There are many reasons why you should treat yourself to a trip to Barcelona as the leaves begin to fall. September, October and even November provide a pleasant backdrop to the city, with balmy days and evenings the norm. As well as this, with the main tourist season coming to a close, the city is not as packed as in the summer months and prices begin to drop. However, there is still lots going on – a large number of events take place at this time of the year, giving you plenty to do during your visit.
So, whatever you’re after, whether it’s a non-stop few days or a week of laid-back R&R, Barcelona is a holiday destination well worth considering. A trip to the Catalan capital in autumn is the perfect way to bridge the long gap between summer and Christmas.
The autumn months are one of the best times to visit Barcelona due to its climate – the harsher heat and humidity of August have dissipated but the cooler winter months are yet to set in. Temperatures average between 15°C and 21°C, making it perfect for a spot of sightseeing, holiday activities, or some relaxation at the beach as the water is usually still warm. The autumn climate is particularly advantageous if you are travelling with children.
Avoid the crowds and high prices
As the piercing heat of the summer begins to subdue, so do the crowds. Fewer people means fewer queues at all the tourist attractions and more comfortable journeys on the city’s public transport. As a result, a day sightseeing at La Sagrada Familia, Camp Nou or Parc Güell becomes infinitely more enjoyable and inevitably means that you can get a lot more done in your time here.
By the time September hits, airline sales are in full swing, meaning return flights from within Europe for around €40 are by no means unusual. In addition, many restaurants reduce their menu prices as the high season closes in, so Barcelona in autumn is a great option if you’re keeping an eye on the budget.
Events for everyone
This time of year is jam-packed with exciting and unique events, leaving you spoilt for choice if you want to see more than the usual tourist spots. Here are some of the highlights…
- Piknic Electronic – June-September
A picnic with a twist – bring your friends and family to Montjuïc hill to listen to live DJs playing electronic music while you eat.
- Catalan National Day (La Diada) – 11 September 2014
A public holiday for the whole of Catalonia, where the region’s pride comes out in full force. Expect to see plenty of flags, marches, concerts and typical Catalan dancing.
- Hipnotik – September 2014
This hip-hop festival at the ‘Contemporary Culture Centre of Barcelona’ celebrates urban culture.
- La Mercè Festival – Late September 2014
A very traditional Catalan festival where you can enjoy many of the typical regional celebrations. La Mercè incorporates many smaller festivals, so there’s a lot going on during these five days.
- Asia Festival – Late September 2013
Coiniciding with La Mercè, this festival is a huge celebration of 17 Asian countries coming together mainly through music and dance.
- Festa Major de la Barceloneta – end of September – start of October 2014
The annual barrio party for Barceloneta and the district’s turn to showcase what they’ve got. A week of fun including fireworks on the beach, a 24-hour football tournament, falcons, Sardana dancing, parades, music and food.
- LEM Festival – October 2014
A month-long festival for multimedia art and alternative music with a focus on electronica, jazz and rock.
- Barcelona International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival – October 2014
Showings and awards for short and full-length films in the gay and lesbian genre.
- Barcelona International Jazz Festival – October – November 2014
The most renowned jazz concert in Europe, this is a celebration of all parts of the genre, from big-band to Latin-jazz, with concerts taking place throughout the city.
- Swab 2013 – Art festival – 2 – 5 October 2014
Swab is an international contemporary art fair that supports emerging galleries and artists from all around the world. This year, 60 international galleries will exhibit together in Barcelona.
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