places to go in February view of lake shore with boats and docks with volcanoes in distance

  • Region : Central America
  • Fly into : Guatemala City – La Aurora International Airport (GUA)
  • Average temp : 78°F high  / 56°F low

Guatemala is known as “the land of eternal spring,” with much of the country enjoying pleasant, mild days year-round. However, February may just be the best time to visit, boasting warm, sunny weather in the middle of the dry season.

The nearly perfect weather makes it an ideal time to tackle a hike up one of the volcanoes that the country is known for.

The most famous of these is the trek up Volcan Acatenango, which allows for a unique experience to witness Volcan Fuego . It’s one of the most active volcanoes in all of Central America.

If you prefer less adventurous activities, there’s plenty more that Guatemala has to offer. Spending a few days in Antigua is a must to explore its colonial gems. The city was destroyed by a giant earthquake in 1773 and rebuilt, and its attractions offer a look into its history and resiliency.

After spending some time in Antigua, it’s highly recommended that you head over to Lake Atitlan. There are about a dozen Mayan villages that surround the lake, each offering a different vibe and feel.

You will gain a fascinating look into traditional Mayan culture – and the views of the lake and surrounding volcanoes are unreal.

If you have more time, head over to the ruins of Tikal . These ruins are one of the most important ancient cities of pre-Columbian Mayan civilization.

Another attraction worth visiting is Semuc Champey, a natural monument consisting of a series of cascading turquoise pools nestled in the lush jungle.

No matter how you decide to spend your time in Guatemala, it’ll surely prove to be one of the best February destinations.

Recommended by Caroline of Pictures and Words

10. Maldives (a top choice for the best places to travel in February)

Maldives beach with beach huts and walkway over teal water best countries to visit in February

  • Fly into: Velana International Airport (MLE)
  • Average temperature: between 85°F and 89°F

Are you looking for where to go in February? Add the Maldives to the list! This place is what your screensaver image was showing at least once in your lifetime, and you have probably wondered “Is this place even real?”.

No matter if you decide to have a more active vacation and invest  10 to 14 days in The Maldives , or if you just plan to lay on a beach for at least a week, February is the best time to visit this awesome tropical paradise.

While The Maldives is known as a go-to destination for couples on their honeymoon, I can tell you that you can enjoy it no matter what you are celebrating.

If visiting in February though, and you don’t want to see way too many couples on your trip, avoid Valentine’s Day. Even better, come right after, so you get to enjoy the smaller prices and the absolutely amazing weather.

The highlight of the trip? The absolutely mind-blowing underwater world, for sure! There are few other places in the world with such a diverse underwater landscape.

Be prepared to encounter not only a lot of colorful fish and delicate anemones, but also huge turtles, gorgeous manta rays, and amazing sharks. No matter if you’re a professional diver or you have just bought your snorkeling gear, please learn about the various animals you may encounter.

It’s also important to educate yourself of the potential dangers of the place. It’s your responsibility to protect yourself and the environment.

Recommended by Cristina of Honest Travel Stories

cuba beach best places to vacation in February

  • Region: Caribbean
  • Fly into: Havana or Santiago de Cuba
  • Average temp: 78F

If you are looking for sunny and warm destinations in February, Cuba is the perfect place for you. It’s one of the best hot destinations in February to visit!

Located in the Caribbean, Cuba is famous for many things including classic cars, stunning beaches, cigars, rum and more.

February is one of the best months to visit Cuba . It’s the dry season (no risk of hurricane) and the temperatures are lovely. You can expect an average of 78°F (25°C).

This means that you can enjoy all the best activities in Cuba from the beaches, snorkeling, scuba diving to hiking and sightseeing in cities.

The best way to get there is by plane. There are two main airports, one in Havana and one in Santiago de Cuba but if you opt for a package holiday, you may fly to a smaller one.

Ideally, you’ll need two weeks to explore Cuba. This will give you the opportunity to discover various landscapes and places such as Havana, Vinales, Varadero, Santa Clara, Trinidad and more.

There are a lot of activities that are worth doing but here are some of the highlights. Viñales is by far a must-visit in Cuba. It’s home to loads of tobacco plantations and is perfect for people who want to discover how cigars are made.

Varadero on the other hand is perfect for beach lovers. Here you will discover beautiful beaches with white sand and crystal clear water. It’s a paradise on Earth!

Recommended by Pauline of Beeloved City

12. Netherlands

where to travel in February view of lake and wind mill on sunny day

  • Region : Northern Europe
  • Fly into: Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
  • Average temp: 46°F high, 32°F low

The  Netherlands  offers a unique getaway experience. It easily makes this list of the best countries to visit in February. You can expect chilly but manageable weather with occasional rain, so packing layers and a waterproof jacket is key .

While the winter climate may be crisp, the atmosphere is anything but dull due to the Carnival celebrations. The festivities are particularly prominent in the southern regions like Limburg and North Brabant , with colorful parades and fantastical costumes.

Getting to the Netherlands is straightforward. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport serves as a major hub for numerous international flights. Once in the country, the highly efficient public transportation system, including trains and buses, makes navigating to different regions easy and convenient.

A week-long trip would allow you to enjoy the Dutch Carnival while also exploring the highlights of the country.

Amsterdam, with its famous canals and museums, and Utrecht, known for its medieval architecture, should be on your list. Rotterdam is another cool option with great architecture and a fun vibe – don’t miss Kinderdijk with its iconic windmills just outside Rotterdam.

If you are staying in Amsterdam, then check out the “Mr. Jordaan” hotel. Its central location offers easy access to the city’s main attractions.

Despite the festivities, February is not peak tourist season, allowing visitors to explore with fewer crowds . However, hotels in towns hosting Carnival festivities might book up quickly. It’s always best to reserve in advance.

Recommended by Jo of World Wild Schooling

13. Indonesia (a bucket list country to visit in February!)

ancient temple with lilly pads and stone walkway in Bali Indonesia best countries to visit in February

  • Fly into: Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali
  • Average temp: 75 to 88 degrees

Indonesia is a perfect destination in February if you’re looking to experience the archipelago without the high-season crowds. 

It is technically a rainy season, but places like Bali, even in rainy times, are great. With showers often occurring mostly at nights, it leaves the days sun-kissed.

Meanwhile, destinations like Raja Ampat boast their best weather, offering crystal-clear visibility for snorkelling and diving.

Direct international flights cater to major hubs like Jakarta and Denpasar . If you’re coming from Europe or the Americas, you might have a layover at popular transit points such as Singapore’s Changi Airport, Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia, or even Dubai International Airport.

For a first-time visit to Indonesia, which boasts over 17,000 islands, a 2-week stay is recommended. A typical itinerary might include a few of the best areas in Bali , such as Ubud, Seminyak and Uluwatu.

Be sure to save time for a visit to Java to see the magnificent Borobudur Temple and to climb Mount Bromo. If you have more time, take a trip to Flores for komodo dragons or Sumatra to see the orangutans in their natural habitat.

As for the festivals, February is the time of Chinese New Year,  locally known as “Imlek.” This festival ushers in vibrant street performances, colourful parades, and intricate lantern displays, especially in cities with significant Chinese-Indonesian populations like Jakarta or Surabaya.

Recommended by Mal of Where To Stay Bali

14. Australia

view of Australian coast in February with Bech and tall coastline ridges

  • Region: Oceania
  • Fly into: Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport
  • Average temp: 65-78°F in Sydney; 70-85°F in Brisbane; and 57-77°F in Melbourne.

Australia is, without a doubt, one of the best countries to visit in February.

You’ll be heading Down Under during the country’s summer months, so the weather will be at its best in the most popular areas for tourists. Despite this, the crowds (and prices) will be starting to lower as local children head back to school and international arrivals decrease. 

Given the size of the country (roughly the same area as the continental U.S.!), and the lengthy flight (and subsequent jetlag) to get there, Australia is not country in which to spend a mere few days. Two weeks should be the absolute minimum amount of time you allocate , but if you can stretch it out to a month, you’ll be greatly rewarded.

Sydney is a particularly great spot in February, which is convenient, as most international flights will arrive there. The city’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebrations kick off in the middle of a month and last for a whopping 17 days . It’s one of the largest Pride events in the world and you can expect parties, film festivals, parades, art shows, and more.

Down in Melbourne, February provides the perfect climate for driving the Great Ocean Road . This iconic coastal road starts from just outside of the city and is regularly named one of the most scenic in the world.

On the drive, you’ll pass beautiful beaches, lush rainforest, and and rugged cliffs, all the way to the impressive 12 Apostles.

Recommended by Lauren of Everything Victoria

15. Jordan (a fun one on this list of best countries to travel to in February)

best countries to visit in February view of camels laying on sand with mountains in distance

  • Region : Jordan, Middle East
  • Fly into : Queen Alia International Airport in Amman or King Hussein International Airport in Aqaba
  • Average temp : 80°F high, 50°F low

Visiting Jordan in February is a fantastic idea for those looking for a unique Middle Eastern adventure. You can avoid the tourist crowds that flock to Jordan during the high season.

The weather may be a bit chilly in the mornings, but it’s much more comfortable for outdoor activities than the unbearably hot summer months.

Dress in layers, bring sunscreen and a hat. Be sure to respect local customs and dress modestly. Wear a bikini only on the private beaches of your hotel.

The best way to explore the country is to rent a car . A  5-day itinerary to visit the highlights  is recommended to immerse yourself in Jordan’s rich history and natural beauty.

The iconic city of Petra and the desert landscape of Wadi Rum are must-sees . The cooler weather makes exploring these ancient wonders much more enjoyable.

The capital Amman, the ancient city of Jerash and the Dead Sea, where you can float on the water, are also worth a visit. The Red Sea near Aqaba offers great diving.

Don’t forget to try the Jordanian cuisine, especially the delicious falafel.

Jordan in February promises an unforgettable, crowd-free adventure among the country’s incredible landscapes and historical treasures.

Recommended by Maria of Map and Camera

Best places to vacation in February

Are you a fan of chilly adventures? Or do you prefer relaxing on a warm sunny beach? This vacations for February list has something for everyone. From low crowds to affordable deals, February is THE time to travel! Here are more of the best places to go in February!

best countries to visit in February view of Hawaiian coast with vibrant blue water and road cut into hillside

  • Region: North America
  • Fly into: varies based on state; Lihue, Kona, Honolulu or Kahului in Hawaii
  • Average temp: 79°F high, 68°F low on average for Hawaii (remainder of US varies based on region)

If you’re reading this list of the best countries to travel to in February and are not from the US, then a trip to the states may be perfect for you! While the US is vast and experiences will vary greatly from state to state and within each region, I highly recommend a trip to Hawaii in February!

