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Compare the best October holidays

As summer comes to an end across Europe and the UK, temperatures fall and you're unlikely to find hot days on the Costas and islands of the Med. However, there are still places to travel to for a tan and to soak up some rays. So, where's hot in October? Let us inspire you...

The Canary Islands

This group of islands lying off the west coast of Africa enjoys a year-round holiday climate and near-guaranteed heat during the whole of October...

October sees temperatures averaging around 24°C in the Canary Islands, so whether you're looking to sunbathe on one of the beaches that cover 930 miles of the islands, play golf, get out windsurfing on the waves, rest and relax, or simply explore the many walking trails up in the mountains then these islands could be perfect for you.

Average October temperature: 24°C
Average October rainfall: 18mm
Average hours of sunshine in October: 7

Tenerife is the largest of the islands and it has some of the most remarkable coastlines, with the most famous resorts being Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas with their full-on nightlife and venues. If you're looking to turn up the heat a little more, then Mount Teide might be just what you're looking for - although don't worry too much about an eruption from Tenerife's volcanic centre piece as it has been dormant since 1909.

The third largest Canary Island, Gran Canaria, is also the proud host of some gorgeous beaches, most notably Maspalomas, a three-and-a-half-mile stretch of glistening white sand and impressive dunes.

Gran Canaria's sister islands, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, are also blessed with temperatures averaging in the mid-20s, and with October falling outside of peak season, you'll be able to bag yourself a hot holiday for a lot less. If you want somewhere a bit different, try the three smaller islands of La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro with unspoilt resorts, beautiful scenery and balmy temperatures.

Cyprus

The Island of Aphrodite enjoys an extended hot summer from April to November, which makes Cyprus a perfect holiday destination during October...

Cyprus enjoys an excellent climate throughout October with good temperatures, low rainfall and plenty of sunshine throughout the day.

Average October temperature: 21°C
Average October rainfall: 31mm
Average hours of sunshine in October: 8


The Paphos area is known for accommodating the widest range of holidaymakers on its clean beaches, and there's a huge range of hotels here offering everything from simple self-catering through to all-inclusive spa and golf complexes. The soft sands of Coral Bay are perfect for families.

Cyprus has a well-established tourist industry, with an array of different holiday locations to suit every budget, and with this hot holiday destination being only four and a half hours away from the UK, Cyprus might just be the October getaway you're looking for.

Dubai

The jewel in the crown of the United Arab Emirates is now a firm favourite with holidaymakers, and October is the ideal time for a sunshine break...  

Dubai is extremely hot during the summer months and, for many, the heat can be unbearable. October sees the average temperature fall to just shy of 30°C, which is perfect for those looking for a hot and sunny break - just be sure to pack your sun-cream.

Average October temperature: 29°C
Average October rainfall: 1mm
Average hours of sunshine in October: 10

Dubai has developed rapidly in recent years and has excellent sandy beaches, extremely luxurious hotels and awe-inspiring architecture, which will certainly leave you with great memories as well as a fantastic tan. Add in shopping, skiing on an indoor slope, a huge range of entertainment, theme parks and daily non-stop flights from UK airports and it is clear to see why it is such a popular destination.

If you're looking for the hottest place to visit this October, and you don't mind the 29°C heat, then a trip to the Persian Gulf might be just for you.

Where else do we recommend?

Other great destinations in October include Cape Verde, the Red Sea, Hawaii and Tunisia - all of which have sizzling temperatures...

Cape Verde Islands

The Republic of Cape Verde is a group of Atlantic islands located off the west coast of Africa around an extra hour-and-a-half flying time south of the Canaries. With temperatures averaging around 26°C in October, Cape Verde could be the perfect island location for you to escape Britain's winter.

Average October temperature: 26°C
Average October rainfall: 10mm
Average hours of sunshine in October: 7

The archipelago is a union of cultures from Portugal, Africa, the Caribbean and Brazil, and even though it is relatively new to British visitors, it still welcomes large amounts of holidaymakers every year with its ever-growing tourist industry. Whether you're looking to chill out on the beaches of Boa Vista, hike on hillsides of frozen lava or partake in a number of watersports, Cape Verde attracts many visitors after hot holidays in October. From beach bums to thrill-seekers alike, this little Atlantic gem has something for everyone with its hotel-based entertainment and activities.

Hawaii

If sun and heat is what you're after in October, then the southernmost state of the USA is a place you can rely on. Hawaii has some of the best beaches in America and enjoys temperatures of around 26°C in October. Hawaii's crystal-clear waters are the islands' most inviting feature being superb for water activities from surfing to diving, and sailing to windsurfing. However, its nightlife, activities and traditions are also what make Hawaii a destination worth a visit as well as the stunning scenery with volcanoes, high sea cliffs and rich green foliage across the whole island group.

Average October temperature: 26°C
Average October rainfall: 45mm
Average hours of sunshine in October: 8

Hawaii itself is the largest in the group of islands, and is often referred to as the 'Big Island'. It's almost twice the size of any of the other islands in the group, offering stunning beaches such as Anaehoomalu and the Hapuna recreation area, which is famous with body surfers.
The most popular island is Oahu, which is renowned for its festivals and celebrations such as the Chinese New Year and Aloha as well as the well-known resort of Waikiki in Honolulu. It would be an understatement to say that Hawaii has something for everyone.

Tunisia

Tunisia begins to cool just after August, but temperatures in this African favourite remain above 20°C during September and October, making it a noteworthy country for your hot holidays in October.

Average October temperature: 21°C
Average October rainfall: 66mm
Average hours of sunshine in October: 7

Tunisia has much in the way of beaches, resorts, history and culture to offer its visitors. The majority of the country's historical wonder can be found preserved in the city of Carthage, which was once the world's third-largest Roman city and day trips here are offered from some of the many resorts along the eastern coast. Heading south you'll find the island of Djerba, a real beach paradise of powder soft sands with minimal development over and above the great hotels on offer.

If you find October in the UK is a bit dreary and you're looking for somewhere to test your haggling skills, to soak up some sun or even to satisfy your Star Wars interest on a tour of the Saharan locations used in the first film, then Tunisia might just be what you are looking for this autumn.

The Red Sea

The Red Sea resorts around Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh, Marsa Alam and Taba are some of the best destinations for guaranteed sun in the month of October. All have developed as purpose-built resorts with many hotels offering all-inclusive deals and entertainment on site - and all within six hours flying time of the UK.

Average October temperature: 27°C
Average October rainfall: 2mm
Average hours of sunshine in October: 10

October will see average temperatures of 27°C, and 10 hours of sunshine a day, making the area ideal for autumn getaways. It is well known internationally as one of the best diving locations in the world as the surrounding Red Sea is beautifully clear, and is populated with exotic flora and marine life.