Best Places to Visit in Europe in February
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25 Best Places to Visit in Europe in February

Top Places to Visit in Europe in February – Recommended by Travel Experts!

When thinking of Europe in February, you might imagine grey, dreary cities, rainy weather, and not much to do. But that’s not (always) the case!

From enchanting snowy landscapes and charming, less-crowded cities to unexpectedly mild escapes – February in Europe has a surprise or two in store for you.

Moreover, it’s the month of Carnival and Valentine’s Day, and where better to celebrate these events than in certain European cities? If you don’t know which ones I’m talking about – just keep on reading. 😉

Together with over 20 other travel bloggers, I’ve compiled this extensive list featuring the top destinations to explore in Europe during February.

Whether you prefer to escape the cold, experience Carnival festivities, or celebrate a romantic Valentine’s Day – you’ll surely find the right place!

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Best Cities to Visit in Europe in February

1. Rome, Italy

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The Eternal City of Rome is a great destination to see all year round, but February is a great month to enjoy the city without all the tourist masses.

February boasts mild weather, with temperatures ranging from 3° to 12°C (43° to 59°F), making it perfect for outdoor activities.

Some of the best things to do in Rome include visiting famous Italian landmarks such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Piazza Navona.

The Trevi Fountain, adorned with intricate sculptures, is especially enchanting when visited in the quieter winter months.

Trevi Fountain, Rome

Imagine tossing a coin into the fountain to ensure your return to this timeless city without the hustle and bustle of peak tourist season.

Consider exploring the Vatican City, home to St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. With fewer visitors, you can admire Michelangelo’s masterpiece on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel without feeling rushed.

Plan at least 3-4 days to delve into Rome’s rich history and appreciate the tranquil ambiance that February provides.

Stay at Cancelleriadieci Guest House, only a short walk from Piazza Navona, to enjoy a private balcony with views of St. Peter’s Basilica and the domes of Rome’s many churches.

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2. Milan, Italy

Recommended by Merry of Virginia Vacation Guide

Milan is a great European destination, particularly for a romantic getaway in February.

Though the weather is cold, with an average high of just 9°C (49°F), you’ll find that crowds are smaller and prices are lower during this off-peak period. 

Milan is home to fabulous restaurants, particularly around the stunning white Duomo di Milano, which makes it a great destination for a romantic Italian dinner

Duomo di Milano, Italy

Many of the hotels feature special romantic packages for guests around Valentine’s Day.

Chateau Monfort is an excellent choice located in a beautiful historic building not far from the Duomo. It features luxurious linens and curtains, ornate stonework, and glittering chandeliers. The hotel is perfect for a romantic stay! 

Even the streets of Milan are decorated for Valentine’s Day, with cute red hearts hanging above the streets and sidewalks. 

Check out: 30 Most Famous Landmarks in Italy

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3. Prague, Czech Republic

Recommended by Veronika of Travel Geekery

Whether you visit Prague for Valentine’s Day or any time in February, you’re going to have a lovely time with a substantially smaller amount of other tourists.

Prague is incredibly romantic and you can enhance your trip with your loved one by taking walks along the river, through the picturesque Old Town, and in the New World area near Prague Castle.

Make at least one dinner in Prague even more romantic – if you choose Marina Ristorante, you can have great Italian food on a boat, with a view of Prague Castle.

View of Prague Castle

As on any winter trip to Prague, you’ll spend some time checking out the famous landmarks – such as the Old Town Square with its Astronomical Clock, the Charles Bridge, and Prague Castle.

In between, you can enjoy Prague’s plentiful cafés, from traditional ones to super modern roasteries. Choco-café at Liliová Street with its steamy windows provides not just warmth but also superior chocolate drinks and coffee.

Prague’s February temperature averages – 0.6°C (30.9°F).
Plan at least 3 days to properly experience the city.

The Mosaic House is a wonderful accommodation option ranging from mid-range to luxury depending on the room you choose.

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4. Paris, France

Recommended by Martha of May Cause Wanderlust

In the middle of February is Saint Valentine’s Day and what more romantic place to spend Valentine’s Day than Paris, the City of Love?

There are so many romantic things to do in Paris, including its many famous landmarks. In February, wrap up warm to share a kiss at the top of the Eiffel Tower, or the domes of Sacre Coeur

Whether you’re in a couple or not, take the Batobus or a cruise down the Seine, where you can see dozens of iconic Paris buildings including the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, and Notre Dame.

