Europe is crammed full to pop with beautiful cities, but Barcelona is one city that seems to have it all: a faultless climate, stunning architecture, beaches within walking distance, mountains, tourist attractions that cater for the whole family and a relentless nightlife for those with enough energy leftover.
The Catalonian capital is one location that appears again and again on social media,; and what with the city being such a photographer’s paradise it’s no surprise that it never fails to feature on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Flickr.
Barcelona is a city with serious style and aplomb; a city that is modern yet curiously antiquated; and a city that positively seeps idiosyncratic culture.
Whether your idea of a city break is trotting from one tourist attraction to the next; or baking yourself terracotta on the beach with a beer in one hand and a paperback in the other; or perusing the art on offer at world-famous modern art galleries such as the MACBA or the Joan Miro Foundation – Barcelona is an old city that never gets old.
Tourists flock to the city during the long hot summer months to take advantage of the balmy climate, but in actual fact, the best time to visit Barcelona is in Fall/Autumn, when tourism has dissipated, the baking heat of summer has lessened, but the sun is still very much shining.
When the other tourists have gone home, the real Barcelona comes alive. Between October and December, sunny days and cooler temperatures mean you can still often enjoy the beaches, the terraces still welcome you and you can take advantage of lower prices and temperatures throughout the city.
And when the temperatures are lower, there are so many more adventures to be had. Hiking in Collserola National Park – the huge green expanse at the back of Barcelona; the many delightful parks of Montjuic, Parc Guell, Parc Guinardo and Parc Crueta del Col are all more easily navigated when temperatures are no longer baking you alive in your own skin.
And you can still sit on the terraces enjoying an ice-cold beer or a coffee, or a delicious hot chocolate when the city really starts to cool off. Barcelona doesn’t shut down when the high tourist season finishes, in actual fact, if anything, this is when the city is at its very best.
So whether you are after sunshine, countryside, beach life, architecture, shopping, or just want to soak up some Spanish culture, or all of the above – you can see why Barcelona is the most talked about city in Europe. And Fall, is the most magical time to visit.