Summer vanishes and gives way to the mild Indian summer: an enchanted midpoint between the scorching heat of August and the frosty winds of November.
Take advantage of this suspended moment and explore Europe's warmest destinations near the Mediterranean. From the art-deco villas of the French Riviera to the Italian coasts, through the islands deserted of tourists, like an insider's secret, we reveal to you the warmest European countries in October.
Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez, a sailing event whose finish marks the peak of the Indian summer on the Côte d'Azur, is a must-see event to enjoy in October, while soaking up the last rays of sunshine. For nine days, the most beautiful sailboats and the most grandiose yachts parade in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez.
Let yourself be stunned by this astonishing ballet halfway between a sports competition and social event. Learn more about this mesmerising experience from our dedicated article on Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez.
For even more ideas of all the events, restaurants, beaches, and experiences that Saint-Tropez has to offer, see our dedicated guide to Saint-Tropez.
Hovering comfortably around 20°C throughout the month of October, Saint-Tropez is a perfect destination if you're after warm places in Europe. Ideal for an autumn break with your feet in the sand, this gem on the French Riviera has more than enough to keep you entertained throughout the Indian summer.
One advantage of visiting the warmest places in Europe in October is that you can spend your autumn break right by the water! Overlooking the sea and just a short walk from the beach, Villa Zélie is the perfect stay for you!
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On the cusp between summer and winter, an autumn break in Provence is the perfect way to spend your October. As the weather cools down and the summer crowds have fled, this charming region in the south of France regains a calm and authentic atmosphere.
Take advantage of the autumnal setting to discover the area, hiking the many countryside trails painted with crocuses and saffron. October is also a great time to sample Provençal wines, with the grape harvest underway and local winemakers showcasing their ambrosial reds, whites, and rosés.
Between the local events, timeless monuments, and fall landscapes, you'll have plenty to do at this warm European destination. For even more ideas, see our list of things to do in Provence in October.
A typical October day in Provence typically rests around 16°C, though seasonal temperatures can go anywhere from 12°C to 20°C. It's the ideal weather for a brisk dip in the Mediterranean, a day adventuring outdoors, or a picnic under the sun in one of the warmest places in Europe in October.
Enjoy the best of the Provençal countryside at Domaine des Vignes. With a view over the expansive nature, you'll get to enjoy all the fiery autumnal colours that overtake the landscape. And, set amongst the grape vines, it's the perfect stay for harvest season.
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What better place is there to experience the dolce far niente than under the warm Amalfi sun? Travel along the Amalfi Coast from Naples to Positano, guided by the salty smell of the sea and the tangy scent of lemons.
Soon you will see the multicoloured houses built on the hillside of Positano, this village straight out of a dream. The landscape is breathtaking, like a setting in the Cinecittà. Spend your days here doing everything or nothing! Take naps under the coloured Spritz umbrellas, feast on spaghetti with sea urchins on the terrace of Chez Black, or sip an authentic espresso overlooking the Gulf of Sorrento... La dolce vita in its purest form!
Looking for more ideas of things to do? See our luxury guide to the Amalfi Coast and make the most of this warm European destination in October!
Italy is undoubtedly one of the warmest countries in Europe in October, and the Amalfi Coast is no exception. Expect temperatures to float between 16 and 22°C, perfect for a day out exploring the cliffs and a refreshing gelato in the afternoon!
From Villa Faraglio, a sumptuous stay perched above the Tyrrhenian Sea, offers you the most beautiful view on Positano. Here, you'll have an authentic experience living in one of the Amalfi Coast's emblematic colourful homes in the cliffs!
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As soon as you get off the plane, you discover a lunar landscape where time seems to have stood still. Hidden in Southern Italy, the Puglia region is the ideal destination to go to in October, if you are looking for sun and tranquility. Experience a romantic escape out of time, like a tête-à-tête with this nature made of immaculate limestone and Aleppo pines.
The days go by slowly, to the rhythm of the sun. Wake up early to venture into the Pugliese countryside on foot or on horseback. In the afternoon, enjoy a late lunch made with orecchiette alla cime di rapa, crispy focaccia, and burrata drizzled with olive oil. It's the perfect time to experience agritourism in Italy, dancing between vineyard tours and agricultural visits. After that, all you have to do is lounge by the pool.
In the heel of Italy's boot, Puglia boasts some of the warmest European temperatures in October. You can expect temperatures to climb into the low 20s, usually resting at about 21°C. It doesn't typically get much colder than 16°C in Puglia in October, making it one of the warmest places on our list.
Whether you opt for an authentic masseria, a charming trullo or an imposing family home, all of our luxury house rentals in Puglia are surrounded by the countryside. Dimora Monora is the perfect blend of stacked stones and modern styles.
