The best short-haul holiday destinations for October 2018 – for guaranteed sun

From Gozo in Malta to Paphos in Cyprus, read on for our top autumn sun picks along with great value holiday deals to get you there.

Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Less than four hours' flight from the UK and with year-round warm weather – averaging around 26C in October – Lanzarote is a popular choice for autumn sun.

From incredible volcanic landscape and beautiful isolated beaches to lively resorts with numerous restaurants and bars to choose from, there's something for everyone on this sunny isle.

Try your hand at kiteboarding at Famara Beach, dive into some delicious tapas at the Playa Blanca harbour or party all night in Puerto del Carmen – and don't miss the out-of-this-world views from the Mirador del Rio.

Find great Lanzarote holiday deals for October 2018 on Love Holidays from £173pp for a seven night stay – or from £279pp on

Gozo, Malta

Malta's sister island Gozo is an easy trip from Malta, which is just three hours flight from the UK and with English spoken widely on the island – along with plenty of English products in the shops – you're sure to feel it's a home from home.

Packed with incredible sights – from the 'Ggantija Temples' to the 'Azure Window' – as well as hidden secluded beaches and waterfront seafood restaurants, it's the perfect place for an easy, family-friendly escape.

Plus, the warm October temperatures – averaging around 25° – make the autumn a top time to visit this pretty island.

As a lesser known holiday hot spot, you can find some great Gozo holiday deals for October 2018 – Travel Supermarket has holiday deals from £160pp for seven nights and have a one-week Gozo holiday deal from £223pp.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

With great beaches and crystal clear waters, an iconic old town and many fantastic restaurants – serving up local favourites such as squid ink risotto – Dubrovnik is an unbeatable city beach destination.

And October is an ideal time to visit when the cruise ships have set sail, the climate is balmy and the water still warm from the hot summer heat.

Whether you decide to take a stroll along the ancient city walls, a trip in a cable car or a boat tour to a nearby island – you'll hopefully enjoy blue skies all the way.

For cheap Dubrovnik holiday deals for October 2018, check out Love Holidays for three-night trips from £159pp – plus four-night breaks from £219pp on Travel Zoo.

Antalya, Turkey

Find a piece of paradise in Antalya, nestled in the Mediterranean Sea and serving up tons of top-notch beaches, archaeological sites and traditional Turkish culture.

A slightly longer flight from the UK – just under seven hours – but worth it for the inviting turquoise sea and warm autumn temperatures – often as high as 27° in October.

Go for the weather, but stay for the historical sights, scenic harbour and world-class golf clubs – this Turkish Riviera gem won't disappoint.

Book an all-inclusive one-week holiday in Antalya from £396pp with On the Beach or from £358pp with Travel Supermarket.

Paphos, Cyprus

Although Cyprus is located on the Med, it's so far south that its climate is more like the Middle East – averaging around 26° in October- and just a four and a half hour flight from the UK.

From the fascinating archaeological sites – the city itself is UNESCO-listed – and historic old town to the incredible food and culture, there's plenty to fill your days here.

But the biggest pull to Paphos is surely the stunning and well-equipped beaches – from Coral Bay to Pachyammos Beach – with more than twenty to choose from, you'll be spoilt for choice.

Find great Paphos holiday deals for October 2018 on Love Holidays from £123pp for a seven night stay plus flights – and from £329pp.

Kos, Greek Islands

With fine, sandy beaches, Greek and Roman ruins and a lively nightlife, Kos is a clever choice for an autumn sun holiday.

It's just a four-hour flight from the UK and October is the perfect time to go with still warm weather – averaging around 24° – and less crowds than the summer months.

Kick back on 'Agios Theologos' beach, take a wine tasting tour, visit the Lido Water park or 'Neratzia Castle' – and then dance till dawn in Kos Town or Kardamena.

Book an October 2018 Kos beach break from £222pp – including a one-week hotel stay plus flights – with Travel Supermarket and seven nights' self catering plus flights from £175pp with On the Beach.


If you're looking to splash a bit more cash this autumn, Dubai is just a seven-hour flight and three-hour time difference for a guaranteed sunshine-filled beach break.

Hotel prices start to hike up in peak season from November onward, so if you can handle the heat – an average temperature of 36° – October is a great time to make the trip.

Why visit Dubai? You'll never be short of things to do with jaw-dropping sights, incredible shopping – from traditional souks to massive designer malls – along with adrenaline sports, beaches, water parks, aquariums and much more on offer.

Find great Dubai holiday deals for October 2018 on Love Holidays – from £372pp for seven nights' stay plus flights and with Travel Supermarket from £505pp.

Still not nailed your autumn sun holiday plans? Find out where else you can top up your tan with our top 10 winter warmer destinations.

If you've got the whole family to consider this October, check out these October half term holiday deals.

And if you're more of a city dweller, take a look at these European cities to visit this autumn.

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