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19 Oct 2018 09:26 POR KATJA Y ANTOINE

Things to do in Barcelona in autumn

There is a very popular opinion according to which autumn is the best time to visit the city, especially since there are fewer people and the climate, while not hot, is still quite pleasant. We will not affirm or deny this (partly because it really depends on the preferences of each one), but we will explain some of the many things you can do in the Catalan capital in this season of the year. We are sure that after reading this, you will want to visit Barcelona in autumn and you will have a great time.

Go to museums

In our post to enjoy summer in Barcelona we listed some of the most popular museums in Barcelona that you could visit to avoid the heat of the city during the months of June, July and August. This list, of course, is still valid for autumn, not only because the heat is likely to turn into rain, but because these museums are worth a visit any time of the year. Anyway, we want to add some more options in case you have already visited Barcelona and its most popular museums.

Museu de la Xocolata (Chocolate Museum). Most people enjoy chocolate in any of its forms, and that’s why we are sure that you will want to visit this special museum, especially on an autumnal day. The best of the Chocolate Museum is that you can not only know all the details of the history of this delicacy, but you can also book a place in one of the many activities they organize: from baking classes to chocolate tasting or pairing of this delicacy with wine, champagne or beer. What more could you ask for?

Another good option is to visit CaixaForum Barcelona, a cultural venue located in a modernist building of Josep Puig i Cadafalch where you can see all kinds of exhibitions, both permanent and temporary. And if you go to visit the Tibidabo Park, we recommend you to use the opportunity to visit the Automaton Museum, with pieces from the 19th and 20th centuries. You can discover many curiosities of the park and see a very different exhibition from what you are probably used to.

Go to a concert

Autumn in Barcelona means Voll-Damm International Jazz Festival. If you are in Barcelona between October and mid-December, you will have the opportunity to attend one (or more) of the many concerts scheduled for the festival: Avishai Cohen, Dave Liebman & Marc Copland, Diego el Cigala, Marlango, Andrea Motis & Ignasi Terrace, and many more. We recommend you to check the jazz festival's program and you will probably find some performance you'd like to go to.
The Mil·leni Festival also offers great concerts in Barcelona during autumn and winter in its 20th edition. Kool & The Gang, The Planets, Sílvia Pérez Cruz & Marco Mezquida, Salvador Sobral and a long etcetera. You can see all the artists in the festival program.

Doesn’t a visit to Barcelona in autumn sound even better now?

Go for a walk

Walking around Barcelona is always a good idea; especially in autumn and spring, when the temperature is more pleasant. After all, getting lost in the streets of a city is one of the best ways to get to know it. The Ramblas, the narrow streets full of history of the Born district, the modernist buildings of the Eixample, the surprises of the Raval and, in short, of any other neighbourhood, will make your visit worthwhile. We also recommend you to visit the newly renovated Mercat de Sant Antoni, which are actually three markets in one: fresh products, flea market and the Sunday book. And we recommend you to go see it not only because you can buy typical products, books and some vintage objects, but you can also appreciate the particular architecture of the building.

In addition, in this season of the year, the trees have those warm colours that give streets and squares of the city a special touch. And the best of all? As you walk through the streets and alleys of downtown Barcelona, you will suddenly smell the roasted chestnuts of some street vendor. Hard to resist.

If you stay at Hotel Villa Emilia during your visit to Barcelona, you will be at an ideal location, in the left Eixample, right next to the city centre and close to everything important, but not that close, to enjoy some peace.


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