October sunshine – the best short-haul destinations

09 October 2019 08:35

Last-minute October sun

Last-minute October sun

Escape the cold and rain with a last-minute summer escapade. You don't have to travel far for autumn sun!

Whether you're looking to spoil the kids this half-term or treat your partner to a romantic getaway, discover your perfect October retreat in one of these sunny locations...

Seville, Spain

One of the best-loved destinations in Spain, Seville is a city steeped in history and overflowing with beautiful architecture. With 300 days of sunshine on average every year, there'll be little stopping you from getting stuck into its many cultural highlights – whether flamenco dancing or a football match – before raising a glass of sangria as the sun goes down.

Essaouira, Morocco

A coastal town with a laidback atmosphere, there's no better place to escape the back-to-school madness than Essaouira. Lounge around at the beach or stretch out by the poolside as you take in Morocco's glorious colours. Or, if you feel like an excursion, take a day-trip to the bustling city of Marrakech and wander the maze of market stalls, which sell everything from spices to traditional Moroccan rugs.

Rome, Italy

One of the most romantic cities in the world, Rome is also one of the warmest European destinations for catching the October sun. With average highs of 22°C, explore the historical wonders of the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum and the Vatican City where you can marvel at Michelangelo's masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel. Finish off with a climb of the Spanish Steps before kicking back with a bowl of pasta and a glass of vino.

Kos, Greece

One of the largest Greek islands in the Dodecanese, the clear, sparkling waters and immaculate beaches make Kos the perfect destination for families and couples alike. Known for its cloudless skies and never-ending sunshine, Kos is an island that can be explored at almost all times of year. Catch a direct flight from London and you could be enjoying the Greek coastline in around four hours...

Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt

Whether you're diving or snorkelling, the popular coral reefs surrounding Sharm el Sheikh on the shores of the Red Sea offer some of the most abundant and colourful marine life in the world. Swim with clownfish, dance with shrimps and wonder at the blue dotted sting ray. With average sea temperatures nudging 28°C in October, you might not even need a wetsuit!

Booked your October getaway?

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