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Where to go on holiday in October: Perfect places for a second home

Even though the summer is coming to an end, that doesn't mean there isn't time for a little rest and relaxation. With the crowds dispersing, now's the perfect time to go in search of a holiday home.

 From the benefits of a second home near the sunny south coast of Portugal, to the historical charm of Rome, here we take a look at three of the best places for a holiday home in Europe.

- Where to go on holiday in October: Perfect places for a second home

Sophistication and style in Rome

Italy's capital, the 'City of Seven Hills', is arguably one of Europe's most sophisticated and charming cities. From learning about the mythology of Romulus and Remus, to exploring the idyllic gardens at the Villa Borghese, there's more than enough to keep you busy in this ancient city.

Wondering where to go on holiday in October? Rome is an attractive option at this time of year; with temperatures settling comfortably in the middle 20s, this is the time to wander the streets looking for a property. After all, finding a property in Rome is all about locale. Those seeking a hint of luxury could head straight for the Piazza di Spagna and the surrounding area, for example, as many of Italy's finest fashion houses are packed into this exclusive square kilometre.

Island living in Tenerife

For many, the beauty of a second home lies in the ability to get away from it all at a moment's notice. If a true escape is what you're after, you can't get much better than island living. In terms of where to go on holiday in October, Tenerife has a good deal to offer.

Properties in Tenerife make the most of the dramatic island landscape. Villas perched on striking cliffs offer sweeping views over the island, maximising the feeling of retreat. As the largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife also provides ample opportunity for exploring. Santa Cruz de Tenerife – the island's major city – is full of restaurants and bars, in addition to excellent shopping opportunities. It's easy to see why this is one of the best places for a holiday home.

A beachfront paradise in the Algarve

All of the best places for holiday home have one thing in common – scope for relaxation. There's no better recipe for relaxation than a home by the sea, where lazy beach afternoons offer a welcome rejuvenation opportunity.

The Algarve is home to some of the finest beaches in Europe. The popularity of second homes in the Algarve is largely down to the number of stunning natural beaches, but that's not all the Portuguese coastline has to offer.

A second home in the Algarve is a smart choice for golfers, with a wealth of world-class courses dotted along the coastal route. Be sure to check out Dom Pedro – one of the oldest and most prestigious in the country. Many people also choose to buy a second home in Portugal on account of the country's marvelous cuisine which is at its best down here in the Algarve; spiced seafood is the local specialty.

Often, we want the same things from a holiday destination and a spot for a second home. Consider getting in touch with Engel & Völkers to search for that special retreat.

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