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17/09/2016

Five good reasons to visit Barcelona in the autumn

 

As summer draws to a close, so does the holiday season right? Wrong! The autumn months are arguably the best time to visit Barcelona. Scorching hot temperatures give way to cooler (yet sunny) days and brisk evenings, and with everyone back at school or work you will have the beaches, parks and promenades almost to yourself.
Here’s some more reasons to fall in love with Barcelona in the fall…

La Mercè Festival
The Festival de La Mercè is Barcelona’s last yearly bash – a glorious few days of local culture, music and mayhem played out in the city’s streets and parks. During the day, historic buildings and many museums open their doors for free, whilst the Ciutadella Parc and Montjuïc turn into adventure playgrounds for families. But it’s a night when the real magic starts. Wander from square to square to listen to traditional paso dobles or gypsy swing. Or head to the beach with a bottle of cava for nightly fireworks. Whatever you do, don’t miss the correfoc, an insane parade of dancing devils and fire-breathing dragons. September 24th (and a few days either side, varies from year to year).
www.lameva.barcelona.cat/merce/en/

It’s Mushroom Season
One of the more endearing Catalan quirks is their love of wild mushrooms; watch locals go soft at the knees at the sight of an oversized rovelló, an aromatic cep (porcini mushroom) or the black and evil-looking trompete de mort. Many locals head to the hills on the weekends in search of bolets, but the markets are full of them too – in sumptuous fungal displays that draw excited shoppers. In restaurants, look out for seasonal dishes such as Sopa de Bolets (wild mushroom soup) and Patatas amb Rabassoles (potatoes with morels).

Strolling the Parks and Gardens
There is something about strolling a park on an autumn day – the smell of damp leaves, the rich colours of the trees, finally being able to wear your new coat and the promise of a mid-morning vermut at the end of it all. The best place to go for fall ambling in Barcelona is Montjuïc – a hill that is blanketed with a variety of parks and gardens and affords fantastic views. For a more urban experience, the new Rambla de Sants is a 7.5 km long promenade built over a disused stretch of rail track – another stunning example of Barcelona’s public planning finesse.

Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona
Jazz and autumn go together like a horse and carriage. The Barcelona Jazz Festival is Europe’s oldest, and sees a host of international talent come to our shores from late October to Christmas. Acts take the stages of the cities best venues, the stunning, modernista-style La Palau de Música, or the acoustically faultless L’ Auditori. But many smaller clubs and bars ring to mellow sounds too.
www.theproject.es

Halloween
Ok, it’s officially called Tots Sants (All Saints) here, but over the past years American-style Halloween has really taken off, with some neighbourhoods organising their own ‘trick or treat’.
Mostly though, young people dress up in ghoulish garb and head to the clubs and bars for horror-themed nights. Or you might like to join families on November 1st at the Montjuïc Cemetery, a wonderful place, full of art nouveau graves and tombs, as they lay flowers for their loved ones. Like many traditions here, Tots Sants has its own sweet meat; panellets are marzipan-based cookies that are traditionally eaten (along with sweet potatoes) on the evening of October 31st.

 

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