Now that the summer holidays are over, there’s a long couple of months ahead of us. But that’s OK because before too long, the Autumn Half Term will be upon us. It may not be as long, nor as warm, as the summer holiday but it’s a great opportunity to get away from it all and recharge for the long haul through to Christmas. So don’t hesitate, take a look at our list of great destinations and book something to look forward to this Autumn Half Term.
There is no more perfect time to visit Florida than in October. With temperatures between 25C-30C and seven hours of sunshine every day, it’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy the southern state without having to deal with the intense heat and humidity of summer.
Florida offers a varied and exciting week-long break; from beautiful beaches of Miami to the alligator swamps of the wetlands, and let’s not forget Disneyland. Whether you’re traveling alone, in a couple or with the family, Florida is a half-term paradise where adventure is always around the corner.
The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is known as The Island of Eternal Spring thanks to its year round sunshine. October is a great time to visit as the intense heat of summer has made way for the far more bearable mid-20Cs of Autumn. Tenerife is becoming increasingly popular with tourists, so Autumn is also a good chance to enjoy the island without the hoards of tourists that arrive in July and August. However, demand is still high so book soon to avoid disappointment.
Half Greek, half Turkish, all beautiful, Cyprus is a magical island. Slap-bang in the middle of the Mediterranean, the weather is gorgeous in October and, after a long hot summer, the sea is unbelievably warm. You can swim in crystal waters, dine on heavenly cuisine and explore the fascinating, rich history of an island with varied past. Some of the ancient Greek artifacts found in Cyprus are among the earliest records of human life we have ever discovered.
All of Spain is gorgeous in October, especially the south, if it’s good weather you’re after. But we specifically recommend Seville because, over the course of a year, it boasts more daily hours of sunshine than anywhere else in Europe. It’s a wonderfully vibrant city of whitewashed walls and flourishes of gold and orange, sticking in the memory for years. The food is simply divine and there is so much to see and do that every night, you and the whole family will sleep like logs.
Marrakesh probably offers the greatest culture shift compared to travel time, from the UK. A relatively short flight finds you entrenched deeply in North African culture and society. The legendary street markets sprawl for miles and the local goods and produce on offer can keep you occupied for days. The food is a must too, lovely African dishes, lightly spiced and always delicious. And because it’s October, flights and accommodation are very affordable and the temperatures are perfect.