Weather in the Algarve in November

Joanne Owen

written by
Joanne Owen

updated 07.06.2024

Though better known as a summer destination, visiting the Algarve in autumn and winter has plenty to commend it. First up, while a far cry from Portugal's sizzling summer temperatures, the weather in the Algarve in November is pleasantly mild, and well-suited to travellers who fancy exploring the countryside and uncovering local culture in the company of smaller crowds. Read on for detail on the weather in the Algarve in November, along with ideas for what to see and do during your trip.

Highlights of the Algarve weather in November

  • Sitting in the low season, November sees cooler temperatures.
  • Day-time highs of 19°C (66°F) are ideal for likes of golf and exploring the countryside.
  • With around 86mm of rainfall across the month, you’re likely to experience some rainy days during your visit.
  • Low season visitor numbers mean lower costs, and more space.

Planning to visit the Algarve in November? Take inspiration from our customisable Portugal itineraries and read our year-round travel guide.

Old town in Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal © Shutterstock

The weather in the Algarve in November is ideal for exploring the likes of Albufeira in cooler, crowd-free conditions © Shutterstock

Is November a good time to visit the Algarve?

Let’s get the obvious out of the way. If your heart is set on experiencing the Algarve in all its hot, sun-drenched glory, November’s cooler temperatures and potential for rain are likely to (ahem) rain on your parade. You’d be better off heading to one of our recommended winter sun destinations.

If, however, you’re looking for mild weather, lower costs, smaller crowds, and the chance to see the region's more authentic side, it’s worth considering visiting the Algarve in November.

Though mild, the weather in the Algarve in November is actually much warmer than many northern European countries, with average highs sitting around 19°C (66°F). Just bring the right attire for the cooler evenings and you’re set.

You’ll also want to bring a brolly and wet weather gear as November can be quite variable and unpredictable on the rainfall front.

With an average of around 86mm across the month, you’re likely to experience some rainy days during your visit. But that shouldn’t put you off taking advantage of conditions that are generally great for golfing, hiking and cycling. Or how about enjoying scenic drives along the coast?

Lastly, the small number of tourists mean the price of flights and accommodation will be less, making November a cost-effective time to visit. 

Not sure where you want to travel? Discover more of the best places to visit in November.

Historic place in Milreu, near Faro, Portugal © Shutterstock

Palace in Milreu, near Faro, Portugal © Shutterstock

Average temperatures in the Algarve in November

The weather in the Algarve in November sees an average day time high of around 19°C (66°F). Come nightfall, this drops to around 12°C (54°F) — consider this range when packing. You’ll definitely need warmer wear for the evenings. 

That said, you might also want to pack your swimsuit. November’s average sea temperature sits around 20°C, which many folks find just fine.

Want a bigger picture of the weather? Read up on the weather in Portugal in November beyond the Algarve.

You might also want more detail on how to get to Portugal and when to go to Portugal around the year.

Beach of São Rafael in Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal © Shutterstock

São Rafael beach, Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal © Shutterstock

What about the crowds and cost?

As mentioned above, November is a low season month in the Algarve, which is definitely a plus if you prefer a quieter holiday, or want to experience local life without the hustle and bustle of peak season.

Going hand in hand with the low visitor numbers is a reduction in the cost of flights and accommodation. So, if you’ve had your eye on a special place to stay, November might be the month to upgrade where you bed down for the night.

Editor’s tip: looking for a budget-friendly holiday, and want to escape the crowds? Consider heading off the tourist trail in Portugal. This is also a wonderful way to implement sustainable tourism in the Algarve.

Praia fe Faro © Shutterstock

Praia De Faro, the Algarve, Portugal © Shutterstock

Unforgettable customisable Portugal itineraries

If you fancy seeing a rewarding range of Portugal, consider taking a trip that’s been curated by a Rough Guides’ local expert.

Enabling you to forgo the faff of planning and booking, they can be 100% tailored to your preferences to create your perfect trip.

