As crisp November draws near, it will finally start to feel like fall at last here in Granada.
Autumn lovers will be able to revel in the cooler temperatures, but it’s still not cold enough just yet that you’ll need to bundle up too much. Granada in November is made especially for getting out and about, enjoying the fall sunshine and the refreshing evenings as you mingle with the locals. Here’s what’s on our agenda this month—we hope to see you around!
Honor a cherished tradition: All Saints’ Day
Here in Granada, we start things off right away with a festival in true Spanish style. November 1 is All Saints’ Day (Día de Todos los Santos), an important day of remembrance and reflection. In order to make the most of the first important date here in Granada in November, there are plenty of unique events happening all throughout town. Take a guided visit of the monuments in the San José Cemetery or get off the beaten path at hidden gems like Casa de Zafra (Calle Portería Concepción, 8) or the Cuarto Real (Plaza de los Campos, 6). Any day is a great day to experience Granada’s rich culture and history, but the extra festivities on November 1 make this particular date one of our favorites.
See magic happen before your eyes at the Hocus Pocus Festival
Magic does exist—in fact, here in Granada in November, we have a whole festival dedicated to it! The 17th edition of the Hocus Pocus Festival will take place this year from November 17-25. This year’s event, with a special musical theme, is sure to delight both granaínos and visitors alike with shows and spectacles featuring world-class magicians and illusionists from all over the world. And of course, in sticking with the theme, there will be plenty of unique musical performances as well. Get ready to be amazed!
Enjoy smooth sounds at the Granada Jazz Festival
Get ready to enjoy one of Europe’s oldest and most storied music events of its kind! Music fans visiting Granada in November won’t want to miss the Granada Jazz Festival, with performances scheduled for most days between November 2-10. In the nearly 40 years that the event has taken place, big names such as Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock have graced its stage. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever. It will bring together music fans from all over the world to enjoy simple, good jazz.
Take a delicious day trip
Fall is one of the best times to visit Granada for foodies! It’s officially chestnut season, and the roasted treats are at their best in the nearby Alpujarras. One night a year at the beginning of November, the small town of Capileira hosts the Fiesta de la Castaña. Everyone gathers in the main town square to watch the chestnuts roasting, and then to eat them (of course!). If you’re craving sun, head south to the Costa Tropical, Granada’s beautiful beachside region. This is the only place in Europe that grows tropical fruits such as mangoes and avocados, which just happen to be in season in the fall!
Eat your weight in tapas
Granada is undoubtedly one of Spain’s best cities for tapas. Call us biased, but once you experience the unbeatable free tapas culture here, we think you’ll wholeheartedly agree. There’s no better way to spend a crisp fall evening than by ducking in and out of Granada’s tapas bars. From age-old institutions to trendy modern favorites, we’re spoiled for choice without a doubt!
If you’ll be visiting Granada in November, let us show you how it’s done. Join us on our Tapas, Taverns & History Tour for a two-in-one experience that will give you a crash course in Granada’s food scene as well as its history. By the time the fun-filled evening is over, you’ll understand how Granada’s rich and varied cuisine has helped to shape its story (and be full from eating plenty of tapas, of course!). You won’t want to miss this!
Life is too short to speak one language and stay in one place. In 2015, this philosophy took her from familiar Ohio to sunny southern Spain. Usually drinking tinto de verano, reading Lorca, or attempting to dance flamenco (not all at once). Follow her blog, Viatic Couture, for more.