With its cold temperatures and short days February may not be the first month that comes to mind when planning a trip, but a quick mid-season getaway is the best way to break up the winter blues. From snow capped mountains to sun escapes, take a look at our list of the best February travel destinations to pique your travel interest.

Sölden, Austria

Sölden in Austria

Sölden in Austria

Many snow goers head to the mountains in February and Sölden in Austria offers the best slopes for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. Beginners can start easy on the Giggijoch, while more advanced skiers can try the black slopes in the glaciers or discover the off-piste areas. Make sure you don’t miss the Big 3 too – the 3 biggest mountains with heights above 3000m, which offer unique panoramic views of the impressive landscape.

Berlin, Germany

Berlinale in Berlin - Travel in February

Berlinale at Potsdamer Platz, Berlin | 360b / Shutterstock.com

Berlin is all about movies in February, with the famous Berlinale featuring as the must attend event. Actors from all over the world will travel to Berlin during this time with the hop that they will head home with a Golden Bear for their work, but for us it’s just a lot of fun with many movies and premiers to check out.

Lisbon, Portugal

Sintra in Portugal

While in Lisbon you can visit the nearby Pena National Palace in Sintra, Portugal

Looking for a warmer place to escape the winter for a few days? Lisbon is a great city to relax, walk the streets or check out the cultural sites such as the Mosteiro Dos Jeronimos, or the Casatelo de Sao Jorge. If you’re planning to stay for multiple days we recommend you visit the nearby town of Sintra too. Being a former summer destination of Portugese kings, the town is filled with beautiful hilltop coloured palaces and castles overlooking gardens and houses in the valley.

Val Thorens, France

Val Thorens in France - Travel in February

Skiing in Val Thorens, France

If you want to ensure you’re heading to a mountain that is sure to have snow, especially towards the end of February when the snow is sometimes melting, then head to Val Thorens. As one of Europe’s highest ski resorts the snow usually hangs around in this area a little longer and lifts are open up until May, perfect for a ski holiday that guarantees snow and offers you even more sunny days!

Cologne, Germany

Carnival in Cologne - Travel in February

Carnival in Cologne, Germany | Yulia Reznikov / Shutterstock.com

If you think of February in Cologne, you think of Carnival. You’ll find the streets bustling with dressed up characters and plenty of parties that last for days. The carnival season officially kicks off the 11th of November, but the ‘crazy days’ take place between Fat Thursday and Ash Wednesday. Enjoy the parades and stage shows, or go to one of the bars for some nice, smaller events. And don’t forget to dress up of course!

Fuerteventura, Spain

Fuerteventura in Spain - Travel in February

Fuerteventura in Spain

Another winter sun destination for your February travel-list is located in Spain on one of the Canary Islands. Being the second biggest of the islands, Fuerteventura offers visitors everything you need for your winter break, including temperatures around 20 degrees. Fuerteventura is blessed with the longest beach line of the Canary islands, including some surfing hotspots such as La Caleta and El Costillo. And don’t forget to try the delicious Spanish tapas and cheese while you’re there!

Ivrea, Italy

ivrea Italy - Travel in February

Throwing oranges in Ivrea | Paolo Bona / Shutterstock.com

This little town in the north of Italy has a unique way of celebrating Carnival, turning the whole village into a battelfield of fighting. The ‘battle of the oranges’ involves thousands of people divided into on-the-ground teams that throw oranges at the people on the floats. Make sure you’re there between the 6th and 9th of February to be a part of the action and don’t forget your oranges!