It can be tempting to leave the winter chill behind in search of a sun-kissed paradise. For those planning a beach holiday in November, mid and long haul destinations are the only option. Much of the Mediterranean sees cooler weather and sunshine can’t be guaranteed. We’ve put together this guide on the best destinations and where to avoid.
With a flight time of 4 hours from the UK, the Canary Islands are one the easiest options for some beach fun. Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Tenerife enjoy an average temperature of 24ºC and there’s plenty of affordable five-star resorts. Take in the many attractions from world-class golf to hair raising watersports and historic sightseeing.
The weather in Morocco is equally impressive with long, dry days and pleasantly cool evenings. Visit the bustling city of Marrakech and admire the ancient architecture before heading south to one the exclusive beach resorts. Expect the best in hospitality with all needs catered for.
The Middle Eastern region of Dubai combines a beach holiday and city break in one. This lively metropolis is perfect for the shopaholic and with some of the finest hotels in the world, visitors can indulge in pure luxury. To experience real Arabia, travel to nearby Oman. Navigate the winding streets of souk – an Aladdin’s cave of local specialties, hand crafted goods and traditional clothing. It’s a feast for the senses but be sure to pack plenty of sun cream, the country regularly experiences highs of 31ºC.
The start of the season in the Caribbean is a great time to find some affordable deals before the crowds arrive. Choose from a selection of castaway islands, all offering something unique but promising the same allure – picture postcard beaches and romantic luxury resorts.
Alternatively, explore the tear drop island of Sri Lanka. A country rich in heritage and with no shortage of spectacular natural beauty, this destination won’t disappoint. Visit one of the national parks and marvel at elephants before exploring the many Buddhist temples.
Another long haul option is the Maldives, perfectly suited for a romantic getaway. With an all-inclusive service, you can totally unwind in a tranquil setting. Indulge in a selection of International cuisine, make use of the impressive watersports facilities or lounge by your own private pool.
Start the festive season in style with a visit to one of Europe’s Christmas markets. Many open during mid-November and promise an unbeatable Winter break. The markets of Prague, Paris, Munich and Cologne are particularly impressive. As you navigate the hundreds of stalls, you can find the perfect gift and treat yourself to some sweet treats.
Lapland boasts even more Christmas appeal. Visit the real Santa, take a husky led safari and seek out the Northern Lights in the Finnish wilderness. Finish your stay with a night spent in a hotel made entirely of ice. It’s a winter wonderland that will leave you enchanted.
Where to avoid
Destinations such as Mexico in Central America should be avoided where weather is still unpredictable and frequent heavy rains.