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October Holidays: Top Destinations

Planning Your October Holiday

October is an excellent time to take a pre-winter holiday. While the high travel season is over in many places, the majority of attractions remain open, and prices are often lower than during the peak summer months.

The Best Destinations for a Holiday in October

Whether you want to soak up the culture and sights of a large city, relax in the countryside, or enjoy a beach break, October holidays cover all bases. ​

  • Cotswolds, UK

    For a trip that is relatively close to home and accessible by car, the Cotswolds is a great option. Attractions and tea shops are still open but you can expect to share them with fewer crowds than at more popular times of year. The area's famous honey-coloured stone buildings are particularly photogenic in the soft autumn light while the grounds of Blenheim Palace provide fantastic opportunities to photograph autumn foliage. Energetic visitors might like to tackle a stretch of the 164km Cotswolds Way, which runs from Bath to Chipping Campden.

  • Bar Harbor, Maine, USA

    A trip to enjoy the vividly-coloured foliage of a New England autumn has to be high up anyone's list of ideas for an October holiday. Situated on Frenchman Bay, Bar Harbor is a superb location in which to base yourself. The picturesque town centre is an enjoyable place for a wander, as is the shoreline. Meanwhile, the nearby Acadia National Park offers the main attraction: glorious foliage colours of thousands of trees.

  • Tenerife, the Canaries

    With an average of seven hours of sun per day, comfortable temperatures, and only about four hours by plane from the UK, Tenerife is a popular choice for an October break. While the beaches are the island's top attraction, seeing Tenerife's impressive inland scenery is well worth the time. For example, the volcanic Teide National Park and Masca Valley both offer plenty of opportunities for photographers, hikers, and view-gazers alike.

  • Dubai, UAE

    Average October temperatures in Dubai hover in the mid-30s, making it a great choice if you want real sun. Thanks to its white sand beaches and warm waters, it can be hard to tear yourself away from the sea. However, Dubai's shopping opportunities are unparalleled while anyone seeking a little solitude can find it in the form of a desert tour.

  • Marrakech, Morocco

    Easily accessible from the UK and with an average of eight hours of sun per day, Marrakech is a good option for an offbeat holiday. What it lacks in beaches, it makes up for with culture. Wander through the old town, or medina, with its palaces, mosques, souks, and riads. Alternatively, a hot air balloon ride at dawn offers a peaceful perspective on the city.

Where to Head for October Half Term Holidays

When the leaves start to fall and the warmth of summer fades, almost everyone feels the need to get away and recharge their batteries. That's doubly true for families with kids at school, who have earned some time away. With that in mind, here are some tips for the best destinations for October half term holidays. From the warmth of the Canary Islands to the high culture of France, your October half term holidays offer a plethora of choices sure to suit any family's needs.

  • The Canary Islands

    When other destinations start to cool down, Spain's Canary Islands are just getting started. Thanks to their location just off the coast of North Africa, the Canaries offer warm October temperatures and very little rain. Mix days at the beach with cloud forest hikes in Gomera, mountain climbing on Tenerife, and splashing around at water parks that are much less busy than during peak season.

  • France

    October is the perfect time to hop on a plane or Eurostar and head to the UK's southern neighbour. You can easily book accommodation in Normandy or Brittany in the north, and spend the week visiting cathedrals, WWII battle sites, and munching on delicious cheese and sipping even more delicious wine. The South of France beckons, too, with warm weather around the Cote d'Azur, even as autumn starts to bite elsewhere.

  • New York City

    Christmas is just around the corner, so what could be better than a shopping break in the Big Apple? New York is really easy to reach via affordable flights from multiple UK airports, and there's always something to do. The fall leaves in Central Park will be a riot of colours, the Columbus Day Parade is quite festive, and the ice rink in Bryant Park opens in October as well. Whether you're keen to discover the latest musical on Broadway, head to MoMA to feast on art, or watch some NFL action, October is a fantastic time to visit New York.

  • Cancun

    If you really want to soak up the sunshine during October half term, Mexico's Cancun is an unbeatable option. Fifteen miles of sandy beaches, mystical Mayan ruins, pulsing nightlife, and some of the best dive sites in the Caribbean all make this vibrant resort a superb mid-autumn destination. And it's even better if you book private accommodation just outside the Hotel Zone, so you can also relax in peace and quiet.

  • Cyprus

    Summer may be gone, but the Mediterranean remains an excellent choice for October half term holidays. That said, few destinations can match Cyprus. Temperatures will likely still be around 30°C, and the island's wealth of ancient historical attractions will be far quieter than during the high season. Mix long days at Nissi Beach with visits to the Tombs of the Kings, all without the crowds.

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