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

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All things considered, October is one of the best months of the year to visit Spain.

Temperatures are mild and tolerable throughout much of the country, a welcome relief to the scorching summer much of Spain experiences. Additionally, relatively low numbers of tourists and plenty of fun events mean that it's easier than ever to immerse yourself in local culture, no matter where you may be.

Ready to go? Here's what to expect when visiting Spain in October. From unique local events to fabulous weather, you really can't go wrong with any destination in this beautifully diverse country.

Spain Weather in October

Keep in mind that the weather in Spain in October can vary greatly depending on where in the country you are. In general, though, the average high temperature throughout the month is between 60 and 70 degrees, and the average lows come in at around 50 to 60 degrees.

Northern Spain experiences what many of us associate with classic fall weather. The temperatures here are lower than anywhere else in the country during October (though not unpleasantly so), and cloudy, rainy days are not uncommon.

Madrid and Barcelona, despite being located hundreds of miles apart, enjoy quite similar weather in October. Highs in both cities are in the low 70s, and rain—though possible—is generally rare.

The further south you move, the better the weather gets. Southern cities such as Seville, Cordoba, and Malaga still feel like they're almost stuck in late summer, with warm, sunny days, temperatures in the mid-to-high 70s, and a slim-to-none chance of rain.

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What to Pack

Overall, packing for Spain in October is relatively easy. You'll want to think in terms of clothing that can easily be layered—although temperatures are generally pleasant throughout the day, you may still need a jacket or a sweater in the mornings and evenings.

Invest in a sturdy pair of shoes, especially if you'll be doing a lot of walking. Ankle boots are a great way to stay on-trend here in Spain without sacrificing comfort.

Bring an umbrella with you if your itinerary includes a stop or two in northern Spain, but if you'll be down south, don't worry about it. In the rare chance that it does rain, you can easily purchase one here.

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Spain Events in October

October sees everything from major national events to small, local celebrations taking place all over Spain. Here are a few dates to save.

  • Architecture Week: Learn about some of the Spanish capital's most iconic buildings during this fascinating and fun-filled week in Madrid. (September 30–October 7, 2019)
  • Cavatast: Celebrate cava, Spain's signature sparkling wine, at this weekend full of wine and food in Catalonia. (October 4–6, 2019)
  • Spanish National Day: Spanish heritage is commemorated with solemn military parades and awe-inspiring aviation flyovers in Madrid. (October 12)
  • Barcelona Jazz Festival: Household names and up-and-coming stars of the genre convene in the Catalan capital, performing at more than a dozen venues around town. (October 19–31, 2019)
  • Bilbao Night Marathon: Run through the streets of one of the Basque Country's most iconic cities after dark. (October 19, 2019)
  • Horror & Fantasy Film Festival: San Sebastian's main cinematic event takes place in September, but the city also plays host to its delightfully terrifying counterpart just in time for Halloween. (October 26–November 1, 2019)

October Travel Tips

  • Dress for the season, rather than the weather. Throughout Spain, locals will start to don fall clothes in September, despite the weather still being quite warm. To blend in more, consider doing the same. Things like short-sleeved shirts are generally okay, but you won't see anyone wearing flip-flops, for example.
  • On major national and local holidays, such as Spanish National Day on October 12, many businesses such as family-owned stores will close for the day. Keep this in mind when shopping or running errands.

    Still wondering if visiting Spain in October is a good choice for you? Check out our complete guide to the best time of year to visit Spain for a full month by month breakdown of what to expect throughout the year.

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