Dubrovnik: November Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||6 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||29 %|
|Rainfall days||16 days|
|Chance of Rain||49 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||25 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||45 %|
Averages for Dubrovnik in November
Dubrovnik is a seaside city in south Croatia. The resort enjoys fairly regular temperatures, hot, dry summers and rainy autumns and springs. November is the rainiest month, so if you visit be prepared to show up with your umbrella and rain jacket.
The highest average daily temperature is only 12°C (54°F), only reaches around 13°C (about 55°F), and the lowest temperature is fairly chilly, being only 5°C (about 41°F).
November is also the rainiest month of the year in Dubrovnik, with an average rainfall of 198mm over 16 days. Therefore, you should bring jackets and waterproof clothes on your trip if you are planning on visiting in November. The average probability of precipitation is 45-52%, increasing steadily over the month, usually occurring as moderate rain and sometimes as light rain or thunderstorms.
The amount of average daily sunlight is also only around 9:40 hours and the length of the day decreases by 2 minutes daily. The longest day is November 1 with 10:19 hours of sunlight; the shortest day is November 30 with 9:19 hours.
The average sea temperature is only 17°C (about 63°F) so it is extremely unlikely that you would want to go near the sea.
The skies above the city are usually cloudy, from 56% to 67% cloud cover. The clearest day of is November 1, with the skies only being mostly clear 46% of the time; the cloudiest day is Nov 30, when the sky is mostly clear only 27% of the time. The air is quite humid, ranging from 50% (comfortable) to 86% (very humid).
Daily wind speed averages vary from 3 mph to 19 mph (light air to fresh breeze), or about 8 knots. Winds typically blow in from the east, though occasionally from the north or northeast.
The beginning of November is characterised by cloudy, cool and wet weather, with only 10:19 hours of sunlight and averages of 15°C (59°F), highs of 18°C (65°F) and lows of 11°C (53°F). By the middle of the night, the temperature drops rapidly, to an average of 12°C (55°F), highs of 15°C (60°F) and lows of 9°C (49°F). At the end of the month the sunlight has decreased to 9:19 hours of sunlight, with averages around 10°C (50°F), highs of 14°C (57°F) and lows of 8°C (46°F).
Things to do
Don't feel downhearted by not being able to stretch out on a beach in the sun for days on end! Dubrovnik is a beautiful city and there is still plenty to see, such as the Rector's Palace, which dates from the early middle ages, the Church of Saint Blaise, dedicated to the patron Saint of Dubrovnik, and Orlando's Column, the symbol of the city's freedom.
Escape from the rain and overcast sky and go to the movies! There are three main cinemas in Dubrovnik, many from all over the world and with subtitles. Try the Sloboda Theatre (Luza 66) on the east end of the Stradun, the 3D Visia Theatre (Poljana Paska Milicevica 4) on the west end, and the Cinestar Theatre in Lapad (masarykov put 3).
Or educate yourself at one of the city’s many museums. The Museum of the Orthodox Church (od puca 8) displays 77 icons dating from 15th to 19th centuries from all over Croatia, Russia and Greece. Wander out of the city walls to the Church of St. Mary at Dance, built in the 15th century and which now houses two beautiful paintings from the 16th century.
History lovers might be intrigued by the Synagogue Dubrovnik (zudioska 5), the second oldest functioning one in the whole of Europe. It was established mid-14th century and now houses many historical artefacts from the city’s Jewish community.
For something a bit more contemporary, the Modern Art Gallery Dubrovnik (frana supila 23) contains four floors and nine rooms which features many works by local artists. Check the schedule for upcoming shows and art events.
The ferries are still in operation even in November, though the frequency of them drops per day. However, you can still hop onboard and take a day trip to any of the nearby islands, such as Split, Brac, Hvar or Lokrum. Hvar is a fun touristy town with beautiful churches and a hillside graveyard. If you’d prefer to avoid any other tourists, head to Brac, well-known for its pine and fig trees. Both islands offer cute cafes and little shops for a lazy afternoon. The wild nature on Kolocep and Sipan are also worth a visit—only about 45 minutes to an hour to Roman and medieval ruins.
If you luck out with a sunny day, head to the hills surrounding the city for some horse- or donkey-riding. Many of the local villages will take you out from their fully equipped stables on day rides through olive groves and vineyards.
