What to Do in Barcelona in October

This blog post was originally posted on September 17, 2014 and was updated on September 10, 2017.

If you are looking for things to do in Barcelona in October, we have you covered!

In October the temperatures have nicely cooled off in Barcelona. However, the city still enjoys post-summer sunny days and warm temperatures. Things have finally started to calm down after the bustling summer months. Surprisingly though, that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty on the agenda. There are so many things happening all over the city in October! Not to mention, the internationally famed Sitges Film Festival and an array of different architectural and gastronomic fairs happening throughout the city.

Looking for awesome things to do in Barcelona in October? Check out our guide to visiting the beautiful autumnal city in October!

Check out the 48H Open House BCN

48H Open House BCN is a weekend-long annual architectural festival. Each year, nearly all of the famed monuments and buildings in Barcelona open their doors free of charge. In many cases, architects lead free guided visits. It’s the perfect opportunity to see some of the most emblematic and historical buildings in Barcelona. The Open House BCN generally falls towards the end of October.

Enjoy the Fall Foliage

As a Mediterranean city, Barcelona isn’t necessarily known for intense seasonal transitions or autumnal colors. However, there are plenty of places to enjoy during this beautiful time of year. While in the city, take a walk to the central Ciutadella Park. Feeling peckish? Indulge in roasted chestnuts that vendors begin to prepare and sell on the street during the fall. If you’re in the mood to move, check out Montjuic or Guinardó Park, the site of old anti air-raid bunkers, for a dose of nature, history and awesome views of all Barcelona.

Wine and Dine

Barcelona truly is one of the most amazing places in the world to eat and drink. Barcelona is crammed full of incredible foodie spots to choose from—you’ll be spoiled for choice. Immerse yourself in Catalan culture by visiting local bodegas and sampling some of our famous vermouth and wines. Every neighborhood is full of delicious places to eat tapas and taste some authentic Catalan cuisine. Barcelona in October is the perfect time to visit many of these great places as the high season comes to an end. Want to know more about Catalan food? Check out this great video to find out more!

Be a part of Festes del Roser

Over the years, La Rambla has unfortunately become notorious for pickpockets and tourist traps. Nonetheless, it still remains one of Barcelona’s most emblematic streets. When the area celebrates its patron saint, Roser, on the 7th of October it’s an incredible sight. All that week in and around La Rambla, there are many different activities and events happening. As a bonus, the nearby museums and buildings such as the Liceu Opera House, the Erotic Museum, the Wax Museum and the Palau Güell drop admission fees.

You may not believe you're in the city when you visit the Guidardó Park..it's the perfect place to explore in Barcelona in October, as it's one of few places in the city where you can truly see the fall foliage!
Guinardó Park not only boasts great views but also a rich history.

Attend the Famous Sitges Film Festival

For a few weeks every October, the beautiful coastal town of Sitges is transformed into a small paradise for film aficionados. The International Fantasy Film Festival of Sitges is also known as the Sitges Film Festival. It is known throughout Spain, Europe, and the world as one of the best of its kind. Whether or not you’re into these genres, Sitges itself is a wonderful place for a day trip in Barcelona in October.

Join Us On a Food or Tapas Tour!

Last but not least, why not go on a food tour? It really is one of the best and most delicious ways to immerse yourself in a country’s customs and traditions. October is a fantastic time to do it with its perfect temperatures, colorful markets, and lively street life. Whether it’s morning or evening, markets or tapas, choose your experience and book soon! 

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