Where’s hot in October?

Updated 13 September 2023 | by Sophie Spiers

A break somewhere lovely and warm in the autumn is always a good idea. Not only will you make friends jealous with your topped-up tan and Instagram snaps of you in flipflops and shorts while they sport jeans and jumpers, but you will take on the end of the year feeling relaxed and refreshed.

So the only question is… where is hot in October?

1. The Canary Islands

Average high temperature in October: 25°C 

The Canary Islands are a reliable holiday destination at any time of the year, and lovely and hot in October. The main islands of Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura all offer fabulous beaches, incredibly unusual landscapes, and all the tourist amenities you could hope for. Take a look at our holiday villas in the Canary Islands here.

Seascape of coast of Puerto de Mogan. Gran Canaria

2. Cyprus

Average high temperature in October: 27°C

Cyprus is a real favourite for sun and beach-lovers, but also offers picturesque hill villages and ancient historical sites aplenty. We think it’s a great October destination, particularly with the family. Follow this link if you'd like to find a villa in Cyprus for some sun in October.

A view of a Coral beach in Paphos, Cyprus

3. Dubai

Average high temperature in October: 35°C

Now we are talking about a properly hot place in October.  Dubai is synonymous with glamour, luxury and air-conditioned shopping centres, but has recently been developing its offering for the family market too. And whilst it's got a reputation for being a bit bling, there's an awful lot of free fun to be had in Dubai, too! We've got some great holiday apartments in Dubai.

Apartments in Dubai with camels in foreground

4. Cape Verde

Average high temperature October: 28°C

A paradise off the coast of West Africa, with mountainous scenery and crystal clear, blue seas. All this within 6 hours flying time from the UK! The kids will love it, and so will you. Browse villas and apartments in Cape Verde here for an October holiday in the sun.

Maoi Cape Verde

5. Sicily

Average high temperature October: 21°C

As with much of southern Italy, Sicily usually has a very pleasant temperature in October, especially in the first two weeks. You’ll be able to spend time on the idyllic beaches Sicily is renowned for, and the sea will be warm enough for a dip. Find your villa in Sicily for October here.

Beach in Palermo, Sicily, Italy

6. Madeira

Average high temperature October: 23°C

October is, for some people, the best month to visit Madeira; the hottest months have passed and as the island approaches the end of the summer season it becomes quieter, and is usually pleasantly warm rather than scorching. Explore our villas in Madeira for your next October break.

View of mountains and ocean on northern coast of Madeira

Please help our readers, and comment below if you have other recommendations about where to go on holiday in October, or if you've been to any of the above places on holiday in October.