The Best October Holiday Destinations

Whether you’re searching for the best holiday destinations in October for sun, want to embark on a long-haul trip to seemingly otherworldly destinations or want something close by to take advantage of the last beach days before winter, these are the best places to go on holiday in October.


October remains one of the ideal shoulder months for travel to many hot and trending destinations across the globe. South Africa for instance is entering its summer, giving you warm, dry days, excellent for game viewing as wildlife comes out in search of water. It’s also the ideal time to hop over to cosmopolitan Cape Town and check out the sunny coastline.

There’s also Europe, with its wine season coming in full bloom as we enter the autumnal climate. You can also chase that quintessential autumn which highlights the best for many places with its golden hues, bright skies and dewy mornings. No matter how you want to make use of October travel, here’s where to go on holiday in October.

Best Places for Hot Holidays in October

While October isn’t the last chance for winter sun, it’s a fantastic time to take advantage of destinations whose summer may be too hot or are in the southern hemisphere and starting to enter their summer season. Here’s where is hot in October for a holiday.

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South Africa

Set out on a safari adventure in South Africa for an audacious hot holiday in October. Explore its warming lands before the summer heat (and crowds) begin to trickle in. The warm, dry days beckon wildlife from their hiding spots in search of food and water, making for some of the best game viewing year-round. The flora also comes out of hiding as the wildflowers cover the west coast and Cape Town sees luscious 30˚ C days.

Abu Dhabi & Dubai, UAE

Where ancient meets modern, in the Middle East you can experience a rapidly growing new world in modern Dubai, exploring bustling souks and stretching out on a golden beach. If you're after adventure, escape to endless sand dunes by quad bike and end the day with a magical night under the stars. October marks the end of summer in the UAE, making the days perfect for a sunny and warm holiday in October but not unbearably so.

Best Beach Holidays in October

For the best beach holidays in October, travellers are spoiled for choice with options in Africa, the Indian Ocean and even Europe. Here’s where’s hot in October for sumptuous sun and soft-sandy beaches.

Mauritius Kitesurfing

Mauritius offers white sandy beaches, the crystal-clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean and wonderful luxury properties. With world-class diving, golf, deep-sea fishing and watersports it is a great spot for anyone wanting to mix relaxation with some action. But that's not all, if you venture inland you will discover verdant tropical rainforests, epic waterfalls, botanical gardens and steep-rising lush mountains. October days are warmer and drier so it's an ideal time to explore all the island has to offer.

Daios Cove
Crete, Greece

As the largest Greek island, Crete is abundant in beautiful scenery, stunning beaches and remote villages. Visitors are seduced by the island's distinct character and way of life, especially the plethora of outdoor activities. Warm sunny days extend throughout October so visitors can enjoy hot, sun-baked breaks with less of the crowd, providing the best holiday weather in October.

Sifaka in the spiny forest

Madagascar is a land of contrasts, of spectacular and amazing wildlife, towering mountains and white sand beaches, impossibly high dunes and deep freshwater lakes and of course - the lemurs. From the Aye-Aye to the Indri, these little balls of fluff are Madagascar's main attraction and the reason that so many visitors return year after year. Enjoy an exciting wildlife adventure exploring the National Parks, and then finish on one of Madagascar's pristine beaches for some fabulous diving and relaxation. October sees warm and dry weather, making it the best time to visit.

Best October Holiday Destinations in Europe

Europe’s autumn ushers in its thriving wine season. From around mid-September to mid-October expect harvest celebrations and festivals, as well as stays at stunning vineyards set against an amber palette. Here are our recommended October holiday destinations in Europe.

Douro River, Portugal

Portugal’s secluded beaches, rolling countryside and medieval towns have long made it one of our favourite European destinations. Travelling to Portugal in October brings a whole added allure – the opportunity to take part in the wine harvest in the Douro Valley. Stunning autumnal colours transform the vineyards at this time of year, and the grape picking is in full flow. Visitors can help with the harvest, as well as enjoy tastings and learn about the wine-making process. The perfect accompaniment to Portugal’s world-class wines is its exemplary food scene. Tuck into locally sourced octopus, Iberian pork and freshly grilled sardines.

Tuscany, Italy

If you’ve been to Italy before, then the perfect way to see this October holiday destination with fresh eyes is to visit during its grape harvest season. Many wineries open their doors during this time for tourists who are after something a little different and allow them to take part in a thousand-year-old tradition, or vendemmia. While there are many wine regions across this country, we recommend keeping to the Piedmont, Tuscan, Veneto and Campaignia regions for the best experiences.

