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The top 10 European destinations where you can find cheap flights during October half term

Mirror logo Mirror 14/09/2017 Julie Delahaye

(Image: Hero Images) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc (Image: Hero Images) The summer holidays are well and truly behind us, but the next set of school holidays will be here faster than you think!

The October half term is just a few weeks away, and if you've been considering a mini break abroad, now is the time to start planning.

You could snap up a brilliant travel bargain - and in fact, new research from Skyscanner has revealed that a whole host of European hotspots are already proving significantly cheaper for the half term dates compared to last year.

Research from the flights booking website also revealed that 24% of half term flights are booked in September - so take action and you could beat the crowds and bag the best deals.

We take a look at the top 10 destinations revealed by Skyscanner to offer the best value flight fares for October half term - and why they should be on your radar right now...

1. Prague

Credits: Gallo Images © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Gallo Images Flights to Prague are averaging at about £93.63 based on a variety of UK departures, making it the destination with the biggest price drop thanks to a 20% difference compared to last year.

The best part is that once you've arrived, you won't need to splash the cash, with the Czech capital also being revealed as the best-value city for culture , whether you're looking to take a picturesque stroll along the Charles Bridge, or go exploring inside Prague Castle. 

TOP DEAL: Return flights for £70 per person, departing London Stansted on 23rd October, returning on 27th October.

2. Reykjavik

Credits: Getty Images Europe © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty Images Europe If you've always wanted to go exploring in the Icelandic capital, now's the perfect opportunity! Seat prices have dropped by 15% with an average fare of £202.65 - but you can get even cheaper if you book before the crowds.

Reykjavik is sure to make for a city break unlike any other thanks to the wide array of museums, sights and surrounding natural landscapes that are just waiting to be explored.

TOP DEAL: Return flights £162 per person departing London Gatwick on 21st October, returning on 25th October. You can book the deal here .

3. Faro

Credits: EyeEm © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: EyeEm Like Reykjavik, Faro has seen a price drop of 15% across flight rates, with an average of around £177.58.

By October the temperatures have considerably cooled down compared to the summer (unsurprisingly), but they're still at a comfortable average of 23C in the daytime.

They're ideal conditions for exploring - and Faro is far more than just sandy beaches, from its wide range of museums to bustling food markets.

TOP DEAL: Return flight £166 per person, departing Manchester on 23rd October, returning on 29th October.

4. Alicante

Credits: LightRocket © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: LightRocket This October half term, prices to Alicante have dropped by 13% to an average flight price of £157.71.

The only hiccup with travelling during this time is that the weather can be quite volatile - although temperatures remain relatively warm, it can sometimes rain.

So if you are feeling tempted, then it's worth having a few back-up indoor activities planned just in case - but luckily there are plenty of museums and malls to explore too!

TOP DEAL: Return flight £133 per person, departing London Stansted on 23rd October, returning on 27th October.

5. Rome

Credits: Photolibrary RM © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Photolibrary RM Rome never fails to draw in crowds of tourists from all over the world whatever the time of year, but surprisingly the Italian capital is working out cheaper compared to last year with a price drop of 8% and an average of £144.02.

Before you travel, check out our Rome city guide ; it has everything from the best cheap hotels, top restaurants and all the main sights you won't want to miss.

TOP DEAL: Return flight £113 per person, departing London Gatwick on 21st October, returning on 25th October to London Stansted.

6. Malaga

Credits: Moment RF © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Moment RF During the summer flights to Malaga can leave you blowing your budget, but come October the prices have dropped - and this year they've lowered by a further 8% to an average of £164.85.

With average daily temperatures of 24C it's still warm enough to make the most of the picturesque outdoors, but if you do get caught on a slightly chillier day, use it as an excuse to check out Malaga's local restaurants, or explore the quirky museums and cinemas.

TOP DEAL: Return flight £114 per person, departing London Stansted on 23rd October, returning on 27th October.

7. Barcelona

Credits: Lonely Planet Images © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Lonely Planet Images Barcelona remains a firm favourite for tourists no matter what the season, but it's worth making the trip in October after the destination's faced an 8% flight price drop to an average of £122.05.

In the summer Barcelona boasts hot temperatures, but when you're trying to explore the city they can be somewhat overwhelming.

However in October the temperatures become far more bearable, and make ideal conditions for seeing the best of what Barcelona has to offer, from the Sagrada Familia to Park Guell.

TOP DEAL: Return flight £70 per person, departing London Stansted on 23rd October, returning on 27th October. 

8. Tenerife

Credits: Lonely Planet Images © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Lonely Planet Images Flight prices to Tenerife have dropped by 6% for an average total of £346.67 - and with temperatures staying around 25C you could bag a sunshine break without the sky-high summer prices.

There's so much to see and do with the kids, it's sure to be a brilliant family getaway - check out some of our favourite activities here .

TOP DEAL: Return flight £263 per person, departing London Gatwick on 24th October, returning on 29th October.

9. Milan

Credits: E+ © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: E+ Milan flight prices may only have dropped by 5%, but they still average a very budget-friendly price of £78.48.

Meanwhile, the city is easy to enjoy no matter what the weather. In fact, highlights include the Duomo, museums, art galleries and of course the shopping - all of which can be enjoyed indoors.

Make sure to bookmark our Milan city guide where you'll find everything from the best cheap hotels to the restaurants you need to try and sights you won't want to miss.

TOP DEAL: Return flight £62 per person, departing London Gatwick on 21st October, returning on 28th October.

10. Palma

© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Flight prices to Palma have dropped by 2%, leading to an average of £169.46.

However, if you're heading to Majorca in October, then you should be prepared for some bouts of rain. Luckily, with a wide array of restaurants, aquariums, museums, bowling alleys and cinemas, you won't be stuck for things to do!

TOP DEAL: Return flight £109 per person, departing Liverpool on 23rd October, returning on 28th October. 

Related: The World's Most Popular Travel Destinations (provided by Wochit News)

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