9 travel ideas to completely change your November

Roland Wildberg
By Roland Wildberg
Travel Journalist from Berlin
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What can we say about November? It’s cold, it’s grey, it’s depressing. But it doesn’t have to be! A simple change in geography can have you describing November as warm, sunny, and exhilarating

Here are nine destinations where the sun is still shining:

1 Lanzarote

In November, the temperature on Lanzarote drops “dramatically” – from an average of 27° to 24°! Compared to a British November – with even the water maintaining 20 degrees – this Canary Island is practically balmy.

Lanzarote Volcano
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Still feeling chilly? Then head to Montañas del Fuego (the Fire Mountains) in the Timanfaya National Park on the Southwest side of the island. A walk through lava fields is sure to warm you up again. The landscape, otherworldly and moon-like, is the result of over 100 volcanoes erupting and devastating the area. Due to Lanzarote’s low rainfall and the associated erosion, the lava fields look much like they did 200 years ago when the eruptions occurred.

However, with temperatures of up 600• just metres below the surface, the earth’s primordial force can still be seen here from the moment you arrive at the visitor’s centre, with either dry tinder thrown or water poured into open holes, resulting in fire and dramatic eruptions of steam. While you cannot roam freely across the volcanoes themselves, a coach trip through this barren land is included in the €8 (£7) entry fee and a range of guided tours are available but should be booked 48 hours in advance.

KAYAK Accommodation Tip: The Hotel Lancelot is not only right on the beachfront but is also perfectly located for sightseeing and offers an outdoor pool and complimentary breakfast. Rooms are available from £46 per night.

KAYAK Restaurant Tip: The probably only restaurant in the world, which cooks food on a volcanic crust, is the El Diablo in Timanfaya National Park – enjoy well-brewed chicken wings, a tinto, and look over the endless lava fields …

2 Agadir, Morocco

The best view of Agadir might be from the sea, with the foothills of the Anti-Atlas mountain range (the perfect excuse to finally take that surfing course). Even without a wetsuit, the water is magnificent with an average of 22•; perfect for a dip after baking in the midday sun.

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Hanging out on the beach the whole time isn’t everyone’s idea of a holiday though, so the more adventurous among you might want to aim a little higher; simply hire a car and head out for a road trip through the looming peaks of the Anti-Atlas.

Head to the oasis that is Tafraoute. This mountain village is the bosom of Morocco’s Beber people and is a far cry from the sprawling urbanity found elsewhere. Steeped in tradition, folklore and an embracing warmth from the locals, there is nothing like reclining, surrounded by bizarre granite peaks and a feeling of tranquillity. Wednesday is Market Day – a perfect opportunity to purchase handmade goods and crafts as well as fresh fruits and vegetables from the Berbers of the region.

KAYAK Accommodation Tip: Stay at  Riad Les Chtis D’Agadir, a traditional guest house with an ‘excellent’ rating. Rooms are available from £25 per night.

KAYAK Restaurant Tip: With a view of the quieter, sometimes raging Atlantic Ocean, you can enjoy international and Moroccan cuisine at moderate prices at the O Playa wind.

3 Cyprus

The coast of Cyprus seems almost tailor-made for holidays: the coastline itself seems endless, the beaches are incredible, and, even in November the water temperature averages 24•.

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Cyprus’s “best” beaches are passionately disputed – but most agree that ‘Lady’s Mile Beach’, just south of Larnaca, is up near the top, with its golden sands stretching away endlessly in a seemingly ruler-perfect line. If you fancy something more isolated, you should head to the Akamas Peninsula north of Paphos, where it’s possible to not encounter other humans for miles.

Cyprus is also a fantastic destination for hiking and there’s no better time to take advantage of this than in the autumn. Follow the signposted trails and trek the Atalante Trail in the Troodos Geopark and get to flora and unique geology of the land. Also worth seeing are the incredible UNESCO Painted Churches which are found scattered throughout many of the region’s villages.

