Where to go in November
Puerto Calero, Lanzarote
The Canaries guarantee winter sun, but there's no need to share your sun lounger with every other Brit escaping the miserable weather. Pretty Puerto Calero is yet to see mass tourism, so, save for the distant hum of jet skis, you can expect peace and quiet.
The pristine promenade leads between rows of million-dollar yachts and a strip of cafés, where you can lazily sip something tropical beneath the shade of an umbrella.
The nearest beach is the black sand of Playa Quemada, where you’ll find seafood restaurants and the sort of views that will have everyone you know questioning their idea of the Canary Islands.
The ‘Pink City’ is staggeringly beautiful with its sun-kissed forts and artisan-carved palaces, painted in rosy hues by the Maharaja Ram Singh.
But it’s not just a pretty face. You’ll also find refined boutiques and a mouth-watering restaurant scene that’s the perfect gentle introduction to India.
Don’t miss Albert Hall, with its dreamy sandstone Indo-Islamic design, housing a vast collection of Indian crafts.
Visit this laid-back desert capital now to avoid both the unbearably hot summer, and the intense monsoon season.
Munich’s inhabitants love to let their hair down in winter, but not just in its cafés and famous beerhalls. November sees the start of winter celebrations, when parks and public spaces come alive with circus performances, ice skating (in Karlsplatz),curling (Nymphenburg Palace) and sledging (in Luitpoldpark and Westpark).
Marienplatz is the city’s main square and site of its largest Christmas market. It’s also close to the city museum, where you can learn about the founding of Munich by monks in the 1100s.
From there it’s a 10-minute walk to Residenz, the former royal palace of the rulers of Bavaria. A stroll in the sprawling, tranquil English Garden is a must.
Morocco’s red city knows how to leave an impression. Nowhere is this truer than Marrakech’s main square, the Djemaa el-Fna, where snake charmers, Gnawa musicians and belly dancers jostle for your attention.
In the medieval old city, the buzz begins after the first plaintive call to prayer and swirls around skinny passageways, from steaming grills and pungent tanneries to spice and silk souks.
BA has just started running four weekly flights from Heathrow, on top of its Gatwick route. So now’s a great time to visit and stock up on the Medina’s woven carpets, colourful lanterns and embroidered slippers, as unusual stocking fillers.
The Minster, the Shambles, the Jorvik Viking Centre. York’s five-star cultural sights need little introduction.
This historic city is chock full of attractions, from the ancient walls that encircle its medieval heart, to modern additions like the National Railway Museum and calorific Chocolate Story.
And from 14 November you can add the city’s Christmas festival to that list, as York’s cobbled streets are filled with market stalls and the scent of festive spices.