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

Luxury Penthouse Apartments In Cala D'or, Mallorca, Balearic Islands

Seasonal rental of three penthouses, situated on an exclusive development with pleasant views over the communal swimming pool area and the Marina, situated not far from all amenities and beaches. El Puerto I is a recently built complex with Medit...

Luxury Apartment In Centre Of Split

'' Apartment Vuko '' is located in the centre of the town Split. Although it is only about a hundred meters far from the old town ( the Diocletian’s palace under UNESCO's protection ), it is positioned in a very quiet and a pleasant part of the to...

Chalet Bergheim - Unique, Private, Ski-in/ski-out Chalet Surrounded by Nature

NEW FOR 2013/2014!! Chalet Bergheim is a ski-in/ski-out chalet, built in 1933 in traditional walliser style wooden construction. Renovated in 2013/2014, the chalet is furnished with bespoke, hand made furniture and natural materials but with all ...

Perfect For Two In A Perfect Village!

'Chez DD' [pronounced 'day-day' in French] is affectionately named after a previous owner of this ancient house - the old village postman, André. He was always known as 'DD' to the villagers, and his old home has been the subject of a ground-up, ...

A Perfect Gem For Two

'Le Petit Ormeau' is a private home which has been recently totally restored and modernised, with a state-of-the-art Kitchen, Shower Room, air conditioning, heat exchanger temperature balance, lighting controls, free wi-fi, satellite TV and much m...

Luxury For Two - Spaciousness For Four!

A most elegantly presented private home providing the perfect up-market, secluded holiday base for the Dordogne region. One of the 'Perfection for Two' group of quality homes, the house is quietly and privately situated in an exclusive small hamle...

A spacious family home in a large garden above the Dordogne river

A family house in an exceptional location in the medieval village of Limeuil, with totally private and secure gardens. Set in a corner of the village walls with extensive views over the Dordogne valley, the spacious accommodation provides plenty...

A stylish old stone village house just Perfect for Two

An enticing example of a traditional stone built, medieval village house - renovated throughout to provide a stylish and comfortable home, equipped to a very high standard, and laid out over two floors. One of the 'Perfection for Two' group of qu...

Perfection for two in a medieval village near Sarlat

A stone-built ancient village house of great character in a peaceful and hugely picturesque small rural medieval village, totally restored for a French film producer to exacting and high spec standards. A chance to indulge yourself in a sophistica...

Luxury Apartment Sevilla center

SPECIAL OFFER MAY 2014: 210 € daily for 6 persons. SPECIAL OFFER JUNE 2014: 276 € daily for 6 persons. Downtown Magnificent 3 bedroom apartment (150 square meters), Sleeps 6, located in the center of Seville. It is very spacious, comfortable and...

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