Where’s hot in February?
Struggling with the winter blues? If you’ve forgotten what a blue sky is and you’re ready to switch multiple jumpers and pairs of socks for your swimwear and flip-flops, it’s time to find out where’s hot in February so you can get booking your next luxury villa holiday in the sun. Soak up some vitamin D and feel the sun on your face while the palm trees sway in the wind. Booking and looking forward to your next idyllic break is just a few clicks away.
The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife offers a diverse terrain, unspoiled beaches, traditional towns and rugged national parks. A great destination for families and couples alike, the wide range of attractions on offer means there is something for all ages (when you’re not sitting back with a glass of wine and taking in the mountain views from your villa that is!).
Feel like heading out and exploring Tenerife by car? An absolute must is Teide National Park. You’ll need to reserve a permit before visiting, but once you’ve done this, you can ride up the cable car to the summit of Mount Teide, offering spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. Bring a jacket though, as it can get a little windy up there! Night tours of Mount Teide are also available, with time allowed for stargazing.
If you’ve got children in tow, use your ‘My Villa Plus‘ account and book tickets to Siam Park, which has been voted the best water park in the world twice over. The park gets far less crowded in winter, so your little ones will enjoy having more of the place to themselves while you relax. If you have toddlers or younger children, Aqualand water park is more suitable, with shows included in your ticket price.
Tenerife offers plenty of small local villages that are worth exploring. Head to Masca, a beautiful, tranquil village offering jaw-dropping views of the mountainous island valleys. Legend says that Masca is where locals would hide if they were being attacked by pirates. Get there nice and early to avoid crowds, so you can get the best photos. Also worth checking out is Garachico – a colourful village offering cobbled narrow streets, locally-made ice cream and great souvenir and deli shopping. Bring your swimsuit and take a refreshing dip in the natural pools, if time allows.
This Canary Island’s dramatic coastline and laid back pace keeps visitors coming back time and again for a dose of winter sunshine. If you’re thinking of where’s hot in February, Lanzarote doesn’t disappoint, offering a year-round mild climate with daily temperatures of between 20-21°C. Families are catered for with plenty of theme and water parks, including Aquapark and Dino Water Park, while couples will enjoy wandering around the cobbled streets of quaint towns and driving winding coastal roads with epic scenery.
Visit the Jameos del Agua caves – a stunning cave system with its own restaurant, pool and auditorium hosting live events, before visiting the Jardín de Cactus, where green-fingered folk will love a peaceful stroll in the tranquil gardens that boast 450 different species of cactus. Stop for a bite to eat at the garden cafe, where you can tuck into a cactus burger made from potato and prickly pear cactus. If you’re after something with a little more adrenaline, visit Museo Atlántico – Europe’s first underwater sculpture museum where you can view 12 reflective figures 12 metres underwater. If you’ve never dived before, or have no diving licence, the museum will give you a crash course before you make the supervised descent.
For a spot of shopping, visit Teguise’s Market on a Sunday morning in the Plaza Clavijo y Fajardo, where you can sample island produce and pick up everything you need for a family dinner that you can eat beneath a glorious sunset under the shaded terrace offered by Villa Elena Sol.