Where to go on holiday in October

Just because the summer is over doesn’t mean the holidays need to be. If you can travel in October it is an excellent time to visit many destinations in Europe and further afield. You can look forward to warm temperatures but fewer tourists in many holiday destinations. It is the perfect time to visit places that are too hot for the average Irish person in the summer months.

Europe in October

Cactus garden in Lanzarote


It’s always beach weather in Lanzarote where temperatures rarely dip below 20C. Located off the coast of Africa, gorgeous beaches and tempting turquoise waters, make this Canary island perfect for a beach holiday in October. It’s great for families, couples looking for a romantic holiday or a large group of friends who want to take full advantage of the nightlife. Shop til you drop at the Teguise market or head to chilled out Playa de los Pocillos and shut off from the outside world.

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If you want the sun with a shorter flight, consider Majorca for an October break. Temperatures still often reach the mid-twenties at this time of year making it perfect beach weather for most Irish people. You can have a great holiday no matter what you are into on this Balearic island. Looking for fun and lively? Consider Magaluf or S’Arenal. If you are planning a family holiday, there are many great resorts offering kids clubs that should be much quieter at this time of year. If you are travelling as a couple or with friends looking for a quiet break away there are plenty of adults only options too. There is a wide range of activities on offer in Majorca from food tours to water parks to cave tours, you will find something that interests everyone on this beautiful island.

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Ancient roman Amphitheatre at sunrise, Rome, Lazio, Italy


If you’re looking for a city break that is still lovely and warm, then this is the one for you. October is a beautiful time of year in Rome, where the evening light casts warm shadows across the city’s stunning architecture.

Many of the schools in Europe have a mid-term break in near the end of October so if you’re thinking of heading to Rome then expect it to be a bit busier. However, in the Italian capital busy is normal; there’s an enticing buzz about it, the cafes and restaurants are in full swing and the atmosphere is always electric. Treat yourself to a stay in one of Rome’s many boutique hotels for a truly Roman holiday!

Algarve beach, Portugal


Although the autumn rain tends to pick up towards the end of October and the weather gets slightly cooler, the Algarve’s location makes it a great time to visit. If you’re someone who prefers less crowds, then the Algarve is perfect for you. It’s been said that some of the best months are out of the peak summer season, when you can still expect up to 7 hours of sunshine a day.

Oktoberfest in Munich, Loewenbraeu brewery's festive tent


One of the most relaxed and likeable of all the German cities, Munich boasts one of the biggest beer festivals in the world each October – Oktoberfest. They like to drink in Bavaria, and when they drink, they like to eat. Add beer tents, music – oom-pah-pah to rock – lederhosen and waiters who can heft three full beer steins in each hand and you have Oktoberfest. Held from the last week in September until October 7, the beer festival draws in some 6 million people.

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North America in October

Boston skyline from waterfront


Compact in size and with plenty of European influences, Boston is one of the USA’s prettiest cities. It boasts a gorgeous skyline, plenty of history and architecture making it a wonderful place to visit in October.

Walk the two-and-a-half-mile Freedom Trail for a step back in time through American history, see Old Masters at the Museum of Fine Arts, go modern with a trip to the Skywalk Observatory, catch a Red Sox ball game at Fenway Park and head to Beacon Hill for gorgeous Victorian brick-row houses and Massachusetts State House. A Boston Duck Tour will take you by a unique mode of transport through Boston’s streets before landing in the Charles River and if you’ve ever had American University dreams, head across the river to Cambridge for a peek at Harvard University.

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Sunrise in Key West


If you are thinking of taking a long haul trip, October is one of the best months to visit Florida. With the humidity of summer breaking and the Atlantic hurricane season drawing to a close, October is one of the best times of year to visit Florida for the weather alone. Although it’s left summer behind, the ‘Sunshine State’ is still hot in October, as well as less rain than over summer. You can expect average temperatures of 30C, with slightly chillier evenings in the northern parts. Stay warmer down south by exploring the wonderful city of Miami as part of your trip. Florida takes autumn seriously! From Halloween spooktaculars to festive autumn festivals, there are lots of fun activities happening throughout the state—from the Panhandle down to the Keys.


October is one of the best times to visit this fun, vibrant city. Although the heat of the summer will have dissipated, the fun has not. October is festival month in Toronto. You can look forward to the international festival of authors, Toronto chocolate festival, reelworld film festival and art Toronto.

There really is something for everyone. Aside from festivals there is a lot to see and do in this Canadian city from exploring Gothic buildings to hanging out in some of the coolest markets, cafe’s and gallery’s you will find anywhere. If you love live music, Toronto has a great underground music scene with bands playing in bars around the city.

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