The best holiday deals in October to beat the post-summer blues

As the weather becomes pleasantly autumnal, now’s the time to revel in the mellow atmosphere and watch the leaves change. Then again, for a final taste of summer, have a look at some of these deals.

Crete

Lose yourself among the tranquil rugged hills of eastern Crete, yet you’ll be less than 20 minutes from Kissamos on the coast. Niki, a delightful stone cottage run by Vintage Travel, has two bedrooms, a pool, a barbecue and wonderful views of the mountains and the Tsikalaria valley.

Take in the scenery from one of several terraces in this serene spot. A week’s rental throughout October costs GBP656, and the cottage sleeps four. Car hire can be arranged from Chania airport. vintagetravel.co.uk[1][2]

The Amalfi Coast, a magnet for the rich and famous for decades (Photo: Getty)

Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is sheer romance – particularly outside of high season when life in this part of southern Italy is much more relaxed.

And it’s hard to find a calmer place than the Hotel Villa Garden, a boutique hotel just outside of Sorrento that has sweeping views of the Bay of Naples from its terraces. There’s also a pool, and the hotel is a short walk from Marinella beach. A week’s B&B with Long Travel costs from GBP666pp, including flights and transfers. long-travel.co.uk[3][4]

Loire Valley

Combine a leisurely tour of the Loire Valley with visits to chateaux and vineyards on a short cycling break with Inntravel.

You’ll start in the enchanting village of Azay-le-Rideau[5], whose moated chateau ranks as one of France’s most beautiful, and carry on at your own pace to Chinon and back along the riverside voie verte paths. Four nights’ B&B cost from GBP535pp, including P&O Ferries crossing from Dover to Calais, bike hire, luggage transfers and one evening meal. Electric bikes are an extra GBP45 per day. inntravel.co.uk[6][7]

The best <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> holiday deals in October to beat the post-summer bluesKyrenia harbour in northern Cyprus (Photo: Getty)

North Cyprus

The Turkish, northern half of Cyprus remains off the radar for many British tourists who have yet to discover its wild landscapes, historic sights and gorgeous food.

Discovery Collection hosts a seven-night escorted tour of the island, based in the Lapta region near the beautiful port of Kyrenia and taking in the medieval Kyrenia Castle and the divided city of Nicosia. You’ll have the chance to try Turkish delicacies as well as explore the beaches surrounding Kyrenia. The starting price of GBP599pp includes flights, transfers, breakfast, some meals and escorted tours, departing 11 October. discovery-collection.com[8]

The best <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> holiday deals in October to beat the post-summer bluesRural Devon can look stunning in the autumn (Photo: National Trust)

Devon

Snuggle up in Sceat Cottage in Devon, where you’re only three miles from Seaton beach on the Jurassic Coast and surrounded by rolling countryside.

The cottage is in a row of three barn conversions and has four bedrooms, as well as an open-plan kitchen-dining room and a sitting room with a wood-burning stove. There’s also a sheltered rear courtyard and a terrace for late-season barbecues if the weather behaves. Classic Cottages offers four nights’ rental in October from GBP456, except from 21-27 October.

Minimum stay is three nights. classic.co.uk[9]

Spain

Deep in the Andalusian countryside is Finca Buenvino, part B&B, part farm and part cookery school run by Sam and Jeannie Chesterton for the past 35 years. Enjoy their home cooking in the peaceful hills of the Sierra de Aracena National Park near Seville, where much of the produce they’ve grown and reared themselves. And it should be warm enough to swim in the infinity pool.

Sunvil has four nights’ B&B at Finca Buenvino from GBP790pp, including flights to Seville and car hire, departing 10, 17 and 28 October. sunvil.co.uk[10][11]

Mary Novakovich is editor at large at 101 Holidays[12]

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References

  1. ^ Vintage Travel (vintagetravel.co.uk)
  2. ^ vintagetravel.co.uk (vintagetravel.co.uk)
  3. ^ Hotel Villa Garden (www.long-travel.co.uk)
  4. ^ long-travel.co.uk (long-travel.co.uk)
  5. ^ Azay-le-Rideau (www.azay-le-rideau.fr)
  6. ^ P&O Ferries (www.poferries.com)
  7. ^ inntravel.co.uk (inntravel.co.uk)
  8. ^ discovery-collection.com (discovery-collection.com)
  9. ^ classic.co.uk (classic.co.uk)
  10. ^ Finca Buenvino (www.fincabuenvino.com)
  11. ^ sunvil.co.uk (sunvil.co.uk)
  12. ^ 101 Holidays (www.101holidays.co.uk)
  13. ^ @iPaperTravel (iPaperTravel)

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