If you’re looking for a winter escape to Europe, Februray is a great time of year to travel. While much of Europe is still experiencing chilly temperatures, there are several places that still offer warmer temperatures weather and plenty of sunshine.
The Canary Islands
My faveorite destination for warm weather in February is The Canary Islands. Located off the northwest coast of Africa, the Canary Islands are known for their year-round sunshine and mild temperatures. Each offer beautiful beaches, stunning landscapes, and plenty of outdoor activities plus affordable accomodation (Especially in winter).
In February, the average temperature in the Canary Islands during February ranges from 14.8°C to 21°C, making it one of the warmest places in Europe at this time of the year.
Tenerife is the hottest of the islands (and also my faveorite island) in February, with an average temperature of 15°C to 22°C. The island has including beautiful beaches, culture, hiking trails & dark skies at Mount Teide National Park plus cheap all-inclusive accomodation.
Lanzarote, another great destination in the Canary Islands, has an average temperature of 14°C to 21°C in February. This island is known for its unique volcanic landscapes and it’s black sand beaches. There’s also tons of fun activities to consider such as:
- Kayaking or Snorkeling at Papagayo Beach
- Seeing the geothermal pools at Timanfaya Park
- Watching dolphins as the sun sets
Gran Canaria is another popular island in the Canary Islands, with an average temperature of 18°C to 21°C in February. This island is known for its beautiful beaches and lively nightlife. It’s also a great place for outdoor activities that you could enjoy as such as:
- Going on a buggy tour around Gran Canaria
- Going on a Via Ferrata cliff climb (Beginner friendly)
- Visiting The Red Canyon
Finally we have Fuerteventura, with an average temperature of 17.9°C in February. This is another great place to visit + you can find affordable accomodation and car hire in February. Fuerteventura is a great choice for those who want to enjoy water sports such as surfing and windsurfing.
This island is known for its stunning white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. I normally stay at Hotel Riu Oliva Beach Resort, which is an all-inclusive hotel right on the beach. It’s also close to the Acua Water Park and the you could go sailing to Lobos Island.
Greece: Crete, Rhodes and Kos
Greece is a great winter destination. The country is home to several islands that have warm temperatures and sunny skies even in February. Here are three of the warmest islands in Greece to visit in February:
Crete is the largest and most southerly island in Greece. It has mild and sunny weather throughout winter, making it one of the warmest places in Europe during this time. The average high temperature in February is around 16°C, while the average low temperature is around 10°C. Crete has four main cities: Heraklion, Chania, Rethymno, and Agios Nikolaos. Each city has its own unique charm, making them all worth exploring.
Here’s some suggestions on things you could do:
- Heraklion: Visit the Palace of Knossos and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, or go on a sailing & swim cruise to Dia Island.
- Chania: Explore the old town + enjoy street food, or go on a full day tour to the Samaria Gorge. You could also take a trip to Elafonisi Island.
- Rethymno: Go on a quad bike safari around Maroulas, or go sailing at sunset on a catamaran. You could also visit a winery + olive mill.
- Agios Nikolaos: You could start with a walking tour around Agios, then taake a boat trip to Spinalonga, or take a semi-submarine cruise where you could spotturltes and dolphins swimming?
Rhodes is another Greek island that enjoys warm weather in February. Located between Crete and Turkey, Rhodes has an average temperature of 15°C in February. The island is known for its stunning beaches, ancient ruins, and medieval old town. The old town of Rhodes is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is home to the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights, which is an impressive example of gothic architecture and one of the best sights in Rhodes.
Whilst in Rhodes why not consider:
- Visiting the Ancient Lindos Acropolis
- Taking an e-bike tour around the old town
- Going on a boat trip such as an all-inclusive catamaran cruise or a speed boat to Symi Island and St George’s Bay
Kos is consistently one of the warmest Greek islands due to its southerly location. The average maximum temperature in February is around 14°C, and the island receives around 115mm of rainfall during the month. The island is known for its sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and charming villages. Kos also has several ancient ruins, including the Asklepion, which was a famous healing center in ancient Greece.
While in Kos, you could consider these fun activities and day trips:
- Take a tour to Nisyros Island Volcano and Panagia Spiliani. Where you’ll walk in a volcanic crater + visit a beautiful monastery.
