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

Spacious well appointed Villa in great location for Family Holidays

Ideally located for relaxing holiday Lovely tastefully furnished villa located in quiet residential area of Calpe but within 1km of both the Levante and Arenal beaches. From the roof terrace you have a glorious view of the Penon De Ifach. The vil...

Terraced house in Complex With Pool, Gardens and Childs Playground

House has in the ground floor living room, kitchen, toilet and nice terrace. In the first floor there are 2 bedrooms with fitted wardrobes, bathroom and balcony.

A view overlooking the sea lily / Monte Cristo

Charming villa on the sea, situated in a quiet and private residential with private fallen overboard, access to residential swimming pool, playground, private parking space. Overlooking the main islands of the archipelago, located on the tip of th...

A small retreat, wonderful for couples with views over the horizon

Overview: • 2 guests • Children welcome • Baby welcome • One bedroom • One bathroom • Welcome hamper, linen and toiletries • The accommodation is on the ground floor • Off road parking Activities: This cottage is within easy reach of a beac...

A lighthouse keepers cottage situated at Bull Point Lighthouse, North Devon

In association with Trinity House, Rural Retreats is pleased to present four refurbished former lighthouse keepers' cottages in North Devon. Bull Point Lighthouse is just outside of Mortehoe in North Devon and the site comprises of four self cater...

Private Garden Flat in Old Moorish Quarter on Castle Hill

This large charming 1st floor apartment is right in the heart of Old Lisbon near the bottom of the hill at the top of which is situated St George's Castle. With 110 sq. metres of indoor space and 3 bedrooms, our apartment compares favourably with ...

Maison de caractère, 7 chambres, avec grand jardin et piscineHouse with character

This farmhouse is ideally located in a little hamlet in Gard Provencal, close to the Gorges de l’Ardeche and Gorges de Ceze, and at the border of 3 departments: Ardeche, Vaucluse, Drome. The property is a 1 hectare land located on a hilltop. There...

marais district - large and cozy studio - sleeps 4 - TV Cable - Internet Access

In the very central Marais District, you will be in a quiet street with many art galleries. Ideally located, this apartment will be the departure of your touristic tour in the Capitale, you can either stay in the neighborhood right next to the gr...

6123 A1(4+1) - Okrug Gornji, Island Ciovo, Croatia

BASIC INFORMATION: Type of property: apartments. Number of apartments and their capacity is A(4+1). Check in: 14:00 Check out: 11:00 INTERNET: WIFI gratis. FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT: free parking within the property. ADDITIONAL SERVICES: free use o...

4 star holiday cottages in glorious Devon countryside with indoor pool

Three Gates is a converted 17th Century farm, with five luxury holiday cottages sleeping from 2 to 6 people (22 in total), set in the beautiful East Devon countryside only 15 minutes drive from the M5 (J27). We have two acres of grounds, a super l...

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