La Rioja vineyards, Spain

Turn your favourite glass of Rioja into an experience when visiting northern Spain in October. With temperatures still in the mid-20s, Spain is perfect for October holidays in the sun combined with culture and tradition. Take part in grape-stomping and grape-picking as you walk amongst the vines and tour boutique wineries. You’re also delightfully close to Bilbao and San Sebastian, two cultural meccas in northern Spain that offer something wholly different to your typical Tenerife beach holiday.

Best Family Holiday Destinations in October

With October half-term in our grips, it’s the perfect time for the family to embark on a close-knit adventure before the humdrum of the festive season and extended family visits. For those wondering where to go on holiday in October half term, avoid going too far or crossing too many time zones to make the most of the break with these destinations.

Desert Camp Morocco

Home to a colourful blend of African, Arabic and European influences, Morocco is an intoxicating destination that’s as popular with kids as it is with adults. If you’re travelling as a family for the October half-term, we can arrange a treasure hunt through the bustling souks, an exhilarating 4x4 safari in the Agafay Desert and a night spent sleeping in a tent under the stars. We’ll guide you through some of Morocco’s most untouched areas, where you can share tales with the Berber people over a pot of Moroccan tea.

Boat in a bay in Cyprus

Perfect for families with young children, and one of our top destinations, Cyprus offers the perfect family beach destinations. With our Explorers kids club at Parklane and just a short flight away, Cyprus offers that sought-after hot holiday in October whilst being easy to travel to. With the rainy season not kicking in until November, it’s the ideal last chance to soak up some sun and get some R&R before the chaos of the festive season kicks in.

Treasury, Petra

Jordan is the perfect place to get away from it all in October for families after some exploration. Combine adventure with relaxation as you walk through history and marvel at epic scenery. Discover the ancient treasures of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra, stay in a desert camp in Wadi Rum - a desert which is so striking it has been used as an alien planet in numerous films - and float in the Dead Sea. This small country is brimming with things to do and can be jam-packed into one unforgettable week.

Best October Holiday Destinations for Couples

Embrace culture and sea with these October holiday destinations. While these aren’t adult-only holidays, these destinations are naturally suited to adults or older children due to the activities available. Plus paired with their exclusiveness and charm, they offer the perfect setting to reconnect and make new memories.

Tiger in Kanha National Park, Flame of the Forest

India’s summers are famously hot, so October is the best time to visit as the powerful heat starts to wane but still provides that nice toasty break from the autumn chill. Stay in some of the most indulgent luxury hotels we offer at Scott Dunn and get lost in the colourful magic of Rajasthan, intrepid tiger safaris and a private village house out in the countryside. Truly a place that tantalizes all the senses, India is one of the best places to go on holiday in October.

Maia Beach, Seychelles

Boasting a more elevated feel than other Indian Ocean retreats like the Maldives and Mauritius, the Seychelles remains delightfully under the radar and the perfect place for couples to have an October holiday in the sun, go island exploring and lounge on sun-soaked beaches. October is one of the best months to visit this destination as it brings calmer seas and drier weather, creating ideal conditions for snorkelling and diving. Explore its exceptional biodiversity as you hop between islands and tour this tropical paradise.

Best October Holiday Destinations for Long-Haul Adventures

Use this October for a long-haul adventure and make something special of this holiday. Indulge in the natural phenomenon of autumn's vibrant tones and see some of the most remarkable sites with these October holiday destinations.

Kyoto, Japan

Japan is a land defined by quirky customs and innovative inventions, and nowhere is this more prominent than in the nation’s food scene. Traditional Japanese cuisine has been awarded heritage status by UNESCO and is an art form in itself. From the utter masterpieces of sushi to immaculately prepared kaiseki dinners, it’s important to the Japanese that their food looks as good as it tastes! Travel to Japan in October to combine a culinary tour of the country with the most captivating autumn hues, as Japan’s iconic temples are cloaked in warming displays of red, orange, and gold.

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New England, USA

Autumn is a magical time in New England; the air is crisp and cool, the leaves have transformed into every imaginable shade of red and freshly pressed cider is sold at local eateries. Photographs can't adequately capture the charm of the scarlet, gold and orange that blaze across this historic part of America, complimenting quaint white churches and sweeping valleys.

Explore the Best October Holiday Destinations with Scott Dunn

Now you know where to travel in October, make this month a memorable one with these incredible destinations. Whether it’s a country that’s caught your eye here or one you already have in mind, get in touch and we’ll plan an unforgettable trip to one of the best places to go on holiday in October. Start the process today but calling us at the number below or filling out our online enquiry form.

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