Where to go on holiday in November 2015

With the UK winter firmly on its way, you might be thinking about where to go on holiday in November 2015 for a last chance escape before the madness of Christmas and the festive period sets in. As any residual heat in Europe will have disappeared, those after some really hot weather will inevitably have to travel that bit further, although there are still destinations within five to six hours offering warm and sunny conditions.

Where to go on holiday in November: Top five destinations

In a bid to offer some variety, we've selected a few destinations with warm-to-hot and sunny weather at this time of year, making them excellent choices when deciding where to go on holiday in November. Five of our favourite include:

Where to go on holiday in November 2015 © Taunt - Fotolia.com

1. Marsa Alam, Egypt

  • Flight time: 6 hours
  • Daily high: 29°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 9.5
  • Sea temperature: 26°C

While Sharm el Sheikh is often considered to be Egypt's main beach holiday destination, its lesser known neighbour, Marsa Alam some 200 miles to the south on the Red Sea coast, is really worth considering when deciding where to go on holiday in November. It benefits from slightly warmer and sunnier conditions when compared to Sharm el Sheikh, and the sea remains invitingly pleasant.

Beach in Marsa Alam, Egypt © cayenne2006 - Flickr Creative Commons

You'll experience only moderate heat and humidity, but almost cloudless skies and reliably hot temperatures. If you decide to nab a last minute November holiday here, take a trip to Sharm el Luli beach with its crystal clear sea, clean beach and enchanting reef, look out for turtles in Abu Dabab Bay or try diving with dolphins in the waters of the Wadi Gimal National Park.

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2. Gambia

  • Flight time: 6.5 hours
  • Daily high: 34°C
  • Hours of sunshine: 8.5
  • Sea temperature: 28°C

This sliver of a country is increasingly popular, and by far the hottest destination in our pick of where to go on holiday in November for the best weather. It's a vibrant, colourful place with lots to offer holidaymakers, from sights and activities to seaside resorts and some fantastic conditions.

By November, you can expect to find up to very high heat and humidity, but don't be put off: there's also plenty of sunshine, and warm waters ideal for swimming (although those with little ones or who aren't too confident may want to book a hotel with a pool as the Atlantic can get a bit choppy). You'll enjoy lengthy days with plenty of sunshine and only the odd bit of cloud cover.

Atlantic coast, Gambia © Mishimoto - Flickr Creative Commons

Get up close with the local inhabitants of the River Gambia National Park, made up of five islands and home to everything from baboons and birds, to crocodiles and hippos. Consider a stay at the Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Project, where you can take boat trips to see the many resident chimps and so much more wildlife.

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3. Dubai, UAE

  • Flight time: 7.5 hours
  • Daily high: 31°C
  • Hours of sunshine: 8.5
  • Sea temperature: 28°C

November is quite possibly the best month to visit Dubai in terms of its weather. You'll revel in delightfully hot conditions, clear blue skies and balmy sea temperatures idea for getting stuck into the numerous water sports available. Although heat and humidity remains high, it's not a patch on the extreme levels reached during the summer months, so if you're looking for somewhere to go on holiday in November for some serious heat, this is probably it.

Dizzy heights of Dubai © Frédéric Poirot - Flickr Creative Commons

As well as being a world class beach holiday destination, Dubai has a million-and-one other activities on offer for all travellers, be it couples, families or groups. Check out Aquaventure water park at Atlantis The Palm Dubai for a fun-filled day out, or hit the shops in Dubai Mall, the world's largest indoor shopping facility.

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4. Cape Town, South Africa

  • Flight time: 12 hours
  • Daily high: 24°C
  • Hours of sunshine: 10
  • Sea temperature: 17°C

November marks the beginning of summer in South Africa, and this famous city is a fabulous place to be if you're thinking about where to go on holiday in November, and not hunting for a beach break. Weather wise, think Algarve at the beginning of June: you'll be greeted by long, warm and sunny days with no heat and humidity. The water won't be tempting, but then Cape Town is known for its many other sights and surrounding attractions.

Camps Bay, Cape Town © derejeb - Fotolia.com

Take the cable car with its stunning 360° view up to the top of Table Mountain (book online to avoid the queues), venture out to the UNESCO site of Robben Island for an education in the country's history, and sample freshly caught delights at the waterfront marina. Other excursions include trips to the winelands, or a scenic drive along the coastal Garden Route.

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5. Gran Canaria

  • Flight time: 4.5 hours
  • Daily high: 24°C
  • Hours of sunshine: 6.5
  • Sea temperature: 22°C

Located just over 90 miles off the coast of northwest Africa, Gran Canaria has long attracted holidaymakers all year round, and for good reason. In the summer, it welcomes sun worshippers and party animals keen to enjoy the hot and sunny conditions, while everyone from hikers and water sports enthusiasts to golfers soak up the natural beauty and climate of this exciting island at other times of the year.

Hiking in Gran Canaria © kentauros - Fotolia.com

If you're deciding where to go on holiday in November for the best weather, Gran Canaria is a great option for a number of reasons: firstly, it's by far the warmest destination within easy reach of the UK, making it perfect for those not keen on long haul flights or just travelling with young children. Secondly, you'll experience some truly magnificent weather in November - perhaps not great for a beach holiday and if you fancy a swim, definitely look for a hotel with a heated pool, however, it offers idyllic conditions for walking, relaxing and sports.

There's no heat and humidity at this time and, although Lanzarote and Fuerteventura may bask in a touch more sunshine, places such as Maspalomas in southern Gran Canaria, are easily a degree or two warmer, if not quite as sunny.

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Winter may be on the horizon in Europe, but it's clear that there are still a select few destinations within easy enough reach of the UK for those deciding where to go on holiday in November. If you'd like to find out more, visit our weather in November section, and don't forget to check out our very latest deals and discounts to see if you could save on your hot and sunny holiday this November.

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