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    Where to go on holiday in November

    Where to go on holiday in NovemberHolidays in November 2018PetraGambia is one of the best holiday destinations in November

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    By Mark Hodson, Sunday Times Travel Writer and Editor of 101 Holidays

    November signals the beginning of winter in the UK and much of Europe. It’s a good month for a city break but if you want guaranteed sunshine you’ll need to go beyond the Mediterranean to destinations such as Dubai (7 hours flying time), Morocco (3-4 hours) or the Canary Islands (4 hours). Some places in Asia and Africa are looking great at this time of year or you could catch the beginning of the dry season in the Caribbean. Here’s where to go on holiday in November.

    If you are travelling with kids, don’t miss our guide to family holidays in November. If you’re travelling alone check out the best singles holidays in November.

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    Mid haul sunshine (4 – 7 hours flying time)

    Egypt is one of the best holiday destinations in November – it’s cool enough for sightseeing in Cairo, but warm enough for sunbathing on the Red Sea Coast. Flying time is around 5 hours. You can combine the Pyramids, a luxury Nile cruise and time on the beach on a 10-night Classic Egypt holiday. On the Red Sea coast you can expect highs of 26ºC.

    The Canary Islands are particularly good for cheap holidays in November. In Lanzarote and Tenerife you’ll find average temperatures of around 24ºC and good-value luxury hotels such as Abama Golf & Spa Resort.

    The lush mountainous island of Madeira – north of the Canaries – enjoys fabulous year-round sunshine, and British Airways has recently introduced direct flights from London to the capital, Funchal. Madeira is great for walking and exploring but also a charming place to unwind, eat well and relax. You can stay at a resort hotel in Funchal or at one of the quintas, beautifully-restored countryside hotels.

    In the Arabian Gulf, Dubai continues to grow in popularity, but it’s also worth looking at neighbouring Abu Dhabi where you can laze in the sun at stunning beach hotels, take a desert safari, enjoy the attractions of Yas Island and get a special package to watch the Formula 1 Grand Prix, which is held in November.

    If it’s beaches you’re looking for, try the Cape Verde islands off the West Coast of Africa. They offer amazing white sands, a lively local culture and high-quality hotels at low prices. In November you can expect 28ºC temperatures and 9 hours of sunshine. See the latest special offers.

    Morocco is generally classified as a medium-haul destination, even though the flying time from the UK is only about three hours. You can expect long days of sunshine in the exciting cities Marrakech and Fes and on the beaches Essaouira, while the Atlas Mountains are getting decidedly cool – perfect if you fancy going on a trek.

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    Long haul holidays in November (more than 7 hours flying time)

    Travelling a little further away from home offers hotter weather and a wealth of exotic locations. Why not head see the Big Five in Kenya, where the weather in November is warm and humid.

    Arguably the best way to see Africa is on foot, up close and personal. You could take a walking safari in a game park, or if you’re looking for wildlife and adventure, consider Madagascar which is home to thousands of species not seen anywhere else in the world including elephant birds, giant lemurs and pygmy hippos.

    It’s a great time of year to explore South Africa before the start of the peak season (weather is great in November, but prices are modest). How about this two-week self drive holiday. to Cape Town, the Winelands and a safari at the Amakhala Bukala Game Lodge.

    The pristine beaches of the Seychelles, the Maldives and Mauritius make for perfect beach holidays in November with breathtaking surroundings and luxury hotels. The Dinarobin Hotel Golf & Spa is a fantastic place to relax and enjoy the Southern Hemisphere summer.

    If you’re looking for value for money, now is the time to visit Sri Lanka. The high-season has just begun but flights are still at low-season rates. This range of holidays includes everything from adventure tours tours to gorgeous boutique hotels in converted historical buildings.

    Or how about tiger spotting in India’s Bandhavgarh National Park? It’s just one of many great wildlife tours of India.

    You’ll also find good deals in the Caribbean where the season is just beginning. Our favourite islands include the Cayman Islands, AnguillaTobago, St Lucia and Barbados – see details of the weather in November.

    Our recommended hotels in the Caribbean include Round Hill in Jamaica, the buzzing Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, and the all-inclusive Verandah Resort & Spa in Antigua (see the latest offers).

    November is also a great month to explore Southeast Asia. Take a tour of Vietnam or chill on the beaches of Bali.

    If you’ve never been to Cambodia this is a great time to put that right. You can choose between some excellent escorted and private luxury tours and tailor made holidays to discover the temples of Angkor, the buzzing streets of Phnom Penh and amazing beaches.

    There is a lot more to New Zealand than beaches, of course. There are stunning mountains, rivers, National Parks as well as charming cities, stylish hotels and world-class food and wine. November is a great month to visit. You can travel independently or join an escorted tour.

    Australia is also outstanding in November with air fares yet to hit their peak period highs. Pick from this selection of fly-drive holidays, though you can also opt for a luxury rail holiday or escorted coach tour or a cruise.

    It’s spring time in Chile where you can go hiking and stargazing in the starkly beautiful landscapes of the Atacama Desert and view the icebergs and glacial fjords of Torres del Paine National Park.

    Also in South America, it’s a great time to visit Colombia, a country packed with adventures and sights, from Caribbean beaches to Andean peaks and Amazonian jungle. This 15-night Spirit of Colombia is a great introduction.

    Find more great beach holiday destinations.

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    Short breaks

    If you’re limited for time then a short city break is the perfect opportunity to soak up some history and culture. Savour the sights of traffic-free Dubrovnik, a UNESCO world heritage city.

    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.

    If you’re feeling adventurous why not head East for a long haul short break. This is a great time to experience the sights and sounds of Delhi.

    For some early festive cheer, head to Europe for a Christmas market break. It’s great to get away from the crass commercialism of modern Christmas and discover a traditional local scene. Famous markets include Cologne, Munich and Prague, but the small lesser-known destinations such as Freiburg, Koblenz and Wiesbaden are well worth a visit.

    Find more city breaks in November, and where is hot in Europe in November.

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    This is a great time to visit Japan: the weather is mild and red and gold leaves blanket the countryside and temple gardens. Start in Tokyo then head out to the Alps, and the stunning Kamikochi National Park.

    If you feel ready to indulge in a spa holiday, or challenge yourself with something active, check out these ideas in November from The Healthy Holiday Company.

    We also have a great selection of city breaks in November.

    November is the perfect month to visit the “real” Santa on a Christmas break in Lapland. Or you could head north to view the Northern Lights – we recommend a trip to Iceland where you can also try a fly-drive tour or a jeep adventure.

    Need more climate information? See hot holidays in November. You may also be interested in our expert recommendations for honeymoons in November.

    Last updated: 8 February 2018

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