Sometimes all we need is a week-long getaway under the sun, and what better time than half term? With the kids away from school, it’s the perfect time to refresh and recharge before getting back to the daily grind. Plus, having your annual family getaway outside of the summer holiday rush means fewer crowds, quieter attractions – and cheaper holidays!
It can be hard to find warm locations just a short flight from the UK, especially in those colder months. That’s why we’ve handpicked a selection of sun-soaked destinations for every half term so that you can plan your half term break with ease – sunshine guaranteed!
When are you planning your half term holiday?
October half term
It’s the first half term of the school year and a quick getaway is on the cards. Even though the weather is getting colder in the UK, that doesn’t mean you can’t catch the last of the summer sun abroad – sunbathing weather awaits.
One of Portugal’s most beautiful destinations, Madeira boasts a dramatic landscape and charming villages that will have you wanting to visit year on year. Enjoy magical views, volcanic sands and warm temperatures that will make you forget about the dreary autumn weather back home.
Adventurous families will love it here. From cable car excursions in Funchal to whale watching tours on Madeira’s clear azure waters, there’s no shortage of amazing experiences to be had. If a quiet break is all you’re after, it’s the perfect place to relax on sandy beaches and enjoy the remains of the sunshine before getting ready for winter.
3 hours 50 minutes
Madeira weather in October:
Ranging from 17°C to 24°C in October, Madeira’s subtropical climate makes it perfect for year-round holidays. It’s one of the few places in Europe with guaranteed winter sunshine.
Budget family hotel in Madeira:
Calheta Beach Hotel boasts magnificent mountain views, a lagoon-style pool and all inclusive perks for all the family. With direct access to the beach, enjoy water sport activities and swim in the calm waters.
Another year-round beauty, Tenerife is the tropical gem of the Canary Islands. You can’t go wrong here when it comes to family holidays! It still feels like summer in October, and with the tourist season settling down, you get to enjoy the island’s top attractions without the crowds.
How does a day out to Europe’s best water park sound? Drop from a 30m height on the Tower of Power or bob around in the lazy river at Siam Park – in October, enjoy warm, heated waters. You’ve also got access to some of Spain’s most beautiful beaches, where you can unwind under shady palm trees and dine at restaurants with awe-inspiring ocean views.
4 hours 30 minutes
Tenerife weather in October:
Tenerife boasts one of the hottest autumn and winter climates in Europe. In October, soak up the 26°C heat on white sand beaches and recharge before the lead up to Christmas.
Family-friendly hotel in Tenerife:
From over-water bridges to palm-lined pools, Hotel H10 Conquistador is made for sunny family stays. Located next to the bustling promenade in Playa De Las Americas, this highly rated hotel puts you in the heart of the action.
February half term
Fancy a February break? Although the weather remains chilly in the UK, there are plenty of places a short flight from the UK showing off hours of daily sunshine. And with most people holidaying in the summer months, expect quieter beaches and cut-price deals on package holidays.
Make magical family memories in Marrakech. Renowned for its lively streets and spice-filled bazaars, this exotic city will capture your attention from the minute you step off the plane. Admire the beauty of Bahia Palace and experience the hustle and bustle of the Medina markets.
If exploring isn’t your thing, Marrakech has plenty of all inclusive hotels with everything you need to keep the family entertained – all that’s left for you to do is soak up the sunshine! Travelling with little ones won’t be a problem with the selection of family-friendly facilities and kids’ clubs on offer – you’re sure to find the hotel for you.
3 hours 40 minutes
Marrakech weather in February:
In February, Marrakech hovers around 20°C – ideal for exploring the sights. If you want to lounge by the pool all day long, that’s not an issue – there’s still enough sun to catch an enviable tan!
5 star family hotel in Marrakech:
Enjoy 5 star luxury on your February break. Eden Andalou Suites, Aquapark & Spa features first-class family amenities including an exciting onsite waterpark and 2 large outdoor pools. With all inclusive dining included, enjoy family meals under the Moroccan sun.
Travelling slightly further for the Egyptian sun is more than worth it. Hurghada is blessed with year-round sunshine, and despite February being one of the cooler months, the mercury still reaches an impressive 24°C. That’s warm enough for tanning and ocean swimming but cool enough to see the sights.
When it comes to activities, there’s an impressive number of things to do during your half term getaway. The town’s crystal-clear waters are home to some of Egypt’s best scuba diving and snorkelling spots, and you’ll find plenty of kid-friendly beaches. For a day away from the ocean, check out the fun water parks, or book in for an exciting desert safari.
5 hours 20 minutes
Hurghada weather in February:
If winter sun is what you’re after, you’ve got it in Hurghada. Temperatures reach the mid-20s in February and with virtually no rain, you’re guaranteed a sun-filled half term break.
