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27 Jan 2022

Where is hot in February for a last-minute holiday?

Take advantage of relaxed travel rules and off-season rates with six sunshine-drenched destinations including Tenerife, Malta and the Caribbean.
The turquoise waters and jagged cliffs of Sardinia

Fancy taking advantage of the new rules around testing with some much-needed winter sun? February could be the ideal month to jet off hassle-free - and at a bargain price.

Pre-departure and day two testing has been scrapped in the UK and several countries have now re-opened their borders to British tourists. What's more, you could save yourself a few pennies and avoid the crowds by going out of the high season.

From laid-back island life in the Caribbean to ambling along Sardinia's stunning coastline, we've handpicked six warm and sunny destinations to help narrow your search for last-minute sunshine this February.

Remember to always check the latest advice from the latest FCDO before you travel and be prepared for plans to change at the last minute. Make sure your travel insurance covers Covid-19 to guard against any nasty surprises should circumstances change. We also recommend booking your getaway as a package deal through a reputable provider with flexible policies to make life easier if there are any cancellations.

While travel is now much simpler for fully vaccinated tourists, some countries do still require you to do a pre-departure test, so be sure to factor those costs into your budget.

Short-haul sunny holidays for February

Is Tenerife hot in February?

A coastal town on the cliffs in Tenerife.

Average maximum temperature: 18°C

Tenerife is a photographer's dream with its otherwordly natural landscapes, bustling towns and villages, and its show-stopping active volcano, Mt. Teide. All of this can be enjoyed in February, when temperatures are comfortable and without the crowds or queues of high season.

The daytime temperatures range from 14-18°C in February, depending on where you go, with average lows of 12°C at night. Santa Cruz, Tenerife's capital, can hit 19°C at this time of year, while the mountainous town of Los Gigantes on the west coast is a bit cooler, with highs of 14°C. While you can expect six hours of bright sunshine per day, there's also a chance of the odd shower at this time of year, so it's best to pack a waterproof jacket.

Another great reason to visit Tenerife in February is to attend the Carnival de la Santa Cruz. This annual fiesta sees the streets of Tenerife's capital burst into life as locals parade around in colourful costumes; singing, dancing and indulging before they fast for Lent. Don't worry about missing it during your visit; the festivities go on for 15 days.

Now that the travel rules have been relaxed in the Canary Islands, a holiday in Tenerife is hassle-free for fully vaccinated Brits, who simply need to fill out a passenger locator form before departure and carry their NHS Covid-19 passport with them.

It's worth noting that Tenerife is currently at alert level 4, which will have some impact on your trip, with earlier closing times for bars and restaurants, reduced capacity in the likes of hotels, shops and on public transport, a maximum of six people at a table and mandatory Covid certificates for entering certain establishments. You can read more in our regularly updated Canary Islands travel advice guide.

Find a Tenerife holiday with via a Which? Recommended Provider's website: Jet 2, Hays Travel, Kuoni, Trailfinders, Saga.

See our list of the best crowd-free Canary Islands holiday resorts.

Is February a good time to visit Sardinia?

Valetta in Sardinia is characterised by its colour

Average maximum temperature: 15°C

Italy is one of the prime destinations for ski holidays in the winter, but that doesn't mean you can't find milder weather down south.

Sardinia, while not particularly hot, is still pleasant in February, with highs of 15°C and around five hours of sunshine per day. There is a chance that you'll be caught out in a rainstorm during your visit, so be sure to pack a waterproof. But with plenty of cafes, restaurants, shops, and museums to dip in and out of, there's still lots to do if the heavens open.

There are various hiking trails to saunter along, where you'll likely encounter one of the thousands of mysterious Bronze Age stone ruins dotted around the island - known locally as 'nuraghi'.

The coastal town of Castelsardo to the north-west is particularly pretty with its colourful buildings spilling over the hillside, cobbled streets, an ancient castle, and the Roccia dell'Elefante - a natural rock formation which looks like an elephant. There's also the Museo dell'Intreccio Mediterraneo, where you can try your hand at traditional Sardinian basket weaving.

Fully vaccinated Brits can enter Sardinia without the need to test or quarantine. All adults in Italy are required to wear an FFP2 mask in public and carry a Super Green Pass to enter most hospitality and entertainment venues. There are more details on the FCDO website.

Find a Sardinia holiday with a Which? Recommended Provider: Jet 2, Hays Travel, Kuoni, Trailfinders, Saga.

What's Malta like in February?

A harbour in Malta with colourful fishing boats.

Average maximum temperature: 15°C

While it's probably not warm enough for sunbathing, February is a great time to enjoy Malta's abundance of cultural attractions without all of the crowds of high season.

St Julian's Bay is the popular hub with a huge choice of where to eat, shop and sleep. Just 20 minutes away, Malta's Unesco World Heritage capital city, Valletta, makes for a great day trip.

