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22 Best Places To Visit In Europe In February (2024)

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Last Updated on August 18, 2023 by Nicole

February in Europe can be the best time of year to visit. It is low season in most places so you will find fantastic hotel and flight deals. There will be fewer crowds at the most popular tourist attractions and celebrated restaurants. In addition, many European destinations put on special annual events and festivals to try and attract visitors. There is also a lot of diverse climates from which to choose including snowy winter wonderlands to mild sunny climates suitable for walks along the beach, and everything in between. Accordingly, here are 25 of the best places to visit in Europe in February.

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I have asked some of the best travel bloggers for their recommendations for the best European places to visit in February. Each of them highlights what makes these winter time vacations a fantastic choice, the best things to do, and how best to reach it. If there are annual events or festivals that could make it a more special February destination, then those are mentioned as well. In addition, if someone stayed or knows of a fabulous hotel, it has been included.

In most cases, one of the trickiest things to navigate in February in Europe is the weather. However, it is all about expectations.

If you know that it will likely be cold, rainy or snowy, then you can pick suitable things to do, pack accordingly, and be excited by your itinerary.

Similarly so, if you pick a beach destination that is warm but not hot, you know that you may likely be able to walk along the beach or sit for a time by the pool, but maybe not swim in the ocean or sunbathe all day long. Rather than be disappointed by the lack of steamy weather, you will thrilled by the time you do get feeling the warmth of the sun.

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Cyprus (Photo courtesy of Anya from Road Is Calling)

Cyprus

One of the must-visit places in Europe in February is definitely Cyprus. In February, it offers beautiful warm weather. In fact, February feels like spring with blooming flowers and meadows in velvety green colors. While the sea is still too cold for swimming during this month, the island offers plenty of interesting activities and entertainment for its visitors.

Make sure to rent a car in Cyprus to drive around as February is among the best months for road trips. Then, visit ancient archaeological sites such as Kourion and Paphos Archaeological Park where you can delve into the rich history of the island. Then, explore medieval castles and fortresses such as Kolossi and Limassol Castle to learn more about Cyprus’ feudal era.

If you like skiing, then head to the Troodos ski resort and enjoy skiing or snowboarding on its slopes which are great for different levels. February is the primary month for skiing in Cyprus and it’s a great destination for everyone who likes alpine sports combined with a lot of winter sun.

February is also a great time for nature lovers as there are many coastal trails where you can hike and enjoy the scenery when the weather is cool and breezy. In summer, when the heat is unbearable, this is not an enjoyable activity.

It is also one of the best European getaways in February where you can relax by the pool as hotel prices drop significantly and many properties have heated swimming pools.

If that is not enough, there is an option to go relax in thermal springs like Ayii Anargyri Natural Healing Spa with healing waters not far from Paphos, or Casale Panayiotis Traditional Village Hotel & Spa among the Cyprus mountains.

Weather

Average high temperatures in February is 60 °F and average lows are 43 °F. Expect an average of 1.7″ of rain over 6 days.

Best Place To Stay

Anya from Road Is Calling says, “Two of my favorite hotels are located in different parts of the island. Alion Beach hotel is a 5 star hotel in Ayia Napa, one of the most popular beach destinations in Cyprus. This hotel is gorgeous and the location is phenomenal.

Almyra hotel in Paphos is also a luxury seafront 5 star hotel that is stylish and relaxing and great for families.”

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Granada, Spain (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Granada, Spain

Granada is the ideal February getaway in Europe if you love history and outdoor adventures. You can explore its incredible history and sites, hike in the lower Sierra Nevada or head up and ski.

The wondrous city is most famous for the incredible Alhambra fortress, palace, and the perfectly manicured gardens which can easily be visited all year round. This is the best-preserved example of Moorish architecture in Andalucia and it is incredible to see how it was used and renovated by both Moors and Christians throughout the years.

However, Granada has so much more to see than the Alhambra. Stroll through the oldest area in Granada, Albaicín, which is the old Moorish neighborhood, to experience the steep, narrow streets winding through whitewashed houses decorated with potted plants.

From San Nicolas Viewpoint, you will be rewarded with the best views of the Alhambra and February is sure to give you a picturesque backdrop of a snowy Sierra Nevada.

Talking about Sierra Nevada, it is the southernmost ski resort in Spain and you can take a day trip to enjoy the white-powdered slopes down Andalucia’s 3000-meter high peaks (almost 10,000 feet). There are plenty of options for seasoned skiers and snowboarders as well as beginners, with equipment rentals easily available by the lifts.

If you prefer hiking, there are plenty of options in the lower Sierra Nevada without snow. For example, the Cahorros de Monachil trail takes you across hanging bridges and through a tight narrow gorge – a true favorite among kids and adults alike.

Besides skiing and hiking, February is also a great month for carnival, and Granada is no exception. You can expect parades, singing, and happy vibes in the streets during carnival week. Best of all, Granada is not the place tourists typically go for carnival in Spain, so the experience will be more local.

Weather

When traveling to Granada in February, you can expect temperatures around 55-60 degrees during the day and sometimes down to 32 F at night. It is mostly sunny, but the there will be a few days with very light rain, so make sure to bring an umbrella.

Best Way To Reach Destination

Granada has its own airport. F.G.L. Granada-Jaén Airport is only a 20-minute drive from the city, but you are more likely to find affordable tickets to Malaga Airport which is an hour and a half away by car. There are direct buses too which normally take around 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Best Place To Stay

Linn from Amused By Andalucia says, “If you are looking for where to stay in Granada Spain, Albaicín is a wonderful area for first-timers as you are amidst traditional bars and restaurants.

The Hotel Casa 1800 Granada is a beautiful boutique hotel where you can enjoy a traditional Andalusian courtyard.”

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Dordogne, France (photo courtesy of Kylie from Life In Rural France)

Dordogne, France

The Dordogne region in South West France is one of the prettiest departments in the Nouvelle Aquitaine. The rolling hills and picturesque countryside draw in thousands of visitors every year.

Like most of this region it’s steeped in history, and sun or rain there is always something to do. It is one of the best holiday destinations in Europe in February

Discovered by a group of teenagers back in 1940, Lascaux Caves in Montignac are prehistoric caves that feature Paleolithic cave paintings estimated to be around 17,000 years old. Known as the “Sistine Chapel of Cave Art,” they’re considered to be one of the most significant examples of prehistoric art.

As you can imagine though, humidity and the sheer volume of visitors took its toll, and the caves were closed to the public in 1963. However, due to the popularity an exact replica was built, and Lascaux II opened in 1983.

