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

Beautiful Italian-style property with private pool, terrace and mountain views

100 year old Italian style property situated in the stunning Abruzzo region of central Italy, close to the Gran Sasso mountains and the golden sandy beaches of the Adriatic.(Pineto beach is 20mins drive away) When the house was renovated the origi...

Ameglia: indipendent house whit big garden- 1,5 km from beach-Bocca di Magra between Tuscany and Liguria

detached house with garden of 1000 mq.tutto fenced and lighted which is accessed by a driveway .. 1.5 km from the sea of ​​Fiumaretta between Lerici and Versilia(Forte dei Marmi), near marina di carrara, home and 'strategically located...

Cosy apartments in a secluded Country House, set in 14 acres, near Rye

HUMPHRIES CROSS is a an Edwardian country house, set in 14 acres of gardens & paddocks, surrounded by farmland in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Footpaths/bridleways adjacent. In a quiet secluded setting, yet only 2 miles from medieval cin...

Boutique apartment in trendy Old South / museum district

Contemporary and with the comfort and privacy of your own home, that's Suite Keijser. The light and specious apartment measuring around 80m2 is situated in a historical building. Very close to the Rijks Museum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museu...

Gorgeous Villa With Beautiful Private Pool, Outside Bar and Barbecue Area.

The beautiful, detached Villa Marina is ideal for the perfect family holiday. With up to 8 guests able to stay in the four bedroom villa with air conditioning, it is a great place to holiday. The high walls and gates make it a secure place for you...

Kalamaki Villas are villas with private swimming pools

There is one villa with one bedroom, one bathroom, living room, etc. with private swimming pool. Name of villa:ERATO. There are two villas with two bedrooms, one bathroom, living room, etc. with a private swimming pool for each villa. Names of the...

Charming country holiday home in Tuscany, with swimming pool.

The Cottage is plunged in the beautiful hilly landscape that surrounds the ancient medieval hamlet of Montecarlo, in the province of Lucca. “Cottage Merlot”, is an holiday house to the inside of an elegant residence immersed in a peaceful country...

Cottage in charming position, with swimmingpool in residence, surrounded from greens hills.

The terraced house is to the inside of a residence, built from the ancient wine cellars of one wine farm. The house is encircled from the greens hills cultivated to vines and olivos. It is equipped from a small garden forehead-back in which you ca...

Charming detached villa with private swimming pool in unspoiled countryside.

Casa do Cerro do Lenho is a charming, private, detached luxury villa located in the stunning, unspoiled valley of Larga Vista near Paderne north of Albufeira in the Algarve. The refurbished villa with a NEW secluded private swimming pool is set wi...

Holiday paradise with private pool, beautiful valley views, very peaceful !!

Villa Rosemary - is everything you would expect in a high standard accommodation. Incl. 2 bathrooms with fitted showers, 2 bedrooms (1 x double bedroom 1 x twin bedded room). Air conditioning throughout, roll down insect mesh screens & patio door...

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