Where to go on holiday in November in Europe

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When you are talking about autumn travel destinations, the "Old Continent" wins hands down the comparison with all other areas of the world. Of course, if you intend to spend your November vacation on the beach, sipping margaritas and dancing until the sun goes down, you'd better turn your attention elsewhere; but if on the contrary you want to discover the historical and cultural charm of some of the most beautiful cities in Europe, many believe that autumn is the best time of the year to discover the beauty of Europe. Here where to go on holiday in November in Europe.

Post COVID19 travel advice
If you are planning a trip, make sure you are in line with safety measures. Follow government guidelines and only return to travel when the green light is given. Prefer natural and perhaps non-mass destinations, and in general promote local tourism: discover the wonders of your city, your region and your state. Try to avoid long-haul travel and at most choose destinations reachable with a few hours of flight.

1 - Munich, Germany

In Italy we practically do not know what autumn is. Our seasons are: "almost summer", "summer", "still summer" and Christmas. But for those who really want experience the magic of autumn, Munich is the perfect destination! Forget the hubbub of October, once Oktoberfest is over, this is the most relaxing city you could ever want.

In November the weather is cool, sparkling. The city parks are incredibly colorful: walking through the, Englischer Garten you will want to make a bunch of leaves to be able to jump in! And if you are cold you have two ways to warm up: a hot chocolate or a beer ...

In order not to miss any of the main attractions of the city, such as the Frauenkirche cathedral, the Staatliches Hofbräuhaus brewery, and the Viktualienmarkt market, we recommend that you book a comfortable guided tour of the historic center in advance.

  • Average temperatures in November: min 1 ° / max 8 °
  • hotel and b & b starting from € 53,00 per night -
  • Return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 428,00 per person -

2 - Budapest, Hungary

Known as the Paris of the East, Budapest it is one of the most romantic cities in Europe.
It is known for its beauty, particularly evident in the evening, when the city lights up and appears magical like few others.
A great reason to visit is the famous thermal baths. Thanks to his natural hot springs, Budapest welcomed visitors back in the time when it was a simple Roman outpost.

Among the activities and attractions not to be missed in Budapest, we point out the visit to the historic Baths of Széchenyi (we recommend the ticket with priority entrance) and the romantic panoramic cruise on the Danube.

  • Average temperatures in November: min 4 ° / max 9 °
  • hotel and b & b starting from € 51,00 per night -
  • Return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 232,00 per person -

3 - Paris, France

In short, there is nothing to add: Paris is beautiful in any period.
It is the most beautiful city in the world, and its romantic character is always fantastic! Even the autumn atmosphere makes it almost more pleasant. The attractions are less crowded and everything is cheaper. Could you ask for better?

Hundreds of things to do and see: some of the world's major museums, such as the Louvre, and magnificent religious architecture, such as the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, and civil architecture, such as the Palace of Versailles and the Eiffel Tower.
But Paris is one of those capitals that should be experienced rather than visited: mingle with the locals, go to the boulangeries, have a cider and crepe aperitif and shop in traditional boutiques.

  • Average temperatures in November: min 6 ° / max 11 °
  • hotel and b & b starting from € 59,00 per night -
  • Return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 441,00 per person -

4 - Sofia, Bulgaria

A lively, sparkling and extremely stimulating culturally capital. Sofia is there third oldest capital of Europe, founded in the seventh century BC Its historic center is characterized by typical yellow pavements called zhaltite paveta, painted in this way on the occasion of the marriage of Tsar Ferdinand in the early 900s. Among the most important squares we point out Nezavisimost square (Independence square and former Lenin square), Aleksander Batenberg square and Narodno Sabranie square.

Among the attractions not to be missed we mention the Orthodox Cathedral of St Alexander Nevky (Hram-pametnik Sveti Aleksandar Nevski), characterized by an amazing dome covered with gold, the picturesque Rimskata Stena market and the gardens of the National Palace of Culture (NDK) where you can enjoy the spectacle of the fountains.

Between a stop at the base of Rakìa, the famous Bulgarian grappa, and a game of chess, find some time to visit the National History Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Alexander Nevsky crypt; in addition to the Orthodox Cathedral, visit the Cathedral of Saint Sophia and the Boyana Church, a Unesco World Heritage Site.

