October Half Term Breaks

Short breaks: a whole lotta fun!

Russ Sanchez

Russ Sanchez
HomeAway travel expert

Family holidayThe October half term is an excellent time to sneak in a cheeky holidaylet. A shot of a holiday, as opposed to a full glass; something to brace you for the approaching holiday season – and for two reasons. Firstly, it's just outside the peak holiday season, so travel and accommodation prices are at their lowest. This is especially important if you're planning for the whole family. Secondly, you'll get to experience your break sans the summertime crowds (or Christmastime crowds) that would probably otherwise be clogging up the beautiful views.

The main con of an October half term holiday is, obviously, its brevity. But luckily, there are numerous fantastic half term break destinations close enough to home that you won't need to worry about travel time eating up your holiday. Here are five of our favourites.


Five of the finest October half term destinations


October half term holidays in France October half term holidays in France

France offers a huge range of holiday options, from the cultural (and literal) feast that is Paris, to the rural sports haven of the Rhone-Alps, all of which are easily accessible from the UK. And of course there's sunny Provence, if you're in the mood for a walking holiday. And then again, there are the beautiful beaches... Try the Cote D'Azur, for example, for lots of sandcastle-friendly sand and easy visibility, so you don't lose sight of your little beach enthusiasts!

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October half term holidays in the Canary Islands October half term holidays in the Canary Islands

Ah, the Canary Islands – warm, exotic, and (relatively) nearby. With a balmy climate and wide range of attractions, and considering the great value on flights and accommodation in October, the Canaries are an ideal choice for a cheap half term break. Creamy beaches abound all over the islands, and Gran Canaria especially boasts excellent hiking and walking opportunities around Roque Nublo, including a kid-accessible path that leads from the nearby parking lot.

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October half term holidays in Belgium October half term holidays in Belgium

For something just a bit different – and if you aren't married to the idea of spending your half break roasting in the sun – consider Belgium. Brussels, Bruges, and Ghent are all gorgeous; beautifully preserved medieval towns. Bruges' winding canals and pedestrian-friendly layout make for an especially photo-worthy getaway, and there isn't likely to be anywhere near the crowds you'll get elsewhere. Also, kids (and parents) won't want to miss Brussels' Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate! If a mellow break in picturesque surroundings makes you hungry, consider this seriously underrated little European gem. 

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October half term holidays in Portugal October half term holidays in Portugal

With a glorious climate year round, Portugal is perfect for a last-ditch beach holiday before the winter arrives in Britain. There are endless attractions to keep the kids happy – the beaches of the Southern Algarve are especially family friendly – and with many 'end of season' activity and spa deals, you can find some very cheap adult activities as well. Oh, and the food and Port wine? It probably doesn't need saying that they can't be missed.

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October half term holidays in Scotland October half term holidays in Scotland

Scotland is an ideal choice for a change of scenery without having to travel very far – which means it's also perfect for those who've waited until the last minute to take a break away. Easy to get to and around, October holidays in Scotland are suited to lovers of the great outdoors – sweeping vistas, endless walking and hiking trails, imposing castles... and little ones will jump at the chance to monster-hunt at Loch Ness. Take your pick, book your trip, and then jump on HomeAway and find a perfect holiday cottage.

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Available properties during October half term 2014

Short Distance to the Glamorous Puerto Banus

This villa provides the perfect holiday experience being located very close to the famous, glamorous marina of Puerto Banus and its lovely beaches (5 minutes by car), providing all your entertainment and fun during your stay, yet offers relaxation...

10 Minutes Walk To City Centre

Described by guests and their families as 'an amazing space', The Pavilion is a spacious penthouse apartment situated on the South side of Canterbury, close to the County Cricket ground. It has balconies overlooking peaceful maintained gardens. Bu...

Peaceful Location, 1 Short Walk To The River Mosel Along The Harbour

Situated in Bernkastel-Kues, the picturesque town centre is just a short stroll away, along the meandering river Mosel, Christmas Market booking's are taken from now! for 30 November 2014 - 21 December 2014 This season is like something out of a ...

Apartament Riverside Bansko

Our spacious and centrally located apartment has a bedroom and living room with fully equipped kitchen. It can accommodate two people and is just 5 min. walk from the historic center of Bansko and excellent restorantes. Bansko is located at the f...


Beautiful apartment in period house detached, elegantly furnished and equipped with every comfort. Located in one of the few private streets in Milan, then out of the chaos and traffic of the city and circle dell'Ecopass, but easy to get the cente...

Promenade des Anglais (Negresco) - Nice - Apartment with garden

Beautiful apartment 75sq.mts with mezzanine floor on sea front on the famous Promenade des Anglais. Central andin high quality building, just a few minutes walk from the Negresco. Beautiful private garden. Train station 15 minutes walk. 20 min to...

Villa Bonita, Urb Viz. De Cabanyas

Last available week in July (12/19-7) € 1.500,--. Large and comfortable villa in Calonge, Catalunya, Spain with private pool for 8 persons. The villa is situated in a hilly and residential area and at 3 km from San Antoni de Calonge be...

Villa / Farmhouse / Home in Greve In Chianti with 3 bedrooms sleeps 6

Charming property situated in the heart of the Chianti Classico region, only 3 km away from the renowned small town of Greve in Chianti. This property, offering a beautiful panoramic swimming-pool, has been carefully restored preserving its origin...

Modern holiday rentals on a traditional Black Forest farm of 1839.

Haus Wussler, the modern guesthouse, which was built in 1992 as well as the typical Black Forest farmhouse 'Valley View' of our traditional Black Forest Farm, are located on a sunny plateau, surrounded by meadows and forests, with a splendid panor...

Village House with character

A comfortable & authentic village house, sympathetically restored, and well equipped with modern kitchen & bathroom. ADSL broadband included and free telephone calls to fixed lines in France and most western countries. (Calls to mobiles are NOT ...
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