Holidays 2018: Where is best to go on holiday in November? Belfast, Krakow & Lanzarote all look good
Where is best to go on holiday in November? Reigo Eljas, Country Director for lastminute.com, advises travellers to try Belfast, Lanzarote and Krakow for a trip and great last minute deal.
One of the coolest cities in the United Kingdom, it’s well worth a quick trip across the Irish Sea to Belfast, Northern ireland. It’s seen a huge boom in tourism, thanks to a very famous fantasy TV series and the work they’ve done to commemorate one of the most iconic ships in history – the Titanic.
There’s loads to see in the city itself, but you really must head out into the countryside to see some of the best scenery in the country. The flight time is from as little as one hour to an one and a half, depending where you are in the UK, s take a quick city break and here’s what we think you should do in Northern Island’s capital.
Where is best to go on holiday in November? Last minute deals to Lanzarote, Belfast and Krakow
What to see and do
This is a seafaring city (and once the location of the largest shipyards in the world) and you have to visit Titanic Belfast. It really is a fantastic museum where you can find out everything you need to know about the doomed ship.
Much of Game of Thrones was filmed near Belfast, and its the backdrop for scenes featuring Winterfell and the Iron Islands among others – there’s loads of tours to the key locations. The spectacular Giant’s Causeway on the North Atlantic Coast is just an hours drive away from Belfast (you can also visit it as part of the GOT tours).
Probably one of the most famous pubs is The Crown Bar – it’s got snugs to hole up in and ornate stained glass and tiles – so take pictures with your pints. Also take a stroll down The Entries, these mazy alleys are in one of the oldest parts of the city and there are loads of good pubs to pop into.
Christmas is just around the corner and at Belfast City Hall you’ll find a rather good Christmas Market (from November 17). You’ll find all the usual festive fare – and the warming Glühwein – here, along with some live music.
What to eat
Get your first morning off to the best possible start with the famous Ulster Fry. You’ll get the usual cooked breakfast but with a local twist – they add potato and soda bread to the sausages, eggs and bacon.
It’s going to be on the chilly side so have your Irish stew along with Champ – this is mashed potatoes with milk, butter and spring onions for extra flavour.
You can find the best of Belfast at St George’s Market. Dating back to 1896, this covered market has extra food stalls on a Friday and Saturday, Oh and it’s covered if the weather lets you down.
If you have a sweet tooth then Fifteens will send you to heaven. It’s ridiculous.These sticky cakes are packed with marshmallows, glace cherries and biscuits – glued together with condensed milk and then rolled in coconut. You’ve been warned. There’s also loads of food and drink tours in the city, if you want help getting to grips with the local culinary scene.
4* Radisson Blu Hotel Belfast, 2 nights, departing 17th November from London Stansted from £159pp
3* Hampton by Hilton Belfast City Centre – breakfast included, 2 nights, departing 17th November from London Stansted from £99pp
4* Malmaison Belfast, 2 nights, departing 27th November from Manchester from £129pp
5* Hilton Belfast, 2 nights, departing 27th November from Edinburgh from £149pp
Holidays 2018: Belfast is one of the coolest cities in the UK right now
There’s no disputing that Krakow, Poland is cool. If you want to relax ahead of the manic festive season, then this is the place to go and chill out in. It’s not going to be too warm, around 6-8 degrees, so pack plenty of layers as you’ll want to be outdoors.
Krakow has a really well preserved old town which will have your camera working overtime. And If you visit at the tail end of the month you’ll also be there for the start of the Christmas market season. But this city is great if you want to potter about like the locals, or be really touristy and see the sights.
What to see and do
Most of Krakow’s historic spots are walkable and you can start your trip with a stroll through Planty Park. The park surrounds the Old Town and should be leafy and lovely this time of the year. Follow its path toward the Wawel Hill with a majestic royal castle and cathedral close to Vistula river. If you want some amazing Instagram shots, then take a picture on the colourful Tatrzanska stairs or get one with nature at Pilsudski’s Mound .
There’s loads to be discovered under the main square, including cellar bars like Piwnica pod Baranami (the cellar under the rams) as well as a quirky museum – Rynek Underground. Visit the neighbourhood of Kazimierz, the Jewish quarter has lots of cafes and galleries to relax in.