  • Average temperatures in November: min 4 ° / max 15 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 27,00 per room -
  • Return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 251,00 per person -

5 - Glasgow, Scotland

Most tourists tend to prefer Edinburgh to Glasgow, but in our opinion the latter is the best city in Scotland. As Glasgow's sky is always gray, it won't be a problem to visit it in November - you will hardly notice any difference!
There are parks in each neighborhood and thanks to the abundant rainfall, trees and plants are generally characterized by a particularly lush green color.

In autumn the landscape turns orange giving one incredible natural spectacle for the eyes.
Another fun reason to visit the city is the Scottish philosophy of life: "It's raining outside? Who cares, let's warm up with alcohol!". Rivers of beer await you ...
Explore the city with the help of the comfortable hop-on hop-off bus and then set off to explore the surroundings on a tour of Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands.

  • Average temperatures in November: min 5 ° / max 9 °
  • hotel and b & b starting from € 45,00 per night -
  • Return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 420,00 per person -

6 - Lisbon, Portugal

All in all, a holiday in Lisbon is affordable in any season. The prices of airplanes and hotel rooms are quite low all year round, but in November, visitors can still benefit from the low-season calm and weather still pleasant temperatures. Lisbon is a university center full of young people who flock to the streets of the historic Baixa, Bairro Alto, Chiado and Alfama districts.

Attractions not to be missed include the Oceanário, the iconic Belem Tower, Sao Jorge Castle and the Monasterio de Los Jeronimos. Finally, do not forget to take a ride on the legendary Tram 28. To visit these and many unique beauties, we recommend the purchase of the Lisbon Card, which also includes unlimited and free access to the public transport system.

  • Average temperatures in November: min 12 ° / max 18 °
  • hotel and b & b starting from € 46,00 per night -
  • Return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 344,00 per person -

7 - Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg is one medieval alpine town, especially fascinating in the fall. The hills come alive with colors and shades ranging from sienna brown to crimson red. The cold temperature becomes almost pleasant when you are in front of a hot cup of melange coffee, perhaps accompanied by a portion of apple strudel.

It is time to harvest in the countryside of the city, therefore we advise you to taste the Sturm, new wine marketed in the autumn season. To visit palaces and monuments of interest such as the hilltop fortress Hohensalzburg, the Castles of Mirabell and Hellbrun, the Mozart House-Museum and many others, we recommend the purchase of the Salzburg Card, which includes admissions to attractions and free transport.

  • Average temperatures in November: min 1 ° / max 9 °
  • hotel and b & b starting from € 43,00 per room -
  • Return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 496,00 per person -

8 - Marseille, France

Romantic, enchantress, with a very strong personality. Marseille is a city that makes you fall in love. From its large port, passing through the cobbled streets and the always flowered balconies, you can stop in a bistro or a typical restaurant to taste the specialties of the city and sip a Pastis de Marseille. In this period, then, outside the most crowded tourist circuits, you really want to move there forever ...

What are the attractions to see? It is practically impossible to mention them all, but the most important are undoubtedly the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de la Garde, the Old Port, the Le Panier district, the Church of the Vieille Charité, the Riva Nuova and the MUCEM. To save on visiting these wonders, we recommend buying the Marseille City Pass, for 24, 48 or 72 hours.

  • Average temperatures in November: min 9 ° / max 16 °
  • hotel and b & b starting from € 59,00 per night -
  • Return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 375,00 per person -

9 - Dubrovnik, Croatia

Known in Italian as Ragusa, Dubrovnik is famous for its ancient and imposing walls, location of some filming of the popular "Game of Thrones" series, which can also be visited through a highly recommended thematic tour.

But besides the walls, the city has much more to offer. The tour continues on Placa or Stradun (from the Venetian "stradone"), the real center that divides the old city in two, with its beautiful Onofrio Fountain, the Renaissance and Baroque palaces such as the Rector's Palace and the Sponza Palace (which can only be visited from the outside), and most important museums: the War Photo Limited, a photo gallery that exhibits the collapse of the former Yugoslavia, the civil wars in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, the Maritime Museum and the House of Marin Držić, where he lived the playwright.

Also not to be missed is the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin dating from the th century and built in the Baroque style, the Synagogue and the Church of San Basilio.