You’ll notice as you walk around that nearly all the paintings are of animals. The bull chamber, which is the main area, has the famous painting of four large black bulls. There are 2,200 images painted onto the walls and they’re said to be the most visited cave paintings in the world.

If it’s history you’re after then the Chateau de Beynac is an impressive castle overlooking the Dordogne river. Dating back to the 12th century, it’s passed hands a few times between the English and the French.

The views from the castle are stunning and you’ll get to step back in time as you tour through the dungeons, kitchens and other restored living areas.

One of the best festivals that occurs during February in the Dordogne is the Sarlat Goose Festival (Sarlat en Périgord Fest’oie). It’s quite a sight to see as tables are set up on Place de la Liberté on the Saturday evening and everyone is invited to tuck in.

The Goose is the mascot of Sarlat and like so many things in France, is celebrated liberally every year at the end of February.

Weather

The Dordogne enjoys over 2,000 hours of sunshine every year and February is often warmer and sunnier than you’d expect. Although average temperatures usually sit between 33 – 50°F, it is not uncommon to have days in the low 60s Fahrenheit.

You can expect around 2″ of rain over 7 days.

Best Way To Reach Destination

The main international airport is Bordeaux and from there it’s about a two hour drive to the heart of the Dordogne.

Best Place To Stay

Kylie from Life In Rural France says, “Sarlat is at the heart of everything so our top pick for a hotel is the 14th century La Maison des Peyrat Hotel. The building has everything you’d expect of something this old with beautiful exposed beams and gorgeous stonework. With just ten rooms you get that lovely feeling of really living there rather than just being a visitor passing through.”

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Tyrol, Austria (Photo courtesy of Marina Helene of Paulmarina)

Tyrol, Austria

Tyrol is an alpine region located in Austria, bordering Bavaria in Germany to the north, and South Tyrol, Italy to the south. The region has long been known for its unique cultural heritage and one of the most well-known celebrations is held during the Carnival period in February. Together with its amazing winter sports, Tyrol is a fantastic vacation destination in Europe in February.

Shrovetide Carnival is known as Fasnacht in Tyrol. Mystical creatures are said to come down to the villages to usher in warmer weather and drive away bad spirits. Men and children wear hand carved wooden masks, beautifully adorned head pieces and wear customary themed clothes.

Some of these processions are held only every 4 years, such as the UNESCO World Heritage protected Imster Schemmenlaufen. The next Schemmenlaufen will take place in 2024, with the various funny characters reenacting age-old mountain tales and beliefs. Other processions are held every year but in different locations across Tyrol.

These traditional parades are held before Carnival on a Sunday between the first and 3rd week in February.

Every procession includes good food and spirit! Look out for traditional foods such as Daumnidei, potato and flour thumb-sized fries, and Kiachel, fried doughnut topped with lingonberry jam or Sauerkraut. A homemade farmer’s Schnapps or a Jagatee, an Après Ski drink, will keep you warm when the outdoor temperatures drop below 32 Fahrenheit.

All winter long, there are many things to see and do in Tyrol! It is known for some of the most prestigious winter sports slopes in Europe, such as the Arlberg resorts and the Kitzbühel skiing resorts. The skiing slopes are perfect for beginner children and grown-ups alike. Three-year-old kids can join a ski lesson and people from all over the world will find a skiing instructor in their language.

Winter sports lovers will also appreciate the vast network of cross-country Nordic ski trails for classical and skate skiing. Most villages and towns are connected with each other and lead through forests with various marked difficulty degrees.

Another fun group activity is snow sledding on one of the many sledding runs in Tyrol. Illuminated tracks make night sledding down the hills another unforgettable experience.

Weather

It is cold in Tyrol in February. Expect average temperatures to range from 40 °F to 24 °F, and lots of snowfall.

Best Way To Reach Destination

Fly into the international airport in Innsbruck. Most top tourist places are located within an hour from the airport by car and train. Remote Tyrolean mountain villages, among glaciers and high alpine landscapes, are best accessed by car.

Best Place To Stay

Marina Helene of Paulmarina says, “Most 4 and 5-star properties are still family owned and accommodate visitors with a charming Tyrolean theme. Awaiting guests are warm stone pine decorated rooms, luxury sauna and spa facilities and entertaining Tyrolean evenings with music and dance.”

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London, England (Photo courtesy of Sarah from Slow Travel)

London, England

Many tourists will visit London during the summer months, thinking that the better weather will lead to a much better trip. When they arrive, however, they often find the attractions overbooked, long queues, beautiful spots filled with crowds of people, hotels with no vacancies or high prices and the overall experience can be stressful and expensive. Far better to visit during the winter months when the Christmas shoppers have left and everyone Is lowering their prices to entice you to travel. That is why February is one of the best times to visit in London.

The weather tends to be cold, sometimes very cold, and it is often rainy, but there are some days when the sky is so blue and the sunshine so bright that it is hard to believe it is still months from summer. The trick is to just accept the weather for what it is – keep a raincoat at hand at all times and just “keep calm and carry on.

If you get too cold, a quick pitstop in one of the many cafes for a hot chocolate or tea will soon warm you up ready for more exploration. Of course, there are countless indoor attractions to keep you occupied.

London is home to about 30 free museums which is enough to keep anyone busy and warm, but there are plenty of other attractions which are worth a visit.

February is one of the few times you can visit the 1000 year old Tower of London without queueing to see the Crown Jewels. In fact, you can glide past them on the moving walkway as many times as you want. Truly spectacular, they are awe inspiring for even the most cynical of republicans.

Churchill’s War Rooms is another good site for February. A huge underground bunker which can fill up with people and heat in the summer, it is pleasant and emptier in the cooler months, giving you plenty of time to look at the historic map room, control centre and offices from where the British War Cabinet governed in World War II.

February is the time of year in England when the very first tentative signs of spring arrive, with snowdrops emerging through the frosty soil. Kew Gardens is the best place to see these but you can also see them at Chelsea Physic Garden, London’s oldest botanical garden or in the many parks and graveyards across the capital. A walk through a frosty Highgate Cemetery will give you some incredible photos which look far more impressive than the intricate graves set against a sunny background.

Weather

Average highs are 48 °F and average lows are 39 F. It is cold but not that rainy with only 1.4″ of rain expected over 7 days in February.

Best Way To Reach Destination

Flights to London will be at their lowest for the year, and you can fly into Heathrow or Gatwick and catch a quick train to the centre. To get around just use the tube (the subway); it is cheap, warm and very fast.