The weather is amazing during this time of year and the water is warm enough for swimming. Each island in Hawaii has its own appea l. And if you’ve never been, take this Hawaiian island quiz to help you determine which island is best for you.

Taking a trip to the Big Island to see the active volcano is deserving of any bucket list. Soak in the bustling city of Honolulu and the history of Pearl Harbor in Oahu. 

Be at one with nature in Kauai, soaking in amazing hiking views and the stunning NaPali Coast. Maui is home to the incredible adventures along the Road to Hana and Kahekili Highwy.

You really can’t go wrong with visiting any of the Hawaiian islands, especially during the winter!

where to go in February view of bright blue sea and land near Malta

  • Region: Southern Europe
  • Fly into: Malta International Airport (MIA)
  • Average temp : 50-61 degrees

If you are looking for one of the best destinations in February with culture, fascinating history, beautiful architecture, and striking coastlines, then you will love the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta. 

By visiting in February, you will get mild temperatures ranging from 16℃ (61℉) to 10℃ (50℉) and lower lodging prices, given you will be there outside of the summer high season.

To get there, fly into the Malta International Airport. Then, if you have a few days, base yourself in nearby Valletta, the historic and peninsular capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Choose lodging on a pedestrian street, like Merchants Street, at a hotel like Rosselli – AX Privilege , or a street over, at Ursulino Valletta, with its gorgeous rooftop breakfast deck.

While in Valletta, wander the streets and visit the Upper Barakka Gardens. Join a city tour to learn about its rich history. Or go on a photo tour highlighting the best views, prettiest doorways, and backdrops in a place improbably overflowing with aesthetic impressiveness. 

Then, take a day or two to get out of the city. Use the affordable Malta bus Explore pass or join a tour to visit the fishing village of Marsaxlokk.

If you have the time, be sure to explore the ancient fortress city of Mdina, or wander the grounds of the megalithic temples of Hagar Qim and Mnajdra overlooking the sea. 

Then, take the ferry to Gozo, Malta’s second-largest inhabitable island. Spend a few days visiting villages, walking stunning coastlines, and catching breathtaking sunset views from the Gozo Cittadella ramparts using  an itinerary like this one  to guide you.

Recommended by Janice of Gather and Go Travel

18. Argentina (another amazing destination on this list of best places to visit in February)

places to visit in February view of Argentina mountains with snow and lake

  • Region: South America
  • Fly into: Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport
  • Average temp: 77° F high, 67°F  low – but these are rough estimates: the country is very vast and some regions such as Patagonia or Tierra del Fuego can be much colder.

Argentina is by far the best country to visit in February in South America. This is the peak of the summer season; which means more tourists and peak tourist season fares. On the other hand, February is the best month to visit Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego.

Your trip will inevitably start in the capital Buenos Aires, known as the Paris of South America. Check out the Casa Rosata, explore the  historic San Telmo , where you can see impromptu tango shows, and La Boca districts and enjoy  the nightlife of Palermo.

If you love nature and hiking, you’ll have to head to Patagonia: catch a flight to Trelew and head to Puerto Madryn to admire the incredible wildlife – summer is the best time to see penguins.

From there, it’s another flight to Ushuaia, the main town in Tierra del Fuego and a perfect base to explore the Tierra del Fuego National Park. One of the best hikes in the region is Laguna Esmeralda.

El Calafate, also in Patagonia, is the best base to explore Perito Moreno and reach El Chalten, the hiking capital of Argentina. It’s here you’ll find the trails to the Laguna Torre and Laguna de los Tres (or Mount Fitzroy). 

If your interest is wine, then a trip to Mendoza and then to Salta is a must . Not far from Salta, the quebradas offer plenty of hiking opportunities, excellent wineries and a unique atmosphere here.

Also north of Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls are on the border with Brazil. Spend at least 2 nights to visit both the Argentine side and the Brazilian side for a full experience.

One of the best tips for those visiting Argentina for the first time is to focus on just one area.  The country is massive, and it will take you multiple trips to visit it. Focus your trip on one region and try to explore locally as much as you can.

Recommended by Claudia of My Adventures Across The World

Aruba's white sand beach in winter time with hotels and boats off shore best countries to visit in February

  • Region:  Caribbean
  • Fly Into:  Queen Beatrix International Airport
  • Average Temp:  86F High, 77F Low

The island of Aruba is one of the best vacation spots in February for a beach getaway.

Aruba is home to beautiful white sand beaches, incredible snorkeling and diving , but the island offers much more than your typical beach getaway. 

Popular activities include sunset cruises, catamaran trips and dinner boat tours. Once you’ve soaked up enough sun on Palm Beach or Eagle Beach, you can try some windsurfing, parasailing or explore other parts of the island.

Arikok National Park cannot be missed . You can explore by taking a jeep tour or renting your own 4×4 to adventure across the wild landscape and limestone cliffs. One of the highlights is the Natural Pool – a small pool protected by the wild waves of the sea.

It’s easy to fly into Queen Beatrix International and take the many  airport transportation options . However, having a car opens up a new world of exploration for the adventurous and independent travelers. 

You can visit Aruba year-round as it sits outside the hurricane belt. F ebruary is also one of the dryer months with rain more likely in October to January . This makes February a popular month to visit, however it is never going to seem as crowded as many of the other islands.

Visit at the beginning of the month and you’ll catch the famous Aruba Carnival . You’ll find exciting events every day until the middle of February!

You’ll need 7 days minimum to enjoy Aruba but that would depend on your beach time. If  want to enjoy the many other activities as well as the world-class beaches then more days are recommended!

Recommended by Jeff of Life of Y

20. Thailand (another favorite on this list of best countries to visit in February)

Thailand beaches longtail boats on beach with sand and teal water looking down best countries to visit in February

  • Region:  Southeast Asia
  • Fly into:  Suvarnabhumi Airport
  • Average temp:  80F high, 70F low

Thailand is undeniably one of the best countries to visit in February. The country offers diverse landscapes, from lush jungles and pristine beaches to bustling cities. Whether you’re seeking tranquility or adventure, you’ll find it here.

The weather is spectacular, with clear skies and more bearable temperatures than other months. February is also the last cool month in Thailand.

One of the most magical events in February is the  Chiang Mai Flower Festival . The streets are transformed into a floral paradise . It’s a vibrant three-day celebration full of parades, garden displays, and traditional dancing.

The best part? Thailand is relatively quieter during February.

To get there, fly into Bangkok. Then, explore the country via domestic flights, trains, or even motorbikes. Bangkok’s bustling markets, historic temples, and vibrant street food are a must-see before you travel to other islands.

For a quieter experience, visit Chiang Rai’s White Temple or explore Ayutthaya’s ancient ruins. Enjoy the turquoise waters of Krabi or relax on the tranquil beaches of Koh Samui.

A two to three-week trip is perfect for getting a taste of Thailand. Consider booking boutique hotels for a more authentic experience, and don’t forget to savor local food at their street markets! It’s one of the best things to do in Thailand!

As you travel to Thailand, pack modest clothes for your temple visits. If you plan to stay longer, arrive earlier rather than later because from March to May, the pollution from their burning season tends to be quite intense.

Recommended by Gladis of Happiness on the Way

best country to visit in February view of city in Spain with old buildings church and sea

  • Fly into: Jerez Airport (XRY) or Seville Airport (SVQ)
  • Average temp: 63 °F high, 52 °F low

Tucked away in the southwest corner of Spain, Cádiz is a great place to visit in February, thanks to the Cádiz Festival. While the rest of Andalusia slumbers in its winter lull, Cádiz comes alive and reveals its most flamboyant side during the second month of the year.

Travelers and locals flock to the Carnaval de Cádiz for its chirpy atmosphere. Expect vibrant parades and costumes as the streets come alive with the sounds of music. It’s one of Spain’s biggest carnivals, known for its clever and satirical performances known as “chirigotas.”

While you’re in this breezy city, it’s the perfect occasion to try some classic Andalusian dishes like  pescaíto frito  (fried fish) and the ever-popular churros.

While the rest of Europe shivers, Cádiz enjoys a mild and pleasant climate in February. Although it’s far from its summer peak temperatures, it’s an ideal destination to escape winter’s cold.

The city appeals to a diverse crowd, from locals to tourists seeking an authentic Spanish experience. Getting  from Seville to Cadiz   is a breeze – it’s just a 1.5-hour train ride away. You can also easily reach it from popular destinations like Malaga or Tarifa.

Besides the festival, Cádiz’s main attraction is its beautiful old town, sitting gracefully in the middle of the bay of Cádiz. Whether you’re visiting its iconic white cathedral, medieval fortress, or the Mercado Central, you’re always just a few steps away from the sea.

Even though the festival lasts for 11 days, it’s a good idea to plan to stay in Cádiz for at least 2 days to fully enjoy its beauty. Afterward, you can keep exploring the many great things to see in Andalusia during its quieter, less busy season.

Even if you don’t plan to stay for the entire 11-day festival, it’s a good idea to spend at least 2 days in Cádiz to enjoy its beauty. Afterward, you can keep exploring the many great things to see in Andalusia in the intimacy of its low season.

Recommended by Iphi of Travel Choreography

22. Curacao (a top choice for the best country to visit in February)

best destinations in February view of white sand beach with teal water in the Caribbean

  • Region:  Caribbean
  • Fly into:  Hato Airport
  • Average temp:  86°F high, 76°F low

Considering a break from winter chills? Curaçao is the perfect place to go in February. With its warm temperatures and sunny weather, it’s easy to see why many choose this Caribbean island.

A big draw in February is the Curaçao Carnival. Streets come alive with music, dancing, and colorful parades.

Locals and tourists enjoy this animated fest, combining traditional beats with modern tunes. It’s not just a party; it’s an experience that brings everyone together, celebrating Curaçao’s unique culture.

But it’s not all about dancing. If you enjoy being active, you might want to  hike in Curaçao . The island offers a mix of gentle seaside paths and more demanding mountain trails. Walking, you’ll spot local plants, birds, and some wildlife.

Thinking of staying for a week? The Baoase Luxury Resort is a top pick . It’s the best option for luxury accommodation in Curaçao, and you will have a treat like nowhere else on the island. However, due to the popularity of the Carnival, it’s important to rserve your stay well in advance.

