15 Best Europe destinations in November of 2018

No one will be surprised to learn that Europe is getting fairly chilly in November, but there is still plenty to see and do. There is actually one place where you can still work on your tan, but most people will be better off focusing on the larger and most famous cities, and especially those in the southern countries.

Below you'll find our 14 best picks for places to go in Europe in November. The crowds will be smaller than in summer and hotels are usually quite a bit cheaper, so you can actually see more of Europe on the same money if you come this time of year. If this is your first trip to Europe you may also be interested in our recommendations for best first-time Europe itineraries of your own.

Below you'll find

  1. Europe's best November beach destination
  2. Europe's 14 best November city destinations

Europe's only decent November beach destination

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

  • November avg high: 75°F/24°C
  • November avg low: 65°F/18°C
  • November avg precip: 1.1″/2.8cm

By the time November rolls in, the entire European continent is too cold to sit on a beach and that will be the case until April. The good news is that the Canary Islands are technically part of Spain and there are cheap flights to Tenerife and the other islands all year round. November isn't scorching, but it's warm and sunny enough to work on your tan, and it's quite cheap as well.

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and the best choice for English speakers as well. Head to the resort area in the southwest of Tenerife around the town of Los Cristianos for the most choices of hotels and apartment rentals. In November you'll be surrounded by northern Europeans and the local workers.

  • Good 3-star hotels in November from €74 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in November from €87 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in November from €14 per person

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14 Best non-beach destinations in Europe in November

Rome, Italy

  • November avg high: 63°F/17°C
  • November avg low: 47°F/8°C
  • November avg precip: 4.4″/11.0cm

November marks the start of the low season in Rome, but this is a city that is popular all year round so you certainly won't feel alone. The days are chilly and you might get some rain, but Rome is still a great destination even in the colder months because there is so much to see and do, and much of it is indoors such as the enormous Vatican Museum.

If this is your first visit to Italy you'll probably want to head north from Rome and visit Florence and Venice (both mentioned below). But if you have more time you might also consider Sorrento, which is a bit south of Naples. It's a bit warmer in November and it's the perfect base for day trips of Naples, Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast and the Isle of Capri.

  • Good 3-star hotels in November from €57 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in November from €77 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in November from €8 per person

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Florence, Italy

  • November avg high: 59°F/15°C
  • November avg low: 42°F/6°C
  • November avg precip: 4.4″/11.0cm

Similar to Rome, Florence is such an amazing destination that it's worth visiting any time of year. November is chilly and a bit wet, but even more than Rome and Venice, Florence is an indoor destination. This is one of the world's great capitals for art and you'll be indoors most of the day even if the weather is nice.

Florence is smaller than Rome so you can see the most famous sights in only 2 days or so, but you might still want to spend 3 or even 4 nights here because this is the ideal base for day trips to Pisa, Siena, and even the Cinque Terre. There are also several nearby hilltowns that are worth a look to experience something uniquely Italian.

  • Good 3-star hotels in November from €92 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in November from €114 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in November from €20 per person

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Venice, Italy

  • November avg high: 53°F/12°C
  • November avg low: 40°F/4°C
  • November avg precip: 3.4″/8.5cm

Again, if you are coming to Italy for the first time in November you are going to want to spend at least one day and night in Venice even if it's a bit cool. There is no other city in the world like Venice and the smaller crowds in November will help you feel less like a herd animal.

The downside to visiting Venice in November is that it's the peak month for the Acqua Alta, which is the high-tide flooding that the city experiences. It's still possible to get around and enjoy a Venice visit in November, but it's also wise to keep track of the Acqua Alta situation and work your schedule around it.

  • Good 3-star hotels in November from €76 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in November from €83 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in November from €21 per person

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Paris, France

  • November avg high: 51°F/11°C
  • November avg low: 43°F/6°C
  • November avg precip: 2.2″/5.5cm

Similar to Rome and London, Paris is such an amazing city that you are going to want to visit no matter which month you are visiting. Fortunately, Paris still has reasonably mild temperatures in November and not much rainfall. There will be plenty of business travelers around, but tourist numbers are lower so it can be easier to get around and see the top sights.

As long as you dress properly you can still even enjoy the excellent hop-on, hop-off bus tour of Paris in November. It's arguably the best city bus tour in Europe and it connects nearly all of the most famous buildings and attractions. It's included in the Paris Pass, so you might also want to check our review of the Paris Pass.

  • Good 3-star hotels in November from €155 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in November from €158 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in November from €23 per person

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London, England

  • November avg high: 51°F/11°C
  • November avg low: 41°F/5°C
  • November avg precip: 2.2″/5.5cm

The good news about London in November is that it tends not to rain very hard when it does rain, so you often don't even need an umbrella. But of course it will be cool every day in November so you will need to bring some outerwear with you. As with a few others on this list, London is such an amazing city that you'll want to visit no matter the month of your trip.

