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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
Luxury modern villa with stunning interior and fantastic sea views.
All bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms plus spacious balconies.
The main suite (King-sized bed) is 65m2.
Private 16m pool, not over-looked
Luxury lounge with direct pool access
This is a modern, comfortable apartment built recently by a Swedish family. It is on the ground floor of 'Beach House' just two minutes from the sea. The large salon has kitchen and dining area. Off this is a charming internal courtyard with bedro...
Large apartment with 2 bedrooms, lounge, separate kitchen, balcony and sea views, Wi Fi and very close to a fantastic 5 mile beach (400meters) in a the friendly village of Tamraght. Relax and enjoy the tranquility, where it never seems to rain an...
Hidden on the North African coastline, looking out onto the Straits of Gibraltar the bay faces North West which results in lovely cool mornings and spectacular, romantic evening sunsets. With clean safe swimming and soft white sand to play on, jus...
Double fronted apartment, sunny, quiet and not far from the beach, about 10 minutes by car. I rent my apartment which includes a living room - dining room, kitchen with utility room, two bedrooms (one with a double bed 140 X 200 and the other with...