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Weather Averages for Costa del Sol in November
Averages for Costa del Sol in November
The winter season has struck the Costa del Sol, and November’s weather forecast is nothing to write home about. The outlook will see low temperatures drop down to just 10 degrees, although a sunny day can still attract highs of 18 degrees Celsius, 64 in Fahrenheit. At a staggering 115mm, November sees the most amount of rainfall for a calendar year in the Costa del Sol. Sudden rain showers become a common place at this time of year and the weather is best described as unpredictable. It may be sunny but there are plenty of rainy and windy days, too.
The south winds start to blow and can sometimes carry sand from the Sahara desert. This sand covers the sky of Crete and this meteorological phenomenon creates very unusual weather indeed. In April 2005, strong southerly winds combined with a sand storm in the Sahara desert in Africa, carried a large amount of sand and a reddish cloud over the whole of Greece, including Crete.
Dates for the diary
In early November, the Fiesta del Toston is held. This is a religious festival that is held in Marbella, and involves All Saints’ Day celebrations, together with chestnut roasting, all-night parties and overnight camping.
Things to do
The Casa Natal de Picasso museum – as you’d expect - is all about the great Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. His life is celebrated throughout the museum, and is a must for art lovers. The exhibition covers two floors of all of his early sketches, plus sculptures and other priceless family memorabilia. It became the headquarters of the Pablo Ruiz Picasso Foundation back in 1991, and it was Malaga where Picasso began to paint.
Another top attraction – and in support of a very worthy cause - is the Nerja Donkey Sanctuary in Nerja. It is free to get in and you’ll see various animals, not just donkeys and horses. Without the help of holidaymakers’ support the charity couldn’t run this sanctuary, so a small donation wouldn’t hurt in return for meeting sanctuary’s friendly animals. A great family day out, prepare to have your hearts well and truly warmed – and pleading requests for a pet donkey!
Hit the beach
Nerja’s Papagayo Beach is a great place to swim and is easy to access. It can get overcrowded from time to time, but if you go out of season, it’s a pleasant and attractive beach. There is a good quality beach restaurant to try, but it does close this month, so eat here before they shut up the establishment for the year. This beach offers sun loungers and parasols, oh and lots of friendly cats…
Funny Beach in Marbella is a great place for a family with young kids to set-up base for the day. Trampolines, go-karts, great snack bars and boats are among the various attractions on offer, but be prepared to queue at busy periods. Note: you have to pay for parking.
Where to eat & drink
The premier Mexican restaurant in the Costa del Sol is located in Fuengirola, and is called El Paso (of course). The Mexican fajita is understandably the most common dish, and there is a wide selection of Mexican tequilas or beers to wash it down with. This place is so popular, it has two dining rooms. Enjoy a lively atmosphere, friendly service and hearty well-priced portions. Salud!
The El Jardin restaurant in Malaga is set in a 19th century building and serves some of the finest Spanish food around – especially the paella. Open all day, other popular dishes include Iberian hams, tapas with pescaito frito and oven-roasted chicken. The restaurant benefits from a prime location with a lovely view of a stunning garden and the cathedral. Good value and excellent service, too.
O’Neill’s Irish Pub in Malaga has Irish music playing on a regular basis, and more importantly, draught Guinness is served on tap. A friendly, lively pub O’Neill’s is popular with a mixed crowd but especially Brits missing a pint of the black stuff.
Buddy’s Bar provides a similar type of atmosphere in Benalmadena. The drinks prices are wallet friendly and the pictures and various memorabilia across the walls make an interesting conversation starter. A nice laid-back bar ideal for sinking a few bevvies and meeting up with holiday buddies.
Where to stay
Situated in the bustling shopping centre of Torremolinos, Gran Hotel Cervantes is within 900 metres from the nearest beach meaning great sea views are guaranteed. Dining options include an informal café and a stylish restaurant, with the guestrooms having all the modern amenities expected for a well equipped and comfy hotel room, including spacious terraces or balconies.
La Villa Marbella within 10 minutes of the Marbella Orange Square, along with countless bars and restaurants, and the nearest Marbella beach, offers rooms equipped to an excellent standard and great service. Guests can expect air conditioning, fans, TV’s and mini-bars. It has been fully refurbished, with high quality and comfort in mind.
Barceló Malaga is a good high quality pick, especially for those mixing business with pleasure. All the guestrooms have complimentary Wi-Fi and excellent amenities. Within walking distance of the Malaga Amphitheatre, Barceló Malaga also features a sauna and two high-class restaurants.
Looking for a November bargain? Then look no further than Hotel Al-Andalus in Torrox. Good basic clean and comfy rooms at great rates - with friendly, attentive service to boot. Breakfast is available until 11am, so good for late risers, and the hotel benefits from some beautiful surroundings.
The Jolly Pirate in Benalmadena caters brilliantly for families with young children. This guesthouse has a play area for little ones to enjoy, a reasonably priced menu, and spacious rooms along with English TV channels. You might not miss your favourite soap after all…