November Weather Averages for Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
What's the weather like in Gran Canaria in November
November visitors in Gran Canaria may be disappointed that they have missed the summer season. However, the temperatures during this month are still warm enough for all outdoor activities and it is not uncommon to see sunbathers at every time of year here. Restaurants, cafes, bars, and clubs do not shut down during the winter because there is still an influx of tourists who want to experience the eternal sprin...
Daily November Averages for Gran Canaria
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What's the weather like in Gran Canaria in November
November visitors in Gran Canaria may be disappointed that they have missed the summer season. However, the temperatures during this month are still warm enough for all outdoor activities and it is not uncommon to see sunbathers at every time of year here. Restaurants, cafes, bars, and clubs do not shut down during the winter because there is still an influx of tourists who want to experience the eternal springtime that the island can provide.
Gran Canaria stays warm throughout the month of November with an average temperature of 20.9°C. This average takes into consideration an anticipated low of 17.9°C and a potential high of 23.8°C. It may not be the warmest month on the island but it will be a welcomed reprieve from the much cooler temperatures of the United Kingdom and continental Europe.
Average Sea Temperature
Similarly, with a November holiday to Gran Canaria, you can anticipate an average sea temperature of 22°C. The amount of rainfall seen on the island does swell slightly in November to an average of 18 mm over the course of ten days of the month. The concentration of the rainfall will vary depending on what part of the island you are on. Regardless of where you stay, you can plan on 10 hours of sunlight per day in November. Click here for the live forecast or here for the 14-day forecast.
Unlike other parts of the world that experience increasingly severe weather as the winter approaches, the Canary Islands do not suffer from these instances regularly, like the Caribbean does with hurricanes in the late summer. The last time Gran Canaria even had a brush with severe weather was back in 2005 when Delta, a tropical storm, bordered on becoming a hurricane near the Canary Islands. There was some flooding and wind damage on the island as a result, but hurricanes and other severe weather are extremely uncommon in the Canary Islands.
Gran Canaria Hotels in November
Hotel Roca Negra, a four star hotel which opened in 2010 on the north side of the island, provides an experience many don't get to see. Set amid the rocky cliffs and beaches of the northern region of Agaete, this resort can provide off-season luxury and it can also give guests easy access to mountain biking, hiking and scuba diving opportunities they can't get anywhere else. Many travelers favor this hotel because of its location away from the more densely visited hotels of the southern half of the island.
Considered one of the best-kept secrets on the island, the Niza Apartments in Puerto Rico offers comfortable rooms with privacy at a great value. Because of the low rates you'll be paying for these rooms, the rooms will be basic. But these apartments offer fantastic spot to establish a handy base ideal for exploring the island. Despite the basic accommodations, the rooms are clean, the staff is friendly and the apartments are conveniently located to many attractions within the city.
Gran Canaria Beach for November
Sardina del Norte is a beach on the fishing village, north-west of the island and is famous for it's impressive diving site, but also for the beautiful golden sands. Snorkelling is a popular activity here and if you're lucky, you can spot angel sharks and rays.
Las Canteras beach is another great spot for perfect swimming thanks to the calm, warm waters all year round. Families will love this beach due to the accessibility, play grounds, and facilities such as showers, toilets and changing rooms. 2km of golden sand also make this beach a popular choice.
Montana de Arena beach is ideal for those who don't mind a trek to a beach that is secluded and peaceful. This discreet beach is also well known for naturists who make the most of the remote location. The sand is a beautiful golden shade and the water is calm, making it ideal for swimming.
Bars and Restaurants
A restaurant that never fails to please with its light, fresh menu is the La Caleta. Italian in name, the restaurant also infuses its menu with selections that have an authentic and unmistakable taste of the islands. Much of the menu revolves around tapas and seafood that is caught off the shores of Gran Canaria so the food is fresh. The restaurant's hours can work in your favor if you plan ahead. They are open later than many others in the area but they are closed on Mondays. The sharing paella here is well recommended, as is the lamb dish served and the bone, with a side of delicious potatoes.
Another popular restaurant on the island is Dedo de Dios. Many visitors are fond of it because of its great value and range of traditional Canarian cuisine. The grilled sardines and the steak dishes are tasty and affordable. This eatery is off the beaten path and away from the other restaurants and stands out in more ways than just that. They also offer generous portions when compared against other establishments in Gran Canaria.
Regarded as one of the best music bars on Gran Canaria, the Piccadilly Music Pub is a fine place to spend your night dancing. Each night there is a variety of entertainment such as karaoke, shot quizzes and games to take part in. The dance floor can accommodate large crowds if you come with many friends and there are also tables and chairs to rest or take in a cocktail between dances.
Things to do in Gran Canaria in November
To fully appreciate the beauty of this island, spend a day trekking up to Roque Nublo, through unforgettable canary forest lands, ravines, volcanic and mountainous terrain. The excursion includes a return pick up, as well as insurance and a lunch with water. This excursion is well worth booking, and is a great way to explore more of this incredible island.
For those wanting to take part in some diving, head to Top Diving Gran Canaria. Four daily trips head out from Puerto Rico Harbour, and trips cater for beginners as well as more experienced divers. For those who are interested, PADI qualifications can also be gained here.
Another popular water sport is paddle boarding, and this can be done through Pro Surfing Company. This is a great activity for the whole family (children as young as 8 years old and up), and lessons are provided by fully qualified life guards and surf instructors.
Visiting the Iglesia de San Juan Bautista is a perfect way to discover more of Gran Canaria's culture and architecture. The church was opened in 1917 and although technically a church, it is often referred to as a cathedral due to the size.
Thanks to the all year round favourable weather, many outdoor activities can be done within any month. If nature is your thing, book a horse riding trek. One, two or three hours of riding through mountainous, or seaside landscapes, the instructor will navigate you safely through the unforgettable scenery. All levels of experience are welcomed, and even if you've never take part in horse riding before, the instructors will make sure to teach you the ropes before heading out on trek.
November events in Gran Canaria
Todos los Santos
1st November 2018
Todos los Santos (All Saints' Day) is a public holiday celebrated throughout the whole of Gran Canaria. On this day, almost all banks, supermarkets and shops will be closed whilst locals traditionally visit the graves of their loved ones and enjoy typical foods of November, such as roasted chestnuts and sweet potatoes. This takes place on the 1st of November every year.
Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC)
10th November 2018 to 24th November 2018
The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) takes place from the Puerto de La Luz harbour in Las Palmas each year toward the end of November. This notable yacht rally sees the vessels leave the port in the capital and sail all the way to the Caribbean.
15th November 2018 to 18th November 2018
Womad is a huge free music festival which takes place throughout Las Palmas in Gran Canaria each year. Originally created by Peter Gabriel, the three-day music concert sees famous singers and groups from all around the world travel to perform on the island alongside a number of local musicians. In addition to the music concerts, there will also be workshops and folk dancing demonstrations. The events take place in a different location in Las Palmas each year and this year's location has yet to be released.