Spain in October: All You Need to Know

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Visiting Spain in October is likely to be a fantastic experience. With fewer tourists, more affordable prices, and mild temperatures, this month is ideal for a Spanish adventure minus the mass tourism. Enjoy the sun, visit the most iconic cities, or explore one of the many national parks of Spain.

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Spain Weather in October

Roof of Malaga Cathedral, Spain
The Malaga Cathedral tower is the tallest structure in Malaga and can be seen from all over the capital city of Costa del Sol.

October is the last month to enjoy the warmth of the summer. Temperatures throughout the country are still mild, with an average of 21℃ during the day. But Spain is vast, and depending on the region you decide to visit, you will likely find a different climate. If you are looking for warmer weather, head to the Canary Islands where temperatures can reach 26 ℃ during the day. On the Mediterranean coast, in cities such as Barcelona, Málaga, and Sevilla, temperatures hover around 23℃. The coldest climate can be found inland and in the north—Madrid has an average of just 16℃ and temperatures can drop to 5℃ at night, so make sure to take a warm coat with you in the evening.

For a seasonal overview, check our guide on the best time to visit Spain.

Weather in Spain in October - Rainfall and Temperatures

Sep Oct Nov
Avg Daily (°C) 29 21 15
Avg Nightly (°C) 14 9 4
Avg Daily (°F) 85 70 59
Avg Nightly (°F) 58 49 40
Avg Rainfall (mm) 20 40 50

Why Visit Spain in October

Woman traveling in Zaragoza city
Zaragoza is a go-to destination for shopping, fun nightlife, and delicious Spanish cuisines.
View of Cala d'Hort Beach, Ibiza
Spanish autumns are ideal for spending time on the beach worrying about sunburn.

October is the last month when you will still find warm and sunny days. Also, there are many things to do in Spain before the cold kicks in.

  • Fewer tourists: As a low season month, there is less footfall throughout Spain in October, meaning you will be able to take perfect photos without hundreds of tourists getting in your shot, and you will have more opportunities to mingle with the locals.
  • Affordable prices: Another fantastic consequence of visiting during the low season is that prices will be more affordable. Save some money on accommodation and several other tourist services.
  • Festivities and celebrations: Spanish people love festivities and celebrations. If you visit Spain in October, you will get the chance to take part in several events, such as Zaragoza’s Fiestas del Pilar. During this celebration, groups of people from the nearby towns bring colorful flowers in honor of the city's saint, the Virgin del Pilar.
    Another great event is the Fiestas of San Froilán. This festivity takes place in the town of Lugo, in the northeast area of the country. From the 4th to the 12th of the month, the streets fill up with musicians, markets, jugglers, magicians, and cabezudo figures.
  • Sunbathing: October has ideal conditions for basking in the sun. The temperatures are not too hot, and you will be able to stay at the beach all day without getting a sunburn. This is an ideal opportunity to enjoy the last days of warmth and completely relax.

Where to go and what to do

October is one of the best months to travel to Spain. Make sure to spend at least seven days in Spain if you want to truly enjoy your trip instead of rushing from one destination to the other.

There are so many places to visit in Spain during this time of the year. If you want to soak up the last sun before the long winter, make sure to visit Málaga and Cádiza, where sunbathing is still possible. Enjoy long hikes in Sierra Nevada National Park or the Pyrenees mountains.

Culture fanatics can opt for any one of the many historical cities in the country. Enjoy sightseeing in Barcelona, witness the prized artistic masterpieces in Madrid, or explore Granada and its architectural marvels. Here you will get the chance to interact with the locals daily and learn everything about their culture by joining a tapas tour, or a flamenco class! These are also impressive cities to marvel at the work of the many artists born in Spain, from Gaudí's architecture to Picasso's paintings.

Fewer tourists, mild temperatures, and plenty of celebrations are only some of the many reasons that make October an ideal month to visit Spain. Experience your autumn in Spain and marvel at the country's history, traditions, and culture. Whether you decide to sunbathe in Costa del Sol, visit the Sierra Nevada National Park, or take part in Zaragoza's Fiestas del Pilar, you will surely have a blast!

Wondering how long it takes to cover it all? Check out our travel guide on how many days to spend in Spain for more ideas and insights. If you are in the process of planning your custom trip to Spain and need some help, feel free to reach out to our local travel experts in Spain. You can also browse our trips to Spain in October for instant inspiration.

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Published by Will Cooper, updated on August 2, 2023

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