London is another example of a mostly indoor city so the weather doesn't really slow most visitors down. The famous attractions such as the (free) museums and famous cathedrals are welcoming no matter the weather outside. You might even want to look at our London Pass review if you want to see the top attractions in 2 or 3 days.

  • Good 3-star hotels in November from €116 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in November from €153 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in November from €12 per person

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Barcelona, Spain

  • November avg high: 63°F/17°C
  • November avg low: 47°F/8°C
  • November avg precip: 2.3″/5.8cm

Being on the Mediterranean, Barcelona stays warmer than Madrid (see below) during the colder months. So November is still fairly nice and one of the better months to visit partly because the summer months have become so ridiculously crowded here. The main attraction here is the interesting architecture, and you can see all of the most famous buildings on top of the hop-on, hop-off bus tour, which is included with the Barcelona Pass.

If this is your first time to Spain you are going to want to spend 3 or 4 nights in Barcelona but also then take the high-speed train (in 2.5 hours) to Madrid for 3 or 4 nights there. The cities are very different from each other and both are wonderful for tourists with excellent food and nightlife on top of everything else.

  • Good 3-star hotels in November from €53 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in November from €64 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in November from €15 per person

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Madrid, Spain

  • November avg high: 56°F/13°C
  • November avg low: 43°F/6°C
  • November avg precip: 2.2″/5.5cm

Madrid does get a bit cool in November, but as mentioned above in the Barcelona section you are going to want to come here anyway. Madrid is of course the capital of Spain so this is where you see the Royal Palace and many other official buildings of note, as well as the Prado Museum.

The high-speed train that connects Madrid and Barcelona is fairly cheap if you book it at least a couple weeks in advance. Spain has a few of its own low-cost airlines, so flights into Madrid are pretty cheap this time of year, although booking early helps here as well.

  • Good 3-star hotels in November from €45 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in November from €82 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in November from €14 per person

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Lisbon, Portugal

  • November avg high: 64°F/18°C
  • November avg low: 53°F/12°C
  • November avg precip: 4.2″/10.5cm

If you have ever wondered which city on the European continent has the best year-round weather, you have found it in Lisbon. The breezes off the Atlantic keep this city cool in summer and mild in winter, although it does get a bit of rainfall this time of year.

This otherwise remote city is a real gem for those who go out of their way to get here. It's a lovely city on 7 hills so views are fantastic in every direction. And the food and culture here are very interesting as well as quite different from Spain. You can take an overnight train from Madrid, but flying is probably the better option for most people.

  • Good 3-star hotels in November from €35 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in November from €67 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in November from €17 per person

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Interlaken, Switzerland

  • November avg high: 46°F/8°C
  • November avg low: 33°F/1°C
  • November avg precip: 3.3″/8.3cm

The weather in Interlaken isn't exactly great in November, but it's still worth considering on your trip because this is THE place to see the most dramatic Alps views anywhere in Europe. So many people say they just want to visit “Switzerland” that I wrote an article about where to go in Switzerland on a short visit.

On the other hand, Interlaken in November is not ideal because many hotels and businesses close down between mid October when the hiking season ends and mid December when skiing season begins. There are still places open and plenty to see, but you have to plan a bit more. If you want to visit a second place in Switzerland to admire the unusual beauty, Lucerne is your best bet.

  • Good 3-star hotels in November from €95 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in November from €132 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in November from €18 per person

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Berlin, Germany

  • November avg high: 45°F/7°C
  • November avg low: 36°F/2°C
  • November avg precip: 1.7″/4.3cm

Berlin has cold winters and in November the weather here is already started to become a bit annoying. Still, this is such an incredible city that it's worth dressing a bit warmer if a November visit is your best or only choice. The famous nightlife and cultural sights are all going strong all year round, so there is plenty to see and do.

Another great thing about this city is that it's cheaper than the other large cities in Germany including Munich and Hamburg. Better still, this city has become so popular and international that you can just speak in English to anyone you encounter and you'll almost always get a polite answer back in English.

  • Good 3-star hotels in November from €67 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in November from €78 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in November from €13 per person

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • November avg high: 48°F/9°C
  • November avg low: 39°F/4°C
  • November avg precip: 3.0″/7.5cm

Unfortunately, Amsterdam is another northern European city that typically only has one or two good months of weather each year. In other words, if you wait until it's warm and sunny in Amsterdam, you'll be here with a billion other people in mid July. With an excellent public transport system, it's easy to get around Amsterdam by street car or even just walking.