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Welcome to Ibiza, one of our favourite destinations all year round. There is no shortage of things to do in Ibiza in October. With the tourist season coming to a close, the island regains its bohemian charm and slow pace. Its perfect for sinking your toes into the sand and diving into the inviting turquoise waters on all but deserted beaches!
Another advantage of Ibiza in the Indian Summer is the world-renowned Closing Ceremonies that take place throughout the month of October. Hosted as a last hurrah before the summer season comes to a close, international DJs, trendy nightclubs, and fellow guests give it their all. Dance the night away one last time before officially letting go of summer.
For even more ideas of what to do on the White Island, see our dedicated guide to Ibiza.
Ibiza is one of the warmest places in Europe in October, with temperatures between 15°C and 23°C. It's the perfect weather no matter how you prefer to spend your holidays. Bask in the sun's balmy rays while lounging at the beach or take advantage of the comfortable temperature to venture out across the island and see everything it has to offer.
Outside of the city, surrounded by lush vegetation, choose Villa Mabrun for your October holidays in Europe. Just a stone's throw from the best Ibiza has offer, with beaches, shops, bars, and more right at your fingertips, this luxurious home provides the perfect retreat from Ibiza's wild side.
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Much like its Balearic sister Ibiza, Mykonos is a prime destination for a warm autumn break, sipping cocktails on the beach. After the effervescence of the summer months, the island is emptying of its tourists, leaving only the initiated.
With warm seas well into autumn, Mykonos in October offers a laid-back atmosphere perfect for travellers seeking to relax on white sand beaches gazing out at the Aegean Sea's shimmering turquoise waters. October is also your last chance to visit the island's renowned bars and beach clubs before they shut their doors for the season.
Want all of our insider tips to this mythical destination? See our complete guide to Mykonos and plan the perfect holiday.
Floating in the Aegean Sea, Mykonos remains one of the hottest places in Europe in October. With highs of 22°C and lows of 17°C, you'll be able to pack lightly and enjoy a mild autumn break on this enchanting island.
In the cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea, Villa Nehemia has everything you need for an idyllic escape on a Greek island. The stone walls and whitewashed facade typical of the Cycladic Islands offer a picture-perfect October escape.
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Succumb to Olympian calm on the island of Paros. Listen to its silence, barely disturbed by the ebb and flow of the waves and the breath of the autumn wind which rises. We could stay here for days, months, even years, just savouring the pleasure of doing nothing.
Here in the Cyclades, you hardly ever go far from your landmark, except perhaps to go and taste some grilled octopus in the port. When the sun goes down on the Aegean Sea, we dare an expedition in the sleepy alleys of the villages of Paros. But be careful not to get lost in this maze of whitewashed facades, similar to the labyrinth of the Minotaur.
Sound inviting? Follow our exclusive Le Collectionist guide to Paros for all the information you need.
Keep your sunglasses and sun cream on hand and set sail for Paros, one of the hottest places to visit in October! Temperatures settle comfortably between 18°C and 23°C, meaning you'll be able to enjoy a stroll around the cobbled village streets and even a dip in the Aegean!
The whitewashed facade and stone walls of Villa Ivy couldn't be more idyllic for your Cycladic getaway in Paros. Hidden in the hills overlooking the Aegean Sea, you'll feel like you're sitting on Mount Olympus and gazing out at your kingdom.
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On the southern coast of Portugal, Algarve is one of our favourite destinations. If you're planning an Indian summer road trip, this region should not be left off your list! Between the golden sand and rugged beaches, horses galloping carelessly across the landscape, and whitewashed villages speckled with warm, vibrant colours, this stop is a must for your autumn break.
When you aren't lounging on the beach and wandering around the towns, Algarve is the perfect place to get active, and October's mild weather makes that all the more possible. Climb the iconic limestone and sandstone cliffs, take to the Mediterranean on a surfboard, or hike along the coast from Carvoeiro beach to Praia do Vale da Lapa.
You should also plan for a trip to Faro, where the Feira de Santa Iria festival takes place every October. Dating back hundreds of years, celebrate Saint Irene from the top of a ferris wheel or with a whirl around the carousel!
If you're asking yourself where is it hot, the best place to go in October for sun in Europe is Algarve. You can expect temperatures to hover in the low twenties, with lows of 18°C and highs reaching 24°C. Don't forget to pack a swim suit!
Perched high in the cliffs of Algarve with a view over the turquoise sea and wild beaches below, Villa Keisa is a comforting family home for your warm October holidays in Europe. Blending Iberian and Arabic influences, it offers an authentic taste of Portugal.
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And there you have it, the warmest European destinations in October! If you want to look further afield for even more ideas, see our roundup of where to visit with family in October. No matter where you choose to go, Le Collectionist will be there every step of the way to ensure you have the perfect autumn break.
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