In February, most of Europe will be frozen land. So why not take a break to venture to destinations where the weather is warm and welcoming. Fortunately, the world has several warm and budget-friendly places that are waiting for your visit in this month. The merits of packing your bags in February also include low airfare, less crowd and more entertainment.
If you’re undecided about your getaway, we’ve listed out some of the best and warm destinations you can visit in February around the world. Go on, take your family or your beloved or even yourself on a solo trip and explore a new place – from peaceful beaches to tropical escapes and romantic Valentine’s breaks. February is a great month for soaking up the winter sun. Here’s your guide for where to travel in February.
1. Dubai, UAE
Europeans prefer Dubai as a February destination for its warm weather in the month. The temperature in February lurks around a comfortable 20°C, with lows of 15°C and highs of 24°C, making it convenient to hang around shopping avenues, markets and stroll at beaches. In February, Dubai witnesses 8 hours of sunshine, which promises a pleasant climate, different from Europe. And in comparison to Abu Dhabi, the neighbouring city, Dubai has more accommodation options, making it convenient to find a pocket-friendly stay. The city has the presence of several large chain hotels in its premium locations but the rooms can be expensive. With numerous apartment and independent hotels in neighbourhoods, it will be easy to find a budget-friendly room.
A popular holiday destination with a wide range of entertainment options, Dubai is one of the best warm cities for a winter break. The business hub of Middle East, the capital of Emirate of Dubai is home to hundreds of skyscrapers and modern architectural wonders which include Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab and Dubai Opera. The Dubai Fountain on the 12-hectare manmade Burj Khalifa Lake and 780,000 square feet-Dubai Miracle Garden embrace travellers who fly down to the most populous city of the UAE. Being an international shopping hub, Dubai also homes numerous shopping streets, malls and gold souks for you to explore. Travellers arriving in Dubai do not leave without experimenting with the wide range of gastronomical options available here.
Temperature: In February, the minimum temperature can go down to 15°C while the maximum will touch 24°C.
Time to reach from London: It will take approximately 7 hours and 30 minutes to reach Dubai from London
Popular attractions: Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Dubai Museum, Bastakia (Old Dubai), Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum House, Dubai Creek & Al Seef District, Jumeirah Mosque, Deira, Dubai Frame, Dubai Aquarium, Burj al-Arab and Jumeirah Beach
2. Marrakesh, Morocco
With the rest of the Northern Hemisphere gripped in the bitter cold, Marrakesh (Marrakech in French) is one of the best warm cities for a February break. Located in the Kingdom of Morocco, North Africa, at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, Marrakesh is the fourth largest city in the Kingdom of Morocco and the capital of the mid-southwestern region of Marrakesh-Safi. With an average high temperature of 22°C and lows of 18°C, February is one of the cheapest months to travel to Marrakesh. A cultural, trading and religious centre for the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa, Marrakesh is nicknamed as the ‘Red City’ or ‘Ochre City’ for its red walls built by Ali ibn Yusuf in 1122–1123 and various buildings constructed in red sandstone during this period.
This February, fly down to Marrakesh to explore the historically significant medina quarter, an old fortified city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 16th-century El Badi Palace, 19th century- Bahia Palace, Ben Youssef Mosque and 16th-century Saadian Tombs. One of the sought-after warm tourist places to travel in winter, Marrakesh has over 400 hotels, including several budget ones for accommodation. To make your Valentine’s Day more special, pick one of the many roof-top cafes and bars that offer gorgeous views of the city while serving authentic Moroccan cuisines like briouat, khlea, Moroccan cigars, pastilla and tanjia. To make your holiday more memorable, take a trip to the Sahara Desert, located 220 miles away from the city. Adventure loving travellers can hire a bike and a guide and set out on a 168-mile ride to Tiznit to witness some of the most astounding views.
Temperature: The minimum temperature in February will be 18°C while the maximum will touch up to 22°C making it a comfortable climate to enjoy a holiday.
Time to reach from London: It will take an approximate 3 hours 20 minutes to fly to Marrakesh from London.
