After a hot and hectic summer, the high-season crowds that pack the streets of the Catalonian capital diminish and native Barcelonés return from their holidays. Autumn is when Barcelona breathes out and kicks back, relaxing into hazy, lazy days where the weather is perfect, colours are blazing and the café terraces tempt passers-by with tapas and a refreshing drink. Everywhere from the Barri Gòtic to the balmy beaches feels alive with energy, as rested locals and savvy travellers alike get ready to hit the town and enjoy Barcelona at its best.
What about the weather?
The weather is one of the undisputed highlights of a Barcelona autumn. You won’t have to worry about the somewhat stifling heat of summer, leaving you with the perfect climate to explore the city by foot (or at least use public transport without feeling like you’re melting). The average temperatures will drop a little as the season progresses and you might need a jacket in the evenings, but otherwise the mellow Mediterranean climate is in full swing.
What you should pack:
Thanks to the clement weather, you’ll do well with light clothing and won’t even need to pack anything waterproof for rainy days. A jacket and smarter ensemble is a good idea for cooler (and more stylish) evenings. And seeing as the temperature of the sea stays above 20°C throughout the season, don’t forget your swimming costume – a day at the beach will definitely be on the cards, especially in September.
What you should eat:
October in Barcelona is particularly good if you’re a bit of a foodie. The harvest means a glut of fresh produce to enjoy, with pumpkins and mushrooms being particularly well-regarded – look out for them on menus or head to a market to pick some up for your own culinary creations. Later in the season, keep an eye out for sizzlingly-delicious chestnuts and sweet potatoes roasted on streetside braziers, and those with a sweet tooth will definitely enjoy the small, pine nut-covered treat called panellets.
What you should do:
You won’t be stuck for things to do in a Barcelona autumn. There’s a huge range of annual festivals and celebrations that showcase the best of Catalonian culture, art and cuisine. September’s Festes de la Mercè is arguably the biggest and best street party in Spain, with processions of elaborate Papier-mâché giants, fire-spouting devils and the traditional dance knows as the sardana. The International Jazz festival and L’Alternativa Independent Film Festival are just two of the events that will satisfy your cultural cravings, and as the football season will have started off, sports fans can enjoy a game at Barça’s hallowed grounds.