Rent a bicycle or hire a taxi to take you out to Cavtat, an attractive village about 30 minutes south of Dubrovnik. The main highlight of the town is its beautiful waterfront walkway lined with ice cream shops and cafes. Another charming area is Babin Kuk peninsula, where you can enjoy a freshly caught meal at one of the dozens of top-notch hotel restaurants.
Escape up the mountain via cable car, to Mount Srd and its amazing views of the coastline. Here you’ll find the large Fort Imperial, built by Napoleon and housing the Museum of the Croatian War of Independence. The permanent collection includes wartime photographs, weapons, explosives and documents that you aren’t likely to forget on a sombre and rainy afternoon.
Hit the Beach
November is the rainiest month in Dubrovnik and also one of the coldest, so it’s not recommended to go swimming. You are likely to find the beaches too windy during this time of year, so don’t feel bad about heading indoors to a warm tavern or museum.
If the weather doesn’t discourage you, you may have better luck on the Babin Kuk Peninsula, just north of Dubrovnik. This area has several coves and bays that just may offer relaxing seas and picturesque views more so than Old Town. It’s just a short taxi ride away and if it starts raining, you can take refuge in one of the district’s many hotel restaurants or cafes.
On the peninsula you’ll be able to see great vistas of the Elaphite Islands and the island of Daksa. And who knows, you might be able to grab a sun chair at the popular Copacabana or Cava beaches, now deserted of the summer crowds.
Plenty to see in November, Dubrovnik and its city walls.
Dubrovnik's landmark, Orlando's Column.
Eating & Drinking Out
In the autumn, many shops and restaurants close their doors and hibernate during a relatively slow season. However, many eateries do remain open—and the ones that stay are usually the local favourites! Check out casual diners like Atlantic Kitchen (ulica kardinala stepinca), with its charming handwritten blackboard menus and Mediterranean fare. Restaurant Posat (Uz Posat 1) serves breakfast to dinner just opposite Pile Gate, though at much higher expense. Try the Adriatic lobster or the crème caramel.
The family-owned Kamenice (gundaliceva poljana 8) on the market square has always been a popular due to its amazing, fresh seafood and relaxed atmosphere. Konoba Moskar (Prijeko ulica 16) serves simple but delicious food like cuttlefish risotto, octopus carpaccio, bruschetta—all at reasonable prices. Not to be missed for its communal atmosphere is Mea Culpa Pizzeria (Za Rokom 3), with its huge portions and excellent quality.
For a mellow nightcap, head over to the Malvasija Wine Bar (Dropceva 4), named after one of the region’s grape varieties. The bar is actually owned by one of the vineyards, Miho Rozic, and they offer a large selection in an intimate setting.
If you have money to spend, the Spice Bar (Pera Cingrije 7) at the Hotel Bellevue serves special cocktails with great service. The bar overlooks the ocean so even on an overcast day the view is likely to be incredible.
Wander the narrow streets of Dubrovnik and stop off at a warm cafe in November.
Where to Stay
Tucked away in the Old Town is the Roko House (ulica za rokom 2), a three star accommodation with three studios and three doubles. Each room is equipped with delicate chandeliers, charming old world furniture, and LCD TVs.
House Tereza (petilovrijenci 7) is a more comfortable option that still retains a charming, budget character. It offers two-bedroom, self-catering apartment options well within walking distance of the city’s museums, churches and restaurants.
The Hotel Adria (Radnicka ulica 46) is located just 2.5 kilometres from the Old Town and offers free parking and wifi in all rooms. Its modern bedrooms are equipped with A/C, satellite TV, and most have balconies with exceptional views of the Elafiti Islands. On-site facilities include an aperitif bar, a la carte restaurant, laundry service and garbage.
For something a bit more upscale, try Villa Allure (frana supila 27). This lovely boutique hotel offers several spacious rooms and a plunge pool. This is a quiet and rustic option within an easy walk from the Old Town.
November events in Dubrovnik
All Saints' Day (Dan Svih Svetih)
1st November 2015
In honor of the dead, Catholics across Croatia celebrate All Saint' Day on November 1st, laying wreaths with candle lights to honor their loved ones who have sadly lost their lives.