It’s coming to that time of year, everyone is getting back to school and work, the holiday season is over :( But, how about you start planning for October half term? Check out the best destinations for you and the family to go that I have found for you!

I don’t know about you, but I am not ready for summer to be over! The kids are heading back to school, the weather is getting cooler and the summer vibes are disappearing. But let’s keep in the holiday spirit as I have found you the best October half term holidays. Now you can book and look forward to a holiday to keep you going through to Christmas! Read on to find out more :D

The Best October Half Term Holidays

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The Best Sunshine Holidays Abroad

What better way to spend your October Half Term than to be getting some much needed warm weather and sunshine!

Destinations:  Tenerife | Limassol | Paphos | Costa Del Sol | Algarve Crete Marrakech

Tenerife

Tenerife is one of the most popular holiday destinations for both couples and families wanting some sun for an affordable price! It is one of the largest Canary Islands and has many resorts for you to choose from. Here you can be sure to get a hotel with a pool, a beach with clear water and white sand. Generally, the weather is always good here so even in October you can expect warm temperatures and the sunshine! Pretty much every coast of the island has family-friendly resorts and beautiful beaches. In terms of activities, you and the family can go to national parks, amusement parks or check out the many historical sites and museums. With such beautiful surroundings, with mountains, beaches and coastal paths you can spend some days simply exploring the area that you visit.

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Tenerife

Limassol, Cyprus

Cyprus is known for being the island with the longest summer in the Mediterranean – how perfect! This means that you will for sure have sunshine-filled days with a holiday here in October. Limassol is a city in the southern coast of Cyprus and has many attractions you can visit or beaches to relax on. The kids will for sure not be bored, as there plenty of nature parks and zoos that you can visit. If you fancy visiting historical attractions, churches or cathedrals then you will also find plenty in nearby villages. TripAdvisor has many tips on where you should go and ideas for day trips and excursions, so if you are still not sure about Limassol, be sure to check the links below.

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Limassol

Paphos, Cyprus

Another popular destination for you in Cyprus is the city of Paphos. You will be spoiled for choice with family-friendly resorts where you can relax whilst the kids are entertained! And just like in Limassol, the weather will not disappoint! Just like the other destinations mentioned, there are always lots of things to do here. Whether you want to educate the children and visit historical attractions, or if you want to have some fun in amusement parks! With a week-long holiday here you can check out the historical sites and go on fun excursions! The family will for sure love it here :D

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Paphos

Costa del Sol, Spain

If you are wanting warm temperatures and the sun, then heading south is the answer! Flights tend to be short and there are plenty of hotels that would suit the family. You will never be short of places to eat, drink or chill. Costa del Sol has beautiful landscapes everywhere, gorgeous beaches and most resorts will give you wonderful views. It is a cultural haven with quaint villages and historical sites to visit. With it being such a beautiful destination I would definitely recommend that you take the family for an excursion or tour on one of your days to truly make the most of the surrounding areas.

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Costa del Sol

Algarve, Portugal

Algarve is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Portugal. It is ideal for families who love to get stuck in and have an action-packed week. Generally, you should get some pretty good weather in October! But cool enough for the kids to let off some steam :D You should definitely check out the water sports on offer and get the kids buzzing. You could try out kayaking, parasailing, jet skiing or even a jet boat – whatever you feel like doing, Algarve has it!

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Algarve

Crete, Greece

No-one can say no to Greece! The crystal clear water, white sandy beaches and weather to die for – even in October! You can be sure to find a hotel that will keep the whole family happy and most likely with a pool for you to relax by. If you are a lover of beaches then Crete is definitely somewhere you should consider – the beaches are absolutely stunning. If you want a little more activity then there are plenty of museums, cathedrals and churches that you could visit. Or simply go walking and explore the stunning landscape – check out TripAdvisor for the best things to do!

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Crete

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech is probably one of the hottest places to go during October Half Term. But you can be sure to entertain the kids with its huge amount of culture and fascinating attractions. Marrakech is the place to go if you fancy something a little different to the usual summer holiday. You could get up to fun activities such as camel riding or quad biking in the dessert! You can also find some of the most amazing markets such as the Jemaa el-Fnaa which is a huge outdoor market with all kinds of stalls.

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Marrakech

The Best UK Breaks

Keep your October Half Term simple and explore somewhere exciting in the UK.

Where: Edinburgh | Bath | Yorkshire | London | CornwallLake District | Scotland

Edinburgh

You have to visit the capital of Scotland with its unlimited amount of activities and places to visit. Check out the many popular sights and the kids are guaranteed to love it. You can have a cultural break by visiting the many castles, churches and cathedrals such as the Edinburgh Castle. How about checking out the nature parks such as Calton Hill or Princes Street Gardens. Edinburgh really has so much to offer that you will for sure want to go again! Take the chance to have a break there with the family and discover what it has to offer.

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Edinburgh

Bath

Bath is another must-see city with its huge range to sights. You can have a peaceful getaway and relax at a spa or go and explore areas such as Stonehenge and the caves at Wookey Hole. You can check out the many museums and gardens such as the Prior Park Landscape Gardens which are truly beautiful. In the evening you could take the kids to watch a show with the choice of theatres including Theatre Royal Bath. There are so many things to do here that the family definitely won’t get bored and you can relax in this peaceful city.

