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

3 Minutes walk to the beach

Walking distance to the beach, the house has a large fully enclosed south west facing back garden.

1 Minute Walk To The Beach

The property has a private communal swimming pool that is only a few steps away from the sandy beach. There are a wide variety of restaurants, bars and shops all within walking distance, including a beach bar within footsteps of the property. As w...

Peaceful Location Only 1km Off Main Killarney To Dingle Road

Lissivane Country Cottage situated in the heart of Kerry is an ideal location for touring the Ring of Kerry, Killarney's National Park and the Dingle and Beara Peninsulas. It offers magnificient views of open countryside,the Mcgillycuddy Reeks mou...

Viladomatrural

EL REFUGI (4+3 people) It is a nice rural lodging in the oldest part of the house, the stone and its history are the leaders. By their windows you can see a spectacular landscape of the romanic church and all the small village of “La Nou de Bergue...

Large Mediterranean Garden, Pool And Terrace

Exclusive villa located in seclusion overlooking the village of Claviers, Var with a tiled swimming pool and a fabulous terrace running the entire length of the house with a spectacular view. It features a Mediterranean, terraced garden including ...

Peaceful Location In A Rural Hamlet 10 Minutes By Car To The Coast And To Berwick Upon Tweed

The Old School dates back to the mid-19th Century and is a grade 2 listed building. It was converted in 2006 after many years as a School (until the 2nd World War) village hall and community centre. It retains many of it’s original features includ...

Quiet Location,10 Min Walk To Beach & Old Town, Air Con, Double Glaz., Windows, Orthopedic Matress

Villa Orange is totally new construction with air conditioning in all rooms, ceiling fans, heat isolation,double glazing windows &private pool of dimensions of 7X4 m. and a depth which goes from 0.90 m to 1.80 m. The house has been designed and co...

Secluded Compound Location With Private Entrance With Electric Gates

Beautiful cliff top 4 bedroom villa. recently remodelled to the highest standard, private parking and secure private pool, party entertainment decks, ideal 40/50/60 special birthday events, weddings, family holidays,views of Natural Parks,Sierra N...

Quiet Location Above Town, Short Walk To Beach And Restaurants, Car Not Necessary

South facing apartment in small peaceful development on hill top position within prestigious Monte Dourado. Two double bedrooms, one en suite. Shower room. Very well-equipped kitchen with ceramic hob, oven, fridge/freezer, micro-wave, dishwasher, ...

Villa / Farmhouse / Home in Rassina with 4 bedrooms sleeps 11

'La Contea' is a beautiful, characteristic, detached Tuscan villa, part of an ancient farm which dates back to the 15th century and used to belong to the well-known Visani-Rassinesi family, which gave Rassina some of it's most famous people. The a...
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