Valletta is home to several beautiful churches, such as St John's Co-Cathedral, and the 16th century Casa Rocca Piccola palace. And as you soak in all of that history and stunning architecture, you can refuel inside the city's oldest coffee shop, Caffee Cordina, established 1837.

While you can enter Malta if you're not fully vaccinated, you will have to stay in a quarantine hotel for 14 days upon arrival.

Fully vaccinated passengers, on the other hand, can get on with their holiday with no need to test or self-isolate. Just fill out a Public Health Travel Declaration Form and a passenger locator form before departure and make sure you've got your vaccine passport on you.

Find a Malta holiday with a Which? Recommended Provider: Jet 2, Hays Travel, Kuoni, Trailfinders, Saga.

Long-haul winter sun for February

Is the Maldives hot in February?

Aerial view of the Maldives

Average maximum temperature: 31°C

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we can't think of a more romantic setting than the Maldives. With sunshine on tap, sparkly white beaches and blissful blue waters, this destination is the ultimate tonic to British winter weather.

Whether it's an all-inclusive island resort or a secluded overwater villa you're after, there's plenty of choice across the Maldives' 200 inhabited islands. While away sunny days by the pool or lazing in a hammock with a good book. Feeling more energetic? Opt for scuba diving among the vibrant reefs or a boat trip spotting wildlife.

February is a great time to visit the Maldives, as it's outside of monsoon season (May-November) and the sea is calmer for water sports enthusiasts. Temperatures average at a balmy 31°C in February with 10 hours of glorious sunshine a day - be sure to pack the sun cream.

You'll need to present a negative PCR test certificate issued no more than 96 hours before arrival in the Maldives, even if you're vaccinated.

There are also some restrictions on travelling between islands in the Maldives to limit the spread of the virus. You can find out more on the FCDO website.

Find a Maldives holiday with a Which? Recommended Provider: Kuoni, Hays Travel, Trailfinders.

Is February a good time to visit Oman?

Masjid al Rasool al Adham Mosque in Muskat, Oman

Average maximum temperature: 26°C

Oman offers plenty to see and do if lounging around the pool isn't your thing. But if it is, February has the perfect weather for crowd-free indulgence at a luxury resort. Temperatures dance around a balmy 26°C at this time of year - a much more bearable heat than its June highs of 40°C.

Muscat, Oman's charismatic capital, is a good base for first-timers to the country. Between the Arabian sea and dramatic limestone cliffs, in Muscat traditional Arabian architecture is in harmony with glitzy modern buildings. The city's skyline is characterised by the blue hues and brilliant white marble of its many mosques - with the crown jewel being the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, which houses an eight-tonne Swarovski chandelier.

Get lost in the souqs in search of the perfect souvenir or escape the heat with a trip to the opera house. You could also arrange a trip out to the wadis for a swim in one of the natural pools. More adventurous holidaymakers can hike or hang-glide over the Al Hajar mountains, visit a Bedouin camp, or discover the remnants of Oman's ancient trade route.

Fully vaccinated Brits need to take a PCR test to enter Oman, and must carry a printed version of their vaccine passport. Travellers will also need to complete a pre-registration form at the eMushrif website before departure, and have valid proof of health/travel insurance covering 30 days of Covid treatment.

Find an Oman holiday with a Which? Recommended Provider: Kuoni, Hays Travel, Trailfinders.

What's Grenada like in February?

A beach on the Caribbean island of Grenada

Average maximum temperature: 29°C

Known as the 'Spice Isle' for the abundance of nutmeg, cinnamon and turmeric produced there, the Caribbean island of Grenada will provide you with a healthy dose of vitamin D too.

February is a great time to visit, as you get all the warmth and sunshine of the summer months without the risk of hurricanes. Daytime temperatures average at a sultry 29°C, with warm sea temperatures of 27°C. The mercury dips to a more comfortable 21°C at night.

Sip on fresh coconut water while you lounge on the Grand Anse beach, or venture into the rainforests and hunt down your own private waterfall. Take a snorkelling tour of Grenada's famous underwater sculpture park, or pay a visit to the River Antoine Estate Rum Distillery (where you can sample some of the products). It's also worth pottering in the island's capital St George's souvenir shops before tucking into a hearty national dish at a seaside restaurant.

Fully vaccinated travellers can enter Grenada with no need to quarantine, and the NHS Covid-19 passport is accepted. You'll need a negative Covid test result within three days of travelling to Grenada, and then you may be subject to a further PCR test on arrival (free of charge if you're fully vaccinated). Travellers who have recently recovered from Covid-19 can now enter Grenada, but they'll need to jump through a few more hoops. Check the FCDO website for details.

Find a Grenada holiday with a Which? Recommended Provider: Saga, Kuoni, Hays Travel, Trailfinders.

Weather data taken from Weather2Travel.com.