Why spend February at home when there are much better destinations in the world with hopefully better weather? If you feel like traveling in February, but do not know exactly where, we want to help you with the following overview.
Our February destinations are aimed primarily at people who, like us, are crazy about adventure, breathtaking nature and a bit of city life.
It’s a mix of classic and exotic destinations, well away from the beaten track. Broken down to Europe and the world. We hope the travel destinations in February are a good inspiration for you!
Holiday destinations for February in Europe
How about Spain, specifically Andalusia , as one of your destinations in February? Admittedly, even there it does not necessarily have summer temperatures, but nevertheless they reach around 20 degrees. As Andalusia has an average of 350 sunny days, chances are good that the weather will be good on your trip as well.
From Germany you need about three to three and a half hours to Málaga, which commonly serves as a hub for the region. Touring Andalucia in February has the great advantage that you will escape the summer tourist streams.
Away from the beaches you can discover the real Andalusia: In the countless white mountain villages, the pueblos blancos, or in the many historic old towns.
Did you know that Cádiz, with a 3000-year history, is one of the oldest cities in Europe? On 09.02.2018, the Carnival of Cádiz will take place here, a colorful spectacle.
Adventurous can also be a journey in the footsteps of the Moors: from the famous Alhambra to numerous watchtowers, castles and gardens they have shaped Andalusia over 700 years. Spain, off the beaten track, can be a paradise for explorers.
Are you an avid winter sportsman and have all the ski areas of the German and Austrian Alps through? How about a trip to the Pyrenees and Andorra ? The best way to fly from Germany to Lourdes or Perpignan, which takes just over 2 hours.
From here it is still about 100 kilometers to Andorra. Most ski resorts offer pick-up services, which are best used because mountain passes often require snow chains. In February the maximum temperature in the High Pyrenees is about 7 degrees.
Both in Andorra and in the surrounding French Alps, there are many ski resorts . As one of the smallest autonomous areas in Europe, Andorra lies in the middle of the High Pyrenees. Over 300 kilometers of pistes have been developed. The ski areas go up to a height of 2,600 meters.
February is considered to be extremely snow reliable in this region, but the area is far from being as developed and expensive as the Alps. Someone who goes skiing here has the whole slope for themselves.
Always one of the most rewarding travel tips for February is a trip to Venice for the traditional Venetian carnival . The Venetian Carnival is one of the most famous in the world, not only because of the great disguises, but also because of the Herculean games and the fireworks.
Although many tourists are represented here, it is an unforgettable experience to watch the many colorful mask wearers pass by in the waters of the canals. In Venice it can get pretty cold in February; the average temperature is about 8 degrees.
It is reachable via the airport Venice-Tessera in just over an hour flight time from Germany. If you live in the south of Germany, you can also take the train, which takes about six hours from Munich.
If the hustle and bustle in Venice is too much for you, you can also take a rental car and drive towards the Dolomites . You can reach these in about two hours from Venice. With their unmistakable rock formations and reddish stone, the Dolomites are one of the most distinctive regions of the Alps.
If you want, you can end your carnival trip here in the spectacular ski resorts of the Dolomites . Or you can go skiing in Switzerland.
Have you ever been to Albania ? Located on the eastern Mediterranean, the country has one of the most unspoilt natural landscapes in Europe . The flight takes a good 2 hours from Germany to the capital airport Tirana.
The average temperature in February is 13 degrees, although the climate in the country is not consistent. In the mountainous regions it is very cold in February, but by the sea it can get much warmer. It’s best to travel to Albania at the end of February.
Albania is rich in different landscapes: there are high mountains, plateaus, but also lowlands right on the sea. In Albania, there are several UNESCO World Heritage Sites , such as the large ruins of the ancient Greco-Roman city of Butrint, which was mentioned as early as the 6th century BC.
The town of Berat, also known as “The City of the Thousand Windows”, is also on UNESCO’s list for its wealth of varied medieval architecture. The country’s largest national park, Hotova-Dangell National Park, is located near the Greek border: we can especially recommend this if you are a great nature lover .
Located in a remote mountainous region, long hiking trails can be found along wild valleys and along pristine lakes . Albania is worth a trip all year round – but in February you really have the whole country for you.
