Best places to visit in February: 12 amazing destinations
Ready to discover the 12 most unique destinations to travel to in February? Let’s start!
1. New Zealand, a unique travel destination
If you need a break from the cold weather in February, what better way to do it than in New Zealand, where it is still summer. With warm temperatures and little rain, the weather becomes ideal for touring and getting to know one of the countries with the most incredible nature that exists. Beach life will not be lacking in this destination located on the other side of the world.
It’s amazing what you can enjoy in New Zealand in February: wonderful landscapes, virgin islands, geysers, volcanoes, and even glaciers! You can start by visiting Auckland, the capital and largest city in the country.
If you like hiking, you can enjoy incredible hikes through beautiful natural settings. There are kilometers of well-marked trails with shelters and places to camp. Do you want something more extreme? Try skydiving or bungee jumping.
Also, don’t forget to visit the Tongariro National Park, in the North Island, to see its many volcanoes, and the east coast of the South Island to marvel at the view of the Franz Josef and Fox glaciers.
2. Madeira (Portugal), a great place to visit in Europe in February
Have you heard of Madeira, in Portugal? Maybe yes, since it is the place where Cristiano Ronaldo was born. In addition to that, this archipelago has a captivating natural environment. Due to the weather at this time of year, it is a great place to visit in February.
The Madeira archipelago is located off the northwest coast of Africa and is known as “The Pearl of the Atlantic”. It was formed as a result of volcanic eruptions. Madeira has a large number of geographical features, with mountains that exceed 1,800 meters above sea level. Even so, the region is covered in lush and attractive vegetation.
The beauty of its mountains and beaches will leave you speechless. They are the ideal setting to make you forget all the stress from the previous year. Some of the main attractions of Madeira are the Fajã dos Padres, Cabo Girão, Porto Moniz, Porto Santo, visiting a Levada and the Arieiro and Ruivo Peaks.
Also, don’t miss Funchal, the capital city. Many interesting sites can be found here, including the 16th-century Funchal Cathedral, the Mercado dos Lavradores, and the Museu da Quinta das Cruzes. Do not forget to live the incredible experience of walking its streets on a Carreiros do Monte (like a sled).
3. Venice, are you aware of the largest carnival in Italy?
Venice is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy and in the whole world. Can you imagine how incredible it must be to visit this city when its famous carnivals take place? Although it is winter and the temperatures are still a bit low, enjoying Venice and its carnivals will be an unforgettable experience.
You can get lost in its picturesque streets and charming canals, as well as take a ride in one of its traditional gondolas. You will also find numerous restaurants, clothing and souvenir shops. Why not take home a Venetian mask or decorations made of Murano glass?
The highlight of your trip to Venice will definitely be the carnival parades. They are unique in the world! It’s an experience that you must live at least once in your life. You will marvel at the spectacular costumes and masks, all full of color and elaborated with great dedication. If you like the carnival spirit, Venice is an ideal destination for February.
4. Costa Rica, one of many perfect places to visit in February
February, along with January, is considered the best month to visit Costa Rica. This fascinating Central American country has a lot to offer, especially when it comes to natural attractions and outdoor activities. For this reason, the warm and dry temperatures that are experienced in the first months of the year are ideal for enjoying them to the fullest.
If you start your tour in San José, its capital, you will find some places of interest such as the Jade Museum, the Penitentiary Museum, or the National Theater. However, do not dwell too long there, because the best of Costa Rica is found in its natural settings.
What stands out the most are its beaches and its numerous national parks, where you can discover the richness and diversity of its flora and fauna. Visit the most important sites, such as Manuel Antonio National Park and Corcovado.
If you are an adventure lover, you should not miss the opportunity to go canopying, rafting, or walking through one of its hanging bridges.
5. Guatemala, full of history and volcanoes
This is another excellent destination to visit during February, since during this month it presents pleasant temperatures and very low rainfall. You will be able to learn more about what was once the heart of Mayan culture in the middle of Central America!
Its capital city is not overly touristy and is densely populated. However, you will not regret visiting it for a couple of days to learn about its history through its main points of interest. Then, you will be ready to be surprised by the biodiversity and majesty of the natural settings of this country, which are combined with traces of the ancient Mayan civilization.
Do not miss the ruins of Tikal, in the north, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. Nor can you miss visiting La Antigua, a city that was the capital of the country until it was destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 1776. Now reborn, it is home to numerous markets and museums that attract numerous tourists.
The country is full of volcanoes. If you dare, you can hike to the top of Acatenango, the second-highest volcano in Central America. I am sure that Guatemala will surprise you!
6. Andalusia, a great place to visit in February
Andalusia is a great destination to travel to at this time of year. The temperatures in the south of the country are much more pleasant than in other areas, and unlike in the warmer months, you will not have to share places with many other tourists.
This autonomous community offers a great diversity of places to visit and activities to do, which is why it is presented as a great option for any traveler. Furthermore, Andalusia offer more that just coastal cities and provincial capitals. You will also find beautiful inland landscapes, very good food, charming towns, culture and nightlife.