During your vacation, language won’t be a barrier. Most people in Curacao speak Dutch, Papiamentu, and English. You can also use the US dollar for most things which makes shopping and dining out hassle-free!

So, if warm days, lively parties, and natural beauty sound good, Curaçao in February should be on your list!

Recommended by Odo of Caribe Vibes

23. Switzerland

best countries to visit in February  wine and food on table with Swiss alps in distance

  • Region:  Central Europe
  • Fly into:  Zurich or Geneva
  • Average temp:  28-45 F

The Swiss Alps may just be the dreamiest places to visit in February and Switzerland is truly a winter wonderland.

Geneva and Zurich are both accessible airports from most cities in Europe and getting around the county is simple with the fantastic train system.

Switzerland lies at the crossroads of several major European cultures, German, French and Italian. This will provide you with incredible architecture and diversity from the wonderful cities to the small towns.

Pick a few towns that you catch your eye and map out your itinerary – spend a week in Zermatt or enjoy a  three-night train trip  through the country with a new stop each day.

Zermatt is a “must do” when it comes to planning your trip. The famous Matterhorn sits in view of the town and provides phenomenal views.

This town is home to well known ski areas with the Matterhorn in the background and bustling streets. For an incredible hot tub view of the mountain, make sure you consider the beautiful BEAUSiTE Zermatt Hotel for your stay. 

Looking for something quieter and more relaxing? Consider the upscale and luxurious Gstaad . More luxury stores than souvenir shops, this town is a wonderful place to step out of reality.

Make sure to take the gondola up into the mountains and get a table at Bergrestaurant Eggli. Enjoy some cheese fondue and drink wine while appreciating the beauty of the Swiss Alps.

From gorgeous cities to charming chalet lined towns, its hard to go wrong on a getaway to Switzerland.

Recommended by Monica of Maxed Out PTO

Where to go in February continued…

Anyone else looking forward to escaping the cold with these best places to visit in February? Or maybe you are looking to bundle up and avoid the crowds in a chilly country. Whatever you choose, the world awaits!

countries to visit in February Brazil coastline and mountains with city

  • Region:  South America
  • Fly into:  São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport (GRU)
  • Average temp:  72 to 88 degrees F

When it comes to hot weather destinations in winter, one of the best countries to visit in February is Brazil.

Not only is February the height of summer, but it’s also when Brazil’s famous Carnival takes place. Therefore, it’s the best time to experience the country’s festivities, music, dance, and food.

Rio de Janeiro boasts the most iconic Carnival celebrations , but the whole country lights up with street parties, parades, and live concerts. So, no matter where you are, you’ll get a fantastic taste of Brazilian culture during this time.

February is an excellent time to soak up the sun and enjoy Brazil’s 2,000+ pristine beaches. And, although February is the busy season, the warm weather makes it an ideal time for sightseeing.

If you’re in Rio, make sure to visit Sugarloaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer, and the iconic Copacabana boardwalk, which is most lively at this time of year.

February is also a great time to visit one of the country’s most famous natural wonders, Iguassu Falls. This is the world’s biggest network of waterfalls and is particularly impressive in February, as the water levels are at the highest.

For a truly memorable experience, you can even  see the falls from above  by taking a helicopter tour, or get wet on a speedboat ride down the Iguassu River!

The best way to get to Brazil is by flying to Sao Paolo or Rio de Janeiro, as there are direct flights from many North American and European cities. Once in Brazil, travel is relatively cheap and easy with the option of taking domestic flights or overnight buses.

Because there’s so much to see in Brazil, you really should allow yourself at least 10 days to explore as much as possible.

Recommended by Chanelle of Chasing Chanelle

25. St. Lucia (another top choice for places to go in February)

St. Lucia in the caribbean countries to visit in February with views of large mountain and cove with boat in water palm trees

  • Fly Into:  Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) or George F. L. Charles Airport (SLU)
  • Average Temp:  83 degrees high / 72 degrees low

St. Lucia is a gorgeous island in the Eastern Caribbean Sea. It is an idyllic destination for a February getaway! Its appeal lies not only in its tropical climate but also in the vibrant atmosphere created by local festivals and events. You will have so much fun getting to know this island.

In February, the island hosts the St. Lucia Jazz Festival, attracting music enthusiasts from around the world. The event showcases a mix of local and international artists.

Additionally, you can enjoy music in the street every Friday of the year at the lively Gros Islet Street Party, located along the northern shore of the island.

February is a great time to visit St. Lucia as crowds are low. Peak tourist season picks up in March. Travelers can enjoy the serene beaches and explore attractions without crowds. Visiting the iconic Pitons, the famous volcanic peaks you’ll see in all the guidebooks, is a must.

Most visitors will stay on the West Side of the island near Soufrière or the north side closer to Rodney Bay. The west side is known as honeymooners paradise. The north side is known for lively culture and more affordable accommodations.

Cruise lines like  Virgin Voyages  pull into Castries port on the northern side of the island. Though cruises don’t stay in St. Lucia for long, they can be the most economical way to see the highlights of this fabulous island.

Whether you’re staying for a day or a week, St. Lucia easily fits on this list of the best country to visit in February!

Recommended by Eleanor of Elevate Your Escapes

26. Germany

European city with tall buildings and ornate architecture

  • Region: Central Europe
  • Fly into: Munich Franz Josef Strauss Airport (MUC)
  • Average temp: 42°F high, 27°F low

Wondering where to visit in the chilly month of February? Pack your winter woolies for a trip to the ever-charming capital of Bavaria, Munich.

Munich is easily reached by domestic or international flight. Book yourself at least two days for enjoying Bavarian beer hall culture and stunning Old-World buildings.

If fairytale town halls and toasty taverns weren’t enough to entice you, Munich has one of its most beloved traditions in late February – the vibrant Fasching Carnival.

Dating from the 1400’s, there’s special dance routines and a colorful parade of “silly” knights and nimble jesters that journey through the historical center right to the famous Hofbräuhaus. It’s also the perfect excuse to stop in for a stein of golden beer and a hearty schnitzel after the show is done.

The festivities run throughout the month of February; with joyful celebrations reaching their peak from the 19th – 21st . You’ll find the main stages set up at beautiful Marienplatz and the grand Stachus/Karlsplatz, with local performances running all day.

When you’re done enjoying the festival, Munich has so much more to see and do. Try out this carefully curated, self-guided walking tour of Munich – designed to show you around many of the city’s delightful attractions.

Don’t forget your warm winter jacket and comfy walking shoes so you’ll be ready to enjoy Munich without the crowds. Germany is by far one of the best countries to travel to in February!

Recommended by Jenelle of Happy Little Rover

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  • Fly into: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport
  • Average temp: 57°F high, 38°F low (Rome)

Italy is the best place for a vacation in February if you’re keen on saving money and avoiding crowds.  Aside from skiing areas in Northern Italy , February is in the ‘low season’ in much of the rest of the country so you can score some amazing deals.

You’ll want to stay at least a week – preferably two – to see the most popular Italian cities.  The largest airport in Italy is just outside Rome, so this is the best place to begin your trip. 

Start off your stay in the Eternal City with a  golf cart tour of Rome . This is the best way to see the top sights – from the Colosseum to Trevi Fountain and Rome’s famous piazzas – without wearing yourself out on the first day of your vacation. 

The lower crowds in Italy in February means you’ll have a much easier time getting tickets to top attractions such as the Vatican, or world-class museums like the Uffizi in Florence.

February is of course the season of Carnevale. It’s celebrated all over Italy, but if you want to be a part of a truly amazing Carnevale, head to Venice. Experience the excitement of parades and masquerade balls along with the romance of taking a gondola ride through the canals of Venice. 

And if you’re in Catania, Sicily , don’t miss La Festa di Sant’Agata, which honors the city’s patron saint. This grand festival centers on one of the largest religious processions in the world!

Recommended by Lisa Garrett of Waves and Cobblestones

28. Mexico (convenient destination on this list of best countries to visit in February)

large pyramid in Mexico on sunny day with steps leading up it

  • Fly into: Cancun International Airport
  • Average temp: 83°F high, 66°F low 

Mexico is an amazing destination for a winter trip if you are looking to escape colder climates. Both air and water temperatures are warm in February, which leaves you with plenty of outdoor activities to choose from. 

Most tourists come for the beautiful beaches, refreshing cenotes, and ancient Mayan Ruins. Rainforests of Yucatan are also perfect for wildlife viewing . You would need at least a week to explore everything this region of Mexico has to offer. 

Fly into Cancun as it has the best tourist infrastructure on the peninsula. You have more options for hotels, car rentals, and restaurants than anywhere else in the region. You can choose to take guided tours from Cancun or explore the nearby attractions on your own in a rental car.

The Mayan architecture is the highlight of the  Yucatan Peninsula . Start by visiting Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Arrive as early as possible to enjoy the world famous pyramid with fewer tourists. You can visit a few other archaeological sites nearby, like Uxmal and Tulum.

If you prefer to extend your trip by a few days, it is worth venturing out deeper into the country. You could choose to see Palenque or Calakmul ruins. Hidden in the rainforest, these mysterious ruins attract less people. They are the most remarkable of all Yucatan sites and worth a longer drive.

No matter how you choose to spend your time, the beautiful country of Mexico will be one of the most memorable places to travel to in February.

Recommended by Anastasia of Travel Realist

29. Malaysia

bike and street art in Malaysia in wintertime

  • Fly into:  Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)
  • Average temp:  86°F high, 72°F low

Malaysia is a one of the February best holiday destinations. Malaysia offers a lot of different experiences amidst pleasant weather conditions.

Winter – from December to February – is the best time to visit the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia, including Kuala Lumpur.

The world’s highest twin towers, the Petronas Twin Towers, are a must-visit attraction in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, offering breathtaking views of the capital’s skyline.

To experience Malaysia, combine Kuala Lumpur with other west coast destinations. The charming George Town, on the island of Penang, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you can wander through historic streets and indulge in as much street food as you can handle.

Then continue your journey to Langkawi, a tropical paradise where white sandy beaches and lush jungles – including different species of wild monkeys are waiting for you.

If possible, consider staying at least two weeks to combine Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Langkawi. However, if you have more time, add the UNESCO World Heritage town Malacca to your itinerary and include  day trips from Kuala Lumpur , too.

You can hike the famous mountain of Gunung Jasar in the Cameron Highlights, hike through one of the oldest rainforests in the world, Taman Negara, and visit the town of Ipoh, where you’ll find one of Malaysia’s biggest cave temples.

