Temperatures start to cool off considerably in Andalucia during October, though it is still hot by British standards with an average daytime maximum temperature of 26°C (78°F), while the average minimum is 14°C (57°F) over much of the region. Coastal areas are generally warmer at night than inland. Sea temperatures in October are still warm, around 22°C (71°F).
Skies over Andalucia are mostly clear, with a 24% chance of precipitation. Rainfall becomes more common during October than during the summer months, particularly when low pressure systems track further south than usual. However, most Octobers have lengthy dry spells, and while the mean monthly rainfall averages around 60-70mm, this falls on an average of just five rainfall days.
Sunshine remains quite reliable, particularly near the Mediterranean coast, with an average of 7 hours per days with bright sunshine.
Humidity ranges from comfortable (35%) to very humid (97%), with the air drier around October 1 and becoming more wet as the month progresses. Wind speeds range from calm to gentle breeze, blowing in from the west.
Overall, average temperatures cool off quite rapidly in October. Around October 1, averages are at 18°C (64°F), with highs of 26°C (78°F) and lows of 11°C (51°F). By mid-month, averages are at 15°C (59°F), highs at 23°C (73°F) and lows at 9°C (48°F). By the end of October, averages are at 13C (55°F), highs at 20C (68°F) and lows at 7C (44°F).
Where to Stay
Tryp Cadiz la Caleta
Tryp Cadiz la Caleta (Avda. Amilcar Barca esq. Doctor Fleming) is an excellent option in Cadiz. Located on La Victoria Beach, the hotel is right near Paseo Maritimo, and the city's main shopping areas. Elegant, modern rooms are available for singles, couples or families; be sure to request a sea view. Onsite facilities private parking, international breakfast buffet and a lounge bar ideal for an afternoon coffee or evening cocktail.
Hotel Don Paula
Hotel Don Paula is located in La Juderia neighbourhood of Cordoba, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The main square Las Tendillas and the Mezquita Catedral are within 5 minutes' walking distance. Each one of its 10 rooms are equipped with private bathroom, TV, A/C, fridge, telephone, wifi--and some cater to solo and physically handicapped guests.
Hit the Beach
Playa de los Genoveses
Playa de los Genoveses is a perfect horseshoe bay with shallow water. It is still off the beaten track and undeveloped, which makes it a great respite from the crowds as well as the heat. You won't find sunbeds or other facilities here--that honour lies in the nearby town of San Jose.
Playa del Canuelo
Playa del Canuelo is a small beach with a hip vibe and crystal clear waters. Swimwear is optional but snorkeling is definitely recommended--you won't want to miss the beautiful underwater sights here.
Eating & Drinking Out
Taberna Luque in Cordoba is a unique, family-run tavern with delicious dishes like salmorejo, gazpacho and fresh sangria.
La Montana is a charming, casual restaurant in between the pueblos blancos of Bedar and Lubrin. The atmosphere is friendly, the cellar well-stocked, and the view of olive and almond groves stunning. Every other Sunday, Spanish live music erupts in the cosy dining room.
Tropicana in Ronda is an organic tavern/cafe that serves everything from succulent tapas to gourmet hamburgers. Sample traditional Spanish nibbles while sipping the finest Andalusian wines.
Restaurante Palangreros has been serving patrons in Fuengirola for more than 20 years. Their Mediterranean cuisine is made from quality ingredients: pork sirloin skewer, fried aubergines with honey, swordfish with ratatouille, crayfish paella, and more.
Things to Do
Feria y Fiestas En Honour a Nuestra Senora La Virgen de Rosario
In Montoro, to the north of Cadiz, the Feria y Fiestas En honour a Nuestra Senora La Virgen de Rosario is held every October, and honours the town's patron saint. It boasts numerous traditionally-Spanish entertainment such as flamenco dancing and bullfighting, as well as concerts and a special lunch.
Other Things to do
Nearby are the town of Huelva and the El Portil tourist centre, and the beaches of the Costa de la Luz offer opportunities for sunbathing, windsurfing and sailing. The Parke Aquopolis Carteya offers water-based entertainment including numerous water slides.