Best Place To Stay

Sarah from Slow Travel says, “Staying in London is cheaper in February than any other time and you can get a central hotel for a great price. Try the Tower Hotel right next to the Tower of London – unattractive from the outside, yet each room has a huge picture window with incredible views over Tower Bridge and the Thames, and the riverside bar has fire pits to keep you warm.”

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Sintra, Portugal (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Sintra, Portugal

Sintra is a charming city only 20 minutes away from the lively capital of Portugal. It is the perfect European vacation getaway in February as it offers beautiful weather with lots of wonderful places to explore without the bustling crowds.

Its claim to fame is the Pena Palace, but this city has much more to offer.

Sitting at the top of the Sintra mountains, the Pena Palace offers stunning views overlooking the city. You can see the beautiful lush trees for miles, with colorful houses providing a picturesque backdrop.

As you explore the city, stop by the Quinta da Regaleira to see the mystical Neo-Gothic architecture. With passageways, waterfalls, and towers, this is one of the most beautiful places in Sintra. Be sure to stop by Alba Gelato and have delicious homemade Gelato from the sweetest woman in the world.

Afterwards, go to Apple Beach to see the ocean. It is breathtaking, but don’t be fooled by its beauty! The water is freezing!

If you visit Sintra in February, you can celebrate Carnival. Although it isn’t as big as the one in Rio de Janeiro, it’s a lot of fun.

Weather

The weather in Sintra is mild in February, so you will not encounter snow or freezing cold. Expect average highs of 59 °F and average lows of 49 °F. However, there will be some rain with an average of 2″ over 6 days, so bring a coat and an umbrella.

Best Way To Reach Destination

It is easy to get to Sintra. Fly into Lisbon and rent a car or take an Uber for 25 minutes (depending on traffic), to the city center. You can also take the train, but it will require a transfer.

Best Place To Stay

Corritta from It Za Family Thing says, “Paço do Bispo Boutique House is a beautiful boutique hotel in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. It is the perfect place for nature lovers to hike, cycle, and take in fresh air.”

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Prague, Czech Republic (Photo courtesy of Samantha from Undiscovered Path Home)

Prague, Czech Republic

Wintery charm, fewer crowds and historic marvels make Prague one of the best cities to visit in February. Known as the “City of a Hundred Spires,” Prague offers visitors narrow cobblestone streets, charming squares, majestic castles and old-world charm — the perfect picturesque getaway for a winter holiday in Europe. 

If you’re visiting the Czech capital in February, you can’t miss Prague’s most popular sights, including Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Klementinum (a collection of old beautiful baroque and rococo buildings, now mostly occupied by the Czech National Library) and Old Town Square. The best part about visiting in February? There are few crowds, so these normally busy sights will be much, much emptier. 

In addition, February marks Masopust, a traditional Czech carnival. “Masopust” means “meat fast” in old Czech. During this festival, people dress up in costumes and masks, celebrating the start of spring and the end of winter — even if the winter weather may continue for a couple more months! 

Weather

February marks the best time to see a snowy Prague so make sure to pack heavy jackets for the city’s winter weather. The average temperature ranges from 26°F to 39°F (-3°C to 4°C).

During this time, you will likely see some snowfall which is fantastic. There’s something so magical about seeing this charming city under a white blanket of snow.

Best Way To Reach Destination

To plan your trip, book a flight into Václav Havel Airport Prague. From there, you can take a 45-minute bus ride into the city center. Once you’re in Prague, you won’t need a car. The city is well-connected by an extensive network of buses, trams, and metro lines.

Best Place To Stay

Samantha from Undiscovered Path Home says, “When booking a hotel, look for options slightly outside the city center in Nove Mesto, Karlin or Vinohrady to enjoy a more local vibe, all the while still having easy access to the center.”

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Sardinia (Photo courtesy of Angela from Sardinia)

Sardinia, Italy

Even though it is mainly a popular travel destination in summer, planning a trip to Sardinia in February opens up an incredible array of fascinating experiences that “in-the-know travelers” will enjoy.

There are thousands of miles of a coastline famous for its rugged shores and sandy pristine beaches. Every summer, thousands of tourists flock to enjoy the turquoise waters that change shades and hues depending on the time of the day, the exposure to the sun, and whether they are on the western or eastern coast.

The unforgiving summer heat, however, can prevent you from sightseeing, and that’s a pity because exploring Sardinia’s inland is what makes you fall in love with this spectacular Italian island.

February is a perfect time to travel to Sardinia if you are curious about local traditions. This month, in fact, even though one of the coldest of the year, is also when Carnival is celebrated. And in Sardinia, Carnival means ancestral rituals, ancient festivals, and primordial ceremonies.

Some of the coolest places to visit in Sardinia in February certainly include Oristano for its Sartiglia Carnival where masked horse riders race and perform spectacular equestrian vaultings.

Apart from the Carnival, I suggest visiting its archaeological museum “Antiquarium Arborense” and also exploring the nearby towns such as Cabras for its Museo Civico and the ancient city of Tharros.

In Mamoiada, the Carnival is completely different. Instead of horses and colorful masks parading across town, there are ancient wooden masks of the Mamuthones. This is an old ritual from pagan times used to bid farewell to the cold season and welcome the new harvest.

Of course, if you are staying in Sardinia longer than just the Carnival or if you are visiting when the party’s over, other great things to do are exploring cities like Cagliari, Sassari, and Nuoro.

In addition, there are some incredible archaeological sites on Sardinia like the Nuragic villages of Barumini “Su Nuraxi” or the sacred well of Santa Cristina near Paulilatino in the Oristano province.”

Weather

The temperature ranges between 6°C/43°F and around 13°C/55°F, with the north being slightly colder than the south and mountainous areas chillier than the coast. You can expect around 1.5″ of rain over 5 days and the coast might be a bit windy.

Best Way To Reach Destination

In addition to flights from various cities across Europe, you can take a ferry from several ports in mainland Italy and Sicily, France and Spain. There is a reliable public transportation service on the island. However, it would be best to rent a car to be able to explore the island more easily.

Best Place To Stay

Angela from Sardinia revealed says, “”If you are visiting Sardinia in February for the Carnival, you can stay in Oristano. One of the best hotels you can opt for is Mariano IV Palace Hotel. This time of the year, it’s highly recommended to book your room months in advance because the choice is limited and it gets busy.”

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Brussels, Belgium (Photo courtesy of Jo from World Wild Schooling)

Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, the capital of Belgium, is a charming and vibrant city that offers a unique blend of history, culture, and culinary delights. Known as the “Capital of Europe,” it draws visitors with its rich architectural heritage, world-class museums, and famous Belgian chocolates and beers.