And of course, you might want to wander one of the many world-class art galleries and try some French specialties, such as macarons, Croque Madame, or crème brulee. 

Best Places to Visit in Europe in February

Finally, the viewing platform on Arc de Triomphe makes a great place from which to watch the sunset, and the lights come on over Paris. It’s also a wonderful place to enjoy iconic views of the Eiffel Tower.

Average high temperatures in Paris in February are a chilly 9 °C (48°F). But the upside is that you will avoid the crowds that descend on Paris in the warmer months. 

For a trip you won’t forget, give yourself at least a few days and consider splashing out on one of Paris’s luxury hotels, such as the Hotel Regina Louvre

Check out:
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5. Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Recommended by Cris of LooknWalk

Cluj-Napoca, the capital of Transylvania, is located about 320 km northwest of Bucharest, Romania’s capital. The city has a warm-summer continental climate, with an average daily temperature in February of 1°C/35°F

One of the most popular things to do in Cluj Napoca is to take in the views from Cetățuia Park. Just a few steps from the city center, the place offers a lovely panorama of the city.

Then you can explore the city center on foot. The heart of the city is Piața Unirii (Union Square) where you’ll find St. Michael’s Church.

Piața Avram Iancu is not far and is where the imposing Orthodox Cathedral and the Romanian National Opera can be found.

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

A bit further away, Piața Muzeului (the Museum Square) is a stunning area where you’ll find, among other important landmarks, the Transylvanian History Museum

While most travelers only stay in the city briefly, plan for at least three days here as a day trip to the stunning Turda Salt Mine can be a great addition to your itinerary. 

The best is to book your accommodation in the city center so you’ll have the sites right at your fingertips. Central Park Apartments is a great choice!

Check out: Best Things to do in Cluj-Napoca

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6. Vienna, Austria

Recommended by Leigh of Campfires & Concierges

Vienna is a beautiful destination any time of year, and if you don’t mind a bit of a chill, it’s even great to visit Vienna in February.

The weather generally stays above freezing, with rain every few days. However, the tradeoff is cheaper accommodation and fewer crowds. Not to mention, the beautiful white architecture around Vienna is a nice contrast to the gray skies. 

Vienna is a city of wonderful culture, with palaces, parks, and museums galore. A few of the most popular Austrian landmarks to see in Vienna are Schönbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace, which houses many pieces of art from Gustav Klimt.

Belvedere Castle in Vienna, Austria

The State Opera House is also a must, and you can get very cheap standing-room-only tickets!

You can also join a food tour in Vienna. Food tours are a great way to experience many different dishes of the local cuisine, and in the case of Vienna, you’ll get to experience the famous Viennese cafe culture.

Also, don’t miss out on Sacher Torte, a delicious chocolate cake invented here in Vienna.

Le Méridien Vienna is an excellent accommodation choice near the best Vienna attractions.

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7. London, UK

Recommended by Becky of Cultivate Traveling

Don’t let the winter weather discourage you from visiting London in February. Take advantage of the off-season to enjoy deals on hotels and flights to skip the crowds.

With five days to explore, you’ll have ample time to experience London’s best.

In February, London has daytime temperatures averaging 9°C and slightly cooler nights at 3°C. While there may be some rainfall, don’t let the weather dampen your trip.

London’s free museums are a perfect rainy-day adventure. Enjoy the art and culture at the Victoria and Albert Museum, British Museum, or the Natural History Museum.

Another way to avoid a chilly day is to visit Westminster Abbey or St. Paul’s Cathedral.

London

While visiting London, take in a show on the West End or enjoy an afternoon tea at Fortnum and Mason. There are even double-decker bus tours that do themed afternoon teas.

A tour of the Harry Potter Studios is an absolute must for Harry Potter fans

Also don’t let the weather stop you from experiencing food markets like Camden and Borough Markets, which open all year round. And of course, a visit to London is only complete with shopping on Oxford and Regent Streets or at the iconic Liberty of London

Are you looking for the perfect place to stay in London? Consider the Leonardo Royal Hotel London St. Paul’s or the Montcalm Royal London House.

