Where to go on holiday in October

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Kai Sedgwick

Kai Sedgwick
HomeAway travel expert

PugliaOctober: the month when leaves turn to orange, internet memes turn into Halloween costumes, and woollen scarves become mandatory attire. If you don’t mind the cold and the dark, October is a beautiful time of year. If you’re not a fan of British weather in autumn, however, fear not: October can still be beautiful. All you have to do is leave these shores.

With a fortnight’s school holidays to fill, October’s a great time for families to book a foreign jaunt. Head to the Med, where the weather’s still warm or skip Europe altogether and jet off to Egypt, where ancient civilisations and modern luxuries await. As always, HomeAway has an array of enticing holiday rentals, wherever you wind up this October.


Autumn holiday ideas


Puglia, Italy Puglia, Italy

As the rest of Europe starts to shiver, the south of Italy wrings out the last golden drops of sunshine from the season. Head to Puglia in October and you’ll have the pick of the best beaches, with nary a tourist to trip over. A popular destination for foodies, Puglia is abundant with fresh produce, from olive oil to pasta. Bring a large suitcase - you’re bound to want to take some of its culinary treasures back home with you.

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Canary Islands Canary Islands

Situated off the coast of Africa, the Canaries boast average temperatures of 24° during October. Golf, windsurf, swim and frolic on the sandy shores; then explore the island paradise of Loro Parque on Tenerife. The golden dunes of Gran Canaria contrast sharply with the black sands of Tenerife’s El Bollullo. Elsewhere, the nightlife in Lanzarote and Fuerteventura is legendary.

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Malta Malta

Take a trip to Malta in October and you’ll catch the sunshine without catching heatstroke in the process. Prime weather, then, for exploring the island’s ancient monuments and archaeological relics. From Bronze Age dolmens to crumbling Roman villas, Malta has seen civilisations come and go, leaving behind tantalising clues to their way of life. Be sure to visit the Hypogeum, a labyrinth of subterranean chambers believed to have once served as a temple and burial site.

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Marrakech, Morocco Marrakech, Morocco

The guidebooks would describe Marrakech as being ‘steeped in history’ and the guidebooks would be right. Situated at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, the city was founded in the 11th century and has survived some tumultuous times. Wander around the souks, or street markets, stocked with carpets, textiles and spices and visit the iconic Koutoubia Mosque with its quartet of gleaming copper globes. Simply stunning.

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Red Sea Coast, Egypt Red Sea Coast, Egypt

Egypt’s rich history needs little introduction; it’s the sort of country where adults and children alike will be entranced by the ancient monuments, temples and pyramids. Egypt may have one foot in the past, but its modern attractions are equally scintillating. While its capital has suffered political troubles of late, the Red Sea Coast is as safe as it is stunning. Swim, dive, fish and relax on the shores of the Red Sea.

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Holiday Homes in Morocco

Alcudia Smir Sea-view Apartment

Apartment complex Alcudia Smir with communal pools and subtropical landscaped gardens is just a few minutes walk from the famous ‘Golden Mile’ beach. The apartment is situated on the 1st floor and consists of two bedrooms, living room with dining...

Luxury apartment in Marina Agadir

This superb spacious luxury 1 bedroom serviced apartment (97m2) also benefits from additional moroccan style sofa beds in the lounge and would therefore easily sleep another 4 people should this option be needed. Free airport p...

Luxury apartment in Marina Agadir

This superb spacious luxury 1 bedroom apartment (97m2) also benefits from additional moroccan style sofa beds in the lounge and would therefore easily sleep another 4 people should this option be needed. The apartment is perfe...

Apartment of 60 sq.m, all mod cons, 4th floor (with lift), sea view

In this beautiful apartment, tastefully decorated and fully fitted, you will have a bedroom with double bed and a living/dining room with two large sofa beds for two extra adults. Bathroom with hand basin and shower, separate toilet, equipped kitc...

Riad Dar Zahira, daily cleaning and breakfast.

It is a charming family-friendly riad. Dar Zahira is located in a dead end street in the heart of Medina, in Essaouira. Samira, our cleaning lady, takes care of the cleaning and breakfasts daily, and she will offer you to go shopping with her in t...
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