Popular attractions: The Medina, Jemaa el-Fnaa, Koutoubia Mosque, Saadian Tombs, Mellah, André Heller’s ANIMA, Moroccan Hammam, Spice souks and artisanal markets, The Bahia and Badii Palaces, The Majorelle, Agdal and Menara Gardens and Oasiria Amusement Park
3. Bali, Indonesia
A province of Indonesia, located east of Java and west of Lombok, Bali is the most visited destination of the country. A part of the Coral Triangle, Bali has the highest biodiversity of marine species especially fish and turtles and in this area alone, over 500 reef-building coral species can be found. Subak irrigation system, the 9th-century water management system covering 20,000 hectares of Bali is a UNESCO Worl Heritage Site since 2012 and is one of the best warm places to visit this February, while in Bali. The climate here in February rests at an average low of 22°C, while the average high comes in at 30°C. Since February is not the peak season in Bali, travellers can comfortably avail hotel rooms at lower rates.
A centre for history, arts, culture and cuisines, Bali has numerous tourist attractions in store for you. Kandapat Sari statue, Tirta Empul Temple, Pura Taman Ayun and Ulun Danu Temple are some of the architectural wonders waiting for you in Bali. While in Bali in February, visit the nearby places like Kuta, Seminyak, Sanur and Ubud to explore the authentic culture and cuisines. Also, never miss the water sports and adventures, which make Bali the tourism capital of Indonesia.
Temperature: In Bali, the climate in February is pleasant with the average low of 22°C and a high of 30°C.
Time to reach from London: The flying time from London to Bali is approximately 12 hours.
Popular attractions: Ulu Watu, Tanah Lot, Mount Batur, Kuta Beach, Nusa Penida Island, Sacred Monkey Forest, Bali Bird and Reptile Park, Sekumpul Waterfalls and Nusa Dua Beach
4. Nassau, The Bahamas
In February, exchange your snowy front yard for the warm watered white beach in Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. Those with cold feet head towards the tropics. As the year-end holiday crowds have disappeared and before the spring travellers descend in March, have the entire island to yourself. Take in the pristine sands at Cable Beach and Paradise Island, the peaceful lifestyle and 18th-century streets with the aroma of authentic delicacies such as Cracked Conch, Conch Salad, Rock Lobsters and more.
The season’s comfortable daytime temperature fluctuates in between 17°C and 26°C with clear skies ideal for snorkelling or diving at Stuart’s Cove, lingering on pristine beaches and exploring outdoor like Potter’s Cay and Paradise Island Bridge. Take advantage of the fairly quiet region and stroll across the popular Pink Sands beach. You can also consider a diving class after a long lunch on Harbour Island or leisure away the afternoon with a mojito and a novel – need anything more?
Temperature: The climate in Nassau in February is so welcoming with a minimum of 17°C and a maximum of 26°C.
Time to reach from London: The average flying time from London to Nassau is approximately 10 hours.
Popular attractions: Queen’s Staircase, Graycliff for Chocolate & Cigars, dive at Stuart’s Cove, browse the Straw Market, visit Rose Island, explore Pirates of Nassau Museum and play at Aquaventure Waterpark at the Atlantis Resort.
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5. Tenerife, Spain
February, with all its central-heated, drizzly, bleah-ness, is a perfect excuse to catch a flight to Tenerife. With sun, sea and sand, you are at the largest of the eight Canary Islands, not much far away from the UK. Hosting about five million tourists a year, the largest island of Spain witnesses numerous festivals in February, which include Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife in Spanish), the second most popular carnival in the world after the one held in Rio de Janeiro. Despite being a tourism season, flights are comparatively cheaper than summer and budget accommodations are also available.
At Tenerife, hike up Mount Teide or visit the UNESCO city of La Laguna or the mountain top village of Masca to explore the Spanish island to its full. With an average temperature of 17.5 ºC, 12 hours of daylight and approximately 8 hours of sunlight, February is the right time to visit Teide National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Macizo de Anaga, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Barranco del Infierno or Hell’s Ravine is popular among hikers but needs prior booking for it. A popular cycling destination, you will witness cyclists throughout the island. Tenerife, with water around, is also a centre of water sports and activities which include surfing, jet skiing, canoeing, speed boating and fishing. A Tenerife holiday is incomplete without tasting the traditional ‘barraquito’, a hot drink made out of vanilla and coffee
Temperature: The average February temperature in Tenerife is ideal for an outdoor holiday with the lowest reaching 15°C and higher touching 21°C.