- Spend a day at the Lido Park
- Go on a bus tour of the island where you’ll get to see the best sights Kos has to offer including Asklepion.
No matter which of the islands you pick, all 3 make for a great destination for anyone looking for some winter sun.
Portugal: Algarve and Vilamoura
If you’re looking for a warm place to escape the chilly February weather, then the Algarve is a great option. With its mild climate, stunning beaches, and charming towns, the Algarve is the perfect destination for a winter getaway.
One of the most popular areas in the Algarve is Vilamoura, a beautiful resort town located on the coast. The average temperature in Vilamoura during February ranges from 11°C to 17°C. It is one of the wettest months of the year so I recommend bringing an umbrella, but you can still expect around six hours of sunshine a day.
Vilamoura also has a vibrant nightlife, with plenty of bars and clubs to choose from. You can also enjoy a range of activities + tours such as:
- Going on a boat trip to the Benagil Cave
- Parasailing across Vilamoura
- Take a boat ride to the São Rafael caves + to see dolphins
Another great option in the Algarve is the town of Albufeira. Located just a short drive from Vilamoura, Albufeira is known for its beautiful beaches and lively atmosphere. The average temperature in Albufeira during February ranges from 11°C to 17°C, and you can expect around six hours of sunshine per day.
If you’re interested in history, be sure to check out the old town of Albufeira, with it’s charming streets, traditional houses, and historic churches. The town also has a lively nightlife, with plenty of bars, clubs and restaurants.
There’s also a ton of activities to do in and around Albufeira such as:
- Visiting a local winery, and tasting the local Portugese wine
- Riding a jeep to the Algarve mountains, where you’ll explore traditional villages, visit an organge plantation and go swimming
- Going on a cruise at sunset
Valletta which is the capital city of Malta, is one of the warmest places to go in Europe in February. The Mediterranean climate creates mild winters with temperatures in February hovering just under 16 °C (60.8 °F).
Valletta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is known for its rich history, stunning architecture, and beautiful beaches. You can explore the city’s many museums, churches, and gardens, or simply relax on one of its sandy beaches. Some of the most popular attractions in Valletta include St. John’s Co-Cathedral, the Upper Barrakka Gardens, and the Grand Harbour.
In addition to its warm weather and beautiful scenery, Valletta is also known for its vibrant culture and delicious cuisine. You can sample traditional Maltese dishes like rabbit stew, fish soup, and pastizzi, which are savory pastries filled with ricotta cheese or peas.
Valletta is one of my faveorite places in Malta, as its such a good destination for anyone looking for warm weather, beautiful scenery, and rich culture. Whether you’re interested in history, art, or simply relaxing on the beach, this charming city has something for everyone.
Spain: Málaga and Almeria
Málaga and Almeria are two cities in southern Spain that offer plenty of sunshine and mild temperatures during the winter months.
Málaga, located on the Costa del Sol, has an average temperature of 18°C (64°F) in February, making it one of the warmest places in Europe at this time of year. While it may be too chilly to swim in the Mediterranean Sea, you can still enjoy the city’s many attractions, such as the Alcazaba fortress, the Picasso Museum, and the beautiful Cathedral of Málaga.
Almeria, located further east along the coast, also enjoys mild temperatures in February, with an average of 16°C (61°F). This city has a rich history, with many interesting sights to explore, such as the Alcazaba of Almeria, the Cathedral of Almeria, and the ancient cave dwellings of the Alpujarras. You could also go horse riding in the Tabernas Desert.
When visiting Málaga and Almeria in February, it’s important to pack for the weather. While it may be warm during the day, temperatures can still drop at night, so make sure to bring layers. It’s always a good idea to check the weather forecast before your trip to ensure that you’re prepared for any changes.
Cyprus: Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos
If you’re looking for a warm place to visit in Europe in February, Cyprus is a great option. The island is known for its mild winters and sunny beaches, making it a popular destination for winter sun seekers.
Limassol is one of the warmest places in Cyprus in February, with an average temperature of 18°C. This coastal city has plenty to offer visitors, from historic sites to modern amenities. The Limassol Castle is a popular attraction, as is the Limassol Marina. You can also walk along the palm-lined promenade or relax on the beach.
