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If you're looking for wonderfully warm weather and less crowded resorts, why not browse the best beach and city breaks for October holidays? It's not too early to start your search for winter sunshine, and if you're wondering where is hot in October, we've got a variety of toasty short haul destinations including Turkey, Malta and Cyprus, plus beautiful long haul escapes such as enchanting Marrakech - where tropical temperatures are guaranteed!  

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Thermometer says: You will enjoy temperatures of about 21°C accompanied by bright, golden sunshine and turquoise seas.

Panoramic view of Marmaris beach, Turkey, backed by a sweep of sand, high-rise buildings and verdant mountains

Marmaris is the perfect place for a beach holiday in October, as the weather is still warm yet the town won’t be as busy as in peak summer months, making your stay both cheaper and more relaxing. One of the best ways to enjoy the beach scene in Marmaris is to head out on a boat trip to Dalyan, and stop at Turtle Beach. With long stretches of golden sand (which has been left almost completely unspoilt), Turtle Beach is a perfect spot to stretch your legs and soak up the winter sun rays. It's also worth visiting Cleopatra Island, where soft, warm sands are lapped by crystal-clear waters - plus there are a handful of ancient ruins to explore. In the evening, head for Bar Street and the popular harbour, where you’ll find lively entertainment in the buzzing clubs and bars.

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Thermometer says: October is the perfect time to visit the Algarve, with less crowded beaches and the weather averaging at 23°C.

A stunning cove beach located in the Algarve region of Portugal, with golden sands, colourful umbrellas and turquoise waters backed by orange cliffs

The Algarve is a region of hidden delights, with golden beaches framed by beautiful limestone rocks, traditional fishing towns with candy-coloured houses and simple restaurants that will pull you back time and time again. Praia de Marinha is a perfect spot to enjoy the Algarve’s idyllic weather and crystal clear waters. The limestone cliffs frame the beach, creating small caves and tunnels both on the white sand and in the still water, offering a spectacular effect unique to Portugal holidays. The Algarve has an abundance of individually beautiful beaches to choose from and no matter where you're staying there is sure to be a relaxing beach nearby. The stunning blue water isn’t just for splashing in, head off for deep-sea fishing trips, learn how to surf and perfect your water-skiing skills, or why not hop on an exhilarating banana boat ride? Alternatively, venture out on a wild-life watching trip and spot sea turtles, porpoises and a variety of sea birds in their natural habitats.

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Thermometer says: With average temperatures in October staying at about 27°C, it's the perfect time to explore this magical city without breaking too much of a sweat.

Colourful stalls and lights of bustling Jemaa El Fna market in Marrakech, Morocco

As Autumn chills hit the UK, Marrakech is an ideal destination to chase a little late sunshine. An excellent place to start is to get wonderfully lost in the souks of this enchanting city. The winding maze of stalls displaying babouche slippers, spices, kaftans, jewellery and, of course, souvenirs are definitely worth a browse, before unwinding at Le Comptoir bar, Hivernage, where sparkling (and skillful) dancers balancing trays of lit candles parade around when the clock strikes 12am. Equally, the topsy-turvy square of Djemaa el-Fna is brimming with acrobats, snake charmers and belly dancers - but if you're seeking sophistication - Marrakech is full of refreshing hammams, so you can get your pampering fix too.



Thermometer says: The average temperature of Malta in October is 21°C, which is handy if you plan on trying some of the several varieties of watersports on offer around the island.

Lush greenery and vibrant blue waters with boats bobbing on Comino Island, Gozo, Malta

The small yet charming archipelago of Malta, located between Sicily and the North African Coast, offers stunning hidden coves, ancient-walled cities and engrossing history and culture. Valletta should be the first stop on your itinerary - oozing 16th century-elegance this UNESCO-listed capital is hard not to marvel over, especially since it's fringed with famous landmarks including the St. Johns Co-Cathederal, Grand Masters Palace, National Museum or Archaeology, Upper Barrakka Gardens and more. If you were planning more of a beach escape than a city break, the resort's sheltered coves are a huge hit - particularly on the idyllic islets of Gozo and Comino. You can only access these paradise islands by boat, making them all the more magical once you step foot on their sands.

Out of all the beaches in Gozo, Ir-Ramla il-Hamra stands out as the longest and sandiest with fine, reddish swathes to sink your toes into. The Blue Hole is one of Gozo’s favoured diving and snorkelling spots if you fancy exploring the island's marine life a little closer - plus it's one of the most scenic parts of the coast, so have your camera to hand. Comino is where you'll find the famous Blue Lagoon, a postcard-worthy sheltered cove sporting transparent waters ideal for snorkelling and swimming.



Thermometer says: You're sure to pick up a tan in Cyprus, with average temperatures reaching 22°C, it's the perfect place to relax on the beach or explore the lively town by night.

Idyllic cove with view of turquoise waters in Ayia Napa, Cyprus

Well known for its beautiful beaches and exciting nightlife, Ayia Napa is the perfect place to soak up some real sunshine this October. Despite being Cyprus' most popular party town, you'll find plenty more than just sun, sea and tequila here with an abundance of hidden gems to discover. Makronissos Beach is exceptionally stunning and remains relatively peaceful, as are the resort's Sea Caves. The panoramic views over the sea are amazing, so be sure to take your camera for fantastic photo opportunities.



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