  • Average temperatures in November: min 12 ° / max 18 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 40,00 per room -
  • Return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 390,00 per person -

10 - Valencia, Spain

Valencia is always a pleasant destination, where you can discover Gothic and Baroque palaces (such as the Reina Sofía Palace of Arts, Baylia Palace and the Generalitat Palace), Roman ruins and interesting museums, some of which are particularly suitable for families even with very little children. Among these the Science Museum and the Oceanografic with over 45 specimens of animal species (combined ticket purchase recommended), the Valencian Institute of Modern Art and the San Pio V.

The tour continues with a visit to the most beautiful districts of the city with the Barrio del Carmen with a purely bohemian style with its typical cafes, the beautiful Plaza de Canovas and Casco Viejo in the oldest heart of the city. Don't miss some fascinating monumental attractions such as the gothic tower of the cathedral, El Miguelete, 51 meters high, ideal for enjoying a breathtaking view of the city, the Lonja de la Seda in the Market Square, and the Torres de Quart, once twin towers belonging to the medieval walls.

  • Average temperatures in November: min 9 ° / max 19 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 53,00 per room -
  • Return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 452,00 per person -
  • 24, 48 or 72 hour hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour

11 - Belgrade, Serbia

A little European, a little Balkan and a little unknown to mass tourism: perhaps this is the beauty of Belgrade. Lying on the Danube and Sava rivers, the city has known a turbulent past but it is literally reborn from its ashes thanks to important museums such as the National Museum, the Military Museum, the Ethnographic Museum and the Nikola Tesla Museum.

Among the main monuments we find the Catholic and neoclassical Cathedral of San Michele, the Kalemegdan, the great fortress of Roman origin and then enlarged by the Byzantines, all to be discovered together with the Victory Monument, the Roman well and the Clock Tower located in the high citadel, then the amam and the Charles VI Gate in the low citadel.

To fully immerse yourself in the Belgrade atmosphere we recommend a walk in the artists' quarter, Skadarlija, full of galleries, antique shops, bars and restaurants. Visit the Residence of Princess Ljubica and the Winter Garden. Last but not least, enjoy some healthy relaxation aboard the cruise on the Sava and Danube rivers. Really exceptional.

  • Average temperatures in November: min 6 ° / max 13 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 25,00 per room -
  • Return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 287,00 per person -

12 - Istanbul, Turkey

There is no better time to visit Istanbul: in November the weather is still quite warm and sunny, mass tourism has already subsided for a while, flights and hotel stays are heavily discounted.
What can be better than admiring the Hagia Sophia in absolute peace and quiet?

Obviously the famous basilica is not the only attraction of interest. The city is rich in buildings and buildings of considerable historical and religious importance, such as
the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, the Galata Tower and the Basilica Cistern. Finally, to complete your itinerary, don't forget to take a tour of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, one of the most important covered markets in the world, and of course treat yourself to a romantic cruise on the Bosphorus.

  • Average temperatures in November: min 8 ° / max 15 °
  • hotel and b & b starting from € 45,00 per night -
  • Return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 274,00 per person -

13 - St. Petersburg, Russia

Considered the "Venice of the North" for the numerous canals and bridges present, St. Petersburg offers numerous attractions to visit and admire in all their beauty.

We start from Marble Palace, built in neoclassical style and with numerous polychrome marbles, we then continue with the Winter Palace, residence of the tsars for over 200 years, with 1.786 rooms and 1.945 windows, today it is also part of the Hermitage Museum (where you can find works by Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Picasso, Van Gogh and Monet). Then we find the Michajlovskij Castle (Castle of the Engineers), now home to the Main Academy of Engineering, once a real fortress wanted by Emperor Paul I, and the St. Isaac's Cathedral, with its marvelous dome, among the most big in the world. Among the numerous museums we find the Russian State Museum, the Navy Museum, the Russian Ethnographic Museum and the AV Surovov Museum.

The discovery of the city doesn't end here: don't miss the antenna of the radio-television center, 310 meters high with a fantastic panoramic terrace and the inevitable evening cruise. An important event held in November is the Osenie Ritmy (Autumn Rhythms), entirely dedicated to jazz.

  • Average temperatures in November: min -2 ° / max 3 °
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 31,00 per room -
  • Return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 313,00 per person -

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