25 September, 2017 2:00 am Published by Nicole Leigh West

October is off-season in many of the world’s top destinations, which means fantastic news for your travel budget! You’ll find great package deals to beach destinations where the sun is still shining, cheaper hotels in big cities and savings on long-haul flights.

Check out our top picks for October holidays and be sure to stay up-to-date with our weekly deals, to catch some great bargains.

Beach Holidays

Don’t despair about autumn weather in October, as it’s still warm enough for a sunny beach break, without all the tourists of the summer season.

Rhodes, Greece

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Rhodes has one of the longest summer seasons of the Dodecanese Islands, with warm weather lasting well into late October. With endless beaches, a lush interior, the medieval old town and castles to explore, a trip to the island offers a little bit of everything for holiday makers. Check out the Valley of Butterflies, the ancient city of Ialysos and the archaeological site of Lindos.

Cyprus

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Autumn means beautiful, sunny weather in Cyrus, the birthplace of the Goddess of Love and Beauty, Aphrodite. Sweeping valleys, pristine beaches and delicious cuisine awaits on the Mediterranean island, mixed with historic evidence of an intriguing history. Visit the ancient city of Kourion with its Roman Theatre, explore the Chirokitia Neolithic Settlement and go diving in refreshing waters with great visibility. Don’t miss a drive into the mountains, for wine tours and quaint villages.

Lanzarote

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With mild temperatures, it’s still beach weather in Lanzarote, during October! The best thing is, you’ll escape the crowds of July, August and September. Volcanic landscapes, stunning stretches of sand and fantastic package deals are huge drawcards for most UK tourists. When you manage to drag yourself away from the beaches, including Playa Blanca, Teguise and Puerto del Carmen, visit Timanfaya National Park to see lava fields, take a vineyard tour and head to the capital, Arrecife, for shopping, dining and nightlife.

City Holidays

Crisp weather and sunny days makes October one of the best months to explore cities, which can be too hot, busy and expensive to thoroughly enjoy throughout summer.

Marrakech, Morocco

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October is an ideal time to visit Marrakech, as the scorching temperatures drop, so you can explore in comfort.  First up, make sure you stay in a traditional Riad, to take advantage of gorgeous décor and rooftop pools, bars and restaurants overlooking the city. Get lost in the Medina – a maze of souks, arts and crafts, spices and lanterns. On dusk, head to the famous Djemaa el-Fna Square to feast on local cuisine from street vendors and watch the colourful array of snake charmers, belly dancers and fortune tellers entertain the crowds.

Rome, Italy

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Perhaps one of the prime times to visit the ‘Eternal City’, October sees warm temperatures, but fewer crowds in the ever-popular travel hot spot. With a history spanning more than 2000 years, you can’t walk far without running into a magnificent example of the past, including the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Vatican Museums, Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain.

Istanbul, Turkey

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Off-season, in Istanbul, is a fantastic time to explore the exotic city, where East meets West. Spend your time haggling in historic bazaars, sampling mouth-watering cuisine and checking out the rapidly emerging arts and culture scene. Visit the Topkapi Palace, admire the Hagia Sophia cathedral and take a Bosphorus cruise to explore the magical waterways.

Long Haul Holidays

October is one of the best times to find great-value flight and accommodation deals, to make your long-haul travel dreams come true.

Mauritius

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Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean, off the southeast coast of Africa. Though it’s a year-round destination, October offers dry days and pleasant temperatures, without the usual humidity. Celebrated for its picture-perfect beaches, the island actually gives you an abundance of options, including rainforest hiking trails, waterfalls and rare wildlife. Head to the capital, Port Louis, for a multi-cultural, cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Petra, Jordan

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The days are still bright and sunny, but it’s cool enough for a camel ride, in Petra during October. As one of the world’s most fascinating landmarks, a visit to the ancient city is on many travel bucket lists. It was the capital city of the Nabataeans and a major trade centre for incense, silks and spices. Now, you can see the abandoned temples and towers emerging from towering red and orange sandstone cliffs.

Hanoi, Vietnam

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The temperatures soar during the middle of the year in Vietnam, making October one of the best times to visit. It’s generally warm and sunny, which is perfect for exploring the majestic buildings and open streets of the French Quarter, and the vibrant, narrow lanes of the Old Quarter.  Hanoi is also the gateway to Halong Bay, home to astonishing limestone cliffs jutting vertically from emerald waters, many of which hide dramatic caves.

UK Breaks

The Lake District

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Autumn is a special time in The Lake District, with fiery reds, golds and yellows sweeping through nature. The Lake District National Park is a patchwork of lakes, valleys, rolling hills and woodlands, making it the perfect spot to experience the great outdoors.

Top activities include biking down country roads, hiking through the hills and discovering the area’s artistic past of poets, writers and painters. Hire electric boats and canoes at Coniston, explore Windermere for panoramic mountain views and relax at historical North Lakes, before you settle in for the night at a log, cabin with the smell of wood smoke and the calming sounds of nature.

Whether you want to discover a new city, laze in the sun on the beach, explore an exotic location or go on an outdoor adventure, October is a great time to do it. When it comes to finding the best-value deals, you don’t need to worry about a thing, as the team at Simply Holiday Deals will deliver the top ones straight to your inbox.