Things to do in Barcelona in October
During fall, Barcelona offers the perfect weather, it is not too hot, not very cold. So, you must be wondering which are the best things to do in Barcelona in October with this great temperature? Here are some ideas!
Have a walk at the Parc de la Ciutadella
So, with these great colors that fall offers, one of the best things to do in Barcelona in October is to go to one of our best parks in town, which is El Parc de la Ciutadella. It’s the biggest park in town and it’s placed in the city center. You can go there for a nice walk, for a picnic or to visit one of the attractions that it harbors such as the Zoo, the Parliament or the Botanic Garden.
Visit the Monastery of Santa María de Pedralbes
One of the best things to do in October in Barcelona is to visit the Monastery of Santa María de Pedralbes. I love going there when fall is coming and everything has these warm colors.
The building is great and the palace is amazing. If you visit the tomb of the woman who ordered the construction, Elisenda de Moncada, you’ll see two different images of the same person: one dressed as a queen and another one in the back, represented as a widow. Curious, right?
I’m sure you will thoroughly enjoy exploring this landmarks and learning about its history, so don’t miss it while in the city of Barcelona!
Attend an amazing show at El Molino
One of the symbols of the old and fun Barcelona is El Molino. This is like the Catalan version of the Moulin Rouge in Paris, but less glamorous, I’m afraid. It is located in Paral·lel Street, the Avinguda del Paral·lel.
This long avenue used to be the theaters area in Barcelona in the beginning of the nineteenth century. There were hundreds of theaters and clubs and a vibrant nightlife for all kinds of people.
Nowadays, most of them have gone but we still have a few and El Molino is there ready to amuse everyone with their cabaret and burlesque shows!
Go shopping at the Encants Market
One of my favorite places to go shopping in town is the Encants Market. This is one of the oldest flea markets in Europe and has been recently renovated.
I loved it when it was in the old location but I like it even more now that is held in a very modern building. I think the contrast between the contemporary architecture and the old stuff that they sell there is very romantic. But… you definitely need to go there to understand!
Celebrate the Castanyada
The Castanyada is the chestnuts party! The locals celebrate the Castanyada on the night of October, 3st! It is one of the traditional specialties during the All Saints celebrations. During these celebrations, the Catalans usually eat yams, roasted chestnuts, candied fruit and drink muscatel. You will find many street vendors selling roasted chestnuts!
Enjoy the spa
To properly welcome autumn, nothing is better than to go to a spa! You deserve it!
If you prefer smaller places, the Rituels d’Orient is perfect for you! It is a bit expensive, but the treatment is customized for each client and you will be able to enjoy your privacy in peace.
If you’re looking for something a little cheaper, go to Aire de Barcelona. You will have access to the whole bathing area, from salt waters, hot water swimming pools, jacuzzis, and hammams! After having a bath, you can choose from a massage or a body treatment. Note that it is required to book in advance.
No matter the spa you will decide to go to, I’m pretty sure you will spend an amazing and pleasant moment, because these are both top quality spas in Barcelona!
Enjoy free entrance to many museums during Festes del Roser
The celebrations, known as Festes del Roser, take place at La Rambla in Barcelona, on October, 7th. The locals celebrate the patron saint of the street, which is La Mare de Déu del Roser. During several days, many activities happen such as free tours, guided tours for some museums, like the Erotic Museum, the Wax Museum, the Teatre del Liceu, and the Palau Güell.
Watch fantastic movies at the Festival de Cine de Sitges
If you enjoy fantastic and horror movies, you need to go to the Festival de Cine de Sitges. This cinema festival happens in Sitges, which is a coastal town, close to Barcelona. It usually happens during the second and the third week of the month of October.
While you’re there, don’t miss the Sitges Zombie Walk, during which horror enthusiasts get dressed as zombies and monsters and walk the streets of the city!
The ticket entrance for the festival start at 7 euros and can go up to 12 euros!
Learn more about architecture during the 48H Open House BCN
The 48H Open House BCN is an architecture festival! It is one of the most awaited events of the year for the locals. During the weekend of the event, which usually happens during the last weekend of the month, many architects offer free guided tours to unique historical buildings of the city. It is an opportunity you should definitely not miss it!
This article about the best things to do in Barcelona in October is now over! I hope I’ve given you a few inspiring ideas, so that you will be able to enjoy the most of the city and get to meet the locals. I also recommend you to join me in one of our guided tours around the city, it is one of the best ways to learn more about Barcelona, its hidden gems, culture and history. Also, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you need further information about anything! We will be more than glad to help you plan your stay! See you soon in Barcelona!