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Best (warm) places in Europe to visit in February?

Fri Aug 30, 2019 5:24 am

I'm heading back to France for another school year of teaching English! I will have two weeks of school holidays during the last half of February and as I'll be working in freezing Alsace I'm seeking warm (for Europe) places to spend my winter holidays.

I don't want to go anywhere with snow nor anywhere with a median below 10C.

I will be flying out of BSL or SXB. Here is my brainstorm list:

AGP (visited there June 2016 and would like to visit again and enjoy its mild winter weather)
BOD (to start/finish my trip if I visit my friend in EAS)
CTA (never been to Sicily before, I'm hoping it will be warmish there)
EAS (to visit my friend there, I visited this past February and got lucky and had no rain)
LCA/PFO (I would prefer to go in April, but will consider going in February. Cyprus is a top place I want to visit next year)
LPA (I've been before, but want to visit again. I visited February 2017 and loved the weather then - I even swam in the ocean and the water was warm)
MAD (lived there previously and still have friends and colleagues there, this is the only place I will definitely visit)
MLA (visited in April and LOVED it, there are still many places in Malta I have yet to visit and want to visit)
OPO (visited twice before, most recently in January 2017, got lucky last time with the weather and got no rain)
TFS (never been to Tenerife, I want to stay in the south for beach weather)
VLC (have been twice before and it's one of my favorite Spanish cities, I also would like to enjoy its mild winters.

The obvious places which I left out are BCN and LIS which I have been to three times each.
 
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Re: Best (warm) places in Europe to visit in February?

Fri Aug 30, 2019 5:58 am

The other Canaries, eg ACE, FUE should also have the right weather, FNC can be good at that time of year too
 
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Re: Best (warm) places in Europe to visit in February?

Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:09 am

So you're only considering visiting airports and not the cities in which they're located? That's real Airliners.net dedication!
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Re: Best (warm) places in Europe to visit in February?

Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:19 am

MAD in February can easily be cold and snowy.

I would also consider ALC or PMI. Mallorca is very different in February compared to the summer. The region around ALC is an often overlooked gem imho and lacks nothing compared to AGP.

If you are looking at the Canary island, it depends on what you want to do. You lying on a beach TFS, ACE or FUE would work. If you are more into landscape SPC is top choice. If it is about spotting ACE or LPA are the best options.
 
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Re: Best (warm) places in Europe to visit in February?

Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:25 am

TSS wrote:
So you're only considering visiting airports and not the cities in which they're located? That's real Airliners.net dedication!


lmao :lol:
 
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Re: Best (warm) places in Europe to visit in February?

Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:28 am

What about Nice / Cannes / Cote d'Azur? It's not too warm at that time of the year but can be very pleasant, and definitely not too crowded...
 
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Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:18 am

BartSimpson wrote:
What about Nice / Cannes / Cote d'Azur? It's not too warm at that time of the year but can be very pleasant, and definitely not too crowded...


Could be cold as well that time of year. It all depends on what you want to do. Cyprus might be right as well. Or what about Egypt, granted, not in Europe, but neither is the Canari islands.
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Re: Best (warm) places in Europe to visit in February?

Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:26 am

The Canaries or Cyprus are good options. Most of the European med destinations are more or less closed up for the winter, e.g. the Greek islands are all but deserted and most hotels, shops and restaurants will be closed.

You're likely to find the best weather on the Canaries, but some of the places there are overcrowded with a rather rowdy bunch of wife-beater wearing, Stella swinging, Ryanair flying, semi-hooligans from a soon-to-be ex-EU country. Avoid Las Palmas and Playa de las Americas, in other words.
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Re: Best (warm) places in Europe to visit in February?

Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:20 pm

The Canaries should be the best bet for some warm weather, how about give Malta a try, lots to see and do.
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Re: Best (warm) places in Europe to visit in February?

Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:44 pm

Morocco, Israel or Jordan might be worth considering. There are plenty of new flights.

In Europe I would add Seville (no beach though) and Naples/Costiera Amalfitana.

TSS wrote:
So you're only considering visiting airports and not the cities in which they're located? That's real Airliners.net dedication!


:) I don't visit cities because of airports but I would add a new airport if I can in a trip (e.g. mixing airports in a city/region with multiple airports). Of course the average person does not understand it and wonders why you make so much complicated travel arrangements.
 
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Re: Best (warm) places in Europe to visit in February?

Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:50 pm

FAO. 2x weekly thru the winter with EZY from BSL.
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Re: Best (warm) places in Europe to visit in February?

Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:11 pm

We did Morocco and southern Spain this past February and had a great time-- perfect weather (though a bit chilly in evenings) and fewer crowds. I'd suggest looking into Marrakech/Essaouira, Sevilla, Granada, and Cordoba (you could link this with a visit to Madrid fairly easily as well).
 
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Re: Best (warm) places in Europe to visit in February?

Sat Aug 31, 2019 2:49 am

Anywhere in Italy from Rome south will probably see afternoon temps around 16-18C. Not beach weather, but good enough for just a light sweater. Sicily would be lovely. There's some good ruins to see down there too.
 
