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Where’s hot in October half term

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Where’s hot in October half term

Do you want to get away for the October half term? Want to know where we can go at the moment and where it will still be hot and sunny?

I have taken a look at the best places for you and your family to go at October half term.  want to spend all that money to spend all week indoors? Or do you want to spend the week in shorts or a bikini enjoying the pool and the beach?.. I thought so.

Here are my top picks for half term for you. I have chosen places with the least restrictions, direct flights that aren’t too long and where you can enjoy Autumn sunshine. The October temperatures are average daytime high’s taken from

The UK government have indicated that the PCR test requirement when you return to the UK may soon be scrapped, in time for October half term. this is great news for families worried about the extra costs of these tests. Let’s keep an eye out for this!

ALGARVE – 25 degrees

A firm favourite in the Summer months, the Algarve also offers lots for families in Autumn. Famous for it’s lovely coastline and beaches the Algarve also has a wide range of accommodations for families and is a particularly good place to find lovely private villas.

Flight time – 2hours 50mins


ABU DHABI – 35 degrees

This is a great alternative to Dubai. Still direct flights from Manchester and London. Similar weather with really hot sunny days and plenty to do for the family and some lovely beachfront resorts aimed at families. Prices can be a little lower than Dubai as well.

Flight time – 6hours 50mins


ANTIGUA – 29 degrees

A beautiful tropical island with white sand beaches and some of the Caribbean’s best family luxury resorts, plenty of which have great kids clubs. this is in my opinion the best Caribbean destination for families looking for a hot destination which is family friendly without sacrificing luxury.

Flight time –  9 hours


CYPRUS – 27 degrees

Cyprus has long been popular for European Autumn and winter sun. The island has lots for families with great beaches and plenty of activities to keep the whole family happy and a wide range of fantastic hotels. Personally I think the area in and around Paphos is nicer than the Larnaca region but both are great options for half term.

Flight time – 4hours 45mins


DUBAI – 35 degrees

Hot, hot, hot!! The nearest destination with direct flights to get weather this hot. Great beaches, theme parks, incredible luxury beach hotels. Dubai is a fabulous destinations for families looking for guaranteed sun, lots to do and some of the Worlds most incredible luxury hotels.

Flight time –  6hours 55mins


EGYPT – 30 degrees

Egypt is a fairly short flight of around 5 hours, with direct options from various UK airports. When you are there you will find a huge selection of 5 star all-inclusive beach resorts with lots of facilities for the whole family. Some have their own waterparks. It is also a great value destination where you can get 5star hotels for a lot less than you would in Europe. The region is also great for watersports and is famously one of the Worlds scuba diving hotspots.

Flight time – around 5 hours


GRAN CANARIA – 26 degrees

The Canary Islands are a solid choice for October sunshine and offer lots of things to do and see for families. The island also has a great range of hotels including some of the Canaries most luxurious options.

Flight time – 4 hours


LANZAROTE – 27 degrees

As with Gran Canaria this is another great choice for families with lots of family friendly facilities and hotels and it is the warmest of the Canary Islands (just) in October.

Flight time – 4 hours


MALTA – 25 degrees

Malta offers great value for families and has some great resorts with plenty going on. The snorkelling and diving is amazing and Valetta is an incredible ancient city of cobbled streets and old buildings, steeped in history. You could also visit the stunning island of Gozo if you prefer.

Flight time – 3 hours


MOROCCO – 29 degrees

With shortish direct flights and daily highs up to 29oC, Morocco could be a great option. Lot’s of history and culture, along with amazing beaches and lot’s to do and see. If you want the beach then fly to Agadir and stay there or one of the cool surf towns up the coast. Marrakech is getting more popular with families, with more family friendly hotels and lot’s to do in and around this fascinating, historical city (no beaches though)

Flight time – 3hours 30mins


TENERIFE – 25 degrees

The most popular Canary Island, albeit the least warm of the three listed here (although that’s marginal). Tenerife has more than enough to see and do for a family at half term with lots of activities, waterparks, golf… the list goes on. make sure you go to the South of the island where the weather is much warmer and drier than the North.

Flight time – 4 hours



There are plenty of Holiday options available for all of these places. From large beach resorts with kids clubs, watersports and lively entertainment. To small boutique hotels, luxurious and elegant 5star options and private villas where you can enjoy privacy and your own pool.

If you are looking to take your family away for October half term and need some help and advice – just ask Paul at Worldtravelplanner

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