Check out: 10 Best Vegan Restaurants in London (by a Local)

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8. Warsaw, Poland

Recommended by Monica of This Rare Earth

Visiting Warsaw, Poland in February is one of the most charming, unique times in the city. Although the winter season is in full swing, the city still has plenty to offer.   

The average weather in February is chilly and cold, with average daily temperatures ranging from -5°C to +1°C (22°F to 34°F). You will likely see snow in Warsaw in February, but the amount can vary.

Despite the cold weather, a visit to the Old Town is a must-see with its charming cobblestone streets, illuminated buildings, and historical Polish landmarks.  

Warsaw, Poland

If you’re interested in history, the Warsaw Uprising Monument is an impressive sight, detailing one of the most significant events in Poland’s past. And, the mermaid sculpture in the center of Old Town is a must-see. 

February is also a great month to visit if you’re on a budget since the prices for airfare, accommodations, and attractions are cheaper.

If you’re looking for a place to stay, consider Hotel Bristol which boasts luxurious accommodations, an on-site spa, and is within walking distance to many of Warsaw’s top attractions.

Overall, a trip to Warsaw in February is an excellent way to see a unique side of the city while saving money.

Check out:
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9. Venice, Italy

Recommended by Kim of Traveling Swansons

Venice in February is a must-visit, offering a cozy winter atmosphere combined with the vibrant Carnival festivities.

This is when Venice really shines, with its streets coming alive with stunning masks, beautiful costumes, and an air of celebration. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss!

Apart from the Carnival, there are many other things to do in Venice.

Wander around the famous St. Mark’s Square, take a gondola ride, and explore the historical Doge’s Palace. For art lovers, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and the Accademia Gallery are absolute must-sees.

Venice Carnival

It might be a bit chilly, with temperatures around 3°C – 8°C (37°F to 46°F), so bundle up! A stay of 3 to 4 days is perfect for enjoying both Carnival and the city’s other charming sights.

But even if you’ve only got a day, Venice is doable, especially if you’re coming from somewhere like Florence. It’s an easy day trip from Florence and you’ll still get a taste of this magical city.

Baglioni Hotel Luna is the perfect accommodation choice for a stay in Venice.  This elegant Venetian hotel is located in a prime location next to St Mark’s Square.

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10. Binche, Belgium

Recommended by Annelies of Travelers & Dreamers

Binche is a small town in Wallonia, the French-speaking part of Belgium and it’s known for a UNESCO-recognized event held yearly in February: The Carnaval de Binche.

The Carnaval de Binche is one of the most famous and ancient carnivals in Europe. It takes place in the days leading up to Ash Wednesday and is deeply rooted in local culture and tradition.

The most peculiar feature of the Carnaval de Binche is the iconic figures of the Carnaval, called les Gilles De Binche. The Gilles are local men, who dress up in ornamented costumes featuring wax masks, wooden clogs, and vibrant colors.

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Traditional activities during the carnival include a parade with the throwing of oranges by the Gilles into the crowd, which is considered a gesture of good luck and they also perform dances to traditional music and drums.

The temperatures are cold in Belgium in February and hover between 0 to 7 degrees Celcius. Dress warm if you want to witness this extraordinary festival!

Binche is a small town with few accommodation options. If you plan a trip to Belgium to attend the Carnaval de Binche, it’s a good idea to base yourself in Brussels or Dinant and visit Binche on a day trip.

From there, you can reach Binche by car or train in about one hour. Jardin Secret is a lovely hotel in Brussels with a year-round outdoor heated pool.

11. Menton, France

Recommended by Elisa of France Bucket List

Menton is a great place to visit in France in February.

This coastal town in the French Rivera, not far from the border with Italy, is one of the sunniest places in France in winter, with temperatures of 12°C (max) and 7°C (min) and only 4 days of rain on average.

Menton is known for its lovely beaches, laid-back atmosphere, and colorful and Italian-style architecture. It is also known for its citrus, which is very intense in smell and flavor.

You can find the lemon of Menton in many dishes and cakes in town and also in essential oils and perfumes.

One of the reasons why Menton is a great destination to visit in February is Menton’s Lemon Festival, a unique festival in France which this year will take place from February 17 until March 3.

Lemon Festival in Menton, France
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During two weeks, Menton celebrates its lemons through parades, music, giant sculptures made of citrus, and all kinds of lemon-based products. The Festival even has a mascot, John Lemon!

