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

Haven of peace - Villa for 8 persons - the Cassis hinterlands

In this countryside, so dear to Marcel Pagnol, the house for 8 persons is set in an enclosed garden of 2400 sqm, a haven of peace, with Mediterranean plants. Some terraces, favourable to idleness, dominate the clear countryside and the swimming po...

Spacious villa with fantastic views of Cala D'or and Porto Colom Porto Petro

The rustic style living area has 2 bedroom with double bed and 2 bedroom with twin beds. 2 of the bedrooms have an ensuite bathroom. There is a further bathroom and a guest toilet. Each bedroom has air conditioning. There is digital television and...

Private Mansion in Aix in the historical city centre (1 to 4 persons).

Charming duplex apartment, very quiet, bright and equipped, WIFI, for 1 to 4 persons. On the 1st floor of a lovely private 18th century mansion in Aix. Lift, entry phone and security system, ideally located in the heart of the historical centre of...

2+1 Residance w/Private Beach, Pool, Spa and Fitness in Antalya Side

900 mt to the Blue Flagged Beach 5 km to Side Ancient City 7 km to Manavgat 63 km to the Antalya Airport Our premises offers you; Open and closed 2 swimming pools, Kids pool Private beach part Fitness centre Spa centre Steam room Playground Te...

Apartment for Rent @ Datca - Close to the Beach

2 Bedroom apartment with PVC and flynetted windows and solar powered. Fully furnished, 3,5 km to the beach. 2km to Datca town centre, Marmaris is 44km, Hisaronu 28km, Dalaman airport is 160km, Selimiye is 36 km. Daily rental applic...

Designer Apt. Well Connected, WiFi!

HUTB-006878 Designer apartment very well connected to accommodate up to 4 people, very spacious and bright, recently renovated and fully furnished. Perfect for small groups, families or executives in business travel. Besides comfortable, it's tas...

Center of Paris Montparnasse-bright & comfortable 3-room apartment 55 m2 on 4th

Center of Paris Gaité Montparnasse - bright & comfortable 3-room apartment 55 m2 on 4th floor - crossing in a gated community (code + key) ,2 bedrooms overlooking schoolyards with lift and direct access to private parking - equipped kitc...

1+1 Residance w/Private Beach, Pool, Spa and Fitness i Antalya Side

900 mt to the Blue Flagged Beach 5 km to Side Ancient City 7 km to Manavgat 63 km to the Antalya Airport Our premises offers you; Open and closed 2 swimming pools, Kids pool Private beach part Fitness centre Spa centre Steam room Playground Te...

Charming apart in the historical heart of Aix-en-Provence (1 to 3 persons)

Charming furnished apartment for 1 to 3 people in the first floor of a beautiful building, ideally situated in historical city center in some steps of the famous Cours Mirabeau, the Granet Museum, four dolphins square, the bus and taxis station, 3...

Brand New Luxurious Apartment by the Coastline of Datca

2 Bedroom apartment with PVC and flynetted windows, private garden and solar powered. Fully furnished, 20mt to the beach. Marmaris is 44km, Hisaronu 28km, Dalaman airport is 180km, Selimiye is 36 km. Daily rental applications are wel...
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