Where to Go in November and December

Stave off winter blues and see out the year on a high with our round-up of Europe’s best destinations for November and December.

November

 

 

Tenerife: Tenerife is one of Europe’s most reliable destinations for winter sun, with the island enjoying average November temperatures of 20C. As the largest island of the archipelago, you’ll find an excellent choice of accommodation in the resorts of the Costa Adeje and Playa de las Americas. And the sun-drenched fun doesn’t end there. There’s plenty of action and adventure to be found in the challenging hiking trails of the beautiful Mount Teide Natural Park. For more Tenerife tips, see our Local’s Guide to Tenerife.

 

 

Marrakech: Set on the edge of the Sahara, with its mix of colourful souks, palatial riads and exotic flavours, Marrakech is about as far away from a chilly November at home as you can imagine.  For a city break and beach holiday rolled into one, spend a few days in Marrakech before soaking up the sunshine and laid-back surf vibes of nearby towns such as Taghazoute, Tamraght or Essaouira.

 

 

Athens:  Leave winter woolies at home and look forward to a warm weekend getaway in beautiful Athens.  Lively cafés and quirky rooftop bars await in the trendy neighbourhoods of Monastiraki and Psirri, while mild weather means you can comfortably explore the iconic sites of the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Read more about how to make the most of a weekend break in the Greek capital with our guide,  7 Must Sees on a Walking Tour of Athens.

 

 

Gran Canaria: The island has waved adiós to sizzling summer highs, but Gran Canaria is still looking infinitely more inviting than home, with temperatures hovering around the 21C mark and accommodation rates much cheaper than at peak season. And with fewer crowds, you’ll have the pick of the sun loungers on the beautiful beaches of Maspalomas. Happy days.

 

 

Amsterdam: It’s jingle all the way in Amsterdam, when Saint Nicholas drops into town on November 15th. Forget Rudolph and Co., this Santa Claus makes his grand entrance by ship before trotting through the streets of the city on a white horse. Every year around 400,000 people turn out to catch a glimpse of the big man and grab a share of the special cookies and sweets, thrown by his army of 600 ‘Black Peters’. For more tips on Amsterdam, check out Anne’s Amsterdam Guide.

December

 

 

Oslo: Jet into the Norwegian capital, then plot an adventure to Svalbard, Hammerfest or the Lofoten Islands – these are generally considered the best spots to catch a glimpse of the beautiful, but elusive Northern Lights. With Norway’s trains, boats, good roads and small airports on your side, you’ve every chance of crossing the Aurora Borealis off your bucket list.
 

 

 

Prague: Wrap up warm, grab a cup of mulled wine and check out the spectacular Christmas tree on the Old Town Square and the festive log cabins selling Christmas tree decorations, wooden toys and local crafts. Don’t forget your camera. The Czech capital’s Christmas market is nothing short of picture-perfect. For more on Europe’s best Christmas markets, see our Big Fat Christmas Market Guide.

 

 

Fuerteventura:  With a location just over 100km off the coast of North Africa, Fuerteventura is the closest of the Canary Islands to Africa. On average you can expect highs of 24C in November.  Catch some waves in Corralejo, take a hike up one of the volcanoes or just kick back in the sunshine and forget about December’s chilly weather at home. Read more about winter surf breaks in Fuerteventura in Waves and Warmth: Surf Fuerteventura.

 

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Cervinia, Italy: Shoop. Shoop. The mountains are calling. Fly to Turin or Milan Bergamo and hit the slopes of Cervinia on the southern side of the Matterhorn. Here you’ll find some of the best early snow in Europe, with 10 separate ski runs and plenty of alternative winter fun including ice karting, air-boarding and snow-scootering. For more advice on planning a ski trip, see DIY Ski Holidays: Be Your Own Travel Agent.

 

 

 

Berlin: Start the new year as you mean to go on – Berlin is home to some of the best New Year’s Eve celebrations in all of Europe. Around a million locals and visitors pack into its Party Mile every year, a dedicated route filled with music, fireworks and open-air celebrations. For more top NYE cities, check out these 12 Cities that Do New Year’s Eve Better than Home.

 

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Fiona Hilliard

Fiona Hilliard

A love of new cultures is what drives Dublin travel writer Fiona Hilliard to explore the cities of Europe and beyond.

9 Comments

  • Liam Duncan

    Poland is Wonderful at Christmas more so if you have Grandchildren there

    2nd November 2016 at 11:50 am
  • Mike Leyden

    For me it’s got to be German Markets before Xmas………….

    2nd November 2016 at 6:41 pm
  • Mike Leyden

    Xmas here I come….

    2nd November 2016 at 6:42 pm
  • Caroline

    Krakow in Poland is the best for Christmas market

    3rd November 2016 at 9:02 pm
    • Luis

      True that Coroline…

      7th November 2016 at 7:49 pm
  • David Russell

    I love Ryanair as they are always on time
    Wonderful value and its in ryme.
    Anywhere in Europe for the right price
    All the staff are awfully nice.
    This winter I intend to fly to many places
    Come everyone with Ryanair to win the races.

    9th November 2016 at 6:31 pm
  • David Russell

    I love Ryanair and at present having a wonderful time in Mallorca. Thanks russellmallorca@gmail.com.

    9th November 2016 at 6:33 pm
  • Kuldip

    Out of the 89 countries traveled European Christmas markets are womderful. Be that Germany or Polandor Andorra, there is this Holiday atmosphere as they all take time out from work. And do family and friends time. UsA does that very differently.

    9th November 2016 at 8:01 pm
  • David

    Poland’s Christmas atmosphere,warm and cosy!

    9th November 2016 at 8:56 pm

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