Visiting the Grand Place is one of the best things to do in Brussels. It is the central square of Brussels and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Surrounded by beautiful buildings, including the City Hall and the Guild Houses, the Grand Place is a must-visit. Just a few steps away, you can see Manneken Pis, a statue of a peeing boy which is a landmark of Brussels. 

The Atomium is a symbol of Brussels and its futuristic structure represents a magnified iron crystal. It offers a unique experience to explore its interconnected spheres, which house permanent and temporary exhibitions on history and art. The panoramic view from the top sphere and the restaurant are additional reasons to visit.

Don’t forget to Indulge in world-famous Belgian chocolates and beers. Brussels is home to numerous chocolate shops where you can savor pralines and truffles. You can also visit breweries to try a variety of Belgian beers. Add to that waffles, fries, and Michelin-starred restaurants, and you’ll see why Brussels is a great destination for foodies. 

Brussels is one of the best European cities to visit in February because of the annual Carnival festivities. The Carnival events take place over several days, featuring colorful parades, music, dancing, and street performances.

The streets come alive with people dressed in costumes and masks creating a festive atmosphere. One of the best Carnival events in Brussels is the Venetian Parade in Marolles, one of the most authentic neighborhoods in Brussels.

Another reason to visit Brussels in February is the light shows in the city. While there are several temporary light shows every February, one of the best is Bright Brussels. It is organized by the city itself and it features light and sound installations in different neighborhoods in Brussels.

Weather

In February, the weather in Brussels is cool with an average temperature ranging from 35°F (2°C) to 44°F (7°C). It is often chilly, so pack warm clothes. You can expect occasional showers too (1.6″ over 7 days). You should carry an umbrella or raincoat just in case.

Best Way To Reach Destination

To reach Brussels, you can fly to Brussels Airport (BRU), which is the main international airport. It’s approximately a 30-minute drive to the city center, but there is no need to rent a car to explore the city.

Public transportation is excellent. You can take a train from the airport in the city center which takes around 20 minutes. The train is also a convenient way to reach Belgium from other major European cities.

Best Place To Stay

Jo from World Wild Schooling says, “Brussels offers a wide range of accommodation options. Some popular areas to consider are the city center (around Grand Place) and the European Quarter (close to the European institutions). Novotel Brussels City Centre and Thon Hotel in the EU quarter respectively are both good choices.”

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Tenerife, Spain (Photo courtesy of Jess from Jet off with Jess)

Tenerife, Spain (Canary Islands)

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands with a population of nearly 1 million and is located in the Atlantic Ocean just 125 miles (200 km) off the coast of Morocco, Africa. Mount Teide, a dormant volcano, dominates the island and is Spain’s tallest peak.

Tenerife is one of the best February getaways in Europe because of its subtropical climate and fewer crowds. Another reason is the annual Carnival celebrations that happen in February in Santa Cruz.

Like most Canary Islands, visiting the beaches is one of the best things to do in February. However, the beaches in Tenerife are not your typical white-sand beaches. They are black due to the volcanic ash. While it will most likely be too cool to sunbathe or swim in the ocean in February, you can walk and explore these extraordinary and beautiful spots.

Other amazing things to do would be a sunset boat ride, shopping or if you’re a bit more adventurous, paragliding! The is an exhilarating activity where you also get to see the beauty of the island from above.

For those traveling with children, you can also enjoy waterparks such as Siam Park and Aqualand.

Weather

You can expect an average of 60-71°F most days with practically no rainfall.

Best Way To Reach Destination

Most international flights will land at Tenerife South Airport while those coming from mainland Spain fly into Tenerife North Airport. Public transportation is not very good so you will most likely need to get rent a car or take a taxi to your accommodation.

Best Place To Stay

Jess from Jet off with Jess says, “The best areas to stay in the south of the island are Playa de las Americas, Costa Adeje and La Caleta. All of these towns are a 10-20 minute taxi journey from the airport. Most hotels in this area will have a pool where you can sit and enjoy the sunshine.

A great hotel to stay in Costa Adeje is the H10 Atlantic Sunset. The hotel opened in 2019 and has lots to offer from a gym, spa and even its own restaurants on site.

If you are looking for an all-inclusive hotel, the Riu Buenavista is a good choice. There are 4 swimming pools, children’s pool with water slides and infants pool. There is also great entertainment at night with theme parties!”

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Rovaniemi, Finland (Photo courtesy of Megan from Megan Starr)

Rovaniemi, Finland

Rovaniemi is an amazing place for a February holiday in Europe, with ice skating, dog sledding, and lots of other winter sports available. For those less inclined to be outside all the time, cozy cafes and steamy saunas will give you the chance to relax and unwind.

You can also take a trip to nearby Santa Claus Village, where you’ll find Christmas-themed restaurants, shops, and activities for the whole family every day of the year. You can even send a letter at the Santa Claus Village official post office, or take a photo with Santa himself.

Bundle up and head out for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, or ice skating. A unique activity you don’t get to do in many other places is to take a traditional dog-sled ride. You can drive your own team or sit as a passenger, with hot drinks and photos with the huskies afterward.

Don’t miss out on chasing the Northern Lights. You can head out by yourself, or alternatively, a guided tour is a great way to go to the best spots and get tips on how to photograph this amazing phenomenon. There are a variety of tours to choose from, such as one that focuses on photographing the aurora or one that offers a barbecue dinner on the tour.

For inside activities, other than a Finnish sauna, check out the superb Arktikum Museum which showcases the history and science of the Finnish Lapland.

Weather

Visiting Rovaniemi in February requires a good set of winter clothes, as it’s one of the coldest and snowiest months. Temperatures range from 9 to 19 °F degrees Fahrenheit, so it generally stays below freezing. While there isn’t much sun in February, it is also a dry month.

Best Way To Reach Destination

The best way to get to Rovaniemi is to fly directly to Rovaniemi International Airport. There are seasonal flights from different destinations in Europe and year-round flights from Helsinki. If you prefer to arrive by car or train, it’s approximately a ten-hour trip from Helsinki.

Best Place To Stay

Megan from Megan Starr says, “For a one-of-a-kind stay in Rovaniemi and to maximize your chances of seeing the aurora, book a room at an igloo hotel or a glass-domed cabin resort like Apukka Resort, where you can gaze at the starry sky and possibly see the Northern Lights from the comfort of your bed!”

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Paris, France (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Paris, France

Known as the city of Light, Paris is a beautiful destination in Europe to visit in February, offering a unique blend of winter beauty and cultural pleasures. It also provides a unique opportunity to explore its renowned attractions with fewer crowds and experience the city’s romantic ambiance without feeling overwhelmed by masses of tourists.

