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

Ideally Located Country Retreat Yet Only 5 Min From Town And 15 Min From Beaches

Villa Katia-Rosa was newly opened for holiday lettings in 2009, we have had over 60 Guests from all over Europe and further afield and are delighted that our Villa has been booked from the months of May through to October each year maintaining a 4...

Residential Location with Stunning Views in Picturesque Town of Vence

This private villa is situated in a peaceful location 8 minutes by car from the town of Vence, with close access to Saint Paul de Vence, Antibes, Nice and Italy and a 20 minutes drive from Nice airport. With its own private infinity swimming pool ...

Luxury Waterside Apartment With Large Private Terrace & Stunning River Views.

Serenity is beautifully designed & superbly equipped with everything you need to make your stay truly perfect. It offers guests a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the charm and character of Dartmouth from an exclusive & stylish home. With it's uniqu...

Idyllic And Peaceful Village Location With Local Country Walks. Two Village Pubs And A Shop

Dating back to the 18th century, this pretty stone building is attached to the adjacent High House - a fabulous Gothic mansion built in 1856. Inside the property has been carefully refurbished with quality brands and designer touches like Indian c...

The House Villa Balcony, Rural Accommodation For 8 People In Front Of The Lake Of Iznájar

It is a rural accommodation called House Villa Balcony with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, dining room with chimney, whole kitchen, terrace with beautiful views to the lake and barbecue, swimming pool, private parking, Air conditioning, heating, Wi-Fi, ...

Lake Villa House is a Rural, Quiet and Wonderful Acommodation in the Middle of Andalucía

It is a rural accommodation called Lake Villa House with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, dining room with chimney, whole kitchen, terrace with beautiful views to the lake and barbecue, swimming pool, private parking, Air-conditioning, heating, near to t...

1 Bedroom Sleeps 2/4, 2 Bedroom Sleeps 4/6

The apartments are situated in the well laid out development that was part of the house and extensive stables owned by eva peron of 'evita' fame and which is very popular with holiday makers. Both apartments have been refurbished, (November 2012) ...

Peaceful, Rural Setting, Scenery To Die For, Dogs And Children Welcome, Easy Access To Other Lakes

If you're looking for peace and quiet, a stunning location on a farm on the fells overlooking Ullswater, with friendly, welcoming owners on site, lots of animals, plenty of outdoor space with picnic tables dotted around, and cottages which are wa...

Convenient Location Close To Old Town And City Centre Attractions

Conveniently located apartment in thriving Easter Road area of Edinburgh. The apartment is spacious and has everything you need for a fully self catered stay. Walking distance from many restaurants, bars, theatre, cinema and the historic Old Town....

Peaceful Location Closed To Siena, Montalcino, Pienza, San Gimignano, Florence, Arezzo, Assisi

If you are looking for a place to relax and unwind; to feel amazement from a glance towards the skyline, or a walk, some woodland animal crossing your path or sunset caressed by the fresh evening breeze? To experience emotion for fascinating and a...

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