Looking for your next winter holiday but not sure where to begin? We’ve created this list of our top 10 February holidays to help you choose your next vacation destination. No matter your interests, there’s something on this list for everyone!
And once you’ve decided on your perfect holiday, consider booking your trip with Trazler. With Trazler, you can book smart by booking your flights, accommodations, and car transfers in just a few clicks. No more fumbling through multiple tabs to find the best deal!
Perfect for: Those who want to escape Ireland’s cold winter for some warmer, sunny weather.
February Temperatures: 15°C to 21°C
Tenerife is an excellent destination for those who want to spend time outdoors during their holiday. The island has amazing beaches and volcanic landscapes, as well as green forests and Mt. Teide, Spain’s highest peak.
For those looking to experience the local culture, the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife takes place in February. During this time visitors can admire a trove of beautiful costumes and talented musicians during the many parades and street parties.
Beyond the carnival, animal lovers can book a dolphin and whale-watching excursion. And those looking for some tranquillity can explore the island’s picturesque villages or attend a wine tasting at one of the local vineyards.
Although there might be some rain showers in February, they usually don’t last long and won’t significantly affect your trip. Overall, Tenerife in February provides a mix of warm weather, local culture and amazing landscapes.
Perfect for: Those seeking breathtaking landscapes and the serenity of the Swiss Alps.
February Temperatures: 1°C to 6°C
Being in proximity to the Alps, Geneva is an ideal base for exploring world-class ski resorts like Chamonix and Verbier. Non-skiers can participate in other activities like sledging, snowshoeing, and snow tubing.
In the city, you can enjoy the tranquil ambience of Lake Geneva, visit iconic landmarks like Jet d’Eau, or take a tour of the city’s best chocolate shops. Other common activities include enjoying fondue and paying a visit to the Brunswick Monument.
The city also hosts Antigel from January – February, an annual festival showcasing music, dance, theatre, and sports. Despite the cold, a February visit to Geneva offers winter sports and city exploration.
Perfect for: Those who love charming old towns, fresh seafood, and serene beaches.
February Temperatures: 8°C to 16°C
Though not warm enough for a beach holiday, the weather is perfect for exploring the city. Visitors can tour the well-preserved medieval quarters, the Chapel of Bones, and the archaeological museum.
February is an especially great time to visit Faro as Carnival and the Semana de Chocolate at Loulé market occur during this time. These once-a-year events offer a unique experience to those visiting Faro in late winter.
The cuisine is also a delicious mix of seafood, traditional Portuguese cuisine, and locally produced wine. Overall, Faro in February combines cultural events and amazing cuisine for an unforgettable winter vacation.
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Perfect for: Those who want to explore German culture, a vibrant food scene, and world-renowned beer.
February Temperatures: -1°C to 4°C
Munich’s Alpine surroundings offer excellent opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, and sledging. In the city, visitors can explore the Deutsches Museum, Nymphenburg Palace, or the Pinakotheken art galleries.
The Marienplatz, with its iconic Glockenspiel and nearby Viktualienmarkt, is another must-visit. And after braving the cold, travellers should warm up with Bavarian cuisine in one of the many local beer halls – nothing beats a hearty German meal on a cold winter day.
If you’re lucky, you might also catch the Munich Carnival, a pre-Lent festival with vibrant costumes, music, and festivities. Despite the cold weather, Munich in February offers cultural activities, winter sports, and Bavarian hospitality.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Perfect for: Travelers looking for a luxurious getaway with outdoor activities.
February Temperatures: 17°C to 25°C
February is a great time to visit the Burj Khalifa, the Burj Al Arab, and the Dubai Mall without excessive wait times. It’s also a great time to head to embark on a Dubai Desert Safari, an adventure package that offers dune bashing, camel riding, and sandboarding.
February is also the month for the Dubai Food Festival, a celebration of Dubai’s best cuisine. And if you’re a fan of flowers, the Dubai Miracle Garden showcases millions of flowers and usually opens in February.
Dubai’s hotter days also offer visitors the chance to sunbathe or partake in water sports (Jumeirah Beach and Kite Beach are popular destinations). Overall, a visit to Dubai in February offers a blend of warm weather, outdoor adventures, and luxury.
Perfect for: Travelers who don’t mind the cold and want to enjoy a number of cultural experiences.