It is possible to visit Menton in two days, more if you want to take day trips to beautiful places nearby like Eze, Nice, or Montecarlo. For your stay in Menton, Hotel Napoleon is central and with sea views.

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12. Vik, Iceland

Recommended by Jess of Uprooted Traveler

For an epic winter getaway, consider heading to Vik, located along the southern coastline of Iceland.

While the Land of Fire and Ice is known for its incredible landscape, this small fishing village is home to some of the country’s most iconic scenery.

For example, the town’s most famous landmark is Reynisfjara Beach, known for its jet-black sand, hexagonal basalt columns, and dramatic sea stacks. 

February is also a perfect time to see a stunning ice cave in the Mýrdalsjökull glacier at the top of the nearby Katla volcano.

If you join a group tour of this ice cave, you’ll get to wander into an otherworldly tunnel, carved out of white snow, brilliant blue ice, and streaks of ash.

Northern Lights in Vik, Iceland

Of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to Iceland without enjoying one of the best aspects of its winter season – the Northern Lights. Due to Vik’s remote location and limited light pollution, you’ll have an excellent shot of seeing them here.

You should plan to spend at least a weekend enjoying some of the best sights in Vik and the surrounding southern coastline of Iceland. 

February is the chilliest month in Iceland, with an average high of  3°C (37°F) and an average low of -1°C (31°F) – and it can actually feel even colder with Iceland’s unpredictable wind.

So be sure to include plenty of warm layers, including a cozy hat and gloves, on your Iceland packing list

During your stay, make the Hótel Kría your home base. This hotel melds modern Scandinavian design with the perfect amount of coziness and the floor-to-ceiling windows in the rooms will be perfect for scoping out the Northern Lights.

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13. Lapland, Finland

Recommended by Pamela of The Directionally Challenged Traveler

February in Lapland, Finland, transforms the region into a magical winter wonderland.

It’s an ideal time to experience the enchanting beauty of Rovaniemi, the official hometown of Santa Claus. The snow-covered landscape and crisp winter air create a serene and picturesque atmosphere that captivates visitors.

Additionally, the winter season enhances the charm of Rovaniemi’s Santa Claus Village, where you can meet the man in the red suit, visit his post office, and experience the festive spirit year-round.

Rovaniemi in Lapland, Finland

One of the main draws of visiting Lapland in February is the chance to witness the Northern Lights. You can see these magical lights from the comfort of your bed at the Arctic Snow Hotel & Glass Igloos

Winter activities include exhilarating husky sled rides through snowy forests and thrilling reindeer safaris that showcase the unique Arctic scenery.

For adventure seekers, there is snowmobiling and skiing. Spend at least three days in the area to embrace all you can do.

While temperatures can dip to around -15°C (5°F), the chilly weather is an integral part of the Lapland experience.

Proper winter gear ensures a comfortable exploration of this winter wonderland, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the magic of Lapland.

Check out: A Sustainable Travel Guide to Lapland, Finland

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14. Zell am See, Austria

Recommended by Ashley of Jetset Jansen

The snowcapped mountains and ski runs in Austria make Zell am See one of the best places to visit in Europe in February.

For skiers, February is the peak time to visit the Austrian Alps as the snow conditions will be at their best. The average temperatures are around -1°C to +2°C (30-35ºF), which is perfect for fresh snow on the mountain

Zell am See is a picturesque ski town with bars and restaurants along the cobblestone streets.

Head to the top of Schmittenhöhe while skiing in Zell am See for a beautiful mountain view of 30 peaks over 3,000 meters. And if you’re into the après ski scene, you’ll find a lively bar there at the top

Zell am See, Austria

One of the great things about Zell am See is how close it is to two other ski resorts.

Saalbach-Hinterglemm and Kaprun are just a short bus ride away and offer some other fun snow activities like toboggans, alpine coasters, and the Kitzsteinhorn glacier.

You can stay in town but it’s recommended to stay 1-2 streets over from the main street as the après ski scene continues here late into the night. A good option is the Grand Hotel – a beautiful property situated right on the edge of Lake Zell.

