The Most Beautiful Locations to Visit in Spain This Fall

Otzarreta forest|©Armando Gonzalez Alameda/Wikipedia Commons
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Updated: 3 October 2017
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Autumn is one of the best seasons to visit Spain; the summer crowds have thinned, the insufferable temperatures have cooled and the country’s landscapes are spectacular. From autumnal festivals to the best places to see the leaves change colour, we explore the most beautiful locations to visit in Spain this fall.


Calle Agulla, Mallorca

Keep summer going as long as possible with a trip to Mallorca, where temperatures stay in the 20s through most of the autumn.


Avoid the baking summer temperatures and visit Seville in the much more pleasant autumn. From its Alcázar palace and picturesque Plaza de España to its fascinating flamenco culture, the city is a joy to explore.

San Sebastián

Horror fans should head to San Sebastián this autumn

If you’re a fan of all things ghoulish, then San Sebastián’s Fantasy and Horror Film Festival (October 28 – November 3) will be right up your street. Dozens of horror films are screened at different venues around the city, while street theatre and exhibitions turn the streets into a giant horror homage.


Sherry pouring

Sherry, or Jerez in Spanish, is named after the town of its birth, Jerez de la Frontera, in southern Spain. The town plays host to the International Sherry Festival from November 6 – 12, offering tastings and vineyard tours that are bound to make you a sherry expert by the time you leave Spain.

Gorbea Natural Park, Basque Country

This natural park, located around Mount Gorbea in the Basque Country, northern Spain, is one of the best places to see the leaves change colour in autumn. The park’s Otzarreta forest is a popular visitor spot, its ground a carpet of burnt orange leaves during the autumn.

La Rioja

Vineyard in November

Autumn is a great time to explore the vineyards of Spain’s famous winemaking region, La Rioja. The harvest will have just taken place and the vines will be turning a host of beautiful autumnal shades.

Canary Islands

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The Canary Islands’ location, just off the coast of West Africa, means you can enjoy year-round summer holidays. But one of the best times to visit is autumn; the sea is warm, so ideal for swimming and the resorts are quieter, lending the islands a more relaxed vibe. A great place whether you want to laze by the pool or get into the islands’ outdoor activities.

Northern Coast

Surf class in San Sebastián

Surfers from around the world come to Spain from October onwards, as surf season starts. The choppy Atlantic waters off Spain’s northern coast are ideal for surf fans, but you might want to wear a wetsuit because temperatures can get pretty nippy.

Retiro Park, Madrid

Madrid’s most famous park is awash with orange and red leaves throughout the autumn, providing a cinematic backdrop for walks, cycling or picnics in the park. It’s popular with locals at weekends, when street entertainers keep the kids amused and people rent boats out on the park’s lake.

Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas Natural Park

This over 2,000 square kilometre natural park is Spain’s largest protected area and the second-largest in Europe. It is located in the province of Jaén, southern Spain. Check out the magnificent limestone rock formations at places like Los Anguijones Caves.

Parque del Montseny

Parque del Montseny in Catalonia

Just an hour outside Barcelona, the Montseny Natural Park was declared a Biosphere Reserve by Unesco in 1978 and is a great place to soak up some serious autumnal atmosphere.

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