Want to know where is hot in November for a warming holiday? Find out where to go for your November holiday with our picks of the best places to visit...
Flee the chilly winds, rain soaked days and dark nights with a holiday to somewhere sunny, with our pick of the best places to visit around the world in November.
After endless lockdowns, severe travel restrictions, and a washout summer, it’s no surprise that we’re all yearning to get away. Thankfully, things around the world are gradually returning to normal as the global vaccine rollout gains momentum, Covid booster jabs are available and finally, international holidays are back on the agenda as restrictions on travel to some countries have been lifted.
Bear in mind, though, that all destinations will have their own requirements - including proof that you are fully vaccinated or can provide a negative Covid test.
Pre-and post- travel Covid testing will be part and parcel of travelling for the foreseeable future. Many countries still also have social distancing and mandatory mask wearing in public spaces. These are unusual times, and things can change quickly - so always check the latest travel guidance before planning your journey.
Where is hot in November?
Swap your local staycations and the winter cold and head to one of these countries where it's hot in November and the sun awaits...
1. La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain
Best November holiday for: A sunny island escape
Average temperature in November: Highs of 19°C
Fancy visiting a subtropical paradise without the long-haul schlep? The Canary Islands may be just the ticket. A four hour flight from the UK will transport you to these volcanic gems, which boast a clement temperature all year round.
Strike out to La Gomera (reached by ferry from Tenerife), a demure island which has been spared the ravages of mass tourism by a spectacular landscape of deep rocky ravines, unspoiled lush rainforests and tiny hilltop villages.
Try some serious hiking in the beautiful Parque National de Garajonay, with its endless trails through pristine forests and along flowing rivers, relax on one of the many fabulous volcanic beaches, and spend your nights admiring the twinkling constellations - with little light pollution, the starry skies are a joy to behold.
Top tip: Don't expect balmy summer evenings - temperatures drop at night, so remember to bring some cosy cover-ups.
2. Marrakesh, Morocco
Best November holiday for: A hot, sunny holiday that will invigorate the senses
Average temperature in November: Highs of 23°C
Just a 3.5-hour flight from London, Marrakesh is an excellent option for a November holiday, especially as it's still pretty warm at this time of year.
You won't be short of things to do in Marrakesh - which makes this a great holiday for those who want more than a comfy sun-lounger next to a pool.
Get lost (in a good way) in the heady sights, sounds and scents of the Medina in the center of this splendid old Islamic capital. Test your best bartering skills in the souks, where you can buy anything from spices and pungent incense to gorgeous handmade leather bags and shoes.
The Bahia Palace, with its incredible intricate tiling, plasterwork and extravagantly marbled grand court, is a must-see and the Majorelle Garden is a must-visit if you want a tranquil escape from the bustling Medina.
Top tip: When booking a trip to Marrakesh, consider staying right in the Media itself, in one of the traditional Riads that have been given a luxe makeover for foreign tourists.
See the latest official tourism travel advice for Morocco here.
3. Seville, Spain
Best November holiday for: A sunny trip with plenty of sights to see
Average temperature in November: Highs of 20°C
Basking in year-round sunshine, Seville is blissful in November. Scorching hot during summer, the milder autumn/winter temperatures mean that savouring the joys of the city is possible without risking heatstroke, and it’s wonderful to simply relax in the shade of an orange-tree-filled plaza and take it all in.
Take your time marvelling at the stunning Mudéjar architecture, enjoy impromptu flamenco dancing and sample the fabulous food in the myriad tapas restaurants. Visit tiny hole-in-the-wall bars for a Vermouth or a caña or two, then wander the tiny streets of Barrio Santa Cruz. A visit to La Geralda, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, with its Moorish-Christian bell tower, is a must.
Top tip: Venture outside the city to verdant parks and gorgeous beaches - check out Matalascanas, with its famous ruined watchtower.
4. Florida, USA
Best November holiday for: Thrill-seeking sunshine
Average temperature in November: 25-27°C
With the kids back in school, November's the best time to visit Florida's theme parks - of which there are many, including Disney World, Universal Studios and Epcot. But if you're not a thrill seeker, don't be put off: there's plenty in Florida for all.
The state is home to the best beach in the USA according to TripAdvisor users. St Pete Beach is a long stretch of powdery sand ripe for sunbathing at this time of year. Miami is the party capital and has some of the world's coolest Art Deco architecture, and the Florida Keys make for a fabulous break among nature if you want to escape the city.
Top tip: Hire a car. Good, wide highways and clear signposting for attractions, theme parks and resorts make driving a stress-free experience. Plus, there really is no other way to get around unless you fork out on cabs, and so hiring a car is essential.
