Weather Averages for Crete in November
Averages for Crete in November
With winter just around the corner, Crete greets one of the cloudiest months of the year - November. During this month, cloudy skies are an almost daily phenomenon which, thankfully, does not always translate into rain.
In November, average daytime temperature drops down to 17 degrees Celsius while daytime high peaks reach up to 21 and night time lows can drop as low as 13 degrees. The sea gradually becomes colder as winter comes closer and during November seawater temperature floats around 20 degrees; not too cold but not too warm either.
The numerous clouds above the Cretan sky during November result in only 3 hours of daily sunshine and even though the clouds are rarely heavy, they do subtract some of the island’s sunny disposition. Rain is expected on 8 days of the month and rainfall is even more than it were during October, amounting to 69 mm of total precipitation for the month of November.
Towards the end of November, there is usually a sharp drop in temperature that ushers in the Cretan winter. This drop is mostly due to winds that now bring cold from the mountains of Crete to the coasts but also thanks to chilly winds blowing from the Greek mainland.
Dates for the diary
At the end of October or beginning of November look out for the Chestnut festivity in Prases and Elos. These two villages produce the finest Cretan chestnuts and over the course of several days this festival celebrates the chestnut through a host of different activities, including outdoors fiestas, communal cook ups and free tsikoudia drinks.
The Tsikoudia festivities also take place during November in several locations across Crete including Neoria - Chania, Loutraki Kidonias, Kandano and at the Lake of Platanias. Tsikoudia is the traditional Cretan alcoholic beverage, it’s crystal-clear and very strong, produced by twice (sometimes thrice) distilled wine and is much loved by locals and tourists alike. During the festivities, locals brew tsikoudia and share it freely with anyone attending. Bottoms up…
Things to do
Zoraïda's horse riding is the most popular riding school in Crete. Zoraida’s offers riding lessons and organises fun-packed hacks across Crete’s less explored landscapes. The horses are all well trained and are even happy to enter the sea; a fantastic and highly memorable experience. The hacks traverse verdant rolling hills, rustic goat-tracks, shady olive groves, sunny beaches, and other beautiful locations.
The Crete golf club is the only 18-hole course on the whole island and is a must for golf fans. This championship course has a unique mountain style layout and presents interesting challenges to golfers of all skill levels. The CGC is considered one of the most important tracks in the Mediterranean. You can explore it via their official interactive virtual tour.
Hit the beach
The four beaches of Agia Galini in Rethymnon represent some of the most popular coastal sights that Crete has to offer. Paximadia, Kolympistri and Lihnistis beaches sport pebbles and dark sand and are fairly secluded. The beach of Agia Galini is a well-known blue-flag beach, which offers all kind of good amenities, including disabled facilities, lifeguard services and more. Numerous water sports take place at Agia Galini throughout the year, including sailing, scuba diving and child-friendly parasailing.
Where to eat & drink
Pan Asia is one of the most popular Asian restaurants in Crete. Open daily after 5pm, Pan Asia attracts tourists looking for a taste of the orient. The dishes cater to European palates but there are also spicy versions available on request – if you can handle it!
Vachus is a famous local tavern that specialises in unpretentious, delicious Mediterranean food. From Greek and Cretan to Italian and Spanish, Vachus epitomises what’s best from all these cuisines and offers a menu with hearty portions – at good prices.
The Matrix is one of the trendiest nightclubs in Crete. The Matrix has several house DJs and frequently welcomes guest DJs who do their utmost to spin Crete’s night owls into a frenzy.
The New York is a beach club in Hersonissos, famous for its lively parties and nightlife. Open virtually 24/7, the club’s music changes according to the hours of the day. The cocktails are great, too – make ours a Pina Colada…
Where to stay
Villa Iokasti offers self-catering apartments and studios to tourists with a taste for the finer things in life. Self-catering doesn’t have to be boring and basic – as Villa Iokasti testifies.
Papadakis Villas and studio apartments offer good quality, affordable half-board and self-catering accommodation. The self-catering apartments are ideal for families with children, plus the villas are discreetly charming and private enough for a romantic getaway.
Atlantis Beach Hotel is one of the most popular beachside resorts in the city of Rethymnon. The hotel is based on a private sandy beach and offers exclusive access to guests. The Atlantic is a 4-star hotel offering lots of appealing services such as a sauna, a fitness centre and numerous child-friendly facilities.
Illios studios offer affordable, self catering accommodation in the town of Stalis. Popular with young tourists, the Illios boast comfortable and sun-bathed studios and very clean communal areas.
If you are looking for luxurious self-catering accommodation while visiting Crete, look no further than Eleana studios. Winner of TripAdvisor’s “Traveller’s Choice” award 2013, the Eleana is a stunning, brand-new resort that’s just meters away from the beach and the city centre of Georgioupolis.