February half term holidays 2021

The February half term holiday is an excellent excuse to pack up and head for sunnier shores - or even powdery ski slopes.

Whatever your family is into, be it theme parks, outdoor pursuits or enjoying the beach (not to mention practising the slalom), we've got the pick of the bunch in terms of child-friendly destinations with delightful weather both near and far from home. You can also use our destination finder above to truly tailor your search.

Best European February half term holidays

  1. Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
  2. Cyprus
  3. Costa Blanca, Spain
  4. Majorca, Balearic Islands
  5. The Algarve, Portugal
  6. Madeira

1. Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

  • Flight time from London: 4.5 hours
  • Daily high: 20°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 7
  • Sea temperature: 18°C

By the middle of February, Gran Canaria is at its greenest, which means it's a great time for getting out and about exploring the island's interior. It's warm but not hot and there's usually a good day's sunshine aside from a few passing clouds.

Why not go walking in the dunes at Maspalomas, try an adrenaline-pumping activity like paragliding or visit one the island's many attractions, such as the wild west ways of Sioux City. There's also Cocodrilo Park, Los Corralillos, for getting up close to crocs and tigers.

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2. Cyprus

  • Flight time from London: 4.5 hours
  • Daily high: 16.5°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 6
  • Sea temperature: 16.5°C

February is a great time to visit Cyprus if you want a little low key getaway. The crazy nightlife isn't there but there's still plenty to do to make the most of the mild temperatures. Enjoy the restaurants, bars, and cultural events, not to mention the warming rays of the sun in the peace.

It's the perfect time for anyone looking to train for sports. The streets are quiet and you can jog, hike and cycle safely without constantly dodging the crowds.

Head to Nissi Beach for sea views, or explore the forests of Cape Greco. There are many things to keep you busy in Cyprus in February.

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3. Costa Blanca, Spain

  • Flight time from London: 3 hours
  • Daily high: 17°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 6
  • Sea temperature: 14°C

If you want to avoid the crowds and don't mind slightly cooler weather, then February is an ideal time to visit Costa Blanca. It's beginning to get warmer as spring approaches but make sure you bring something to wrap up in as the evenings will still be chilly.

You can take advantage of the carnival festivities that take place during the month and enjoy an extra hour of sunshine on the beach. There will be plenty of time to explore beautiful Costa Blanca in this refreshing climate.

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4. Majorca, Balearic Islands

  • Flight time from London: 3 hours
  • Daily high: 15°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 5
  • Sea temperature: 14°C

This Mediterranean destination has a typically mild winter and in February temperatures will be cool with little rainfall seen during the month. With five hours of sunshine each day, there will a lot of time to discover the mountainous island.

Don't forget your suncream though as although it's cooler than summer months you could still catch the sun when out and about. Immerse yourself in the culture, visiting the various local markets, bars and restaurants and Cap de Formentor, one of the most popular attractions in Majorca.

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5. The Algarve, Portugal

  • Flight time from London: 3 hours
  • Daily high: 16°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 6
  • Sea temperature: 15°C

Escape the crowds and visit the Algarve in February to appreciate its pleasant wintry weather. Albeit cooler than the summer months, you will still be able to take trips to the many beaches including Praia da Luz. You'll need to wrap up in the evenings but the fabulous selection of bars and restaurants will be open for you to enjoy.

As for things to do visit St. Lawrence's Church for impressive architecture and carvings, and the Castle of Silves for a hilltop fort with amazing sea views.

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6. Madeira

  • Flight time from London: 4 hours
  • Daily high: 18°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 5
  • Sea temperature: 18

Madeira makes for a lovely winter island sun escape. Although there can be rain, you will also get a fair amount of warm and sunny weather.

The cooler temperatures are perfect for explorers to climb Pico Ruivo, Madeira island's highest mountain only accessible by foot. The expansive views make it worth the hike.

Alternatively, you can visit Madeira's Botanical Garden or various other attractions such as Santa Catarina Park and São Vicente Caves.

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Best February half term city breaks

  1. Marrakech, Morocco
  2. Seville, Spain
  3. Dubai, UAE
  4. Miami, USA
  5. Valencia, Spain
  6. Valletta, Malta

1. Marrakech, Morocco

  • Flight time: 3.5 hours
  • Daily high: 20°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 7

This enchanting city is great for both children and adults, with new colours, scents, and curiosities at every turn. In February, Marrakech is simply lovely and fresh, with warm days, cool nights and a good showing of sunshine. Do pack layers though, as the temperature drops after sunset to around 8°C.

