If you’re looking for an October getaway to enjoy some autumn sunshine with the family but aren’t sure where to go, let us help you out. Here are our top 10 family-friendly destinations for this half term:
Family favourite Tenerife doesn’t disappoint in October when ‘the island of eternal spring’ is a cosy 27˚C. If you stay in Costa Adeje you can choose between a peaceful days on the beach, taking a trip to lively, neighbouring Las Americas or visiting Siam Park or Loro Parque, both of which the kids will love.
The Italians welcome children into their restaurants and there aren’t many kids who could resist a Tuscan pizza or pasta dish. But aside from the food, this beautiful region of Italy is mild in autumn and will blow you away with its mountainous landscape that’s dotted with vineyards.
Still quite new to the tourist scene, Bulgaria offers a wallet-friendly holidays – it doesn’t use the euro so eating out and day trips are very reasonable. The Balkan Mountains provide a stunning backdrop for the golden sands and gently sloping shores of Bulgaria’s Black Coast.
The temperature in scorching Sharm El Sheikh still averages 30˚C in late October and resorts such as Nabq Bay have a gentle pace ideal for families. You can explore the National Park of Nabq, take safari tours or go horseback riding and snorkelling, but the crystal clear waters mean you can spot creatures without getting wet.
Costa Del Sol
The popular Costa Del Sol enjoys the southern Spain sunshine for longer at this time of year. You can fly to Malaga in less than three hours and the family-friendly resort of Benalmadena is just 20 minutes by taxi when you arrive. There’s plenty to do including cable cars and Tivoli Adventure Park, Selwo Dolphin Park and the nearby Aqualand and Crocodile Park.
If you can handle the long flight then you can’t beat Florida for family entertainment and the climate in October is much more enjoyable than the hot and humid summer months. Visit DisneyWorld, LegoLand, Everglades National Park, or the Kennedy Space Centre but make sure you leave time to relax on Florida’s stunning beaches.Ibiza
The party season is over in Ibiza leaving you to enjoy the island with your family. Santa Eulalia offers something for kids and adults alike. Its two large beaches have shallow shores that are the perfect place for a paddle, while the beautiful marina and the town’s reputation for quality restaurants will keep grown-ups happy.Cyprus
Summer lasts longer in Cyprus than anywhere else in the Mediterranean and at Paphos’ large UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site there are plenty of castles, caves and monasteries to explore or take George’s Fun Bus, which stops off at various sites teaching children about Cyprus’ history in a fun way.
For an exciting cultural experience with your family, holiday in Marrakech. This is a busy city break with plenty of bazaars, museums and exotic architecture to keep everyone entertained. The lack of beaches is made up for by the plentiful family friendly resorts with great pools and waterparks.
The Cape Verde Isles are the lesser known southern cousins of the Canaries and October is the perfect time to see turtles off its turquoise coastline. The flight time of 5 ½ hours is slightly longer than a European destination but these castaway islands make for a beautifully quiet family retreat.