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Where is hot in October

Where is hot in OctoberFind hot holidays in OctoberRoyal Viking

By Mark Hodson, Sunday Times Travel Writer and Editor of 101 Holidays

October is a great time to head south for some autumn sun at really cheap prices. Most of the Mediterranean is still hot and sunny in October and the sea is warm enough for swimming. If you crave blast-furnace heat, you’ll need to fly for at least six hours.

Also see our recommendations for the best family holidays in October half term and singles holidays in October. Note: all the travel companies featured are personally recommended by our editors.

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  • Kalkan, Turkey

Average temperature in October: 25ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 9
Flying time from UK: 4 hours (to Dalaman)

October in the Mediterranean is a month of transition: there is usually a big drop in temperatures from the beginning of the month to the end. To be sure of hot weather, head south. Turkey is a good option, and it’s cheap because the Lira has fallen sharply against Sterling. Temperatures on the Aegean Coast stay comfortably in the mid-20s. If you want a classy quiet resort with lovely local restaurants head to KalkanKas, or Islamlar.

Also consider: a gulet cruise along the dazzling Turquoise Coast. See more holiday ideas in Turkey.

  • Marrakech, Morocco

Average temperature in October: 28ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 9
Flying time from UK: 3 hours 30 mins

If you want a short flight, hot weather and near guaranteed sunshine, Morocco is a winner. Marrakech offers dry desert sunshine, perfect for sightseeing and shopping as well as sunbathing, and you can stay in a palatial riad. It’s a good time of year to explore – head to the beaches of Essaouira, take a desert tour and cool off in the beautiful, tranquil Atlas Mountains.

Also consider: the riches of ancient Egypt. In Cairo you can expect highs of 29°C, falling at night to 18°C. Flying time from the UK is five hours. Visit the pyramids and cruise the Nile.

  • The Azores, Portugal

Average temperature in October: 23ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 9
Flying time from UK: 4 hours

The volcanic islands of the Azores boast great beaches but this is not a destination to fly and flop. It’s one of the best places in Europe for whale and dolphin watching, and those mountains are crying out to be explored. There are direct flights from the UK and and the weather is ideal for walking or cycling.

Also consider: the Algarve and the lesser known Alentejo, both of which enjoy good weather in October. You can explore them both on a fly-drive holiday, staying in historic pousada hotels. Prices start at £445 including flights.

  • Kos, Greece

Average temperature in October: 25ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 9
Flying time from UK: 3 hours 45 mins

The Greek island of Kos lies close to the coast of Turkey and has a long season. This is a great time of year to pick up a bargain at one of these luxury hotels – see the latest special offers. If you want an upmarket all-inclusive hotel, the IKOS Aria is also worth considering.

Also consider: Crete, the most southerly of the Greek islands. Try i-escape which has an inspired selection of small hotels and guest houses in beautiful locations. See more holiday ideas in Greece.

  • Seville, Spain

Average temperature in October: 27ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 8
Flying time from UK: 2 hours 45 mins

The elegant cities of Seville and Granada lie in the “frying pan” of Andalucia, with summer temperatures often topping 40ºC. October is a much better time to visit. You could spend a few days visiting palaces and eating tapas al fresco, then head to the wild unspoilt beaches of the Costa de le Luz.

Also consider: a few days in Palma in Mallorca, Dubrovnik in Croatia or Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast of Italy. For more ideas, see the best city breaks in October .

  • Taormina, Sicily

Average temperature in October: 23ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 8
Flying time from UK: 3 hours 10 mins

Sicily is a great place to visit in October because it’s not just about beaches (though these are lovely). With lots of sunshine and temperatures around 23°C, conditions are perfect for renting a car and visiting the medieval port of Syracuse and the charming town of Taormina set against the backdrop of Mount Etna.

Also consider: Puglia near the southern tip of Italy, which will be uncrowded in October as most Italians take their holidays in August.

  • Corsica, France

Average temperature in October: 22ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 8
Flying time from UK: 2 hours 10 mins

I love the French island of Corsica for its white-sand beaches, rugged mountains and great food. You’ll find a range of apartments and villas with private pools and you can often find special offers this late in the season.

Also consider: a luxury barging holiday in the South of France. For more inspiration, see where’s hot in Europe in October.