If the above destinations are too cold for you in February, you should try Madeira . The beautiful Portuguese island has consistent average temperatures of around twenty degrees throughout the year, including February.
Positive on February is that very few tourists get lost in Madeira and therefore the hotel prices are much cheaper than the high season. Flights to the capital Funchal take about 4 to 5 hours from Germany.
Madeira is also known as the “flower island” because of its unique flora. Sporting activities of any kind are possible at the pleasant temperatures. Snorkeling can be past sunken ships and coral worlds.
Even divers get their money: Nowhere else in the world you can see mackerel, bream, ray and seal in such a large number when diving. But also for hikers Madeira offers varied landscapes : high valleys, wild forests and high mountain landscapes .
In short, Madeira has something for everyone.
If you have no problem with cold at all and are looking for the adventure in the ice instead, then we recommend you a trip to Northern Lapland . Half in Finland, half in Sweden, this region is a true paradise for all winter activities .
There are no direct flights to Lapland; usually you have to land in Stockholm or Helsinki and then fly on to Kittilä or Gällivare, for example. Overall, this takes between 8 to 10 hours.
If you have time, you can make a longer stopover in Stockholm or Helsinki. In Lapland, the average temperatures in February are between -16 and +3 degrees Celsius. So why a trip to Lapland in February?
Quite simply because between December and March, the Northern Lights can be seen on average every second night. These magical heavenly lights will remain in your memory for ever and make up for the long journey.
In addition, in February, most tourists who came over the holidays, have left again. In addition to the polar lights, dog racing is a popular activity for travellers to the region.
But you can also go on learning culturally, because the ethnic minority of the Sami has lived in Lapland for centuries and has its own culture, language and clothing. They live mainly from reindeer breeding. So Lapland is always worth a visit, also culturally speaking.
In the meantime, we have fallen in love with the landscape and nature of Switzerland. Switzerland has a lot to offer not only in summer but also in winter. For winter sports, Switzerland is a good destination in February.
Depending on where you start from, you are actually relatively fast by car or plane in Switzerland. 5-6 car driving are actually no problem. Otherwise there are also direct flights to Zurich. With the plane it is just more difficult and expensive if you take ski gear with you.
As December is getting less snowy, February is the optimal travel time to find the best snowboarding conditions for skiing and snowboarding. In January, you may also be unlucky and may have little snow or snow without end.
Yes, Switzerland is not cheap. But especially the ski resorts in Laax, Flims and Falera we can only recommend. You can not only ski here, but also make beautiful trips. For example, to Lake Cauma or the Rhine canyon . Also culinary winter hikes are offered here.
Of course, if you’re a freestyle fan, you’ll have to come to the Laax Open in January to see the world champions in the world’s largest halfpipe . But everything in the area is fully booked early.
Make sure not to travel in the Dutch Tulip Holidays. During this time, the Dutch have seized all ski resorts.
Holiday destinations for February, Worldwide
Although it is the classic travel guide for February, there are reasons why it has become so: Thailand is now more popular than ever. But if you escape the streams of tourists and retreat to the more remote islands, you’ll understand why this country is so popular.
In February, temperatures are still very comfortable, ranging between 25 and 35 degrees in the south and steady 30 degrees in Bangkok. In addition, there are generally very few rainy days. That’s why February is also very popular as a travel time.
You usually fly from Germany to Bangkok. That takes about 10.5 hours. In Thailand, you can generally communicate well with English. In Bangkok, you can spend some adventurous and beautiful days when you get into the city and discover it far away from the usual paths.
Try street food and have dinner with the Thais. That makes you feel the city quite differently. If you’re flying south, stay away from tourist hotspots like Phuket, Ko Phiphi and AoNang.
The islands, which are further to the south and can only be reached by longer ferry rides, are more rewarding. Here you will experience once again the more original Thailand.
Whether you prefer to pursue one of the many water sports or would rather make a hike in the jungle of the hinterland, it is up to you.
How about February with an adventure trip to Myanmar ? In February there is just dry season with pleasant daytime temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees. The country is still not very developed touristy and is therefore one of the most magical and beautiful destinations in the world.
