If you’re looking to escape that autumnal chill, it could be high time to embark on October half term holidays. From exotic landscapes and sizzling Mediterranean sunshine to some particularly fascinating history lessons away from the classroom, we’ve got a location to suit you and the little ones this half term break.
Swap falling leaves for palm trees in the sun-filled Canary Islands, promising indulgence and comfort on beautiful white sands. Inspire the kids with an open mind and a trip to Greece or Turkey to discover a culture quite different, or catch the last of the good weather in the Balearics and extend your summer. Whatever you’re looking for this October, you’re sure to find something to keep the entire family happy – just dig out your flip flops and begin your journey.
Sunshine for the Kids in the Canaries
With its year-round sunshine and stunning coastlines, Tenerife is the ideal place to spend your half term holidays. You’ll find a number of theme parks on the island, catering for a variety of tastes. The biggest is Siam Park, a Thai-themed adrenaline-fuelled attraction with plenty of thrilling water rides and some great themed restaurants to refuel in the sunshine – keeping you fed and the kids entertained. You’ll need some time to hit the beaches, and you’ll find some glorious sands across the island – Playa de las Americas is a favourite for many, while the volcanic sands of Puerto de la Cruz are lined with an array of beachside bars.
Lanzarote is another top location for those seeking year-round sunshine, particularly when you consider that the island boasts over 30km of glorious beaches – ideal for those seeking some winter sun. In addition to the beach lifestyle, the island is also famed for its volcanic landscapes, guaranteed to fascinate the kids. Costa Teguise is ideal if you’re travelling with little ones, with a sheltered beach and a wealth of attractions from theme parks to aqua parks, while Puerto Del Carmen will provide you with plenty of evening entertainment once the sun begins to set during your holidays for half term.
A trip to Fuerteventura is another top option for those escaping the autumn blues. A great range of activities and beautiful beaches will keep both you and the kids engaged, particularly the wonderful water sports scene, best enjoyed through some surfing or wind surfing tuition – a perfect activity for the whole family to enjoy, as long as you can keep your balance.
Beauty of the Balearics
Renowned for its sun-drenched beaches and playful atmosphere, Majorca has been a popular holiday destination with families for decades. Beach holidays are synonymous with this beautiful Balearic Island, proving the ideal location to head to in order to catch the last of the sun in October during your half term holidays. From the beach to the bar, you’re sure to find something to keep yourselves and the children amused – whether you fancy soaking up the sunshine or sampling the delights of the local karaoke competition – a welcome change from homework and the school run. From the endless entertainment of Alcudia to the hustle and bustle of Palma Nova and laid-back charm of Cala D’or, you’ll discover some great places to explore during your trip, with thrill-seekers loving the adrenaline rush of Majorca’s biggest water parks while those seeking relaxation will gladly absorb the luxury and comfort of the island’s top beach resorts.
Take your family beach holidays to the more tranquil setting of Menorca during your holidays for half term. The island is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the whole of Spain, and the sun will still be shining when you jet over during October. Others may want to keep to the mainland, and there’s no better family escape destination that the Costa del Sol, especially if you’re after beaches and top family entertainment.
Historic Holidays in Greece
Embarking on holidays to both Greece and Turkey will allow you to combine the tranquillity and rejuvenation of a beach holiday with the enchanting and intriguing aspects of historical and cultural exploration – the ideal balance for energetic kids eager to learn. Away from the sand, sun and sea, you can make your family holidays interactive by touring around some of Ancient Greece’s most incredible treasures, from the ancient ruins scattered around Crete to the imposing beacons of bygone eras found around Athens.
Absorb the breath-taking vistas and alluring culture of Santorini, with holidays spent on the sand and along the atmospheric streets in equal proportions during your half term holidays. The Turkey Dalaman area continues this theme, pairing stunning beach indulgence in areas like Olu Deniz with remarkable cultural and historical attractions to keep you absorbed during your break.