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

Big apartment with huge terrace in a quite zone, 20 minutes from city center

Apartment of 120 square meters with a terrace of 120 square meters, fully furnished. The house has 2 double bedrooms, 1 bedroom with double sofa bed, large kitchen fully equipped for cooking and dining table, 2 bathrooms, one with tub and one wit...

Charming Finca Apartments with Pool+WiFi at the Costa de la Luz near beach+town

FINCA SAN AMBROSIO Eco Hideaway in the very south of Spain. The Finca is set amongst fruit orchards and pasture in the green south of Andalusia, Province of Cadiz, in beautiful landscape and only about 1,6 miles from the wide golden beaches of th...


This is a new development built and furnished to a very high standard. It is situated in a very nice area in Vilamoura known as 'The Old Village'. The property is located beside Pinhal golf course and The Four Seasons, which is very popular with g...

Luxe Apt For 6 At Historic Centre With Panoramic View, Lift & A/c

With an historic soul on the inside, the apartment also has an amazing panoramic view to Tagus River, historic centre, Augusta Arch and Lisbon’s cathedral. Suitable for up to 6 guests, the king size bed for 2 persons on one bedroom and 2 single...

apartment/ flat - São Martinho do Porto

(Text automatically translated) 2 bedroom apartment, situated in a quiet and privileged S. Martinho do Porto, just minutes from the beach this apartment is in a private condominium with swimming pool, sauna, showers, garden and communal room. This...

Single family house, private garden, terrace, balcony, pets are welcome

Living just like at home. Our Casa Mantini is equipped with everything that you could ask for. 4 bedrooms (with extra beds) offer space for up to 15 guests Ground floor: double bedroom (extra bed possible), mini children's room, shower/wc,fully ...

Blue Flat Danube! Get the best for your holiday in Budapest!

Modern flat in the area of the city is available for people who want to enjoy Budapest and relax at home in a romantic place.56 square meters, 2 rooms with kitchen bathroom and living room with king size bed. The position is perfect for an holiday...

refined in arty atmosphere immersion in my apartment in Montmartre

A Paris like home! That's my motto for your stay. Ideally located, close to the Sacre Coeur in an authentic district of Paris, you will be seduced by the lush food stalls shops, animation café terraces, diverse restaurants, originality fashion b...


Ideal for a tour of ancient Rome. The apartment is 100 metres from S. Peter's Basilica and Vaticans Museums. The apartment 70mq: 2 bedrooms, 5 sleeps, living room with kitchen (22 mq), bathroom, balcony, internet WI-FI, air conditioning, TV, lift...

Beautiful Spacious Luxury Apartment In The Heart Of The Stirling

Wallace apartment is located 5 minutes walk from Stirling bus and railway station in the heart of Stirling. The ground floor apartment offers comfortable, convenient accommodation to explore this historic City. With two good sized double rooms, a ...
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