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

2km From Historic Town Of Lagos, 5 Minutes Walk To The Beach

These 2 deluxe 2 bedroom apartments can be rented separately or as a pair for larger parties. Furnished similarly, to a high standard, one is ground floor, the other on the first floor which can be accessed by stairs or lift. There is secure under...

Perfect Resort Location, Ski-in, Ski-out, Magnificent Views.

Magnificent luxury 10 bedroom chalet which can be divided into two, 5 bedroom/5 bathroom chalets, each furnished to the highest standards. Perfectly located on the slopes of Le Grand Bornand/Chinaillon. The property is truly ski-in/ski-out, immedi...

Vila Ancora, situated In Porto De Mos Lagos, Close To Centre Of Lagos

These two new apartments at Villa Ancora can be rented separately or as a pair for larger parties. Both are beautifully furnished to a very high standard and offer a warm welcome to our guests. Both are ground floor with direct access to the share...

Peaceful Setting, Dordogne Attractions Easily Accessible

Newly renovated, this spacious 3 bedroom house (1 a family room with double bed and bunkbeds) is in a stunning location. Beautiful views to the front and rear of the property, the house is just on the edge of the village of Coubjours and 10 minute...

Beautiful Sandy Unspoilt Beach 5 Mins Walk

Prospect Cottage is an original end terraced fisherman's cottage in the heart of Winterton. Tastefully decorated & furnished. Enclosed garden, Own off-road parking for 2 cars. This pretty seaside village boasts pale sandy beaches & mile upon mile...

Peaceful Location. Free Wifi. Perranporth famous links Golf Course 0.5 mile

The Smithy is a four bedroom cottage which is over 200 years old, and was originally the Blacksmith's in the tiny village of Rose. It has since been extended into a family home. The three mile beach of Perranporth is just over a mile away. There a...

Riverside Village Location, Close To Beaches, Castles And All Northumberland Has To Offer

Northumberland, occupying an enviable position on the river and less than a mile from beautiful golden beaches. Riverstone offers luxurious yet relaxed spacious accommodation for up to 6 guests, newly refurbished it is fully equipped with all mode...

This 2-bedroom apartment offers the most awesome panoramic views

This 2-bedroom apartment is in an Apartment-Hotel complex that offers the most awesome panoramic views over the Hohe-Tauern Mountainrange. Aparthotel Select also boasts a 15 meter long swimming pool where one can enjoy those long hot summer days w...

An enchanting apartment with fantastic location, near the lake, great view

This 1 bedroom apartment has a lounge that opens into winter-garden with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer the most stunning views over the Zeller Lake. The apartment is 56m² and the bedroom has a large walk-in wardrobe. In the lounge is a sleep...

Lake front Villa, Drottningholm, Stockholm

Waterfront property located 10 minutes from Stockholm City, neighbouring the royal castle and the cultural grounds of Drottningholm. 200m2 open space, one-level building with water view terrace area, situated high over the water with south west or...
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