With January (well) out of the way – we hope our first Things Worth Travelling For of 2020 last month helped, or at least inspired you. But now we are turning our ever-present travel radar to the month February. While the weather may not be much better we trust these suggestions will be a good mood-setter for some fantastic cities and events worth travelling for at this time of year.
1. Dance the night away at the Jerez Flamenco Festival
Every year The international Jerez Flamenco Festival attracts flamenco artists, and lovers of this dance, from all over the world. It takes place every year in February / March in the city of Jerez de la Frontera, in the south west of Spain.
The festival celebrates the creative evolution of flamenco, while still observing the tradition and values behind it, and is the flagship event of its kind in the world. However, if you were born with two left feet or dancing is just not your thing, the province of Andalusia, where Jerez is situated, has much to offer. Breath-taking beaches in Cadiz, monuments inspired by the Moorish style in Seville and Granada, and one of the most mouth-watering cuisines in the world are just a handful of its selling points, alongside temperatures of up to 20 degrees at this time of year. Jerez de la Frontera is also known for its sherry production – but perhaps don’t sample too much of the local tipple and the dancing together!
This year’s festival takes place from 21st February – 7th March.
- Experience Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans
While we like to draw attention to a number of off-the-radar events and experiences in this blog, some occasions can’t be overlooked, and Mardi Gras has to be one of them. Mardi Gras (from the French ‘Fat Tuesday’) is a Catholic tradition celebrating the last day before the beginning of Lent. New Orleans is renowned for its celebrations, and on the weekends leading up to Fat Tuesday, parades roll all over town. The parades are organised by social clubs known as krewes and most follow the same parade schedule and route each year. One of the most famous traditions is around ‘throws’, a collective term used to describe objects thrown from parade float to parade-goers, typically a multi-coloured string of plastic beads. Make sure you also wear either purple, gold or green when attending: the icon colours of New Orleans Mardi Gras.
- Soak up the sun in the Canary Islands
If you’re time-poor and/or don’t have the budget to go halfway across the world then the Canary Islands an excellent option for a winter break. They offer high temperatures, warm blue seas and quaint towns and villages full of cosy restaurants and pretty squares. Lanzarote and Fuerteventura offer the hottest temperatures at an average of 20 degrees at this time of year. Scented pine forests, haunting volcanoes, lunar-like landscapes, secret sandy coves, and beach-hugging resorts: these islands have it all.
- Head to Brazil's biggest party - at Rio de Janeiro Carnival
We don’t think this event really needs any introduction. the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is a festival held every year before Lent and considered the biggest carnival festival in the world with two million people per day on the streets. The typical Rio parade is filled with colourfully-dressed dancers, floats, and adornments from numerous samba schools which are located in the city. The streets are also filled with local performers and smaller street carnivals, where you’ll probably meet all the locals. Going to the Carnival of Rio at least once in your lifetime should most definitely be on your bucket list of travels!
- A romantic city break to Venice
Cobbled streets, cosy cafes, striking landmarks and, of course, the world’s best-known canals - Venice is truly one of the most romantic places in the world, so what better place for Valentine’s Day – and one of the world’s favourite. Experiencing a gondola ride is a must, and if you’re planning on something special for your other half(or just for yourself) a meal on one of the Grand Canale restaurants’ terraces is something you can’t miss. The Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Basilica and Rialto Bridge are just few of the unmissable landmarks you should take in when visiting this romantic town in North-East Italy. Don’t stop at just visiting the city itself, the close islands of Murano and Burano are known for their colourful fishing villages and their long tradition of glassmaking, so they should definitely be on your to-visit list.