Top 10 (Things to Do in Barcelona): October Edition

Top 10 (Things to Do in Barcelona): October Edition

  1. Start using Uber
    1. Uber has arrived in Barcelona! Download the application on your iPhone or android, make a new account, and then make sure you plug in the promo code: AASHILIST to cash in on two free taxi rides (each for 15 euros or less)
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  2. Corre Barri
    1. If you’re new to the area and looking for runs, look no further! The 3rd annual Corre Barri will take place on Sunday, October 12th along Barcelona’s scenic beaches. This is a fun 10km race amongst the main 10 barris (“neighborhoods” in Catalan) of Barcelona, where each barri wears a different color/ designed shirt. For more info, check the FB page; signup ends on the 7th!
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  3. Fiesta Nacional de España
    1. Coincidentally enough, the 12th of October also happens to be Spain’s national holiday, which is celebrated throughout the country. Although it falls the day after Columbus Day in the US, Oct. 12th here also commemorates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas. (In general, way bigger deal in Madrid than in BCN).
  4. Check out a museum (& don’t forget to use student discounts!)
    1. Fall weather makes for perfect days to check out one of Barcelona’s great museums, including but certainly not limited to: the Picasso Museum, the Joan Miró Foundation, the Can Framis Museum, and MACBA.
  1. Brunch, and brunch often
    1. The idea of going out for brunch has finally started to make inroads here! Exciting stuff. Myriad dining establishments now offer brunch menus, complete with the corresponding cocktails. Personal favorites thus far include: MarmaladeMilk Bar (Marmalade’s little sister spot), & Federal Café.
    2. Pancakes at Marmalade

      Pancakes at Marmalade

  2. You can still lounge on the beach…
    1. The incessant humidity and heat has finally began to taper off, but that doesn’t mean you can no longer frequent the local beaches. On the contrary, skip the suit, and just go for a nice afternoon/ evening to catch up on your reading or share a bottle of cava with a friend.
  3. Get a public library card!
    1. The Barcelona network of public libraries is super underrated. Find your nearest library, take your passport, and you can easily get your own personal library card. Armed with that card, you gain free access to Wi-Fi on the premises, study rooms, books, DVDs, and a ton of BCN insider info.
  4. Go to a FCB game at Camp Nou
    1. If you haven’t had a chance to go to a FC Barcelona soccer match at their home stadium, Camp Nou, now’s the time! In the month of October FCB will play at home twice on the 18th and again on the 21st. You can easily buy tickets online on  their website.
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  5. Hit up the Barcelona Casino
    1. Although there are plenty of Salon de Juegos sprinkled around the city, the real deal in terms of casinos is located next to the Hotel Arts only a few minutes walk from the Vila Olimpica (L4) metro stop. All you need to bring is your passport and luck, and the gambling world is your oyster!
  6. Halloween
    1. Sadly, Halloween here is not quite as big of a deal as it is in the US. That being said, locals get way more into dressing up in costume for Carnival in March. If you are a Halloween die hard though, of course more touristy bars and clubs will cater to your Halloween costume party /contest desires. Make sure you stay tuned with Aashi List to join the best Halloween festivities!
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