5 Things to Do in Barcelona in the Fall

This blog post was originally posted on November 10, 2015, and was updated on October 8, 2017.

Looking for things to do in Barcelona in the fall? It’s a wonderful time of year, with plenty of that gorgeous Mediterranean sunshine.
The fall in Barcelona is a beautiful time of year. It's still quite warm, and with plenty to do! Check out our suggestions for what to do in Barcelona in the fall.

Forage for Mushrooms

One of the most cherished parts of Catalan gastronomy are the many mushrooms that grow in these parts in the fall. Grab a basket, head to the forest and just make sure you pick the safe ones! There are organized excursions, festivals and of course, many special seasonal dishes honoring the glorious fungi. For more information, check out our full post on mushrooms in Barcelona and Catalonia.

Eat Chestnuts

Around October, expect to see dozens of chestnut-roasting stands start to pop up all over the city. It’s a cherished part of the castanyada. This is a meal celebrated on All Saints Day, but of course, you can enjoy them throughout the fall and into the winter!

Have a Picnic in the Park

There may not be fiery fall foliage, but Barcelona’s Ciutadela Park is beautiful during the fall. Contrary to the warmer months of the year, it’s absolutely wonderful for soaking up a bit of vitamin D as the sun casts long shadows and the perfect light allows for a memorable afternoon in the park. Want to stock up on some goodies before you go? Make sure to stop by the beautiful Santa Caterina Market in the Born neighborhood. Can’t wait to see inside? Get an inside look with our lovely co-founder Lauren.

Visit a Medieval Village

The fall in Barcelona is a great time to get out of the city and visit one of Catalonia’s many medieval villages in the area. Particularly noteworthy towns are Peretallada, Besalu, and Rupit, just to name a few. You might even see a bit of fall foliage along the way!

Check Out a Soccer Game

The return of the fall brings with it the return of the football season! And of course, no one is happier about that than all of us here in Barcelona. There’s nothing quite like the atmosphere in the beloved Camp Nou Stadium, the home of FC Barcelona on match days. Although tickets may be a little on the pricey side—for any football lover this is a must-do activity!

Take a Walk

There’s no better way to spend an evening than wandering around Barcelona in the fall! Wrapping up warm and exploring the winding streets of the Born and Gothic neighborhoods is truly one of our favorite things to do. Grab a coffee and sit in one of the many beautiful squares and watch the world go by.

The beautiful cathedral in the Gothic Quarter in one of the most beautiful sites in Barcelona in the fall
The beautiful cathedral in the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona. Photo Credit: Catharina Rytter

Experience the Best Wines of Catalonia

The Merce Wine & Cava Festival is one of the most highly anticipated of its kind. Held annually at the end of October it is definitely one date for your diary you don’t want to miss out on. The Mostra de Vins I Caves de Catalunya is held at the beautiful Arc de Triomf monument on Passeig de Lluis Company.  Taking part are over 70 top wineries presenting wines from 12 Catalan denominations of origin. Not only that but make sure to visit the Trobada d’Intercanvi de Plaques de Cava Diada which sees collectors of cava bottle tops meet to buy and sell their favorite chapa de cavas.

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