Time to reach from London: The flying time between Tenerife and London is approximately 4 hours
Popular attractions: Mount Teide National Park, Siam Park, Playa de las Teresitas Beach, Whale and Dolphin Watching, Loro Parque, Aqualand, Museum of Science and the Cosmos, Caving in Cueva del Viento and Masca Village
6. Algarve, Portugal
Indeed, the magic of Algarve is better experienced in ‘out of the season’ months like February. Less crowd, pleasant climate and several cultural events – A trip to Algarve in February are worthy. The southernmost region of Portugal covering 4997 km2 with a vast coastline notable for picturesque limestone caves and grottoes is a three-hour fly away from London. Though the day temperatures average around 17°C, it feels like mid 20’s when the sun is out, making it convenient to sunbathe or stroll over the beach in t-shirts. With few tourists touching down Algarve in this season, there will be ample space for water sports and adventures. Also while in Algarve in February, be a part of ‘Volta ao Algarve’ – aka the Portuguese tour de France, the cycling race through its landscapes, in which 25 world’s best cycling teams participate.
To make the city break in February the best, opt for a Rodrigues seaside walk or take a ride to Albufeira, the party spot in Algarve. For history lovers, a visit to Silves, the Redstone castle and Lagos, the old inner city inside the remnants of a protective wall are highly recommended.
Temperature: In February, the temperature in Algarve comes down to 8°C, which will reach 17°C in daylight that will feel like the mid-20s.
Time to reach from London: Algarve is just nearby London and can be reached in 3 hours by air.
Popular attractions: The Strip, Cataplana, The Ponta da Piedade, The Bone Chapel in Faro, Anchor cemetery and Praia do Barril (beach), Silves castle and town walls, Cabo de Sao Vicente (coastline), Praia da Marinha (beach) and The Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos (hiking trail)
7. Colombo, Sri Lanka
February is the best time to explore the Sri Lankan capital city of Colombo. It falls right between two rainy seasons and the warm temperatures and low rainfall make it an ideal tourist destination. The usual temperature during February in Colombo is 27°C daily, which can touch 31°C or drop to 23°C. Be sure to visit Beira Lake, where you can experience adventure, pilgrimage spots and picnic at a single place. To soak up the greenery of the country, a 2-hour train ride is all you need from Colombo to Kandy. You’ll cross rain forests, large fields, spot elephants, ancient sites and temples as well.
While in Colombo in this February, get a taste of the busy city life, go shopping at Paradise Road or Good Market, explore traditional restaurants and cafes such as Dilmah T-Lounge, Kemara and the nightlife district at Alfred House Ave or Galle Rd. If you’re there on the first week of February, you’ll be able to be a part of Sri Lanka’s National Day on 4th February in the capital. Witness cultural performances, parades and food fests. To enjoy the best of the countryside, Sathutu Uyana and Ella are second to none. Do not forget to explore Yala National Park for rare wildlife spotting and key UNESCO Heritage Sites, Colombo Zoologican Gardens or walk through the 12-acre Galle Face Green Promenade. For shopaholics, a visit to the Pettah Market and Paradise Road is a must during their Colombo holiday.
Temperature: The average daily temperature of Colombo is 27°C, which can touch 31°C or drop to 23°C.
Time to reach from London: The flying distance from London to Colombo via air is 10 hours
Popular attractions: Gangaramaya Temple, Galle Face Green, National Museum of Colombo, Viharamahadevi Park, Independence Memorial Hall, Beira Lake, Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque, Seema Malaka, Dutch Period Museum, Old Parliament Building, Pettah Floating Market and Attidiya Bird Sanctuary
8. Nairobi, Kenya
Nairobi has all the warm flavours that can be enjoyed in February. Kenya’s capital city offers amazing wildlife, from big beasts to the tall green grasses of Savannah. Safaris and nature trails are particularly famous in the capital city, especially for the wildebeest, cheetahs and zebras abound in the area. February is the peak of summer here with temperature touching up to 28°C and hence, the high season that makes the city one of the best warm places to visit in February. While in Nairobi, take a 6.5-hour drive to Masai Mara National Park, spread over 580 sq. mi. In this time of the year, Masai Mara sees the least precipitation and due to less water, the animals are lured out to watering holes. This leads to better, more frequent sightings and hence more crowd.
The countryside of Laikipia, 118 miles away from Nairobi, is also a better option for safari lovers to spot elephants in their natural habitat. If you’re adventurous, February is the right time to explore water adventures in Nairobi as the seawater quite clear. With an hour plane ride from Nairobi to Mombasa, you can be at Copacabana Beach, Mombasa. Diani Beach is another good option to take in the sea, sun and sand. Enjoy snorkelling, diving and other water-based activities here.
