Have you booked your October holiday?
October is a great time for a holiday. Throughout Europe, summer is coming to an end and the nights are drawing in – meanwhile on the other side of the globe, spring is just arriving... Whether you are looking forward to cooler temperatures or hoping for some late summer sun, HalalBooking has a fantastic range of destinations, which we think are just perfect for a halal-friendly holiday in October.
Choose from cities with fascinating Islamic culture to explore, halal-friendly beach resorts where you can soak up the sun on a ladies-only beach, and private villas, which are ideal for families, where you can swim in your very own completely private pool.
If you’re a Muslim living in the UK then October half-term is the perfect chance to get away on a family break – prices are cheaper, cities are less busy, and the temperature in many beach destinations is much more pleasant than in the height of summer.
Here are our top ten halal-friendly destinations to visit in October:
The Turkish beach resort of Alanya is the world capital of halal-friendly beach hotels. You can take your pick of resort hotels offering family-friendly fun or romantic relaxation, depending on your travelling companions. Make the most of the renowned Turkish hospitality with an all-inclusive option. Prices are lower in October, but the season is far from over as you can enjoy sunbathing and swimming on family, women-only or men-only beaches, with an average of 9 hours of sunshine per day, average high temperatures of 25°C and matching sea temperatures.
Don’t forget to explore the Antalya region’s beautiful mountain scenery with its spectacular waterfalls, and enjoy the views from Alanya castle, surveying both bays.
Explore our range of halal-friendly resort hotels in Alanya.
If you’re interested in exploring Spain’s rich Islamic heritage then you would be well advised to skip the summer crowds and aim instead for a relaxed visit in October. It is one of the best times to travel around and explore Spain’s historic sites. Over 700 years of Moorish rule have left behind stunning monuments displaying beautiful Islamic architecture. Visit the imposing Alhambra, the 13th century fortress which sits high in the hills above Granada, which was once home to Spain’s Islamic rulers. Don’t miss the Great Mosque of Cordoba, known locally as the Mezquita-Catedral de Corboda, which is one of the best known monuments dating from Spain’s Al-Andalus period.
For more ideas on where to visit, take a look at HalalBooking’s Guide to Halal Holidays in Spain.
Alanda Hotel Marbella
Costa del Sol Hotel
October is the ideal time for a city break and the perfect excuse for discovering a hidden gem in the heart of Europe. Bosnia is emerging from its war-torn past as a vibrant country. October is warm enough to enjoy the sights of Sarajevo with its Ottoman mosques and bustling bazaar, as well as to explore the surrounding countryside with its rolling green hills and attractive villages. Delicious halal food is on offer wherever you visit. For the first time in over a decade there are direct flights from London to Sarajevo, so if you like to be one of the first to uncover a new travel trend, October is a great time to explore this new and exciting halal-friendly destination.
Pino Nature Hotel
KYRENIA, NORTH CYPRUS
October is the perfect time to visit Kyrenia in North Cyprus. The blazing heat of July and August has passed but it’s still plenty warm enough to swim in the sea and soak up the sun. Visit the island’s historic sites – Crusader castles, Persian palaces and Greco-Roman cities – and take a trip to the remote Karpaz peninsula where you will find miles of golden sand without a sun bed in sight. One of the joys of visiting the north of the island is that the Turkish Cypriot cuisine is virtually all halal. Make sure you taste the delicious șeftali kebabs and the grilled hellim or halloumi cheese. Stay in a halal-friendly villa with a completely private pool, which is not overlooked in any way, so that you and your family can swim and sunbathe in complete privacy.
Hidden Garden Villa
London is one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities and is a very easy place for Muslims to visit with halal restaurants on every corner, offering a huge choice of halal food from right across the globe. London’s British Museum is home to Islamic artefacts and treasures from all four corners of the world and October 2019 sees the doors open on a brand new exhibition celebrating Islamic Art. The exhibition is titled: ‘Inspired by the east – how the Islamic world inspired western art’. It’s sure to get booked up quickly, so it’s wise to go on to the British Museum website as soon as possible to book your tickets – the exhibition is open from 10th October 2019 until 26th January 2020.
The Westbridge Hotel
📍 Stratford, London
Grand Plaza Serviced Apartments
📍 Bayswater, London
You may be surprised to know that the Scottish Highlands are home to a hotel, the Dunalastair Hotel Suites, which serves some of the best halal food in the UK. One of HalalBooking’s guests described it as: “one of the most unique hotel experiences we've had as Muslim travellers in the UK”. Others described the delicious halal food, including 31-day aged Scottish sirloin steak and pan-fried halal duck. October is a lovely time to admire the autumnal colours in the surrounding Perthshire Highlands. Enjoy walking or cycling around the beautiful Loch Rannoch, enjoying the breath-taking views of the surrounding landscape.
Dunalastair Hotel Suites
📍 Kinloch Rannoch
The summer months are the time when everyone in Dubai stays indoors, it’s simply not possible to survive without air conditioning. In October, however, you can almost feel the city coming back to life. People start to emerge into the open air, it’s possible to swim once again and to enjoy dining al fresco. October is the month, when it even becomes possible to venture into the desert once more. All of this makes October the most civilised, and, therefore the best possible month to visit Dubai.
Al Jawhara Hotel Apartments
📍 Deira, Dubai
Occidental Production City
Agadir is another of those destinations which is best enjoyed away from the heat of summer. It’s still perfectly possible to enjoy a beach holiday in October with an average high temperature of 25°C. Its long sandy beach is overlooked by stunning mountains and it is home to a range of halal-friendly accommodation, much of which is perfect for families seeking late summer sun.
Atlantica Parc Lodge
📍 Imi Ouaddar, Agadir
As European destinations are winding down, October is the month when Mauritius is emerging from the winter and enjoying spring. It’s the best time of year to visit when the weather is warming up and it is not yet rainy nor too humid. Stay in a romantic suite or villa with your own private pool – perfect for couples and honeymooners.
Marguery Exclusive Villas
📍 La Preneuse, Black River
Mythic Suites & Villas
Zanzibar is one of those places whose mere name conjures up exciting and exotic images. It is a stunning archipelago of islands set in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Tanzania. Stay in Zanzibar City and take a walking tour of the historic centre of Stone Town, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s not for nothing that Zanzibar is known as ‘spice island’ as you will find out when you sample the delicious halal food!