The stunning architecture is one of the things that brings people to Amsterdam, and as long as you dress properly you'll be able to soak that all in this month. Aside from that this is a cultural capital with excellent nightlife and a thriving arts scene. That goes all year round, as do the coffeeshops and small pubs all over town.

  • Good 3-star hotels in November from €85 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in November from €91 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in November from €16 per person

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Prague, Czech Republic

  • November avg high: 44°F/7°C
  • November avg low: 36°F/2°C
  • November avg precip: 1.2″/3.0cm

Prague is a city that is so crowded in summer that many people actually prefer to come when it's colder like in November, so they don't have to battle crowds every minute of the day. As you can see, it's chilly in Prague in November, but it rarely rains much as all so it's just a matter of wearing another layer.

It will still be crowded in the main squares of Prague in November, but much less so than in warmer months so it's more pleasant in general. If you want to spend a bit more time in Czechia, head to Cesky Krumlov, which is 3 hours away on a scenic bus ride or train. Cesky Krumlov is much more charming than Prague, and it's cheaper than Prague by quite a bit as well.

  • Good 3-star hotels in November from €30 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in November from €37 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in November from €12 per person

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Budapest, Hungary

  • November avg high: 47°F/8°C
  • November avg low: 36°F/2°C
  • November avg precip: 2.4″/6.0cm

This part of Europe gets quite cold in winter so Budapest in November is already on the chilly side. But it doesn't rain much and this city has so much to see and do that it's worth a visit even in the cool months, when crowds are much smaller as well.

Budapest has a lot in common with Prague, but the architecture here is on a grander scale for the most part and it feels very different. This city is also one of the cheaper capital cities in Europe, so your travel fund really goes a long way here. The famous nightlife in the ruin pubs should not be missed at any time of year.

  • Good 3-star hotels in November from €31 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in November from €47 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in November from €7 per person

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Istanbul, Turkey

  • November avg high: 60°F/16°C
  • November avg low: 47°F/8°C
  • November avg precip: 3.3″/8.3cm

November still has reasonably warm days in Istanbul so this is worth considering on any trip of eastern Europe this time of year. Istanbul itself is one of the world's most historic and interesting cities, and it's quite a travel bargain these days as well because the currency rate has gone down against almost all countries in the last couple years.

Those that have more than a few days might also consider exploring more of Turkey. For one thing, every other city in the country is at least a bit cheaper than Istanbul. And most places have even warmer temperatures in November, so it's an ideal time to explore Cappadocia or even the southern coast along Antalya.

  • Good 3-star hotels in November from €24 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in November from €28 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in November from €7 per person

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10 Responses to “15 Best Europe destinations in November of 2018”

Morgan says:

Hi Roger,

My family and I want to take our first trip to Europe over Thanksgiving this November, and we’re not sure if we should do 1) Rome, Florence, Venice OR 2) London, and Paris. We will have about 9 days for the trip, flying out of LAX. I know the weather will be a bit warmer and possibly dryer in Italy, but I wanted to get your thoughts and opinions on which trip we should do. We are a family of 4 with an 11 and 13 year old. Thanks so much!

 

    Morgan,

    You summarized my main point already, which is that Italy will have nicer weather and also noticeably more daylight hours in late November. Paris is a bit better, but in London the sun will come up around 8am and the sun sets right around 4pm that time of year. I think 9 days is a great amount of time to visit Italy’s Big 3, and you might even have time for one more stop for a couple days such as Sorrento. Nine days is also slightly long for just London and Paris, although I love both of those cities and you definitely won’t get bored. I think I’d vote for Italy because of the time of year. If you were going in, say, September I’d probably vote for London and Paris, but Italy is always nice. I’m not sure how much this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

     
Sherri says:

Hi Roger,

This article is exactly what I have been looking for, thank you! Our only time available for a 12 day trip to Europe, 1st timers, will be this November. We know it will be cooler and are fine with that, almost welcome it living in Florida. Our big cities to visit are Paris, Barcelona,but open to other suggestions. Germany is also on the list, we just don’t know how difficult travel might be between the cities and what is best to see in Germany. Can you give your ideas and a rough itinerary? Thanks so much!

 

    Sherri,

    If you have 12 days I would recommend seeing 4 total cities. You’ll want to spend 3 or 4 nights in Paris and then 3 nights in Barcelona. With the remaining 5 or 6 days you could also visit Madrid for 3 nights because it’s very worthwhile and very different from Barcelona. But if you want to visit Germany you’ve got many options so I wrote an article about where to go in Germany that I think will help. You could visit Munich and also one or two of the smaller towns mentioned in that article.

    Again, think in terms of cities rather than countries and it will become more clear. I’m happy to help more if you have other questions. -Roger

     
Zhi Hao says:

Hi Roger,

Me and my wife are going to London for 2 weeks in mid November 2018, this is our second time visit London and plan to spend only 3-4 days in London.