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Bath

Yorkshire

Yorkshire has many cute places for you and the family to stay in. You can choose from plenty of nice villages and towns that you can stay in for a quiet holiday and historical attractions to visit. Yorkshire has the National Railway Museum if you have a lover of trains in the family. There are also many beautiful natural areas such as the West Burton Falls and the Aysgarth Falls. You can take nice family walks together, or explore nearby towns and cities – whatever you prefer!

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Yorkshire

London

I think we all know London is one to visit! With this great city, you can make a holiday in any way that you prefer. You can watch the best shows in the country, visit the most popular museums and see the best shopping streets. You should definitely visit the British Museum and the National Gallery for a fun-filled day learning about all sorts. Then, of course, you should go on the London Eye where you will get the best views of London. Be it a spa getaway or fun-filled sight seeing experience – the family will for sure love it here!

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London

Cornwall

You don’t have to go abroad to get a beautiful holiday by the beach! Head south and discover some of the most beautiful places in the country. Have a week of coastal walks, exploring and breathing in the sea breeze. For a fun day out with the family, I recommend that you go to the Eden Project which is a fascinating indoor rain forest with huge outdoor gardens where you can discover exotic plants and wildlife.

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Cornwall

Lake District

Now, this has to be one of my favourite places in the whole country. There are many hotels that will have views of the lakes and mountains and in ideal places to go walking. Derwent Water and Lake Windermere are two of my favourites where you can get stunning views of the Lake District. If you and the family are lovers of beautiful scenery, nature and walking, then this is the place to go!

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Lake District, Cumbria

Scotland

Another place that you can guarantee will have beautiful places and cultural sites to visit is Scotland. You can have an action filled holiday with kayaking, hiking and more. Or simply retreat to the beautiful mountainous regions. If you want to visit historical sites and castles, you will be spoiled for choice in Scotland! You should definitely visit Eilean Donan Castle which is in a beautiful area. Escape your busy lives and find a holiday in one of the most beautiful places in the UK by escaping to Scotland.

Oh and by the way! Scotland has been nominated as one of the most beautiful countries in the world by Rough Guides.

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Scotland

City Breaks

How about a mini break to one of these amazing cities? The best way to spend time as a family in the October Half Term!

Cities: Berlin | Lisbon | Paris | Salzburg | Amsterdam | Barcelona | Copenhagen | Rome

Berlin

Berlin has got to be one of the most exciting cities in Germany. It has a crazy amount of art and history that you should discover. Check out Checkpoint Charlie (where the east-west border lies) where you and the kids can truly learn about the city’s history. You can also visit the many museums which give a real insight into the country’s past. Berlin is not just famous for its history, it is also a haven for art lovers and has a unique architecture. You have to add this to the list of places to go with the family!

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Berlin

Lisbon

In the great city of Lisbon, you can expect colourful architecture, plenty of museums and many beautiful sites to visit. You will most likely get some much needed warm weather too! Not to mention the fact that you have both the city life and beach life in one! One historical site that I really recommend you visit is the Castelo de S. Jorge which is full of heritage and very popular among tourists.

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Lisbon

Paris

We all know that Paris is the city of love, but that’s not to say you can make a family trip there! Of course, you have to go up the Eiffel Tower and get the best views of the city. You should definitely visit the cute cafes and soak up the Parisian atmosphere. Paris has so much to offer that you will be spoiled for choice on what to do. The cathedrals are breathtaking and there are plenty of interesting museums to visit. If you aren’t sure where to go, you could even try a sightseeing tour that you can pay for. Check out the links below for further guidance.

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Paris

Salzburg

You may recognise this city from “The Sound of Music”. Well, even so, it for sure is a beautiful place to go! It is filled with medieval buildings and is surrounded by stunning views of the mountains and is divided by the Salzach River. You can, of course, check out all things related to “The Sound of Music” with tours and shows. Besides this, there are many nature parks, castles and museums that you can explore. For more ideas on where to go and what to do, check out the links below :D

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Salzburg

Amsterdam

You may think this is a better destination to go without the children, but in fact, it can be a very educational visit! You could take them to Anne Frank’s House, the Van Gogh Museum or simply cycle around the beautiful canals. Wherever you go in this city you can expect absolute beauty. The buildings have a beautiful style and the canal runs all around. This is a city I really would recommend you visit!

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Amsterdam

Barcelona

Located in a beautiful part of Spain, Barcelona is another city you have to visit! It has fascinating tourist sites as well as gorgeous weather and beaches. The architecture will take your breath away with the bright colours and unique designs. There are so many attractions to choose from, from the churches and cathedrals to the museums and nature parks. You can be sure to have a fun-filled getaway to this city! Check out this links below for more ideas on what to do and where to stay.

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Barcelona

Copenhagen

This is one the kids will definitely love. With amusement parks, rides and pleasure gardens they for sure will be entertained! There are also castles, museums and other attractions to visit. You should definitely check out the Nyhavn which is a harbour rich with heritage. Here you will find colourful buildings, boats pubs and alehouses. There are many other places that you should visit, so check out the links below to find what suits you.

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Copenhagen

Rome

Last but by no means least, is the great capital of Italy, Rome. There are many historical sites and ruins that you can visit. And let’s not forget the fact that Italy has some of the best food! You can all indulge in pizza, pasta and the very best ice cream! :P Rome has so much history and heritage that is really interesting and a fun way of teaching the kids about the past. For the sites, the hotels, and the cuisine, this is definitely a city to visit!

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Rome

 

Well, I think that’s pretty much all the best places covered! Fancy going away this October Half Term? Why don’t you check out my page and book something for the family!

Happy holidays! -your Holidayguru :D