Traveling during the winter season; it’s not just cheaper and less crowded, it also gives you the opportunity to see a city from a different perspective, a wintery one! These cities are great for a February escape.
Oh lovely Portugal, where it’s already around 16 degrees Celsius when we are freezing our butts off in the northern parts of Europe, US and Canada. When staying in Europe already, it’s pretty easy to get a cheap ticket to and from Porto with a low cost airline. Last year I flew to Porto for just €30, using Ryan air. We did get an awful lot of rain, but hey!, in Europe you never know…
- Take a stroll along the Douro river.
- Taste port (duh!)
- Visit the enchanting Livreiro Lello
- € Rizoli Cinema Hostel
- €€ Your Place Porto
- €€€ Malmerendas Boutique Lodging
- €€€€ In Porto Gallery Guesthouse
Tip: When all else fails because of rain, sit in one of the many little bars and drink sangria. That’s how I survived.
It doesn’t matter when you go, Leiden, with all its canals, cozy pubs and friendly students, is a must visit! It’s also the city I live in and I am very proud of it. During the winter months the canals tend to freeze over, inviting the entire city to put on their ice skates and dance around on the thick layer of ice. Sometimes entire pubs move over to the canal and people will sit down to have a beer, without a care in the world.
- Explore Leiden’s poetry murals
- See the T-Rex at Naturalis
- Go vintage record shopping at ‘The Heart’s A Lonely Hunter’
This one is for die hards and die hards only! Many of you know that Brasov is one of my favorite Romanian cities. During the summer it can get quite hot (up to 30 degrees in the mountains is no exception), but during the winter it’s the other way around. My friend Alex, who lives in the Brasov area, has seen temperatures drop to -30 with ease. Although this sounds like a horror vacation, there are actually a lot of people who find it interesting enough to pay it a visit. Also, Brasov is a great place to go skiing!
- Go Skiing at Poana Brasov
- Listen to the huge organ at the Black Church
- Go up mount Tampa for amazing views on the city
Another rather cold, but nonetheless interesting one is Stockholm. During the summer the city is very popular with all kinds of tourists but during the winter it’s rather empty. A reason for that is of course the climate and the fact that it gets dark very early. Many tourists associate it with depression, but actually I found it to be very charming and cozy.
- Go on a traditional Fika
- Spot reindeer at open air museum ‘Skansen’
- Explore Gamla Stan
While most cities take a step back during the winter, Berlin stays busy as always. This city never sleeps, not even in February. When it snows in Berlin, the entire city goes out to enjoy. Because of the many, many things to do in Berlin and the amazing public transport, even wintery situations won’t seem like a big deal on your city trip!
- Check out the colorful part of the Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery
- Spend a day at museum island
- Eat currywurst
- € Generator Mitte
- €€ Motel One Hackesher Markt
- €€€ Clipper City Home Apartments
- €€€€ Hotel Adlon Kempinski
One thing my hotel receptionist kept talking about is winter in Sarajevo. Being there in August, wiping sweat of my forehead as my main activity, I couldn’t imagine what it would be like. A fact is that the Sarajevo areas are actually very useful when it comes to winter sports and activities, making it a lesser known but pretty cool skiing spot for everyone who likes their holiday a bit different.
- Smoke shisha in Old Town
- Go skiing just outside the city
- Visit the Sarajevo Museum 1878 – 1918
One of the warmest cities of Europe in summer and a proper escape in winter: Seville has it all! With temperatures around 17 degrees Celsius, you can start to get used to spring again. The south of Europe does experience a lot of rain during the winter months, but because it’s Europe and the weather is quite unpredictable, you could also have a carefree 20 degrees holiday. You never know!
- Eat Tapas
- Explore the Giralda cathedral
- See a flamenco show
It’s always a struggle to find the perfect European spot in winter, there’s simply too much to do! February seems like the forgotten month but personally it’s one of my favorite times to travel! Got inspired? Let me know how your trip was! Did I miss a fun destination? Be sure to let me know by leaving a comment! Happy travels!
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