Malaysia’s cultural calendar is another reason to visit in February . Both Chinese New Year and Thaipusam are celebrated in this month.

The Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is well-connected to most major cities in and beyond SouthEast Asia. Low-cost carrier AirAsia makes domestic travel between Kuala Lumpur and other destinations easy (and cheap).

Malaysia is one of the best countries to visit in February – it’s just a bonus that it’s also affordable!

Recommended by Marlieke of Kuala Lumpur with Kids

30. New Zealand

best countries to visit in February view of town with coast and mountains in distance

  • Fly into: Auckland International Airport
  • Average temp: 75°F high, 60°F low

New Zealand in February is perfect for those seeking an idyllic summer escape. During the last month of Kiwi summer, you’ll find warm and pleasant weather perfect for exploring they country’s beautiful national parks.

While February is still a popular month with visitors, the major summer holiday season has ended and local school holidays are over, so it’s easy to find some secluded spots to relax. 

Spend your time relaxing at the beach, enjoying the long daylight hours, and trying out a variety of outdoor activities. New Zealand is one of the absolute best places to go in February!

Explore geothermal wonders in Rotorua, spend some time enjoying the white, sandy beaches on the east coast, and go  bungy jumping in Queenstown .

Head up north to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds on 6 February to mark the signing of New Zealand’s founding document with ceremonies, cultural performances and food.

Other festivals taking place in February include Napier’s Art Deco Festival, Splore, a festival of art and music, the New Zealand Festival of the Arts and the Wellington Wine and Food Festival. 

A popular way to see the country is by campervan. It’s a relatively affordable way to see New Zealand’s stunning landscapes up close – just check the camping restrictions before you go or stay in holiday park or campsite.

Recommended by Roxanne of Love Queenstown

road and trees along coastline with black rock blue water white waves

Wow! What a list. With so many fun festivals and a diverse range of activities, the options for a February vacation are truly endless! Where will you head this February?

Here’s a quick recap of the best countries to visit in February, in a much quicker fashion!

Absolute best places to travel in February

  • Turks and Caicos
  • French Polynesia
  • Netherlands
  • Switzerland
  • New Zealand

Related content you might like: 34 Best Countries to Visit in January (Perfect for Relaxation & Adventure) 34 Incredible Warm Winter Vacations USA (Say Goodbye to the Cold)

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Sylvia E. Lester

Sunday 28th of January 2024

Your blog has become my daily dose of positivity and inspiration It's a space that I always look forward to visiting

Monday 29th of January 2024

I'm so glad you found this guide inspiring, and that you love the content :)

Monday 20th of November 2023

Wow! What a blast! I'd like to go to New Zealand so much!

Saturday 2nd of December 2023

Yessss Alona! I hope you make it there soon :)

Sunday 22nd of October 2023

What a great listicle of top countries to visit in February! I'd love to try Finland during this time. Thanks for sharing your recommendations, I'll be saving this for future inspiration!

Oh cool Kelly! Glad you found some inspiration here 🩵

Saturday 21st of October 2023

I think February is one of the best times to visit New Zealand (the later in the month, the better). It's the best temperatures, and you avoid the school holiday traffic.

Ah yes Rhonda! I mean, New Zealand anytime of year sounds awesome but it's definitely deserving of a spot for the month of February, too :)

This is an awesome listm never heard of Turks and Caicos before. The beach locations are stunning. Seychelles and Maldives are at the top of my bucketlist

So glad you found some inspiration Sinjana! Turks and Caicos is one of my absolute favorite Caribbean destinations. Sounds like we both love beachy spots!

Europe's best five destinations where it is hot and sunny in February

Europe's best winter sun destinations for February are within reach of the UK with spots like Tenerife, Malta and Sicily all offering up balmy weather

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  • 10:42, 26 Jan 2024

Five holiday destinations that provide plenty of sunshine and warm, winter-banishing weather are within a short flight of the UK.

After battling through storms, freezing temperatures and heavy rain, who wouldn't want to pack their bags and jet off to a sun-soaked country?

Of course for near-guarantee of hot sunshine, it's long-haul destinations such as Thailand or the Caribbean which need to be on your radar, but if you're happy with warm, dry and sunny then European spots like the Canaries or Malta still pack a punch.

Check out some of the best hot and sunny destinations for February below...

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The Portuguese island of Madeira is 1,000km south of Portugal, near the northeast coast of Africa. This means it's much warmer than most of Europe. With its stunning scenery and lovely beaches, this volcanic island is known for tasty seafood and, of course, Madeira wine.

If it's your first time visiting, Funchal, the coastal capital, is a great place to start. Explore the beautiful Monte Palace gardens, grab some food at the local market, Mercado dos Lavradores, then hop on the cable car for an amazing view of the town.

Average high temperature in February: 18C

2. Tenerife

Average high temperature in February: 20C

Tenerife, the largest of Spain's Canary Islands, is a paradise for walkers. With its dormant volcano, Mount Teide, and hundreds of miles of trails suitable for all abilities, it's a great spot for a winter walking holiday. You'll enjoy plenty of sunshine without the intense summer heat.

In Teide National Park, the Roques de Garcia trail is perfect for families or beginners. For more experienced hikers, the 3,715m climb up Mount Teide is a must-do. Stay overnight and start your climb before dawn to watch the sunrise from the summit.

Average high temperature in February: 16C

Sicily, Italy's largest island, enjoys Mediterranean sunshine almost all year round. It's a haven for history buffs and foodies alike. The deep-fried arancini and cream-filled cannoli are local favourites.

The eight villages that makeup Val di Noto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are home to some of Sicily's most stunning architecture. Rebuilt after a devastating earthquake in 1693, these baroque towns with their elegant churches and mosaic steps are perfect for winter exploration.

Malta, a tiny island just off the tip of Italy's 'boot', has much to offer despite its small size (just 122 square miles). Its capital city, Valletta, another UNESCO World Heritage site, is an excellent choice for a winter city break.

Don't forget to visit the stunning St John's Co-Cathedral, Upper Barrakka Gardens (which you can reach by a glass lift), and the trendy Merchant Street, filled with cool cafes, independent shops and a daily market.

5. Marrakech, Morocco

On the northern border of the Mediterranean sea, the vibrant and historic Morocco is a sensory delight and it's always sunny. The North African country's dazzling capital city Marrakech is a must-see for first-time visitors.

Try your luck at haggling for handicrafts in the bustling souks, then unwind with a stroll around the spectacular, blue-hued Jardin Majorelle or treat yourself to an invigorating hammam treatment.

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59 European Places You NEED To Visit In Your Lifetime

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<p>For such a small continent, Europe certainly punches above its weight. There are countless things to see, do, eat, learn and admire here – from historic neighborhoods to natural wonders. Read on to discover 59 European places you should definitely add to your bucket list.</p>

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For such a small continent, Europe certainly punches above its weight. There are countless things to see, do, eat, learn and admire here – from historic neighborhoods to natural wonders. Read on to discover 59 European places you should definitely add to your bucket list.

<p>Svalbard is the final frontier before the North Pole and one of the world's northernmost inhabited areas. A place of dramatic landscapes, it’s perfect for observing the mesmerizing Northern Lights throughout winter, while summers bring perennial sunlight. As one of Europe’s last true wildernesses, it’s also great for spotting Arctic foxes and polar bears.</p>

Go on a polar adventure in Svalbard, Norway

Svalbard is the final frontier before the North Pole and one of the world's northernmost inhabited areas. A place of dramatic landscapes, it’s perfect for observing the mesmerizing Northern Lights throughout winter, while summers bring perennial sunlight. As one of Europe’s last true wildernesses, it’s also great for spotting Arctic foxes and polar bears.

<p>Located in Rovaniemi in the Arctic Circle, the Santa Claus Village is the “official residence” of Santa and his helpers. Visit the post office and write your wishlist, or stop by the Santa Claus office to meet the mythical man himself. With its Christmassy shops, snow hotel and a year-round festive atmosphere, even adults will believe in the magic.</p>  <p><strong><a href="https://www.loveexploring.com/galleries/117580/frozen-in-time-the-arctic-circles-creepiest-town">This is the fascinating story of Pyramiden, the Arctic Circle's creepiest ghost town</a></strong></p>

Visit Santa Claus Village in Lapland, Finland

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<p>More than 300 castles are dotted throughout the Loire Valley, and many of them are open to the public. Don’t miss the chance to visit one of the most exquisite: the 16th-century Chateau de Chenonceau. If you come to this picturesque region during the summer, you'll catch the captivating sound-and-light shows put on at many of the chateaux.</p>  <p><strong><a href="https://rebrand.ly/loveexploringuk-facebook">Love this? Follow us on Facebook for more travel inspiration</a></strong></p>

See the chateaux of the Loire, France

More than 300 castles are dotted throughout the Loire Valley, and many of them are open to the public. Don’t miss the chance to visit one of the most exquisite: the 16th-century Chateau de Chenonceau. If you come to this picturesque region during the summer, you'll catch the captivating sound-and-light shows put on at many of the chateaux.

<p>Lace up your hiking boots and discover how the beauty of the Lake District – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – inspired William Wordsworth to write his sublime poetry. Follow in the footsteps of Alfred Wainwright, the intrepid hiker whose <em>Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells</em> is still required reading more than 70 years after he first started writing it. Whether you walk his <a href="http://www.wainwrightroutes.co.uk">signature routes</a> or blaze your own trail, the majesty of the Cumbrian countryside won't fail to blow you away. Don't miss Bassenthwaite, Wastwater and Derwentwater, some of the prettiest lakes in the national park.</p>

Hike in England’s Lake District, UK

Lace up your hiking boots and discover how the beauty of the Lake District – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – inspired William Wordsworth to write his sublime poetry. Follow in the footsteps of Alfred Wainwright, the intrepid hiker whose Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells is still required reading more than 70 years after he first started writing it. Whether you walk his signature routes or blaze your own trail, the majesty of the Cumbrian countryside won't fail to blow you away. Don't miss Bassenthwaite, Wastwater and Derwentwater, some of the prettiest lakes in the national park.

