Weather Averages for Barcelona in November
Averages for Barcelona in November
Barcelona in November quietens down a lot compared to the preceding months.
The average daytime temperatures generally hover around 17°C (that is about 62°F), whereas the average minimum temperatures drop down to 8°C (that is about 46°F.)
The cold season in Barcelona officially lasts from November 20th until March 23rd with daily averages around 16°C. The month of November is also essentially characterised by falling daily temperatures with average highs decreasing from around 19°C to 15°C from the start to the end of the month.
Since the temperatures have dropped it can get too cold for sunbathing and beach visits, so if that is what you are looking for during your holiday, November may not be the best month for you to visit the city.
Furthermore, the length of day is starting to decrease in November too. From the start to the end of the month, the length of day decreases by approximately 58 minutes. The shortest day of the month is actually November 30th with 9:25 hours of daylight, while the longest day is November 1st with 10:24 hours of daylight. The average amount of sunshine expected per day in Barcelona in November is seven hours – that’s one hour less compared to October which receives on average eight hours of sunshine per day.
Moreover, there are fair chances of rain or cloudy overcast days. The chances of rainfall are high on nine days throughout the month of November. The average monthly precipitation is around 70mm.
The probability of precipitation in Barcelona varies throughout the month. On average, precipitation is most likely around November 3rd at 34%, while precipitation is least likely towards the end of the month, around November 29th at 29%. Throughout this month, the most common forms of precipitation are moderate rain, thunderstorms, light rain and drizzle. If you are wary whether your trip will be ruined by the rain, September may be a better option as it is still positively warm at this time of year and rainfall is a lot lower, at about 40mm.
The median cloud cover is generally low at this time of year, staying around a partly cloudy 41%, so you are guaranteed relatively clear skies if you choose to stay in Barcelona during November.
Throughout November the relative humidity typically fluctuates between a l humid 55% and a very humid 92%, rarely dropping below a comfortable 41% or reaching as high as 100%. On average, the air is driest around November 25th, at which time the relative humidity drops below a mildly humid 64% three days out of four, while the air is usually most humid around November 1st, where humidity levels can rise above a very humid 88% three days out of four.
During November typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to a moderate breeze of 15 mph, rarely exceeding 20 mph. The highest average wind speed of 8 mph usually occurs around November 30th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is also 15 mph. At this time of year the wind is most often coming from the north, followed by the south west.
The average temperature of the sea in Barcelona has also dropped, to a considerably chillier 18°C. If this is too cold for you, August may be a better option as the sea temperature can reach a staggering 26°C.
There are no expectations of fog or snow during this month, so you do not have to worry about the weather taking a turn for the worse if you visit the country in November.
Warmer clothes and some protection from the rain will be necessary, though.
During this time, outdoor activities and Barcelona's cultural attractions can still be enjoyed, outside of the extreme heat experienced in other months.
- Downtown Barcelona in November
- All Saints Day
Things to do
Ciutat Vella also known as the “Old City” is one of the most fascinating areas of Barcelona. Ciutat Vella is steeped in history and offers a number of interesting sights to explore including Gothic mansions, historic churches, narrow winding streets, bars, restaurants and much more. In the center you will also find the famous Placa del Rei, which is reputably the exact spot where King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella welcomed Christopher Columbus after his voyage to America.
Parc del Laberint d’Horta is Barcelona’s oldest public garden found in the Horta-Guinardo district. This historical garden is actually situated in the former estate of the Desvalls family and compromises of an 18th century neoclassical garden and a 19th century romantic garden. The garden features various waterfalls, sculptures, well kept flower beds and even a maze!
CosmoCaixa is one of the most popular and interesting museums in the whole of Barcelona. Formerly known as the Science Museum of Barcelona, this place now features a number of permanent exhibitions that include a Planetarium, the “Flooded Forest and the “Geological Wall.”
Casa Batllo is one of three distinctive houses designed by the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. Renowned for its intricate and unique design this is one of Gaudi’s finest masterpieces. The building cleverly evokes the creativity of Gaudi’s work through irregular oval windows; broken ceramic tiles and carefully sculpted stonework.
- Ciutat Vella, Barcelona
Where to eat & drink
Les Quinze Nits is party of a chain of restaurants found throughout Barcelona and around Spain. These elegant set of restaurants offer a varied menu, mainly serving Mediterranean cuisine; they also are all surprisingly cheap, which is great if you are visiting Barcelona on a budget.
