February is the shortest month but can sometimes feel the longest! Sunshine and warmth are in sight, but aren’t quite close enough. If you’re feeling a little flat, let these destinations put a spring in your step.
See our where to go, when guide for destination recommendations throughout the year.
February is a more pleasant, cooler month in countries like Italy, making it great for a city break. There are many cities from which to choose but Rome is a special city for a winter visit. If you’ve ever been to the Italian capital, you’ll know a defining characteristic of the city is the queues! Travelling at this time of year, popular attractions such as the Sistine chapel and Colosseum are still open but far less busy. February is also a lovely month to visit this romantic city because of Valentine’s Day. There’s also the famous Carnivale de Roma which takes place in February in Venice and Viareggio on the Tuscany coast.
View of St Peter's Basilica, Vatican City
While Portugal’s mild winters might not be scorchingly hot, they are quieter. The prices offer great value in a destination already renowned for its affordability. Porto, Lisbon’s sister city, has undergone its own creative renewal. Medieval streets buzz with kerbside cafés and facelifted townhouses have been transformed into stylish hotels. The food scene is fabulous. Combine time on the coast with the terraced port vineyards of the Douro Valley, on a classy twin centre holiday.
Le Monumental Palace
Occupying a neoclassical style building dating back to 1923, the distinguished Maison Albar Hotels – Le Monumental Palace offers a refined 1930s inspired art deco interior and is within a short walk of the Bolhao Market, Livraria Lello bookstore and the Clerigos Tower.Find out more
In February, the Caribbean is widely considered to be one of the finest destinations to escape the dark cold months of a northern European winter. The peak season on the islands runs from mid-December to mid-April and should you wish to travel at this time it’s best to book early. Although these high season months feature the driest, warmest and sunniest days with low humidity and pleasantly cool evenings, travelling at this time does mean paying premium hotel rates and flight prices, and resorts and hotels can be crowded.
Saona Island, Dominican Republic
Case de Campo Resort & Villas, Dominican Republic
Set over an impressive 7,000 acres of well-manicured tropical grounds, exclusive Casa de Campo Resort & Villas is a vast complex home to award-winning golf courses, a yacht-filled marina, and a replica of the 16th century Mediterranean village Altos de Chavon.Find out more