<p>Looming high above one of Europe’s smallest countries, the Three Towers are located on a trio of Monte Titano's peaks and used to serve as fortification during medieval times. Today only two towers are open to the public; when you reach the top of the highest tower, the Guaita fortress, you’ll be enchanted by sweeping views in all directions. San Marino is surrounded entirely by Italy and doesn't have its own airport or train station, so the Italian city of Rimini is your gateway to this elusive microstate.</p>

Climb the Three Towers in San Marino

Looming high above one of Europe’s smallest countries, the Three Towers are located on a trio of Monte Titano's peaks and used to serve as fortification during medieval times. Today only two towers are open to the public; when you reach the top of the highest tower, the Guaita fortress, you’ll be enchanted by sweeping views in all directions. San Marino is surrounded entirely by Italy and doesn't have its own airport or train station, so the Italian city of Rimini is your gateway to this elusive microstate.

<p>For an unforgettable road trip, tackle some or part of the 828 miles that make up Iceland’s Ring Road. Leave at least 10 days to get to know some of the country’s most scenic spots. You'll go right past the huge blue-and-white expanse of the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, as well as the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, whose thundering cascade you can walk behind – just remember to pack your waterproofs.</p>  <p><strong><a href="https://www.loveexploring.com/galleries/68328/amazing-american-road-trips-you-might-not-know">More road-tripping inspiration: the best American road trips you've never heard of</a></strong></p>

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<p>For a break from the beach crowds along the Costa del Sol, head into the mountainous countryside of Andalucia. Take a tour of the interior’s white villages, called pueblos blancos. One of the prettiest is Zahara de la Sierra, which overlooks a giant reservoir and features the remains of a Moorish fortress clinging to the mountainside.</p>  <p><strong><a href="https://www.loveexploring.com/galleries/197552/spains-most-beautiful-small-towns-and-villages">Explore more of Spain's most beautiful small towns and villages</a></strong></p>

Explore Andalucia's white villages, Spain

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<p>Fans of Sweden’s most famous musical exports can find out how Agnetha, Anni-Frid, Bjorn and Benny rose to fame in this fun museum. Listen to the fab foursome's memories of how they put Swedish pop music on the map, and see how you would look in their fantastically spangly costumes. Singing and dancing aren’t obligatory, but hard to avoid.</p>

Get musical in ABBA the Museum, Stockholm, Sweden

Fans of Sweden’s most famous musical exports can find out how Agnetha, Anni-Frid, Bjorn and Benny rose to fame in this fun museum. Listen to the fab foursome's memories of how they put Swedish pop music on the map, and see how you would look in their fantastically spangly costumes. Singing and dancing aren’t obligatory, but hard to avoid.

Europe really can’t complain about a lack of ski resorts. However, with great slopes comes a great number of skiers. Grandvalira in Andorra’s Pyrenees is the perfect mountain paradise to enjoy a day on powdery snow without the crowds. The area is also known for excellent après-ski bars and restaurants.

Hit the slopes in Grandvalira, Andorra

<p>Originating from the Caucasus mountain regions, khinkali are filled dumplings that you’ll find in every traditional Georgian kitchen. Most commonly they’re filled with a mix of spiced beef and pork mince with fried onions, but the fillings can range from mushrooms to various combinations of different vegetables. You'll find some of the best in Georgia's capital Tbilisi, at joints like Cafe Daphna and Amo Rame Bani. Eat the khinkali with your hands and try to slurp up the hearty broth inside without spilling a drop.</p>

Feast on khinkali in Tbilisi, Georgia

Originating from the Caucasus mountain regions, khinkali are filled dumplings that you’ll find in every traditional Georgian kitchen. Most commonly they’re filled with a mix of spiced beef and pork mince with fried onions, but the fillings can range from mushrooms to various combinations of different vegetables. You'll find some of the best in Georgia's capital Tbilisi, at joints like Cafe Daphna and Amo Rame Bani. Eat the khinkali with your hands and try to slurp up the hearty broth inside without spilling a drop.

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Relax in the Luxembourg Gardens of Paris, France

Pull up a green chair and chill out in one of Paris ’ most elegant green spaces. Kids will love racing toy boats on the ornamental pond in front of the 17th-century Luxembourg Palace. Stroll through woods and past elaborate fountains and elegant statues. Play a round of tennis if you're feeling active – if not, exercise the brain with a game of chess.

<p>Portugal’s capital has an enchanting old town, filled with cobbled streets and vintage trams that trundle through its historic quarter. <a href="https://www.loveexploring.com/guides/69830/what-to-do-in-lisbon-tourist-attractions">Lisbon</a>’s layout harks back to its Moorish past, with narrow lanes and twisting alleyways. The old town is one of the liveliest parts of the city, with plenty of restaurants and bars where you can listen to the haunting sounds of fado, Portugal's Unesco-inscribed traditional music.</p>

Visit Lisbon’s Bairro Alto, Portugal

Portugal’s capital has an enchanting old town, filled with cobbled streets and vintage trams that trundle through its historic quarter. Lisbon ’s layout harks back to its Moorish past, with narrow lanes and twisting alleyways. The old town is one of the liveliest parts of the city, with plenty of restaurants and bars where you can listen to the haunting sounds of fado, Portugal's Unesco-inscribed traditional music.

If you’re craving panoramic views and a spot of light exercise off the beaten path, take on the Princes’ Way in the Ratikon Mountains of Liechtenstein. Starting at an altitude of over 4,500 feet, the hike is just under four miles long and offers beautiful views of the valleys and mountains of the tiny country of Liechtenstein.

Hike along the Princes’ Way, Liechtenstein

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Rome is full of ruins, but the wondrous construction that is the Pantheon has been standing intact since AD 128. You can’t help but marvel at the coffered dome and its oculus that lets the light (and rain) in. It's one of Rome's most beautiful buildings, having started life as a Roman temple before becoming a Catholic basilica. As of July 2023, you have to pay for a ticket to peek inside – look out for the tombs of two Italian kings, Vittorio Emanuele II and Umberto I.

<p>Norway’s second-largest city is in a breathtaking location surrounded by seven towering mountains and impossibly deep fjords. Stroll along Bergen's old wharf past brightly colored wooden houses, and hop on a ferry for a tour of the fjords. A visit to the fish market will whet your appetite for fresh seafood in the city's waterside restaurants.</p>

Explore Bergen, Norway

Norway’s second-largest city is in a breathtaking location surrounded by seven towering mountains and impossibly deep fjords. Stroll along Bergen's old wharf past brightly colored wooden houses, and hop on a ferry for a tour of the fjords. A visit to the fish market will whet your appetite for fresh seafood in the city's waterside restaurants.

You don’t have to go far to find traditional Irish music in Galway’s pubs. This lively city tucked into Ireland’s west coast has plenty of places for a musical night out. Taaffes Bar is one of the most popular, with two sessions of traditional music each evening. Order a pint of Guinness and listen to the sounds of fiddles, tin whistles, and bodhran drums.

Listen to live music in Galway, Ireland

This elaborate amusement park in Copenhagen has been entertaining people of all ages since 1843. Old meets new: you’ll find a roller coaster from 1914 alongside scream-inducing The Demon with its three exhilarating loops. Discover the park's cultural side by taking in a ballet performance or watching a pop concert.

Take a ride in Copenhagen's Tivoli Gardens, Denmark

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Flop on western Algarve beaches, Portugal

You’ll find some of Portugal’s best beaches along this western strip of the Atlantic coast. Look out for Praia do Martinhal, one of the region’s most appealing beaches. It's one of the gentlest, as it's sheltered from the full force of the Atlantic's waves by the promontory at Sagres. It's only 90 minutes from the nearest airport at Faro, but it's a world away from the busier resorts of the eastern Algarve.

Leave the canal boats for the others while you pootle at your own pace through Amsterdam’s waterways in a pedal boat. You’ll get a close-up view of the city’s distinctive gabled canal houses from your eco-friendly boat. They can be rented at four different piers in the city center, including one by the Rijksmuseum – handy for a bit of culture after your ride.

Ride a pedal boat through Amsterdam, Netherlands

Taking just over an hour, the train journey between Koblenz and Mainz is one of the loveliest in Europe. Along the way, you’ll see some of the prettiest landscapes of the Rhine Valley, with castles and vineyards rising from the winding river. You can make the journey longer by taking the slower train that stops at some of Germany's most attractive riverside spa towns.

Take the train from Koblenz to Mainz, Germany

<p>This northern Spanish city is famed for its delicious tapas – known as pintxos in the local Basque language. Take a slow bar crawl through the old town, nibbling these morsels of ham, seafood, cheese or olives along the way. They're either on bits of bread or on toothpicks, which you then tot up to find out how much to pay. Don't miss the Playa de la Concha, one of the loveliest city beaches in Europe.</p>

Taste the tapas of San Sebastian, Spain

This northern Spanish city is famed for its delicious tapas – known as pintxos in the local Basque language. Take a slow bar crawl through the old town, nibbling these morsels of ham, seafood, cheese or olives along the way. They're either on bits of bread or on toothpicks, which you then tot up to find out how much to pay. Don't miss the Playa de la Concha, one of the loveliest city beaches in Europe.

<p>Three of Belgium’s most prized products – fries, chocolate and beer – get their own museum. At the Bruges Beer Experience, reward yourself with a craft brew in the museum's taproom after taking a tour. At Choco-Story, you'll discover the fascinating history of chocolate and see how it's made. And as you wander through the Frietmuseum, the smell of fried potatoes will eventually lead your nose to the museum's cafe.</p>  <p><strong><a href="https://www.loveexploring.com/galleries/49902/from-fairy-tales-to-food-and-wine-worlds-most-curious-museums">Take a look at more of the world's most curious museums</a></strong></p>

Visit Bruges’ offbeat museums, Belgium

Three of Belgium’s most prized products – fries, chocolate and beer – get their own museum. At the Bruges Beer Experience, reward yourself with a craft brew in the museum's taproom after taking a tour. At Choco-Story, you'll discover the fascinating history of chocolate and see how it's made. And as you wander through the Frietmuseum, the smell of fried potatoes will eventually lead your nose to the museum's cafe.

<p>There isn’t much left of the Berlin Wall, but there’s a stretch in old East <a href="https://www.loveexploring.com/guides/64443/what-to-do-in-berlin">Berlin</a> that's become the longest open-air gallery in the world and shouldn’t be missed. Check out the graffiti and street art mocking just about everything from politics to industrialisation. It's right on the edge of Kreuzberg, still one of Berlin's hippest districts after all these years.</p>

See Berlin’s East Side Gallery, Germany

There isn’t much left of the Berlin Wall, but there’s a stretch in old East Berlin that's become the longest open-air gallery in the world and shouldn’t be missed. Check out the graffiti and street art mocking just about everything from politics to industrialisation. It's right on the edge of Kreuzberg, still one of Berlin's hippest districts after all these years.

