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October: 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
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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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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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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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
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
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...
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...
Probably the best situated property in Taghazout with outstanding 360 degree views of the sea and the mountains behind. Just one minute to the beach by foot with no roads to cross. There are two double bedrooms with a wet-room just opposite, ano...
Tifinaghs Dar is an original Berber fishermen house and has been tastefully renovated in the Moroccan style to give four spacious self-catering apartments. Each one has a spectacular view over the sandy beach with its traditional blue painted fish...
Riad Anaïssouira, a charming and spacious riad (260sqm+60sqm roof terrace), nestled in the historic centre of the port city and car-free town of Essaouira, can comfortably accomodate up to 8-11 people (+ 2 babies); it is well-suited to big familie...