Camel ride through Sahara dunes, Morocco © Majonit - Flickr Creative Commons
Camel ride through Sahara dunes, Morocco © Majonit - Flickr Creative Commons

As for things to do, on top of the range of exciting trips to the Atlas Mountains, Ouzoud Falls, Essaouira and more, take your pick from the city's many attractions including the souk, beautiful Le Jardin Majorelle and the YSL Museum.

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2. Seville, Spain

  • Flight time from London: 3 hours
  • Daily high: 17°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 6

Seductive Seville is sure to win you over with its historic centre of palaces, baroque churches and winding medieval lanes. If you prefer fewer crowds then February is a good time to explore Seville.

You will have reasonably warm temperatures throughout the day, which will be perfect for outdoor activities and sightseeing. However, be prepared for some passing rain and cooler evenings.

There's plenty in this city to keep everyone busy. Seville Cathedral is an absolute must visit along with Plaza de España, the city's most graceful square. During February there are a few carnivals and festivals to look out for as well; the colourful parades and dancing are not to be missed.

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3. Dubai, UAE

  • Flight time from London: 8 hours
  • Daily high: 25°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 8
  • Sea temperature: 22°C

Dubai in February is, in many ways, much like the Canary Islands in summer. Daytimes are warm and evenings a little cooler at around 14°C. Unlike other times of the year, there's no heat and humidity, a full day's sunshine, and only passing cloud.

You may want to find a heated pool as the sea is fine for water sports but certainly not as balmy as later in the year. As for things to do away from the beach there's the games and rides of SEGA Republic, and the Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis The Palm Dubai.

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4. Miami, USA

  • Flight time from London: 10 hours
  • Daily high: 24°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 8
  • Sea temperature: 24°C

If you fancy a more tropical city break then February is one of the best times to visit Miami. This city has warm weather throughout winter, and if you're taking a trip there during the February half term then you'll get lots of sun.

It's one of the driest months of the year so it's the ideal destination if you want to escape the gloomy UK winter weather and visit the beaches. There's always lots going on in Miami so there will be ample opportunities for you to entertain yourself. Whether you're looking for outdoor adventures, museums, beaches or shopping, Miami has it all.

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5. Valencia, Spain

  • Flight time from London: 3 hours
  • Daily high: 17°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 6
  • Sea temperature: 13°C

As Spain's third largest city, Valencia is always thriving. This city has blossomed and now boasts outstanding food, architecture and so much more. During February temperatures are comfortable by day but chilly by night: pack layers and jackets.

There are fewer tourists at this time, so it's an excellent month to tour the sights without the crowds. Valencia has some spectacular things to see and experience including strong>L'Oceanogràfic, Llotja de la Seda and Plaza de la Virgen.

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6. Valletta, Malta

  • Flight time from London: 3 hours
  • Daily high: 15°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 6
  • Sea temperature: 15°C

Valletta is a sophisticated city full of quaint cafés and wine bars. Most famous for the buildings by the Knights of St. John, this UNESCO World Heritage site is home to art, cathedrals, and museums galore.

February brings spring-like temperatures with highs of 15°C, however, it can also sink to lows of 9°C so warm clothing is still advised. Walks along the beach will be pleasant but you may want to stick to indoor swimming pools for a dip during this month.

For things to do, check out Saint John's Co-Cathedral the 16th-century high baroque cathedral or admire the scenic views at Grand Harbour. Also, don't forget to visit the Lower and Upper Barrakka Gardens for sea views and beautiful flowers.

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Best long haul February half term holidays

  1. Goa, India
  2. Barbados
  3. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  4. Antigua
  5. Marsa Alam, Egypt
  6. Gambia

1. Goa, India

  • Flight time from London: 10 hours
  • Daily high: 32°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 10
  • Sea temperature: 27°C

It may be small but this Indian state sure packs a punch. A blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures with a side of sun, sea and sand and parties.

