Traveling to Algarve in November is a wonderful time to visit if you know what to expect. It’s firmly offseason. Beaches are empty, temperatures are mild, hotel prices are low, and you can secure dinner reservations anywhere. It’s an especially excellent time to go hiking, as the air is balmy and daytime temperatures hover around 18°C.
November isn’t a great month for a beach holiday. There will definitely be a few days that merit long hours at the beach, but most of the time, it’s just a bit too crisp. Therefore, we wouldn’t recommend designing your trip around a single beach resort town. If the weather isn’t ideal, then you’ll be bored out of your mind.
Because the “tourist season” has ended, some establishments start closing up for the holidays early in the month. That didn’t impact our trip too much, but it made eating out a bit difficult.
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Algarve Temperature in November
The Algarve temp in November is very mild. In summer, the heat can be very oppressive and discourage you from exploring any place other than the beaches. So, Fall is a great time to take advantage of the milder temperatures and get to know Algarve’s inland villages and coastal trails.
The sun sets around 5:30 p.m. As soon as it does, you’ll be grabbing your sweater and jacket. It gets chilly. Even wearing sandals at night felt too cold.
Daytime temperatures in Algarve in November range from 17°C – 19°C (62°F – 66.2°F). Nighttime temperatures range from 11°C – 14°C (51.8°F – 57.2°F).
Algarve Weather in November
We were in Algarve from early to mid-November. In general, the weather was very stable. We had beautiful sunny skies with some cloud coverage almost every day. It rained only twice during our trip. The rainfall was sporadic, not continuous.
The forecast for the end of November (in 2019) showed more rainfall. Though, the temperatures remained the same throughout the month.
Best Things to Do in Algarve in November
- Walk the Seven Hanging Valleys Trail
- Go on a Southern Portugal Road Trip
- Grab a Cocktail at Rei das Praias
- Hike Trail of the Headlands
- Watch the Sunset at Praia dos Arrifes
- Stay in Ferragudo, Carvoeiro, or Lagos
Walk the Seven Hanging Valleys Trail
November is the perfect month to hike along Algarve’s Atlantic coastline. Because temperatures are mild throughout the day and parking isn’t a problem, you can start whenever you want. One of the most popular walks in Algarve is the Seven Hanging Valleys Trail. This coastal route stretches between the beaches of Praia da Marinha and Praia de Vale Centianes. Read our Seven Hanging Valleys trail guide to find out where to start, where to eat and which direction to hike in first.
Go on a Southern Portugal Road Trip
November is a great month to explore Algarve on a road trip. Unlike the summer months, the climate is very agreeable and allows for active exploration. While beach destinations are definitely the highlight of any trip to Algarve, you could explore and stay in inland towns as well. You won’t be roasted by the sun if you visit the towns of Silves, São Brás de Alportel, Castro Marim, Loulé and Alte. Read our Algarve road trip itinerary for trip planning inspiration.
Grab a Cocktail at Rei das Praias
Rei das Praias is a beach restaurant and bar situated at the hidden Praia dos Caneiros in Ferragudo. In summer, it’s really difficult to secure a reservation here, but in November, it’s blissfully quiet. You can enjoy the golden beach of Praia dos Caneiros, before grabbing a cocktail, or dinner at Rei das Praias. And, if you’re keen on more coastal hiking, a beautiful trail starts right here (see below).
Tip: If you stay at this hotel, it’s a short walk to Rei das Praias and Praia dos Caneiros.
Hike the Trail of Headlands
Another fantastic hiking trail in Algarve is Trail of the Headlands. The trail clings to the coast between the beaches of Praia dos Caneiros (Ferragudo) and Praia do Carvoeiro. This is a fantastic walking route that very few people know about. You can read more about it in our Best Hikes in Portugal post.
Watch the Sunset at Praia dos Arrifes
Praia dos Arrifes is a blue flag beach in Albufeira municipality. Dominated by three isolated rock formations, this dramatic beachscape makes for a fantastic photography spot during sunset. When we were staying at Sao Rafael Villas & Apartments, we walked to Praia dos Arrifes for sunset. Our only company was a lone fisherman waiting to catch his dinner.
Where to Stay in Algarve in November
The best places to Stay in Algarve in November are Ferragudo, Carvoeiro, or Lagos.
- Stay in Ferragudo if you want a quiet holiday with a local vibe.
- Stay in Carvoeiro if you want to do lots of coastal walking.
- Stay in Lagos if you’re traveling with friends, or without a car, and if you want lots of dining options.
Stay in Ferragudo
Ferragudo is a whitewashed fishing village, situated at the mouth of the Arade River. It’s directly across from Portimão, though it couldn’t be more different. Ferragudo retains its character with great ease. There are no tacky tourist shops or hideous megahotels here. If you’re looking for a quiet place to stay, that feels more local than touristic, stay in Ferragudo. Though quiet, Ferragudo was not empty in November. Locals drink coffee in snack bars and children run home from school.
Our Favorite Place to Stay in Ferragudo: Caneiros Luxury House & Suites
We loved staying at Caneiros Luxury House & Suites, a boutique hotel in Ferragudo. We loved the comfort of our room, the professionalism of the staff, the overall design of the hotel, and our daily breakfast on the terrace. We have nothing but the highest praise for this accommodation.
Caneiros Luxury House & Suites is also a 5-minute walk to Praia dos Caneiros, the most beautiful beach in Ferragudo. Here, you can watch the sunset, enjoy a drink at Rei das Praias, and walk along the coast (Trail of Headlands).
Stay in Carvoeiro
Carvoeiro is a scenic coastal town in the Algarve. It’s one of those few places where the development actually enhances the coast’s natural beauty.
Flanked by limestone cliffs topped with houses, the Carvoeiro Beach is picture-perfect from every possible angle. Its beauty is simultaneously timeless and nostalgic.
November is the perfect month to stay in Carvoeiro. In summer, it’s super busy here. But, in fall it’s perfect. Furthermore, if you stay in Carvoeiro, you can walk to Ferragudo along the Trail of Headlands. You can also walk along the boardwalk and to the start of the Seven Hanging Valleys Trail.
Budget | O Quintal Guesthouse is a darling, light-filled B&B in the center of Carvoeiro. Guests have access to a shared kitchen, lounge, and terrace.
Mid-Range/Luxury | Tivoli Carvoeiro is a newly-renovated hotel in Carvoeiro. There is no better option for travelers seeking comfort and convenience. As a guest, you can enjoy two swimming pools and a spa center. You’ll also be treated to cliff and ocean views from your room (opt for sea view) and the hotel’s various bars (there are three). And, if you’re seeking a no-hassle vacation, you can book half board (breakfast and dinner included). Tivoli Carvoeiro has 3 on-site restaurants.
Stay in Lagos
Lagos is a vibrant town and a great base in the Algarve for couples, friends, and families. Dining and cuisine options are unlimited. You can eat Mexican, Hawaiian, Indian, and the list goes on. While many places in the Algarve in November feel empty and sleepy, Lagos doesn’t at all.
Budget | Hotel Mar Azul is a no-frills hotel in the center of Lagos. It’s basic but clean and comfortable. The location can’t be better.
Mid-Range | 3 Marias Guest House is a top-rated bed and breakfast in Lagos with a wonderful rooftop terrace. The rooms are simple but extremely clean and comfortable. The breakfast is extraordinary.
Luxury | Casa Mãe is a superb hotel in Lagos with an on-site restaurant, bar, swimming pool, and garden. Rooms are airy and designed thoughtfully. This the perfect place to stay for a romantic getaway, honeymoon, or anniversary.
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