Costa Blanca: November Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||6 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||47 %|
|Chance of Rain||23 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||15 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||18 %|
Averages for Costa Blanca in November
November’s traditional weather in Costa Blanca is fairly miserable, but that is if you compare it to the peaks of summer. With seven rainfall days for the month, rain is expected at some point during November. The amount of sunshine hours has now dropped to six per day and the sea temperatures are now just 18 degrees Celsius. On the upside, peak high temperatures still might reach the 20 degrees Celsius mark.
Things to do
The port of Valencia used to be the famous setting for the prestigious Americas Cup; the world cup of sailing. In Costa Blanca, the Volvo Ocean Race Museum offers a greater insight into a sport that is often well down on the scale of high-profile worldwide sporting activity. The museum itself has a modern centurion feel to it, and some of sailing’s finest characters are profiled in some interesting exhibits.
In the region of Alicante, Santa Barbara Castle is a historic castle and a unique journey back through time. The castle was first built back in the 10th century, so this attraction embraces history through the ages. There are hidden tunnels, stone passages and a real dungeon.
Dates for the diary
One of Costa Blanca’s oldest events on the calendar is the Fire de Tots Saints. This celebrates and remembers all the saints of Costa Blanca on the first day of the month since 1346, and is a popular fair that sells all kinds of local produce.
A week later, the 2013 Benidorm Fiesta takes place. Although the programme of events is yet to be fully finalised, the event traditionally starts with the switching on of the fiesta lights on Martinez Alejos Street. Other events expected to feature include brass bands performing, firecrackers making their mark at the Plaza del Castillo, firework displays and concerts. The fiesta often lasts for a week, although there is a huge fancy dress party that regularly takes place a day later in the new part of Benidorm.
Hit the beach
One of the best beaches in Europe is La Mata beach in Torrevieja. There is plenty of beach bars along the promenade serving a range of local and European food and drinks. It looks even prettier come nightfall when the lights from the bars light beach up. La Mata gets very crowded in the summer, so visiting now will ensure a more peaceful experience.
Platja del Portet in Moraira is also well worth a visit. Sheltered and with plenty of shade, this beach is a lovely family-friendly beach with fine golden sand and clear water.
Restaurante Indonesia in El Albir is authentic and Indonesian cuisine isn’t always easy to track down. Open from breakfast onwards, El Abir is a decent place for a spot of tasty lunch and or a delicious dinner. The owner cooks all the meals herself having lived in Indonesia throughout her childhood, so the food here is the real deal.
If you want to stick somewhere with European feel and flavour, try De Bassus in Orihuela. The restaurant is a little bit of Germany in Costa Blanca, with the restaurant staff wearing classic Bavarian costumes, 12 selections of sausage dishes and a Bavarian Specials menu. Brushing up on German language skills might win you brownie points!
Alicante’s Tablao Zambra is one of the prime locations for night goers who want a real taste of Andalucía. There is a lot of talent on show, from musicians to dancers.
Or come to the Jalousie Cocktail Bar in Javea where all kinds of cocktail are made. From local Valencia flavours, to Italian sparkle and spicy Colombian ingredients, mix and match here to try and find the best cocktail of a visitors’ life.
Where to stay
Alicante has a couple of brilliant hotels to stay in at this time of year. The Apartamentos El Palmeral de Madaria is good value for money, with superb public transport links nearby and the centre of Alicante only a heartbeat away. Set in an exotic palm garden, a rooftop sun terrace and an outdoor poor with hydro massage facilities are a couple of the unique selling points, along with several golf courses located nearby. Hotel Sidi San Juan, located in the Playa de San Juan district, is also not too far away from the golf courses.
Hotel Los Angeles in Benidorm is positioned away from the nightlife entertainment – so good if you want a bit of peace and quiet - and is a good choice for those sticking to a strict budget. The rooms in this two-star location are of very good quality, and it is popular with both locals and tourists who just want a low-key rather than high octane stay in Benidorm.
Denia has a good range of private villas. The Villa Juan is among the best. Only footsteps away from the beach, this place is ideal if the main goal for your holiday is close proximity to the beach. Plus, Denia town is just 10 minutes away via car.
The location of Servigroup La Zenia in Orihuela is also excellent. The weather is still warm in November, and there are plenty of indoor activities in the area to enjoy if the sun doesn’t shine. Plus, this hotel has on-site climbing apparatus to keep little ones amused, and the staff are praised by previous guests as being among the friendliest in the Orihuela region.