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

HYÈRES (Presqu' island of Giens), SPLENDID STUDIO 27m2 (4 beds) + TERRACE 17m2 with less 80m of the beach, opposite l' island of PORQUEROLLES

Ideally located on the presqu' island (opposite the islands Porquerolles and Pors Cross), any comfort for 4 people with reversible air-conditioning, entirely renovated, very neat decoration, large terrace very equipped, with less 80m of the sand b...

Fantastic Villa with pool in Malta - BBQ area/Air Condition

Villa is situated in a peaceful valley known as Santa Maria Estate in the north of Malta. This villa can accommodate up to 16 persons.Consists of 1 x 2 bed and 2 x 3 bed apartments.. The first floor of the villa consists of 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms...

Private pool, modern apartment, children friendly, Free Wi-Fi, beautiful seaview

Charming two bedroom apartment - terrace & sea views! Sunshine apartments house is located in Lumbarda, small town 6 km from Korcula old town on the Island of Korcula. All apartments are newly renovated and located only 60 meters from the the f...

Group Villa - Seasonal Heated Pool/safety Fence,Hot Tub,Disabled facility,WIFI

Our luxurious group villa sleeps up to 20 people all year round and out of the summer season it can be rented for up to 10 people exclusive and new for this year.It is set in an amazing location with fantastic views,close to all amenities with eve...

Villa with private pool in Tuscany,stunning wiews!

The Poggio is a gracious stone country house overlooking the breathtaking hills of the Orcia Valley, one of the most unpolluted areas of Tuscany famous for its Cretes. Its dominating position overlooks the area from Montalcino, Trequanda until Sie...

Apartment with spectaculair views and garden

This beautiful property has been built in traditional style with white-washed walls and a simple design. It is situated in an attractive and somewhat exclusive area - being close to Burriana beach and in a quiet residential zone. Consisting of 1 ...

Vintage But Renovated House Located In A Calm Town, Near To Leuca

This holiday house was recently renovated to host few or many people view the presence of a large bedroom on the first floor with additional bathroom, accessible by ladder, in addition to the three bedrooms + bathroom on the ground floor. Summariz...

Become a hedonist by the private pool, and enjoy the gorgeous sea view

If you are a family with children looking for a peaceful oasis where you can connect with your dearest and enjoy privacy and spectacular scenery, this is the place to be. Croatia is undiscovered and untouched in many ways. This is a fascinating c...

Let the waves wake you up and take a swim in private pool at the beachfront villa

This lovingly resorted villa has its own large private pool and wonderful views to the Adriatic - just 5 meters away! Located in this quiet beach front village that looks the crystal clear Adriatic, Villa provides four-star accommodation for six -...

House / Villa - CiutadellaHouse with garden

Ideally located. Fantastic view of the sea just infront.Tastefully decorated. Big garden and huge swimming pool. The pool has a no deep side for children. Ideal for one or two families with children.
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