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

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...

3 Bedroom Victorian House In Clapham

A large and charming three bedroom family home spread over three floors located a short walk from Clapham Common tube station available for holiday lets - a great location for families wanting to experience all London has to offer. The house comp...

Cala Mandia ideal place to relax.

Beautiful apartment on the beach and the sea. Enough said. It is located in Cala Mandia, near Porto Cristo (Manacor).

City Palma House

This lovely home has been recently renovated and decorated by myself, I have been very careful in the design and materials, using only water-based paints, organic and recycled materials, helping to eliminate health risks, environmental and welfare...

Self-contained Villa in Umbria with private pool near historic Montefalco

The very special ‘Villa Olivia’ is a charming 16th Century stone farmhouse, restored in the traditional Umbrian style. Set peacefully on rolling slopes amidst olive groves and vineyards, just a couple of minute's drive from the beautiful medieval ...

Stone cottage with private pool at riverside location near beautiful villag

Snuggled into a small valley, this stone cottage has plenty of rustic charm and quiet. Swim, hike or read...here it's all about the go-slow pace. Hidden away in a small valley below the lovely village of Coreglia Antelminelli and surrounded on all...

The Best Location in the Hearth of Trastevere. Luxury Accomodation

This apartment is located in the heart of Trastevere area, exactly in Via del Moro, 38 in one of the most historical places in Rome, this luxury apartment enjoys a strategic position to know fully the true nature of the Eternal City and where you ...

St-Germain : Luxury and spacious 3 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms apartment

Location This beautiful apartment to rent in paris is located in one of the most popular, active and sparkling neighbourhoods of central paris and the most fashionable district of the capital. It is mid-way between the carrefour de l’odeon, a smal...

St-Germain : Luxury One Bedroom Apartment With Air Conditioning

Location This beautiful apartment to rent in Paris is located in one of the most popular, active and sparkling neighbourhoods of central Paris and the most fashionable district of the capital. It is mid-way between the Carrefour de l’Odeon, a smal...

Le Marais : Typical Parisian Apartment

Location One of the charming Paris rental flats that are located in the deep heart of the Marais. Close to the subway stations Saint Paul and Hotel de Ville. Thanks to its central position, the main tourist points are within walking distance, Pomp...

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