Come November, the weather in Portugal will still be pleasant enough for sightseeing, sitting on the beach with a book, or enjoying a meal al fresco. The sun should be shining throughout most of the country. As always, we recommend bringing a waterproof jacket as Portugal's autumns tend to be wetter than its summers. Also, while there are fewer tourists and more travel bargains in Portugal in November, take full advantage of its temperate weather. There is a lot that you can do this time of year.
Portugal Weather in October
In Lisbon, the average temperature during the day reaches a high of 64 F and at night dips down to around 53 F. This time of year has higher than usual humidity rates, averaging about 80 percent. Portugal is a subtropical Mediterranean country. You can expect rain for about half of the days of the month. The warmer Portuguese parts are Lisbon and the Algarve, the region that includes the southernmost coastal cities.
There are lots to see and do in Lisbon, and even in November, the weather is nice enough to comfortably go site-seeing and enjoy the city's miraduoros, or lookout points. Make sure to grab a hotel with a gorgeous view of the city, if you can.
If you get a few warm days, head to the beach. The average maximum temperature in the Algarve in November is 68 F. The average minimum temperature is 52 F. You might even be able to dip your toes in the water, the average sea water temps are 64 F this time of year.
Porto and the Douro Valley are a little cooler in October than the rest of the country. For example, in Porto, the average temperature is about 10 degrees cooler at 55 F. The high average is 62 F and the low average is 47 F. In November you should be able to still stroll along the Cais de Vila Nova de Gaia where the port wine cellars are and take in beautiful views while enjoying a port wine or just something to eat. Consider taking a tour of the city's famous Croft Winery, the oldest winery in Porto.
It can get chilly in the Douro Valley particularly at night, but this can be more pleasant than visiting the valley during the hotter temperatures of the summer or the cold temperatures of the winter. The average maximum temperature in Vila Real in the Douro Valley in November is 56 F. The average minimum temperature is 42 F. Of course, even on the train, you can take in many of the Douro Valley's views. You can book a day-long tour of the wineries, then, find a nice comfy bed in a close-by hotel.
What to Pack
In November, it is best to dress in layers. You may leave the morning with a jacket on. You may not need it by midday. The evenings will usually cool down to the point where you will need it again. You will not need to pack your short sleeve shirts unless it is an undershirt. Long sleeves are your best bet. At the very least, if you get a warm day, you will not need to wear your jacket if you have long-sleeved shirts.
Do not forget to bring a sweater and a light jacket (waterproof, preferable). Comfortable closed-toe shoes, or a pair of sneakers, are the best option for touring Lisbon or the valley. You should pack an umbrella.
November Events in Portugal
Cheer marathon runners on the Porto Marathon, check out the Lisbon Film Festival or the Vodafone music festival, or take in the local religious culture at St. Martin's Fair in Portimao.
- Maratona do Porto (Porto marathon): The Porto Marathon takes place in November, starting and finishing in the Parque da Cidade. This event is well-known in Portugal and internationally, attracts participants from all over the world. It combines seaside and riverside views of three cities, Porto, Matosinhos, and Gaia. The Porto Marathon course shows the best of this region by going over bridges and past wine cellars.
- Lisbon and Sintra Film Festival: Set both in Lisbon and in the resort town of Sintra, this annual festival offers film screenings, conferences, readings, master classes, concerts, and exhibitions.
- Vodafone Mexefest: This music festival features artists from all genres like rock, pop, electronic, indie, jazz, funk, and folk. Theatres, churches, restaurants, a garage, and even a railway station on Lisbon’s Avenida da Liberdade are used as the festival’s venues.
- Feira de Sao Martinho (St Martin’s Fair): The day of St. Martin falls on November 11, but the St. Martin's festival in Portimao in the Algarve lasts about a week. This ancient festival has been taking place since 1662 and is a real slice of Algarve culture. There are stalls, street food, and carnival games to enjoy. To be like the locals, try some roast chestnuts from a street vendor and sample the first of the year’s wine.
- Take a day trip from Lisbon to Sintra, a resort town in the foothills of Portugal's Sintra Mountains, where you can visit the three palaces of Regaleira, Pena, and Royal Palaces and the Moorish Castle. This is a popular day trip from Lisbon.
- While in Porto, you will want to make sure that you grab a francesinha sandwich, a regional favorite that originated in Porto. It is essentially a sandwich but it comes in abundant layers of ham, sausage, cheese, and roast meat. Bufete Fase is one of the best places for an authentic francesinha, do not let its humble and basic decor deter you from dining there. Then, stop by the Se Cathedral, dating back from the 12th and 13th centuries, the facade makes this cathedral resemble a genuine fortress while the interior is gentler and more artistic.