Post # 16
It really depends if you want culture or warmth. Paris will be cold and probably wet in November, but if you’re ok strolling with an umbrella, enjoying the galleries and food, then you’ll have a good time. I went in October one year and had a lovely weekend.
As others have said, there are no properly warm/dry options in Europe in November. But if you really want to go, I’d pick somewhere that’s meant to be nicer than most, and still has lots to do – like Barcelona or Lisbon. I love both of these cities for food and culture – and they are both meant to be warmer/drier than Paris all year round. Plus they have Uber so you can get around really easily and cheaply if there is a rainshower.
Post # 17
The only place that will be warm in Europe in November is the canaries and you really won’t want to be travelling all the way from the US to visit there. You may drop a bit lucky with Cyprus, but it will probably just be mild and not beach/pool weather. I would recommend finding another destination if you don’t want to be in the cold/wet.
Post # 18
What about Croatia if you want to go to Europe in November? Dubrovnik is beautiful, lots of architecture and culture and on the coast, but it doesn’t get anywhere near as cold or rainy as other parts of Europe. Temperature should be in the high teens/low twenties (Celsius).
Paris is beautiful and interesting all year round imo, but you’re right that it won’t be the kind of weather where you can sit outside and read. It won’t be significantly less busy though, and I doubt you’d get Mont St Michel virtually to yourself, I went in October and it was still busy.
Post # 19
I’ve been to southern Spain in November and while it was pretty clear most of the time, it certainly wasn’t warm – so I’m not sure I’d recommend it either. It’s definitely off-peak for most of Europe in November, for a reason!
Post # 20
I actually prefer city trips in the colder months. If I were in your shoes I would start by deciding if we want an outdoorsy/coastal/scenic type honeymoon or a city honeymoon. If city was decided then I’d still go to Europe in November. If the coastal/scenic (pleasant weather) trip was decided then I’d either change the location (although November is hurricane season a lot of places so don’t forget to plan around that) or change the date of the trip if we were set on European coastal/scenic.
If we want both coastal/scenic and city (who doesn’t?) and we had enough time to give to the trip I would research flying into Paris for a few days, fly to canary’s for a few days, then fly into another continental euro city for a few days before flying back home. Totally doable in 2 weeks (or more) time.
I’d think Mexico has some coastal areas off the hurricane path (though I’m not sure) so that would be another option I’d research for a combined city/coastal trip in November.
Post # 21
I am originally from Central Europe and my least favorite months for traveling are November, January, February and March. It’s just depressing (she said and booked a flight yesterday to go to Germany in two weeks 😂 but better than the Midwest)
I lived 3 hours away from Paris and have to say its way overrated. Especially when the weather is bad. I’d suggest Barcelona. The city is fun and way warmer in November. I spent New Years there and I could get away with a leather jacket.
Edit: I’ve never heard of a hurricane season for Central Europe. Must have missed the memo for the last 36 years
Post # 22
MiaSuperstar : The official hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin (the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico) is from 1 June to 30 November. If the OP decides on a coastal warm weather destination coming from the US then she will want to plan around the hurricane path. https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/climo/
Not sure where anyone referenced hurricane season in Central Europe? I must have missed the memo.
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We went on our honeymoon to Paris in late November in 2017. Honestly, it was great! There were less tourists (still a lot, but less than summer). It wasn’t really that cold. It was a bit damp, but not too bad. I had a medium weight coat and was fine. But, we are from Chicago, so it’s a lot worse at home!
We also had enough excuses to hop into a cafe and drink a class of wine or cup of espresso. It was still Paris. 🙂