Mallorca (Majorca) in November – The Best Things to See and Do

In these days of social distancing and avoiding crowds the world of travel has been turned upside down. The idea of packed beaches and airports would make one think twice about that exciting trip that has been planned. Mallorca in November could not be further from this concept, after the summer the majority of tourists leave and the island is left to the locals once more. Social distancing is normal as there are just not that many people around.

November calendar

Mallorca Weather in November

The weather in Mallorca in November is mild and accomodating. Approximately with 10 hours of sunshine the days are still long and the nights are cool. Perfect weather for walking and the outdoors. There can be the occasional storm in November but generally, the weather is good.

  • How hot can it get in November?

Mallorca is not hot in November. You can go to the beach and sunbathe depending on the day. As an average, the daytime temperature is 19 degrees. At noon it can reach 24 degrees and at night time 7-13 degrees.

  • Can you sunbathe in Mallorca in November?

People are often seen sunbathing in November. It’s not hot and the water is cooler, but if you are brave enough it can be done.

  • What should I pack with this weather?

In your suitcase to travel to Mallorca in November, you will need shorts, light trousers, T-shirts during the day. It is also recommended to bring a jersey and a rain jacket just in case.

  • Will it rain in Mallorca in November?

Yes, it will rain in Mallorca in November. We can´t say with any certainty when it will rain, but we advise you to be prepared with the proper footwear and clothing.

  • What time are the sunset and the sunrise in November?

The Sunrise is at around 07:30 and the sunset at 19:00 approximately.

You can check the average temperature on the official website of AEMET. This is the official website of the state meteorological agency. On here you can find useful statistics on temperature and average rainfall.

What to See and Do in Mallorca in November

There is plenty to see and do in Mallorca during November. All the tourist attractions are open and we recommend booking in advance, as whilst the island is in slowdown mode there is still plenty of tourist activity.

 

Sightseeing bus in Alcudia

What can I do with children in November?

A common question is what is there to do with our children in November? As we are parents ourselves, we understand the dilemma. The beach can only fill so much time in the day especially when the toddler has their third mouthful of sand. Normally at this time of year, the older kids are back at school and there are many parents with preschool kids taking advantage of the value for money prices and end of summer sunshine.

A day out at Palma Aquarium

Clown fish in Palma Aquarium in Mallorca

Palma Aquarium is an oasis for parents and children. There is plenty to see and do for at least half a day in this undersea attraction park. Palma Aquarium is located in the seaside resort of Can pastilla only a short drive from the city of Palma. The park was opened in 2007 and since then has been a firm favourite with Families. The theme of the park is centered around the seas and oceans of the planet earth and different exhibitions are designed to recreate the colorful sensations of diving beneath the waves. 

Visitors can experience the varied aquatic life of the Mediterranean or float in an underwater adventure in the tropical seas. There are open-air gardens and aquariums, as well as a fun pirate ship. The main attraction is the big Blue, one of the most spectacular aquariums in Europe and over 9 meters deep and home to 11 sharks. 

If you are looking for more information about Palma Aquarium experience, please have a look on our experts guide.

Palma Aquarium - Plan your visit

Palma Aquarium is one of the best tourist attractions in Mallorca and is open all year. In this guide we would like to share a lot of important information, so you can plan your amazing visit.

Let's visit the caves of Campanet

The memories of family vacations will last forever and imagine recreating the adventures of Jules Verne and his journey to the center of the earth! Travel back in time 10 million years with a visit to the caves of Campanet, only a short drive from Palma and located close by the small village of Campanet. 

The story starts in 1945 when a local farmer searching for water accidentally stumbles on an opening and filled with curiosity explores the orifice that was the entrance to the Caves of Campanet. The caves are regarded as one of the highlights of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range. Tours of 40 minutes are organized in small groups which are ideal for families and this allows discovering the different chambers and formations. We can highly recommend this activity.

Let's go horse riding

Horse Riding at the beach

Saddle up and get on down to the biggest and best horse ranch in Mallorca, Rancho Grande. Located in Son Serra de Marina in the Northeast of the Island rancho Grande has a spectacular setting with horse riding for all levels and a mini-farm for the little ones. 

We especially like rancho Grande as it offers something for everyone in the family. There are short rides for children and riding on the dunes for the more experienced equestrians. Apart from mounted activities there is much enjoyment to be had from the different varieties of tam farmyard animals that are running loose all over the place, chickens, ducks. The rabbit Thomas is also to be found scurrying around and the children love him. Maria Dutch milking cow can be found relaxing in her usual spot, she cam as a tourist but has adapted well to the Mediterranean climate and decided to stay. Coco the lama and Pepito the Ostrich are also popular characters and are waiting for your visit to the ranch.

Let's go to the beach

Sand castle at the beach

It may not be summertime or even that sunny but Mallorca in November is the perfect time to build sandcastles. There is nothing better than a morning of building ramparts and defensive structures on the many deserted beaches that Mallorca has to offer.

Playa de Muro Beach

The best beaches in Mallorca

There are more than 300 beaches in Mallorca, from sandy beaches to pebbled coves. We are local experts on Mallorca, we live here and we know the island perfectly well. Here are some recommendations of some of the best beaches in Mallorca to suit all tastes.

The perfect sandcastle can be a challenge for any parent. We recommend planning and with a bit of thought in advance you can achieve amazing results. And what the most important… become a master builder in the eyes of your progeny.

You will need: A bucket or two. Any self-respecting castle constructor will have this piece of kit in their arsenal. Preferably a decent size, and smaller ones are also handy for mounting defensive towers of different diameters.

