The best short-haul destinations for February half-term

With Christmas and New Year celebrations now a distant memory, the thoughts of many will turn to potential holiday destinations for the year ahead.

The February half-term presents the first opportunity for many families to escape to sunnier climes and even in February, there are a fair share of short-haul destinations that can deliver just that.

With plenty of sandy beaches, family attractions and other places of interest to explore, these locations can provide just what you need for your first holiday of 2019.


The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife delivers plenty of sunshine and fun for all the family in February.

Given its location off the west coast of Africa, Tenerife enjoys warm weather all year round and while February is one of the wettest months of the year, holidaymakers can still expect seven hours of sunshine a day and temperatures of up to 20°C.

Much of the wet weather is found in the higher parts of the island around Mount Teide and on the north coast, with the southern part of the island often sheltered from the worst of the weather.

Alongside its golden sandy beaches, Costa Adeje is home to the renowned Siam Park waterpark which is regularly listed as being among the world’s best by TripAdvisor. Or if holidaying near the capital of the island, you may prefer to visit Parque Marítimo César Manrique, with beautiful natural saltwater pools, this water park is a firm favourite for family fun and relaxation.

Parque Maritimo Cesar Manrique Tenerife

Parque Marítimo César Manrique


With a glorious six hours of sunshine a day and temperatures reaching 20C in January, it’s no great mystery as to why this Spanish island is a haven for sun seekers. 

Lanzarote is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, providing ample opportunity to catch a glimpse of spectacular plants and wildlife.

Although the island is renowned for its black beaches, due to its volcanic nature, the island is also home to pristine white beaches including Playa Blanca, Papagayo and Caleton Blanco.

While the island is notably drier than Tenerife in February – even as the wettest month, only around 20mm of rainfall occurs across three days.

Temperatures do fall in the evenings, so make sure you pack accordingly. But importantly, don’t forget your beachwear!

Cape Verde

With temperatures averaging 25°C in February, seven hours of sunshine a day and with as little as 6mm of rainfall, Cape Verde offers an idyllic sunshine getaway.

The two most popular islands, Sal and Boa Vista, are among the driest and even in the evenings, temperatures average around 18°C.

The volcanic archipelago has an array of hiking and outdoor opportunities, including quad biking and an abundance of exciting watersports – both wind and kitesurfing are incredibly popular during February.

Boa Vista Cape Verde

Boa Vista, Cape Verde

The Algarve

High temperatures in the Algarve can approach 18°C in February, while rainfall only usually occurs on five days of the month.

The hillier regions in the north tend to be cooler, but the Algarve remains a hotbed for golf, stunning scenery, golden sandy beaches and great surf.

There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained too, including the mammoth paintballing arena known as Parque Aventura, alongside numerous adventure parks and zoos.


Given its central Mediterranean location, February brings spring-like temperatures to Malta of around 16°C. But be warned, as temperatures can dip dramatically in the evenings.

However, the island’s stunning scenery and beautiful beaches are perfect for relaxing, while if you want to try something a little different, you can explore the many caves and shipwrecks by scuba diving just off the coast.

Valetta, the island’s capital, experiences the warmest winter weather of any European capital and you can expect an average of six hours of sunshine a day.

Malta Harbour

Sunset at Malta Harbour


From the coastal resort of Agadir that is packed full of watersports, to the trekking opportunities across the Atlas Mountains, Morocco has something to suit all tastes.

The expanses of desert can be explored via camel or quad bike, while the souks of Marrakesh are home to an array of cultural delights and delicious cuisine.

With temperatures reaching 21°C and eight hours of daily sunshine, Morocco is a firm favourite for a half-term getaway.


With warm weather coming from the Sahara Desert, Egypt has its fair share of sunshine in February and there is extremely low rainfall.

Sharm El Sheikh has average high temperatures of 23°C – more than adequate for a day at the beach or by the pool, but still cooler than at the height of summer. This climate makes exploring the nation’s many attractions a much more comfortable experience. Amongst these attractions includes the pyramids of Giza, Abu Simbel, the Valley of the Kings and the capital Cairo.

 Pyramids in Egypt

Egyptian Pyramids

If you do decide to plan a short-haul holiday during the February half-term, be sure to update your travel insurance before you jet off and pay special attention if you wish to partake in any extreme sports or activities, as they are often not included in standard policies.


Date Created: 25 January 2019