Escape to the sun this October half term

The October half term is almost upon us so it’s time for a last minute holiday.

Swap the chilly UK weather for a spot of Mediterranean sunshine and give your family a perfect autumnal treat. Take the kids to the exciting waterparks of the Spanish coast or spend time making sand castles on the beautiful beaches of the Canary Islands. With so many great destinations it can be hard to choose where to go.

Here are our picks for last minute October half term breaks.



The Canary Islands have enjoyed a boom in popularity in recent years. With unique landscapes and breathtaking views it attracts holidaymakers from all walks of life. The oldest of the islands, Fuerteventura, is perfect for a family with numerous of resorts perfect for a relaxing week in the sun.

Costa Calma is the ultimate beach resort with a sandy shoreline as far as the eye can see. With a huge amount of hotels, it makes for a really relaxed vibe with tourists mingling around the nearby town. With temperatures touching the mid-20s, you’ll have no problem topping up the tan or taking a cooling dip in the pool.

Albufeira, Algarve


Albufeira’s transformation has been nothing short of life changing. Once a quiet fishing village on Portugal’s Algarve coast, the tourism boom has brought thousands of visitors every year. It remains a huge favourite among holidaymakers and it’s easy to see why. Boasting miles of pristine beaches, lines of bars and restaurants and hotels catering for every need, Albufeira makes for a perfect family destination.

The kids will love a trip to the sealife-themed fun park Zoomarine where they can see dolphin and seal shows as well as running wild at the waterpark. For the grown-ups, they can spend an afternoon strolling around the colourful marina while basking in the warm weather.

Port de Pollença, Majorca


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Set among the Tramuntana mountain range is the charming bay of Port de Pollença. An hour’s drive from Majorca’s main airport it’s a picture of calm ideal for families looking to enjoy a relaxing week in the sun.

Spend a warm evening taking a stroll along Pine Walk choosing from the multitude of restaurants serving delicacies from across the world. During the day, take the kids to the main beach Platja Llenaire where they can spend the time playing in the calm Mediterranean waters. With plenty of villas and apartments available, Port de Pollença provides the holiday vibe without the overcrowding.

Santa Eulalia, Ibiza


Ibiza may not be the first place that springs to mind when planning an October half term family holiday but this Balearic Island can spring a few pleasant surprises. Head to the north-east of the island and discover the family-friendly environment of Santa Eulalia.

A huge favourite in the summer, Santa Eulalia is a more relaxed affair in the autumn. The seafront promenade is a focal point of the town with street artists creating mini masterpieces while you can stop off for a bite to eat in the bars and restaurants lining the street.

The beaches are spotless, as you’d imagine, and you experience the mini Barcelona-style Rambla with craft markets held every week. It is not all about partying in Ibiza.

Playa Blanca, Lanzarote


We’re returning to the Canary Islands for our final pick and we’re heading to Lanzarote. Located at the southern tip of this picturesque island, Playa Blanca is an ideal family resort. It’s all about the beaches here with no less than 9 kilometres of white sand providing endless hours of fun.

Go that extra mile and treat yourself to an apartment or hotel with a sea view so you wake up each morning with a glorious panorama of the Atlantic and nearby Fuerteventura. You won’t be stuck for anywhere to eat either as Playa Blanca is blessed with some brilliant restaurants, most of which are situated in the Marina Rubicon.

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Cover photo credit: Visit St. Pete/Clearwater via Flickr.