The cities are still sleepy, recovering from Christmas and getting ready for spring crowds. There are fewer tourists, perfect to make the most of the culture. Hotel and Airbnb prices will also be more affordable, especially if you aim for secondary cities.
Lyon is very easily reachable by train, car and short flight. Here are some highlights of a fun activities you can do with all the family:
Historical attractions: Lyon is a city with a rich history and is home to various attractions such as the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, Vieux Lyon (Old Town), and the Ancient Theatre of Fourvière.
Renowned museums: Lyon is known for its excellent museums. The Musée des Confluences, a modern science and anthropology museum, offers interactive exhibits that engage children in learning. The Musée Miniature et Cinéma displays miniature models and props from famous movies.
Cruise along the Rhône and Saône rivers
Indulge in local culinary delights: Lyon is often referred to as the gastronomic capital of France, so no family trip is complete without trying out the local cuisine. Tour through the famous Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, a gourmet food market, where you can enjoy delicious regional specialties like quenelles, saucisson, and Lyon’s finest cheeses.
The Danish capital is family-friendly. Kids are part of the day to day life. It will be cold in February, but that is all part of the charm.
Explore Tivoli Gardens: Tivoli Gardens is a famous amusement park in Copenhagen, known for its enchanting atmosphere and thrilling rides. Enjoy various amusement rides, live performances, and mesmerising gardens.
Discover the Nyhavn Harbor: Nyhavn Harbor is a picturesque waterfront area that offers a vibrant atmosphere with colourful buildings, boats, and lively cafes. You can enjoy a boat tour around the harbour, rent bicycles, or simply stroll along the canal to soak in the beautiful sights.
Bike through Copenhagen: Copenhagen is famously known as one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world.
Italy in winter, why not? Avoid the crowds and enjoy all the beauty and the yummy food. Discover the unique character of Napoli and its residents.
Explore the Historic Center: This UNESCO World Heritage site is filled with narrow streets, beautiful architecture, and vibrant piazzas.
Explore Pompeii: This archaeological site offers a unique glimpse into Roman life before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. You can explore the remarkably preserved ruins, walk along the ancient streets, and see well-preserved frescoes.
Try Neapolitan Pizza: Napoli is the birthplace of pizza, and trying authentic Neapolitan pizza is an experience not to be missed. Whether you visit a famous pizzeria like Da Michele or explore smaller local trattorias, you’ll get to taste the iconic pizza Napoletana topped with San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella di buffala, and fresh basil. Why not even take a cooking class?
The capital of Czech Republic has many cultural attractions and beautiful sights to enjoy with the family. It is easily accessible by train, so hop on an adventure!
Explore Prague Castle: One of the largest ancient castles in the world. Marvel at its architecture, visit the historic St. Vitus Cathedral, and enjoy panoramic views of the city from the castle grounds.
Boat ride on the Vltava River: Embark on a boat ride along the picturesque Vltava River. Admire the beautiful scenery as you sail past landmarks such as the Charles Bridge and the Prague National Theatre.
Discover the Astronomical Clock: Pay a visit to the iconic Astronomical Clock, located at the heart of Prague’s Old Town Square. Witness the intricate mechanical display, featuring moving figures and an astronomical dial.
After a long winter, one might be missing the beauty of sunshine. These destination offer beautiful sunshine, not necessarily heat. Enough to stock up on this vitamin D and finish winter with a bit more glow!
Try a different place than Marrakech and discover the biggest city in Morocco. The locals are very welcoming and the sights are stunning.
Explore the Hassan II Mosque: It is the largest mosque in Morocco and the third-largest in the world, offering breathtaking architecture and stunning ocean views. It is also one of the only mosque you can visit as a non-muslim.
Enjoy a walk on Ain Diab Beach: Casablanca is known for its beautiful coastline, and spending a day at Ain Diab Beach is a perfect family activity. Too cold for sunbathing, but perfect for a nice walk.
Explore the Old Medina: Casablanca’s Old Medina offers a glimpse into the city’s historic past and Moroccan culture. Wander through its narrow alleyways, browsing shops selling traditional crafts, spices, and clothing.
One of the sunniest winter places in Europe! Also easily reachable by train, so no excuse to visit beautiful Sevilla.
Visit the Royal Alcázar, a stunning palace complex that dates back to the 14th century. The intricately designed interiors and lush gardens make it an enjoyable and educational experience for both children and adults.
