Europe in November | Where to go & What to see

As you might know, I’m a big fan of traveling off season. And although Europe in November sounds a bit wet and cold, there are more than enough places to survive the last of autumn season in. 

 

There are many places in Europe, I wouldn’t send you to in the month of November. Whenever I can, I flee the Netherlands, in search of warmer weather. However, even countries with a cold climate can be fun to visit during the last weeks of autumn.

November isn’t a month of spectacular happenings, especially not in Europe. Stuffed in between the colorful peak of autumn and the holiday season, November is known for gloomy weather and naked trees.

Let’s change that.

In my previous post about travel in February, another forgotten month, I mentioned the incredibly low airfare rates. November isn’t any different.

For example:

Los Angeles – Rome: €380

New York – Stockholm: €257*

London – Ibiza: €102

Dublin – Lisbon: €44*

*Direct flight

 

Got your attention? Good.

 

 

Europe in November | Where to go & what to see

 

 

Lisbon

europe in november

Why visit?

Lisbon is one of Europe’s most stunning cities and because of its southern location, November can be quite gentle, weather-wise. The city is filled with amazing architecture, dreamy views and cozy bars for you to relax in.

During my visit at the end of October, I was treated to 28 degrees Celcius, deep blue skies and emptier streets. Not climbing the steep streets in summer is also one of my best decisions  so far.

 

On your bucket list:

  • Pay a visit to Torre de Belem.
  • Visit a creepy doll hospital.
  • Discover the Alfama neighborhood.
  • Listen to mesmerizing fado music.
  • Visit the Azulejos (tile) museum.

 

Where to sleep:

Lisbon Destination Hostel 

€€ Feeling Chiado 15

€€€ Casa Balthazar

€€€€ Rossio Penthouse

 

 

Rome

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Why visit?

Rome is usually full of tourists and although you’ll certainly not be the only one with the idea to visit, it will be quieter than normal. The weather won’t be fantastic, but hotel prices and airfare will. Also. Rome is one of the greatest cities on earth and a MUST visit for anyone into art, culture, history or food.

On your bucket list:

  • A visit to the Colosseum
  • Wander through Vatican City
  • Have real Italian gelato (don’t care that the sun’s not out)
  • Climb Saint Peter’s Basilica
  • Admire the ruins at the Roman Forum

 

Where to sleep:

€€ Happy Home 2C 

€€€ G55 Design Hotel 

€€€€ Suite B&B all’Aracoeli 

 

Check availability and prices here.

 

Ibiza

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Why visit?

First of all, why not? Ibiza is probably one of the most bucket listed islands in Europe. Normally a party island, in November everything calms down a little and locals pick up their normal lives. On good days, temperatures still rise to 18 – 20 degrees Celcius, which is great for wandering through charming Ibiza Town or exploring the gorgeous nature on the island.

 

On your bucket list:

  • The Fiesta Day of San Carlos includes dancing, fireworks and magic shows (November 4th, San Carlos).
  • Take a wine tour with Sa Cova, the oldest bodega on the island.
  • Want to party? Club Pacha’s winter line-up is never disappointing!
  • Explore the island’s stunning nature.

 

Where to sleep:

€€ Sud Ibiza Suites

€€€ Finca Ecológica Ibicenca

€€€€ Hotel Rural & Spa Can Curreu

 

 

Antwerp

Europe in November

Why visit?

In the 15th and 16th century, Antwerp became one of the richest cities through trade, which you can tell by looking at the beautiful facades in the city center. Besides the many history lessons the city offers, travelers can enjoy the Belgian hospitality by visiting a typical beer cafe. Antwerp is also known for its great shopping opportunities. When the weather gets gloomy these are the things you want to be doing, and here you can do them well.

 

On your bucket list:

  • Eat a yummy Belgian waffle.
  • Visit a beer café, at Biercafe Central they have more than 300 beers on the menu.
  • Shop until you drop! Most international chains are found on Meir, the main shopping street. Head over to ‘t Zuid for lesser known but trendy boutiques and restaurants.
  • Learn about 16th century printing at the Plantin Moretus museum.
  • Marvel at the stunning architecture of the city center.

 

Where to sleep:

Antwerp City Hostel

€€ Hotel Diamonds and Pearls 

€€€ B&B De Koning van Spanje

€€€€ Small Luxury & Boutique Hotel De Witte Lelie

 

 

Dubrovnik

Europe in November

Why visit?

Dubrovnik is to be found on many traveler’s bucket list, and for good reasons. Despite the damages done during the Yugoslavian war, Dubrovnik is one of the best kept European cities. Within the Old Town, tourists can enjoy lovely churches, squares and cute little backstreets as well as the blue Adriatic that starts behind the historic walls.

Dubrovnik is one of the busiest cities in Europe during the summer. In November, tourism is at a low point in Croatia. Although you might spot a few lost tourists in Dubrovnik, it’s looks nothing like the cramped high season, when many tourists concentrate in the tiny Old Town of the city.

 

On your bucket list:

  • Visit all the Game Of Thrones filming locations.
  • Explore the city walls with great views over the Adriatic Sea.
  • Escape to one of the nearby islands, such as Lokrum or Mljet.
  • Eat at Lady Pipi, only one of the best restaurants of the city.
  • Enjoy ancient architecture and learn about Europe’s history.

 

Where to sleep:

Guest House Tomasi

€€ Apartman Lara

€€€ Villa Flores

€€€€ Guest House Forty-Four

 

 

German Christmas markets

Europe in November

Why visit?

Although the weather is probably wet and gloomy, the opening of Christmas market season in many German cities is our light in the darkness. In December, most Christmas markets become incredibly crowded and commercial, while in November the Christmas tourism is just beginning to blossom. This is the time for you to enjoy a hot gluhwein (mulled wine) in a freshly decorated and sparkly city.

The earliest Christmas markets open somewhere in mid-November, the end of the month is, however, more likely.

Can’t wait? Check out the exact dates for Christmas markets in Germany here.

 

 

You’ve probably noticed there are a lot of popular cities on this list. Traveling to Europe in November means you can visit each of these cities, avoiding the massive crowds that turn up during the summer. Of course, other tourists have come up with these ideas as well, so you won’t be totally alone. Just remember that it could have been way, way worse.

Let me know: have you traveled Europe in November? (Or any other month outside of the high season for that matter?) Make sure to leave a comment below! 🙂

 

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