Autumn in Catalunya
This is a such a lovely time of the year to be in Catalonia.
The leaves are turning colors as autumn gets going, displaying amazing colours. The chestnut trees are dropping their chestnuts and it is traditional to cook them over an open fire at home, or you can go to chestnut roasters, castañeras, on street corners for an authentic fast food fix.
Mushroom season is in full swing; the locals head out of town on the weekend to their favourite (secret) spot and collect the bolets (Milk Cap Mushrooms) and girgolas (Chantarelles) and tens of other fungi brought by sunshine after rain. Local restaurants are full of special plates using these local delicacies. Are you confused as to which foraged mushrooms are good to eat and which are poisonous? The locals will set you straight and there are even still some pharmacies that will sort the good from the bad from your collection.
The weather is neither hot or cold, so it’s best to leave the house dressed in layers so that if you’re lucky you can peel down to just a t-shirt during the day.
The Christmas decorations are going up. From December 1st onwards, it’s that time when the streets are hung with elaborate lights. And there’s that special feeling that Christmas isn’t too far off; plans are made, the shops are full, and the kids are getting excited.
The added bonus is that we’re out of the summer high season so prices have fallen! At Aspasios we have some great deals available and you don’t necessarily need to book months in advance. We’ve got some gorgeous family suites right in the centre of Barcelona if you’re after a serviced apartment suite, just a few blocks from the excitement of Paseo de Gracia and the shops of the Eixample Izquerra.