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Re: Best (warm) places in Europe to visit in February?

Sat Aug 31, 2019 3:25 am

LovePlanes74 wrote:
The other Canaries, eg ACE, FUE should also have the right weather, FNC can be good at that time of year too


Didn't even think of FNC! There are even direct BSL-FNC flights!

seahawk wrote:
MAD in February can easily be cold and snowy.

I would also consider ALC or PMI. Mallorca is very different in February compared to the summer. The region around ALC is an often overlooked gem imho and lacks nothing compared to AGP.

If you are looking at the Canary island, it depends on what you want to do. You lying on a beach TFS, ACE or FUE would work. If you are more into landscape SPC is top choice. If it is about spotting ACE or LPA are the best options.


I know Madrid can be cold in winter - I lived there for two years. But it's much better compared to what I've experienced in more northern Europe. I only experienced snow once in Madrid and ironically it was in late March and it melted within a couple hours. The kids at school went loco lol

I've visited ALC in winter and I was underwhelmed. I didn't consider PMI because a former colleague of mine who used to work there said it was cold and windy in the winter (and she's from Chicago).

BartSimpson wrote:
What about Nice / Cannes / Cote d'Azur? It's not too warm at that time of the year but can be very pleasant, and definitely not too crowded...


I spent the past school year living in the south of France. I'm looking for somewhere different, and definitely less expensive.

readytotaxi wrote:
The Canaries should be the best bet for some warm weather, how about give Malta a try, lots to see and do.


I went to Malta for the first time in April and LOVED it and I definitely would like to go again and see the places I didn't get to see.

SCQ83 wrote:
Morocco, Israel or Jordan might be worth considering. There are plenty of new flights.

In Europe I would add Seville (no beach though) and Naples/Costiera Amalfitana.


I have considered TLV in the past. I have been to Morocco before and enjoyed it, but I don't feel comfortable going there alone. Same with Jordan.

Seville is one of my favorite cities in Spain! I visited in January 2016 (during the Three Kings' holiday in fact!) and it was an enjoyable place during winter.

IAHWorldflyer wrote:
Anywhere in Italy from Rome south will probably see afternoon temps around 16-18C. Not beach weather, but good enough for just a light sweater. Sicily would be lovely. There's some good ruins to see down there too.


Definitely considering Sicily and also NAP and the surrounding area.
 
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Re: Best (warm) places in Europe to visit in February?

Sat Aug 31, 2019 5:42 am

We have been to Mallorca in late February more than once and we had always nice weather somewhere between 18-25°C and maybe 2 rainy days in 2 weeks.
 
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Re: Best (warm) places in Europe to visit in February?

Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:01 am

Madeira is supposed to be very pretty, grest for walks, flora and fauna. Not the best for beaches, but there's lido in Funchal, I suppose it depends on what you are looking for
 
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Re: Best (warm) places in Europe to visit in February?

Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:54 am

seahawk wrote:
If you are looking at the Canary island, it depends on what you want to do. You lying on a beach TFS, ACE or FUE would work. If you are more into landscape SPC is top choice. If it is about spotting ACE or LPA are the best options.


That would depend on the wind directions.

In the winter, it's not uncommon for the Canaries to have wind from the north which brings in cold air. In that case the lower islands (Lanzarote, Fuerteventura) are quite chilly. These islands are no more than a few hundred meters high which is not enough to block the winds from the north. Gran Canaria and Tenerife on the other hand are over 2 kilometers high, much higher than the lower islands. Therefor they block the winds and offer very nice warm weather at their southern shores. In the meanwhile, the temperature difference with the northern shores of these islands can be over 15 degrees Celsius!

But how about the Cape Verde islands? They're only slightly further than the Canary Islands, but a whole lot warmer. Cape Verde is also called the land of the eternal summer, with temperatures of around 28 degrees Celsius in February. TUI offers direct flights between Basel and two of the Cape Verde islands, namely Sal and Boa Vista.
 
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Re: Best (warm) places in Europe to visit in February?

Sat Aug 31, 2019 10:08 am

LovePlanes74 wrote:
Madeira is supposed to be very pretty, grest for walks, flora and fauna. Not the best for beaches, but there's lido in Funchal, I suppose it depends on what you are looking for


If you want beaches in FNC you should go to PXO which is right next to it. Both NT and WV fly between FNC and PXO but you can also take the boat. Unlike FNC, PXO has plenty of nice white sandy beaches.

However I suspect in Feb it is chilly in PXO, it is more of a summer destination. And even in the summer PXO isn't overly crowded with tourists, it's nothing like IBZ or LPA.

I agree for guaranteed good weather you should go to SID or BVC and I would recommend BVC as it's more authentic than SID. RAI is even better but it lacks direct flights.
 
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Sat Aug 31, 2019 1:33 pm

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seahawk wrote:
If you are looking at the Canary island, it depends on what you want to do. You lying on a beach TFS, ACE or FUE would work. If you are more into landscape SPC is top choice. If it is about spotting ACE or LPA are the best options.


