If you want to escape the frost, here are some ideas for where to go on holiday in February. Find some winter sun for February half term, experience Carnival or get stuck into some family-friendly activities.
Voted the most liveable city multiple times, this artistic, modern city has a laid back charm that comes alive in the evening.
Temperature: min. 16°C, max. 27°C
Dry month with average 3.9cm rain
Clear and sunny most days, bring a light jacket for the evening
Melbourne is famous for being four seasons in one day, so layer up and always bring an umbrella just in case
Australian summer, meaning peak season
Kids of all ages, foodies, mix of city and countryside
City full of hidden laneways and tucked away vintage shops, miles of beaches and acres of parks, lots of cycle routes for sunny bike rides, boat rides along The Yarra, art galleries, the best coffee and brunch scene in the world, day trips to the countryside in Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley, the Great Ocean Road
Midsumma Festival, White Night, Lonsdale St Greek Festival
Although the two islands that make up New Zealand have vastly different terrains and weather, February marks the end of summer/start of autumn, guaranteeing some lovely, warm days perfect for watersports and outdoor activities.
Queenstown (south) min. 10°C, max. 22°C
Auckland (north) min. 17°C, max. 23°C
End of summer and still peak season, lovely weather with less crowds then January and December
Older children and teens who won’t mind being in the car or campervan, adventurous families
A mix of beaches, city, countryside and smaller islands to visit. New Zealand is the home of extreme sports but if you prefer soft-adventure there’s hiking, kayaking, swimming, sailing, mountain climbing, mountain biking, scenic driving. Expect amazing wildlife
Arts and culture festivals, Rugby Sevens in Wellington, Wellington Summer City with around 90 free events throughout summer
Thanks to La Fête des neiges, Montreal’s annual snow festival, this French-Canadian city becomes a winter activity hotspot during February and it’s close enough for a February half-term break. There’s plenty for families to do, from igloo building to snowshoeing.
Temperature: min. -12°C, max. -4°C
A mix of snowfall and deceivingly bright winter sun
Kids of all ages, as long as they’re wrapped up warm
An animated city with an innovative food scene, quirky neighbourhoods, and cultural festivals
La Fête des neiges, outdoor ice-skating rinks, the Polar Hero Race, Montréal en Lumière lights festival, the Lachine Canal cross-country ski trail
Venice is a fairytale city with beautiful sites to behold around every corner. Carnival (or Carneval) starts in February and runs for two weeks. The city will be packed with people on the weekends but it’ll be a bit more manageable during the week; it’s all worth it to see the spectacle of the original Carnival.
Temperature: min. 1°C, max. 8°C
Fog is usually quite heavy on the streets, which can mean fun canal rides and a magical atmosphere
The weather can still be bitterly cold in February but on the plus side, cruise ships have left so you won’t have to fight those extra crowds to see the sights
There can be rainstorms during February but these are only short at around 30 minutes long and they shouldn’t interrupt your holiday
February is one of the best times of the year to visit Gran Canaria for holidaymakers who love clear blue skies and sunshine but aren’t big fans of the bustling crowds and high temperatures that the peak summer months of July and August attract
A February half-term break that’s off-peak but sunny
Scuba Dive and have the chance to see everything from barracuda, octopus and cuttlefish to turtles, angel sharks and rays. If you’d rather stay above the water, explore the sea by boat; you won’t be disappointed either away
Enjoy classical music at the Festival de Musica de Canarias with orchestras from all over the world or experience Canarian culture at the Almond Blossom Festival. The annual Carnival of Las Palmas – one of the biggest and most colourful Mardi Gras celebrations in Spain – is also on around this time