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Where is hot in February in Europe

Pretty portsTenerife has golden beachesVilla for twoExcellent golf courses

 By Mark Hodson, The Sunday Times Travel writer


Not many places in Europe have hot weather in February. It’s winter across the Mediterranean so if you don’t want to fly long haul, you’ll need to be careful choosing your destination, and you may need to settle for warm weather and sunshine rather than scorching heat.


Where’s hot in Europe in February

Country Destination Average highs Average hours of sun
Spain Tenerife 20°C 7 hours
Spain Lanzarote 20°C 7 hours
Spain La Palma 20°C 7 hours
Portugal Algarve 16°C 6 hours
Portugal Madeira 17°C 6 hours
Morocco Marrakech 16°C 6 hours
Malta Valletta 16°C 7 hours

1. Tenerife

Average highs in February: 20ºC
Average daily sunshine: 7 hours
Flying time from UK: 4 hours

No wonder Tenerife is popular as a winter sun destination. It offers blue-flag beaches, mountains, water sports, golf courses, dolphin watching and both luxury hotels and family-friendly resorts. There are dozens of direct flights from across the UK, with low fares. For budget package holidays, head to Playa de las Americas. For something more sophisticated, try Costa Adeje. For luxury, we recommend Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque, for families the Iberostar Hotel Anthelia and if you prefer a small intimate place to stay, the Hotel San Roque. See the latest special offers.

2. Lanzarote

Average highs in February: 20ºC
Average daily sunshine: 7 hours
Flying time from UK: 4 hours

Arguably the most sophisticated of the larger Canary Islands, Lanzarote enjoys many of the same natural benefits of Tenerife, along with plenty of direct flights from across the UK and Europe. You’ll enjoy authentic fishing villages, markets packed with locally-grown produce and a thriving restaurant scene. We love the village of Las Breñas and the mountains of Timanfaya National Park. It’s a particularly good island for villa holidays and many properties have their own private pools.

3. La Palma

Average highs in February: 20ºC
Average daily sunshine: 7 hours
Flying time from UK: 4 hours

The greenest of the Canary Islands, La Palma is a world away from the tourist strip of Playa de las Americas. The tiny capital Santa Cruz feels like a small provincial Spanish town untouched by the 21st Century, and you’ll find as many banana plantations as black sand beaches. It’s not a fly-and-flop destination. We recommend you hire and car and explore the dramatic mountains, ravines and lush valleys. It’s a great island for hiking, with more than 600 miles of marked paths, and February is a good month as it’s not too hot. There are direct flights with easyJet from London and with TUI from London and Manchester.

4. Algarve

Average highs in February: 16ºC
Average daily sunshine: 6 hours
Flying time from UK: 3 hours

Portugal’s Algarve is not strictly hot in February, but it is one of the best bets at this time of year in mainland Europe. Warm weather and sunshine is likely, but not guaranteed. On average, one in three days is affected by rain, but over a week you should still soak up a good deal of sunshine. There are limitless places to stay from budget hotels for singles to luxury villas for families. We particularly like these boutique hideaways. In winter you’ll find some great deals on longer stays for those determined to escape the British winter.

5. Madeira

Average highs in February: 17ºC
Average daily sunshine: 6 hours
Flying time from UK: 4 hours

The Portuguese island of Madeira was once known as a haven for “mature” travellers – there were bingo nights and lots of handrails in the hotels. But things have changed with the emergence of many stylish new hotels – including some converted quintas – and the emergence of more activities. Madeira was always known for its walking – following the traditional levadas, which carry water to farmland – but now options include whale and dolphin watching, snorkelling, deep-sea fishing and horse-riding. Popular hotels with good deals include the VidamarThe Vine, and the more traditional Royal Savoy.

6. Marrakech

Average highs in February: 16ºC
Average daily sunshine: 6 hours
Flying time from UK: 3 hours 45 mins

Yes, we know Morocco isn’t in Europe, but the airlines all treat it as a short-haul destination – flying time is shorter than the Canaries – and it’s great value, so it makes sense in February to treat it as a destination in Europe. The most popular destination is Marrakech, which is packed with sights, souks, shops and superb restaurants. For something less touristic, try Fes. Another option is to head to the coast. Essaouira is a stylish and popular resort, but in February it pays to head further south to the beautiful coastline around Agadir.

7. Malta and Gozo

Average highs in February: 16ºC
Average daily sunshine: 7 hours
Flying time from UK: 3 hours 30 minutes

You shouldn’t go to Malta in February just to lie on a beach. Fortunately, there is much else to do, with fascinating historical sites plus you can catch a ferry to neighbouring Gozo, which is quieter and more rural. Expect sunshine with the chance of some rainy days.

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Last updated: 4 February 2019

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