There are many places to visit and things to do in Paris in February. The city boasts world-class museums and galleries, and one of them is the famous Louvre Museum, home to a thousand art collections, including the iconic Mona Lisa. The museum also houses a collection of interesting ancient artifacts and modern masterpieces, which makes it a must-visit destination in Paris.

If you are looking for breathtaking sights or maybe a little bit of romance while you are in Paris, spend time at the Eiffel Tower. In February, the tower is beautifully lit up against the winter sky, creating a magical ambiance. Take a lift or climb to the top of the tower for breathtaking panoramic views of the city.

February is not typically known for major festivals in Paris. However, there are seasonal events that you may want to experience, like the glorious Chinese New Year Parade that features dragon and lion dances, traditional costumes, music, and performances. And the Paris Carnival showcases vibrant parades with floats and costumed participants with lively music.

Weather

In February, Paris experiences cold temperatures. The average temperature ranges from around 37°F (3°C) to 47°F (8°C). You will likely have some rainfall and even some light snowfall during this month.

Best Way To Reach Destination

There are many options to get to Paris from the major airports in France like Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) or Orly Airport (ORY). From the airport, you can take taxis, trains, airport shuttles, rental cars or private transfers. It will take just over an hour to reach Paris depending on your chosen mode of transfer options.

Best Place To Stay

Imee from Journey To France says,”If you are staying in Paris for a few days, you can stay in La Maison Favart, known for its magnificent interior design, a beautiful 4-star boutique hotel with impressive facilities.”

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Faro, Portugal (Photo courtesy of Renee from Dream Plan Experience)

Faro, Portugal

Just imagine visiting the stunning Algarve region in Portugal and having the beautiful golden sand beaches all to yourself. You can in February. You can also explore the soaring cliffs and sea caves without the crowds and it is magical. It’s too cold to swim in the ocean in February, but that won’t stop you from admiring the crystal-clear blue water of the Atlantic Ocean.

The gateway to the Algarve region is Faro, the capital of the Algarve region. It is a city that offers an interesting mix of historical charm and modern amenities with a large beach.

One of the main attractions of Faro is its historic Old Town, known as Cidade Velha. This well-preserved area is enclosed by ancient walls and is a fun place to explore. Simply wander the narrow cobblestone streets leading you to tiny plazas.

Admire the low whitewash buildings with ancient colourful doors. Visit the top sites of the Faro Cathedral and Faro Archaeological Museum housed in a former convent to learn more about the Algarve’s history.

Faro is also known for its amazing food scene. Try some of the local dishes at its many eateries like grilled sardines or cataplana – a seafood (or vegetarian) stew cooked and served in a copper pot.

No visit to the Algarve is complete without visiting some of its amazing beaches even in February, when it will be too cool to sunbathe or swim. Head east and visit the nearby Ria Formosa Natural Park, a protected area of lagoons, salt marshes and islands that is one of the largest bird migrations in Europe.

Alternatively, go to the west, where some of the world’s best beaches can be found with their unique rock formations like Praia Da Marinha, Benagil Caves or Praia da Falésia.  

Beyond the experience of fewer crowds, one of the best reasons to visit Faro in February is the Carnival Loule, the oldest continuous festival in Portugal. This 3-day festival held in the nearby town of Loule features colourful floats, samba dancers, live music and visitors who line the streets dressed in costumes – everything from bright colours to glitter paint. This family-friendly event has a strong Brazilian influence. You must be in costume, and promise to have fun!  

Weather

In February, the days are sunny. Average high temperature are 62 °F and average lows are 48 °F. There will be a little bit of rain – around 1.7″ over 5 days.

Best Way To Reach Destination

The gateway to the Algarve region is Faro International Airport. From the airport, hop on the train or bus to downtown Faro, and the Hotel Faro is a 5-minute walk from the train station and bus terminal.

Best Place To Stay

Renee from Dream Plan Experience says, “Stay at Hotel Faro & Beach Club, which receives top marks for its ideal location and views of the marina and Old Town.”

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Istanbul, Turkey (Photo courtesy of Pixaby)

Istanbul, Turkey

The largest city in Europe, Istanbul, is a cultural hot spot that offers tourists some of the best food and attractions in Europe. 

No Turkey itinerary would be complete without visiting the impressive Hagia Sophia. Originally built as a church around 1500 years ago, then converted into a mosque, then a museum and back into a mosque again, it is likely to be one of the most stunning buildings you’ll ever go visit.

Topkapi Palace is the next best attraction in this amazing city. This palace was previously the home to the sultan and his family. More recently it has been converted into one of Turkey’s best museums. In addition to seeing how the sultans lived, this multi-building complex displays the magnificent sultan’s crown jewels and their ceremonial robes.

It’s always a good time to visit Istanbul, but it is one of the best European holiday destinations in February, especially if you are considering Istanbul with teens! If you love skiing or snowboarding, then you’ll find Istanbul is close to a handful of cheap and high quality ski resorts – Uludag is a local favourite.

Sightseeing in Istanbul will also be far more enjoyable during February, as long as you wrap up in some warm clothes. You’ll also find your visit much less stressful without the hordes of tourists everywhere. Not to mention, if you’re lucky enough to see snow, the city becomes exceptionally beautiful allowing you to see a side of Istanbul that most tourists never get to see.

Weather

Average highs in February is 48 °F and average lows are 39 °F. You can expect around 2″ of rain over 6 days. You might even get a bit of snowfall.

Best Way To Reach Destination

There are two international airports in Istanbul, Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gokcen Airport. Most people arrive in Istanbul Airport, from which you can take the Havaist Bus into Sultanahmet or Taksim Square or catch a taxi. This can take between 1 and 2 hours depending on traffic.

Best Place To Stay

Delilah from Our Travel Mix says, “In terms of accommodation, Archeo is our favourite place to stay in Istanbul. Its location in Karakoy is perfect for sightseeing, accessing the asian side of Istanbul (by boat) and enjoying the evenings by the Bosphorus Strait.”

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Valletta, Malta (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Valletta, Malta

With balmy temperatures, Valletta is a popular UNESCO World Heritage city to visit in February while the rest of Europe shivers in the grip of winter.

In addition to experiencing Malta’s lively 4 day carnival, which is centred in Valletta, visitors to the island in February can enjoy queue-free and crowd-free entry to Valletta’s top attractions, including St John’s Co-Cathedral.

