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Where to go on holidays in February

There's no denying the fact that February is a 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 destinations with beaches, mountains and festivals. There are snow covered medieval cities to explore and azure oceans to swim in. February is open to so many possibilities, so leave dreary days behind and start planning where to go in February with lastminute.com.

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Top destinations for a holiday in February

Destinations in Europe

Paris

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.

Don't miss

Le Mur Des Je t’aime – this 'wall of love' is a must for couples travelling for Valentine's Day. 

Weather in February

Average high: 10°C / low: 1°C

Rome

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.

Don't miss

Piazza Navona, the ultimate spot for dining, drinking and people watching.

Weather in February

Average high: 13°C / low: 3°C.

Venice

As a romantic February holidays, 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.

Don't miss

Hop on a vaporetto and head to the colourful island of Burano.

Weather in February

Average high: 10°C / low: 1°C.

Tallinn

Visiting Tallinn, Estonia during February holidays 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.

Don't miss

Telliskivi Creative City, an artsy space with bars, cafes, eateries and breweries.

Weather in February

Average high: -1°C / low: -7°C.

Lanzarote

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.

Don't miss

Timanfaya National Park, an incredible volcanic landscape that looks a little bit like the surface of the moon!

Weather in February

Average high: 21°C / low: 15°C.

Long haul destinations

Mexico

Mexico in February has a comfortable average temperature in the mid-20s. It's also one of the driest months in the Cancun area, so rain won't stop you from enjoying the fabulous beaches and nightlife. The weather isn't the only advantage either, there are several festivals that take place this month including Constitution Day and Candlemas, or Día de la Candelaria.

Don't miss

The ancient Mayan ruins such as Chichén Itzá in the Yucatan Peninsula.

Weather in February

Average high: 28°C / low: 19°C.

Cape Verde

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.

Don't miss

Buracona, a cave and natural pool which reveals a 'blue eye' when the light hits it at a certain angle.

Weather in February

Average high: 29°C / low: 19°C.

Rio de Janeiro

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.

Don't miss

The iconic Ipanema Beach, a white sand beach with incredible views of Sugarloaf Mountain.

Weather in February

Average high: 30°C / low: 23°C.

Australia

If you're choosing where to go in February, you can't do much better than Australia to swap a cold and dreary winter for summer in the southern hemisphere. February is the time to enjoy sandy beaches, swimming and surfing along Australia's beautiful coastline. You're also spoiled for choice with events in Sydney. For festival fun there's the annual gay and lesbian Mardi Gras and Chinese New Year is celebrated with dragon boat races and lantern parades.

Don't miss

The Taronga Summer Concert Series presents music acts at the city's zoo, overlooking the harbour at twilight.

Weather in February

Average high: 27°C / low: 18°C.

South Africa

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.

Don't miss

Cape of Good Hope, a scenic spot by the ocean with breathtaking views.

Weather in February

Average high: 27°C / low: 16°C.


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