3. Andalusia

There aren’t many European hotspots in February – at least not on the mainland – but Spain’s southernmost province is a decent bet. See you at the end of February and 20C days are possible.

Annie Bennett, our expert in the region, invites you to explore the Costa Tropical, in the province of Granada – a coastline of Moorish coves and watchtowers.

“A climate quirk means dense groves of mangoes, avocados, custard apples, bananas and other exotic crops line the Mediterranean,” she writes. “The protection of the Sierra Nevada and the warm winds blowing from North Africa create a subtropical microclimate with 320 days of sunshine per year and mild temperatures even in winter.”

Do it: Motril is the largest seaside resort on the Costa Tropical. A seven-night stay at the four-star Elba Motril Beach Resort, departing from Stansted in Malaga on February 19, starts at £ 239 per person, with Love Holidays (01 234 975 975; loveholidays.com).

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4. Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia is one of the Caribbean’s most coveted destinations – and for good reason. Its west coast is home to some of the best beaches on the planet, including the golden strip of Anse Chastanet, while the twin volcanic cliffs of Gros and Petit Piton offer hiking and climbing challenges, as well as some wonderful photos. All of this is served at temperatures that hang in the upper 20s Celsius, especially during the dry season of December-May.

Do it: A seven-night vacation at the five-star Cap Maison resort costs from £ 2,349 per person including flights via Tropical Sky (01342 395 263; tropicalsky.co.uk).

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5. Saint Kitts and Nevis

With its smaller companion Nevis, St Kitts is a Caribbean group “Small and Large”. The larger island has an intriguing capital city on the south coast at Basseterre and a sandy crescent at its southern tip in the form of Turtle Beach. His friend across the little canal from The Narrows is equally alluring, his charm visible on the beaches of Nisbet and Oualie. Both islands are quiet outcrops that don’t awaken to the wild nightlife – and you might well argue that they’re all the better for it.

Do it: A seven-night getaway to the three-star Oualie Beach Resort in St Kitts, departing Gatwick (via Antigua) on February 20, costs from £ 1,088 per person via British Airways Holidays (0344 493 0787; ba. com / holidays).

Best hotels in St. Kitts