This spectacular 16th century Roman Catholic Cathedral has awe-inspiring Baroque architecture and ornate decorations that rivals the most famous cathedrals in Italy. It’s marvellous to visit in February when there’s time and space to pause and admire all nine of the individually styled chapels, and to see the ornate tiled floor. 

Afterwards, explore the Lascaris War Rooms. They are a fascinating underground warren of tunnels, opened in 1940, that housed the War Headquarters responsible for defending Malta during the Second World War. 

The National War Museum at St Elmo’s Fort is also must-see site. This sprawling fortress on the very edge of Valletta harbour has been instrumental in defending the city for centuries. 

Finally, head over to the Upper and Lower Barrakka Gardens. In the summer these sweeping public gardens next to Castille Palace, teem with locals and visitors enjoying the impressive views over the vast harbour. In February, there’s breathing space and plenty of time to get the best photos! 

As a thriving city, many restaurants and hotels remain open all year around. For traditional street food, try pastizzi – fluffy pastry stuffed with ricotta cheese or a paste of peas or dine on some of Malta’s famous snail, quail, rabbit or horse meat dishes! Alternatively, Maltese arancini is delicious, as is the local pizza, and the ice cream is really rather fabulous. 

Weather

Average highs are 60 °F and average lows are 51 °F with around 1.7″ of rain over 6 days.

Best Way To Reach Destination

Valletta is only 6 miles (10 km) from Malta International Airport. There is excellent public transportation so you do not need to rent a car unless you wish to explore more of Malta. Even then, Malta has an excellent bus system.

Best Place To Stay

Coralie from Grey Globetrotters says, “As February is a shoulder season month in Malta, visitors can find excellent deals on hotels in Valletta. The Ursulino Valletta is right in the heart of the old city, moments from top attractions and great places to eat.”

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Zakopane, Poland (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Zakopone, Poland

Zakopane, Poland is a town located at the foothills of the Tatra Mountains. It is a picturesque town and is often referred to as the “Winter Capital of Poland” due to its popularity as a ski resort town. 

The town’s atmosphere, coupled with its close proximity to the Tatra National Park, makes it an ideal destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

One of the top things to do in Zakopane Poland is to explore the Tatra Mountains. There are numerous hiking trails, including winter hikes, throughout mountains, offering panoramic views.

The best hike is the hike to Morskie Oko. It is a two hour uphill trek, where you will find a crystal clear lake between mountains at the top. There is a cafe and a place to relax after you’ve reached the top, before you head back down.

The main street, Krupówki Street, is the main street in the center of town that is lined with bars, restaurants, cafes, boutique shops and other small shops that offer traditional Polish items. Some of the region’s most famous dishes are served in this area and many restaurants also offer live music at certain times of the year.

February is a great time to visit as there is usually plenty of snow and snow experiences to have in the mountains. The city also offers temporary exhibitions in local museums throughout the year. 

Weather

In February, Zakopane experiences winter conditions with average temperatures ranging from 19°F to 36°F. The region tends to see lots of snowfall during this time, as it is right at the base of the mountains, and a central point for the start of ski and snowboard lessons.

Best Way To Reach Destination

The closest international airport to Zakopane is Kraków John Paul II International Airport, located approximately 70 miles away. From the airport, you can reach Zakopane by driving or taking a bus or train. The journey by road takes around 1.5 to 2 hours. 

Best Place To Stay

Diana says, “For a comfortable stay, the Hotel Belvedere Zakopane is a 4-star hotel offering cozy rooms, a spa, and stunning views of the Tatra Mountains.

Another option is the Nosalowy Dwór Resort & Spa, which features luxurious accommodations and a wellness center.”

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Cadiz, Spain (Photo courtesy of Cassie from Mexico Cassie)

Cadiz, Spain

The southern Spanish city of Cádiz is a perfect February escape because it’s Carnaval time. Nowhere in Spain do they celebrate Carnaval like they do in Cádiz. As well as ten days of parties, dancing, drinking and great food, Cádiz Carnaval is particularly known for its “chirigotas” – cheeky sketches that make fun of politicians. Even Spaniards from other regions flock to watch them – why not test out your Spanish?

Cádiz was founded in 1100 BCE by the Phoenicians, which makes it the oldest city in Europe. Surrounded almost entirely by water, the old city of Cádiz has everything you could want in a city: great food, museums, parks, and even a beach.

Most visitors to Cádiz spend their time wandering happily around the old town and along the Campo del Sur. The Campo del Sur is a beautiful walkway that follows the coastline around the city through parks, past forts, and onto Playa de la Caleta, the city beach.

From the beach, visitors can either sit and enjoy the view of Castillo de San Sebastian or they can walk the 400-metre walkway to the island castle.

Don’t miss the incredible giant rubber trees of Cádiz. You can find them in front of Playa de la Caleta and in the Jardines Clara Campoamor.  

As you explore the old town, make sure you visit the Yaciemento Arqueologico Gadír, the free Phoenician settlement museum. It gives a great historical overview of Cádiz.

Weather

Average highs in February are between 62 degrees Fahrenheit with an average low of 48 degrees Fahrenheit. You can expect around 2″ of rain over 7 days.

Best Way To Reach Destination

The nearest airport is Sevilla. There is a train from Sevilla to Cadiz and there are regular buses from Sevilla too. It takes about 1hr 45 minutes.

Best Place To Stay

Cassie from Mexico Cassie says, “If you plan to visit in February be sure to book in advance as the city fills up fast for Carnaval.”

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Amsterdam, Netherlands (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is a wonderful city to visit all year round, but there is something extra special about visiting in February. Often the canals are frozen which means the locals will be ice skating on them.

Ice skating is a must when you find yourself in Amsterdam in February. The famous Museum Square has an ice skating rink where you can rent skates, get a hot chocolate and people watch. If you’re new to ice skating, they also offer equipment to help keep you upright!

When you find yourself near Museum Square, why not head into the Rijksmuseum and admire world-famous paintings of Van Gogh and Rembrandt? Be sure to purchase advanced tickets since the museum is incredibly popular with both locals and tourists.

However, some people don’t enjoy the traditional museums. In that case, head to the Heineken Experience. Learn all about this beer that’s being poured all over the world and enjoy a glass or two.

February is a magical month in Amsterdam. Sunset is early, so the beautifully lit canals can be admired for even longer. It’s relatively cold (but not extremely!) which makes it a little less attractive for many tourists, giving you extra space to enjoy all the wonders of Amsterdam.

Weather

The average high temperature is about 42°F and average low is 34°F. It is usually cloudy with a little bit of rain, and maybe even snow!

