Just because autumn is in full swing at home, it doesn’t mean the fun in the sun is over. With warm, sunny temperatures still soaring around the world and crowds thinning after high season, October is a great time to book that cruise you’ve been waiting for – and with half term approaching, it’s a great time to take the kids too. We reveal where to go on holiday in October as everyone else prepares for winter…
Cruising to the Canaries is always a treat, but this is the island that deserves your attention the most. Warm, sunny weather and far smaller crowds make October a great time for visiting Gran Canaria. October cruises to these parts promise shore excursions rich in culture, wine tasting and superb island cuisine. Expect seafood, rich stews and naughty desserts galore.
Temperatures regularly reach highs of 27°C, even in autumn, so you don’t have to travel far for a sunbathing session. With the Canary Islands being so accessible by pretty much every cruise line in the autumn months, you can take your pick of who to travel with!
Stop by Playa del Ingles if you like a bit of liveliness, or have a relaxing trip to Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria for a much more peaceful area, quiet beaches and classic cocktails. It’s these contrasts that make Gran Canaria so popular with every kind of cruiser.
Gran Canaria soaks up, an average, October temperatures of 23°C and with just 16 millimetres of rainfall that same month, you’ll prefer parasols over umbrellas for sure. With seven hours of sunshine a day, topping up the tan before Christmas is easy.
Said to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, Cyprus makes for a romantic sunshine getaway. Golden beaches, historical sites and stunning landscapes make Cyprus the perfect destination for those wondering where is hot in October.
The third largest island in the Mediterranean, Cyprus encapsulates the indulgent pleasures of the region, alongside its own unique and vibrant culture. Beautiful ruins and classic restaurants rule the roost here and with an average October temperature of 22°C, spread across nine hours of sunshine a day, you’ve every reason to take a shore excursion or two.
The island’s capital, Nicosia, has plenty to show off in terms of museums, art and cuisine, so definitely take your time exploring its narrow streets and big open plazas. For nightlife, the likes of Ayia Napa makes Cyprus one of the party capitals of the world, although we daresay your cruise ship might well rival the cocktail bars you’ll find here too. Might as well try everything!
Fancy something different when thinking up hot places in October? How about an Arabian cruise to Jordan? One of the most visitor-friendly countries in the Middle East, Jordan remains unseen by many. Yet there are quietly spectacular things to see here – ancient and awe-inspiring Petra, the Roman city of Jerash, the Dead Sea, the Red Sea, great desert landscapes and Bedouin camps are all waiting to be discovered. In October, there are still bright sunny days that light the rock of Petra up rosy red – but it’s cool enough to journey into the Valley of the Moon on camel or horseback by day and warm enough to sit out under the starry sky by night! The skies above the desert are crystal clear and on the best nights you can check out every star imaginable and perhaps even the arm of the Milky Way itself.
Average October temperatures in Jordan hover around 20°C, spread over 10 hours of sunshine a day. That makes the desert climate oh so manageable, as well as quite literally outshining temperatures back home.
Summer in this popular southern Croatian destination is very busy, however, autumn is a fantastic time to visit the likes of Dubrovnik and Split. Dubrovnik is a beautiful city rich with café culture, high class shopping and foodie havens. Split, meanwhile, is a fantastic beach town infused with ancient architecture and the majestic Diocletian’s Palace.
Croatia is a destination that’s rising in popularity all over the world, and all year round. Yet you’ll find that in October, temperatures rise to 18°C, balanced against an average rainfall level of 20 millimetres. You can expect 11 hours of sunshine a day and the weather isn’t too humid. The sea is still warm enough for swimming and better still, at this time of year, most cruises drop in price dramatically. Often referred to as shoulder season, this climate makes walking around the ancient cities and sights easier, cheaper and much more enjoyable!
Thanks to its location, Mauritius enjoys toasty temperatures all year round, although October is the ideal time for warm, dry weather. The island is just heating up after a slightly cooler winter, but it’s not yet humid and rainy. In fact, October is generally the month with the least rain, especially along the west coast where sunny weather is almost guaranteed. Temperatures average 28°C daily, with nine hours of sunshine and a paltry five millimetres of rainfall spread across the entire month.
Golden beaches and clear ocean beds make it one of the most stunning places in the world for snorkelling and a cruise to this part of the world is rewarding in so many ways! Of course, the interior of the island has as much to offer as the beaches, with the likes of Black River Gorges National Park boasting hiking trails, waterfalls and some incredible views. Check out the island’s capital of Port Louis too, which is rich in colonial style and charm.
So what are you waiting for?
There’s no better way to spend October than on a cruise – all you need to do is call 0800 027 8302 and you can make October sun a reality! Alternatively, take a look at our Deals section for some cruise inspiration.
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