This is one of the warmest places in Europe in winter, and February is the cheapest time to visit. Another plus is that there are far fewer visitors this time of year! The weather is just about warm and dry enough to enjoy the beaches (but probably not a dip in the sea) alfresco dining, and sightseeing.
Top tip for visiting Lisbon: Try Ginjinha, a cherry liqueur served in either a shot glass with fruit, or a small chocolate cup!
Spain is known for being host to literally hundreds of festivals a year, and in February it is a chance to experience the Santa Eulàlia Festival, also known as “La Laia” festival. It is a family-friendly event packed with traditional Catalonian entertainment, and in Barcelona it is held in the Old Town. The weather is a little cooler than Lisbon in February and not so dry.
Top tip for visiting Barcelona: Go to Park Güell – a surreal park filled with crazy mosaic masterpieces created by architect Antoni Gaudi.
Head to Sophia if you fancy a bit of romantic winter weather! In February the capital is still cold and has frequent heavy snowfall, ideal for wintersports such as skiing, ice skating and snowshoeing. To warm up after, check out some of the city’s cosy jazz clubs!
Top tip for visiting Sofia: Vitosha Mountain– close enough to go ski for the day and still be back in time to enjoy the nightlife.
For an even more wintry treat, Bergen is a great destination. It is a UNESCO World Heritage city, and its colourful buildings are ultra insta-friendly set against the grey mountains and white snow. February is a great month to visit because the cold temperatures means you are more likely to experience snow than rain!
Top tip for visiting Bergen: Take the funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen – for some adrenaline-fuelled fun you can choose to ski or sledge your way back down, and it is open until 11pm!
Dublin is close to home and an ideal choice if you only have a few days for a winter city break. Why go in February? It may be cold, and quite likely wet – but this is the best weather for experiencing the cosiness of an Irish bar and all the hospitality that comes with it! If you are a rugby fan things get even more exciting as the whole city – or every bar at the very least – is tuned into the start of the RBS Six Nations Championships. Also known as The Guinness Six Nations. Go figure!
Top tip for visiting Dublin: At the bar ask for “A stout that isn’t Guinness”.
Don’t forget your travel insurance! Even if you are only hopping across the sea to Ireland, you still need travel insurance – it can help if your belongings are lost or stolen, and even help if there is a problem with your flights, ferries or accommodation.