As travel agents that live in the Canary Islands, we know personally that Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Tenerife are hot spots for families seeking sunshine in the October half term holidays, however there’s also the risk of a shower too, at this time of year.

Canary Islands for October half term holidays

For warmer temperatures visit Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, these Eastern islands have almost a desert climate, being situated the closest to Africa. The Western islands including Gran Canaria & Tenerife benefit from a sub tropical climate, as they have more height and vegetation.

Lanzarote: average high temperature in October is 27ºC. Sea temp 22ºC. Rainfall 10mm over 2 rainy days. Daylight 11 hours. Daily sunshine average 7 hours.

Fuerteventura: average high temperature in October is 26ºC. Sea temp 22ºC. Rainfall 6mm over 2 rainy days. Daylight 11 hours. Daily sunshine average 7 hours.

Gran Canaria: average high temperature in October is 26ºC. Sea temp 23ºC. Rainfall 16mm over 2 rainy days. Daylight 11 hours. Daily sunshine average 7 hours.

Tenerife: average high temperature in October is 25ºC. Sea temp 24ºC. Rainfall 20mm over 5 rainy days. Daylight 11 hours. Daily sunshine average 7 hours.

Other destinations for October half term holidays

We’re not biased to recommending the Canaries, we often sell family holidays to other destinations with a warm climate in autumn, here’s our top alternative suggestions in order of average daytime temperatures:

Madeira: average high temperature in October is 23ºC. Sea temp 23ºC. Rainfall 82mm over 10 rainy days. Daylight 11 hours. Daily sunshine average 6 hours.

Crete: average high temperature in October is 24ºC. Sea temp 23ºC. Rainfall 40mm over 6 rainy days. Daylight 11 hours. Daily sunshine average 6 hours.

Malta: average high temperature in October is 25ºC. Sea temp 24ºC. Rainfall 77mm over 9 rainy days. Daylight 11 hours. Daily sunshine average 7 hours.

Turkey (Antalya): average high temperature in October is 26ºC. Sea temp 25ºC. Rainfall is more frequent towards the end of the month with 73mm over 6 rainy days. Daylight 11 hours. Daily sunshine average 8 hours.

Cyprus (Paphos): average high temperature in October is 27ºC. Sea temp 24ºC. Rainfall 18mm over 3 rainy days. Daylight 11 hours. Daily sunshine average 6 hours.

Gambia: average high temperature in October is 28ºC. Sea temp 29ºC. Rainfall 90mm the dry season begins towards the end of October. Daylight 11 hours. Daily sunshine average 8 hours.

Morocco: average high temperature in October is 28ºC (Agadir) & 29ºC (Marrakech) Sea temp 21ºC (Agadir). Rainfall 22mm over 3 rainy days (Agadir) & 5 rainy days (Marrakech). Daylight 11 hours. Daily sunshine average 8 hours.

Cape Verde (Sal): average high temperature in October is 29ºC. Sea temp 26ºC. Rainfall 12mm over 1 rainy day. Daylight 12 hours. Daily sunshine average 8 hours.

Florida (Miami): average high temperature in October is 29ºC. Sea temp 28ºC. Rainfall 144mm over 14 rainy days. Daylight 12 hours. Daily sunshine average 8 hours.

Egypt (Sharm El Sheikh): average high temperature in October is 31ºC. Sea temp 27ºC. Don’t expect rain, the average annual rainfall is just 2mm. Daylight 11 hours. Daily sunshine average 10 hours.

Dubai: average high temperature in October is 36ºC. Sea temp 31ºC. Don’t expect rain in Dubai during October. Daylight 12 hours. Daily sunshine average 10 hours.

If you’d like some help deciding where to take your family on holiday for autumn half term, please contact us with your preferences and we’ll shortlist some options for consideration.

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