Madrid in October: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

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October is a month of changing weather in Madrid as the city approaches winter. But though the weather can change quite a bit from the beginning to the end of the month (the former still feels almost summerlike, while the latter is quite chilly), it's still an enjoyable time of year to visit. Tourist crowds are low (and therefore, so are accommodation prices), and there are plenty of unique events going on.

Ready to explore? Here's what to expect when visiting Madrid in October.

Madrid Weather in October

October starts out on a nearly perfect note in Madrid, with highs around 75 degrees Fahrenheit and lows around 52 degrees early on in the month. It's also typically sunny most of the time with many days without rain. These warm and sunny days make sightseeing a pleasure, are splendid for dining alfresco, and make packing a breeze since you don't need much for warmth or to stay dry. All in all, it's pretty perfect.

But as the month goes on, the temperatures drop, the clouds increase, and there is a higher chance of rain. By late October, average afternoon highs are 64 degrees, with the temperature dropping into the mid-40s at night. Typically it is cloudy about half the time, and the chance of rain has increased to 23 percent.

The end of the month is still relatively great travel weather, just a bit cooler and a bit less sunny. You might have to duck inside a shop when it's raining, and that patio dining might be less frequent.

Park in Madrid, Spain in autumn
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What to Pack

If you are planning your trip for early October, you can pack pretty light. Take jeans or lightweight pants, long-sleeved cotton tops or sweaters, and a cardigan or light jacket. A cashmere wrap is perfect for evenings alfresco.

As in every European capital, comfortable walking shoes are a must. These can be open or closed for this time of the month, but if you choose open-toed shoes or sandals, you'll need a pair of closed-toe shoes for nighttime, when the temperatures drop into the low 50s on average. A long scarf is a great warm-up piece for the evening that adds some pizzazz to your outfit in the bargain. Don't worry too much about rain gear since the chances are slim during this period.

If your trip falls toward the end of October, you'll need to change up your wardrobe a bit. Think closed-toed shoes only, or even ankle or knee-high boots. They won't be too warm during the day, and will be cozy at night when the temperature falls into the 40s. Ankle boots that are flat or low-heeled make excellent walking shoes and look chic, too, so they can easily go from checking out museums in the daytime to upscale dinners or stops for tapas and Spanish wine late-night in the capital city.

That cashmere wrap is equally useful later in the month, as are cotton sweaters and long-sleeved tops, which can be layered if needed. A poncho is also a good layering piece and can be slipped on over two other layers as needed, day or night. Since the chance of rain increases by the end of the month, an umbrella is a good idea—or just wear a stylish hat to keep your hair (mostly) dry.

October Events in Madrid

October is part of tourism low season in Madrid, and those who plan their trips for different times of year are truly missing out—the month is packed with interesting cultural events and opportunities to really get under the skin of the Spanish capital.

  • Architecture Week (September 30–October 7, 2019): Check out a whole host of unique events, exhibits, and workshops in some of Madrid's most visually stunning buildings.
  • World Press Photo Exhibition (October 4–November 3, 2019): The world's foremost photojournalism expo celebrates its 10th anniversary in Madrid.
  • Madrid Film Festival (October 10–20, 2019): In its 28th edition this year, this film festival aims to spotlight new narratives and creators.
  • Día de la Hispanidad (October 12): Spain's most important national holiday is commemorated in the capital with solemn military processions and awe-inspiring aerial displays.

October Travel Tips

  • Madrid is generally a safe city, but always be aware of your surroundings and watch your belongings. Petty crime such as pickpocketing is quite common.
  • On Spain's national holiday, October 12, many stores and other small businesses may be closed. Be sure to plan your errands accordingly.

To learn more about if you want to visit Madrid in October, check out our full guide on the best time to visit Madrid.

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