Weather Averages for Costa Brava in November
Averages for Costa Brava in November
The weather continues to get colder in the Costa Brava, Spain in November, when the autumn season is well under way. At this time of year, the average temperature for the area begins at 13.5°C on November 1st and gradually falls until it reaches 9°C by November 30th. Daily highs and daily lows change in the same way, falling from 19°C to 14°C and from 8°C to 4°C, respectively, as the month progresses.
With temperatures and cold as this, you’ll need to bring plenty of warm clothing – such as trousers, jeans, jumpers and coats – to ensure you stay comfortable whilst on holiday. Although November falls toward the end of the autumn season in the Costa Brava, it might be worth bringing some beachwear and swimming gear, just in case the temperatures are warmer than expected.
Even though it only happens every now and then, temperatures can sometimes rise above 22°C and fall below -2°C in the Costa Brava in November. The hottest November day ever recorded at the weather station in the Girona airport – the best weather station for info on the Costa Brava – is November 9th 1985 when temperatures up to 30°C were recorded. At the other end of the scale the coldest November day ever registered here is November 30th 1978 when temperatures as low as -7°C were recorded.
During this month, Costa Brava receives an average of 56mm (2 inches) of rainfall which is divided between nine rainy days. With rainfall occurring on more than ¼ of the month, there is quite a good chance you’ll get some precipitation during your holiday, so be prepared and bring some waterproof clothing or an umbrella with you if you don’t want to get wet.
The highest monthly precipitation which has ever been recorded at the airport in Girona in November is 306.9 l/m2, which was registered in 1989. The maximum number of rainy days registered here in November is 19, which happened in 1993 and the maximum amount of precipitation ever to fall within a single day in November is 131.1 l/m2, all of which fell on November 16th 1989.
The likelihood of precipitation falling on any given day in the Costa Brava in November steadily decreases as the month develops. Rainfall is most likely to occur around November 3rd when it falls on 33% of days, whilst rainfall is least likely to occur around November 30th when it falls on 28% of days. The most common types of precipitation you can expect to experience during your holiday in November are moderate rain, drizzle, light rain and thunderstorms.
Throughout November, the Costa Brava boasts an average of eight hours of sunshine each day – that’s the same as in September. With so many hours of sunshine to enjoy every day, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore the local attractions and work on your tan by the pool or at the beach if it’s warm enough.
At this time of year, the average sea water temperature for the beaches in the Costa Brava is 18°C – that’s 4°C cooler than in October. Everyone feels water temperature differently, so whilst some people might find this the perfect refreshing temperature for enjoying a swim, others might find it too cold to enjoy a dip.
Across November, the length of the day in the Costa Brava is gradually decreasing, with a difference of 59 minutes between the beginning and the end of the month. November 1st is the longest day of the month with 10:22 hours of daylight, whilst November 30th is the shortest day of the month with 9:23 hours of daylight.
During November, the relative humidity for the region fluctuates between 55% (mildly humid) and 98% (very humid) rarely dropping below 37% (comfortable) or reaching 100%. On average, the most humid day of the month is November 29th, when the average daily humidity rises above 97% three days out of every four. At the other end of the scale, the driest day of the month is November 1st when the average humidity falls below 64% three days out of every four.
In November, the average wind speeds in the Costa Brava fluctuate between 0 m/s (calm) and 4 m/s (gentle breeze) rarely rising above 8 m/s (fresh breeze). The highest average wind speed of 2 m/s (light breeze) happens around November 5th, when the average daily maximum is 4 m/s. On the other hand, the lowest average wind speed of 1 m/s (light air) happens around November 26th, when the average daily maximum is 4 m/s.
La Platja de la Boadella in Costa Brava, Spain taken by Jaume
Things to do
With the cool weather and overcast days, November is one of the best months of the year to visit Arbreaventura. Based in Lloret de Mar, this adventure park is made up of various different obstacle courses which feature wooden platforms, zip lines, balancing logs, suspension bridges and networks of connecting trees. The routes are categorised by difficulty and with some routes being suitable for children as young as three years old, everyone can enjoy a fun day out. In addition to the courses, you’ll also find various picnic areas, mini golf and a children’s play park within Arbreaventura.
If Abreaventura sounds like a bit too much for you, but you still want to enjoy some light exercise, consider taking a walk to Can Comadran. Situated in Lloret de Mar, this fort is located on the coast and can be reached by a relaxing beachside walk which is suitable for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy. During the walk, you’ll have the chance to see all sorts of things, including the local marine life, various birds, pine trees, flowers, rock formations and cobbled stair cases, making it a great walk for nature lovers. Despite the fort not being much to look at, the walk to reach it is so enjoyable on its own that it’s worth doing.
For something a bit more chilled out, check out the Convent in Blanes. A popular place to get married, this beautiful convent was built in 1583 and has since been preserved as a building of cultural interest. Although the convent is usually used to hold important events, such as business meetings and music festivals, it’s a wonderful place to enjoy a leisurely stroll, especially on a clear day when you’ll be able to enjoy the views. Make sure you take your camera with you because there will be photo opportunities everywhere you turn.
Sea view in Costa Brava, Spain taken by sanfamedia
Where to stay
When it comes to family-friendly accommodation in the Costa Brava, it’s tough to beat Hotel Helios Lloret de Mar. Based in Lloret de Mar, this hotel provides accommodation in the form of single, double and triple rooms, providing something for all group sizes. Guests are encouraged to take full advantage of the services and facilities available onsite, which include swimming pool, solarium, bar, restaurant, free WiFi access, parking and 24-hour reception.
If you’d rather stay in Tossa de Mar, check out SM Hotels Turissa. This hotel provides budget accommodation in the form of 27 rooms, each of which comes with air conditioning as well as heating. There is a handful of services and amenities available onsite, including 24-hour reception, café, swimming pool, solarium, WiFi access and a buffet breakfast is included in the price of your booking.
For something a bit more luxurious, check out H TOP Royal Star. This four-star hotel is found in Lloret de Mar and provides visitors with a choice of twin, double, triple and family rooms, guaranteeing something for all group sizes. There are loads of facilities and services available to enjoy within the hotel’s grounds, including swimming pool, garden, terrace, children’s playground, bar, restaurant and internet access.
Sand Dunes in Costa Brava, Spain taken by Albert
November events in Costa Brava
5th November 2014 to 30th November 2014
The Ratafia Festival is celebrated in Besalú and Santa Coloma de Farners in honour of Ratafia – a herb liqueur which is made throughout the Costa Brava. During the foodie festival you’ll have the chance to sample several variations of the liqueur, buy your favourites, take part in competitions and sample dishes which are made with Ratafia.
14th November 2014 to 27th November 2014
Several Shrine Festivals (Romeries) take place during the second fortnight of November in Baix Empordà. These traditional Catalonian festivals offer music concerts, dancing, street performances and plenty of opportunities to sample the local food and drinks.