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 are the hot places 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.

Villa in the Canary Islands

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.

Villa in 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.

Children playing on the beach in Cape Verde