Top 5 autumn and winter sun destinations for the school holidays

October half term is fast approaching, and then the countdown to Christmas starts! Time to book yourself a little autumn or winter sun break to escape the increasingly cold and wet weather. These are our top 5 destinations to top up your vitamin D.


Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

You can still experience weather in the high 30s in October – and it’s the perfect excuse to cool off in the Persian Gulf, and maybe even discover some water sports.

If you're travelling with friends, enhance your experience with a complimentary deluxe room for 2 when you book another deluxe room for 2 at the Emirates Park Resort, through MasterCard Priceless Cities. Use your FairFX Prepaid MasterCard® to register for Priceless Cities and claim this exclusive experience here.


Canary Islands

A little closer to home, in case the kids aren’t ready for long haul just yet. The Canary Islands have winters that are akin to British summers, expect 20C+ in winter and a little more warmth over the October half term.

While you’re there, you can explore 4 national parks spread across the volcanic islands. Discover subtropical forest, native animals and one of the world’s largest craters.


Paphos, Cyprus

Paphos experiences average highs of 27°C in October, dropping to a daytime maximum of 19°C in December.

This harbour town is known for its golden beaches and ancient ruins. Head down the coast to Coral Bay for beautiful Blue Flag beaches and venture into the mountains on a 4x4 tour (or rent your own if you're feeling adventurous).

There's also plenty of delicious Greek cuisine and sea food to sink your teeth into.


Muscat, Oman

The city of Muscat is rich in natural and cultural beauty. Squeezed between mountains and sea, it’s the perfect place to unwind, avoid the high rise resorts common to the region and enjoy modern Arab culture.

Expect temperatures in the mid-30s in October and high 20s around Christmas time. Curry and soups are common in Omani cuisine, with the main meal usually being eaten in the middle of the day.


Algarve, Portugal

Faro, the capital of the Algarve, experiences average daytime temperatures in the low 20s. The Algarve is known for its breath-taking cliffs and golden beaches, but that’s not all there is to discover. Inner Algarve also boasts plenty of natural beauty and culture – including castles and historic villages.

Sitting on the southern tip of Portugal, right next to the Atlantic Ocean, means the Algarve is the perfect place for seafood lovers. Fish is a key element of every restaurant menu; grilled sardines are a local favourite.


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