19 Oct

Why the October half term is the perfect time to take the children on holiday

October half term (before dull November sets in) is a great time to get a last minute dose of sun, peace, or entertainment! Flights and accommodation are likely to be cheaper, yet many destinations still have warmth, good swimming and plenty to do. If you want to sunbathe in reliable sunshine, explore, take the kids on an adventure, or soak up some culture on a budget, October half term makes economic sense. Let’s look at some possibilities in the Canary Islands, Crete, Portugal, Spain and Croatia…


Family-friendly accommodation makes the Canary Islands hard to beat for a fly-and-flop holiday. These islands experience some of the longest summer seasons, with as much as eight hours of sunshine even in late October.

The Algarve in Portugal is another popular half term destination, although the weather can be mixed with temperatures in the low 20s, ideal for exploring, on foot or by bicycle. Take a look at self-catering as a base from which to explore. Vintage travel has a number of ideal holiday properties to rent. For example, Casa de Ludo, hidden away at the end of a country lane and facing the beautiful Ria Formosa Natural Park would be a great choice of accommodation on the Algarve. This stunning property has three bedrooms and its very own pine woodland.

In October Crete is likely to still have warm temperatures akin to an average summer’s day back home, ideal for relaxing by the pool and let the kids splash about. Grapevine Cottage is one of several ideal self-catering properties that may suit you. Originally an old farmhouse and stables, Grapevine Cottage radiates character and Cretan charm.

Spain has so much to offer but what about the buzzing city of Seville, with its lively street life, Flamenco and palaces? Or the vibrant city of Barcelona with the iconic Gaudi-designed, Sagrada Familia Church, and La Rambla where the street entertainers are guaranteed to enthral the kids?

If it is action you are looking for then Croatia can provide plenty. Try adrenalin-fuelled white-water rafting on the Cetina River, sea kayaking, or explore canyons and their caves and waterfalls.  You’ll find plenty to do in Croatia during the October half term.