Chill-Stoppers: November Holidays
Written by larapiegeler
Where to go in November
A cold and clammy month November may be at home, but set your sights a little higher – in the mountains, to be precise – and you'll notice the skiing season getting properly underway during the second half of November. Try Verbier if you're looking for slopes at all skill levels, or Isola if you're just starting out.
If your cooler November days are more about comfort-eating than physical exertion, use your November holidays to become a connoisseur of something: in San Miniato there's the National White Truffle Market, in Baena in November they're celebrating the olive harvest, it's a great time to hunt wild mushrooms in the woods of Northern Europe, and in Switzerland November means it's time to start serving up seasonal chestnut-cream 'vermicel' in dangerously snug cafes. If November means getting your decorations up early, consider a trip to the Berlin Christmas Market, or the one in Denmark's Tivoli Gardens, both of which open around the middle of November and are excellent sources of stocking-fillers as well as gluhwein and cinnamon biscuits...
Other November holidays to warm your heart are Paris's arty Festival d'Automne, which sets music, drama, cinema and dance within some of the city's most iconic buildings, inviting stops at pavement cafes beneath falling leaves and bateau mouche rides past elegantly melancholy November vistas in between your chosen performances.
If you can't help but feel conscious of the fact that on the other side of the world November is the time the summer sun is reaching a peak, give way to some tempting temperatures in the Caribbean about now, or prepare for Christmas by getting warmed through in South or Central America. November holidays in Belize or Costa Rica (both paradises for eco-tourists and wildlife enthusiasts) can be magical, envy-inspiring beach breaks, or head to Mexico to marvel at the local skills at the November Silver Fair, explore Aztec history, enjoy incredible landscapes, markets and perhaps a little tequila, or even experience the intriguingly joyous Day of the Dead. November is also a good month, weather-wise, to become a cowboy for a while in Arizona, and nearby Las Vegas is a little quieter than usual.
It's all too easy to dismiss November Britain as grey and uninviting, but as ever there are some singular November holidays and traditions to brighten things up no end. There's a different Guy Fawkes celebration to suit every taste, the Lord Mayor's Show takes place on the second Saturday in November, and the increasingly popular South East Cornwall Taste Festival tempts us to self-cater with the day's foodie purchases, and eat beside crackling log fires in tiny fishermen's cottages on romantic, windswept seafronts. Ahhh... November holidays...
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