Written by
Louis Dhont

Published on: August 16th, 2017

Last modified: March 21st, 2024

By the time November rolls around, much of the world is already bundling up against the winter chill and getting cosy at home. But while hibernating may seem like the best way to survive the colder months, allow us to present an alternative: escape to a place that’s still warm and soak up some much-needed sun before the holiday season hits.

This is the perfect time of year to visit some of our favourite destinations, from the sandy shores of Portugal and Thailand to the desert dunes of Morocco and Egypt. Or you can dive straight into winter by travelling to Iceland or even Antarctica. Whether you’re dreaming of a tropical paradise or a snowy wonderland, here are the best places to visit in November.

1. Portugal

It’s no secret that Portugal is one of the best places to visit in Europe. Its charming cities, stunning beaches and delicious cuisine are reason enough to start planning a trip. Add in its perpetually sunny skies, and it’s clear why it’s an ideal spot for an autumn escape. The southern Algarve region is especially mild in winter, with temperatures averaging 19–20ºC.

A sun-kissed Algarve beach with people enjoying the sand and water.

2. Egypt

November is one of the best times to visit Egypt; the weather is still warm, but you’ll avoid the searing heat of summer. Many of the country’s best things to do and top places to visit are much more pleasant in autumn. Take a Nile River cruise, embark on an expedition through the Sahara or combine Egypt with Jordan to see the best of the Middle East in one trip.

The pyramids of Egypt in the distance surrounded by desert sand.

3. Iceland

It’s true that Iceland doesn’t promise warm weather in November, but it does offer plenty of other perks. Most notably, this is the optimal time of year to see the northern lights illuminate the sky. Stay at the wonderfully remote Deplar Farm to be fully immersed in the spectacular Icelandic wilderness – not to mention truly exquisite luxury.

A family watches the northern lights in the night sky in Iceland.

4. Mexico

In Mexico, November marks the start of the dry season – which is ideal for enjoying the country’s beautiful beaches – and boasts the vibrant celebration of Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead). Early November is the best time to visit Mexico if you want to see one of the world’s most fascinating ‘Halloween’ traditions while also avoiding the tourist rush.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Dia de los Muertos altar.

5. Patagonia

The breathtaking region of Patagonia spans southern Argentina and Chile. Here November is the beginning of summer, promising slightly warmer temperatures for outdoor activities. And while there are plenty of things to do in Patagonia, from kayaking to climbing up glaciers, this can also be your starting point for a once-in-a-lifetime expedition to Antarctica.


6. Morocco

The dazzling desert, cities and beaches of Morocco are downright lovely during November, once the summer heat has worn off. This is an excellent time of year to travel to bustling Marrakesh, coastal Essaouira or the High Atlas Mountains. It’s also one of the best times to visit Morocco if you want to enjoy the silence and solitude of a luxury camp in the Sahara.

Morocco, High Atlas Mountains, The Tizi N'Tichka pass

7. South Africa

In South Africa, November signals the end of spring and the beginning of the rainy season. It’s the best time to visit South Africa’s beaches or to explore the fascinating city of Cape Town. That said, it would be a shame to visit without staying at one of the country’s most romantic safari lodges. For families, the malaria-free Tswalu Reserve is a top choice.

A view of Table Mountain in Cape Town from across the bay.

8. The Seychelles

One of the world’s most idyllic archipelagos, the Seychelles are an especially fantastic destination for couples. Stay at Six Senses Zil Pasyon for total privacy and sustainable luxury. If you visit in November, you can combine the Seychelles with a trip to Tanzania or Kenya during the green season: the best time of year for birding and lush landscapes.

Kayaking on the crystal clear waters at Six Senses Zil Pasyon in the Seycelles.

9. Turkey

November in Turkey brings cooler temperatures and fewer crowds. It’s a great time to explore the magnificent city of Istanbul and the enchanting region of Cappadocia – or take to the skies in one of its iconic hot air balloons. This is just one of the many incredibly romantic things to do in Turkey, making it a fabulous destination for honeymooners and couples.

Hot air balloons dot the colourful sky above Cappadocia.

10. Australia

November is when the weather starts to warm up in Australia. Go early in the month to visit the Outback before temperatures rise too high, or take advantage of the peak season for spotting manta rays, humpback whales and dolphins. We highly suggest staying at one of Australia’s best remote luxury lodges, and possibly adding New Zealand or Fiji into your trip.

A humpback whale breaches off the coast of Australia.

11. Thailand

November is among the best months to visit Thailand. First, it’s the start of the dry and cool season in Bangkok. This makes it the perfect time to pair a trip to Thailand’s capital with an island getaway – perhaps at the eco-friendly Rayavadee resort. It’s also a lovely time to visit Chiang Mai, which hosts the legendary lantern festival of Loy Krathong each November.

A swing on a beach in Thailand with an idyllic view of the water and lush hills.

12. Japan

Japan may be well known for its springtime cherry blossoms, but November offers another natural wonder: outstanding autumn leaves. It’s also the harvest season for snow crabs – a delicacy that every seafood lover should try – and the best time to visit Japan for clear views of Mount Fuji. Without a doubt, this is one of the best places to spend autumn in Asia.

Japan in autumn is a riot of rich reds and oranges as the leaves change colour.

Trip Inspiration

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Luxury accommodation for November trips

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