With winter officially arriving in the UK, November is the time to wrap up and stay indoors. Or, go on holiday to get a fix of sunshine. (Personally, we prefer this best option.) Luckily, there are plenty of warm places to escape to so you can leave the miserable weather behind. For travellers who don't mind cooler temperatures, there are also glorious cities to explore in the northern hemisphere, and you can take advantage of the cheap seasonal rates.
Check out our top destinations for November that will give you a well-deserved break ahead of Christmas and New Year. You might even be able to pick up some gifts on your getaway.
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The crystal clear waters and sandy beaches of Gran Canaria suit all ages. The pleasant climate at this time of year makes the decision of where to go in November an easy task. Traditional eateries, resorts, adventure parks and beautiful scenery are all at your disposal. One of the prettiest beaches is Playa de Amadores in Puerto Rico, where the calm waters are perfect for kids. Other beaches are also packed with cafes and shops so you don't have to struggle to find the necessities.
Mesmerising sights in Budapest outweigh the cold November weather. It may be chilly, but it never freezes. All you need are warm layers to enjoy a brisk walk around the city. Make sure to see the Hungarian Parliament Building, Gellért Baths, Heroes' Square, Margaret Island and Danube Promenade. With the summer crowds gone, you can find good deals for accommodation at this time. What's more, you'll catch popular events such as the Wine Festival and Jewish Cultural Festival.
November is a great time to explore Amsterdam’s cultural scene. If your trip coincides with the annual "Museum Night", take the chance to experience some of the 50 or so participating venues presenting special entertainment as they keep their doors open until 2 a.m. Marvel at Rembrandt and the other Dutch Masters in the Rijksmuseum or discover more modern works at The Stedelijk Museum. Need a break from history and art? Enjoy a leisurely canal cruise, then cosy up for a drink in one of the city's bruin cafés (brown cafés) which are traditional Dutch pubs that are named after their wooden decor. November is also when De Bijenkorf, the luxury department store, switches on its dazzling display of 600,000 lights in an event that includes a son et lumière display. A spectacle to be seen.
With winter creeping ever closer, the weather on this African island is mild and pleasant in November. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city on Cabral Beach, where the crystal clear waters are ideal for swimming. Or, enjoy a romantic day out in Lacacao Beach, sunbathing on swathes of golden sand. For foodies, local cuisine couldn't be better with Cape Verdean dishes taking on African, Creole, Brazilian, and Portuguese influences.
With temperatures in the low thirties and little humidity, this is considered a great time to visit Dubai. Being outdoors is pleasant and the place is perfect for pool and beach activities. Plus, fun events make travelling in November well worth it. If you love design, plan your trip around Dubai Design Week where more than 200 activities take place across the city. The DP World Tour Championship golf tournament also takes place in Dubai every year.
With moderate temperature across Thailand in November, take your pick from a number of sunny spots. Make the most of Loy Krathong festivities in Chiang Mai, Sukhothai or Tak. The only place you should avoid is the lower Gulf and the surrounding islands. You could also visit the Andaman Sea islands where you can score affordable accommodation and take advantage of the island-hopping ferry routes to visit beautiful beaches.
The Moroccan capital, Marrakech means the Land of God. Close to the Sahara Desert, at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, the city is divided into Medina - a historical region - and Ville Nouvelle - the modern area. It is home to a plethora of attractions including Jardin Majorelle, Bahia Palace, Musée Yves Saint Laurent and Maison de la Photographie. Learn the history of Marrakech at a rooftop cafe as you eat or drink.
Hurricane season is over, and along with the good weather comes food, music and cultural festivals you cannot find at any other time. During Mexico City's beer expo, brewers congregate for a three-day celebration full of fun activities. The low season prices and less crowded beaches are more reasons to visit in November. There are three places you cannot miss during your trip: Chapultepec Park, Chapultepec Castle and the pyramids of Teotihuacan.
If you're after guaranteed heat and don't mind the odd rain shower, you can't go wrong with a November trip to the Maldives. At this time of year, the snorkelling and diving are at their very best, giving you a good chance of spotting manta rays and whale sharks. Sun Island in South Ari Atoll is one of the top dive sites for whale sharks. Or, if you can steel yourself to experience whitetip reef sharks in a feeding frenzy, head for Maaya Thila. If your visit coincides with Republic Day, check out the celebratory parades and firework displays, especially in the capital, Malé.
For that magical combination of warmth and minimal rainfall, Mauritius in November is a winner. Relax on stunning beaches like Mont Choisy, Péreybère and Belle Mare or take a day trip to Ile aux Cerfs, a private island set in Mauritius' largest lagoon. Or, why not follow up a climb to the top of Le Morne mountain with a swim off the beach at its base? Away from the beach, the 300-year-old Pamplemousses Botanical Garden is a must-see, as is the geological curiosity that is Seven-Coloured Earth in Chamarel. The village of Chamarel is also an excellent place to experience authentic Mauritian cuisine and enjoy a cup of locally-grown coffee.
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