Goa is a popular holiday destination all year round but February is one of the best months to visit with huge amounts of sunshine and almost no chance of rain. Be prepared for the heat as it can reach highs of 32°C but it's perfect for beach days and swims in the Arabian Sea.

Goa is more than just beaches and Vindaloo, however: it's 17th-century churches, tropical spice plantations, history by the bundle, and waterfalls. Visit Dudhsagar Falls the four-tiered waterfall and Shanta Durga Temple, the elegant Hindu temple for the best of Goa.

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2. Barbados

  • Flight time from London: 9 hours
  • Daily high: 29°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 9
  • Sea temperature: 27°C

February is one of the most popular months to visit Barbados due to it being the dry season; it will be hot and sunny with highs of 29°C. Embrace the tropical climate, warm sea and beautiful sunsets.

It's famed for its stunning beaches, many which you'll be able to take advantage of during February half term, including Bottom Bay and Miami Beach.

Botanical gardens, the Harrison's Cave and 17th-century plantation houses should also be on your itinerary when visiting. You'll be in paradise when on this Caribbean island that has it all.

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3. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

  • Flight time from London: 9 hours
  • Daily high: 28°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 9
  • Sea temperature: 26°C

For something a little exotic, head to the Caribbean shores of the Dominican Republic. Here, the weather in February is very pleasant with hot daytimes, warm evenings that dip no lower than around 21°C, and inviting seas.

There's a chance you might see some rain, but only the kind that moves on quickly. For families, as well as kids' clubs, pools and playgrounds found at the many resorts on the coast there's also snorkelling, safaris, zip lining, boat trips and more.

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4. Antigua

  • Flight time from London: 9 hours
  • Daily high: 28°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 8
  • Sea temperature: 26°C

Antigua is one of the two major islands that make up the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda. It's known for its exceptional beaches - although this is just the start.

If you don't want sweltering heat then you have picked the best month to visit Antigua. As long as you don't mind a little rain here and there you can enjoy warm temperatures, sea, and sun during February half term. It'll be just like summer without the uncomfortable humidity.

This dreamy destination offers so much. It's full of history, culture, snorkelling, delicious local cuisine and exciting nightlife. Some of its highlights include Shirley Heights, Nelson's Dockyard and the Donkey Sanctuary.

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5. Marsa Alam, Egypt

  • Flight time from London: 6 hours
  • Daily high: 24°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 10
  • Sea temperature: 22°C

Although February is in the winter season, in Marsa Alam this doesn't mean cold and rainy weather. In fact, you can expect highs in the mid-twenties with lots of sunshine. It's still a good temperature to take a swim in the sea and the long days of sunshine mean you can fit in all of your activities.

The great thing about going during February half term is there will be fewer crowds. You can take a desert safari, swim with the dolphins, hit the beach, explore the ancient city of Luxor and even indulge in some retail therapy in El Quseir.

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6. Gambia

  • Flight time from London: 6 hours
  • Daily high: 34°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 9
  • Sea temperature: 21°C

Gambia is a real treat for families after something a bit different for the half term holiday. As well as being within easy reach of the UK, it offers a taste of Africa with days that are lovely and hot, and filled with ample sunshine, although the sea is not as warm as you might expect but can still be enjoyed.

Monkeys in the Makasutu Forest, Gambia © Mark Hodson - Flickr Creative Commons
Monkeys in the Makasutu Forest, Gambia © Mark Hodson - Flickr Creative Commons

While the various resorts have plenty to keep families entertained, don't miss the chance to head out on the Gambia River and go monkey spotting, or check out the crocs at Kachikally Museum and Crocodile Pool.

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Best February half term ski destinations

While many people crave some sunshine during the February half term, lots of families like to hit the slopes for an active ski break.

In particular, Europe and North America are stuffed full of well-equipped resorts. To help you decide which one best suits you and your family, we've created detailed snow cover reports, each showing the 金花赌场8058赌场8058 depth of snow you can expect in some of the most popular ski destinations year-round.

Six of our favourite resorts offering the chance of some winter sunshine and a good covering of snow in February include:

  1. Aspen, Colorado, USA
  2. Avoriaz, French Alps
  3. Pas de la Casa, Andorra, Pyrenees
  4. Obergurgl, Austria
  5. Bansko, Bulgaria
  6. Saas-Fee, Switzerland

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