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

Only A Few Minutes Walk From The Sea And Several Beach Park Facilities And Restaurants

Villa Pembe is in the sought after area of Kisla in Kalkan, near the luxury resorts of Patara Prince and Villa Mahal. This luxury , 4 bedroom villa with private pool has been maintained to a very high standard and occupies an unrivalled position w...

Quiet Location On Edge of a Working Farm

Holly Cottage comprises a former cattleman's cottage that has been comprehensively renovated and extended to provide a high quality contemporary living environment coupled with traditional country cottage features. Underfloor heating, 3 sets of b...

Stunning apartment a 3-5 min walk to river Thames

This stunning Victorian townhouse is set in a quiet street in Putney/Wandsworth (Inner London - Zone 2), a 3-5 minutes walk from the river Thames, and just 12-14 minutes into Central London. Within a 2 min walk are direct buses to Victoria, Sloane...

Unique Luxury Villa panoramic views of Lake & Mountains, private pool, wifi.

Villa Estrella is a luxurious villa set on 5,253 sq metre plot on the edge of Lake Vinuela taking in breathtaking scenery of the beautiful Axaquia Region of the Costa del Sol. As you enter through the main door entrance the view of the lake is upo...

Abbesses 50 m from the Pigalle subway, Wi-Fi, Parking, extra charge per 3rd pers

You will love this large, peaceful and sunny studio, in an apartment complex from 1930, in a street without traffic. There is a large and high quality sofa-bed of 160x200 cm for 2 people and a chair-bed for a third person (subject to a fee: €100 ...

Luxury Chalet - Lift 100m - Sleeps 10 - Gourmet Chef - Sauna

WINTER (FULLY CATERED, GOURMET CHEF, MINIMUM BOOKING 2 PEOPLE FOR 7 NIGHTS) If you love skiing, great food and luxurious living then Chalet Le Sabot is the place for you. The chalet has everything you will need for the perfect ski holiday. ...

Luxury 17th Century Cottage in Looe's Old Town Close to the Beach

Located amongst the quaint old streets of East Looe, Lantau Cottage is an immaculately presented former 17th Century Ship Merchants' Cottage. Dating back over 400 years, the property is steeped in a rich history with many original features includi...

Beautiful villa in Sao Mamede Natural Park with pool ,lake and un-spoilt views.

Beautiful family villa with private pool set in 7 acres of private ground, 500m from lake. There are beautiful walks and cycle routes from the grounds and this is one the best bird watching areas in Europe (list available). The area is steeped in ...

Nice Pebbles: Cyrano

Overlooking Nice's main shopping street, this stylish studio will suit guests looking for more than a hotel room could offer. Enjoy spending time out on the balcony watching locals and tourists go by. Bijou apartment in the heart of the shopping ...

Just Finished Rennovation Of This Grandiose 3 Bedroom 3 Bathroom Apartment

Ella’s Rooms is a Luxury Apartment with comfort and style up to 8 persons. This 170 sm, 3 bedroom apartment is a splendid and grandiose property located in the historical heart of Budapest, ideal for long stays, for families, groups or as your hom...
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