Well it’s that time of the year again, we’ve waved off the children as they head back to school, packed away our flip flops and replaced them with our winter woollies. With many shops already showing signs of Christmas, a holiday in the sun is a great way to recharge those batteries before the winter madness descends, and not forgetting the possibility of snow. Here at Holiday Hypermarket we have handpicked the best destinations, so you can grab a bargain and top up your tan. So lets take a look at where is hot in October.
Flying Time – 3hrs 30 minutes
Average Temperature – 22°C
Although not a typical bucket and spade destination, Marrakech is an amazing destination for a spot of sightseeing and shopping. Spend your day circling through the labyrinth of souks while you grab a bargain or two along the way. Jemaa el Fna Square is a must-visit and once dusk falls this place comes alive with musicians, acrobats, storytellers and snake charmers to name but a few. If you want to be among the hustle and bustle then we recommend staying in a traditional Moroccan riad, but if you prefer modern conveniences and a little pampering, don’t worry, because there are plenty of luxurious hotels to choose from. In fact, once you step inside your hotel the lobby you’ll feel like you’re a million miles away from this bright bustling city.
Flying Time – 3hrs 20 minutes
Average Temperature – 23°C
Malta is a relatively small island, but don’t be fooled as it certainly packs a lot in. Although Malta mainly sits on a rugged and rocky coastline, the resort of Mellieha has a great beach to build your sandcastles on. Bugibba is a modern and lively resort that’s jam-packed with bars and restaurants, and if you choose to walk a little further along the coast, you’ll come across St Paul’s Bay, which offers a traditional local charm. Alternatively, Sliema is the island’s oldest resort yet has a real cosmopolitan feel to it. Are you more of an explorer? Then why not discover the island on an open-top bus tour where you can hop on and off when something catches your eye. Not only is Malta packed with archaeological sites, museums and churches, but regular festivals also take place throughout the year.
Flying time – 4hrs 30 minutes
Average Temperature – 27°C
Cyprus really is an island for everyone. Along the west coast you’ll find the busy resort of Paphos. Best known for its traditional harbour, vibrant marina and countless historical sites, there’s never a dull moment in this resort. For a spot of sight-seeing head to Limassol, which boasts a castle, a medieval museum and an elegant old town to wander around. To the east of the island you can’t miss the resort of Ayia Napa, well known for its energetic party scene. Despite its famously noisy nightlife the resort’s great beaches attract every kind of holidaymaker. A little further along you’ll find Protaras, which is somewhat quieter than its neighbour Ayia Napa, but still packs a punch for families. Hiring a car is a must in Cyprus as they drive on the same side of the road as us in the UK, making it a convenient way of seeing what this stunning destination has to offer.
Flying time – 4hrs 30 minutes
Average Temperature – 26°C
Lanzarote belongs to the Canary Islands and is always a popular destination for year-round sunshine. As with all the Canary Islands, Lanzarote is volcanic in origin, but don’t worry because the island still has its fair share of sandy beaches. Costa Teguise is the liveliest resort offering ample bars and restaurants for families. Adrenalin junkies can sample the many water sports on offer, or active types can enjoy a round of golf in the sun. If you like to wind-down on holiday, Playa Blanca would be perfect. This resort hosts a pretty marina with upmarket boutiques and restaurants. Puerto Del Carmen, on the other hand, gives you a good mix of traditional and contemporary Spain with its old village and lively waterside promenade.