Is Spain still hot in October and where are the best places to go?
A last breath of summer; an oasis of warmth and light before the cold and dark winter months to come; or a midterm break with the kids after the stress of the start of a new school year – there are plenty of reasons why people want to vacation in Spain in October. And those jet south will find pleasant temperatures and no crowds.
Spain is a vast country, and the climate of the Basque country in the north, for example, is very different from that of the Canary Islands. But whether you’re looking for a beach vacation or a city break, Spain has plenty to offer in October.
And the big advantage of going to Spain in October is the lack of holidaymakers, except for the last week of the month which tends to coincide with mid-term in England. You won’t have to run for lounge chairs, you won’t have to wait in line to get into museums or theme parks – it’s a laid-back end-of-season vibe.
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The hottest places in Spain for a beach holiday in October
October is perfect for a trip to canaries – with Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote the most popular choices. With a maximum daytime temperature of 27°C and nighttime temperatures of around 20°C, this is one of the best months to visit.
It is also a sunny time of year, with an average of 235 hours of sunshine over the month. And rainfall figures tend to be very low.
Slightly closer in terms of flight time is Costa del Sol, the coastal area near Malaga. It’s been a British favorite for decades and a home for some.
With an average of seven hours of sunshine per day and daytime temperatures of around 23°C, resorts such as Marbella and Puerto Banus enjoy warmer autumnal conditions than the rest of Spain. The added bonus is that the sea, after a whole warming summer, is still perfect for swimming.
The hottest places in Spain for city breaks in October
Cities like Barcelona, Seville, Madrid and Valencia are popular destinations for short breaks. In October, temperatures are still very pleasant and flight prices tend to drop.
Spanish cities are a year-round attraction, but they can get very hot in the summer months. So October is perfect for exploring museums, stopping at cafes and shopping.
Barcelona in October
Daytime temperatures in Barcelona are around 23°C, while at night the temperature should not drop below 17°C. Precipitation is higher than in summer – you might get a few thunderstorms
Madrid in October
October is the ideal month to visit Madrid, with temperatures at much more comfortable levels (around 21°C per day). Rainy days are not uncommon, but in general it is ideal for sightseeing.
Seville in October
Seville is still very hot in October, with daytime temperatures reaching 26°C. Rain shouldn’t be a big problem.
Valencia in October
Valencia is another hot city in October, with temperatures regularly reaching 24°C daily. At night, it should not be colder than 15°C.