Some ideas for trips in Andalusia are the town of Mojácar (in Almería), La Alpujarra (in Granada), or the town of Ronda and the Torcal de Antequera Natural Park (in Málaga). I also recommend visiting the province of Huelva, which is one of the least visited.
If you can, try to be there on February 28, the day that Andalusia Day is celebrated. So you can be part of numerous parties and celebrations.
7. India, a destination that will change you
Wherever you go, India is one of the destinations in the world that will never leave you indifferent. Therefore, if you are looking for a unique place to travel to in February 2024, India should not be off your list. If you know how to take advantage of your trip, you will not be the same when you return.
If anything characterizes India and its people, it is intensity. In India, there are many places to visit, all fascinating to the eyes of Western visitors, and very rich in history, culture and religion. The most popular religion is Hinduism. You will see it reflected in the numerous temples and altars that you will come across during your trip.
If this is your first time in the country, you should probably start by visiting the “golden triangle” that includes Delhi, its chaotic capital, Agra, where you will marvel at the Taj Mahal, and Jaipur, the pink city. But there is so much more to India! You should spend enough time in India to have time to get to know the country. Also, be sure to taste their exquisite food!
8. Cuba, kind people and beautiful beaches
Do you want to travel to a place with paradisiacal beaches, a lot of history and personality, and a warm and fun town? Cuba is your destination! This island in the Caribbean Sea is an exceptional plan for those looking for a place to travel in hot February.
In addition to all the wonders of this country, the month is ideal because you do not experience the intense heat of summer and it is not a time of much rain. You just have to focus on enjoying yourself!
If what you are looking for is sand and sea, the beaches of Varadero or Cayo Coco are among the best in the world. The water is truly turquoise and the sand is practically white flour!
Cities in Cuba also have a lot to offer. Walk the streets of Havana to fill your eyes and ears with the exciting story it has to tell. Also visit Viñales with its fascinating natural landscapes. Do not miss Trinidad, with its colonial streets and Cienfuegos, with its historic center declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.
Do not leave without trying its rum, its most traditional dishes, dancing to the sound of some Cuban rhythm and talking with its friendly and lively people.
9. Nice, the main carnival in France takes place here
During February, the temperatures in Nice, a city located in the south of France, begin to gradually become more pleasant. In addition, it is the month in which its carnivals are celebrated, which is why you should definitely consider visiting this city in February.
This French city has many places to visit. A must-see is the Paseo de los Ingleses, a beautiful promenade that stretches for 7 km. The old town, on the other hand, is very picturesque and full of little markets that you don’t want to miss.
On the hill of the Castle of Nice, you can access one of its many viewpoints to enjoy panoramic views of the place.
If visit in February, you can attend the Carnival of Nice, which has been held for more than a century and a half and is one of the most important events on the French Riviera. You can not miss it!
10. Egypt, one of the best places to visit in February 2024
There is no doubt that Egypt is one of the most fascinating tourist destinations on the entire planet since to this day we are still amazed by everything that the ancient Egyptians left as a legacy.
February is one of the best months to visit this land of pharaohs, since its high temperatures subside a bit compared to winter. You won’t feel so overwhelmed when touring the country!
Among the essentials of Egypt, we can mention Cairo, the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Egyptian Museum of Cairo, the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Luxor, the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon and the city of Sharm el-Sheikh. If you can, be sure to embark on a cruise on the Nile. It will fascinate you!
11. Tromsø (Norway)
If you wish to visit a cold-weather destination for your trip in February, I have a wonderful proposal. How would you like to go hunting for aurora borealis in Tromsø, Norway? Sounds good, doesn’t it? This month of the year is an ideal time to visit the north of this European country.
Apart from all the winter activities that you can do during your trip, the city of Tromsø has a very interesting culture activities, as it has several galleries and museums, such as the Polar Museum or the Troll Museum. In them, you can learn about the customs and history of the region.
In addition, on February 6, the National Day of the Sami People takes place, a festival that celebrates the history, heritage, and culture of the Sami (indigenous peoples of Norway).
12. Barcelona, an ideal city to travel to in February
If you feel like visiting a city, my suggestion is Barcelona. The capital of Catalonia is a good destination all year; however, February is not one of the busiest months. For this reason, I recommend you go this specific month, as you will avoid finding places full of tourists.
Also, if cold weather is not your thing, Barcelona, being located next to the Mediterranean, does not have very low temperatures during the winter, so you can enjoy pleasant weather. On the other hand, around February 12, the Santa Eulalia festivities are celebrated in the city, something that you might be interested in witnessing. In February, the Sitges Carnival is also celebrated.
Some of the places to see in Barcelona that you can’t miss are the Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, the Gothic Quarter, the Cathedral of Barcelona, Las Ramblas, the Boqueria Market, Paseo de Gracia, Casa Milà, Casa Batlló, El Born, the Arc de Triomf, and Ciutadella Park. The list is endless!
Map of great places to visit in February
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I hope this article on the best places to visit in February 2024 has been very useful for you as you plan your next trip. If you have any contributions or questions, do not hesitate to leave a comment or email me. Have a lot of fun on your next adventure!