You also won’t get far without a spade. Preferably with a wooden handle and a wide blade for scooping, smaller implements can also be handy for carving.

Sand castle picture

How to build a sandcastle?

The main ingredients for a sandcastle are, of course, sand and water. The objective should be to build the best castle on the beach! This will not be difficult in November, as there won’t be much competition although unfortunately this logic cant be applied in August. First, you need to dig a good-sized hole, this will give you enough building material to get started and it also helps to fill this hole with water or a willing parent just for a bit of added fun. 

The main features of a medieval sand castle include walls, towers, ramparts and gates, and flags. Combine all these different structures and you will have a perfect castle ready for any enemy attack. After you have your hole dug, enlist a willing family member to fill it with water. The water will make the sand stick and this will be advantageous at a later stage.

sand castle

When building castles Big is better so the bigger it is the better it will look, this will also trump any design flaws in the eyes of any passing random sand castle judges. The next step is to make the foundations by stamping your pile into a solid base. This will give you a level surface for your structure, then add the previously mentioned features, and for the added effect we recommend a moat.

Whatever your results are we are sure you will have lots of fun!

Spotlight on local fairs- whats on in November

The beer festival in Puigpunyent

Beer Tasting Visit as a gift for Valentine´s Day

At the beginning of November, the mountain village of Puigpunyent hosts its annual beer festival. It is hosted by a local craft brewery called la Forastera, based in the village of Alaro. La Forastera is a small family-owned brewery with a focus on handmade beers. The main attraction of the festival is the beer of course. For anyone who knows about craft beers, they are an art in their own right. Tastings are the highlight of the festivities and many different types of beers can be found on offer. From german weissbier to American style IPAs. For lovers of craft beers, this is a must-do on the calendar of local events. 

Pollenca´s Autumn fair

As Autumn is harvest time, the village of Pollenca hosts a special fair dedicated to the artisans and agriculture of the local area. This fair is one of the largest of the locality and the narrow cobbled streets are busy with many stalls offering hand made products. On the outskirts of town, there can be found demonstrations of local skills and activities that require open spaces such as falconry demonstrations and exhibitions of indigenous farm animals. We recommend attending the fair early in the day as parking can sometimes be difficult.

Dijous Bo - Inca´s greatest fair

Dijous Bo (good Thursday) is the most eagerly awaited event of the Raiguer area of Mallorca. The fair is normally held on the third Thursday of November. The fair has its roots in the agriculture of the local area, but over the years it has evolved into a completely different attraction with all kinds of unique exhibitions and attractions. The previous Wednesday known locally as Dimercres Bo (good Wednesday) is also very popular with lots of stalls selling street food and nightlife that usually goes on until the following day.

Spotlight on local villages - Sa Pobla, Mallorca

Feria de Arroz pobler in Sa Pobla

Not only is Sa Pobla the ‘potato capital’ and rice-growing heartland of Mallorca, but it is also home to many of the island’s fiesta traditions.

As well as it is known for its popular carbohydrate produce, Sa Pobla has given Mallorca many of its fiesta favorites. Demons and the January fiestas for Sant Antoni Abat have their origins in fourteenth-century Sa Pobla. The original Sant Antoni church was built in the middle of that century, and the fiestas date from the same era. 

Sa Pobla was also active in reviving traditions that had fallen by the wayside. This halt was partly because of the Franco regime, but more because of the arrival of tourism, migration from rural areas, and the onset of ’modern’ times. There was a cultural rediscovery in the 1970s, and Sa Pobla played its part with the reintroduction of instruments, such as the xeremia bagpipe and the peculiar ximbomba, and of course the demons who run with fire at fiesta time.

Sa Pobla, Majorca - Potato capital

Potatoes on the ground

The ‘potato capital’ of Mallorca, Sa Pobla is known especially for its new potato exports. The cultivation of spuds didn’t start to take off until the mid-nineteenth century. The potato itself having originally made its way to Mallorca via Menorca right at the very end of the eighteenth century. The British had cultivated the popular root vegetable during their occupation of Menorca.

Farmers in Sa Pobla took advantage of local marshy soil conditions, though initially there was resistance against the potato for human consumption. It was believed that a vegetable grown in the soil had to be bad for you.

Sa Pobla - Rice export

Sa Pobla’s strong association with rice has a much longer history than the potato in that it was grown in the Albufera wetlands by the Muslims. There was a thriving export trade in those medieval days, with rice from Albufera being sold in the markets of Flanders. Following the 1229 conquest of Mallorca, the production came to a halt. The Christian invaders considered rice to be Muslim food. They also questioned its health benefits, given how and where it was grown.

Rice

It wasn’t until the turn of the twentieth century that there was a genuine attempt at rice-growing on a significant scale. Experts were brought in from Valencia (where they knew about rice for paella), but the initiative failed when there was serious flooding in 1906. Thereafter, there was some growth, but production was insignificant until the 1990s. Bomba short-grain rice (integral to delicious ‘Arroz brut’) took off in such a way that annual production is now around 90 tonnes.

The village of Sa Pobla hosts its annual rice fair in November, with the star of the show being the Arroz Bomba which is typical of this área. A variety of gastronomic events can be enjoyed and here you can sample local dishes such as paella or Arroz brut.

Typical Mallorcan food - Paella

We hope you have found this article about Mallorca in November useful, and that it helps you to plan your travel to Mallorca. If you liked the article, please share it on your social networks so other travelers can see it. If you have some extra suggestions for November in Mallorca, leave us your comment and we will add it to the article.

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