  • The Gambia

Average temperature in October: 32ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 8
Flying time from UK: 6 hours

The Gambia is just a six-hour direct flight from London or Manchester and makes for one of the best-value beach holidays in October. This small West African country has friendly English-speaking people and a good range of accommodation including my personal favourite, the Kombo Beach. See the latest special offers.

Also consider: Jordan (25°C) for sightseeing and desert adventures. If you’ve never visited the rock-carved city of Petra, this is a great time to go.

  • Dubai, UAE

Average temperature in October: 36ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 10
Flying time from UK: 7 hours

In the Arabian Gulf, hot weather in October is as good as guaranteed. There are three main options: DubaiOman and Abu Dhabi. Dubai is firmly established for its glitzy hotels, exciting restaurant scene, shopping and tourist attractions. Abu Dhabi is catching up fast with stunning hotels, glamorous shopping malls and Yas Island, home to Ferrari World, Waterworld, a Formula 1 track and the world’s fastest roller coaster. Oman is the choice if you want an authentic hint of Arabia.

Dubai in October

More long haul ideas

October is generally a good time to visit Africa, particularly if you’re looking to combine safari and beach. Kenya is the classic destination where you can start with the Big Five in the Masai Mara followed by a lazy few days on the Indian Ocean coast, perhaps at Hemingways Watamu, where temperatures typically reach 30°C.

October is the dry season in Botswana, making it a prime time for big game spotting – the lack of rain means that animals gather around watering holes, guaranteeing spectacular sightings.

It’s spring time in South Africa where Cape Town is a very pleasant 22°C. In the east, Johannesburg and Durban are in the high 20s. This is a great time of year to visit Kruger National Park.

In the Indian Ocean, October is a good time to visit Mauritius. The island is home to many world-class luxury hotels, and the climate is pretty good too: temperatures of around 27°C with eight hours of daily sunshine.

The rainy season is ending in the Maldives, where you can expect temperatures of 29°C and seven hours of sunshine. See more weather info. If you love nature, but also crave some pampering, take a look at Madagascar which has fabulous beaches and unique nature experiences.

For a good value beach holiday with guaranteed hot weather, it’s hard to top Mexico, particularly if you stay in one of these all-inclusive hotelsCancun is great for nightlife, water parks and activities, while Puerto Vallarta has more character and Los Cabos is home to star-studded luxury resorts.

First-time visitors to India should head for the Golden Triangle in the royal state of Rajasthan – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur – temperatures are high at around 33°C but it’s a dry desert heat, so it’s not humid. It’s also a great month to visit the laid-back state of Kerala in the South of India. For both, I recommend TransIndus which has a choice of private and group tours.

October is also an excellent time of year to visit Sri Lanka. It’s just coming up to the high season but still at low season prices. Rather than choose between a beach holiday and a tour, you can combine the two: spend a week visiting Buddhist temples, sacred rocks, national parks and the elephant orphanage, then unwind with a few days on the coast. There are some great boutique hotels and eco resorts,

This is also a good time to be in Vietnam which has fast emerged as one of the world’s most exciting destinations, particularly if you love modern history, ancient culture, street food, shopping and luxury hotels. These suggested itineraries will give you some inspiration.

In Brazil, it’s an ideal time of year to visit Rio de Janeiro, and you can easily combine it with trips to the beach and the falls at Iguassu. For holidays in Brazil, we recommend Dehouche.

October is a great month to visit the US. You’ll find warm temperatures in the Mid West, California and the South, plus it’s peak “leaf peeping” season in New England. Perhaps explore in a rented motorhome.

In the West, you could explore California on a 18-day fly-drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, taking in Monterey, the Napa Valley, Yosemite, Sequoia and Death Valley. Or this three-week ultimate tour of America’s National Parks includes bison in Custer State Park, hiking in Yellowstone National Park and a Navajo tour of Monument Valley.

Where to avoid in October

Although the Caribbean is hot in October, it’s slap bang in the middle of hurricane season, as visitors to Cuba and Jamaica found in October 2016 when Hurricane Matthew brought winds of up to 150 mph. To be on the safe side, it’s best to avoid the region.

Last updated: 1 April 2019

>> Find more ideas for holidays in October, and tips for making the most of your half-term. You may also be interested in the best October honeymoons.

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