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Fall in Love with the Mid-term Break

Halloween is around the corner and the last leaves are tenaciously clinging on to their branches, but with a little planning it can be holiday season all year round. Check out Skyscanners guide to the best destinations this October.

Marrakech, Morocco
Average temperature: 27°C
October is an excellent time to visit Marrakech: the weather is at an ideal midpoint between the scorching 38°C highs of August and the chilly 6°C lows of January. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in the city, a riad makes an excellent choice. These guesthouses are usually arranged around a pleasantly cool open courtyard and act as tranquil cocoons against the chaos of the city outside. There are hundreds across Marrakech, but a couple of recommendations are the beautifully restored Riad Les Yeux Bleus and Riad Chafia. From exotic massages to abandoned palaces, Marrakech is a city with plenty to offer.

Palermo, Italy
Average temperature: 22°C
Sicily enjoys fine weather all through October, and the slightly cooler temperatures make it much more pleasant than in August. As you explore the decaying grandeur of Palermo, make sure to take some time out for a visit to the eerie Catacombe dei Cappuccini (open daily 9am–1pm and 3pm–6pm; €3) undoubtedly the city’s most ghoulish attraction and the perfect place for a creepy Halloween trip. The catacombs have been in use since the 1600s as the final resting place of monks, friars and members of the city’s elite. The catacombs were eventually closed to new burials in the 1880s and they now hold around 8,000 corpses: some are mere skeletons, but others are eerily well preserved.

Crete, Greece
Average temperature: 22°C
At a more than pleasant October average of 22°C, Crete is the perfect place for an autumn getaway. Balos Beach provides an extraordinary sight – as well as offering soft golden sand, it provides a stunning view of a sheer-walled island topped with a Venetian castle. And speaking of ancient buildings, the huge Bronze Age site at Knossos on Crete is thought to be Europe’s oldest city, dating back around 4,000 years. During its heyday, the city and its environs boasted a population of 100,000 people. In Greek mythology, Knossos was the site of the Labyrinth, which was patrolled by the half-man, half-bull Minotaur and the beautiful Queen Ariadne lived in the palace. The Labyrinth may be pure myth, but there was certainly a palace: you can find its ruins around three miles south of Iraklio. Guided tours are around €10 and last 90 minutes.

Average temperature: 27°C
Trou aux Biches is rightfully one of the most popular beaches on Mauritius, thanks to its family-friendly shallow waters and white sands – but if you’re more into beach activities, Grand Baie offers water sports aplenty. October is an excellent time to hit the beach in Mauritius, but there’s plenty more to do on the islands besides relaxing on the sands, such as hiking through the jungle. The Black River Gorges National Park covers around two per cent of Mauritius’ land mass and is home to over 300 species of flowering plants, as well as endangered birds such as the Mauritius kestrel, pink pigeon and Mauritius parakeet. There’s also a large population of the Mauritian flying fox, a megabat species that can have a wingspan of 80 centimetres. There are approximately 37 miles of pathway through this protected section of rainforest, as well as two information centres to help you get the most out of your hike.

Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Average temperature: 25°C
It’s still beach weather in Lanzarote in October: head to the enticing yellow sands of Papagayos for a dip in turquoise waters, then stop off at Casa Angelina nearby for some excellent seafood. Speaking of restaurants, Bodega El Chupadero is a great place to enjoy excellent tapas while sampling some locally sourced wine, made from grapes grown in Lanzarote’s fertile volcanic soil.

Article by: Michelle Costello

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