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Autumn has a special charm and is perfect for a short weekend breaks or to take advantage of one of the long bank holidays in the calendar (for example, December long weekend). Summer isn’t the only season for a great holiday. Autumn boasts warm temperatures and good weather for taking a stroll in the city, or getting out in nature and enjoying the special light and colours autumn brings to the landscape from October onwards.
Grab a car and set off on a road trip through small mountain or coastal towns and discover the region’s typical autumn dishes. These traditional recipes have stood the test of time and sampling them is a delightful activity to enjoy in good company.
That’s why we’ve put together this list of fantastic autumn escapes and invite you to get out there and discover each region’s traditional autumn cuisine. With squashes and a whole host of other ingredients at their best, you won’t want to miss out. Let’s go!
– El Bosque de Cobre, or how to make the most of autumn in Malaga
A trip to Malaga doesn’t have to mean just sun and sea, although it’s a great option… But it’s the mountains of Ronda that boast one of the most impressive autumn landscapes in the region. With the ‘Copper Forest’s’ majestic chestnut trees shedding their leaves, the picturesque scenery in this season is a sight to behold. An unmissable sight, without a doubt, on a trip through the towns of Malaga’s mountains. Enjoy the Costa del Sol with your car hire at Malaga airport.
– Exploring the city of Madrid and the region’s most charming towns
Buitrago de Lozoya, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Aranjuez, Chinchón or Rascafría are the kind of places where you’ll find intrigue around every corner and discover a different side to Madrid. If you find yourself with time on your hands, don’t miss the opportunity to explore the city of Madrid as part of your autumn escape. There’s no better way to get started than by reserving your car hire in Madrid and heading off for the weekend on this delightful road trip around the province of Madrid.
– Discover Barcelona’s hidden gems
Parque Güell, the Sagrada Familia and Gaudí’s Barcelona are enough in themselves to fill a memorable weekend escape to Barcelona. But if you’re looking for something different this autumn, why not a car hire from Barcelona airport or car hire Barcelona Sants train station and head out to explore some of the region’s most charming towns: Castellar de n’Hug, Tavertet, Moià, La Garriga…
– Route around the towns of Alicante
Alicante has so much to offer… It’s your choice! Coast or country? Autumn is a great time to visit either, and whether you choose to stick to the Mediterranean coast (Dénia, Jávea, Calpe or Altea), or an escape to the region’s charming countryside Alicante (Guadalest, Villena, Sax), you’re sure to fall under Alicante’s spell.
– Escape to Portugal
Both Lisbon and Porto are two European cities you’ll want to visit over and over again. They’re so full of charm it’s difficult to decide on only one. If it’s not your first time, apart from strolling through the streets of Lisbon and Porto, you’ll want to get out there and discover what else Portugal else has to offer. Renting a car hire from Lisbon airport or reserving a car hire in Porto is the most convenient option to explore the regions’ hidden gems at your own pace, with visits to charming towns such as Sintra, Estoril… What are you waiting for!
More plans for this autumn
Halloween trips: take a family trip and try Trick or Treating this Halloween. At this time of year, the highlight of the season is just around the corner and we’re sure you’ll want to take a look at one of these great ideas for a special Halloween trip with the whole family.
If you’re not a fan of bumps in the night and flying broomsticks, take advantage of this holiday to explore Spain’s rich culinary traditions and its delicious traditional autumn recipes. What could be better than trying the tastiest pumpkin soup straight from the vegetable patch? Snack on roasted chestnuts from a street stand on your afternoon stroll, or discover the best local wild mushroom dishes… Not to mention traditional quince desserts! Take a look at these delicious traditional autumn desserts and discover where they’re considered local specialities, you’re sure to fancy an escape nearby.
- Doughnuts that are light as air. Typical in the Valencia region. Valencia is worth a trip this autumn just for the excuse to snack on these delicious pumpkin doughnuts along with a mug of hot chocolate!
- Huesos de Santos marzipan pastries. Without a doubt one of the most traditional sweet treats on offer for All Saints’ Day in Spain. Explore the magical historic sites of central Spain such as Toledo and make sure to try one of these delicious almond and marzipan pastries.
- Fancy taking a trip this November bank holiday to some of Girona’s most charming towns and seizing the opportunity to try a local delicacy, panellets? Sorted!
Hopefully just as you’re planning to buy a pumpkin this Halloween, or to make sweet treats for All Saints’ Day, you’re also cooking up an autumn getaway, whether close to home or further afield. These are just some of the many options for an enjoyable escape this autumn… It’s a truly magical season to explore and sample the flavours of Spain.