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15. Interlaken, Switzerland

Recommended by Madison of Madison’s Footsteps

If picturesque Swiss chalets, hearty fondue courses, and adrenaline-inducing adventures are calling your name – then Interlaken, Switzerland in February should be your next European vacation.

This time of year, the temperature ranges from -4°C to +5°C (25-40°F), making it perfect weather to rent some gear and hit the Swiss Alps for some once-in-a-lifetime skiing.

Regardless of your skill level (because you’ll find slopes fit for every level of expertise), the breathtaking panoramic views in these mountains won’t soon be forgotten. 

Even if the slopes aren’t your thing, there are plenty of exciting things to do in Interlaken.

Interlaken Switzerland

Head to Hightide Kayak School to book a winter kayaking excursion on Lake Brienz, suit up for an exhilarating night of tobogganing down the Alps in the dark, or cozy up at a chocolate-making class with Funky Chocolate

To fully enjoy these activities and explore the beauty of this winter wonderland in February, it’s highly recommended to stay for at least four days.

During your stay, Hotel Du Nord is an excellent accommodation option. Located in the heart of Interlaken, this charming Swiss hotel provides a cozy and comfortable place to relax after a day of outdoor adventures.

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16. Malta

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Malta is one of the best places to visit in Europe in February to get some winter sun.

The archipelago, nestled in the Mediterranean, offers a mild climate with temperatures ranging from 11°C to 16°C (52°F to 61°F). This is just ideal for exploration without the heat that characterizes the summer months.

There’s a lot to see in Malta starting with its capital city of Valletta. With fewer tourists in February, you can enjoy a great mix of history, culture, and architectural wonders.

For example, plan a visit to the stunning St. John’s Co-Cathedral with its Baroque architecture and intricate carvings. The Upper Barrakka Gardens are a serene escape in the heart of the city and offer panoramic views of the Grand Harbour.

Valletta

Throughout the main island, you’ll find numerous historical sites, such as the ancient temples of Hagar Qim and Mnajdra, that provide an insight into Malta’s past.

Make your way to the medieval walled city of Mdina and wander through its charming, narrow streets, or head to St. Julian’s for some vibrant nightlife.

To get the most out of your trip, plan at least 4-5 days. This will allow you a visit the other two islands Gozo and Comino as well.

The best place to stay in Malta is the Hilton Malta located at the seafront of St. Julian’s. This 5-star resort boasts bright and modern rooms, five restaurants, an indoor pool, and a spa.

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17. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Recommended by Vanessa of Traveling Ness

Dubrovnik, Croatia is one of the most beautiful medieval cities in Europe situated along the Adriatic Sea.

Massive city walls encircle Dubrovnik’s old town resembling a pristine movie set. It’s no surprise that the city has been the setting for shows and movies with the most famous being, Game of Thrones

February is a great month to visit as the weather is quite mild (7°C/45°F – 14°C/57°F) with only occasional rain. Grab a coat and enjoy this charming city void of crowds.

Staying at St. Joseph’s in the heart of the old town will put you only steps away from everything. 

Best Places to Visit in Europe in February

Three days is a great amount of time to see all the best sights and fit in a few tours. Popular excursions are going on a Game of Thrones walking tour and sampling traditional Croatian dishes on a food tour.  

Other top activities in Dubrovnik are climbing the steps up to Fort Lovrijenac or walking the city walls for higher vantage points and incredible views. 

Wrap up a day of sightseeing to watch the sunset from a cliff bar or take the cable car up to Mount Srd. Both offer stunning photo opportunities and a memorable experience while sipping a cocktail. 

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18. Lisbon, Portugal

Recommended by Nausheen of Globe Gazers

In February, Lisbon offers a winter escape with mild temperatures (around 13°C/55°F) and fewer crowds.

Comfortably explore the historic Alfama and vibrant Bairro Alto districts. Visit Portuguese landmarks like São Jorge Castle and Belém Tower, and take a short train trip to Sintra where you can visit Pena Palace and Quinta da Regaleira with far fewer crowds.

Lisbon, Portugal

Of course, mid-February also sees Lisbon celebrating Carnival. Join in on the parades, concerts, and costume contests in the Parque das Nações area.

In the evenings, escape the chill by warming up with a glass of port wine while taking in a traditional Fado music show.

Music lovers visiting Lisbon in February are in luck, as there are several music festivals taking place in the city this time of year.

