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

Villa Las Margaritas , Binibeca

This delightful Menorquian style villa is perfectly located close to the sea front with beautiful sea views looking out onto the south coast towards Mallorca. The small fishing village of Binibeca Vell with its good selection of bars, shops and re...

Villa Simoes, Gale. 4 Bedrooms.

With a selection of restaurants, shops and café’s nearby, along with the magnificent sandy Gale beach (less than 500m) the location of Villa Simoes is amongst our best in the Algarve. Sitting proudly amongst villas of similar stature, this modern ...

Villa Helmar, Albufeira

Villa Helmar is a superb villa conveniently located within a short stroll from the shops, restaurants and cafés in the popular beach resort of Gale on the outskirts of Albufeira. The fabulous sandy beaches of Gale and Evaristo are a 20 minute stro...

Princess Calero, Puerto Calero

We have been searching vigorously to add another truly luxurious villa to our Lanzarote portfolio, and all our expectations were well and truly exceeded when securing Princesa Calero. This is a stylish, contemporary and sumptuous villa that simply...

Apartment with private pool in luxurious farm complex 'Roseto'

Roseto is a largest apartment .. This apartment can accommodate a maximum of four people in two bedrooms (a matrimonial bed in one and a built-in bunk bed). Roseto is a ancient farm complex that has been meticulously renovated into a spectacular ...

Villa Paradise , Estepona

When we visited Villa Paradise we knew immediately that we had stumbled upon something special. As you may know, we proudly feature a Something Special range of villas here at Solmar Villas, and Villa Paradise not only qualifies for this category,...

Villa Numero 19, Estepona

This delightful detached villa is located at the end of a cul-de-sac and offers a tranquil environment with relaxing views across the golf course, the lake and open countryside. The club house and a restaurant are just 200m from the villa. The saf...

Historic villa with large private pool 'Villa Barbara'

Villa Barbara is a historic villa with a large private pool (14x7mt). The central part of the villa dates back to mid 1900s. This villa boasts five bedrooms and four bathrooms and can comfortably accommodate up to sixteen people. Villa Barbara ...

Villa Nefeli , Spanochori

The scenery around Villa Nefeli is quite simply breathtaking. With gorgeous olive clad hillsides as a backdrop, and a lush valley full of fruit trees to the front and with distant sea views, this truly is a very special place. The proud owner has ...

Villa Datil, Arenall D’En Castell

Villa Datil is a rather splendid, newly constructed villa located within easy walking distance of the beach, shops and restaurants in the increasingly popular and charming resort of Arenall D'en Castell. We have been searching for many months to a...
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