With summer well and truly over and the nights drawing in, November is the perfect time to book an affordable vacation. Whether to escape the gloom and soak up some winter rays, to celebrate an annual festival, or to get yourself into the winter spirit – we’ve got you covered with these top 10 best places to visit in November.
The absolute best 10 places to visit in November…
#1 Marrakesh, Morocco
With average high temperatures of 23°C / 73°F in November, you certainly won’t need to pack any winter coats for a trip to the beautiful city of Marrakesh in Morocco. There are countless mosques, palaces and gardens to visit, and guided tours including camel ride day tours (prices from around $33), or if you’re willing to splash the cash you can take a hot air balloon ride over the city with breakfast for around $200. Highlights include the beautiful Jardin Majorelle botanical gardens and Palácio da Bahia museum and gardens. With a 3-course meal at a mid-range restaurant costing roughly $16 per person, it is definitely an affordable option for some winter sunshine.
South Walton, Florida, The USA
Boasting the beautiful hidden gem of Santa Rosa Beach, South Walton is one of the best places to visit in November in the USA. Located on the Emerald Coast, with white sand and clear water, the beach is the perfect place to chill and unwind on warm fall days in sunny Florida. If spending all day every day on the beach gets a bit much for you there are also many art galleries, and the unique artist colony of Gulf Place which is home to beautiful boutique shops, local cuisine and a laid-back vibe. Living costs can be a little on the pricey side, but despite that, you mind find the scenery and amazing atmosphere could be worth it.
Paphos is a beautiful historic city on the South West of the island of Cyprus. Mythical birthplace of the goddess of love Aphrodite, you can visit the rocks on the coast where, legend has it, she first made landfall, rising from the waves to cause romance (and mayhem) ever since. There are many other sites of historical significance, and it is one of the best places to visit in November as the crowds are significantly reduced, but the average temperatures reach highs of 21°C/70°F so it is very comfortable sightseeing weather.
In the UK, the evening of the 5th of November is “Bonfire Night” or “Guy Fawkes Night”. Bonfires are lit, and firework displays are organized all across the country, in commemoration of a failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament by the infamous Guy Fawkes. Many sites involve burning effigies of Guy Fawkes or more current unpopular figures. Popular displays include Alexandra Palace in London and Lewes in Sussex, but almost every town or city in the UK will have its own event planned. Prices can vary wildly depending on which city you choose.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Every November, falling on 19th-20th in 2021, the Yi Peng Lantern Festival, sees hundreds, if not thousands, of floating lanterns being released into the skies over Chiang Mai. The releasing of the lanterns symbolizes the letting go of all the misfortunes of the previous year. If you’re looking for a stunning view like something from a fairy tale, it is definitely one of the best places to visit in November.
Any city in India is an excellent place to visit for Divali, the hindu Festival of Lights, but Agra is an extra special recommendation due to the fact that it is the location of the world-famous Taj Mahal. This year, Divali falls on the 4th November (2021). If you plan a trip here, be sure to take your camera and be prepared for lights, fireworks, delicious food and feasting!
Con Dao, Vietnam
Vietnam is a beautiful country, and one of the best places to visit in November due to its climate, temperatures reaching highs averaging 29°C/84°F. Con Dao in particular is famous as an incredible place for diving, and November happens to be sea turtle nesting season so if you are lucky you might be able to catch this natural miracle live!
Mexico’s famous Dia de los Muertos (Day of The Dead) celebrations are famous the world over, and definitely warrant it as one of the best places to visit in November. The covid situation has put a slight dampener on the events planned for this year but they are still going ahead and the spooky celebratory atmosphere is sure to be alive and well! Apart from the festival itself Oaxaca also boasts some dazzling sights including the ancient ruins at Zona Arqueológica de Monte Albán and the church of Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzmán.
If you are looking for a cozy winter getaway then Iceland has got to be one of your top options for the best places to visit in November. As Reykjavik is technically the only “city” in Iceland, it’s a good base to take mini trips to places such as Vatnajökull National Park. With November bringing in early winter nights it’s a great time to catch the Northern Lights. Although this comes out as the most expensive trips on our list, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.
For a more active wintery holiday, what could be better than skiing/snowboarding in Austria. Located close to the Italian border, Hintertux is one of the only ski resorts that is open 365 days a year, and so definitely one of the best places to visit in November for guaranteed snow! Days on the slopes followed by evenings in a cozy cabin with a glass of hot glühwein, what could be more festive?
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