Myanmar is best reached from Germany with a stopover in Bangkok. After Bangkok, the flight takes about 10.5 hours. From there you can either fly to Yangon or Mandalay in 2.5 or 3 hours.
In Yangon, the most famous attraction is the Shwedagon Pagoda , which is 98 meters high and covered with gold leaf. Supposedly, you can see them from space. In any case, the Bagan, which is located in the north-central part of the country, is also worth a visit.
Bagan is one of the largest archeological sites in Southeast Asia, with over 2,000 surviving brick-built stupas. In the Middle Ages, Bagan was one of the largest cities in the world – about fifteen times the size of medieval London.
If you sit early in the morning at sunrise or late, when the sun goes down, on one of the temples and look at the misty temple landscape, you will want to return there again and again.
For hikers and adventurers, a trip to Sri Lanka in February is highly recommended. The temperatures are still comfortable at this time and are between 25 and 30 degrees. It also rains very little.
Sri Lanka has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world south of the island, but swimming is not recommended, as the current is often too strong. In the cool highlands are many old colonial villas in the middle of one of the largest contiguous tea landscapes in the world.
Here you can take wonderful walks in the picturesque tea plantations . Partly they are embedded in landscapes of jungle forests and waterfalls, reminiscent of scenes from Rudyard Kipling’s “Jungle Book”.
Further north there are more famous sights. One of the highest and holiest mountains in Sri Lanka, known as Adam’s Peak, is best climbed in the middle of the night. Above, you can experience one of the most beautiful sunrises you can imagine.
The special feature of the sunrise is also the pefekt triangular shadow, the Adam’s Peak throws for a limited time on the landscape. An admirable cultural heritage in Sri Lanka is also the monolith Sigiriya, on which are the ruins of an ancient fortress.
Even if you enjoy watching wildlife, Sri Lanka is the place for you: from elephants and the rare sloth bear to toucans, alligators and numerous bird species, the many well-protected nature reserves in Sri Lanka have a great variety to offer.
For water sports enthusiasts we suggest a trip to the Dominican Republic . February is an ideal month to travel to the Caribbean. The temperatures are around 29 degrees Celsius and there are very few rainy days on average.
From Germany you fly to Punta Cana or Puerto Plata, which takes about 10 to 12 hours. The Dominican Republic is a truly heavenly place with long, bright sandy beaches and perfect turquoise waters.
There are many colorful fish to discover, which is why there are true diver and snorkeling paradises here. The hotels also often offer water skiing, kite surfing or similar activities. Alternatively, rent a kayak and paddle along the beach in the water.
The Dominican Republic comes in many ways very close to the dream beaches on the glossy magazines.
Oh, how beautiful Panama must be! In fact, it is also one of the most beautiful destinations in this region – only a few travelers seem to know so far. So much the better for you. In February, like all year round, tropical temperatures between 29 and 32 degrees Celsius prevail.
It rains less on average during this time. From Germany you fly to Panama City with a stopover, usually in the US, about 16 hours. Panama has unique cities, a diverse fauna and flora and of course its world-famous canal.
Right next to the Panama Canal is the Soberanía National Park, where you can explore the rainforest on foot paths. The Guna Yala stretches over 400 kilometers on the eastern side of Panama – the territory of the autonomous Guna people.
Many of the countless small sand islands in this area are uninhabited. In front of others, old ships have sunk or are, like the Cayos Holandéses, spectacular coral reefs. For snorkelers, this area is a true paradise.
So why go to Panama in February? Unlike the popular, nearby destinations in Mexico or the Caribbean, Panama does not yet have so many tourists, but almost exactly the same conditions.
Even the winter sportsmen should not be neglected in the distance. How about a trip to Canada ? Canada is more familiar to many than the “Indian Summer”, the Canadian autumn that colors the leaves of the trees in the national parks.
Less known are the ski resorts in the Rocky Mountains. They are considered extremely snow sure. Temperatures are lower in February than in the Alps and are between -10 and 0 degrees. The best way to reach the ski areas is from Edmonton or Calgary airports.
From Germany you need about 12 to 13 hours for the flight. The ski resorts in Canada are a real change to those in the Alps – not only are the Rocky Mountains much sparsely populated, but there are also generally less crowded slopes.
This also means more time with nature for you, which is what skiing is all about.