Looking for a winter escape in the sun? Fuengirola in November might be just what you need!
Don’t get fooled though – November is the start of the proper winter season with gusty winds and first showers arriving too. Having said that, it’s still considerably warmer compared to the rest of Europe – on average around 17 – 19 C on good days.
This is my second winter in Fuengirola and here is a little report, in case you wondering whether to book a holiday in Costa del Sol in November.
Weather in Fuengirola in November
This year especially, it has been in general much colder than the previous year.
In a good year, you have temperatures climbing up to 20C with very mild weather conditions – that usually means no wind! I’ve seen people swimming in the sea and enjoying the winter sun on the beach without the need for winter jackets.
This year, the temperatures dropped already as far as 16C during the day, which is normal for January, not this time of year. It’s still really warm in the sun, without any wind, but as soon as the sun goes down, the temperature drops dramatically.
At night, the temperature goes below 10C and you can really feel it – almost none of the Spanish properties on the coast have central heating, so you’re relying on small indoor heaters or the aircon units to keep warm.
Surprisingly enough, we haven’t seen much rain this month. Maybe a couple of rainy days in the whole month, and those being more passing showers. Malaga and other areas of Costa del Sol were not that lucky, they tend to get more rain than Fuengirola.
If you’re planning your trip and checking the weather forecast, please note it’s not very accurate. Things can change very quickly from one day to another, and even a full week of rain in the forecast doesn’t necessarily mean it will rain.
What to Pack for November Trip
November weather can be very tricky – you will be very hot sitting in the sun on a terrace, but also cold in the mornings and evenings. You certainly don’t need a properly padded winter jacket, but warm clothing is highly recommended.
Take an umbrella and wind-proofed jacket as a backup plan, and if you don’t mind the lower temperatures you can also pack your swimming suit or wetsuit.
If you’re not staying in a hotel but a rented apartment, bring a pair of warm slippers for the indoors – carpets are not widely used in Spain and the floors are extremely cold.
Are Shops & Restaurants Open in Fuengirola in November?
Almost all of the beach restaurants (chiringuitos) are closed for winter, with a few exceptions (the one by the Pesetta monument remains open all year round). Other restaurants operate mostly as normal, so you won’t even notice it’s the winter season in full swing.
The restaurants tend to be much less crowded this time of year.
All of the sunbed rental places are also closed and sunbeds removed from the beach, so if you’re looking to spend some time by the sea, you need to bring your own chair (the ground is really cold).
Hotels operate mostly as normal, but not all of them remain open for winter, giving you fewer options to choose from.
What’s Happening in Fuengirola in November
At the beginning of November, the town hall starts to decorate the streets with Christmas lights, but they don’t turn these on until the last weekend of November.
The last weekend of November, they also officially open the Christmas markets at Plaza de la Constitution. It’s a very small affair with a few wooden stalls and Christmas decorations, nothing as spectacular as you would see elsewhere in Europe.
November also sees the arrival of tourists from Northern Europe in much higher numbers, so you will hear Finnish, Swedish or Norwegian a lot on the streets. They are staying for the whole winter season mostly, apart from them there isn’t really a significant presence of tourists.