Be Inspired Autumn The Most Idyllic Spots for an Autumn Getaway
Ripollès. Author: Jase Wilson
The Most Idyllic Spots for an Autumn Getaway
Discover the most beautiful explosion of colour of the year in Costa Brava & Girona Pyrenees

A great way to combat the annual autumn blues is to get away to one of the various different spots in the province of Girona, like the magnificent Fageda d’en Jordà beech forest, or to relax over a glass of wine in exceptional settings.

THE CAPITAL CITY OF GIRONA

Let’s start the trip in the city of Girona, wandering through the maze of narrow streets and alleys in its famous Jewish Quarter which will lead us to wonderful views of the houses lining the banks of the River Onyar from any of the bridges that cross from one side to the other of this magnificent city. You’ll visit a Jewish Quarter that was home to an important community for almost six centuries and which has left a huge historical heritage, particularly in terms of culture. In autumn, although Girona’s old town regains a more intimate, mystical atmosphere as tourist numbers dwindle, it also comes alive with the mythical Sant Narcís festivities, which involve all the city’s inhabitants year after year without fail. Make the most of the festive atmosphere to sign up for an entertaining cookery workshop in Girona, at Local Market or Tots a Taula. Or, if you prefer dining at luxury restaurants to cooking, then book a table and enjoy delicious autumn food at El Celler de Can Roca, Massana Restaurant, Divinum or Casa Marieta.

Wine tasting in exceptional wineries, cycling routes through meadows, volcanic cuisine and sea urchin season …

AN EXPLOSION OF COLOUR, SPORT, NATURE, GOURMET FOOD AND WINE!

Well, we all know that the landscape’s explosion of colour is what makes autumn the most romantic season and the best one for enjoying sport and nature. The region has a long list of wineries in exceptional settings, so what could be better at this time of year than savouring a great DO Empordà wine in an exceptional setting like Sota els Àngels?

Or going on a cycling route along paths winding through the meadows of the Ripollès region?

Not to mention the local specialities that make our mouths water every autumn! Wild mushrooms from the area, trinxat from Cerdanya, volcanic cuisine from the Garrotxa region, sea urchins from the Costa Brava… Why not explore the region and go mushroom-picking with Naturalwalks, or go for a stroll through the beautiful Fageda d’en Jordà beech forest, which is at its most spectacular in autumn and surrounded by restaurants serving volcanic cuisine with a variety of creative local specialities. The setting is exceptional and it is ideal walking country for all the family.

THE AUTHENTIC FARMING LIFE

Just a 20-minute drive from the Fageda d’en Jordà, in the heart of the picturesque setting of La Vall d’en Bas, nestles La Xiquella, a country guest house, farm and dairy all-in-one, where you can enjoy sampling and pairing farmhouse cheeses and other produce from the region.

And now switch from mountain cuisine to seaside specialities, because October is also sea urchin season. In the photogenic town of Calella de Palafrugell, in a spot in Llafranc or on the splendid coast of Palamós … All along the Costa Brava, even on board a sailing boat crewed by Tela Marinera, you can savour authentic sea urchins … Absolutely delicious!

There is no end of things to do …

  • Get inspired by the gourmet food activities organised by Girona Food Tours.
  • Learn all about the produce and authentic farming way of life at Mas la Coromina in La Vall d’en Bas.
  • Discover the Eccocivi winery in the heart of the Gavarres Area of Natural Interest.
  • Sample authentic Cerdanya trinxat in Puigcerdà.