February Temperatures: -1°C to 3°C
In February, key attractions like the Little Mermaid statue, Rosenborg Castle, and Tivoli Gardens offer unique winter experiences. February is also the time for Copenhagen Winter Jazz (Vinterjazz), a citywide music event that showcases international and Danish jazz artists.
Carnival also takes place in February, and the main parade is joined by concerts, art shows, and lots of tasty food. And if that wasn’t enough, visitors can also celebrate Fastelavn, a Dutch holiday that involves costumes, sweet desserts, and lots of fun activities.
For comfort from the cold, travellers can head to the city’s “hyggelige” cafés and indulge in traditional Danish pastries like Kanelsnegle (Cinnamon rolls) and Drømmekage (Dream Cake). Despite the chill, Copenhagen in February provides a cosy, culturally rich holiday.
Perfect for: Sun-seekers who also enjoy a blend of history and culture.
February Temperatures: 10°C to 18°C
While it might be too cold for swimming, the beautiful beaches of Larnaca are perfect for watching the sunrise and relaxing at beachside cafes. Those interested in scuba diving can also visit the MS Zenobia wreck, one of the world’s best places for scuba exploration.
In the city itself, visitors can explore attractions like the Church of Saint Lazarus, the Larnaca Fort, and the Salt Lake (which hosts flocks of flamingos in winter). And those looking for shopping and nightlife should explore the area around Finikoudes, Larnaca’s main hotspot.
If you’re looking to add some winter sports to your holiday, a trip to the nearby Troodos Mountains offers activities like skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing. Overall, a February visit to Larnaca provides a laid-back experience with a good dose of culture and nature.
Perfect for: Romantics who appreciate art, high fashion, and French cuisine.
February Temperatures: 3°C to 8°C
Iconic attractions like the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame are less crowded, offering a more relaxed visit experience. Many river cruises offer heated boats and vin chaud, keeping you warm as you see Paris’ other sights.
If you’re looking to try some local cuisine, Boeuf Bourguignon and Raclette are popular winter dishes. And for those travelling at the beginning of the month, February 2nd (Crêpe Day) is a great day to try some crêpes.
A visit to the city’s famous covered passages or a shopping spree during the winter sales can also add warmth and excitement to your itinerary. Ultimately, February in Paris offers a tranquil, authentic experience in one of the world’s most romantic cities.
Perfect for: Travelers wanting to immerse themselves in ancient history and Greek cuisine.
February Temperatures: 8°C to 14°C
Iconic sites like the Acropolis, Parthenon, and the Ancient Agora are easier to visit as there are fewer tourists in the city. Athens’ world-class museums like the National Archaeological Museum and the Acropolis Museum also provide a warm escape from the cool outside air.
February is also a great time to taste seasonal delicacies like ‘lagana‘ bread and ‘halvas‘. Visitors might also be able to catch a film at the Athens International Film Festival, which usually takes place in February.
If you’re lucky, you may also experience “Apokries,” the Greek carnival season that often falls in February. Overall, Athens in February offers an enriching vacation steeped in history and culture.
Perfect for: History buffs and foodies who want to step back in time to the Roman Empire.
February Temperatures: 4°C to 13°C
Rome in February provides a captivating experience for travellers. The Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, and Vatican City can all be visited without enduring long queues. And for those rainy days, Rome’s numerous museums provide the perfect reprieve.
And of course, no trip to Rome is complete without trying some authentic Italian cuisine. Visitors should indulge in Italian coffee and traditional pastries, as well as traditional dishes like cacao e pepe and fresh pizza.
The city’s romantic aura is also intensified around Valentine’s Day, making a moonlit walk across Ponte Sant’Angelo or a visit to the Trevi Fountain even more special. Overall, a February visit to Rome allows you to experience the ‘Eternal City’ in a quieter, more intimate setting.
Travelling to Rome next February? Check out our guide on planning your perfect Roman holiday.
We hope our roundup of the top 10 February holiday destinations has sparked some inspiration for your next winter vacation. Whether you’re seeking the sun-soaked beaches of Faro, the snow-capped mountains of Geneva, or the ancient wonders of Rome, there’s a place for every traveller on this list.
Once you’ve decided on your perfect holiday, consider booking your trip with Trazler. From flights to accommodations and car transfers, every aspect of your travel itinerary can be booked in just a few clicks. Escape the Irish winter and embark on an unforgettable February adventure with Trazler!