For a relaxing visit that also allows time to cover a lot of ground, plan to stay in Lisbon for 5-7 days. Stay at Hotel da Baixa for spacious rooms, kind staff, and a great location.

February in Lisbon means a festive vibe and less tourist hustle, allowing you to enjoy the city’s charm to the fullest!

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19. Madeira, Portugal

Recommended by Helen of Helen on her Holidays

Madeira is a fabulous destination all year round, but it’s particularly wonderful as an island escape from mainland Europe’s winter weather.

While Madeira is part of Portugal, it’s nearly 1000 miles from Lisbon but just 300 miles from the coast of Africa.

As you land at Madeira’s airport, you could be forgiven for thinking that you’ve taken a trip to Hawaii; Madeira’s ancient forests, dramatic cliffs, and lush landscapes are unlike anywhere else in Europe.

Average temperatures in February are between 20°C (62°F) and 13°C (56°F), which makes February a great time to explore the stunning hiking trails along the “Levada” irrigation channels.

Best Places to Visit in Europe in February

There are plenty of easy trails to follow and the path to the Balcões de Ribeiro Frio viewpoint is a particularly lovely easy levada walk near Funchal.

Other things to do in Madeira include visiting a traditional Madeira wine lodge, seeing the botanic gardens, and trying out a unique Madeiran wicker basket toboggan ride. 

You can see the highlights of Madeira in a long weekend, but a week gives plenty of time to explore the island. The best place to stay is Madeira’s capital, Funchal. The Sé Boutique Hotel has a great location and a lovely rooftop bar.

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20. Nazare, Portugal

Recommended by Melissa of Mountains & Mahals

After gaining international popularity as a surf spot for giant waves in the last decade, Nazare has gone from a summertime destination to a year-round getaway.

Big wave season runs from November to the end of February. Plan a trip to Nazare in February to catch the last month of daring professional surfers on the hunt for an elusive 100-foot wave to ride.

Head out to the Nazare Lighthouse in Sítio for the best view of the giant waves crashing onto the rocks and North Beach (“Praia do Norte”).

Be sure to walk along the Nazare Beach promenade and wander through the small stone lanes in town. Enjoy ocean views while riding on the Nazare Funicular to get between Sítio and the town’s main beachfront area.

Nazare, Portugal

You only need a couple of days to see Nazare, but if you have the time you should book a stay at a beachfront villa or house for at least a week to increase your chances of witnessing the colossal waves. 

While you wait for the giant waves to roll in, take advantage of the off-season by exploring other destinations nearby without the crowds.

You can drive along the Silver Coast (“Costa de Prata”) or visit the monasteries of Alcobaça and Batalha, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, just a short drive away from Nazare.

21. Seville, Spain

Recommended by Stephanie of The Unknown Enthusiast

Seville, Spain is an excellent February destination in Europe, thanks to its beautiful surroundings and nice weather.

The city enjoys some of the warmest weather in Europe during the winter, with average high temperatures in the 60’s F (around 17-19°C). 

Seville (and all of southern Spain) was inhabited by the Islamic Moors for hundreds of years during the Middle Ages, and they left a lasting impact on the architecture and culture of the city. 

You can see some of that architectural style represented in the gorgeous Real Alcazar, a stunning palace filled with detailed, colorful mosaics and intricately carved arches.

Best Places to Visit in Europe in February

The La Giralda bell tower, adjacent to the Seville Cathedral, used to be a minaret of the Grand Mosque that was on the same site. 

You will definitely need to walk the colorful streets of the historic Barrio Santa Cruz neighborhood and stop in the Plaza de Espana, which features archways, towers, a canal and fountain, bridges, and intricate blue, white, and yellow mosaics.

And watching a flamenco show is a must when in Seville!

Spending two days in Seville is recommended to really dive into all the city has to offer. A great accommodation option is the Hotel Casa 1800 Seville

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22. Barcelona, Spain

Recommended by Riana of Teaspoon of Adventure

Barcelona is one of the most popular places to visit in Europe and can be extremely overcrowded with tourists. That’s why visiting Barcelona in February makes so much sense! 

Being the off-season, Barcelona doesn’t see nearly as many tourists in February as it does in the summer. And being located on the south coast of Spain, the weather in Barcelona is still very pleasant in February (average high of 15°C/59°F). 

