November may not be the most conventional time to visit Valencia, but this month has its own unique charm that sets it apart. What is Valencia like in November? Is it worth visiting? How warm is November in Valencia? And can you swim in the sea? Read on to discover why you should consider a visit to Valencia in November and experience this Mediterranean city on the backdrop of fall.
Is November a good time to visit Valencia?
November is considered autumn in Valencia and can be a pleasant time to visit.
As northern Europe begins to face freezing cold temperatures and snow, weather in Valencia remains mild and relatively comfortable throughout the month of November.
On top of that, November in Valencia tends to be less crowded compared to the peak summer vacation months or the Christmas season. So you can have a quieter and more relaxed experience while exploring the city and its top attractions.
However, don’t expect to encounter an extremely quiet city that has come to a complete standstill. Valencia is the third largest city in Spain, with nearly 800,000 inhabitants that love to go out and have fun and there’s always something going on or a new place to try.
If I’m to keep it real, however, I have to say that one thing Valencia doesn’t have is pretty fall foliage.
This is due to the warmer temperatures and the myriad of evergreen palm, pine and orange trees in the city. As such, there aren’t many trees that undergo a seasonal leaf change in Valencia.
Swimming in the sea is also out of the question for most people.
Ultimately, the appeal of Valencia in November lies in that you can soak up vitamin D and enjoy a cup of coffee or lunch on a sunny terrace for hours on end.
As a side note, Valencia is warmer and has better weather than both Barcelona and Madrid during this time of the year. So if you are contemplating a November vacation in the sun, Valencia is the better option among the three.
Weather in Valencia in November
The weather in November in Valencia tends to be mild and pleasant, though there may be some variations.
While it’s far from hot, you can still expect maximum daytime temperatures around 20°C (68°F). This means it’s usually comfortable enough for engaging in all sorts of outdoor activities, such as exploring the parks and gardens or walking along the beach promenade.
Evenings and nights, however, can be considerably cooler. The minimum temperatures during the night can drop to around 10°C (50ºF), so it’s a good idea to bring some layers or a jacket.
November is when many people are caught off guard as they assume that because you can still wear a T-shirt during the day, evenings will be just as nice. But the truth is that once the sun sets, the perceived temperature drops significantly.
Humidity levels are moderate throughout November, which is generally comfortable for most visitors.
Yet, November is one of the wetter months in Valencia with a higher chance of precipitation compared to September or October. Of course, rainfall varies from year to year, but you should come prepared just in case.
In November, Valencia enjoys some 10 hours of sunlight per day. Sunsets are somewhere around 5:45 pm which gives you a reasonably generous timeframe to explore the city.
One of the many things I love about Valencia, and I’m sure you will as well, is that the streets are buzzing with activity even after the sun has set.
People here enjoy staying out late, indulging in a cup of coffee or hot chocolate in late afternoon and having late dinners any day of the week.
What’s on in Valencia in November
No major festivals are organized in Valencia in November. While there are some smaller events taking place, they are nothing worth planning a trip around.
So if you want to spend a few (hopefully sunny) November days in Valencia, my advice is to go through the many lists of activities and attractions I’ve put together on this blog. Here are some ideas:
- 10 Free Things to Do in Valencia
- How to Spend 3 Days in Valencia: The Ultimate Itinerary
- Best Wine Tasting in Valencia No Wine Lover Should Miss
- 7 Most Beautiful Churches in Valencia
- Best Flamenco in Valencia: 5 Tablaos You Cannot Miss
- Valencia With Kids: Your Guide to a Family-Friendly City Break
November bank holidays in Valencia
There’s one public holiday in Valencia in November – November 1st (All Saint’s Day). This is a big holiday celebrated throughout Spain. Most businesses, supermarkets, markets and shops are closed on this day. The El Corte Inglés department stores, Zara, Pull & Bear and other similar clothing brands usually operate with reduced hours. See where to go shopping in Valencia.
What to wear in Valencia in November
If you’re planning a trip to Valencia in November, it’s a good idea to pack a variety of clothes, just in case. Layering is key when visiting Valencia in November – I can’t stress this enough.
Start with a couple of T-shirts, as you might still be able to wear them around noon – especially when staying on a sunny terrace or walking in the park.
Your main wardrobe, however, should consist of long-sleeved shirts, lightweight sweaters, and trousers or jeans.
You should also bring a lightweight, waterproof jacket or coat for the occasional rain showers and for cooler evenings. A versatile jacket that can be layered over sweaters or shirts is a good choice.
Comfortable walking shoes are a must, as you’ll likely be exploring the city on foot. Valencia is a very walkable city and when the weather is nice, most people choose to walk.
If it starts to rain or it’s super windy, don’t hesitate to hop on a bus or metro. Public transport in Valencia is very good, but not always necessary, unless the weather turns bad or you need to travel long distances.
Given that there is a chance of rain in Valencia in November, I advise you to pack a compact umbrella.
You could also bring a lightweight rain poncho, but you won’t see many people wearing these in Valencia. Locals prefer to use an umbrella and/or a waterproof jacket instead.
Finally, keep in mind that Valencianos prefer to dress in smart-casual attire throughout the day. You won’t often spot them wearing sweatshirts, sweatpants, or sports wear outside of the gym.
So if you want to blend in when dining out and even while sightseeing, wearing nice, slightly dressier clothes is recommended.