Anyone who says that Madrid doesn’t have a proper fall season is definitely mistaken.
Fall in Madrid is beautiful, with some of the best weather of the year. The city comes to life mid-September, as everyone is back from their summer holidays and over the stress from going back to work! Suddenly, there are too many events to count; new expositions and restaurant openings, back to school sales and a buzzing city that’s alive with energy.
From the foodie’s point of view, fall means that stews and braised meats are back on the menu, churros and chocolate are once again calling your name, and the local markets have a whole new array of delicious seasonal goodies on sale. Here are some of the many reasons we love fall in Madrid!
1. The Weather
The average temperature in October is around 21°C (70°F). In other words, perfect. Combined with Madrid’s always blue sky and bright sunshine, you’ll soon see why fall is one of the best times to visit Madrid!Madrid’s irresistible blue skies in Retiro Park. Photo Credit: Julia Sponseller
2. The Fall Cuisine
Braised beef cheek, stewed bull tail, Cocido Madrileño (Madrid’s signature stew), churros and chocolate. What more can we say? The rich foods that we start to crave come fall are delicious and abundant in Madrid’s best bars and restaurants.Cocido Madrileño cooking at Taberna la Bola.
3. The Market Fresh Food
Fall is one of the best seasons for shopping at Madrid’s local markets. Here’s just some of the fabulous autumn produce that you can find in Madrid’s local markets:
- Cherimoyas (custard apples)
- Olives/olive oil
- Sweet potatoes
- Mandarin oranges
4. Gorgeous Madrid Parks
Madrid’s parks include some of the most beautiful in all of Spain, especially in fall. Pack a picnic on a sunny afternoon and take in the fall foliage – it’s a must!The beautiful parks in Madrid shine a unique blend of autumnal colors in fall
5. The Drinks
This may seem like a food-focused list, but with good reason– Madrid is delicious! Fall is also when people stop frequenting the summer terraces and make their way back into their beloved bars. Some spots to knock one back:
- Vermouth at Dónde Sánchez in Mercado Antón Martín, while snacking on delicious delicacies from Paz’s gourmet shop.
- Sweet wine at La Casa del Abuelo where you can take in the atmosphere at a 100 year old tavern.
- Cocktails at Del Diego, where Fernando del Diego himself will most likely mix your drink.
- Cava at Taberna la Concha, where their rosé cava is a delicious change from the usual.
- A beer at Los Gatos Calle Jesús, famous for serving Mahou, Madrid’s most famous beer.
- A craft brew at Mercado San Fernando, where La Buena Pinta serves a great selection.
6. Events, events, events!
Fall in Madrid is the time that everyone is starting something new. You can sign up for language lessons, try dance classes, attend lectures, and see expositions. To check what’s coming up:
- Madrid Free (inexpensive Madrid events)
- Cheap in Madrid (more cheap events in Madrid!)
- Naked Madrid (helpful Madrid agenda in English)
- Madrid Diferente (a Spanish listing of monthly events)
These are only some of the many reasons fall in Madrid is so wonderful. Whether you are here for a couple of days, or have lived here all your life, there is something for everyone (and if you’re with us, it probably involves food!).
What could add to these great fall experiences to make your time in Madrid even better? One of our food tours of course! Try some of the amazing foods mentioned above along with some added extras in the company of one of our expert local guides – you won’t regret it! See you in Madrid soon!
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Lauren grew up in an Italian-American family where 3-hour meals were the norm. After 10 years in the restaurant industry, she moved to Spain where she launched her popular Spanish food blog, Spanish Sabores, and soon after led groups on the first Devour Madrid food tours.