Explore Plaza de España, a grand square known for its impressive architecture and beautiful tile work. You can rent a rowboat and sail along the canal that surrounds the square, a memorable experience.
Take a flamenco dance lesson to immerse yourselves in the rich cultural heritage of Sevilla. Professional dancers will teach you the basic steps and allow you to embrace the vibrant rhythms and movements of this traditional Spanish dance.
Not a destination you would think for winter, but enjoy this beautiful island just with locals. A true sunny gem.
Explore the beautiful beaches: Despite the cooler temperatures in February, Sardinia’s beaches still offer stunning natural beauty. Enjoy the tranquility of the empty beaches without the summer crowds.
Visit historical sites: From the ancient ruins of Nora in the south to the Roman amphitheater in Cagliari, there is plenty to explore and learn about the island’s past.
Delve into the local culture: February is Carnival season in Sardinia, and experiencing the festive atmosphere can be a highlight of your trip. Enjoy colourful parades, traditional music, and indulge in local cuisine such as sebadas (a crispy cheese-filled dessert) or pasta.
Explore the countryside: Sardinia’s inland areas offer breathtaking landscapes that are perfect for family hikes. You can visit the scenic Gola Su Gorroppu, the deepest canyon in Europe.
off on a big adventure
I highly recommend going on those very special adventures only if you have the full two weeks of holidays in February (or more). Shorter and you might feel rushed or tired.
wildlife in namibia
A true bucket-list trip, a dream of beautiful Namibia. No much time difference from Europe and an easy country to navigate.
Explore Etosha National Park: In February, the rainy season in Namibia has brought fresh greenery and filled up waterholes, attracting a diverse range of wildlife. You will witness a breathtaking array of animals, including elephants, lions, zebras, and giraffes.
Visit the Namib Desert: Namibia is home to the oldest desert in the world. The cooler temperatures in February make it an ideal time. Marvel at the towering sand dunes of Sossusvlei and enjoy fun activities like sandboarding or a hot air balloon ride over the vast lunar-like landscape.
Learn about Himba Culture: Learn about the traditional lifestyle and customs of the Himba people. You can interact with the tribe, witness their daily lives, traditional dances, and intricate jewelry making techniques.
Dolphin Watching in Walvis Bay
colours and spices in sri lanka
Sri Lanka needs tourists after a few difficult years, it is a stunning country filled with colours, magic sceneries and welcoming people.
Explore the stunning beaches: Sri Lanka is blessed with beautiful beaches. In February, the weather is perfect for enjoying the sun and sand.
Visit the cultural triangle: This region houses fascinating ancient cities like Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, and Sigiriya. Kids will be mesmerised by the ancient ruins, enormous Buddha statues, and the opportunity to climb the famous Sigiriya rock fortress.
Wildlife safaris: Embark on exciting safari adventures to national parks like Yala or Udawalawe, where they can spot elephants, leopards, crocodiles, and various bird species.
Visit tea plantation: Sri Lanka is famous for its lush tea plantations, especially in the central highlands around Nuwara Eliya. Take a scenic train ride through the tea-covered hills and even visit tea factories to learn about the tea-making process.
desert adventure in oman
Impossible to visit during summer months, take the opportunity to head to the Middle East during milder months.
Explore the Beautiful Beaches: Oman’s coastline is known for its stunning white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and breathtaking landscapes. February is the perfect time to visit as the weather is pleasant, with temperatures ranging between 20-25 degrees
Visit the Ancient Forts and Castles: Oman is rich in history and culture, with many well-preserved forts and castles that offer a glimpse into its past. Embark on a historical journey by visiting magnificent structures like the Nizwa Fort, Bahla Fort, or Jabreen Castle.
Adventurous Desert Safaris: Book a guided tour to the Wahiba Sands, a vast desert known for its massive sand dunes and stunning landscapes. Experience thrilling activities like dune bashing, camel rides, and sandboarding.
Explore Wadi Adventures: Oman is home to numerous wadis (valleys) that offer picturesque landscapes and thrilling activities. Enjoy a day of adventure by hiking through the stunning Wadi Shab, where you can swim in crystal-clear freshwater pools and discover hidden caves and waterfalls.
I hope you enjoyed this article and found a suitable family-friendly destinations for the February holidays. I hope this inspired you to go on a different adventure, beyond ski and the mountains …
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