Temperature: In February, the average temperature in Nairobi will be 21ºC, which can reach up to 28º C and can drop down to 13º C.
Time to reach from London: The approximate flying time from London to Nairobi is 8 hours.
Popular attractions: Nairobi National Park, Giraffe Centre, Karen Blixen Museum, Nairobi National Museum, Railway Museum and Ngong Hills.
9. Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok needs no introduction. Be it about beaches, islands, nightlife, shopping or Thai food, it truly redefines the phrase ‘Asian Paradise’. In Bankok, the most visited tourist destination in the world, the average temperature in February is 28°C and rains are almost over. With such a pleasant climate, travellers will find it convenient to explore its street life, cultural landmarks as well as red-light districts.
Apart from being the economic centre of Thailand, the capital city is also a hub of entertainment, fashion, arts and culture. Tourists fly down to Bangkok to explore the city’s tourist attractions like the Grand Palace, Buddist temples like Wat Arun, Wat Pho, Wat Suthat and Golden Mount. The city also homes several museums such as the National Museum, Museum of Siam and the King Prajadhipok Museum, which speaks about the cultural glorious past of the country. While in Bangkok, you also should not miss the 18th-century Phra Sumen Fort, Queen Saovabha Institute Snake Farm and Siam Ocean World. To witness the happening life in Bangkok, you need to be at Sukhumvit Road Bangkok, Silom Road Bangkok, Khao San Bangkok, Soi Cowboy Bangkok or Nana Plaza Bangkok.
You’re not far from some of the best beaches in Bangkok. The Gulf of Thailand is just a 2-hour drive from Bangkok and Koh Samet and Koh Lan are 2.5 hours away respectively. Go shopping in famous markets like Chatuchak, MBK Mall, Siam and Terminal 21. Explore Elephant Nature Park, limestone rocks of Phang Nga Bay and the tribes of North, namely Akha, Lisu and Karen. For festivals in February, Chinese Lunar New Year is a grand spectacle in the China Town area of Bangkok and Valentine’s Day, a revered day of love all over.
Temperature: The average day temperature in February in Bangkok is 28°C, with the maximum reaching 33°C and the minimum dropping down to 24°C.
Time to reach from London: The approximate flying time from London to Bangkok is 11 hours.
Popular attractions: Chao Phraya River, Wat Pho Bangkok, Chatuchak Market, Chinatown, Soi Cowboy, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Siam Paragon, Muang Boran, Wat Mangkon Kamalawat and Wat Suthat
10. Cape Town, South Africa
Fondly known as the Mother City, the South African port city of Cape Town is another place you should visit this February. Located on the shore of Table Bay, Cape Town is famous for its natural setting in the Cape Floristic Region and landmarks such as Table Mountain and Cape Point. February marks the end of summer and the city is blessed with hot and sunny days that often push temperatures over 30°C. Since this is the dry season and rain is uncommon, most days have clear blue skies. Evenings are generally mild and pleasant, which is good for exploring beautiful sceneries, age-old architecture, lively nightlife and relish African cuisine.
The scenic town also boasts a couple of festivals that take place in February. Cocktails, music and art are a few of them. While in Capetown, watch the Sun Met horseback racing in February. Take part in Summer Wine Feast, Nederburg Harvest Festival, Wolfie Familie Festival, Robertson Wine Valley Fest and SA Cocktail Week to explore the wide range of gastronomical options offered. The ‘With You’ Festival is one of the best places in the world for techno music lovers. The Cape Town Tens is another event that mixes casual sports with drinking dining and dancing and is very popular among the locals. Lastly, The Wolfie Family Festival is the one that will truly acquaint you to the city’s spirit.
Temperature: Cape Town has a warm climate in February with a high of 29° C and low of 17°C.
Time to reach from London: It will take approximately 11 hours to reach Cape Town from London via air.
Popular attractions: Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, Robben Island, Sea Point Promenade, Clifton Beach, Cape Winelands, Old Biscuit Mill, Camps Bay and African penguin colony
So, we assume you’ve finally selected your destination. A place you can get soaked in the sun, explore new excitements and get rid of those frosty winters. Pack your bags and kick-start your journey right away to a new destination to make this February a special one.