Where is hot in October in Europe

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By Mark Hodson, Sunday Times Travel Writer

October is an excellent month for a holiday in Europe. It’s hot enough in the southern Mediterranean to bask in the sun, and the sea will be lovely and warm. Our researchers have selected the best places to stay in Malta, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus, Spain, Turkey and Madeira. Follow the links below to find prices and dates. Travelling solo? See our expert guide to the best singles holidays in October.

Where’s hot in Europe in October

Country Destination Average highs Average hours of sun
Malta Valletta 25°C 8 hours
Cyprus Limassol 26°C 9 hours
Greece Crete 24°C 7 hours
Portugal Madeira 24°C 6 hours
Greece Kos 25°C 8 hours
Turkey Dalyan 25°C 8 hours
Italy Puglia 22°C 6 hours

Quick links

Malta – CyprusCreteMadeiraKosTurkeyPuglia

    • 1. Malta (and Gozo)


Average highs in October: 25ºC
Average daily sunshine: 8 hours
Flying time from UK: 3 hours 10 minutes

It’s a short flight to Malta and its sister island Gozo. There’s something very comfortable and reassuring about these islands: everything is conveniently laid out for visitors, and yet they are both endlessly fascinating. Malta is rich in history and Gozo (there’s no airport so you’ll need to catch a ferry) is full of surprises, from the crystal-clear diving and snorkelling to the lazy country roads that are ideal for cycling. See the latest special offers.

  • 2. Cyprus

Average highs in October: 26ºC
Average daily sunshine: 9 hours
Flying time from UK: 4 hours 30 minutes

Cyprus is among the most southerly islands in the Mediterranean, so it’s one of the best bets for late autumn sunshine. October is a transitional month across the Med: as a general rule, you can be pretty certain of warm or hot weather in the first half of the month, but temperatures cool off a little and the days get shorter as November approaches. Cyprus is more than just a fly-and-flop destination, and this is a good month to explore the island. Our experts recommend this range of holiday experiences which includes fly-drive adventures and a self-guided walking holiday.

  • 3. Crete

Average highs in October: 24ºC
Average daily sunshine: 7 hours
Flying time from UK: 3 hours 45 minutes

You can fly to parts of Greece in three hours, but it’s worth going the extra miles to the southerly island of Crete – not just because it has such a long season, but because it’s a beautiful destination with great beaches, hiking trails, historic sites and pretty towns such as Chania. Stay in a boutique hotel or one of these spectacular villas. It’s a great time of year to walk the Samaria Gorge, or rent a car and explore the island. This is an excellent guide to Crete. See our guide to the hottest Greek islands in October.

  • 4. Madeira

Average highs in October: 22ºC
Average daily sunshine: 6 hours
Flying time from UK: 4 hours

The Portuguese island of Madeira is known for its year-round sunshine and it’s a great choice in October, especially if you love the great outdoors. This lush mountainous sub-tropical outpost has outstanding hotels, walking trails and botanical gardens. You can also stay in beautiful restored country estates such as Quintinha Sao Joao and Quinta da Bela Vista.

  • 5. Kos

Average highs in October: 25ºC
Average daily sunshine: 8 hours
Flying time from UK: 3 hours 45 minutes

Close to the Turkish coastline, Kos is one of the most southerly of the Greek islands with a warm autumn climate. There’s a lot to see and do with archaeological sites, a booming wine industry and many luxury hotels to choose from, including the good-value five-star all-inclusive Ikos Aria which is recommended by our editors.

  • 6. Aegean Coast of Turkey

Average highs in October: 26ºC
Average daily sunshine: 9 hours
Flying time from UK: 4 hours (Dalaman)

It’s not difficult to see why the most popular region of Turkey for tourism is the Turquoise Coast. It’s a fascinating unspoilt region of Europe with pretty villages, sparkling seas, beautiful sunsets and outstanding food. Arguably the best of the resorts are Kalkan and Fethiye, which are delightful in October. See our guide to the hottest places in Turkey in October.

  • 7. Puglia

Average highs in October: 23ºC
Average daily sunshine: 7 hours
Flying time from UK: 2 hours 45 minutes

Italy can be a mixed bag in October – in the north the weather can be decidedly chilly, while in the fascinating southern region of Puglia you can be basking in long days of sunshine. Mass tourism has yet to hit Puglia, and very few Italians take their holidays outside August, so you can have golden-sand beaches almost to yourself. It’s a great region for food and wine – you can visit vineyards, and take in the historic city of Lecce, known as ‘the Florence of the South’, along with the conical-roofed trulli houses. If you want to stay in one, check out Il Nocino. For a more conventional hotel, our researchers recommend Tenuta Centoporte.

Also consider: the Italian island of Sardinia which is known for its white-sand beaches and fabulous hotels, the best of which is Forte Village Resort.

See what weather to expect in Europe in other months:

October | November | December | January | February | March | April | May

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Last updated: 23 June 2022

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