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

Amazing Central House in Downtown,few minutes from Colosseum

Central amazing house in the heart of Rome, 15 minutes walk from Colosseum close to 'Termini' train station and 'Manzoni' metro station, is just refurbished with great care and is composed of 2 cozy bedroom, one with double bed and one with 3 sing...

Provencal villa in a pine tree forest, 5 min away from Avignon, 8 persons

Visit our Website. http://la-villa-monflour.com. At the crossroad of Provence, between scrubland and vineyards. Close to the old town of Avignon, centre of Art and Culture, famous for its festival, this charming Provencal villa is located in the ...

Detached Family Holiday Cottage Within Walking Distance Of Sandy Beach

A short walk from the sandy beach backed by striped cliffs, this detached family holiday home is also within walking distance of the heart of Hunstanton, a charming Victorian seaside town. Excellent sporting facilities, beach water-sports (seasona...

Modern comfortable house with fabulous views of mountains and sea

This bright and modern house has 2 double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room , and a children's twin bedroom on the ground floor along with the family bathroom. On the first floor is the comfortable lounge, dining area, and kitchen with fron...

Beautifull Swiss chalet, hike in the Alps, Valais, Anniviers, Ayer

Alongside a refreshing mountain stream and its neighbouring forest, Karma Zoura is nestled at the very top of Ayer (alt. 1570m). The chalet is new (2011). Built with care and first rate materials, its old larch beams and wooden floors contrib...

Prime Location. Outstanding Views. Superior Accommodation.

A two storey newly built house. 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom house that can sleep 6-8 persons. Ground floor Bedroom no 1- A comfortable queen sized bed, ample cupboard space and dressing table. A small veranda with table and chairs. Bedroom no 2 – Tw...


Our holiday house is open all year among the pines of the Riviera. Situation While in the quiet pine forest, it is ideally located: you will not need to take your car and you can do everything on foot: - The pretty little beach Bonporteau: le...

Central location, next to subway and bus, telephone / internet flatrate, garage

It is round, beautiful, bright apartments, renovated in 2008, the 6th Floor (elevator) overlooking the dome of Schloss Charlottenburg to Spandau up. The apartments are located directly at the Richard-Wagner-Platz and Charlottenburg near the town h...

ApartmentsApart Athena San Giovanni - One Bedroom Apartment, Sleeps 4

Athena San Giovanni is a 45 square metres (484.2 square feet) One Bedroom apartment located on Circonvallazione Appia in Rome. Please check the map for the exact location. With 1 bedroom, the apartment is convenient for up to 4 people. Please refe...

ApartmentsApart Afrodite-near Colosseo - One Bedroom Apartment, Sleeps 4

Afrodite-near Colosseo is a 45 square metres (484.2 square feet) One Bedroom apartment located on Via Paolo Paruta in Rome. Please check the map for the exact location. With 1 bedroom, the apartment is convenient for up to 4 people. Please refer t...
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