We are also plan to cover another 2-3 cities, so far in mind would be Paris (mainly for shopping and Eiffel tower), and shortlisted either Germany (Berlin or Munich), Austria (Vienna or Salzburg), Czech (Prague), or Amsterdam. Any tips to share for the first timer? Thank you in advance.

 

    Zhi,

    All of the cities on your list are fantastic and worth a visit. I think you have time for London and 3 or possibly even 4 other cities as long as they are easy to reach from each other. The easiest to reach and the best next stop is Paris because it’s only a bit over two hours away on the Eurostar train. From there it’s fastest and easiest to reach Amsterdam, in a bit over 3 hours on a high-speed train, so I’d do that one next.

    From Amsterdam you can get to Berlin by train in about 6 hours and then to Prague from Berlin in about 4 hours. Or from Amsterdam you could fly to Munich and then take a short train ride to Salzburg before flying home. I think doing London, Paris, Amsterdam, and at least Berlin would be my top choice and those are all pretty easy train rides to great cities. I’m happy to answer any other questions if you have them. -Roger

     
shehzad says:

Hi Roger,
i really appreciate your views and suggestion
i am planning a 14 day trip to europe in this september
i am targeting london amsterdam france switzerland
and its the first time i am travelling to europe
1) how should i divide my days between these countries
2) can you please highlight places to visit in these countries
3) please do let me about the connectivity in these countries
4) i would like to cover the most must visit places
5) please brief about the accomodation in these countries accomodation
can you please help me with best and most experential itenary
thank you.

 

    Shehzad,

    I’ll try to help.

    1) I’d do London for 3 or 4 days and then Paris for 3 or 4 days. From there you could either take a train to Amsterdam and stay about 3 days or take a train to Interlaken and spend 3 or 4 days in Switzerland and then fly from Zurich to Amsterdam for 3 days.
    2) If you look at the individual page for each destination on this site you’ll see the top attractions listed, but you might also look into a guidebook or do more research on Things to Do in (city) to see what appeals to you most.
    3) If by “connectivity” you are wondering about internet access, you’ll get free wi-fi in any hotel and it’s quite fast in these places. You can also buy a SIM card for your phone and get a data package for a few days, but it can be a bit complicated and sort of expensive. Now that Europe has laws that all SIM cards have to include cheap roaming between countries, you can probably get a SIM card in your first country for the whole two weeks. If you buy a SIM card at an airport it will often be more expensive than if you buy at a phone store in the city, although it’s usually faster and easier as well.
    4) This is the same as #2 above
    5) On each of those city pages I have a link to an article with hotel recommendations, and on those articles I discuss the different neighborhoods that are best and easiest for first-time visitors. Aside from that, I’m not a travel agent and I can’t book anything for you. I just try to help people if they have specific questions. Have a great trip. -Roger

     
Bill says:

Roger, I could use your help. I am planning a trip to Europe this coming Thanksgiving. A few years ago we did a trip to Prague and Paris at the same time and it was epic. This is my wife’s second trip to Europe so I am trying to expose her to the various cultures. Rome is top of my list for the next trip. We walk a lot and the City will be exciting. The problem is the second city. We fly between City’s so distance is not really an issue. The places I have been looking at are Austria-Salzburg or Vienna, Germany because I think that culture difference would be cool. I am excited to go in off season questionable weather and all just to avoid tourists. We are in our mid 50’s so nightlife is not crucial. Do you have any ideas?

 

    Bill,

    Rome will be amazing and it’s very different from Paris and Prague. As for a second city, Salzburg or Vienna would be great choices, or you might even visit both because there are fast and frequent trains running between them. Salzburg is a beautiful and charming town at the foot of the Alps and it’s very proud of being Mozart’s birthplace. As I frequently say, the Sound of Music bus tours are really fun even if you aren’t much of a fan of the movie because the scenery they visit is really gorgeous. Vienna is very buttoned-down and it’s very different from Salzburg. The opera and the waltz events are very popular there, and the season should be going when you are there.

    In Germany I think the best options are Berlin and Munich, although they are both very different as well. Berlin is very cool and cutting-edge in many ways, while Munich is more traditional as a rich city. Munich is also the capital of Bavaria, which is where lederhosen and that traditional lifestyle is from. I think any of them could be good choices so it’s a matter of what sounds most interesting to you. If you were going in summer I would probably put Salzburg on top of the list, and it should be nice enough in late November, but it would be an easier call in summer. Vienna is wonderful if you enjoy cafes and palaces and culture more than nightlife. I hope this helps and I’m happy to answer other questions if you have them. -Roger

     

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