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Where to go in October? 10 sun-soaked destinations

All Saints’ Day is the perfect time for a sunny getaway, far from the greyness and early autumn chill. Whether you’re looking for paradise beaches, enriching cultural discoveries, or moments of relaxation in nature, there are numerous destinations to fulfill all your desires.

From the warm countries of the Mediterranean basin to the exotic shores of Asia, and from the hidden treasures of Africa to the island paradises of the Indian Ocean, there are plenty of places to soak up some vitamin D.

Discover our selection of 10 sunny destinations to extend your summer and recharge before winter arrives. So, are you ready to go?

Camargue

With pleasant temperatures ranging from 15°C to 20°C, October is an ideal time to discover the Camargue and fully enjoy outdoor activities without the summer heat.

The landscapes of the Camargue, with its marshes, salt flats, and wild beaches, offer an idyllic setting for nature lovers. It’s also a great time to see flamingos and many other bird species.

Explore the region on foot, by bike, on horseback or by boat, and immerse yourself in the rich local culture by visiting a manade. Visit the fortified city of Aigues-Mortes and don’t miss the Fêtes Votives, which celebrate the end of the grape and salt harvests, with many Camargue traditions such as bull races.

To find our travel journals on the Camargue, click here.

Cycling in the Camargue, Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer

Barcelona

Barcelona in October is an ideal destination thanks to pleasant temperatures(between 18°C and 24°C) and a significant decrease in tourist crowds.

It’s the perfect time to enjoy tourist attractions like the Sagrada Família, visit one of Gaudí’s houses, such as Casa Batlló and Casa Vicens, explore Parc Güell, attend a castellera performance or discover the Gothic Quarter in peace.

To read our travel stories on Barcelona, click here.

Casa Amatller & Casa Batlló - 41 and 43 Paseo de Gracia, Barcelona
Casa Amatller & Casa Batlló – 41 and 43 Paseo de Gracia, Barcelona

Lisbon

In October, Lisbon enjoys mild weather with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C. It’s the perfect time to explore the city without the sweltering summer heat or the summer crowds. Lisbon is also a perfect destination for a short stay, as 4 to 5 days are ample to see the main tourist sites, such as the Belem Tower, the Hieronymites Monastery, the Santa Justa elevator or the Alfama district.

To find our travel journals and itinerary suggestions for Lisbon, click here.

Miradouro da Graça, Mouraria
View of Sao Jorge Castle, Mouraria and the April 25th Bridge

Fuerteventura

Located in the Canary Islands, the island of Fuerteventura enjoys a pleasant climate and plenty of sunshine all year round. In October, temperatures typically range between 22°C and 27°C, making it the perfect time to combine relaxation and outdoor activities.

Fuerteventura offers beautiful beaches such as Playa del Matorral and El Cotillo, perfect for relaxing and enjoying water sports like surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing. The natural landscapes, such as the Corralejo dunes and the Jandía Natural Park, along with the cultural richness of villages like Betancuria, provide a travel experience that is both relaxing and enriching.

Find here our practical guide to planning your next vacation in Fuerteventura.

Playa de los Ojos, Fuerteventura
La Lajita, Fuerteventura

Morocco

Whether you choose Essaouira for its relaxing maritime atmosphere or Marrakech for its cultural dynamism, traveling to Morocco in October offers many advantages.

With temperatures ranging between 22°C and 26°C, the mild and sunny climate allows you to fully enjoy visits to historical sites, hikes in the Atlas Mountains, desert excursions, or relaxing days on the Atlantic coast beaches without the summer heat.

October also marks the start of the off-peak season, meaning fewer crowds and better availability in accommodations and tourist attractions.

To read our travel journals on Morocco, click here.

View of the medina and ramparts of Essaouira

Senegal

October marks the end of the rainy season in Senegal, which means warm temperatures (between 28°C and 32°C) but less stifling than in summer and a lower risk of rain.

It’s the perfect time to discover the rich Senegalese culture in Dakar, Saint-Louis, or Gorée Island, before exploring one of the national parks (Langue de Barbarie National Park, Bandia Reserve, Niokolo-Koba National Park) and relaxing on a beach in Saly or Cap Skirring.

Cap Skirring, Senegal
Cap Skirring, Senegal

Kenya

October marks the end of the dry and hot season in Kenya. The days are sunny and the temperatures are much more pleasant (between 20°C and 30°C).

It is one of the best times to enjoy extraordinary safaris in the Masai Mara Reserve or Amboseli Park, as animals are easily spotted near waterholes.

After a week on safari, the Kenyan coast offers heavenly beaches for relaxation and activities such as diving or kitesurfing.

To read our travel and safari stories on Kenya, click here.

View of Kilimanjaro from Amboseli National Park
View of Kilimanjaro from Amboseli National Park

Namibia

October marks the beginning of spring in Namibia. Temperatures are pleasant(between 20°C on the coast and 32°C elsewhere), with hot and sunny days and cool nights, especially in desert and mountainous regions.

It is an ideal time to avoid extreme summer temperatures and enjoyoutdoor activities such as hiking, safaris and stargazing. The dry season also greatly facilitates wildlife viewing in national parks like Etosha National Park.

Sandwich Harbour, Namibia
Sandwich Harbour, Namibia

Mauritius

Mauritius offers a warm(between 24°C and 28°C) and sunny climate in October, ideal for enjoying magnificent beaches such as Flic-en-Flac or Le Morne, discovering the local culture and exploring the island’s natural beauty with excursions to the Black River Gorge or Chamarel.

The exact date varies according to the Hindu lunar calendar, but the Divali Festival takes place every year between October and November. It is one of the most important celebrations in Hindu and Mauritian culture, symbolizing the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. In Mauritius, Divali Day is a national public holiday.

To read our travel journals on Mauritius, click here.

View of Le Morne from Tamarin
View of Le Morne from Tamarin

Thailand

October marks the end of the rainy season and the return of pleasant temperatures(between 24°C and 32°C) in Thailand. Popular destinations such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Koh Samui offer a combination of paradise beaches, historic temples, and cultural festivals like Loy Krathong. It is the perfect time to explore lively markets, taste Thai cuisine, and participate in outdoor activities such as hiking and jungle excursions.

Ayutthaya, Thailand
Ayutthaya, Thailand

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