To recoup you can head to an original village taverna – for example, the Berengaria Café ) – from its terrace, you have  a sensational panorama that extends out over the sea; and if the mountain air is a bit chilly after the sun goes down you can warm up by the open fireplace!

KAYAK Accommodation Tip: Stay in the 4-star, ‘excellent’ rated Lordos Beach hotel. The complex includes three outdoor pools, spa, and a private beach, etc. Rooms are available from £53 per night.

KAYAK Restaurant Tip: Something different than peasant salad and soufflaki? The Red Pepper in the old town of Larnaca is the best Steakhouse in town. Relax in the patio with a rustic ribeye and a cool beer …


4 Dubai

Book your trip, pack your swimsuit, go to the airport … and land in paradise! In the Arab Emirates, the sun is guaranteed all year round, and in November average temperatures range between 25 and 30 degrees, making Dubai the ideal escape.

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Imagine: A perfect day in Dubai could be like this – start off by sunning yourself on the golden sands of Jumeirah Beach, spend the afternoon shopping at the Dubai Mall and enjoy the sunset over the city’s breathtaking skyline at Festival City.

To make the most of your stay in the city, try some of the 7 unique experiences that we propose in this article.

KAYAK Accommodation Tip: If you’re heading to Dubai you may as well go all out and stay in the 5-star Hilton Sharjah Hotel and enjoy the private beach. Rooms are available from £78 per night.

KAYAK Restaurant Tip: Fresh seafood super fresh from the grill is available at the Dubai Fish Hut, which is quite immodest as the “best fish restaurant” of the Emirate alone the reviews give them right.

Hire a car in Dubai from 12 euros per day .

5 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo, and especially Punta Cana, are typical places to go for a romantic getaway. But who says you can’t go for that honeymoon feeling whenever you fancy it? Especially now that the cold has arrived. Change your scarf for a towel and be prepared to lose track of time under the palm trees on white sand beaches (Careful not to sit under a coconut tree, though).

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If, after all that relaxing, your adventurous spirit has been roused and you fancy a bit of action, sign up for a dune buggy tour to discover the island’s lush nature. At nightfall, there is nothing better than enjoying a barbecue on the beach, some good cocktails, and dancing salsa until dawn.

KAYAK Accommodation Tip: Stay at the Casa del Sol. This basic hotel maintains an excellent’ rating due to its location, rooftop terrace, and relaxing environment. Rooms available from £38 per night.

KAYAK Restaurant Tip: Like an easter test, the circular pavilion on the top of Monte Azul, is the name of the restaurant. You will hardly be able to decide where you are looking first: over the surrounding mountains and hills to the sea or the treats on your plate …  the location and quality are well known.

6 Eco-Animals, Kenya

For many people going on safari or seeing the Big 5 in their natural habitat is right up near the top of their dream holiday lists, but many tours that are offered are problematic. Kenya offers some great conservation initiatives, however. Here are just a select few: 

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The David Sheldrick Orphan’s Programme is a private establishment devoted to the rearing and rehabilitation of orphaned elephants and rhinoceroses, many of whose mothers are killed by poachers. To date, the foundation has successfully raised 150 young elephants and re-introduced a great number back into the local herds. The facilities are only open to the public for an hour a day for mud-bath and feeding time but it is well worth the visit.

The Koyaki Wilderness Camp is owned and managed by the local Maasai community and funds a conservation path that leads back into the Maasai and the environment they inhabit. On the migration pathway of zebras and wildebeest, the camp offers daily game drives – who doesn’t want to see the big cats in their natural environment? – as well as a fully inclusive, kid-friendly experience dining, living (accommodation is in huts sourced from local materials) and learning from the Maasai. Oh, and the bar and restaurant are great too.

The Amboseli Porini Camp is also co-owned by the local Maasai and Gamewatchers Safari and offers both day and nighttime safaris into the conservation area. If you are interested in the culture of the Maasai people you can also join Maasai warriors who will guide you to their village and give you a profound insight into their lives along the way.

