It’s no secret that Spain is one of the top global destinations when it comes to hosting meetings, incentives, and events. Although the country is a perfect destination year-round, the Autumn months offer unique activities for visitors. Cooler weather brings vibrant Autumn colours and lively seasonal traditions in Spain. It’s the ideal time to try culinary specialties and take part in local festivities.
Wine Harvest Festival
The vibrant red colour of the autumn leaves brings us to the northern region of Spain for a cultural staple: wine. September in La Rioja marks the start of the harvest and the famous Rioja Wine Festival in Logroño.
The festival welcomes wine-loving visitors for a week of events, concerts, and parades. The main attraction is of course the grape treading on the second day where guests witness the making of the first must of the season.
Visitors from near and far make their way to Logrono every year to take part in the rituals. In fact, the event is now considered a Festival of National Tourist Interest.
A Taste of Autumn in Andalusia
The aroma of roasted chestnuts on the streets of southern Spain is a sure sign of the arrival of Autumn.
Huelva and Malaga are two provinces where you are more likely to find an abundance of street vendors selling chestnuts. Towards the end of the season, the nutty flavours come alive in Malaga during the chestnut festival. The festivities, which are in honour of the nut’s harvest introduce several seasonal drinks and dishes made from chestnuts.
Cooler temperatures and rain result in a thriving mushroom season. In both Catalonia and the Basque Country, mushroom picking has become a popular activity and Autumn tradition.
Mushroom hunting has ancient roots in both regions, and once served an important economic purpose for local families. Nowadays, the tradition is maintained for more culinary reasons. Furthermore, it has also become a popular leisure activity for family and friends. Forest walks and mushroom gathering excursions are a great way to spend an autumn afternoon in Catalonia. Afterward, you can prepare local delicacies with handpicked mushrooms.
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