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Where’s Hot in October?

The British summer is definitely over – we’ve swapped t-shirts for sweatshirts, sandals for sneakers and it’s only a matter of time before we’re breaking out the winter coat.

Fear not though, there’s still plenty of autumn and winter sun around if you know where to find it – even in Europe! Try one of these holiday favourites for a dose of sunshine this October.

Costa Almeria, Spain

Average temperature: 21°C

Flight time: 2 hours

Mojacar beach, Costa Almeria

As one of the sunniest areas in mainland Spain, sun-worshippers will feel right at home in Costa Almeria. With average daytime temperatures hovering in the low 20s, beach breaks are still on the cards, even in October. Head to the lively resorts of Roquetas de Mar, Mojacar or Aguadulce to find the best stretches of sand.

Almeria itself is a great place for Spanish culture with an old Arab fortress and a bustling central avenue filled with shops and street cafes. Or if you’re looking for an active holiday, head to Cabo de Gata Natural Park for hiking, kayaking and horse-riding.

Antalya, Turkey

Average temperature: 25°C

Flight time: 4 hours

View of old town harbour, Antalya

The sun continues to shine on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast well into October and Antalya is one of the best places to enjoy it. Whether you’re seeking an action-packed family break or a relaxing all-inclusive getaway, there’s something for everyone here.

Discover Turkish history with a stroll around Antalya’s old town, relax in a traditional hammam, haggle for souvenirs at colourful bazaars or try street food staples such as koftes, kebabs and baklava. End your day watching the sun set from one of Antalya’s dreamy beaches – Lara is a firm favourite.


Average temperature: 22°C

Flight time: 4 hours

Larnaca beach, Cyprus

Cyprus boasts one of Europe’s best climates, so an October holiday here promises plenty of sunshine! Its beaches are the perfect place to enjoy the weather and there’s no shortage of them either, whether you’re looking for long sandy stretches in Larnaca or secluded coves in Protaras.

Watersports lovers can get stuck into the wide range of activities including surfing and parasailing, while keen walkers can explore the hiking trails around the Troodos Mountains.

More of a culture vulture? Discover the country’s rich ancient history at the incredible Roman ruins in Limassol and Paphos.


Average temperature: 27°C

Flight time: 11 hours

Cancun beach, Mexico

October is a great time to take advantage of low-season prices in Mexico and treat yourself to a luxurious all-inclusive getaway; hotels in Cancun and Playa del Carmen are renowned for their 5-star rankings, fabulous spa facilities and private beaches.

Spend your days lounging on white-sand beaches in the shade of a palm tree (temperatures often hit 30°C in October), or head out sightseeing to discover the rich history of Mayan culture at Chichen-Itza.

Be sure to try a few meals in local restaurants – you’ll find there’s much more to Mexican cuisine than burritos and chilli, plus the tequila is world-class!


Average temperature: 22°C

Flight time: 12 hours

Beach view in Mauritius

Visit Mauritius in October for warm temperatures without the rain that blights the summer months. There’s plenty of sun to go around with nearly eight hours a day of sunshine, too!

Holidays here are all about escaping the stresses of everyday life so prepare for tranquil beach days and hotels with 5-star spas to help you unwind. Prefer to get active? Take to the waves for watersports, play your way around one of the many golf courses, or browse the shops for some bargain knitwear – Mauritius is famous for its handmade textiles!

Do you have a favourite October hotspot? Drop us a tweet @icelollyholiday and let us know!

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