A great way to explore Limassol is to take a tour with a local. On the tour you’ll learn the best places to eat and drink, where to shopping and what to see around the town. You could also go on a tour to the Troodos mountains, to see the Kykkos Monastery. Or if you’re looking for something more luxurious, you could book a catamaran cruise.
Larnaca is another warm destination in Cyprus, with an average temperature of 17°C in February. This seaside city has a laid-back vibe, with plenty of restaurants, cafes, and bars to explore. The Larnaca Salt Lake is a popular spot for birdwatching and wildlife photography, and the Hala Sultan Tekke mosque is a beautiful example of Islamic architecture.
Paphos is located on the southwest coast of Cyprus and has an average temperature of 17°C in February. This city is known for its ancient ruins, including the Tombs of the Kings and the Paphos Archaeological Park. You can also visit the Aphrodite Waterpark or take a stroll along the Paphos Harbour.
Italy: Palermo, Rome and Aeolian Islands
If you’re looking for a warm place to visit in Europe during February, Italy is a great option. With its mild climate, beautiful scenery, and delicious food, Italy is a perfect destination for travelers looking to escape the winter blues.
Located on the island of Sicily, Palermo is a popular destination for tourists seeking warm weather in February. With average temperatures ranging from 10°C to 16°C, you’ll be able to enjoy the city’s historic architecture, delicious cuisine, and vibrant culture without the crowds of the summer months.
Some of the top attractions in Palermo include the Cattedrale di Palermo, the Palazzo dei Normanni, and the Teatro Massimo. You can also explore the city’s many markets, such as the Ballarò Market, where you can sample local street food and buy souvenirs.
A great way to explore Palermo is by taking a tour of it’s UNESCO World Heritage sights. Or, for something a bit more fun why not ride around the city in a vintage Fiat 500? or take a street food tour at night?
Rome is another great option for travelers looking for a warm place to visit in February. While the city can be crowded in the summer months, February is a quieter time to visit, with fewer tourists and shorter lines at popular attractions.
With average temperatures ranging from 7°C to 14°C, you can still enjoy the city’s many outdoor attractions, such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Vatican City. You can also explore the city’s many museums and art galleries, such as the Galleria Borghese and the Capitoline Museums.
If you’ll be visiting Rome by cruise and have limited mobility, I recommend considering taking an accessible tour that’s designed for those visiting on a crusie ship.
If you’re looking for a more off-the-beaten-path destination, consider visiting the Aeolian Islands. Located off the coast of Sicily, these seven islands offer beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters, and stunning volcanic landscapes.
In February, the islands are less crowded than in the summer months, making it a great time to visit. You can explore the island of Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian Islands, and visit its historic castle and charming old town. You can also hike up to the crater of the active volcano on the island of Stromboli, or relax on the beaches of Salina and Panarea.
Overall, Italy is a great destination for travelers looking for a warm place to visit in February. Whether you choose to visit Palermo, Rome, or the Aeolian Islands, you’re sure to have a memorable trip filled with delicious food, stunning scenery, and rich culture.
Gibraltar is a British overseas territory located at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula. It is a small but beautiful place with a mild Mediterranean climate, making it one of the warmest places in Europe in February.
In February, the average temperature in Gibraltar is around 16°C (61°F), with highs of 18°C (64°F) and lows of 13°C (55°F). Although it can be a bit chilly at night, the days are usually sunny and pleasant, perfect for exploring the town and enjoying outdoor activities.
Gibraltar is a popular tourist destination, with plenty of things to see and do. Here are some of the top attractions:
- The Rock of Gibraltar: This iconic landmark is a must-see. You can take a cable car to the top and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding area.
- St. Michael’s Cave: This natural wonder is a series of limestone caves with amazing stalactites and stalagmites.
- The Great Siege Tunnels: These tunnels were built during the 18th century to defend Gibraltar from invaders. You can visit the tunnels as part of a history tour around the city.
- Dolphin Watching: Gibraltar is home to a large population of dolphins, and there are plenty of boat tours that will take you out to see them.
Gibraltar has its own airport, but it is quite small and only serves a few destinations. The easiest way to get there is by flying into Malaga or Jerez and then taking a bus or taxi to Gibraltar. You can drive across the border from Spain or take a ferry from Morocco.