Best last-minute holiday deals and destinations for October 2018

October is upon us, but there's still time to savour a dose of Mediterranean sunshine. Holiday prices are at their lowest this time of year, but temperatures remain in the 20s in lots of destinations. This is a great time for a getaway closer to home, too: mornings are crisper but the UK looks splendid in its autumn colours.

Here are 10 breaks available to book right now for couples, groups and families tied to the school holidays.

Best for couples

Zakynthos from GBP324pp Prince Harry and his bride-to-be reportedly visited this Greek island on a "pre-moon" in May. The biggest draw is its dramatic beaches framed by sheer rock and some are home to loggerhead turtles.

The four-star Diana Hotel has a rooftop pool, sauna and hot tub, and it's located in Zakynthos' elegant capital Zante Town, only 300 metres from the beach. Teletext Holidays is offering seven-nights all-inclusive accommodation from just GBP324 per person, including return flights and transfers, for a 21 October departure from Manchester. This offer is also available for families - and no matter how big the group, the price is GBP324pp.[1][2]

Kefalonia from GBP339pp This laidback Greek island is even more laidback in October and still gets plenty of sunshine. Head north to the charming fishing village of Fiscardo, where traditional Venetian-style mansions house chic restaurants and the yachts bob in the harbour. Fiscardo Panorama apartments are perched above the village so the swimming pool has great views.

A seven-night self-catering stay departing 6 October costs GBP339pp with Sunvil, including transfers and flights from Manchester; or GBP439pp including flights from Gatwick. [3][4]

Panorama Fiscardo apartments (Photo: Sunvil)

Devon from GBP60pp

Dartmoor National Park is at its most beautiful in autumn: early morning mists, red and gold woodlands, gorse bushes sparkling with dew. After a day of brisk walking, snuggle up in Jemima Puddle Duck Shepherds Hut[5] on Haldon View Campsite, a secluded farm close to Newton Abbot. The hut comes fully furnished with an en-suite bathroom, and the seaside towns of Exeter, Torquay and Teignmouth are only 10 minutes' drive away.

From now until March 2019, a two-night stay is GBP120.[6].

Best for half-term

Mallorca from GBP581pp If you're after an easy life and plenty of water action, Sa Coma is a family-friendly modern resort on Mallorca's east coast. There's a sandy beach where you can hire pedalos or try windsurfing, and a traffic-free promenade with shops, bars and restaurants.

Book your family into an apartment at the four-star Coma Gran, which has an outdoor, indoor and kids' pool and a splashpark, plus buffet restaurants. Tui offers an all-inclusive seven-night holiday from GBP2,324 per family, based on two adults and two children sharing. The price includes flights departing from Bristol airport on 20 October and transfers.[7][8]

Best last-minute holiday deals and destinations for October 2018Coma Gran, Majorca (Photo: Tui)

Costa de la Luz from GBP584pp

Facing the Atlantic on Spain's most southwesterly stretch of coast, Costa de la Luz is the laidback, traditional cousin of the Costa del Sol. Golf lovers will love Sentido Ama Islantilla, a pink four-hotel located within a 27-hole golf course. For the rest of the family, there are multiple pools, a spa, sporting activities and a complimentary shuttle bus to the beach.

Seven nights' bed and breakfast is GBP2,335 per family with Thomas Cook, based on two adults, two children sharing, flying from Manchester on 20 October.[9][10] Newquay from GBP31pp Newquay View Resort is in the rolling hills of the North Cornwall coast, close to the coastal village of Porth and it's gorgeous beach, and two miles from Newquay town centre.

The campsite has good availability in their pods, which can sleep two adults and two children. The site is well equipped for families with an indoor pool with sauna and steam rooms, play area, bar and restaurant. The pods are fairly basic so you need to bring your own bedding, towels and cooking equipment.

They cost from GBP215 for the week or GBP55 per night.[11][12] Northumberland from GBP71pp

Nestled in the Tyne Valley on a beef and sheep farm, Langley Dam Glamping has four luxurious cabins on the bank of its reservoir and lies at the edge of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Explore nearby Hadrian's Wall or hire tackle and try your hand at fishing trout in the reservoir.

The cabins sleep up to four and have a kitchen and dining area, living area, en-suite shower room and bedroom for GBP495 for the week or GBP85 per night.[13][14]

Best last-minute holiday deals and destinations for October 2018Langley Dam Glamping in Northumberland (photo:

Best for groups

Cornwall for up to four from GBP697 The pretty village of St Mawes is across the Carrick Roads estuary from Falmouth, which welcomes in autumn with a beer festival (4-6 October) and an oyster festival (11-14 October). Stay at Captain's Cottage, a deluxe bolthole overlooking St Mawes' harbour.

Three nights' self-catered accommodation costs from GBP697 for stays from 5 or 12 October.[15][16]

Best last-minute holiday deals and destinations for October 2018Captain's Cottage, St Mawes (photo: The Wow House Company)

Dordogne for up to six from GBP806 In October, Dordogne dons autumnal colours and the temperature averages a pleasant 18 degrees. It's also when the walnut harvest occurs and visitors can bike, walk or cycle the Route de la Noix, or see the nuts being crushed into walnut oil in Martel.

Stay at Les Vignes, a comfortable country cottage close to the village of Gageac-et-Rouillac, with a pool and uninterrupted vineyard views. A one-week self-catering stay costs EUR905 (around GBP806) for up to four guests; or EUR1,115 (GBP995) for up to six guests for a 6 or 13 October departure.[17][18] Dubrovnik for up to 10 from GBP1,619

At this time of year the crowds thin in Dubrovnik's walled old town and the warm temperatures linger into November. Villa Toni is located 10 miles down the road near the village of Orasac, which has a good selection of restaurants and pretty bays on its doorstep. It has five bedrooms, three bathrooms and great views across to Kolocep Island. There's a 40 per cent discount for bookings between 6 and 31 October, making it GBP1,619 per week (the discount will be automatically applied when you book).

Flights are not included.[19][20]

Best last-minute holiday deals and destinations for October 2018Villa Toni, Dubrovnik (Photo: Olivers Travels)


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