Here are a few sample itineraries to spark inspiration:

  • The Real Algarve Experience (7 days): based in the traditional fishing village Olhao, this immersive trip will see you experience the Algarve in authentic style. With a focus on food and culture, you'll get to enjoy a private food tour, take a market-to-table cooking class, visit an olive farm, and enjoy a traditional sweet-making workshop. You’ll also spend time exploring the stunning islands of Ria Formosa lagoon.
  • The Best of Portugal (12 days): taking in capital Lisbon, historic Porto, the lush Douro Valley, and the Algarve, this gives you the chance to explore historic sites in Lisbon and Sintra and sample world-class wine in the Douro Valley, with boat trips, beaches and UNESCO Heritage Sites aplenty.
  • Discovering the Coast of Portugal (11 days): kicking off in picturesque Porto, where you’ll uncover historic sites and wineries, this diverse experience also includes Aveiro — known as the Venice of Portugal — the Algarve, national parks, charming traditional villages, and historic caves.

Explore more customisable Portugal itineraries.

Colourful Sintra, Portugal palace Palácio da Pena © Shutterstock

Book a customisable Rough Guides' trip to take you from Sintra (pictured) to the Algarve © Shutterstock

What to do and see in the Algarve in November 

Cool and quiet, November is a great time to uncover the Algarve in more authentic style — from sampling local flavours at festivals and markets, to exploring the great outdoors in mild, crowd-free conditions.

Here are some of the best things to see and do in the Algarve in November.

Discover local gastronomy

Being less crowded, November is an especially rewarding time to do a deep dive into the region’s markets to discover local produce.

Foodies also won’t want to miss the Feast of St. Martin (Dia de São Martinho). Celebrated on 11th November across many towns and villages, this is the perfect occasion to join locals in tasting new wines and tucking into roasted chestnuts. 

Hike and bike

Take advantage of the cooler weather to explore the Algarve’s awe-inspiring interior. 

For example, Via Algarviana and Rota Vicentina offer stunning trails that feel a lot less challenging in November than they do during the scorching heat of summer.

Explore historic sites

With fewer tourists, visiting cultural landmarks is a much more immersive experience in November.

Don’t miss the Castles of Silves and Lagos, the Cathedral of Faro, and the Roman ruins of Milreu in Estoi.

Enjoy scenic drives and nature tours

Scenic drives through the Monchique Mountains, or along the coast near Sagres are particularly rewarding in November, when the countryside has regained its greenery after the dry summer months.

November is also an excellent month for bird watching, especially in areas like the Ria Formosa, where many migratory birds are likely to be sighted.

For more inspiration, read up on the best things to do in Portugal.

Fisherboats at the beach Natural Park Ria Formosa - Algarve - Portugal © Michael Schroeder/Shutterstock

 Ria Formosa, the Algarve © Michael Schroeder/Shutterstock

Visit the Algarve in different months

To be better informed before booking your trip, find out what to expect of the weather in the Algarve around the year.

  • January: with a temperature range of 8°C to 16°C (46°F to 61°F), this is the coldest month of year, with low-season tourist levels.
  • Februarysimilar to January, but slightly warmer, February remains quiet, though the beginning of the Almond Blossom season attracts more visitors.
  • March: mild, with temperatures ranging from 10°C to 18°C (50°F to 64°F), March is a great month for outdoor activities without the crowds.
  • April: with a pleasant temperature range of 11°C to 20°C (52°F to 68°F), shoulder-season April sees more sun, less rain, and a rise in visitors around Easter.
  • May: great beach weather begins in May, with warmer temperatures drawing more crowds, though it’s not nearly as busy as summer.
  • June: with temperatures averaging 16°C to 25°C (61°F to 77°F), June is perfect for beach breaks and water sports, and heralds the start of peak season.
  • July: July sees the Algarve turn hot, with average highs of  28°C (82°F). It also sits in the summer high season.
  • August: peak season continues in August, with high visitor numbers, vibrant nightlife, and similar temperatures to July.
  • SeptemberSeptember remains warm, but temperatures start to cool, and visitor numbers begin to taper off as the month wears on.
  • October: with average daily highs remaining around 23°C (73°F), this shoulder-season month is ideal if you prefer cooler weather and smaller crowds.
  • December: cool and quiet, low-season December offers average temperatures of 9°C to 17°C (48°F to 63°F).
Joanne Owen

written by
Joanne Owen

updated 07.06.2024

Joanne is a Pembrokeshire-born writer with a passion for the nature, cultures and histories of the Caribbean region, especially Dominica. Also passionate about inspiring a love of adventure in young people, she’s the author of several books for children and young adults, hosts international writing workshops, and has written articles on the Caribbean and inspirational community initiatives for Rough Guides. Follow her @JoanneOwen on Twitter and @joanneowenwrites on Instagram.

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