17 Oct AUTUMN IN BARCELONA
Given its temperate climate, Barcelona is a city to be lived throughout the year. In autumn, the colour of leaves turns from green to warmer hues, and many people are only too happy to enjoy lower temperatures after the sometimes-overpowering heat of summer. It is also a time of traditions, like the stands where roasted chestnuts and warm sweet potatoes can be purchased, or the ubiquitous panellets, the round, energy-packed, generally sweet morsels that were traditionally prepared on All Saints Eve. But of course, Halloween and its paraphernalia have taken hold, including pumpkins and “macabre” decorations.
Top things to do in Barcelona in Autumn
Autumn is also a time for mushrooms, and they are everywhere in the city’s markets: saffron milk cups, golden chanterelle, penny buns and many other delicious species. It is its long history and even strategic position in La Rambla, that makes the Mercat de la Boqueria the most visited by tourists. However, there are other markets in the centre, like the refurbished Mercat de Sant Antoni (in Sant Antoni quarter), Mercat de Santa Caterina (close to the cathedral), o the Mercat del Ninot, just 5 minutes on foot from Acacia Suites Hotel, and 9 minutes from Ako Suites Hotel. These delicious mushrooms can be savoured in countless restaurants that offer a “season menu”. Another good option if you are knowledgeable about edible species, is to try your luck and go on a mushroom-hunting walk in Collserola’s Natural Park.
And, if mushrooms do not appeal to you, you can always go for a walk and see the changing leaves. Various parks in Barcelona will give you this option, like the Jardins del Turó del Putxet, 800 metres from Aparthotel Bonanova Suite, or the gardens in Montjuïc.
Autumn is also a time of music in our City of Counts. The performing arts season begins at this time, with the opera and dance season at the Teatre del Liceu leading the way. Concerts at the Palau de la Música and the Auditori, home to Barcelona’s Symphonic Orchestra, begin their season as well. As far as music festivals go, there is the Barcelona Jazz Festival, with free concerts, masterclasses, lectures and several other activities; and the MIRA, the digital arts festival, a place for exchange and collaboration between musical and visual artists, also with concerts, lectures and workshops, which takes place at a former factory, now become the Fabra i Coats cultural centre, in the Sant Andreu district.
In November, the streets come alive with lighting and Christmas decorations. The days have already become shorter, and it is time to live the city at a different pace. We move from the sun and the beach, to a cup of hot chocolate and the figurines of the manger scenes in the stall market in Plaça de la Catedral, to say goodbye to this season.
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