Of course it is totally touristy but you have to visit the UNESCO listed, Wieliczka Salt Mine on a day trip. If no one’s watching you can even lick the walls. And for something a little different, check out the Rakowicki cemetery where famous Poles are buried like Grechuta (a singer) and Matejko (a painter).
Holidays 2018: Krakow in Poland has a beautifully preserved old town
What to eat
For a proper Polish street food experience you must try “zapiekanka” at the Kazimierz square. The wait is ages but it’s worth it for this epic open sandwich of mushrooms and melted cheese. Also grab an obwarzanek (Polish kind of bagel) on your way through the Old Town. They’re sold from blue and white carts.
While the Kuchnia U Babci Maliny restaurant might seem a little touristy, it’s great for traditional Polish cuisine. There are also numerous milk bars – “Bar Mleczny” – which is the Polish equivalent of a cafeteria. They do great cooking like your grandmother would make and they’re very cheap.
You’ll find some brilliant Polish food at the Restauracja pod Baranem – start with the classics – pierogi ruskie, beetroot soup or the somewhat extravagant duck with apple/cinnamon sauce. If you’ve fallen in love with pierogi (Polish dumplings) by now then go to Pierozki u Vincenta – the cottage cheese dumpling with walnuts filling will steal your heart.
The Wodka Cafe Bar has one hundred good reasons to visit, each vodka has a different flavour. Sample apple tatanka or hazelnut shots.
4* Hilton Garden Inn Krakow (weekend stay), 2 nights, departing 8th December from London Stansted, from £129pp
3* Salve Apartments – breakfast included, 2 nights, departing 3rd December from London Stansted, from £99pp
3* Aparthotel Maly Krakow, 2 nights, departing 21st January from London Stansted, from £89pp
It might have been a super hot summer, but with the temperatures taking a downward dip, a winter sun holiday probably sounds pretty good. And Lanzarote, just off the west coast of Africa, delivers this in spades in November. The average temperature is around 24 degrees and the water is warm as well – around 21 degrees – so you’ll have to dig out the suncream again.
What to see and do
With weather this warm you should start at the beach – and Playa Blanca on the south of the island is a great beach resort to visit. You can laze on the beach and then enjoy the scores of cafes bars and restaurants in the vicinity.
It’s also super close to the fantastic Timanfaya National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a day trip (or even longer) and marvel at the barren landscapes of the lava fields – the residual benefit of long ago volcanic eruptions. You can walk around or take a camel ride here.
On the north west side of the island, try something different and go to the dramatic beach at Famara. You can get surfing and windsurfing lessons here. There’s also some big cliffs overlooking the beach so you’ll see hang gliders – and you can even book a lesson if you’re feeling brave.
Over on the north east you’ll find the Instagram heaven of the Cueva de los Verdes. Once home to pirates you can now take a guided tour around these cool caves. Don’t forget to book a boat trip – the catamaran tours are a great way to see some different beaches and they’ll take you to some great snorkelling sites.
Holidays 2018: Stunning beaches & delicious food make Lanzarote a top winter sun destination
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What to eat
The food here is, as you’d expect, very Spanish-influenced but with a local twist. You can of course enjoy the usual tapas at loads of bars and restaurants on the island – hopping from one place to another over the course of an evening.
The seafood here is famous of course and you can get all the usual tuna, sea bass and lobster. But why not try limpets – or lapas as they call them. They pan fry them here and they’re a real local delicacy. Team them with some wrinkly potatoes. These are called Papas Arrugadas and are the local speciality teamed with mojo sauce (you can also dip your limpets in these) – the mojo picon is a bit more spicy while the mojo verde is made with either parsley or coriander (the first is red and the latter green).
You’ve probably seen some goats if you’ve been into the countryside – and there are many excellent variations of goats cheese to try.
4* Occidental Lanzarote Mar, flights and 7 nights, half board departing 10th November, from £519pp
3* THB Flora, flights and 7 nights, bed & breakfast departing 17th November, from £479pp
3* Blue Sea Costa Teguise Gardens, flights and 7 nights, bed & breakfast departing 17th November, from £389pp
4* THB Tropical Island, flights and 7 nights, room only departing 24th November, from £429pp
Source : EXPRESS