That would depend on the wind directions.

In the winter, it's not uncommon for the Canaries to have wind from the north which brings in cold air. In that case the lower islands (Lanzarote, Fuerteventura) are quite chilly. These islands are no more than a few hundred meters high which is not enough to block the winds from the north. Gran Canaria and Tenerife on the other hand are over 2 kilometers high, much higher than the lower islands. Therefor they block the winds and offer very nice warm weather at their southern shores. In the meanwhile, the temperature difference with the northern shores of these islands can be over 15 degrees Celsius!

But how about the Cape Verde islands? They're only slightly further than the Canary Islands, but a whole lot warmer. Cape Verde is also called the land of the eternal summer, with temperatures of around 28 degrees Celsius in February. TUI offers direct flights between Basel and two of the Cape Verde islands, namely Sal and Boa Vista.
Boavista Island (BVC) in Cabo Verde is the best option. The weather is fine (25/30 º C), a little bit windy, but isn't over crowded, like Sal island.

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Re: Best (warm) places in Europe to visit in February?

Sat Aug 31, 2019 8:28 pm

If you are willing to go a little bit further afield I would recommend Eilat, Israel or Luxor, Egypt for almost guaranteed sun and Luxor in particular for loads of historical interest. A similar distance would be Petra/Red sea in Jordan, but not been there myself in winter to know what it is like.

Staying within the strict boundaries of Europe I would highly rate Sicily and Malta, though not sure how reliable the weather in Malta is in February.
 
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Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:03 pm

What nationality is the OP? That might go a long way towards pointing them which countries to perhaps avoid. If American (as the word school for university seems to indicate) it might be best to give Egypt a miss. As a westerner, it's a place to avoid generally (for both safety and philosophical political reasons if you have sense).

Aqaba / Eliat are right next to each other and might be worth look, depending of course if one no political qualms about visiting either of their respective countries.
 
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Re: Best (warm) places in Europe to visit in February?

Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:25 pm

dangerhere wrote:
What nationality is the OP? That might go a long way towards pointing them which countries to perhaps avoid. If American (as the word school for university seems to indicate) it might be best to give Egypt a miss. As a westerner, it's a place to avoid generally (for both safety and philosophical political reasons if you have sense).

Aqaba / Eliat are right next to each other and might be worth look, depending of course if one no political qualms about visiting either of their respective countries.


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Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:26 pm

I must also add that my budget is limited to only flying budget airlines so I'm afraid Cape Verde and anywhere not served by my friends Easyjet, Ryanair, etc. is out of the question
 
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Mon Sep 02, 2019 11:54 pm

dangerhere wrote:
...it might be best to give Egypt a miss. As a westerner, it's a place to avoid generally (for both safety and philosophical political reasons if you have sense)


Nonsense. Egypt is fine; the locals very friendly and welcoming. I have been many times and not experienced anything remotely dangerous or frightening. Granted, I am not American, but I have spoken to Americans at my hotel and they only reported positive experiences. I have travelled the underground in Cairo, and crossed very busy streets. Locals always come to my aid unprompted and escort me. (There are no pedestrian crossings, so Egyptians just walk through the moving traffic. It take a stern leap of faith!)

As a bonus, Egypt is a very cheap destination. There is a reason so many European carriers fly into CAI everyday - BA’s flight is always full.

I would also recommend Morocco. More French than I was expecting.
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Tue Sep 03, 2019 5:21 am

continental004 wrote:
I must also add that my budget is limited to only flying budget airlines so I'm afraid Cape Verde and anywhere not served by my friends Easyjet, Ryanair, etc. is out of the question


Not entirely true, there is one LCC that serves Cape Verde. That is Transavia from Amsterdam. EasyJet flies Basel-Amsterdam, so if you can make a combination of the two and self-transfer in Amsterdam it is possible to get there on a budget.
 
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Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:05 pm

vhtje wrote:
dangerhere wrote:
...it might be best to give Egypt a miss. As a westerner, it's a place to avoid generally (for both safety and philosophical political reasons if you have sense)


Nonsense. Egypt is fine; the locals very friendly and welcoming. I have been many times and not experienced anything remotely dangerous or frightening. Granted, I am not American, but I have spoken to Americans at my hotel and they only reported positive experiences. I have travelled the underground in Cairo, and crossed very busy streets. Locals always come to my aid unprompted and escort me. (There are no pedestrian crossings, so Egyptians just walk through the moving traffic. It take a stern leap of faith!)

As a bonus, Egypt is a very cheap destination. There is a reason so many European carriers fly into CAI everyday - BA’s flight is always full.

I would also recommend Morocco. More French than I was expecting.


The Egyptians are lovely people alright but nearly EU country advises to fly into the resorts by air only. From what I remember of the Luxor attacks in the 1990s and the current Sinai situation, there is a danger, especially as the guy/gal is American makes then more of a target in some situations (I would fancy my chances in a kidnapping situation with an Irish passport than say a US one).

Personally I won't be going there until Egypt gets its act together with human rights and democracy, no matter how cheap the flights are.

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