The February half term holidays are the perfect opportunity to escape the long, dark British winter. This window of time conveniently falls just when the weather is at its coldest, Christmas is a distant memory and you and your family are most in need of some time in one of the best warm weather winter destinations around that isn’t too far from home.
Craving some winter sun? The Canary Islands are an increasingly popular destination for year-round sun, with mild and pleasant temperatures in February. The subtropical islands are the perfect place if you’re looking to relax on the beach or explore the islands’ family attractions in the February half term sun.
In February, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria enjoy average temperatures of 18°C, with highs of 21°C and lows of 14°C at night. Tenerife is slightly cooler at this time of the year, with an average temperature of 16°C. On average, the Canary Islands have seven hours of sunshine every day, so you’ll be lucky enough to soak up the half term sun whichever island you head to.
With delicious cuisine, well over 500 beaches, a flight time of three to four hours and plenty of family friendly accommodation, it’s no surprise that British holidaymakers continue to flock to the Canary Islands year after year, in search of the perfect half term school holidays.
Here’s some of the top hotels and experiences in the Canary Islands that you can indulge in during the February half term holidays…
February half term holidays: Gran Canaria
The Occidental Margaritas is ideal for families and couples alike seeking a refuge of sun and sand during the February half term holidays. You’ll find it in one of the most popular tourist areas in Gran Canaria – Playa del Inglés.
With two swimming pools, a beauty salon, entertainment programme, tennis court and fitness studio, you can expect impeccable services and entertainment both day and night. For little ones aged 4 to 12 years old, there’s a playground and Miniclub with plenty of activities, where kids will have non-stop fun, all supervised by the entertainment team.
February half term breaks for families are topped off by all the water sports awaiting you at the beach, where you can enjoy jet skiing, banana boats, surfing courses and more. Scuba diving is also extremely popular here due to the crystal-clear and calm waters, allowing you to explore the mesmerising underwater world.
Keen to discover more family adventures in Gran Canaria? Here are a couple of experiences you can’t afford to miss…
Enjoy the half term sun at Aqualand Maspalomas
Occidental Margaritas lies just five kilometres from the hottest water park on the island, Aqualand Maspalomas. The ‘Mini Park’ is every child’s paradise, with plenty of attractions designed just for them. Enjoy slides, rapids and many other aquatic adventures in an extremely safe environment. There are also plenty of rides and slides for adrenaline seekers who’re looking to take the ultimate plunge.
Half term sunshine holidays: the Maspalomas dunes
Whilst you’re in Maspalomas, there’s something else you just have to see. The Maspalomas dunes are stunning sand dunes located on the south coast of the island, with a beautiful beach, palm grove and lagoon.
There’s plenty of family fun to be had in the dunes, but one of the hottest experiences is the 30-minute camel rides across the beautiful landscape. Longer journeys are also available, including some food and a visit to a camel park where you can admire some baby camels.
February half term sun: Fuerteventura
Where better to spend the February half term holidays than in an island paradise right on the oceanfront? The Barceló Castillo Beach Resort is the ultimate all-inclusive hotel in Fuerteventura that lies right on the beach in the beautiful Caleta de Fuste.
The hotel is a family hub boasting water sports such as scuba diving and windsurfing, golf, beach volleyball and other thrill-seeking sports. Children can enjoy the hotel’s kids’ club which offers an endless range of activities and three swimming pool areas for adults and children alike.
The U-Spa is also a fantastic place to relax and unwind so that adults can enjoy their half term sun holidays just as much as their kids. Or, if you’re looking for some family entertainment you can head to the hotel’s theatre to enjoy live shows and performances.
Children’s half term holidays in Fuerteventura: El Castillo Beach
Located just a stone’s throw away from the Barceló Castillo Beach Resort, you’ll find the stunning El Castillo Beach – an oasis of soft golden sands and tranquil waters where you can relax and unwind in the island sunshine that makes this one of the best warm destinations there is.
The beach offers sunbed and parasol hire, plus a beach promenade with restaurants and a shopping centre. You can also enjoy a spot of windsurfing and scuba diving, or swim with sea lions in the crystal waters.
February half term family holidays: Tenerife
Ready for a luxury island getaway for the February half term holidays? The Royal Hideaway Corales Suites is a family resort that sits in a privileged seafront location on the Costa Adeje.
With modern and luxury facilities, unbeatable cuisine, including Asian, Mediterranean and Italian, and picturesque ocean views, there’s no better place to stay if you’re looking for an exotic island retreat.
Check out some of the best family experiences to enjoy in Tenerife…
Tenerife half term family holidays: Siam Park
Siam Park is a must-visit if you’re looking for the ultimate family adventure on Tenerife’s Costa Adeje. This is one of the most spectacular water attractions in Europe. Adrenaline junkies will love the Mekong Rapids and towering water slides, one of which reaches a speed up to 80 km/h.
There’s also a family zone which includes a giant Wave Palace, plus the park boasts its very own beach and VIP cabanas if you’re looking to chill out and unwind. Siam Park is the perfect family day out, keeping everyone entertained.
Canary Islands half term holidays: Lanzarote
Looking for tropical weather and beautiful beaches for your half term getaway? Occidental Lanzarote Mar guarantees an unforgettable family holiday thanks to its three adult swimming pools, two kids’ swimming pools, children’s playground and kids’ club.
During the day, families can enjoy the likes of surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, rock climbing and golf. Come the evening, you can enjoy fun-packed live and animated shows put on by the entertainment team.
There are no shortage of things to do with kids in Lanzarote when you’re enjoying the best half term deals, with beaches galore and an incredible volcanic national park to be discovered.
Whichever island you opt for, book yourself and your family the ultimate February half term holidays, and you definitely won’t regret it.