10 of the best October half-term family breaks in Europe


Lorna Parkes

With overseas travel opening up again, we have family ideas for cities, coast and countryside

Slovenia is cooling down in October, but it is a spectacular time to see Lake Bled’s woody fringes burst into flames of colour. Hilltop Bled Castle towers over its northern shore, and children will love the cruise to the fairytale island in the middle of the lake, as well as the Indiana-Jones-style walkway at sheer-sided Bled Gorge. Families can stay at River Camping Bled, where simple alpine cottages come with heating, private bathrooms and kitchens. From this rural base, visitors can kayak on the River Sava or cycle the 3km to the lakeshore.
From £128 a night for five adults and two under-12s

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