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Where to Go In November

There are few months which warrant an escape from the routine more than November, when wintry weather at home makes us long for warmer shores and a change of scenery.

The South of France

The south of France offers a unique micro-climate which means that even in mid-November it can be a wonderful place to visit. Whilst some of the tourist-oriented restaurants and resorts close for the season, the cities are still thriving and full of more locals than visitors. Nice is the most popular destination for a weekend escape, but a little further east you will find Marseille, a port city which has been reinvented with a host of bars, cafés and restaurants as well as landmark museums in the old harbour area. Marseille is often used as a gateway to the Provencal countryside, or the wild delta of the Camargue, but the city itself is an excellent destination for a short break. In the other direction you can be in the Principality of Monaco, home of the international jet-set, and another winter sunshine haven – there is more to this enclave than casinos and superyachts too, it is home to a fabulous Oceanographic Museum, tropical plant gardens and not forgetting the apartments – and spectacular car collection – of the Prince himself.

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Malta & Gozo

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For real late autumn sunshine you have to travel to the southern edges of Europe, and the islands of Malta and Gozo are just a few miles from the coast of North Africa. In November you can expect comfortable daytime temperatures, perfect for exploring the islands’ incredible history – and prehistory. Malta and Gozo are home to some of the world’s oldest freestanding structures, dating back 6,000 years, and still little understood. The capital Valletta has since had a crucial strategic role in the Mediterranean, and it was warred over by successive powers from the Knights Templar to the Ottomans, Napoleon and the British Empire. Its fortified harbour miraculously withstood Nazi bombardment in WWII and the island was awarded the George Cross as a nation for its bravery.

Cyprus

Further east in the Mediterranean is the island of Cyprus, with its own equally fascinating history and an inviting winter climate. November days here are often warm and sunny and you can enjoy exploring the island reputed to be the birthplace of Aphrodite in relative tranquillity. The Troodos Mountains conceal Byzantine monasteries – and sometimes see winter snow – whilst the coast of the south and west of the island offers luxurious resorts and sandy beaches. We particularly recommend the Anassa (5* Deluxe) for its elegant style, extensive gardens and wonderful spa.

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Cultural Tours and Music Holidays in November

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Our expert reservations team regularly travel to a wide range of destinations to explore new cities, visit hotels and to research museums, galleries and restaurants so that we can offer the most up-to-date advice and recommendations.

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