Swap candle-lit pumpkins, cosy knits and crispy leaves for sun-kissed beaches, sandy toes and sprinkle-covered ice creams this October half-term. Autumn may be sweeping the UK by this point, but pockets of Europe still bask in late summer sunshine. And this year, more than ever, is the time to getaway to somewhere different and make the most of the holidays!
So once the kids have run out of the playground on the last day of school, whisk them off to one of these hotspots for an October half-term holiday to remember.
For a Mediterranean island, Majorca still clocks up temperatures of 23°C in October – hallelujah! That means you and your little ones can be lapping up the sun in less than three hours after leaving the UK. And there’s no shortage of sandy shores here, with the island ringed by lengthy stretches and secluded coves. Pick your favourite and set up camp for the day!
In between sandcastle building and wave jumping, make the most of Majorca’s best bits – there’s oodles for families to do. Enjoy a ride on the vintage train through the epic Tramuntana Mountains to Soller, pedal along sweeping coastal paths and see Palma’s extraordinary waterfront cathedral.
Blue skies always prevail in good old Tenerife, so it’s the ideal spot to go for an October half-term holiday. You can expect temperatures in the mid-twenties, so the kids can still enjoy splashing in the hotel pool and body boarding among the Atlantic waves. Looking for the best beaches? Our favourites include Playa del Duque and Playa del Camison.
Beyond the beaches, Tenerife is a natural playground, perfect for budding explorers. Bundle up the gang for a day trip to Mount Teide, a soaring volcano in the island’s heart. You can take a cable car to the top and experience amazing views along the way! Anaga Rural Park and Teno Rural Park offer dazzling landscapes to enjoy too.
There’s a reason why this slice of Spanish coastline draws families back year after year – it’s got everything you could want for an October half-term holiday! The weather’s still mild, beaches are cloaked in white sand and family attractions are aplenty.
Benidorm’s the Costa Blanca’s headliner, with great-value restaurants, playgrounds for all ages and fun-filled waterparks. And if you’re after a taste of authentic Spain, you can spend time in the traditional Old Town.
For something a little more low-key than Benidorm, base yourself in Calpe. This former fishing village may have come a long way since its days of simply trundling fresh catches into the harbour, but it’s still retained much of its charm.
Teeming with ancient treasures, Rhodes is a wonderful spot for keen little historians! You and the kids can begin piecing together the island’s tapestry of history at the amazingly-preserved Acropolis in Lindos. Venture further north to Rhodes Town, where the charming Old Town will whisk you back to the medieval era with its astonishing Palace of the Grand Master and Knights’ Quarter.
After all that history hunting, chill out on the island’s lovely beaches. Glystra Beach has shallow waters for paddling, while Ixia Beach is the place to go if you’ve got kiddies who love water sports. Cap off a day at the beach sampling Greece’s much-loved, delicious cuisine. Slabs of feta, pastries drizzled in honey, just-caught seafood? Oh yes.
Looking for somewhere super simple that’ll please all the gang this October half-term? Turn your attention to the Antalya Area. This glittering part of Turkey’s coast specialises in all-inclusive hotels, where all the trimmings are included as part of the price. With ice creams on tap and plenty of pools to play in, the kids will be sorted. Did we mention the weather? Say hello to temperatures around 26°C!
Venture out of the hotel and you’ll find superb sandy beaches up and down this glittering stretch. Lara Beach and Belek both come up trumps with family-friendly plots, while Blue Flag Kleopatra Beach in Alanya dazzles with its soft white sand.
Posted: 23rd Jul 2020.