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

Centrally Located In St. Julians, Close To All Amenities 3 - 5 Mins Walking Distance

Excellent located in the best spot of St. Julians, walking distance to Spinola bay, one of the most beautiful beaches in Malta; close to the best nigh life hub; easily accessible by public transport. Apartment is newly and modernly finished and fu...

Luxury 6 Star Villa, Fully Restored And Exclusively Modernized With A Private Heated Pool, AC

Villa Bonita is a high-class prestigious villa, completely renovated and modernized in January 2013. Its architectural features, design and equipment set an example of new standards of this area. It is situated at the front line on the famous golf...

The Dairy

The Shippon and The Dairy are located in the rural setting of the Cheshire countryside on the edge of the village of Eaton.

Peaceful Location in an Arts and Crafts Property Close to St Andrews

Baillie Scott and Valentines Cottages are part of Sandford House - a 'B' Listed property near St Andrews in Fife. Decorated with William Morris wallpaper and with luxury furnishing and fittings the property also has oak beams and posts which give ...

Located in Covent Garden / Soho

The apartment has one of the most central locations in London - a few minutes walk from all major London theatres, restaurants, operas, shops, sight seeing and night life. You cannot find more centrally located accommodation in London! It's just a...

Luxury 5 Bed 4 Bath Villa, Stunning Location, Peaceful, Private, 6 Min Drive To Beaches And Bars

Casa Siso Del Mar is situated on the tranquil south coast of Javea (Costa Nova La Marina) with fabulous sea views. Walking distance to tennis courts/restaurants and only a 5-10 minute drive from the Arenal beach and beachfront bars/restaurants. Bu...

Privacy, Space And 8km From The Most Beautiful Beaches In Istria

Villa Labin in Labin, Istria, Croatia, is located only 8km from the beach. It has a large luxurious kitchen and living room, three spacious bedrooms, a large swimming pool and a huge garden. The villa is air-conditioned in all bedrooms, living roo...

Peaceful Location With Parking Ideally Situated For All That Deal Has To Offer

Lazy seas cottage is on the edge of the conservation area with its narrow streets and a wonderful small shops and many antique emporiums, there is plenty of fee parking outside and close by, the sea is only 20 metres away and the town 15 minute wa...

7 Acres, Own Lake & River Fishing Rights, Set In Picturesque Valley. Lovely High Spec Quality finish

The Barn has traditional welsh stone walls with open beams, the oak furniture gives the accommodation a lovely cottage feel. Parts of the property date back to the late 1700’s. Outside in the courtyard you have a barbeque area or you can relax and...

Up To 16 People, In The Heart Of Barcelona (Gothic Area)

180 sqm apartment, located on a second floor without lift. Distributed in 6 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Perfectly equipped with TV, WIFI, DVD player, washing machine, microwave, coffee maker, bed linens, towels, hair drier, stereo. At just few steps...
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