Now the weather is getting cold in the UK, all I can think about is where to have my next holiday. October half term holidays are much cheaper than going abroad in the summer holidays, so check out my favourite places to go in Europe over the next 3 months.
Most of these can be found among various Europe tour packages, so it’s worth taking a look there as well.
We absolutely love having family holidays and are always looking at new places to go.
We are thinking of having a cheeky week in Europe for our October half term holiday, so thought I would check out the best hotels and the best times to go.
As we homeschool there is no need for us to go on holiday in October half term, but I have put a guide price for each of my favourites in and out of the school term time.
All of these hotels listed are all 4 star rated, and the prices are based on all-inclusive, however, other board types are available.
Before you go though make sure to check out 10 of the best swimming accessories for kids you can’t leave home without.
Fuerteventura, Spain – average temperature 23°
Gran Canaria, Spain – average temperature 23°
Tenerife, Spain – average temperature 22°
Paphos, Cyprus – average temperature 22°
Costa del Sol, Spain – average temperature 19°
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October Half Term Holidays in the Heat
The weather in Fuerteventura is the warmest in Europe at this time of the year with temperatures remaining in the low 20s all year round. This is the second largest of the Canary Islands and is renowned for its beautiful white sandy beaches.
This would be a perfect destination for your October half term holidays but be aware, the reason this is so warm is due to the wind. Fuerteventura literally means strong wind!
The Pierre & Vacances Village Club is a wonderful hotel, and definitely great for families. This is a 4 star resort and gets 4 stars from Trip Advisor as well, which is no mean feat.
Check out this kid’s water play area. This hotel also has a kids club, just in case either your children enjoy making friends, or you want to have a few minutes of peace!!
The prices vary massively as can be seen below, and October half term family holidays are about £826pp (all-inclusive). If like me you homeschool or are happy to take your children out of school then the cheapest week in this hotel is 12 Dec – 19 Dec at only £292pp!
Book your holiday now at Pierre & Vacances Village Club
Flight Time: 4:20 hours from London
Fuerteventura Weather October Half Term
Average Annual Rainfall for Fuerteventura
Gran Canaria, Spain
Another of Spain’s Canary Islands, Gran Canaria must feature on this guide. It has 60 kilometers of beaches and the weather is very similar to Fuerteventura, just with slightly more rainfall.
Mogan Princess & Beach Club is a beautiful 4 star resort in Playa del Inglés. The beach is only 1km away from this amazing resort. There is a kid’s pool and a kids club so this is definitely a family-friendly resort.
The prices vary a lot from over £700 for a week per person (all-inclusive) in October half term breaks to as little as only £291 in December.
Book your holiday now at Mogan Princess & Beach Club
Flight Time: 4:30 hours from London
Gran Canaria Temperature October
Average Annual Rainfall for Gran Canaria
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and is a great place to have a holiday. The weather is slightly colder than the other two above but it is equally beautiful.
It’s dominated by Mount Teide, a dormant volcano that is Spain’s tallest peak. The last time I went to Tenerife was I am ashamed to say over 20 years ago, in fact, it was my first ever girls’ holiday when I was 17.
The nightlife in Playa de las Américas is great, but Tenerife is also a great place to travel with the family.
Aguamarina Golf Hotel is another 4 star resort that offers all-inclusive packages, which is great for families. It also has a kids club, and is literally on the pebble beach.
In Tenerife, there is an amazing water park called Siam Park and claims to be the most spectacular water attraction in Europe, which is only 20 minutes away from this hotel.
The prices in October half term are £781pp (all-inclusive) if you have children in school, however, if you have younger children or homeschool the cheapest time to go is the end of November to mid-December with a price of only £278pp.
Book your holiday to Aguamarina Golf Hotel
Flight Time: 4:30 hours from London
Tenerife Weather October Half Term
Average Annual Rainfall for Tenerife
Cyrus Weather October Half Term
As the weather in Cyprus is also amazing in October, this would make a great getaway location.
Paphos in Cyprus situated on the south-west coast of Cyprus has lots of historical sites relating to Aphrodite. There is loads to do in Paphos, from visiting lots of ruins and churches to water parks, and there is even a zoo.
Aloe Hotel in Paphos is another 4-star family-friendly resort. There is a kids pool, a kids playground, but no kids club, although they do offer a babysitting service. There is also an indoor swimming pool, so if the weather isn’t too kind you can still have a good splash about.
This hotel has 2 weeks of half term, with prices starting at £832 increasing to £1002 (all-inclusive) within these 2 weeks. If like me you can go out of half term though you can pick up a really great deal in November at only £452pp.
On the Beach doesn’t operate this hotel in December, but the other hotels I recommend on this page all have availability in December.
Book your holiday to Aloe Hotel, Paphos now.
Flight Time: 4:30 hours from London
Paphos Weather October Half Term
Average Annual Rainfall for Paphos, Cyprus
Costa del Sol, Spain
Costa Del Sol literally translated as the Coast of the Sun is located on the south coast of mainland Spain. If you fancy getting out and about there is a sea life center in Benalmadena, and I would recommend a trip to Ronda.
Ronda is a mountaintop city in Malaga and is breathtaking. Check out some more amazing things to do in Costa Del Sol here.
Holiday World Resort has absolutely everything you might need for a holiday with the kids. We had a week here last summer, it is huge and definitely geared up for kids. There are lots of pools and plenty of kids pools.
This is the cheapest of the hotels mentioned in the list starting with half term week at only £634. The weather, however, is the coldest at only 19 degrees in October half term holidays. Although with London’s average temperature of only 13 degrees in the same month, it will certainly be hotter than being at home!
Book your holiday at Holiday World Resort now
Flight Time: 3 hours from London
Costa del Sol Weather October Half Term
Average Annual Rainfall for Costa Del Sol, Spain
Make sure you download and print out our free beach scavenger hunt printable and have lots of fun exploring!
As you can see that although none of these October holidays is in the scorching 30 degrees category, they are all significantly warmer than spending a week in the UK!
London Average Temperature
Average Annual Rainfall for London, England
Where will you be spending your October half term family holidays? Let me know in the comments.
Last Updated on 8 April 2023 by homeschoolof1