Fitting the right destination to the right time can be tricky, particularly when taking the family into consideration. It’s not just cost, or the weather, you also have to think of a destination that will have a little something for everyone. Here is our guide to help you find the right destination for you this October half term.
- For: Iconic landmarks, cultivated cuisine, culture
- Flight time: 1hr 30mins
Writer Henry Miller once said, ‘to know Paris, is to know a great deal’ and there is certainly much to see, do and learn in the French capital. Iconic landmarks are just as easy to spot as the many wonderful cafés that line its boulevards. Travel to the top of the Eiffel Tower, discover famous masterpieces at the Louvre or explore the incomparable Sacré-Coeur Basilica, located at the summit of Butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city.
The biggest problem for visitors to Paris is that there’s just so much to do, there’s plenty of secrets to uncover in this wonderful city. An emerging area, like the one around the Canal St. Martin is full of cafés and trendy boutiques frequented by bobo’s (short for bourgeois and bohemian, think ‘hipster’) where you can really settle into the Parisian culture. You can also take up a quirkier approach to the city by going on film-themed walks. Alternatively, you could escape to another world entirely and fill your children’s eyes with wonder by visiting Disneyland Paris, fun for kids young and old.
- For: Culture, sun, markets
- Flight time: 3hr 40mins
While Marrakech may not be the most obvious child-friendly holiday destination, the city has a very family-orientated culture and a list of unique things to do. Year-round sunshine and lots of flat areas make the city an attractive prospect if you have younger children, especially in October when the weather still averages 21 degrees.
One of the highlights of Marrakech is its bouncing Djemaa El Fna in the early evening when chefs set up and acrobats, street dancers and magicians take to the streets. It’s a truly magical sight and a great way to discover intriguing things the locals have to offer. Marrakech is renowned for its many souks around the winding, old medina, full of crafted shoes, jewellery, traditional dresses and food. It’s always worth remembering that bartering isn’t as frowned upon as it is in the UK, so try and grab yourself a bargain.
There are two kids’ parks in the city aimed at younger children, but if you’re just looking for a calmer place to relax, the 700-year-old olive trees of La Arset el-Mamoun gardens make for good company with a tea or ice cream.
- For: Affordable winter sun, the best water park in the world, marine life, Mount Teide
- Flight time: 4hr 35mins
An island of great versatility, Tenerife is more than just its beautiful beaches and glorious weather. The island is halved by Teide National Park, the highest mountain in Spain and the highest volcano in the Atlantic Ocean. The topography and temperature changes depending on which side of the island you’re on. For instance, the north side of the island is distinctively greener, with a cooler air.
Watersports, including sailing, paragliding and submarine safaris are a great way to beat the heat. Or, go one further and spend the day at Siam Park, a huge water park full of slides, waterfalls, lazy rivers and state-of-the-art rides and attractions. It’s been voted number one water park in the world 4 years running.
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- For: Glitz, glamour, luxury architecture and theme parks
- Flight time: 7hr 10mins
Abu Dhabi may often be referred to as the older, more sensible brother of Dubai, but that doesn’t mean it isn't fun. Abu Dhabi is a great destination for all of the family, full of water parks, theme parks, natural beauty and architectural wonders.
If your little one’s love cars, you can’t go wrong at Ferrari World, the first theme park of its kind packed with over 20 exhilarating rides. Of course, Abu Dhabi can get very warm, so what better way to cool off than a trip to Yas Waterpark? There are over 40 rides here and there are even souks and pearl diving experiences to enjoy. Add to this the fabulous mall and the corniche which stretches for 8km along the waterfront you can’t go wrong.
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- For: Theme parks, sun, shopping, family fun
- Flight time: 9hrs
It’s impossible not to associate Orlando with theme parks and rightfully so with it being home to some of the best in the world. The most obvious of these is Walt Disney World, which is split into 4 parks; Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Each park has something unique to offer and a new park called Toy Story Land has just been opened. Beyond Disneyworld, there’s also Legoland, Universal Orlando Theme Park, Chocolate Kingdom (a personal favourite of mine) and WonderWorks, an interactive science exhibit.
Even if you were to never step foot in a theme park, there’s still a ridiculous number of things to do. For culture, visit the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, visit the 50-acre Harry P. Leu Gardens, or visit the Kennedy Space Centre and get access to historic launch sites and working spaceflight facilities.
- For: One big dose of winter sun, to-die-for beaches, marine life
- Flight time: 12hr
We don’t blame you if you find it hard to pry yourself away from the sunbeds, but if you can, you will discover a different side to Mauritius that makes it a great choice for a family getaway. Port Louise, the capital of the city, is a great starting point. A vibrant, bustling centre holds museums, markets and the china town area, with vendors, stalls and traditional foods.
Of course, one of Mauritius’ greatest assets is its incredible marine life. Diving and snorkelling are fantastic things to do as a family, but why not go one further and go on your very own submarine mission together to discover the aquatic life here. For a little adrenaline in your life, the 500-metre zipline tour of Domaine des Couleurs is a something different. If you want something a little more relaxing, perhaps a walk through the botanical gardens in Pamplemousses?
For more inspiration, get in touch with our travel experts now and book the perfect October getaway for your family.