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Inspiration for February holidays


Whether you are looking for snow or southern sunshine, we have some tempting ideas for you.


Explore Alicante’s rugged mountains on foot
Almond blossom in Alicante
Lying just a short distance behind the sunny Costa Blanca, the mountains of Alicante share the same benign winter climate, but that is the only similarity. This is another world entirely, beautiful and completely unspoiled. Craggy limestone peaks tower above dramatic ravines; there are reminders of the region’s Moorish past; and the fertile valleys are planted with avocado, carob and almond groves. Thanks to the delicate pink and white blossom of the latter, the region is particularly picturesque in February, and you will also find varous species of orchid at this time of year.
Witness Madeira’s colourful carnival celebrations
Funchal's Carnival
Evoking the spirit of Rio de Janeiro’s world-famous carnival, the celebrations held in the capital of Madeira, Funchal, are considered to be some of the best in Europe. Samba music fills the air on the Saturday before Lent, as dancers in flamboyant costumes and headdresses make their way through the streets. A second parade, open to everyone, is held on the Tuesday. The atmosphere throughout both is electrifying.
Walk on the quiet side of the Algarve
Salema, Algarve
If ‘Algarve’ came up in a game of word association, ‘beaches’, ‘sunshine’ and ‘resort’ would all be valid responses – if you were thinking of the area most tourists head to, that is. Head further west, however, and you won’t find any of the latter, just traditional fishing villages and sandy beaches, which you are likely to have more or less to yourselves at this time of year. We can’t make any promises about sunshine, but at this latitude the chances of fine, warm weather are good, even in February, when the average maximum temperature is 16°C, perfect for walking.
Enjoy the magic of winter in Austria
Winter walking in the Austrian Tyrol
Whether you are looking to spend your holiday cross-country skiing, downhill skiing or winter walking, hotels such as the Wiesenhof in Pertisau, the Kitzspitz in St Jakob and the Matschner in Ramsau (all family-run, four-star hotels that are praised equally as highly by families as by couples) are excellent choices, with direct airport transfers, a pool and sauna, and skiing virtually on the doorstep. Being on the quiet side of the mountain, these traditional villages feel worlds away from the big ski resorts – even the half-term break feels relaxed and tranquil in comparison.
Admire Norway’s dramatic scenery from a boat
The Lofoten Islands in winter
The grandeur of Norway’s landscapes is at once awe-inspiring and humbling, from rugged wildernesses to serene fjords, and from Arctic islands to enthralling cities. Marvel at the wild beauty of northern Norway’s coastline (and possibly the colourful aurora borealis) from the decks of the famous Hurtigruten on our Norway’s Arctic Islands journey.
Seek out the Northern Lights
Northern Lights over Tromso
Nothing can quite prepare you for the staggeringly beautiful natural phenomenon of the aurora borealis – ribbons of green, pink, yellow and blue that swirl across the night sky. The Lights are elusive and unpredictable, but this just makes seeing them in all their glory all the more thrilling. Choose a city break in either Reykjavík or Tromsø – with a guided evening excursion in search of the Lights – or head to Sollia in northern Norway, where you can explore the otherworldly scenery by snowmobile or dog-sled by day, before seeking out the Northern Lights at nightfall.