City breaks in November
By Mark Hodson, Sunday Times Travel Writer and Editor of 101 Holidays
November is a great month for city breaks. The weather in the Mediterranean is too cool to lie on a beach, but you can expect warm temperatures and a bit of sunshine if you go far enough south. Indeed, the South of France used to be more popular in winter than in summer, as the wealthy flocked there to escape the British winter.
One of my favourite places is Marrakech, less than 4 hours flying time from the UK. It has some beautiful riads and charming small hotels, plus great shopping, desert sunshine and plenty of sights.
For really hot weather, head to Dubai, a captivating city packed with beaches, shopping, fine dining and exciting attractions.
In Turkey, Istanbul is a constantly fascinating city of mosques and palaces, historic bazaars and markets. It’s too hot for sightseeing in summer, so November is a great time for a city break. See these places to stay in Istanbul.
Or head north to Reykjavik, the fascinating capital of Iceland. You have a great chance of seeing the Northern Lights. Try this three-night Northern Lights City Break from just £399 per person, including flights, transfers and accommodation – plus a 4×4 jeep tour.
You can get to Nice on the Cote d’Azur by train or plane, and even in November you have a great chance of lazing in warm Mediterranean sunshine. You’ll also find great art museums, markets, classic restaurants and elegant shopping streets. A little further is the beautiful Croatian city of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Berlin is a fascinating city of culture with 170 museums. You can walk the route of the Berlin Wall from Checkpoint Charlie to Potsdam Platz.
Only a two-hour flight from the UK, Budapest has a rich cultural heritage – from Roman ruins and the Ottoman Empire to evidence of the 1956 uprising. It’s very cheap, but it will be chilly in November. The same can be true of Madrid but you can keep yourself warm in the amazing galleries, shops, bars and restaurants. Stay at the intimate Hotel Orfila, a former medieval palace.
Last updated: 14 October 2018
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