The summer holidays may be over in the UK, but it won’t be long before the October half-term arrives and children are off school again for a week.
The autumn break is the ideal opportunity to escape the UK. If the rain and overcast days are bothering you, some European cities are still basking in temperatures in the mid-20s. A nature escape may also catch the eye, with the landmarks of Iceland remaining resplendent and the Arctic Circle welcoming the start of Northern Lights season.
Further afield, the end of migration season is fast approaching in the safari parks of Kenya and Tanzania. The world’s foremost cities are as great as ever, with Paris swatched in autumnal tones as it celebrates hosting one of the world’s most important sporting tournaments, the Rugby World Cup.
For a selection of potential destinations, read on; we’ve rounded up some of the best places to go for a half-term holiday that the entire family will enjoy.
Costa Dorada, Spain
Catalonia’s Costa Dorada is one of the best places in Spain for a family-friendly break that has a little bit of everything, from city exploration to theme park visits.
A quick trip to Barcelona is easy enough, with the city’s labyrinthine network housing a vast range of things to explore, from the grandeur of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia or Park Guell to quaint tapas joints and the charming Mount Tibidabo, home to a local theme park. Kids might enjoy watching a football or basketball match, exploring the 1992 Olympic Park or visiting beaches such as Barceloneta or Bogatell.
With average highs remaining around 23C, it will still be warm enough to spend most of the day at the beach on your visit to the ‘Golden Coast’. Picturesque towns such as Sitges and Tarragona have their own stretches of golden sands replete with child-friendly resorts, while further south, the country-famous PortAventura theme park, also home to a water park and Ferrari Land, is a great option for a day trip that will keep children entertained.
How to do it
For an action-packed holiday by the Mediterranean, Thomas Cook has a package for the PortAventura Hotel Gold River. It provides free entry to the theme park for the duration of your stay, plus one day of entry to Ferrari Land and discounts on the waterpark, giving you…