Averages for Bordeaux in November
The city of Bordeaux in France is most famous for its wine culture and storied history dating all the way back to Roman times. It also boasts a hip cosmopolitan scene near the city’s port, with nightclubs, bars, and entertainment for the younger crowd. Winter comes into the city in full force during November, with lows that drop down to 6°C (about 43°F). The average daily temperature during this time is 10°C (around 49°F), so a heavier coat or jacket is now necessary f...
Daily averages for Bordeaux
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The city of Bordeaux in France is most famous for its wine culture and storied history dating all the way back to Roman times. It also boasts a hip cosmopolitan scene near the city’s port, with nightclubs, bars, and entertainment for the younger crowd. Winter comes into the city in full force during November, with lows that drop down to 6°C (about 43°F). The average daily temperature during this time is 10°C (around 49°F), so a heavier coat or jacket is now necessary for a holiday here.
During the day, the highs get up to 13°C (about 55°F), so outdoor activities are still a possibility. You’ll want to plan ahead and schedule outside pursuits accordingly, however, as the city only gets about three hours of sunlight each day. The chance of a sunny day is around 12% and the chance of a cloudy day is 45%. Pack those long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, and trousers to stay warm.
Rainfall chances stay steady, with 80 mm falling during the month over 17 days on average. Bring along that umbrella or poncho and expect more rainy days than sunny days during your stay, with a 55% chance of a rain each day. Though rare, snow is possible this time of the year; but you probably won’t need winter gear as the chance of snow is only 1%. It’s windier too this month with a 13% chance of a windy day. Fog coming in from the Bay of Biscay is also a possibility each day with a 44% chance of a fog day.
As far as extreme temperatures go, this area in Western Europe typically stays steady and moderate. The highest recorded temperature was a warm 24°C (around 74°F) at this time. The lowest recorded temperature dropped down to far below freezing, at -6°C (about 21°F).
Where to Stay
Located in the heart of Bordeaux, Hotel Continental has 50 guest rooms and a duplex suite with private terrace. It sits in the city’s Golden Triangle area of the Grands Hommes district, affording you easy access to many attractions and historic sites. Hotel amenities include express breakfast for an extra fee, luggage room, dry cleaning, and concierge. Each room comes with a welcome tray, wardrobe, soundproofing, private bath with shower or bathtub, and work space.
The Hotel Kyriad Bordeaux Lormont gives guests affordable and comfortable rooms with easy access to many of Bordeaux’s best attractions and historical sites. During your stay, you’ll get the level of service you expect with a Kyriad hotel. In your room, you’ll enjoy comfy bedding, satellite television, and free Wi-Fi. The on-site restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and is the ideal place to grab a cocktail with friends.
With free parking and a tram station nearby, P'tit Dej-HOTEL Bordeaux Lac is a great place to call home during your November stay in Bordeaux. You can easily get to all the main attractions and have a comfortable and clean room to come back to. The 52 rooms have air conditioning, flat-screen televisions, and private bathrooms. If you’re traveling with your family, you’ll appreciate the family rooms with lots of space and extra beds.
Things to Do
The Centre of Contemporary Visual Arts is Bordeaux’s museum of contemporary arts and a great place to spend a cool November afternoon in the city. CAPC boasts an impressive collection of well over 1,000 works by nearly 200 different artists. The collection displays both conceptual and minimalist art with works from the 1960s through today. The museum offers guided tours to help first-time visitors navigate the site, as well as workshops for aspiring artists.
A World Heritage Site, Port of the Moon is the port area of Bordeaux. It’s near the Place de la Bourse and the Water Mirror and a great place to watch the boats coming into and out of the city. The area has lots of green space for you to sit down and relax. It also has an active promenade for walkers and runners. Plenty of restaurants and cafés are in the area for you to grab a bite to eat for a drink after exploring the area.
Contrasting with the beautiful Gothic architecture of the surrounding buildings, the Base Sous-Marine de Bordeaux is a behemoth gray building right on the river. It once acted as submarine base for the Germans in World War II and now you can tour the inside and learn about the military history of the area. It’s also a photographer’s dream with lots of amazing backdrops and scenery for pictures. Reservations are required to access certain parts of the building.
Eating and Drinking Out
At Lume Restaurant, you’ll be treated to high-end Italian dishes and fine wines. The small menu changes often, so you can return again and again to try something new. The menu typically includes two appetizers, three main entrées, and several dessert choices. You’ll also be treated to homemade bread as you wait for your meal. The restaurant is owned by a husband and wife team and has only 12 tables, so you’ll be guaranteed attentive service.
Part of the Chez Dupont hotel, the Chez Dupont restaurant is a cosy and quaint bistro that will tickle your taste buds. During the warmer months, head out to the large terrace and enjoy your meal as you watch the world go by. The menu includes a fish of the day, as well as a large selection of homemade desserts. You can also indulge in local Bordeaux wine and vintages from around the world, carefully chosen to complement the food.
For a sweet taste of Bordeaux, head over to La Toque Cuivree and pick up Bordeaux caneles. The caneles are fluted gourmet cakes with a soft and tender custard centre and a dark, thick caramelized crust. They are often served with fruit salad or custard. At La Toque, be sure to purchase several caneles to take home, as they are good both warm and cold. Along with caneles, you can also find other French desserts at La Toque Cuivree to indulge your sweet tooth.