See the latest official tourism travel advice for the USA here.
Best November holiday for: Fragrant food and fabulous resorts
Average temperature in November: 23°C
Forget fajitas, burritos and margaritas. The Mexican food you think you know isn't really Mexican at all. Which is why you should head to the country in November – to taste some of the fresh, zingy cuisine and enjoy the local spirit of choice: tequila.
On the west coast of Mexico you'll find resorts aplenty around the Yucatan and Cancun, sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the country's most interesting ruins from thousands-year-old civilisations.
On the east coast, however, things get a little more exclusive. Head to Montage Los Cabos, a stunning resort with numerous pools, spectacular dining experiences and stunning suites well worth shelling out for. The five-star hotel has its own beach and bay, ideal for sunning yourself, swimming, snorkelling or even kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding. Plus, there are multiple pools with sunbeds too, so you'll never miss and opportunity to relax.
Top tip: Take a day away from sunbathing in-resort to visit the massive ruined pyramids and old Mayan palaces at Teotihuacan, Monte Albán, Palenque, Uxmal or Chichén Itzá.
See the latest official travel advice for Mexico here.
Best November holiday for: Desert dwelling
Average temperature in November: 26°C
The Middle East is balmy year-round, but November's temperatures are best in Oman with an average of 26°C in capital Muscat.This safe, stable Middle Eastern country is seriously underrated and often loses out to its more popular neighbour, Dubai.
But with more than 1,000 miles of unspoiled sandy beaches, it’s one of the best-kept secrets for a hot November retreat.
There’s so much to see and do in this intriguing country, from exploring grand mosques in the ancient capital Muscat, to ‘wadi bashing’ in a 4WD along river beds and rocky valleys. Head into the mountains with a guide to walk breathtaking trails (Jebel Akhdar is fantastic for hiking), or spend a night under the inexplicably starry sky at a luxury desert campsite.
Top tip: Visit during Oman’s National Day (18 November) and join in the celebrations, which include traditional dancing and camel racing.
See the latest Oman travel advice here.
7. San Diego, USA
Best November holiday for: A sunny city break
Average temperature in November: 21°C
Often ignored in favour of its big, glitzy neighbour - Los Angeles - San Diego is actually a brilliant, little-known city break for Brits. With its position near the Mexican border, they've got classic SoCal sunshine and a laid-back vibe that will immediately make you feel at ease.
It's all about cocktails and coastlines here, especially at Level2 in Georges at the Cove, which overlooks the ocean. Spend some time in Balboa Park enjoying the shade, or take a hike through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve if you're feeling active.
Top tip: There's great shopping around South Park and North Park, and if you want to get really adventurous it's easy to hop over the border to Tijuana in Mexico.
See the latest official tourism travel advice for the USA here.
Best November holiday for: Long-haul luxury
Average temperature in November: 24°C
Things start to warm up nicely in Mauritius in November, when the average sea temperature is a balmy 25 degrees. Relax on one of the island’s countless picture-postcard beaches and snorkel in turquoise coral-filled lagoons – Mauritius is surrounded by a barrier reef, so it’s perfect for divers.
Be sure to pay a visit the famous botanical gardens, as well as the the beautiful forested, mountainous interior, looking out for flying foxes at dusk.
The melting pot of Creole, French, English, Indian and Chinese cultures make Mauritius a unique place to explore. A visit to the party town of Grand Baie is a must, with its great restaurants, shops and its buzzing nightlife.
Top tip: Book a room on the beach at newly-opened Salt Mauritius, an adult-only boutique hotel with fabulous food.
See the latest official advice for travel to Mauritius here.
9. Crete, Greece
Best November holiday for: Sun-drenched scenery
Average temperature in November: 17°C
One of the southernmost Greek islands, Crete boasts a mild climate even in the winter months. With peak-season crowds all gone, November provides a perfect opportunity to explore the island’s history, scenery and wineries.
You can simply relax on the empty beaches (we recommend Elafonisi, on the west coast - it is one of the finest in Greece thanks to its pristine pink sand and crystal clear waters). But, if you want to get out and about, the sights of the island are spectacular no matter what the weather, from the ancient city of Knossos to the Venetian harbour of Chania. The tavernas and bars are buzzing all year round in the larger cities and towns.
Top tip: For a holiday memory with a difference, why not lend a helping hand to the olive pickers? November is peak harvest season and the experience can be booked through Hand Picked Greece.
See the latest official travel advice for tourists to Greece here.
Rachael is a freelance writer, editor, SEO specialist and content producer, and has been a regular contributor to woman&home for over five years. Having previously worked on digital across Woman and Woman's Own, she also regularly contributes to goodto.com, Homes and Gardens, and Metro.
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