Family-friendly hotel in Hurghada:
Boasting one of the largest aqua parks in Hurghada, everyone gets to have a splashing-good-time at Titanic Resort & Aqua Park. From the shallow kids’ pool to the exclusive private beach, this larger-than-life resort ensures an unforgettable half term holiday. For more hotel inspiration, read our blog on the top 10 family hotels in Hurghada.
The best thing about the Easter holidays? Two whole weeks off! That means plenty of time to truly unwind and get into the holiday mood. With our handpicked destinations, you’re guaranteed maximum sunshine on your Easter escape!
Arguably the most beautiful Balearic Island, Majorca is known for its idyllic beach resorts, lively nightlife and sheltered coves. Whether you’re staying in the resort town of Cala Millor or Palma Nova, look forward to Insta-worthy sea views and an impressive selection of beachfront hotels.
Spend the Easter holidays visiting breathtaking coves, adrenaline-filled theme parks and the Cathedral of Majorca in capital Palma. Pack a beach bag and relax on the island’s white sands or test your limits with a hike in the Serra de Tramuntana Mountains.
2 hours 25 minutes
Spring weather in Majorca:
No matter where the Easter holidays fall, you’ll find temperatures between 18° and 20°C. The pools and ocean have had time to warm up and you’ll have easy access to all of Majorca’s top attractions.
Family hotel in Majorca:
Admire picture-perfect sea views at Barcelo Aquamarina. This modern, Mediterranean-style hotel comes with an outdoor saltwater pool, a kids’ pool and an impressive programme of family-friendly activities. Just a few steps from the hotel, you’ll find a wonderful sandy beach with sun beds and parasols.
With blue skies and warm weather, Corfu truly blooms in the springtime. Whether you’re staying by the modern marina in Gouvia or taking it easy on the lengthy coast of Kavos, there’s beauty to behold at every corner.
Make the Easter holidays one to remember by booking a week-long stay on this idyllic island. From water park adventures in Aqualand to water sports on pristine beaches, kids can look forward to the holiday of a lifetime. Experience the buzzy bars and restaurants at all the major resort towns, and visit the world-famous Canal d’Amour beach for a swim in the crystal-clear sea.
3 hours 15 minutes
Corfu weather in spring:
Corfu’s climate is always a winner over the Easter holidays. In March and April, soak up temperatures ranging from 18°C to 20°C.
5 star family hotel in Corfu:
If you’re after a luxury stay on your Easter break, look no further than Ikos Odisia. This ultra all inclusive hotel features 10 swimming pools, 2 kids’ clubs and a selection of water sports on the hotel’s private beach.
May/June half term
As the weather warms up in May and June, it’s time to head to the Med. With short flights and endless sunshine, you’ll return to work recharged and refreshed – just one more term to go until summer!
Costa del Sol
Home to holiday hotpots Marbella and Malaga, Costa del Sol delivers the goods when it comes to family holidays in Spain. It gets busy here in the summer holidays, so planning your getaway for the May/June half term is a smart choice. And with the sun making a regular appearance, you won’t feel like you’re missing out on the summertime weather.
From the magical caves of Nerja to scenic walking trails through waterfalls, Costa del Sol boasts effortless natural beauty. Whether you’re relaxing by an infinity pool or getting active on the beach, every member of the family will find something for them. And to top it off, our all inclusive resorts are sure to make your Costa del Sol holiday even more special!
2 hours 50 minutes
Costa del Sol weather in May/June:
In May, Costa del Sol reaches 23°C, so don’t forget to pack your swimwear. As the half term rolls over into the start of June, expect to see highs of 27°C – summer is officially here!
Budget family hotel in Costa del Sol:
Best Benalmadena Hotel is positioned directly on the beach, overlooking magical Mediterranean views. With all inclusive buffet-style dining, a large outdoor swimming pool and a children’s play area, families can’t go wrong with this beachfront pick.
Fall in love with the glistening shores and blue water coves in Crete. One of the best Greek islands for families, this gorgeous island offers shallow waters and secluded coves for little ones to play in. Explore our selection of impressive beachside resorts and make the last half term of the school year better than ever.
With summer commencing, experience Crete at its best. Whether you’re dreaming of catching a glimpse of the pink-hued sands at Elafonisi beach, or you’re looking to climb Mount Olympus, now is the time to do it. Little ones can bring their buckets and spades to the shallow waters or splash-about at Water City, one of the top water parks in Greece.
Crete weather in May/June:
The sun truly emerges during May in Crete with temperatures racing up to 24°C. Expect to see warmer temperatures in June with highs of 29°C – summertime weather to be excited about.
5 star family-friendly hotel in Crete:
Relax on the Blue Flag awarded beach at Mitsis Rinela Beach Resort & Spa. From 3 daily kids’ clubs to a playground right on the beach, littles ones will always be entertained in this 5 star resort. While adults will love the premium spa and an adult-only section on the beach.