Looking for a villa holiday for me, DH, DSs who are 2 and 6 years old and MIL.
Would like to stay somewhere with a bit of character and not just a purpose built resort, with a nice, sandy beach, shops within walking distance for MIL to potter about in, a good selection of restaurants and some easily reachable sight seeing.
DH hates flying so we're limited to short haul flights. Portugal is winning at the moment but not sure about the weather at the end of October.
Feel like we're running out of time and the more I look on the internet at stuff the more confused I'm getting!
In October the most reliable warm sunshine would be in Lanzarote. However I don't think that would tick all the boxes as it's not pretty and I wouldn't think the shopping is up to much unless tourist tat is your thing. Portugal could be warm but I've been in October and had a week of rain. I'd go for Cyprus.
Coral Bay (very near Paphos) is a lovely resort in Cyprus lovely beach and some super restaurants- don't know about the weather in October though- we went in April one year and it was a bit mixed.
We regularly go to Portugal in October and the weather is usually lovely and warm- temps last year were around 75 F.
If you want a bit more character the western end of the Algarve is lovely. Luz is small but still loads of restaurants and a smashing beach or if you want somewhere a bit bigger nearby Lagos is lovely too.
Hi THOM - we've been to Lanzarote twice, staying in Arrieta (away from big resorts). Lovely local beach there, great sea food restaurants, nice places to look round (lots of Cesar Manrique statues/sculptures/buildings) - not so great for the walking though.
I lived in Cyprus for 3 years with small children. October is a lovely time of year, still warm enough to go in the sea but not too hot that it becomes unbearable - particularly difficult when it gets that hot with little ones.
My favourite place to stay was Pissouri at the Columbia Beach Hotel or next door at the resort. The Four Seasons in Limassol was a favourite with some of the families I knew. The Cyps love children, wherever you go you will be made to feel welcome.