There's no denying the fact that February is a cold and dreary month; it's wet, it's cold and it's dark. At least, that's true here in the northern hemisphere. There are places in the world where it's sunny and warm, beautiful places with beaches, mountains and festivals. There are snow covered medieval cities to explore and azure oceans to swim in. Where to go in February is open to so many possibilities, so leave dreary February behind and start planning your getaway with lastminute.com.
Paris may not seem like an obvious choice for where to go in February, but don't be put off by the weather. There are many reasons why February is the best time to visit. Chief amongst romantic cities, Paris is the perfect Valentines destination and with its cosy bistros and multitude of museums and galleries, there is plenty for couples to do indoors. You will also find Paris livelier during the colder months - many businesses tend to shut up shop when the weather gets really hot.
Visiting Rome at the height of Summer can be a draining experience. February is a much better time to visit, not only because the crowds will be less, but because you can also experience the festival of Carnevale (similar to Mardi Gras). This colourful festival, which precedes the period of Lent, involves a parade through the city with colourful masks, costumes and confetti. You can enjoy an open air ice rink which is usually put up as part of the festival as well.
Visiting Talinn, Estonia during February is a chance to experience a beautiful capital city topped with snowfall and without the crowds of Summer. The Old Town takes on a magical wintry atmosphere and there is plenty of scope for sledging and snowballing. You're much more likely to get an idea of real Estonian culture during the Winter - you can enjoy authentic Estonian food and savour the local custom of drinking hot wine to keep out the chill.
Mexico in February has a comfortable average temperature of 23 degrees. That's not the only advantage either; there are several festivals that take place during the month including Constitution day, Candlemass and St Valentines day. February is one of the driest months in the Cancun area, so rain won't slow you down and you can get the most out of its fabulous beaches and nightlife.
With an average day time temperature of 21 degrees, Lanzarote is a great place to visit in February. The weather is perfect for relaxing by the pool and exploring the many places to eat and drink on the island. Lanzarote's carnival, which takes place this month, adds some extra excitement to your trip.
The hot days and warm nights of South Africa in February make this the ideal time to plan a beach holiday. It's also a really great time to go on safari as the bush vegetation is vibrantly green and the skies are beautifully clear for your precious photographs. If seeing turtles is on your wish list, then February is the best time to visit as it coincides with turtle nesting season.
As a romantic February destination, Venice cannot be beaten. The mists of Winter lend an extra mystery to an already romantic city. As well as the excitement of carnival, you'll also find that Venice's normally crowded tourist attractions are a lot less busy and you can appreciate the majestic architecture much better.
With the greatest carnival in the world taking place in Rio in February, it's the very best time to visit and get into the samba spirit. This 5 day long extravaganza includes street parades, street parties and other events. This is also the best time of year to enjoy the warm and sunny climate on Rio's amazing beaches.
Cape Verde, made up of 10 small islands in the mid-Atlantic, has year-round warm sunny days. Its volcanic landscape is beautiful and because each island has its own distinct personality, you can island-hop and experience them all. February is an excellent time to enjoy sailing round Cape Verde.
The last month of Australia's Summer, February is the time to enjoy its sandy beaches and swimming and surfing around its coast. For some festival fun there are the annual gay and lesbian Mardi Gras in Sydney and the celebration of Chinese New Year which includes dragon boat races and lantern parades, as well as the Taronga Summer concert series. If you're choosing where to go in February, you can't do much better than Australia to escape a cold and dreary Winter back home.
We hope our range of February destinations has left you feeling inspired. And we've only gone and pulled a list together for every month. Just choose the month you want to go below and find out more dream destinations for the rest of the year.