If you’re feeling let down by the less than sweltering ‘Indian Summer’ we were promised here in the UK, or you’re simply looking for a break from the autumn workloads, look no further than our top 5 October holiday destinations to get your fill of sun, culture and beautiful scenery.
Lying off the southeast coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius boasts some of the most travel brochure, idyllic beaches in the world. Whether you want to relax and soak up the natural and breathtaking beauty of the island, or explore the culture, wildlife and people of Mauritius, there’s something for everyone on this island of paradise. Areas of note on the island include Eureka, a perfectly preserved Creole mansion built in the 1830s providing a historical insight into Mauritius’s plantation history; Ile aux Cerfs, a beach that brings to life the white sand and turquoise sea we imagine when we think of the island and where boat tours of the coastline are offered; and Les Sept Cascades, a collection of seven stunning waterfalls that are favoured by locals for hiking amongst the lush greenery.
For a Spanish escape of both sun and sights, look no further than Seville. With its Old Town containing three UNESCO World Heritage Sights and temperatures regularly reaching mid-20s, you’re guaranteed to get a tan with your fill of culture. Main attractions in Seville include the St. Mary of the See Cathedral which is among the largest of all medieval and Gothic cathedrals in the world; the Palace of San Telmo, a building renowned for its characteristic baroque features; and the Metropol Parasol, the world’s largest wooden structure designed by architect Jurgen Mayer-Hermaan. Seville’s nightlife is also extensive, ranging from flamenco clubs, iconic tapas bars and late-night clubs and bars that keep going until the early hours.
The so-called City of Love is a perfect autumn destination for any food-lover, fashion-lover, culture-lover… life-lover. Visiting Paris is surely near the top of everyone’s bucket lists, with its thriving nightlife, exquisite food, beautiful people and iconic tourist attractions: what more could you want? Start the day with a croissant from distinguished patisserie Pierre Herme, climb up to the Sacre-Coeur at Montmatre and get a portrait of yourself from one of the many street artists, have a stroll around the extraordinarily extensive Musee du Lourve and end the day with escargot and steak frites with an art deco interior at La Copole. Oh, and try to see the Eiffel Tower when you have a chance.
If you’re more of a home-bird, how about opting for a ‘staycation’ in the Lake District? Despite its more than likely damp weather at this time of year, the breathtaking and quintessentially British views of rolling hills, fells, lakes and valleys can make it up to you.
Even if you’re not the walking and hiking type, take inspiration from your surroundings like poet William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter and get creative! Or if you’re more daring Go Ape in Cumbria and zip through the forest and release your inner Tarzan.
With temperatures regularly reaching the mid-20s celsius and summer not ending until November, get your shades on and catch the first flight over to one of the warmest climates in the Mediterranean. Nothing beats Cyprus for a good old fashioned beach holiday; beautiful beaches such as Fig Tree Bay on the east coast, offering a range of water sports and diving tours, traditional Cypriot cuisine, as well as short cruises to nearby countries from the island. And if you’re one for nightlife, Ayia Napa is the place for you, renowned for being one of the European capitals of clubbing!