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

On The Edge Of A Peaceful Hamlet With Woodland Views, 10 Mins, Walk To Village

Both properties are ideally situated on the Lot Valley/Aveyron borders, only 10 minutes walk from our local village of Martiel and 10 minutes drive from the stunning medieval town of Villefranche de Rouergue. In a tranquil location on the edge of ...

Luxury Family Home in Secluded Private Location, Woodland Garden With Beck

Spacious high quality traditional Westmorland former farmhouse full of original character details with low ceilings, original exposed oak beams and deep window seats in very thick walls. Outside there is a stone culverted beck running through the ...

Beautifully Situated In This Landscaped Estate, 7 Minutes Drive To The Sea

The villa is built on one level the main house has a master bedroom with ensuite wc, bath and shower over and 2 good sized double bedrooms with a shared shower room and separate wc.There is a large double studio bedroom with ensuite wc & shower fa...

Beautifully restored villa with views, private pool in landscaped gardens & good holiday guides

Al Palazz sits at the heart of a centuries-old hamlet. Staying here offers a real taste of traditional rural life. Sleeping up to 6 in great comfort, it's spacious and well-equipped for sharing, and a romantic retreat for two (lower prices for 2 o...

2 Minute Walk from Beach and 5 Minutes from Marina Banus

Club Playas del Duque, Puerto Banus beach front Two luxury apartments (for which there are more photos and references available on request) in the 5 star Club Playas Del Duque complex, known as the most exclusive accommodation address in Puerto Ba...

Wonderful Location Near The Heart Of The Community And Not Far To The Club's Beach

Absolutely gorgeous villa set in the heart of the world class La Manga resort. The villa has just undergone refurbishment to bring it up to date and has a new kitchen and bathroom. It is the last villa in a run of 4 and has a wonderful expanse of ...

Beautiful 18th Century stone house near Sarlat pool & stunning views.

The stone farmhouse (circa 1832) has a wealth of oak beams, original fire place, exposed stone walls and lots of character. It has its own gardens and terraces with BBQ and also Wifi is available in the grounds. It lies in beautiful surroundings ...

Large 3 Br/2Bath Apartment Sleeps 10.

Apartment has 2 entrances from the public hallway - next to each other. One leads to 2 bedrooms and living room, the other to 3rd BR and add'l bath. The separate bedroom has a king size bed and a convertible couch, the 2 BRs have a queen size bed ...

Quiet Park View 1BR in Central Vienna

Beautifully renovated 1 BR apartment in the center of Vienna. Walk to the fairgrounds, the UN, the Prater and the historic center. After a long day of sightseeing or work you go for a run in the largest inner city park in Europe. Hear the birds w...

A Nice Place For Nice People, A Short Distance From Lisbon, Cascais And Sintra.

Located in a quality residential condominium in estoril, just a short distance from cascais, sintra and lisboa, dolce vita guesthouse provides its guests with great comfort, tranquillity and security in an informal environment. Dolce Vita Guesthou...
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