However, if you are looking for a more authentic Spanish dining atmosphere you should definitely try Bar Celta. This fun tapas bar specializes in delicious Galician food and wine. They also offer all the traditional tapas you could possibly wish for including classic patatas bravas and mouthwatering calamari.
Hip-hop and R&B fans will love Club Catwalk located near to Barceloneta Beach. This large club offers two spacious floors with designated VIP areas. Downstairs is where you will find the dance floor with seating areas and a number of bars, whilst upstairs is where you will find a large lounge area with DJs pumping out the best urban tracks.
Ker Club is situated between Estacion de Sants and Plaza Espana and is renowned across the city for its underground electronic music scene. The club consists of two areas; Ker Club main room, where both house and techno are played and Ker Bar which is a lounge cocktail bar, which plays soul, funk and disco music.
Hit the beach
October may be a bit too cold for some to continue sunbathing on the beaches, however, you are still guaranteed a few warm, sunny days during this month. Many of the beach bars also stay open during this month and do not close until October 20th.
Barceloneta Beach is the most popular beach in the city and is where you will find many restaurants, bars, cafes and nightclubs. The beach offers a number of amenities including public toilets, changing rooms, sports facilities and even Wi-Fi!
Sant Sebastia is another popular beach located right next to the city center. Given its ideal location, it is extremely popular with both tourists and locals so can get very crowded when the weather is warm, although during October it does tend to be a lot quieter.
On the other hand, if you want more of a peaceful setting you should spend the morning or afternoon at Bogatell Beach. This stunning beach is close to the Port Olympic and there are a number of great restaurants along the promenade.
Furthermore, Mar Bella was constructed during the redevelopment of the city’s coastline for the 1992 Olympics. There are a number of beautiful gardens and benches for picnicking along the backdrop of this beach, there is even a nudist area too.
- Typical beach in Barcelona
Where to stay
Violeta Boutique is a modern and comfortable two-star boutique guesthouse located in the Eixample district and is just 300m away from Plaza Catalunya. Set in a carefully restored 19th century building, the rooms at this place include free Wi-Fi, city views, a plasma TV and a spacious ensuite bathroom.
The three-star Catalonia Avinyo boasts a central location in Ciutat Vella and is just 200m away from Las Ramblas. The hotel features a rooftop pool, hot tub and gym. All rooms also come with air-conditioning, satellite TVs and free Wi-Fi.
Another hotel worth looking into is the three-star Europark in L’Eixample. Set just 600m away from Barcelona’s Passeig de Gracia, this hotel is within close proximity to many of the city’s major attractions. The hotel also offers a café-bar and breakfast room which serves a delicious and varied buffet breakfast everyday.
If you’re planning a romantic retreat to Barcelona or want to stay at a luxurious hotel, Barcelona Centre may be just what you are looking for. This five-star hotel offers a traditional Spanish restaurant, bar, sun terrace and all rooms come with air-conditioning. Guests also have free access to the sauna, small gym and rooftop hot tub.
- Las Ramblas
November events in Barcelona
1st November 2014 to 3rd November 2014
An annual event since 1990, this exhibition focuses on culture, music, art, gaming, and digital creativity. There will be conferences, workshops, interactive exhibits, and live performances.
All Saints Day
1st November 2014
All Saints Day honors all of the Catholic saints and martyrs. There are church services and families attend cemeteries to light candles and lay flowers on the graves of their loved ones.
International Environmental Film Festival
6th November 2014 to 13th November 2014
The International Environmental Film Festival, begun in 1993, is held in November of each year. Its mission is to promote awareness of environmental issues, problems and solutions. There are two competitions with cash prizes: best documentary and best short film.
MIRA Music & Visual Arts Festival
6th November 2014 to 15th November 2014
The MIRA Festival is a feast for the eyes and the ears. It focuses on blending live music with the visual arts, including video. It is considered one of the most innovative independent musical festivals in the world.
Lady Gaga 's artRAVE: The ARTPOP ball
8th November 2014
This is part of the fourth world concert tour by pop sensation Lady Gaga. The name of the concert is in reference to her album Artpop, released in 2013.
91st Jean Bouin Race
23rd November 2014
One of the oldest and prestigious races in Barcelona, named after French Olympic athlete Jean Bouin. He died in action during WWI. This race, run in the streets of Barcelona, attracts more than 15,000 participants. There are two races: a 10 km and a 5 km.