Autumn colours on display in Spain
Autumn's here again, bringing its ochre, yellow and brown hues... and the chance for autumn breaks! This is the time to unearth your boots from the cupboard and get ready for a good walk around some of the magical forests in Spain. Each one is in a different area, so you'll have plenty to choose from. Please note though that some of them require a permit to visit.
Juan Pedro Rodríguez Durán. Extremadura Turismo.
We can assure you there's nothing to touch the sensation of hugging a hundred-year-old tree. What's more, in this part of Extremadura you can also stroll around the streets in the Jewish quarter of Hervás or follow the Roman road known as the Silver Route. Did you know that for years this area has been home to a cultural event called "Otoño mágico" ("magic autumn")?
It stands in the municipality of Montejo de la Sierra, in the Biosphere Reserve of Sierra del Rincón, to the north of the Community of Madrid. Local legend has it that this forest of beech and oaks is home to goblins and fairies. We don't know whether you'll see these creatures, but we can guarantee you'll love walking along the banks of the Jarama River.
This is one of the southernmost beech forests in Europe. It forms part of the Sierra Norte de Guadalajara Natural Park, and is a wonderful place to enjoy the sounds of nature and see the wild mushrooms that pop up everywhere.©
Oriol Conesa. Archivo de Turismo «Reyno de Navarra»©
La Rioja Turismo
If there's one time of year that's perfect for a visit to these vine-covered landscapes –whether on foot, by bike or in a hot-air balloon– it's autumn, during the wine harvest. And the perfect place to enjoy this tradition? La Rioja, of course.©
Turismo de Salamanca
In the provinces of Salamanca and Zamora you'll find one of inland Spain's most spectacular landscapes. All you have to do is follow the route marked out by the Duero River. And if you fancy, you can take a cruise in a sightseeing boat.
This is the supreme natural symbol on the island of Gran Canaria. The views from the top are really spectacular. And what's more, the climate in the Canary Islands is pleasant all year round and the beach is only a stone's throw away.
Dominating the landscape is the massif of Monte Perdido (3,355 metres high). And all around, valleys clothed in forests and pastures, where the water flows through canyons and gorges. You'll find it in the heart of the Pyrenees in the province of Huesca.
Imagine being able to watch the flight of bearded vultures and golden eagles... You can do it in here in the central Pyrenees in Catalonia. And to capture all the essence of autumn, you can also sign up for a photography workshop. If you're more adventurous, we suggest canyonning or rafting.
This reserve in Asturias is known for being home to a large number of the brown bears living free in Europe. But on your autumn excursion we suggest you focus your attention on the millions of beech and oaks all around you, the river valleys, the traditional cabins…©
Ayuntamiento de Tarazona
One of the most spectacular beech forests in Moncayo Natural Park, Zaragoza. A path takes you around the park, past beech, holly, rowan and gorse, and you can also see a ruined chapel and an icehouse.
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