Best Places to Travel in November
Georgina Willcox | 05 September 2023
As the days are getting shorter and darker, you may be yearning to escape to the sunshine or simply enjoy a change of scenery. Travel in November is a great opportunity to see some iconic attractions, encounter new cultures, experience a new activity without the scores of summer crowds, hot weather and before the festive season really kicks in. Check out our recommendations on the best places to visit in November.
Must-Visit Holiday Destinations in November
From your first sight of Cape Town to a thrilling safari finale, you’ll be captivated all the way on our South Africa holidays. Sample the wines of the Cape, see the penguins at Boulders Beach and reflect on historic events at Robben Island, then continue along the scenic Garden Route to search for the ‘Big Five’ in Kariega Game Reserve. The South-Eastern coast of South Africa is known as the Garden Route and displays spectacular natural scenery. November is the end of spring and the start of summer so the flora and fauna will be at its absolute best.
Our holidays in Andalucía are not only one of the best options for warm weather when travelling in November, it also offers rich history, whitewashed villages and grand cities. We’ll get to know this beguiling region of Spain on superb excursions to top places like La Alhambra, Cordoba and Seville whilst being accompanied by passionate guides. In your free time, experience the lifestyle of the unspoilt town of Loja, with its authentic bars, delightful little squares, and friendly, welcoming people. November is also the month when Mosto, a type of wine, is ready to be tasted after being harvested during the summer months. You can try these young wines, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy some tapas.
For those who prefer a cooler climate and less crowds, November is the perfect time to enjoy a holiday in Portugal. Stay in the lovely resorts of Estoril or Cascais, both relaxing seaside bases and where you can easily take day trips to uncover some of the top sights of Portugal. On our Estoril & The Lisbon Coast tours, explore Portugal’s capital of Lisbon to learn more about its maritime history and see the iconic Belem Tower, Jerónimos Monastery and Monument to the Discoveries. Visit the hilltop town of Sintra, famed for its fairytale castle and palaces, as well as medieval Óbidos and the traditional fishing village of Nazaré, set on a coastline of rugged dunes and sandy beaches.
Visiting Lake Garda in November can be a unique experience as it’s much less crowded than its peak summer months, allowing you to peacefully explore the charming towns of Limone, Malcesine or Riva del Garda. It’s also within easy reach of Venice and Verona, the most enchanting cities of Italy each with their own unique charm and attractions. On our Lake Garda Short Break a day trip to Bolzano in southern Tyrol is an absolute delight. Known as the gateway to the Dolomite mountain range, this wonderful city boasts Alpine landscapes, a historic old town and excellent local wine.
It wouldn’t be a holiday to Hungary without visiting its incredible capital of Budapest. One of the most magnificent cities in Europe and on our Budapest city breaks, you will witness the glorious architecture of Hungary’s parliament building, the beautiful Crown Bridge and the gothic castle of Buda. During your free time, we recommend visiting the famous thermal baths of Budapest, such as Szechenyi Bath as relaxing in the warm soothing waters whilst the weather is cold is a wonderful sensation!