Do you feel like you have missed the boat when it comes to getting away this summer? Well don’t despair… October half-term is another chance for sunshine. As the weather takes a turn for the worse, and before we mention the countdown to, dare I say it, Christmas, booking your October half term holiday is a great way to give you the boost you need. Take a look at my guide to where’s hot in October.
If you want a half term holiday with a difference, then head to Cuba for a break spent sampling foreign cultures. Why not wander around Havana and soak up the city’s rich heritage? Visit Santiago de Cuba where music and dancing are the order of the day or if that isn’t for you, top up your tan on one of the many beaches in Holguin. For something more relaxing, head to the island resort of Cayo Coco, where you can indulge in activities at one of the many luxurious hotels or simply sip on rum like a local!
As the name suggests the ‘Sunshine State’ has a warm tropical climate all year round, which make it the perfect choice for your October half term break. With more than just theme parks on offer, there’s a whole host of powder-white beaches from the east coast to the west to enjoy. Aside from the beautiful beaches, make time to explore the tropical surroundings of the Everglades, or wander through the colourful towns and cities that are dotted across the state from Miami to Key West. And, if you’ve still got time, head to Orlando and visit some of the iconic theme parks, malls and attractions that this state is known for.
3) Canary Islands
Fancy a Spanish break but don’t want to compromise on the weather, then the Canary Islands are fantastic for a October half term holiday. Full of beautiful beaches and plenty of things to see and do, the Canary Islands will keep the whole family happy. Whether you want to shop ‘til you drop at the Teguise market in Lanzarote or just relax with a round of golf in Fuerteventura, there’s something for everyone. If it’s bustling nightlife you’re after, then head to Playa De Las Americas in Tenerife, but if that isn’t your cup of tea there are plenty of peaceful places to relax, like Puerto de Mogan in Gran Canaria. It’s the ideal spot to switch off and recharge your batteries.
With nearly 2,500 hours of sunshine a year, Madeira is right up there with the Canary Islands for incredible weather. Breathtaking natural beauty combined with plenty to local attractions mean there’s something for everyone on this much-overlooked destination. Make sure you visit the cosmopolitan coastal capital, Funchal; it’s packed with colonial buildings, shops, markets, gardens and even a 16th century cathedral. Whilst sun-worshippers should head to Porto Santo, a 9km stretch of beach that rivals the best in Europe. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by what this small island has to offer, and you’ll wonder why it’s taken you so long to visit!
If you want a break under the sun’s rays but don’t want to travel for hours then Turkey is a nearby destination that offers the best of east and west. There’s a wealth of activities on offer, whether you spend your time marvelling at the eastern architecture like the Blue Mosque, or wander around the Roman ruins that are dotted all around. ‘Souk’ up the atmosphere in bustling bazaars or just laze on endless white sands staring out to sea; there’s a spot in Turkey for everyone.