8 Top Spots For October Sun

8 Top Spots For October Sun


October may feel autumnal to us, but there’s still plenty of time to catch some late summer sun! Want to whisk yourself away to beautiful beaches and poolside paradise before the year is up? Get inspired with our eight top picks for October holidays

  1. Portugal

Average October temperature: 21°C
Average flight time: 2.5-3 hours
Hotel we recommend: TUI Blue Falesia

The Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost region, is a truly scenic and relaxing place to visit at this time of year. It’s one of Europe’s sunniest destinations, being fairly close to the north-west coast of Africa. Given the later time of year, you can expect quieter beaches and fewer tourists, but you’ll still manage to indulge in hours of sunshine in gorgeous surroundings.

Whether you’re a sun worshipper who simply wants to lounge by the pool, or you prefer to inject some adventure into your getaway, you’ll never be bored in Portugal. There are plenty of water tours to take, cities to explore and beaches to relax on. Not to mention, the Algarve is home to a world-class waterpark for any thrill-seekers out there! If you’re looking for somewhere that will be hot in October and give you that much-needed holiday fix, Portugal is certainly worth visiting.

2. Gran Canaria

Average October temperature: 24°C
Average flight time: 4 hours
Hotel we recommend: Riu Papayas

Gran Canaria is an island bursting with natural beauty. It’s known for its magnificent dunes from the Sahara Desert, and it’s scattered with fabulous resorts nearby rolling beaches and secret coves. The Canary Islands are popular with visitors all year round because of their consistently warm climate – they really do offer the perfect spot for some early winter sun.

The capital of Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, offers plenty to do for all kinds of travellers. You could swing by the impressive Poema del Mar aquarium, chill out on the stunning Las Canteras beach, get educated at the Science and Technology Museum or soak up some history in the old town of Vegueta. Combine this with all the little luxuries you’d expect on any fabulous beach holiday, and there you have it – the perfect October getaway.

3. Kos

Average October temperature: 20°C
Average flight time: 4 hours
Hotel we recommend: TUI Blue Atlantica Belvedere Resort

It’s hard to hand-pick a Greek Island as they’re all so wonderful. On this occasion though, we’d like to talk about Kos. It may be a small isle, but there’s no shortage of fun in the sun – think sprawling sandy beaches, ancient ruins, glistening blue shores and lively locals. The summer months stretch nicely into October, making it a great spot for some last-minute rays.

One of the great things about Kos is that it’s very diverse. You could visit for an action-packed family holiday, you could go for a tranquil solo retreat or you could jet over there for a romantic escape. There are plenty of hotels offering All Inclusive holidays, with a range of colourful cocktails and irresistible Greek buffets to indulge in. Similarly, there are some beautiful self catering options for those wanting to explore the local area a little more.

4. Cyprus

Average October temperature: 23°C
Average flight time: 5 hours
Hotel we recommend: Atlantica Golden Beach

Year-round sunshine is one of the many things Cyprus is known and loved for. It has all the components of a wonderful October getaway, from picturesque harbour towns to family-friendly beach resorts. There’s a wild side to Cyprus, with party spots galore, but there’s also a side that’s simply made for unwinding and recollecting. What more could you want in an October holiday?

There are plenty of shimmering beaches that sweep the coastline of Cyprus, 59 of which are recognised as Blue Flag beaches. Some are secluded and sleepy, yet some are buzzing with laughter, music and the splashing of snorkelers. No matter your preference, you’re bound to find the perfect place to sit back, take in the surroundings and have the me-time you’ve been waiting so long for.

5. Lanzarote

Average October temperature: 24°C
Average flight time: 4 hours
Hotel we recommend: Riu Paraiso Lanzarote Resort

Leave for luxurious Lanzarote this October for a holiday you’ll want to relive again and again. As another of the superb Canary islands, you’re practically guaranteed warm weather and bright blue skies whenever you visit. With plenty of holiday deals to choose from, it’s certainly worth bringing to the top of your list when you’re scouting out amazing October destinations.

This vibrant volcanic island is known for more than just its sizzling sunshine. It’s dotted with striking natural wonders, from silver mountain peaks to towering black rock formations. You could spend one day lounging by the pool and the next exploring the fascinating Timanfaya National Park (known as the ‘Fire Mountains’). Your trip can be as lazy or as lively as you’d like!

6. Marrakech

Average October temperature: 24°C
Average flight time: 3.5-4 hours
Hotel we recommend: TUI Blue Riu Tikida Garden

Looking for a hot holiday that’s also a bit of a city break? Check out Marrakech – a city as drenched in history and culture as it is sun! You can soak it all in around the pool at a swanky, stylish resort or you can spend days exploring the ancient buildings and bustling souks of the city centre. If you like going on a holiday where you can really immerse yourself in something new to you, Morocco is a marvellous option for you this October.

Marrakech is sometimes referred to as The Red City – a nod to the colour of the grand walls which surround it. Within the walls, you’ll discover a world of incredible food, stunning architecture, aromatic market stalls and traditional mosaics. Having the option to wander through the streets of such a city alongside sunbathing and cooling down in glistening pools makes this one of our favourite destinations for late summer sun.

7. Tenerife

Average October temperature: 24°C
Average flight time: 4.5 hours
Hotel we recommend: TUI Blue Los Gigantes

Tenerife is totally terrific! It’s arguably the most popular of the Canary islands, with phenomenal weather all year round. It fuses the tranquility of palm tree-lined beaches with the buzz of waterparks and vibrant nightlife. If sun, value and relaxation is what you’re looking for, now is the perfect time to plan a trip to Tenerife.

As well as the usual staples of a sunny escape – drinks by the pool, delicious cuisine, evening walks on the beach etc. – you’ll find the scenery in Tenerife a sight to behold. As another volcanic island, it has dramatic landscapes of rugged mountains beyond the picturesque beauty of the resorts. You can opt to go on excursions to see the nature of the island in a little more detail, or simply admire it from the comfort of your sun lounger. The choice is up to you!

8. Menorca

Average October temperature: 20°C
Average flight time: 2-2.5 hours
Hotel we recommend: Globales Mediterrani

Menorca is proof that good things come in small packages. It’s a tiny island, being just 137 miles long and approximately one fifth of the size of its neighbouring isle, Majorca. It may be smaller and quieter than the other Balearics, but it’s just as picturesque and has endless golden beaches to explore on your October getaway.

Those who like a touch of luxury (and the taste of a tipple!) will most certainly find this island to their liking. It’s been known for years for its refreshing gin and tonics, as well as its impressive wine production. There are wineries scattered all over the island offering drinks that are perfectly paired with the fresh local seafood. Wining and dining is taken to a whole new level on the elegant island of Menorca!

Are you feeling ready and raring for that end-of-summer escape? After all this talk of holidays, we can’t blame you! Feel free to browse our deals and get your bags packed up for your last slice of summer.

Please note that all our deals include flights, hotels, baggage and transfers as well as making sure you’re financially protected with an ABTA and ATOL certificate. We’ve got all the latest travel information in one place so you can book with the peace of mind that we’re here to look after you!

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