Plan Your Winter Fun Appropriately


Ski The slopes at Tignes open today and by mid to late November there is usually enough snow in the highest and most snow-sure resorts, such as Val Thorens, Oburgurgl and St Anton, to get a decent amount of skiing. It’s certainly not worth booking, though, until a week or two before departure, when you are sure that there is enough to make it worthwhile. Most tour operators will not be offering packages yet, so you will probably need to book flights, transfers and accommodation independently.

Sun A bargain month for virtually all winter-sun destinations. As the risk of hurricanes in the Caribbean is coming to a close and the season is just getting under way, the hotels and tour operators offer some of the lowest prices of the year, with the certainty of late-booking offers as flights and accommodation virtually never sell out.

Cities Generally you will get some of the cheapest rates of the year for a city break this month. Most tourist hotels drop their prices from November 1 (usually until the end of February), sights are less crowded and the no-frills airlines in particular try to fill seats with a series of sales. (It’s worth subscribing to the email offers that airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair send out to highlight these promotions, which often have to be booked quickly.) Note too that you won’t necessarily have to pack your winter clothing: some of the southernmost European cities can still be quite warm in November: Seville (average daily maximum, 68F/20C), Palermo (64F/18C), Athens (18C), Rome (63F/17C) and Naples (17C) are all good bets, especially in the earlier part of the month. And this is a good time to head for Marrakesh (72F/22C), and Egypt, where Cairo is still hot at 77F (25C) and Luxor nearly always reaches the mid 20sC.