The Top 6 Hottest Destinations in October

Our fave October hotspots are just the ticket for uplifting breaks in summery places.

As the nights draw in and the British weather takes a turn for the worse, so can your mood! If the prospect of a solid few months of shivering in the wind and rain fills you with dread, a sunshine holiday in October is a great way to give you the boost you need to make it through until Christmas. Whether you’re looking for a family half term getaway close to home or want to explore faraway shores, our list of the top October sun destinations is for you!

1) Egypt (average October highs 34°C)

Man in swimming shorts, snorkel mask and flippers swimming with orange fish in blue water, seen from below, with the sunlight sparkling through the sea's surface

Holidays in October are all about escaping the grey UK to soak up the rays and splash in the waves. And where better than Egypt’s famed Red Sea resorts such as Hurghada and Marsa Alam? It’s the perfect place for people who love the beach - from stretching out on the sands to snorkelling in the unbelievably clear waters.

If that’s not enough for you, there are also plenty of shopping spots, buzzing bars and mouthwatering restaurants dishing up everything from local specialities to international crowd-pleasers. Or how about a bucket-list day trip to the jaw-dropping Pyramids of Giza?

Approx flight time: 5.5 hours

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2) Florida (average October highs 29°C)

Two children in the foreground, sitting on a fence looking out across a white-sand beach to the sparkling sea, with palm trees and a blue lifeguard hut in the background

Jet off to the south coast of mainland USA for all the thrills and spills you can handle! It’s not called the Sunshine State for nothing, with glorious rays beaming down on the famous theme parks and beautiful beaches for around 12 hours a day in October.

Florida’s an awesome place to fill the half term holiday, especially for older kids and teens who might be happy to travel for longer. Plus it’s a dream destination for golfers in Orlando, nightlife seekers in Miami, and outdoor adventurers at Crystal River.

Approx flight time: 8 to 9 hours

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3) Cyprus (average October highs 27°C)

Ancient temple ruins at Kourion against a backdrop of the blue sea and sky with fluffy white clouds and a dramatic cliff coastline

A total winner of a year-round destination, Cyprus is a sure-fire hit for October holidays. Blue Flag beaches are top of the list but there’s so much more to keep you entertained, from family-friendly gems like the huge Watermania theme park to the renowned clubbing scene in Ayia Napa.

For a change of pace, take a road trip through the dramatic scenery and traditional villages of the Troodos Mountains, or step back in time at ancient Kourion near Limassol. It’s just one of an incredible collection of archaeological sites in Cyprus. And did we mention this is one of the hottest islands in the Mediterranean?

Approx flight time: 4 to 5 hours

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4) Lanzarote (average October highs 25°C)

Golden sands and turquoise waters of Papagayo beach, with the blue sea and a view along Lanzarote's coast in the background.

Fancy a Spanish break this autumn but don’t want to compromise on the weather? Lanzarote’s great for October holidays. Full of beautiful beaches, this Canary Island is packed with great activities to keep everyone happy.

Whether you want to shop till you drop at Teguise market or just relax with a round of golf, you’ll find it here. For the best after-dark scene, get your dance moves on in Puerto del Carmen. But if the thought of bustling nightlife doesn’t thrill you then there are plenty of quieter places to rest by the waves - like Papagayo beach in Playa Blanca, the ideal spot to recharge with the kids.

Approx flight time: 4.5 hours

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5) Antalya, Turkey (average October highs 24°C)

Red brick tower of Alanya castle next to the sea in Turkey's Antalya region, with mountains and the town in the background

Proving you don’t have to fly all day for a more exotic October break, Turkey’s Antalya region is a real treat of a destination. It’s an enchanting east-meets-west kind of a place, where bustling bazaars and impressive mosques sit near top-notch All Inclusive hotels and gorgeous stretches of sand – like Lara Beach.

Spend your time marvelling at natural wonders such as the astonishing landscape of Pamukkale, exploring the Roman ruins that are dotted all around, or splashing about in one of the exciting waterparks.

Approx flight time: 4 to 5 hours

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6) Tenerife (average October highs 23°C)

Head to Tenerife for an affordable October beach break that’s in easy reach of home. Spend your vacay soaking up the exciting attractions of holiday playground Playa de las Americas or relish the more peaceful vibes of charming Los Cristianos.

Take a trip up Mount Teide (pronounced ‘tidy’), the island’s inactive volcano, choose your favourite activities from horse-riding to helicopter rides, or simply stretch out by the pool and enjoy the fantastic weather. If you want a holiday where everything’s on your doorstep then Tenerife is your kind of place!

Approx flight time: 4.5 hours

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More October hotspots

Not sure our top picks are right for you? Don’t fret, we’ve got plenty more destinations that are hot in October. Check out these beauties for starters:
     Rhodes, one of the hottest places in Greece
     The stunning island of Malta
     Portugal’s Algarve region, a family favourite
     Caribbean beaches in the Dominican Republic

Written by Austin Houghton-Bird, 2013. Updated by Lucy Roberts 2022

Lucy Roberts

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Lucy Roberts blogs about all things holiday, with tons of Thomas Cook knowledge. And as a mum of two, she's always looking for ways to help you have family holidays that are memorable for all the right reasons!