Best Way To Reach Destination

Amsterdam has its own airport. So when you fly into Amsterdam, it’ll be easy to get to the city center. It’s possible to get a taxi, but not recommended. They are overpriced and just as quick as a train.

Trains run all day, multiple times per hour, and are very straightforward to use. Just follow the signs to the train platforms inside the airport, and buy a ticket before going down to the right platform.

There are large screens telling you which train is coming into which platform. Look for “Amsterdam Centaal” to get to the city center. This should save you a lot of money compared to a taxi!

Best Place To Stay

Callie from Counting Our Footsteps says, “After a long day of exploring Amsterdam and ice skating, Hotel Nes is the ideal place to relax and unwind. Located in the city centre it is easy to get to and offers really great big comfy beds.”

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Paros, Greece (Photos courtesy of Pixabay)

Paros, Greece

Paros is a stunning European Island in the Cyclades in Greece. It has picturesque villages, golden beaches, and a rich cultural heritage.

Paros is one of the best spots in Europe for a weekend break in February as it offers the perfect blend of relaxation and exploration without the crowds. In February, Paros takes on a tranquil charm, making it an ideal destination for those seeking an off-season Greek island adventure.

One of the must-visit places in Paros is Parikia, the island’s capital and main port. As you wander through its maze-like streets, you’ll find yourself upon the iconic Church of Ekatontapyliani. This ancient Byzantine church holds fascinating historical significance and provides a glimpse into the island’s past.

Golden Beach is a must-see in Paros. With its crystal-clear turquoise waters and soft golden sand, it offers a true paradise-like experience. In February, most beach activities will be shut down but there is nothing better than a walk along the sand.

After visiting Golden Beach, be sure to venture to Naoussa, a cute fishing village known for its enchanting streets and vibrant nightlife. Explore the harbor, dine at traditional tavernas, and soak in the relaxed atmosphere. Naoussa gives you a unique blend of traditional Greek culture with modern day conveniences, making it a fantastic stop on your Paros journey.

Don’t miss the vibrant Carnival celebration that takes place during this month, featuring colorful parades, traditional dances, and mouthwatering local delicacies.

February in Paros is an inexpensive and quiet time to visit this serene Greek Island. With the island being less crowded, it provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture and enjoy a more authentic atmosphere.

Weather

Paros experiences mild winter weather in February, with average temperatures ranging from 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. While occasional rainfall is possible (2.4″ over 8 days), sunny days are more common.

Best Way To Reach Destination

To reach Paros, you’ll need to fly into Athens International Airport (ATH), the nearest international airport. From Athens, you can take a domestic flight or catch a ferry to Paros.

The ferry takes approximately 3 to 5 hours, depending on the type of ferry you book. If you are planning on island hopping in Greece, here is a great way of getting from the popular island of Santorini to Paros during your February vacation.

Best Place To Stay

Rebecca at the Travel Scrapbook says, “When it comes to where to stay in Paros, you should choose to stay in Parikia for a central location with easy access to amenities or Naoussa for a charming seaside experience. Saint Andrea Resort Hotel in Naoussa is a great 5-star hotel in Paros that you could score a deal on during the off-season

Golden Beach is perfect for those seeking a beachfront retreat, where you can wake up to the soothing sound of waves and breathtaking views without the hefty summer prices.”

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Krakow, Poland (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Krakow, Poland

Krakow is a beautiful city in southern Poland, known for its impressive architecture and lively nightlife. It’s a city steeped in history with legends of damsels and dragons. 

There are lots of things to do in Krakow. Wander around its Historic Centre, a registered UNESCO World Heritage Site. At its centre, you’ll find Krakow’s Rynek Glowny Central Square, the largest mediaeval square in Europe. It’s a bustling place filled with bars, restaurants, and souvenir shops. It’s where you will also find Krakow nightlife.

Make sure to venture further south into the town of Kazimierz and visit the towering Wawel Castle. Kazimierz is the old Jewish district, and home to Schindler’s factory. This is a deeply moving museum showcasing the heroic acts of Oskar Schindler who saved hundreds of Jews in WWII. 

Whilst Krakow is beautiful all year round, there’s something special about seeing it in the crisp winter air. It is one of the best places to visit in February in Europe if you’re on a budget or want to take some beautiful photos. You’ll avoid the busy Christmas crowds, but still get to see it during lovely clear winter days.

Weather

The average temperature in February is a cold 28°F. While it’s mostly dry throughout the month, you might get some snow.

Don’t worry too much about the cold as a lot of the main attractions are inside and most restaurants have outdoor heating. After all, it’s nothing a few warm pierogi or a bowl of bigos (polish stew) can’t solve.  

Best Way To Reach Destination

It’s very easy to get to Krakow from the airport. Most likely you’ll be flying into John Paul II International Airport (KRK), which is just 10 miles (15km) away from the city centre. You can take a taxi, which you can pre-book. However, Uber is readily available throughout Krakow and usually costs about half.

For a more budget-friendly option, head to the train station. A single ticket costs just a couple of dollars and takes about 30 minutes. 

Best Place To Stay

Kizzi from Off To Get Lost says, “If you’re after a luxury stay, check out The Loft. This all-inclusive hotel is beautifully designed with a dark modern interior and is perfectly situated in Krakow’s Old Town. The Loft has everything you could need, plus more. Take time to enjoy the hotel’s restaurant as well as a rooftop hot tub and sauna.”

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Nice, France (Photo courtesy of Kristin from Global Travel Escapades)

Nice, France

Another European trip in February that would be wonderful is the coastal town of Nice in the south of France. During February, the city’s temperatures are perfect for exploring and there are lots of activities to do.

You can spend time soaking up the sun and enjoying the views of one of Nice’s many beautiful beaches while you walk along the Promenade Des Anglaise. This beachside walkway stretches for 4 miles (7 kms) and provides an uninterrupted view of the Mediterranean Sea. You can easily spot Ponchettes Beach and Plage de Carras, two popular beaches near Nice’s historic Old Town.

Alternatively, take in the panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea from above by hiking to the top of Colline du Château, which also functions as a lovely public park. And of course, no trip to Nice is complete without trying the delicious regional food and wines!

One of the biggest reasons to visit during February would be to attend Carnaval de Nice. This is a massive two-week festival full of colorful parades, vibrant music, dancing, and flower floats. So, if you want to attend this beloved event and fully immerse yourself in the local culture, the second half of February is an excellent time to plan your trip.

All in all, between its stunning sea views, friendly people, and abundance of activities for the whole family, Nice is one of Europe’s best beachside cities to visit during February!

Weather

During February, the city’s temperatures are perfect for exploring with an average high temperature of 54°F, an average low temperature of 45°F, and only a couple of rainy days.