7 Burgundy, France

In most places in Central Europe, grey days have arrived and won’t leave until after the winter. In Burgundy, however, the sun still shines and the weather is mild. This French region is characterised by a tumbling landscape formed by gentle hills, deep forests, lakes, and rivers – perfect for admiring the full palette of autumn colours.

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The capital of this region, Dijon, is only a couple of hours from Lyon and is the perfect place in which to disconnect for a few days. Take a stroll through the streets of the medieval old town and admire buildings such as the Gothic church of Notre Dame, the Renaissance church of Saint Michel and, of course, the abbey of Saint Benigno, which is more than 1000 years old.

Dijon is world famous for mustard and is naturally, an ideal place to enjoy excellent French cuisine. Especially from the 1 to 12 November, when the Dijon International Gastronomy Fair takes place, where you can enjoy the creme-de-la-creme of both local and international specialities.

Hire a car in Lyon from £17 per day

KAYAK Accommodation Tip: In Dijon stay in Appart’Hotel Odalys Les Cordeliers, a former Franciscan Monastery with an ‘excellent’ rating. Rooms available from £56 per night.

KAYAK Restaurant Tip: Burgundy is a gourmet paradise, but more so than France. Chez Léon (https://www.restochezleon.fr/) is located in a small side street in the center of Dijon. At midday table for 20 euros on the terrace you can watch the passing people passing by. In the evening you should reserve to enjoy your perfectly flavored Boeuf Bourguignon with a good Burgundy sitting.

8 Innsbruck, Austria

Are you particularly demanding? Do you want a mix of autumnal culture, nightlife and shopping, but also insist that you are able to take advantage of the first snow and go skiing or snowboarding at any time you like? Then head to Innsbruck!

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This Austrian city is a lively university town with many options for enjoying free time while being surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery and Olympic ski resorts. Among them is the Stubaier Glacier, an absolute highlight already covered with snow and only 45 minutes from the city. Here you will find the largest glacier ski resort in Austria resplendent with 35 slopes for you to try. The longest of which is over 6 miles long rises from the station, over 3200 meters in altitude, up into the valley. In November, you can enjoy a ski pass and accommodation for 4 days starting at € 241 (£214).

If you love winter sports and want to know more about the best places to ski near Innsbruck or other European cities, then check out this article where we go into a lot more detail about the best resorts to visit this season.

KAYAK Accommodation Tip: Stay at the ‘excellent’ rated, modern Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli. Rooms available from £57 per night.

KAYAK Restaurant Tip: A bit hidden, but in the middle of the Old Town you’ll find The Wilderin with solid Austrian-Tyrolean menu, start with a grammage for a friendly 4 euros and go to the main course a roast of the “Grauviehmilchkalb”. It is also thought of as a vegetarian!

9 New York, USA

New York in November? Ok, it’s not going to win the sunbathing stakes, but visiting this city is always a good idea! In November it might be a bit chilly out, but don’t fret – the main attractions are well-sheltered.

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A visit to the MET – Metropolitan Museum of Art – is worth it every time you visit the Big Apple. From the 13th of November, though, n addition to the usual marvellous collection, you can enjoy the temporary exhibition ‘Michelangelo: Draftsman and Divine Designer‘, which brings together a collection from all over the world of 150 paintings, sculptures, models and engravings from the legendary Italian artist.

If you want to get in early on the Spirit of Christmas, hold back visiting until the end of the month as the traditional lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree will take place on November 29.

KAYAK Accommodation Tip: Stay in the Lower-East Side at the Blue Moon Boutique Hotel. A little slice of luxury from only £50 per night.

Note: These rates are based on search queries made on KAYAK.co.uk on October 4th, 2017. The prices are quoted in GBP. Flight prices are based on results for a return economy flight search. Hotel prices are for double occupancy and include taxes and fees. Prices are subject to change, may vary, or no longer be available.