<p>Leave the crowds of Piazza San Marco behind and hop on a vaporetto (water bus) to the island of San Giorgio Maggiore. The church’s bell tower (currently closed for maintenance) typically allows you to see the best views of Venice – and there’s even a lift to the top. Elsewhere, use the vaporetto to explore some of Venice's lesser-known districts, including Giudecca and the studenty part of Dorsoduro.</p>

Catch the best view of Venice, Italy

Leave the crowds of Piazza San Marco behind and hop on a vaporetto (water bus) to the island of San Giorgio Maggiore. The church’s bell tower (currently closed for maintenance) typically allows you to see the best views of Venice – and there’s even a lift to the top. Elsewhere, use the vaporetto to explore some of Venice's lesser-known districts, including Giudecca and the studenty part of Dorsoduro.

It’s hard to find a more upmarket shopping area than the so-called Golden Square of luxury boutiques near Monte Carlo’s venerable casino. The top names are all here, ranging from Louis Vuitton and Gucci to Cartier and Christian Dior. While you're in Monaco, head up to the clifftop part of the principality where regal residences, colorful streets, and public gardens await.

Go shopping in Monte Carlo’s Carre d’Or, Monaco

<p>For more than 600 years, this mechanical marvel by Prague’s Old Town Hall has been putting on a performance every hour. Watch the procession of Apostles and statues as they mark each hour in mesmerizing style. You can catch it every hour on the hour from 9am until 11pm. While you're there, don't miss a visit to the dazzling interior of the Old Town Hall, a complex of several Gothic buildings.</p>  <p><strong><a href="https://www.loveexploring.com/galleries/120241/the-worlds-most-stunning-medieval-sights">These are the world's most amazing medieval sights</a></strong></p>

Watch Prague’s astronomical clock, Czechia

For more than 600 years, this mechanical marvel by Prague’s Old Town Hall has been putting on a performance every hour. Watch the procession of Apostles and statues as they mark each hour in mesmerizing style. You can catch it every hour on the hour from 9am until 11pm. While you're there, don't miss a visit to the dazzling interior of the Old Town Hall, a complex of several Gothic buildings.

<p>Latvia’s capital is a pleasure to explore, particularly Riga’s old town on the Daugava River’s eastern side. Walk along cobbled streets admiring the magnificent medieval and Baroque architecture before taking in the views from the top of St Peter’s Church tower. Because the tower soars to 425 feet, you'll have splendid vistas of the old town's crenelated roofs, the historic zeppelin hangars that now house Riga Central Market and the uber-modern National Library of Latvia across the water.</p>  <p><a href="https://www.loveexploring.com/guides/67280/things-to-do-in-riga-hotels"><strong>Check out more things to do and see in Riga</strong></a></p>

Visit Riga’s old town, Latvia

Latvia’s capital is a pleasure to explore, particularly Riga’s old town on the Daugava River’s eastern side. Walk along cobbled streets admiring the magnificent medieval and Baroque architecture before taking in the views from the top of St Peter’s Church tower. Because the tower soars to 425 feet, you'll have splendid vistas of the old town's crenelated roofs, the historic zeppelin hangars that now house Riga Central Market and the uber-modern National Library of Latvia across the water.

Hungarians have long enjoyed the benefits of a soothing soak and a good gossip in gently pulsating warm water. Join them in the thermal springs at Budapest’s sprawling 19th-century Szechenyi Baths, Europe’s largest medicinal baths. There's also a handsome Art Deco spa complex within the Hotel Gellert, which is open to the public and has beautifully tiled thermal baths indoors and outdoors.

Soak in Budapest’s spas, Hungary

Once you’ve had a good look around Krakow’s Market Square, head south to the old Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz. This lively district of kosher restaurants and funky bars is just across the river from Oskar Schindler's Enamel Factory, now a powerful museum telling the story of Krakow's wartime occupation and also a tribute to the man who saved 1,200 Jewish people during the war.

Explore Kazimierz Jewish Quarter in Krakow, Poland

<p>The Tatra Mountains form a natural border between Slovakia and Poland, and feature more than 90 lakes and 35 valleys. Keen hikers can join a hut-to-hut guided tour and keep an eye out for wildlife, including lynx and bears. The town of Poprad is a handy starting point for guided or self-guided walks, as it's right by Tatry-Poprad airport.</p>  <p><strong><a href="https://www.loveexploring.com/galleries/210151/europes-hidden-gems-you-simply-have-to-see">Discover more of Europe's hidden gems you simply have to see</a></strong></p>

Go hiking in the Tatra Mountains, Slovakia

The Tatra Mountains form a natural border between Slovakia and Poland, and feature more than 90 lakes and 35 valleys. Keen hikers can join a hut-to-hut guided tour and keep an eye out for wildlife, including lynx and bears. The town of Poprad is a handy starting point for guided or self-guided walks, as it's right by Tatry-Poprad airport.

<p>It’s one of the world’s finest art galleries – and as it’s free, it’s one of <a href="https://www.loveexploring.com/guides/64317/what-to-do-in-london-guide">London</a>’s best bargains. The National Gallery’s huge collection covers everything from 13th-century paintings to works from the early 20th century. Among the 2,300-odd artworks are some of the world's best-known paintings, including Van Gogh's Sunflowers and Van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait.</p>

See the art in London's National Gallery, England, UK

It’s one of the world’s finest art galleries – and as it’s free, it’s one of London ’s best bargains. The National Gallery’s huge collection covers everything from 13th-century paintings to works from the early 20th century. Among the 2,300-odd artworks are some of the world's best-known paintings, including Van Gogh's Sunflowers and Van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait.

For true Viennese cafe culture, give the big chains a miss and head to one of the city’s historic coffeehouses. The 19th-century Cafe Central is a good bet for a lazy coffee and an indulgent slice of chocolatey Sachertorte. The traditional drink to order is "Kaffee mit Schlag", which delivers a generous dollop of whipped cream on top of your coffee.

Stop for a coffee in Vienna’s coffeehouses, Austria

Lording it over Athens on a rocky outcrop since the 5th century BC, the Acropolis is one of the ancient world’s finest creations. Its most famous monument is the Parthenon, a wonder of Doric columns dedicated to the goddess Athena. You can see the sculptures of the Acropolis in the gleaming, state-of-the-art Acropolis Museum, just a few minutes walk away.

Visit the Acropolis in Athens, Greece

<p>Slovenia’s capital is one of the most visually appealing in Europe; a harmonious blend of Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture – not to mention an attractive string of cafes and bars along the Ljubljanica River. Some of the bars suit certain times of the day: for example, the ones along Petkovskovo nabrezje are the buzziest at happy hour. On hot summer days, head south to the large grassy area of Spica.</p>  <p><strong><a href="https://www.loveexploring.com/galleries/64460/12-reasons-to-love-slovenia">Here are even more reasons to love Slovenia</a></strong></p>

Enjoy Ljubljana’s riverside cafes, Slovenia

Slovenia’s capital is one of the most visually appealing in Europe; a harmonious blend of Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture – not to mention an attractive string of cafes and bars along the Ljubljanica River. Some of the bars suit certain times of the day: for example, the ones along Petkovskovo nabrezje are the buzziest at happy hour. On hot summer days, head south to the large grassy area of Spica.

The village of Mali Ston on Croatia’s Peljesac peninsula produces some of the world’s most delicious oysters. In fact, back in 1936, the General Trades International Exhibition in London awarded these oysters the Grand Prix, calling them the best in the world. If you're feeling fit, you can climb the three miles of 14th-century walls that connect Mali Ston to its neighbor, Ston.

Eat oysters in Mali Ston, Croatia

<p>Get the best view of Loch Lomond from the vantage point of a boat – anything as simple as a pedal boat to a large speedboat with its own skipper. Stop for a walk on a lake island or a lochside village. Loch Lomond forms part of the Trossachs National Park, the place to "bag some Munros" – walk up a Scottish mountain that's higher than 3,000 feet. You've got 21 here to choose from. Alternatively, explore Scotland by cruise ship – its coastline and islands make for an epic seafaring adventure.</p>

Take a boat ride on Loch Lomond, Scotland, UK

Get the best view of Loch Lomond from the vantage point of a boat – anything as simple as a pedal boat to a large speedboat with its own skipper. Stop for a walk on a lake island or a lochside village. Loch Lomond forms part of the Trossachs National Park, the place to "bag some Munros" – walk up a Scottish mountain that's higher than 3,000 feet. You've got 21 here to choose from. Alternatively, explore Scotland by cruise ship – its coastline and islands make for an epic seafaring adventure.

Tucked into a drowned river canyon is the charming medieval town of Kotor, which is rather like a smaller version of Dubrovnik, further up the Adriatic coast. For the best views (like the one pictured here), you’ll need to hike up to the top of Kotor’s fortifications to the Castle of St John. It’s worth the two-hour trek. Once you're back in town, treat yourself to ice cream at Marshall's Gelato.

Visit Kotor, Montenegro

<p>Allow plenty of time to explore the fascinating old town of Vilnius – it’s one of the largest intact medieval old towns in Europe, an enchanting mishmash of all sorts of architectural styles, from Gothic to Neoclassical. But Baroque is the king here, including the imposing 17th-century St Casimir's Church. For superb views, climb the 193 wooden steps to the top of St John's Church bell tower.</p>  <p><strong><a href="https://www.loveexploring.com/galleries/135978/these-worldfamous-views-could-all-be-ruined-by-pollution">These world-famous views could all be ruined by air pollution</a></strong></p>

Visit the old town of Vilnius, Lithuania

Allow plenty of time to explore the fascinating old town of Vilnius – it’s one of the largest intact medieval old towns in Europe, an enchanting mishmash of all sorts of architectural styles, from Gothic to Neoclassical. But Baroque is the king here, including the imposing 17th-century St Casimir's Church. For superb views, climb the 193 wooden steps to the top of St John's Church bell tower.