You’ll definitely want to visit architect Antoni Gaudi’s masterpieces while in Barcelona. You can tour his famous houses, like Casa Batllo and Casa Mila, walk through Parc Guell and, of course, admire the famous Sagrada Familia. 

Places to Visit in Europe in February

If you’re on a budget in Barcelona, you can visit the free part of Parc Guell and see La Sagrada Familia from the outside to save money.

Other budget-friendly activities include walking through the Gothic Quarter, hitting the beach, and grabbing a quick snack at Mercado de La Boqueria. Plan at least 3 days in Barcelona to visit all the most important sights.

Check out Bicycle Apartments for accommodation. They’re centrally located by a metro station and perfect if you’re traveling with a family or group of friends. 

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23. Marbella, Spain

Recommended by Cristina of My Little World of Travelling

Marbella, located in the province of Malaga in Southern Spain, is a fantastic destination to visit in February.

First, Marbella enjoys over 300 days of sun, and it’s relatively warm compared to other European destinations in February because of its microclimate. 

The average temperature in February is 12 degrees Celsius, but it usually reaches up to 19 degrees Celsius during the day. 

Second, February is a good time for those who want to save money on flights and accommodation and don’t like crowds. 

Two days in Marbella is enough to explore the city at a good pace.

Best Places to Visit in Europe in February

Although swimming in the sea might not be on the list, there are other fantastic activities to do, such as wandering its historic center, visiting its famous port, relaxing at a beach club, or going on a hike

Also, many picturesque towns surround Marbella, so it is worth checking out for excursions. One of the most popular day trips is Ronda, an inland whitewashed village known for its excellent wines.

When it comes to accommodation, there are many options, including top-notch beach resorts like Puente Romano

Linda Boutique Hotel is also good and located in the heart of Marbella’s old town for a more budget-friendly option.

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24. Santorini, Greece

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One of the best places to visit in Europe in February is the popular summer destination of Santorini.

Santorini in winter is pretty quiet, allowing you to explore one of the most famous Greek islands with a fraction of the crowds at a fraction of the price. 

While many of Santorini’s beautiful cave hotels close for the season, the ones that stay open, like Alexander’s Suites, slash their prices, meaning you can stay in luxury for pennies on the dollar.

But more importantly, those unbearable crowds you’d heard about in Santori simply do not exist in February. It’s the perfect time to watch the sunset from Oia, explore the magical streets of Fira, or do a panorama winter cruise

Best Places to Visit in Europe in February

The winter weather in Santorini is also usually pretty mild and pleasant, making hiking around the island comfortable and enjoyable. The average daily high in February is about 15°C (60°F) with overnight lows around 10°C (50°F).

February receives more rainfall than the summer season, where it essentially does not rain, but at less than 50mm a month it’s still manageable. Chances are you’ll have at least a few nice sunny days on a February visit to Santorini. 

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25. Athens, Greece

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If you’re searching for interesting European cities to visit in February, consider the capital of Greece – Athens.

Many visitors skip Athens and choose Greek islands such as Santorini or Mykonos as their holiday destination, but the city’s rich blend of culinary delights and historic Greek landmarks more than warrant the trip.

While other European capitals are freezing cold, Athens experiences very pleasant temperatures, with daily averages around 15°C and plenty of sunshine.

A trip in February is also perfect because you’ll be able to snatch a bargain on flights and accommodation as well as enjoy the city without the crowds

Best Places to Visit in Europe in February

Stroll the city’s famous monuments, such as the Acropolis Hill and the Ancient Agora, without the crowds, and visit its museums to learn more about Ancient Greece.

Athens has a fantastic food scene, and the best way to experience it is by taking a food tour, which will allow you to sample the best of the local food, such as Greek churros – loukomades and Spanakopita savory pastry.

Two or three days should be enough to visit all the essential attractions, but if you have a spare day, rent a car in Athens and visit Delphi, famous for its stunning ruins and breathtaking mountain views.

Stay at the Asomaton Hotel, located in the trendy neighborhood of Psiri, which boasts an in-house spa and a rooftop bar overlooking the Acropolis.

Check out: 20 Beautiful & Famous Landmarks in Greece

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  1. Definitely, I will go to some places you mention in your blog, especially Rome and Nazare. Also, thanks for such a great one for us.

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