Craving some winter sun for the February half term holidays? The Canary Islands are an increasingly popular destination for year-round sun, with mild and pleasant temperatures in February allowing you to enjoy plenty of sunshine. The subtropical islands are the perfect place if you’re looking to relax on the beach or explore the islands’ family attractions.
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 those rays 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. 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
Occidental Margaritas is ideal for families and couples seeking a refuge of sun and sand and lies 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 the little ones aged 4 to 12 years old, there is a playground and Miniclub with plenty of activities, where kids will have non-stop fun, all supervised by the entertainment team. A paradise of water sports awaits you at the beach, where you 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…
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 plenty of other aquatic adventures in an extremely safe environment. There are also plenty of rides and slides for adrenaline seekers who are looking to take the ultimate plunge. The park’s star attraction is swimming with sea lions, where you can swim alongside the fascinating creatures and even get your picture taken!
The Maspalomas Dunes are stunning sand dunes located on the south coast of the island, with a beautiful beach, palm grove and lagoon. There is 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 available, offering some food and a visit to a camel park where you can admire some baby camels.
February half term holidays: Fuerteventura
Where better to spend the February half term holidays than in an island paradise right on the seafront? The Barceló Castillo Beach Resort is the ultimate all-inclusive hotel in Fuerteventura that lies 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. Kids can enjoy the hotel’s kids club that 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, or if you’re looking for some family entertainment you can head to the hotel’s theatre to enjoy live shows and performances.
El Castillo Beach
Located just a stone’s throw away from Barceló Castillo Beach Resort, you will find the stunning El Castillo Beach – an oasis of soft golden sands and tranquil waters where you can relax and unwind under the island sunshine. 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 holidays: Tenerife
Ready for a luxury island getaway for the February half term holidays? The Royal Hideaway Corales Suites is a family resort that lies 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 is no better place to stay if you’re looking for an exotic island retreat.
Check out some of the hottest family experiences to enjoy in Tenerife…
Siam Park is a must-visit if you’re looking for the ultimate family adventure in Tenerife’s Costa Adeje. Located just a 10-minute drive from the Royal Hideaway Corales Resort, Siam Park 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 80km/h. There is also a family zone which includes a giant Wave Palace, plus the park’s 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 both the youngest and eldest members of the family entertained.
Fancy a trip to one of the best zoos in Europe? Loro Parque remains one of the most popular family attractions in Tenerife, where sightings include everything from the likes of gorillas, lions, hippos and tigers, to dolphins, killer whales, sea lions and jellyfish, to parrots, penguins and alligators. Fascinating exhibitions are also on offer for visitors, including the Lion Kingdom, Planet Penguin and Aquarium. The park also boasts seven restaurants and bars where you can relax and indulge in some refreshments, including Thai, Italian and Spanish tapas.
February 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, and come evening, you can enjoy fun-packed live and animated shows put on by the entertainment team.
Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park
Don’t miss your chance to visit the Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park, where you can enjoy the perfect day out with the whole family. This animal park features bird and sea lion shows, cowboy lasso display, pony rides, plus a splash zone with a pool bar, showers, changing rooms and lockers. From white tigers and donkeys, to tortoise and pythons, prepare to be utterly amazed by the park’s array of animals.