<p>The Ottomans founded Sarajevo in the 15th century, and you can still see the strong Turkish legacy in the Bosnian capital’s old Bascarsija quarter. It’s like a mini Istanbul, with souk-like stalls squeezed in among cafes and silversmiths and coppersmiths working their metals in tiny workshops. You'll spot their little coffee pots in cafes, whose Turkish coffee – called bosanska kava – will keep you going for hours.</p>

Lose yourself in Sarajevo’s Ottoman Quarter, Bosnia-Herzegovina

The Ottomans founded Sarajevo in the 15th century, and you can still see the strong Turkish legacy in the Bosnian capital’s old Bascarsija quarter. It’s like a mini Istanbul, with souk-like stalls squeezed in among cafes and silversmiths and coppersmiths working their metals in tiny workshops. You'll spot their little coffee pots in cafes, whose Turkish coffee – called bosanska kava – will keep you going for hours.

Weave your way along the waterways of western Sweden’s biggest city on a Paddan boat, which takes you through Gothenburg’s canal system. Or you can hop on a harbor ferry that stops at some of the 20-odd islands in Gothenburg’s archipelago. The southern islands have banned cars and are relaxing places for long walks and bike rides. Some boat trips give you the chance to spot seals.

Ride a boat through Gothenburg’s waterways, Sweden

<p>Once you’ve seen Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and Istanbul’s other landmarks in Sultanahmet, head across the Golden Horn to Beyoglu. The district's Istiklal Street is one of the liveliest and most cosmopolitan in the city. Check out the little side alleyways where jazz clubs lurk in spaces hardly larger than cubbyholes.</p>

Visit Beyoglu in Istanbul, Turkey

Once you’ve seen Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and Istanbul’s other landmarks in Sultanahmet, head across the Golden Horn to Beyoglu. The district's Istiklal Street is one of the liveliest and most cosmopolitan in the city. Check out the little side alleyways where jazz clubs lurk in spaces hardly larger than cubbyholes.

<p>Slovenia's Lake Bled really does look like something out of a fairy tale. There’s even a medieval castle perched atop the lakeside cliffs. Rising from an islet in the centre of the lake is the Baroque-style Church of the Assumption and its striking bell tower. Once you ride to the island on a wooden boat called a pletna, tradition has it that you should climb the 99 stone steps to the top of the church tower and ring the bell yourself.</p>

Come to Lake Bled, Slovenia

Slovenia's Lake Bled really does look like something out of a fairy tale. There’s even a medieval castle perched atop the lakeside cliffs. Rising from an islet in the centre of the lake is the Baroque-style Church of the Assumption and its striking bell tower. Once you ride to the island on a wooden boat called a pletna, tradition has it that you should climb the 99 stone steps to the top of the church tower and ring the bell yourself.

<p>It’s hard to choose among Greece’s 227 inhabited islands, but if you have to pick one, go for Symi. This small Dodecanese island has one of the prettiest ports, a riot of colorful houses tumbling to the water’s edge – not to mention excellent beaches. On the days when it's too hot to hike to the beach, just take a water taxi from Symi harbor.</p>  <p><strong><a href="https://www.loveexploring.com/galleries/184438/greeces-most-beautiful-small-towns-and-villages">Explore more of Greece's most gorgeous places</a></strong></p>

Visit Symi, Greece

It’s hard to choose among Greece’s 227 inhabited islands, but if you have to pick one, go for Symi. This small Dodecanese island has one of the prettiest ports, a riot of colorful houses tumbling to the water’s edge – not to mention excellent beaches. On the days when it's too hot to hike to the beach, just take a water taxi from Symi harbor.

Tear yourself away from Paphos’ wonderful beaches and step into ancient history at the Kato Paphos Archaeological Park. This Unesco World Heritage Site features Greek, Roman and medieval ruins against a Mediterranean backdrop. Climb the steps of the ancient stone theatre and wander along the uncovered mosaic floors of four Roman villas.

Explore Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, Cyprus

Serbia’s capital has the most boisterous nightlife in Eastern Europe – helped in large part by the several floating nightclubs, bars and restaurants that pepper both the Danube and Sava rivers. You'll find them in all shapes and sizes – from small shack-like bars to huge clubs with a pool on the terrace. In the summer, the party goes on well into the morning.

Join the party on Belgrade’s floating nightclubs, Serbia

The inhabitants of this small Maltese island evidently liked to think big when they built Gozo’s Ggantija Temples. This Neolithic temple complex is more than 5,500 years old – even older than the Pyramids in Egypt and Stonehenge in England. They're on the outskirts of the village of Xaghra and are less than two miles from the terracotta-colored sands of Ramla Beach, one of the island's loveliest.

Explore Gozo's Ggantija Temples, Malta

Switzerland has some pretty magical mountains, but the jagged peak of the Matterhorn surely wins hands down. Come at any time of year to Zermatt, where you can ski on the glacier both in winter and summer or explore the mountain trails on foot or by bike. Check out the underrated Matterhorn Museum, which tells the story of the many attempts to reach the summit.

Visit Zermatt and the Matterhorn, Switzerland

The self-styled capital of Transylvania is one of the buzziest in this far-flung corner of Europe, where its youthful population and the growing number of direct flights arriving here help to keep it fresh. Enjoy the bohemian ambiance of its cafes and student hangouts while taking in the handsome Gothic and Baroque architecture. Don't miss the impressive St Michael's Church and its soaring steeple.

Explore Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Stari Most – Mostar’s 16th-century bridge – had to be rebuilt after it was destroyed by Croatian forces in 1993 during the Bosnian War. You’d never know to look at it, though, and since its restoration in 2004, locals have carried on an old tradition of diving more than 65 feet into the Neretva River below. If you're holidaying in Croatia's Adriatic resorts, it's easy to fit in Mostar on a day trip.

Walk across the Stari Most of Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina

<p>Prepare to be dazzled by the extraordinary Keukenhof. More than seven million tulips and other brightly colored flowers spread across this sprawling garden that’s only about an hour from Amsterdam. But you'll have to time your visit carefully – because it's a celebration of spring flowers, the park is open only from March to May. </p>  <p><strong><a href="https://www.loveexploring.com/galleries/169289/where-to-go-in-march-gorgeous-destinations-to-visit-this-month">These amazing destinations make for the perfect March getaway</a></strong></p>

Wander through Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands

Prepare to be dazzled by the extraordinary Keukenhof. More than seven million tulips and other brightly colored flowers spread across this sprawling garden that’s only about an hour from Amsterdam. But you'll have to time your visit carefully – because it's a celebration of spring flowers, the park is open only from March to May. 

Named after the sweeping lake whose shores it occupies, Ohrid’s rich past is reflected in the picturesque streets of its old town, where Byzantine, Bulgarian and Ottoman architecture have given this idyllic town Unesco status. In its heyday, it had 365 churches – one for each day of the year. One church that's not to be missed is the 13th-century Church of St John, which is in a dramatic setting overlooking the ancient waters of Lake Ohrid.

Discover Ohrid, North Macedonia

<p>The biggest mountain in Wales and England stands at a whopping 3,650 feet, but there are many ways of exploring Snowdonia National Park without hardcore hiking. Its footpaths suit all levels – or you can just take the Snowdon Mountain Railway to the summit. But it's not just mountains here – the park includes nearly 200 miles of seashore, with sandy beaches and sheltered coves.</p>  <p><strong><a href="https://www.loveexploring.com/galleries/196400/30-quintessentially-british-experiences-you-must-try-before-you-die">30 quintessentially British experiences you must try before you die</a></strong></p>

Head to Snowdonia, Wales, UK

The biggest mountain in Wales and England stands at a whopping 3,650 feet, but there are many ways of exploring Snowdonia National Park without hardcore hiking. Its footpaths suit all levels – or you can just take the Snowdon Mountain Railway to the summit. But it's not just mountains here – the park includes nearly 200 miles of seashore, with sandy beaches and sheltered coves.

Nicknamed the town of a thousand windows, Berat is one of Albania’s most arresting sights. White Ottoman houses cling to the side of a steep hill that’s crowned by a 13th-century fortress sheltering Byzantine churches and Ottoman mosques. Have a look at the Ethnographic Museum housed in an 18th-century Ottoman building, where a medieval bazaar has been created.

Explore Berat, Albania

You get two old towns for the price of one in Tallinn. The hilltop upper town, Toompea, is dominated by the imposing Toompea Castle. Head to the walled lower town, All-linn, for romantic strolls along medieval cobbled streets. You'll see handsome merchants' houses dating from the time when Tallinn was attracting wealthy merchants from Denmark and Germany.

Wander through Tallinn’s old town, Estonia

<p>Urbane Varna stands out from Bulgaria’s Black Sea beach towns as it’s a port city and naval base as well as a resort. There’s plenty of room along its waterfront promenade for sunbathing, as well as a large selection of bars and restaurants. Afterwards, you can cool off in the lushness of the 19th-century Primorski Park.</p>  <p><strong><a href="https://www.loveexploring.com/galleries/199662/eerie-europe-abandoned-places-and-their-secrets">Decaying beach towns, haunted castles and more of Europe's eeriest abandoned places</a></strong></p>

Stroll along Varna’s Black Sea waterfront, Bulgaria

Urbane Varna stands out from Bulgaria’s Black Sea beach towns as it’s a port city and naval base as well as a resort. There’s plenty of room along its waterfront promenade for sunbathing, as well as a large selection of bars and restaurants. Afterwards, you can cool off in the lushness of the 19th-century Primorski Park.

<p>Allow at least two hours for a wander around the medieval and Renaissance fortifications circling Dubrovnik’s cookie-colored old town. Get a snapshot of Dubrovnik life as you walk past courtyard gardens, laundry-lined balconies and terracotta rooftops. The walls are extremely popular with cruise-ship crowds that descend in their thousands, so try to time your visit for as early in the morning or as late in the afternoon as possible. A ticket for the city walls will also grant you access to Fort Lovrijenac, across the bay from the historic centre.</p>  <p><a href="https://www.loveexploring.com/gallerylist/103353/the-worlds-most-beautiful-walled-towns-and-cities"><strong>Discover more of the world's most beautiful walled towns and cities</strong></a></p>

Walk along Dubrovnik’s city walls, Croatia

Allow at least two hours for a wander around the medieval and Renaissance fortifications circling Dubrovnik’s cookie-colored old town. Get a snapshot of Dubrovnik life as you walk past courtyard gardens, laundry-lined balconies and terracotta rooftops. The walls are extremely popular with cruise-ship crowds that descend in their thousands, so try to time your visit for as early in the morning or as late in the afternoon as possible. A ticket for the city walls will also grant you access to Fort Lovrijenac, across the bay from the historic centre.

