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Where to go in November: Our Top Picks

Why November is the best month to discover the magical landscapes of the France, Italy, Greece and Austria

25 October 2023
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Ahead of each new month, we compile a list of destinations across Europe which are perfectly suited to visit that month. Considering things like weather, busyness, natural and cultural events, and other factors, our top picks for November are the legendary Dordogne tucked away in Western France; the Tuscan capital Florence; the ancient Greek capital of Athens; and the magical Austrian region of Salzkammergut. Check out our highlights and favourite sites below.

With its crisp and cool allure, November beckons travellers to the Dordogne's rustic charm, where amber leaves carpet the landscape. Florence's Renaissance splendour shines anew in the gentle autumn light. Athens, bathed in golden sunsets, invites exploration amidst ancient wonders. Salzkammergut's lakes glisten like sapphires in the tranquil November air.

Dordogne, France

Drenched in rustic elegance, the Dordogne showcases its autumnal palette of amber and gold. The weather is pleasantly cool, making it ideal for exploring charming villages and savouring local gastronomy. Crowds thin, allowing for a more intimate connection with the region's rich history and prehistoric sites. November in the Dordogne is an opportunity to savour the essence of this picturesque corner of France in a serene and enchanting ambience.

Châteaux in Snow
The Dordogne's historic châteaux, such as Château de Beynac and Château de Castelnaud, take on a fairytale charm during the colder months. Winter is an excellent time to explore these iconic landmarks with fewer tourists and capture their beauty in a serene setting.

Truffle Markets

Winter is truffle season in the Dordogne, and you can immerse yourself in the region's truffle culture by visiting local truffle markets. Witness the excitement of truffle hunting and savour the earthy delights in local dishes.

Cosy Gastronomy

Embrace the warmth of the region's cosy restaurants and cafés during winter. Sample hearty dishes like confit duck and truffle-infused delicacies, complemented by robust local wines. The region's culinary delights are especially comforting during the colder months.

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Florence, Italy

November offers a captivating time to explore Florence. With fewer tourists, you can appreciate iconic landmarks like the Uffizi Gallery and Michelangelo's David in a more intimate setting. Enjoy cosy moments in cafés, relishing the warmth of Italian culture. November's mild climate allows leisurely strolls along the Arno River, providing a delightful experience of Florence's timeless beauty without the summer crowds.

Florence Duomo, a cultural gem
Florence's Duomo, with its stunning dome designed by Brunelleschi, is an architectural masterpiece and a symbol of the city's cultural heritage. Ascend the dome for breathtaking city views, and explore the cathedral's interior adorned with intricate frescoes and sculptures.

Uffizi Gallery, a historical marvel

The Uffizi Gallery is a treasure trove of art and history, housing an unparalleled collection of Renaissance masterpieces. Admire works by Botticelli, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci, offering a profound glimpse into the city's rich artistic past.

Mercato Centrale, a culinary 
Dive into Florence's culinary traditions at the Mercato Centrale. This bustling food market showcases the very best of Tuscan cuisine. Savour fresh pasta, artisanal cheeses, and local wines, offering a delectable journey through the city's gastronomic heritage.

Athens, Greece

When thinking of winter travel destinations, Athens probably doesn't spring to mind, but visiting in November holds a unique allure. Offering a more tranquil experience with fewer tourists, you can explore the Acropolis and other historical sites at your own pace. The Mediterranean cuisine tastes even more delightful in cosy tavernas. November also brings cultural events and festivals, allowing you to immerse yourself in Greek traditions and art.

In November, you'll experience: 

Milder Weather Athens enjoys a comfortable climate in November, making it ideal for exploring outdoor attractions without the intense summer heat.

Fewer Crowds
 With the peak tourist season over, you'll have a more peaceful and intimate experience at famous sites like the Acropolis and the Plaka district.

Cultural Events 
November hosts various cultural events and festivals, offering a chance to immerse in Greek traditions, music, and art.

But you should consider:

Rainfall While November is generally mild, it can bring occasional rain, so carrying an umbrella and checking the weather forecast is advisable.

Shorter Daylight Hours
 Days are shorter in November, which means you have less time for sightseeing during daylight hours. Plan your activities accordingly.

Seasonal Closures
 Some smaller businesses, restaurants, or attractions may have limited hours or closures during the off-season, so it's good to check in advance for any specific places you wish to visit.

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Salzkammergut, Austria

Visiting Salzkammergut in November is a magical experience. This Austrian region, known for its pristine lakes and charming villages, transforms into a serene wonderland during this month.

Tranquil Lakes

The Salzkammergut region is famous for its crystal-clear lakes, such as Wolfgangsee, Hallstätter See, and Mondsee. In November, these lakes take on a peaceful quality, reflecting the surrounding mountains and forests. While swimming is out of the question, the scenery is perfect for leisurely lakeside walks and quiet contemplation.

Alpine Hiking

The surrounding alpine landscape offers excellent hiking opportunities with its snow-dusted peaks. While the higher trails may be inaccessible due to snow, numerous lower-altitude paths provide stunning views and a chance to immerse in the serene mountain environment.

Christmas Markets

As November transitions to December, you'll have the chance to experience traditional Austrian Christmas markets. Towns like St. Wolfgang and Hallstatt come alive with festive decorations, local crafts, and delicious seasonal treats.

November can be cold and occasionally wet. Be prepared for chilly weather and potentially early sunsets. Many tourist services may operate on a reduced schedule during the offseason, so plan accordingly. If you appreciate a more solitary and contemplative experience in a winter wonderland, Salzkammergut in November is an excellent choice.

In Summary

November emerges as an exquisite time to explore these destinations. In the Dordogne, the rustic charm is enhanced by amber foliage and pleasant weather. Florence's Renaissance treasures shine under gentle autumn light, while Athens' historical wonders bask in golden sunsets. Austria's Salzkammergut boasts serene lakes and alpine hikes. Fewer crowds and cultural events in these destinations make November an ideal time for immersive, peaceful travel experiences.

In October, we recommended

🇪🇸 Seville - Chase the autumn warmth and experience true Spanish flair
🇩🇰 Copenhagen - Tuck into the Nordic nosh scene
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 North Coast 500 - Cruise along empty coastal roads
🇬🇬 Guernsey, Channel Islands - Explore a crowd-free history