As the weather turns cooler, visitors going to in Spain in November will want to look for more cultural activities in lieu of lying on the beach. Don't expect to find iconic events such as the Tomatina Tomato Fight or Pamplona Running of the Bulls in Spain in November. What you will find, however, are some worthwhile film and jazz festivals in Madrid, Barcelona, and the outlying areas of the country.
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In Spain's capital city of Madrid, you'll have no problem finding things to do in November—or any time of year. In addition to a jazz festival and a dance festival, Madrid hosts a few film festivals in November.
Events in Madrid in November
- Madrid Jazz Festival
- Madrid Dance Festival
- Alcine Film Festival in nearby Alcala de Henares
- International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
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Barcelona comes a close second to Madrid as the best place to visit in Spain in November. Among the many events throughout the area, you can take in a film festival, a press photography exhibition, and a jazz festival.
Events in Barcelona in November
- L'alternativa Independent Film Festival
- World Press Photo Exhibit
- Voll-Damm International Jazz Festival
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Potes is a small town that is rarely on tourists' radar, but its Orujo Festival is worth checking out. Orujo is the Spanish version of Italy's grappa, a type of brandy made from the solid part of the grapes that remains after they are pressed. At the Orujo Festival, you can sample some of the potent aguardiente (firewater) and see how it is made. Potes is also close to the Picos de Europa mountain range where you can go hiking.
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Granada is an excellent place to explore any time of year and especially in November when the International Jazz Festival of Granada runs throughout the month. Started in 1980, it's one of Europe's oldest jazz festivals and has attracted top musicians such as Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Wayne Shorter, and Oscar Peterson.
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Puerto de la Cruz, Canary Islands
If you want to take in some warm weather in Spain in November, the Canary Islands are your best bet. Toward the end of November, Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife hosts the San Andres Festival where the Arrastre de Los Cacharros ("dragging of the pots and pans") takes place. It's a noisy and chaotic event accompanied by festive drinking because it also coincides with the opening of the new wines.
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