November in Spain: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

A cable car running up Montjuïc hill in Barcelona
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The weather in Spain turns cooler in November, and you won't find a packed event calendar like you would during the summer months. But just because you can't go running with the bulls in Pamplona doesn't mean that November isn't a great time to visit Spain. Spain's larger cities host unique jazz, film, and arts festivals throughout November, while elsewhere you can celebrate everything from orujo, Spain's equivalent to grappa, and the country's new wines.

 

Spain Weather in November

The weather throughout Spain can vary in November. Madrid tends to be quite chilly, so if you're spending time in the capital, pack accordingly. The average maximum temperature in Madrid in November is 57 F /14 C, and the average minimum temperature is 39 F / 4 C. Madrid may be one of the driest cities in Spain, but that doesn't mean you won't get some rain in November.

Meanwhile, temperatures in Barcelona in November tend to be cool but not cold. You'll experience a fair number of sunny days, though don't be surprised by some overcast ones, as well. Don't plan on swimming in the sea, however, or sunbathing on Barcelona's beaches. The average high temperature in Barcelona in November is 63 F /17 C, and the average low temperature is 46 F / 8 C. 

If you're seeking winter sunshine, you'll be pleased to know that Andalusia, the southernmost region of Spain, is the one area where it may be possible to sunbathe in November—but there's no guarantee you'll come away bronzed because the weather in this part of the country varies considerably.

The popular city of Seville tends to be the hottest city in Andalusia but cools down considerably in November. Daytime temperatures average in the mid-60s F / 20 C, and nighttime temps average 50 F / 10 C. Rain falls on about seven days during the month, and heavy showers are possible.

The average maximum temperature in Malaga in November is 66 F / 19 C, and the average minimum temperature is 5 F /11 C, but it can be the wettest month with heavy showers on about seven days of the month.

Still, you can expect quite a bit of sunshine during November even if the sea in this coastal town is a bit cool for swimming.

The weather in November in the Basque Country and surrounding regions in the North of Spain can be unpredictable. Rain and cold weather is common, but it's possible to experience some warm and sunny weather on the coast, such as in San Sebastian. The average maximum temperature in Bilbao in November is 63 F / 17 C, and the average minimum temperature is 48 F / 9 C. 

Galicia, in northwest Spain, is by far the country's wettest region, so you should expect rain here in November. But while it will be wet, it shouldn't be too cold. The average maximum temperature in Santiago de Compostela in November is 60 F / 16 C, and the average minimum temperature is 51 F / 11 C.

What to Pack

First, comfortable footwear is a must for Spain, regardless of the season. Like most European cities, you'll likely be doing quite a bit of walking. In the late fall, when the weather can be wet or unpredictable, boots are a good choice.

If you're traveling to various climates throughout the country, pack in layers. Plan on bringing cozy items, like flannel shirts, knit sweaters, and sturdy pants, like jeans.

Don't forget winter accessories, including a chunky scarf or knit hat. It's unlikely that you'll need a truly heavy winter coat in November in Spain, so instead opt for a lightweight down jacket or a warm vest.

Remember: If you're visiting Galicia, expect rain and pack accordingly! You'll need an umbrella, raincoat, and waterproof shoes for sure.

November Events in Spain

Although you won't find a huge, jam-packed events calendar in November in Spain, there are still plenty of festive events—many celebrating the country's various wines and liquors. Additionally, music and film lovers will relish in November's many festivals.

  • November 1 is All Saints Day, a public holiday in Spain. Many shops and services will be closed on this day. 
  • International Sherry Week is typically held in early November. This global celebration honors the delightful fortified wine that was invented in Jerez. During this weeklong event, you'll find sherry served in public and private events in tabancos, hotels, bars, restaurants, universities, wine clubs, and bodegas. 

November Travel Tips

  • Many shops, cafés, and other establishments close each afternoon for siesta, so plan your afternoon activities accordingly.
  • While Spain is quite safe, you'll want to watch your belongings closely in the major cities to make sure you don't fall for a common scam or get pickpocketed. 
  • Carry small amounts of cash, especially for use at small cafes and other establishments that may not accept credit cards or have minimums.

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