Weather Averages for Malaga in November
Averages for Malaga in November
On average, November is the wettest month of the year in Malaga, but unlike in central and northern parts of Europe the rain tends to be heavy, thundery and short-lived and the majority of the days are sunny and dry. Temperatures usually fall as the month progresses but remain on the mild side, with a mean daytime maximum temperature of 20°C and an average overnight minimum of 11°C.
Rainfall averages 95mm per November, spread over an average of 7 days with measurable precipitation, which reflects the relatively low frequency but high intensity of the rainfall. Some of the heavier rainstorms can create flooding problems. One of the severest floods on record happened in mid-November 1989 following exceptionally heavy and persistent rainfall on the 14th, and over 40 people lost their lives. There were some fairly significant floods following two days of heavy thundery rainfall in early November 2006 but these did not cause as many problems as the November 1989 event, possibly due in part to measures that were taken to address susceptibility to floods following the November 1989 floods.
However, most Novembers also have lengthy fine spells and sunshine remains reasonably abundant during November, with a mean of 173 hours per November, an average of 5.8 hours per day. The average relative humidity rises to an average of 72%. The average sea temperature falls to 18°C at this time of the year, which is rather cool for swimming in.
Dates for the diary
In the mountain and village areas of Andalucia, the Feast of San Martin takes place on the 11th November and involves the slaughtering of pigs, stuffing sausages and black pudding, and is followed up by eating and drinking.
The small town of Atajate in Malaga province hosts the Fiesta del Mosto on the last Sunday of November, which is a grape juice festival with free fermented grape juice for everyone, and there are other food festivals to celebrate the harvest around Malaga province.
Things to do
Fans of art galleries can try out the CAC Malaga at Calle Alemaniais. This art gallery is quite small, but offers a wide range of modern-themed and colourful art exhibits, much of which are daring and unconventional. Many of the works are by local artists but there are some exhibits by internationally-recognised artists, and special exhibitions are periodically hosted at the premises. There is also a shop and cafe contained on-site. Another good museum for fans of art galleries to try is the Museu de Artes y Costumbres Populares at Pasillo de Santa Isabel. This is set in an 17th century house and features paintings and exhibits of tools that were widely used back in the 17th century, including tools to facilitate iron making, winemaking, fishing and baking. There are also clay figures portraying people from that era.
Malaga has many good local markets. The Mercadilo Banos del Carmen at Quitapena S/N, Playas del Palo, is held on every first Sunday of the month and sells clothing, foods and some local crafts, vintage and antique items. The Mercado Central de Atarazanas at Calles de las Atarazanas boasts an impressive Moorish entrance and sells mainly food, with meat and vegetables, seafood, meat and chicken, and also some local treats such as "almendras fritas". In the corner of the market are some tapas bars which sell a range of tapas based on products from the market itself.
Hit the beach
November is not one of the better times of year to visit the beach, but on a fine day it is still possible to have an enjoyable time on the beach, especially given relatively few tourists at this time of year. The La Malagueta Beach has some seafood restaurants nearby and is good for a jog or stroll. The San Andres beach is located next to the outskirts of Malaga, and is good for a range of activities including windsurfing, kite surfing, sailing and fishing.
Where to eat & drink
There are many good restaurants in Malaga that serve local cuisine and tapas. La Tranca at Carreteria 93, 29008 serves a good assortment of tapas and has a busy and vibrant atmosphere, especially on an evening. For those who would rather have a British-style meal, the Blue Palm Cafe at Paseo Maritimo 7, Marbella 29600 is a sea front cafe which serves Sunday roast dinners and traditional English breakfasts.
Visitors can also chill out at the La Magia del Melon cafe bar at Camas, 9, which is particularly highly-regarded for its gaspachos, and its quaint setting, and it is handy for the centre of Malaga. Alternatively, live flamenco performances are frequently held at the Liceo Flamenco at Calle Beatas, 21, accompanied by local food.
Where to stay
There are many good accommodation options in Malaga, although some are more reliable than others. The Hotel MS Maestranza at Avda. Canovas del Castillo 1, 29016 has rooms overlooking the Malaga bullring and is well placed for many of the main Malaga attractions and also has spa and jacuzzi facilities. A reasonable 3-star option is the Suite Novotel Malaga Centro at Calle San Jacinto 7, 29007. A good bed and breakfast option is the Hotel Monte Victoria at Calle Conde de Urena 58, 29012.
Budget options are fairly numerous and include the Casa Babylon Backpackers’ Hostel at C/Pedro de Quejana, 3, 29016. Self-catering options include the New Villa Fantastic Views, 2+1bed Private Pool, on the edge of the town of Coin, about 25 minutes from Malaga Airport.