Best Way To Reach Destination

Fly directly to Nice’s International Airport, which is just a few miles away from the city center. Once at the airport, you can take a short tram ride into the heart of the city and explore all that Nice has to offer.

Best Place To Stay

Kristin from Global Travel Escapades says, “For places to stay, consider staying at Le Negresco. This is the city’s famous 5-star hotel located along Promenade des Anglaise.”

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Barcelona, Spain (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain is the perfect city to visit in Europe in February. Since Barcelona is on Spain’s Mediterranean coast, temperatures in February are milder than in most European cities. 

One of the things that Barcelona is most known for is the incredible architecture of Antoni Gaudí.  Some of his unique buildings with fantastical curves and mystical finishes, such as Casa Milà and Casa Batlló, are located right in the middle of the city and stand out against the surrounding buildings.

The basilica of La Sagrada Familia is Gaudí’s masterpiece. Be sure to walk around the whole exterior so you can see the basilica from all sides, as the styles and intricacies of each façade are unique and amazing to see. Consider booking a tour of the interior so a guide can highlight the magnificent interior.

No trip to Barcelona is complete without a stroll down La Rambla, the most famous street in Barcelona.  La Rambla is a pedestrian boulevard lined with shops, cafés, restaurants, churches, hotels, and museums. 

Enjoy the entertainment provided by street performers vying for attention. In addition, visit La Boqueria, Barcelona’s incredible food market. Here you’ll find everything from fresh juices and fantastic local produce to specialty meats and cheeses.

In addition to all the amazing things you can do in Barcelona year-round, there’s an extra reason to visit the city in February. That’s when Barcelona has its 4-day celebration of the holy day of its patron saint, Santa Eulalia. 

February is also typically the month when the Carnival festivities take place, one of the city’s most entertaining annual festivals!

Weather

Expect average high temperatures around 57° F, average low temperatures around 42° F, and sunny skies (there are typically only a couple days of rain in February).

Best Way To Reach Destination

To reach Barcelona, fly into the Barcelona–El Prat Airport. The airport is about a 20-minute drive from the center of Barcelona. Or skip the rental car and take public transportation – there is service directly from the airport to the Plaça de Catalunya. You really don’t need a car in Barcelona to enjoy it.

Best Place To Stay

Lisa from Waves and Cobblestones says, “Stay at the Hotel Jazz. It’s conveniently located just a few blocks from La Rambla, and you’ll enjoy relaxing on the rooftop patio after a busy day of exploring all the top attractions in Barcelona.”

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Appenzell, Switzerland (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Appenzell, Switzerland

Located in northeastern Switzerland, Appenzell is a small village and a nature-lovers paradise.  It is filled with gorgeous hiking trails, alpine lakes, rolling hills, and some of the happiest cows on the planet.

Though summer is the usual tourist season, February offers a wonderful experience, transforming the town into an absolutely breathtaking winter wonderland. 

There are many fun activities to do while in Appenzell, from exploring the village to enjoying the museums. Two recommended winter activities include hiking and tobogganing.

Winter hiking takes you on prepared trails through idyllic landscapes, sugared fields and snow covered forest. For a more thrilling adventure, try tobogganing down designated slopes for a rush. 

There are many reasons to visit in February despite the cold weather. First, the snow-capped mountains and frozen lakes ensure you are always surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Second, there are many opportunities for winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, tobogganing, and more. Lastly, the village is also quieter and less crowded with tourists in February, giving travelers the opportunity to immerse themselves in Swiss culture.

Weather

Appenzell in February is cold, as expected in the Swiss Alps. The weather ranges from 23°F to 35°F during the day, and it is often snowing. This is what transforms the village into a wonderland and creates a charming effect. 

Best Way To Reach Destination

Visitors can fly into Zurich airport and take trains for approximately two hours to reach Appenzell. As a bonus, if you stay in Appenzell for three nights, you receive the Appenzell Holiday Card.

This card gives tourists perks such as free transportation between the airport and Appenzell, free transportation all around Appenzell, entry into museums, free hiking shoes for the day, gifts, and more. 

Best Place To Stay

Shavari from Sightseeing Shar says, “One of the best accommodations in Appenzell for all types of travelers is the Alte Metzg Boutique and Alte Metzg Hostel. The guesthouse has six rooms with a well-stocked kitchen and a sauna and terrace. It is extremely clean and well-kept, with a friendly staff.

For travelers on a budget, the hostel portion of the accommodation is less expensive, allows visitors to socialize and make friends,and puts guests right in the middle of town, making it a convenient choice.”

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Puglia, Italy (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Puglia, Italy

Puglia, the heel of Italy’s boot-shaped peninsula, is a region known for its stunning landscapes and historical sites. During the month of February, Puglia becomes even more inviting as its mild weather and sunny days make it an ideal destination for travelers looking to explore this Mediterranean paradise and enjoy some winter sun.

The mild temperatures also provide perfect conditions for outdoor activities such as hiking and biking through the majestic countryside or enjoying a leisurely stroll along one of Puglia’s many picturesque coastal towns such as Monopoli, Lecce, or Bari.

Stroll on the streets filled with trulli in Alberobello. The white conical-shaped houses, made from limestone, unique to Puglia, are one of its main attractions. 

Admire one of the loveliest beaches in Polignano a Mare, Lama Monachile, or skip the beach and eat at one of the most famous restaurants in the world, Grotta Palazzese, a stunning place hidden in a sea cave. 

Weather

With an average daily maximum of 13 C and an average daily minimum of 10 C, you might not head directly to the beach. However, that would be the perfect weather for exploring the stone towns that heat up during summer and also attract countless tourists.

Best Way To Reach Destination

The Italian region of Puglia is mainly served by Bari International Airport, and from there it is advisable to rent a car if you want to make the best out of your trip. Alberobello is only 70 kilometers away, while Polignano a Mare is one hour away by car. 

Best Place To Stay

Ingrid from Ingrid Zen Moments says, “No trip to Puglia is complete without a stay at one of the many stunning trullo houses. Alberobello is famous for them, however, you can find them in the whole region.

Trullo Astra in Alberobello is an exceptional choice, located in the city center, close to all the main attractions in town, with a beautiful garden where you can enjoy delicious Italian breakfasts.”

Last Word

There are many wonderful places to visit in Europe in February. From beach destinations, winter wonderlands, city escapes and cultural hot spots, you will have your choice of amazing holiday getaways. Better yet, it is low season so you will pay less and be faced with fewer crowds so you can fully relax and enjoy your vacation.

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