<p>Located near the German border with Czechia, Dresden has collected its fair share of nicknames over the years, including Florence on the Elbe and the Jewel Box. The world almost lost it forever during the Second World War, when it was bombed into near-oblivion. But this dazzling Saxon city has since been reborn and is full of world-class museums, lavish palaces, onion-domed churches and arty hotspots ready to welcome discerning visitors.</p>

Spend a weekend in Dresden, Germany

Located near the German border with Czechia, Dresden has collected its fair share of nicknames over the years, including Florence on the Elbe and the Jewel Box. The world almost lost it forever during the Second World War, when it was bombed into near-oblivion. But this dazzling Saxon city has since been reborn and is full of world-class museums, lavish palaces, onion-domed churches and arty hotspots ready to welcome discerning visitors.

It’s not just distance that sets this remote North Atlantic archipelago apart from the rest of Europe. Though the Faroe Islands are an autonomous territory of Denmark, they have a unique geography and culture all of their own. All emerald valleys, plunging waterfalls, and ink-black basalt cliffs, this is a place of otherworldly beauty. Visit between May and August to be in with a chance of glancing puffins on Mykines, the most westerly of all the main Faroe Islands.

Get back to nature in the Faroe Islands, Denmark

<p>The story of the Northern Irish capital is inextricably linked to that of the world’s most tragic ocean liner. Built on Belfast’s slipways, the RMS Titanic began life here before sailing into Southampton for that ill-fated maiden voyage. Today, the waterfront Titanic Quarter of the city exists to further connect the dots of this maritime history, featuring unmissable maritime-themed attractions like the immersive Titanic Belfast museum.</p>  <p><strong><a href="https://www.loveexploring.com/galleries/123232/ss-nomadic-titanic-sister-ship-belfast-restored">Now discover the story of Titanic's lesser-known sister ship</a></strong></p>

Learn Belfast’s nautical history, Northern Ireland, UK

The story of the Northern Irish capital is inextricably linked to that of the world’s most tragic ocean liner. Built on Belfast’s slipways, the RMS Titanic began life here before sailing into Southampton for that ill-fated maiden voyage. Today, the waterfront Titanic Quarter of the city exists to further connect the dots of this maritime history, featuring unmissable maritime-themed attractions like the immersive Titanic Belfast museum.

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Malta is a travel destination becoming more popular than ever in 2024

Want to know where everyone is pinning on their summer 2024 holiday moodboard? We’ll spare you suspense: it’s Malta .

When it comes to sun-soaked travel destinations – we’re thinking oversized hats and frozen margaritas – this Mediterranean island is attracting a lot of chatter across TikTok, Instagram and the great barometer of human interest, Google search.

Known for its white sand beaches , sparkling turquoise sea and stunning cliff walks, Malta is fast becoming this year’s go-to European holiday.

We’d like to note we were ahead of the crowd — Metro.co.uk’s Chris Rickett visited the island in May 2023 and created some serious ‘travel inspo’ content as he went.

The island has served as a backdrop for a string of iconic films including Gladiator and Troy, as well as for the cult favourite TV series Game of Thrones .

But what makes Malta the ultimate 2024 destination is that it’s extraordinarily affordable, with flights from London starting from just £22 one way .

Well over three million tourists visited the island in 2023 alone, but that doesn’t mean it’s full of tourist traps. Metro has the scoop on all things Malta for you to plan the Mediterranean getaway of your dreams…

How to get to Malta

Valletta in Malta is worth a visit

Malta is a little over three hours flying time from London, with one-way flights from £22 per person.

You can fly from any London airport, including Heathrow and Gatwick, as well as Luton and Stansted.

A 6am flight from Luton will get you to Malta at 10:20am and a 5pm return will get you back to London at 7:30pm, which means you can make the most of your time away.

If you’re looking to travel to Malta in its peak season, which is July and August, flights start at £39 for a one-way ticket, which is still not too bad if you ask us.

Prices don’t vary much if you’re flying from Manchester or an airport further north, which is more good news.

Malta weather and best time to visit

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Cruise expert and money-savvy traveller Hannah Dorling has given us the low down on the best time to pack your bags for Malta.

She tells Metro.co.uk: ‘The best time to visit is April through October when the weather’s fabulous and the crowds are smaller.’

But if you’re not a sunworshipper and don’t mind a crisp to the air, travel expert Jackson Groves tells Metro.co.uk it’s worth considering a trip between October and May. This is called the “off-season”, he says.

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Malta is the smallest country in the European Union with a population of just 516,000.

Jackson adds: ‘During these months you can avoid huge summer crowds and get a more real feel for the islands. The weather is also nice while sights and events have smaller groups.’

Generally speaking summer in Malta is hot and dry, with temperatures reaching 32°C in July and August. 

Winter is mild and wet, but the mercury only drops to around 15 – 17°C between December and February. The UK could learn a thing or to.

The coastal town of Xemxija on Malta, known for its clear blue waters

Things to do in Malta

Malta has pure white sand and turquoise waters at popular beaches such as Golden Bay and Mellieħa Bay that will genuinely take your breath away.

There’s also the world-famous Blue Lagoon on the island of Comino, one of Malta’s not so hidden gems.

It’s a bucket-list location known for crystal clear waters and jagged cliffs, plus winding trails where you can capture some of the best views in the country.

But our holiday guru Hannah says it’s worth reading up on local laws before you dive in — some areas have strict rules about attire for swimming and sunbathing.

And if you’re after suggestions for things to do and see in Malta that aren’t beach or bikini based, then Metro has you covered.

Hannah says: ‘Some of my favourite hidden gems were seeing a traditional folklore show at the Limestone Heritage Park , exploring the old street signs there, and attending the incredible Notte Bianca festival in Valletta .

Marsaxlokk fishing village in Malta

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‘I also loved touring the Meridiana Wine Estate since wine making has such deep roots on the island. One of my top tips is to stay in the fishing village Marsaxlokk and watch the fishermen haul in their catch at sunrise – it feels like another world!’

The Limestone Heritage Park is in the traditional Maltese village of Siggiewi, which gives you the chance to immerse yourself in the limestone of the Maltese Islands which was formed in shallow waters about 22 million years ago.

Malta's traditional dishes to try on your travels

  • Pastizzi  – These savory pastries are typically filled with ricotta cheese, eggs, onions, and peas. They can be found in cafes, bakeries, and street food locales. 
  • Rabbit Stew  – Often served with herbs, tomatoes, vegetables, or red wine, no dish on the island represents the rural lifestyle like this one. 
  • Aljotta  – A simple yet flavourful Mediterranean seafood soup.
  • Timpana  – A Maltese classic, Timpana combines pasta with meat, tomato sauce, and cheese for a delicious pasta pie!
  • Kapunata  – This mouth-watering salad is filled with sliced zucchini, fresh tomatoes, high-quality olive oil, and a wide array of herbs and spices. Served with Maltese bread, it can be enjoyed at all temperatures. 

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Then there’s Notte Bianca, one of Malta’s largest annual arts and culture festivals. On the first Saturday of October, the Valletta cityscape lights up with a spectacular celebration of the arts that’s open to the public free of charge.

Jackson adds: ‘One really cool unique place is the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum . This is an underground area carved out thousands of years ago as burial chambers. Stepping inside was surreal – it was like traveling back in time. Narrow paths opened up into huge rooms, some with old spiral paintings that glowed on the walls.

Rocky coastline of Gozo and the crystal clear waters make for good paddleboarding

‘You have to crouch through tight spaces carved by hand long ago. The echoing sounds in the “Oracle Room” made it feel creepy. Best of all, only 300 people per day can visit, so it never feels packed.’

We also got expert advice from Lucia Polla, founder of Viva La Vita – a travel blog that covers hidden gems and popular destinations in Southern Spain.

Lucia tells Metro.co.uk: ‘Forget boring old snorkeling – you have to try paddleboarding. Gliding across the crystal clear waters while schools of colourful fish swim beneath you, it really does feel like you’re Ariel exploring her underwater realm. No Ursula here!

‘And for all you Game of Thrones fans out there, the ancient temples of Mnajdra will have you fully feeling like a Khaleesi. Of course, there are no dragons, but you’ll spot some adorable iguanas soaking up the sun if you’re lucky.’

The ancient temples on Malta are the oldest free-standing structures in the world, so they’re definitely worth a visit.

For another dose of history, Lucia suggests the Old Prison of Gozo , which is Malta’s oldest prison. It was used by the Knights of Malta to intern their more disruptive and unruly members, the prison remained in use for over 400 years!

The Old Prisons sign, Gozo, Malta

‘It’s truly something special,’ she says. ‘The haunting yet intriguing history practically oozed from the place. It really let me tap into the spirit of the islands in a way nothing else has. Best of all, hardly any tourists! I had the run of the place and could really take my time soaking up every detail. The exhibits were excellently done, too.’

Another of Lucia’s hidden gems is the Wied il-Mielah cave , a natural wonder carved into a cliffside.

She says: ‘Swimming through that translucent turquoise water was unreal, like being in my own private pool. And exploring the hidden nooks and crannies, it really did feel like I’d stumbled upon paradise! Just be prepared for a bit of a climb down – adventure always comes with exercise as they say.’

Getting around in Malta

It’s suggested that walking is one of the best ways to soak up Malta in all it’s glory but a) this isn’t ideal for those with disabilities and b) walking is pretty tiring.

You can get around just fine by bus if you need to. The daytime fare for a bus ticket is £2.14 (€2.50) while the night-time fare is £2.56 (€3). Don’t waste your time trying to find a ticket stand because you can buy direct from the bus driver.

These cash tickets are single journey fares, valid for travel to any location within two hours, including transfers.

Bus travel is a great way to get around Malta and it's cheap

If you’re in Malta for a week you can purchase a tallinja card and the Seven-Day Explore Card means you can go to all of Malta’s sites of interest, in any part of Malta and Gozo. You can hop on or off anytime, as many times as you want.

This will cost you just £21.36 (€25) for the entire week.

If you would rather have access to your own car, car hire starts at £15, according to KAYAK or you can rent a bike.

Where to stay in Malta

The good news just keeps coming with this travel destination, with hotels starting from £30 to £40 per night.

If you’re happy to splash out and relax in the lap of luxury, upscale hotels such as the AX ODYCY Hotel in St Pauls Bay, Qawra, offer rooms from around £130 per night.

It’s a stunning seafront hotel just a 30-minute drive from the capital Valletta. Right opposite the resort is a bus stop with services to the rest of Malta. The nearest rocky beach is just 5 meters from the pool.

You can opt for an even cheaper stay in an Airbnb, where prices start from £16 per night. Sold.

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