5 Spanish Destinations To Explore This Autumn

Seville

As the tourist crowds thin out and the often-extreme temperatures drop to a cooler, yet still warm climate, the autumn months prove to be a great time to explore Spain. Here are five of the country’s best destinations to visit this autumn.

Seville

Andalusia is still wonderfully warm in autumn, with temperatures usually around the low 30s. With the beaches far less crowded than the peak months, it’s almost as if the region takes a huge deep breath and relaxes a little. Top of our list is Seville, home to the flamenco and the fiesta and one of the most vibrant places in Spain.

Take a walk around town, getting lost in the cobbled streets and classically-Spanish architecture, before visiting the gothic Cathedral with its own bell tower and the Museum of Fine Arts of Seville, dedicated to the ‘Golden Age’ of Sevillian painting.

Did you know?

Seville is a popular shooting location for films and TV shows. From Lawrence of Arabia to Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones to Game of Thrones, it’s a landmark city for show business.

Alicante

While not as hot as in Andalucia, Alicante still offers good weather in September and October, making it a great time to visit. The cooler weather should even tempt you away from the beach into something a little more intrepid, whether it’s hill walking, some watersports or a refined evening of wine-tasting.

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Where to go? There’s plenty of culture to get lost in, from Santa Barbara castle to the plentiful and vibrant street markets to the rich history of the Alicante Museum of Contemporary Art. You’re probably aware that in the summer months Alicante is a tourist hotspot – that’s why going in autumn offers a fresh perspective on this quintessentially Spanish port town.

Did you know?

According to research from car hire experts easyCar, Alicante offers the most accessible car hire in all of Europe. With an average daily car hire price of just £7.83, you can make the most of your holiday by exploring towns and hidden gems off the beaten path.

The Canary Islands

The Atlantic Ocean is much warmer in autumn than it is in spring or winter, making the Canary Islands the perfect spot to pitch up for some swimming, walking, surfing or just relaxing on the beach.

Canary Islands

You’re pretty much spoilt for choice here, but we’d recommend the beaches of Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura if you want to catch some rays, the Anaga mountain range if you want to do some rambling and the volcanic range Teide, Spain’s highest point, located on Tenerife.

Did you know?

Before humans arrived it’s thought that the Canary Islands were home to a – now extinct – species of lizards and rats, with the lizards rumoured to have reached three feet in length!

Salamanca

One of Spain’s lesser-known destinations, Salamanca is well located – only a couple of hours away from Madrid, so you could even come here as part of a day trip. The city is a curious mix – one of old world charm thanks to its historic buildings, but also lots of hustle and bustle thanks to its student population.

Salamanca Architecture

Indeed, Salamanca is world-famous for its university, founded in 1218 and one of the oldest in Europe. If you’re after a cultural autumn break, put Salamanca right at the top of your list: it was named a European City of Culture in 2002 and the whole place is full of energy and activity.

Did you know?

Salamanca has a few unusual hidden carvings on some of its buildings. The oddest and most interesting of which is probably the carving of an astronaut on the walls of Salamanca Cathedral. It’s thought that builders added the figure during restoration work in the 1990s.

Bilbao

Bilbao is home to some of Spain’s most interesting architecture, most notable of which is of course the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, a titanium masterpiece among the best buildings in the world. But there’s lot more to discover here too. Rising from industrial roots, Bilbao is a city built on graft and toil, something reflected in its port area. There are lots of other great museums too, including the Fine Arts Museum.

Museo Guggenheim Bilbao

Did you know?

Designed by Canadian architect Frank Gehry, the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao gave birth to what’s known as the ‘Bilbao effect’ – the idea that developing a flagship cultural institution (like a branch of New York’s Guggenheim) can revitalise a city, bringing tourism, investment and the rest of it.

Written in partnership with easyCar

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