Where's Hot and Where's Not for October

11 Oct, 2012, 10:00 ET from Direct Holidays

LONDON, October 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Having bid goodbye to the summer sun, Brits are now bracing themselves for the cold as the UK prepares for winter. With Britain undoubtedly on the 'not hot' list, leading travel operator Direct Holidays has compiled a list of sizzling October destinations for those looking to get their fix of sunshine:

Gran Canaria - With its African climate, the Canary Islands enjoy warm weather all-year-round. There is no denying that cheap holidays to Gran Canaria are perfect for sun-seekers with its golden beaches, as well as for sports fanatics who fancy a spot of swimming or windsurfing but don't fancy the wet and windy coast back home.

Majorca - The temperature only drops very slightly in the autumn in Majorca, meaning that visitors can still sunbathe on the soft sand beaches and explore the numerous castles and churches under bright blue skies. With both beaches and culture, Majorca family holidays cater to all tastes. Plus, the waters are very calm, making it safe for all family members to enjoy the sea.

Ibiza - Cheap Ibiza holidays in October can offer almost-guaranteed sunshine, as the White Isle boasts 300 days of sunshine a year. Ibiza is famous for its vibrant nightlife but is also becoming increasingly family friendly - and with its sandy beaches, clear waters and stunning landscapes, you will most likely find a week is not enough!

Tenerife - If you take pleasure in impressive landscapes such as towering cliffs, volcanic mountains and sub-tropical vegetation, then last minute Tenerife holidays may be just up your street. Tenerife is the largest and most diverse of the Canary Islands and promises a fantastic, sun-soaked October holiday.

And because there is nothing worse than booking a holiday and finding out it is set to rain all week, we've also highlighted a couple of destinations which are doomed to cold and/or rain this October:

Paris - Tourists don't go to Paris in October for balmy weather and a spot of sunshine. In fact, October is generally a chilly and damp month for Paris, making it best-suited for travellers happy to commit themselves to indoor activities, such as museums and people-watching from in the comfort of cosy cafés.

Barcelona -On average it rains or drizzles in Barcelona for around ten days in October, and there is a fair chance of cloudy weather too. However, with so many cultural activities at your disposal and a vibrant nightlife, Catalonia's capital has far more to offer than warm weather.

SOURCE Direct Holidays