Beat the onset of winter blues by booking your October 2018 holiday! Whether you’re taking the kids away for half term, want to flop by the pool with your friends, or relax with your partner, we’ve got the best October destinations covered at loveholidays.com. There’s sunshine aplenty across the Mediterranean, whether you fancy a Greek island or the popular resort of Paphos on Cyprus. Or you could head south to the Canary Islands or Morocco for even warmer temperatures. Perhaps you’d rather jet off on a long-haul holiday, taking advantage of the low season prices: Mauritius and the Riviera Maya both average around 8 to 10 hours of sunshine daily. Whatever kind of break you’re looking for, you’ll find it in our essential guide to the best places to holiday in October!
October holidays in the Canary Islands
The Canary Islands are a perennially popular destination for autumn sun. Average temperatures are in the mid-20s, there are about 7 hours of sunshine a day, and the sea is a balmy 24 degrees after being warmed throughout the summer. The beautiful island of Lanzarote boasts blissful beaches, all kinds of activities from water sports to hiking, a slew of fantastic cultural attractions and the magnificent volcanic landscape of the Timanfaya National Park. Gran Canaria is forested in the north, mountainous in the middle and almost desert-like in the south, offering a range of stunning landscapes to explore, along with its glorious coastline and beaches. In Tenerife, you can enjoy the lively coastal resorts, explore historic cities like La Laguna, and take the cable car to the top of Mount Teide, Spain’s highest peak and a still-active volcano.
October holidays in the Greek Islands
With temperatures in the low 20s, the Greek Islands are a wonderful destination for an October visit, although it might be a touch too chilly for swimming. In Crete, you can enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, or explore its charming hill towns and ancient ruins. Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese islands, famously boasts the longest summer of all the Greek islands, so you might be able to enjoy some pool time. Meander around the charming Old Town of Rhodes, or visit the island’s beautiful ancient ruins, and its historic castles and palaces.
October holidays in Morocco
If you want to be sure of sunshine, then Morocco is an ideal choice for your October holiday. In Marrakech, average temperatures are in the high 20s, and, although there is some rainfall, you can still count on an average of 8 hours of sunshine daily. Explore the narrow lanes of the ancient Medina, linger in the Marjorelle Gardens, and watch the snake-charmers and acrobats in the vast Jemaa-el-Fnaa square. (Why not check out our essential local guide: 48 hours in Marrakech?)Lovely, laid-back Essaouira, on Morocco’s Atlantic Coast, also boasts an alluring ancient heart, and its long beaches are wonderful for a stroll, although only the hardiest will be tempted to swim.
October holidays to long-haul destinations
Mauritius is a fantastic destination in October, particularly if you enjoy water sports. Temperatures are in the 20s, the sea is blissfully warm, and you can count on an average of 8 to 10 hours of sunshine a day. Other island attractions include visits to grand, colonial-era plantations, nature reserves and the vibrant seaside town of Grand Baie. If you’re in the mood for Caribbean beaches, Cancún on the Riviera Maya beckons: the summer heat and humidity are dissipating, but you can still count on average temperatures in the mid- to high-20s. The sea is warm and perfect for swimming and water sports, plus there are endlessly fascinating Mayan monuments to visit.
City breaks in October
If you’re looking for a city break, but want to be sure of some sunshine, how about the seductive city of Seville in southern Spain? Admire the Alcazar palace, get lost in the whitewashed lanes of the Santa Cruz neighbourhood, and climb the Giralda belltower for fabulous views. Temperatures are in the high 20s, and you’ll be able to enjoy tapas and drinks out on one of the beautiful city squares. If you want to combine city attractions with white sand beaches, then jet off to Dubai. This glittering, contemporary city has enormous malls and skyscrapers, fabulous shops and restaurants, and miles and miles of glorious beaches. With an average of 10 hours of sunshine a day in October, and temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s, you can be sure you’ll come home with a fabulous tan too!