Rightfully named the 'cosmopolitan' capital of Northeastern Spain, Barcelona is a city for everybody - sports fanatics, food lovers, art & architecture enthusiasts - there's something that will pique all interests here! While there is no right time to visit, October is considered ideal courtesy of great weather, a slew of festivals, and fewer tourists. Read on to discover the best things to do in Barcelona in October.
September is not only the best month to enjoy late summer vibes in Barcelona, it is also off-season, so no annoying touristy crowds! Plus, several lesser-known but cool festivals take place during this month.
Since October in Barcelona is not overly crowded, you can actually relax and enjoy Gaudi’s creations in Barcelona. Peak seasons are notorious for long line-ups, heat, and for being overly crowded. The following places and things are must-visits when in Barcelona in October.
Get on a bike and paint Barcelona red because October is the only month you can do this without dropping unconscious from a heatstroke! The reason this way of exploring comes highly recommended is that the city is flat and dry and has plenty of bike lanes, at least once you get out of the overcrowded Old Town.
Nothing shows off the culture of Spain than the iconic gypsy folk song and dance show, traditionally called a Flamenco Show. Most travelers to the Catalan capital want to catch a show during their visit, and arguably the best place to do so is at Tablao Cordobes, a wonderful Andalusian-style concert venue on Las Ramblas.
October Timings: Daily from 5 PM to 10:30 PM
It isn't customary to celebrate Halloween in Barcelona but that doesn't stifle spirits! In the recent past Halloween celebrations have grown increasingly popular with several clubs and bars putting on special events, particularly Irish pubs and clubs, that draw in lots of students.
Alternative cultural conventions galore during the month of October so don't be surprised if you spot a group of people in weird and wonderful outfits on a random day in October. The BAUM Fest, is a showcase of all things ‘urban culture’, with expos on tattoos, breakdancing, and extreme sports, amongst other activities while the EuroSteamCon steampunk festival offers a chance for aficionados of the genre to put on their finest vintage stylings and meet and mingle for various spectacles, conferences, competitions, and workshops. How cool!
Time Zone: GMT +2
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By Metro: An extensive electric railway network, Barcelona runs mostly underground and has eight lines and 161 stations. Metro map.
By Bus: With 200 lines that run till late in the night extensively covering the city, exploring Barcelona by bus is convenient and cost-efficient. City bus map.
By Cable Car (Funicular): There are three cable car lines in Barcelona that you can hop onto and take in majestic views of the city. Two lines reach Tibidabo while others offer access to Montjuïc.
Taxis and Bicycles: Taxis and bicycles on rent are available across Barcelona and can be taken on hire whenever convenient.
The beautiful city of Barcelona has the right type of accommodation for everyone. We've compiled a list of hotels that'll help you choose the one that's right for you.
Explore traditional dishes of Barcelona across the city. Strongly influenced by the daily catch from the sea, be prepared to savor fresh and delicious seafood delicacies.
Paella: This iconic rice and seafood dish actually originates from Valencia. It is considered Spain’s national dish and is found in every corner of the country.
Esqueixada: Summer might be on its way out in Barcelona in October, but one dish that is perfect for sunny al-fresco lunches is Esqueixada. The salad dish is made from shredded salted cod, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers and, olive oil.
Bombas: These are ball-sized potato croquettes that are served with two different sauces: a white garlic aioli and a rich spicy red sauce.
Yes, Barcelona in October has cool, pleasant weather, with few rainy days and fewer tourist crowds.
Barcelona is not hot in October, some days may be pleasantly warm while others cloudy. The temperature ranges between a high of 23ºC and a low of 13ºC
September is the last of the beach season in Barcelona but if the cold in October doesn't bother you, feel free to take a dip in the waters. The temperature of the sea is a cool 20°C.
It is not always sunny with clear skies, but most days are dry and the weather is not too hot in Barcelona in October.
Dress light during the day but do carry your umbrella and waterproof jacket for the rains. In the night, if it gets chilly, you must layer clothing, like full pants or tops with sleeves and light cardigans and jackets.
One of the wetter months, Barcelona in October experiences about 6 days of rain.
Barcelona in October is budget friendly because it is off season. Hotel and airfare prices are lower than the rest of the year. You can plan an inexpensive vacation by booking your tickets in advance online.
Barcelona is generally safe for tourists. Watch out for pickpockets and petty thieves though. Anti-theft bags are a good investment.
La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Vicens, Casa Mila are some of the many attractions you can visit with much fewer crowds in Barcelona in October.
Barcelona's Oktoberfest, Sitges Film Festival, BAUM Festival are some of the major events in Barcelona in October.
The average high is 23°C and the average low is 17°C.
Take your kids to Barcelona's excellent museums for an educational experience. You can also take them along on a food tour or a hike for them to understand the culture in Barcelona a little better.
Barcelona's Oktoberfest, and Sitges Film Festival are the main festivals in Barcelona in October.