Family holidays in November
By Mark Frary, Editor of 101 Family Holidays
Looking for family holidays in November? Here, you’ll find recommendations for the best destinations and deals whether you have pre-school children or older kids.
As October turns to November, the weather in the Mediterranean gets more autumnal, and even if you travel a long way south – Crete or Cyprus, for example – you cannot be sure of getting long days of sunshine. Even so, the weather tends to be warm with sunny periods. Certainly a lot better than in the UK.
November tends to be a transitional month – so the beginning of November can be pleasant in Southern Europe, but the end of the month may be decidedly wintry. If you’re travelling in the first week you may be lucky and get good weather. For more details, including temperatures and chances of sunshine, see where’s hot in November.
Most tour operators run their summer season – and their charter flights – between May and October. That can mean that it’s harder to find packages in November. However, many specialist family operators continue their programmes until the end of October half term week, whenever that falls.
If you have pre-school children, you are obviously not restricted to school holidays. You can travel at cheaper periods of the year, although you may find that fewer packages are being sold. In that case, you might be better off looking at booking flights and hotels separately.
November is a great time of year for an adventure holiday. Rather than sit on a beach, take the kids to explore some of the world’s most fascinating destinations. I recommend The Family Adventure Company and Families Worldwide.
The Adventure Company runs group tours to destinations such as India, Cuba and China during October half term week. You could take your kids to witness the Northern Lights in Iceland or on safari in Kenya. The company also runs budget adventures, plus dedicated trips for teenagers.
The Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel on Portugal’s Western Algarve is stylish and family friendly with lots of activities for kids and a stunning beach all set within a national park.
For a short break with young children, you can explore Paris on a luxurious private tour, or enjoy family activities such as fun-packed and exciting treasure hunts at the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay, a scooter ride around the Eiffel Tower or a lesson in making baguettes and classic French pastries. Details from Family Twist.
Last updated: 21 April 2016