IN PICS: 15 photos that will get you excited about autumn in Spain

Don't let anyone tell you Spain 'doesn't do' autumn.

IN PICS: 15 photos that will get you excited about autumn in Spain
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Just to prove that you can find the beauty of autumn and its kaleidoscope  of colours in pretty much every corner of Spain from the foothills of the Pyrenees in the northeast across the central plains of the Peninsula to the forests of Andalusia, here is a selection of shots from across Spain.

The Tardor valley in Catalonia puts on one of the best display of fall colours in the northeast of Spain.

In Extremadura, head for Garganta de los Infiernos, a nature reserve outside Cáceres.

Also in Extremadura is the pictureque spot of  Cabezuela del Valle in the Jerte Valley, also near Caceres.


Asturias is a nature lovers dream. Especially in autumn when its beech forests are at their most colourful best.


The forest of Ucieda in Cantabria is one of the favourite spots for autumn lovers.

Wherever you are in Spain, just head to the nearest woods and the chances are you will find crisp autumn leaves to scrunch through. Like this photo here, taken in Cantalojas in the Guadalajara area of Castile-La Mancha.

In a remote corner of Aragon, the autumn colours of crimson and gold provide a beautiful frame the medieval walls of Albarracín is a small town in the hills of east-central Spain, above a curve of the Guadalaviar River. 

The windswept coastline of Galicia, in Spain's northwestern corner provides some epic vistas.

It's a wonderful time to go walking in the Alpujarras, the foothills of the Sierra Nevada to south of Granada.

You don't even need to travel to far. Head to the nearest park and see the colours change. 

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Madrid's Retiro has a great display.

And another one, this time showing the Retiro's Crystal Palace. 

Here's a great urban view from San Lorenzo de Escorial in the hills to the west of Madrid. 





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But if the colourful countryside isn't enough to get you excited about autumn, remember this is also the season for wild mushroom hunting.

And the blackberries are ripening…





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And the grape harvest. Which means a great excuse to go visit a vineyard and enjoy some wine tasting…





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Spain’s autumn forecast: warmer and drier than usual

Autumn in Spain this year looks set to be drier and warmer than is typical for the season, according to predictions from the National Meteorological Agency Aemet.

Spain's autumn forecast: warmer and drier than usual
Clearing up fallen leaves in Madrid. File photo: AFP

The season officially arrived on Tuesday September 22nd at 3:31pm with the autumn equinox and will last until the winter solstice on December 21st.




So as the first rain of the season arrives  in parts of the peninsula this week, Aemet looks ahead at what’s in store for the next 89 days and 20 hours of autumn.

Based on modelling and probability data, Aemet suggests that temperatures will once again be slighter higher than average for the last quarter of the year across the whole of the peninsula and the Balearic Islands experiencing an average temperature rise of 0.6C.

After a summer that was recorded as the ninth hottest on record, it seems we are heading for an autumn with less rainfall than is typical this time of year, apart from the Canary Islands where an increase in rainfall is expected.

In some parts of Spain summer will be brought to an abrupt close this week with the arrival of storms, high winds and torrential rain especially along the northern coast and northeast of the country.

Other parts of Spain however, notably the southern half of the peninsula will be enjoyingwhat the Spanish call a “veranillo de San Miguel” – when the warmer weather continues beyond the feast day of Saint Michael on September 29th.

This year some predict that we won’t be needing to pull out the long trousers and jumpers (that’s long pants and sweaters for American readers) until at least the first week of October.