Five great destinations for October Half Term
The October half term break is a great time for a family trip. Cities are generally uncrowded, it’s still T-shirt weather in southern Europe, and it’s spring in the Southern Hemisphere. Here’s some inspiration for October family destinations.
The Eternal City is packed with world-class historical and artistic sites and attracts millions of visitors each year. In October the Italian capital is still warm, but it’s less crowded than it is in summer. Family-friendly highlights include the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Trevi Fountain and, of course, the wonderful food – have you ever met a child who doesn’t like pizza, pasta or gelato?
October is one of the best times to see the Northern Lights in Iceland, as the sky is likely to be clearer than it is in winter. Iceland offers some memorable opportunities for family outdoor adventures, such as swimming in geothermal pools, covering yourself in mud at the famous Blue Lagoon, and visiting the lava field where astronauts practiced for moon landings.
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands, which are less than 70 miles from Africa, and enjoy a year-round warm climate. This diverse island has everything from all-inclusive beach resorts, tropical rainforests to a dormant volcano, Mount Teide. The island is also one of the top places in the world for stargazing. If you go, check out Siam Park – it’s rated as one of the best water parks in the world.
The largest of the Greek islands and its southern side is still warm in late October. With its beautiful beaches, ancient architectural sites and one of the longest canyons in Europe, the Samaria Gorge, Crete is a very popular holiday destination. Greek tavernas offer local dishes which kids enjoy, such as calamari and fresh pitta bread.
When it’s autumn in Europe, spring flowers are blooming in Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean. Mauritius has some wonderful hotels, many of which offer a comprehensive range of kids activities. Beyond the hotels, you can visit the Dodo Gallery in the Museum of Natural History in Port Louis, see giant tortoise at the La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes nature reserve and tour Domaine Les Pailles colonial sugar estate by horse-drawn carriage.
By: Gretta Schifano