Autumn in Andalucia 2023
Andalucia is still delightfully warm in autumn, and as you find fewer visitors in the towns and cities, this beautiful region feels more authentic in this mellower season with a busy cultural agenda.
With the change of season, inland nature reserves and quieter beaches are perfect spots for a relaxing afternoon or day out.Local produce harvested in autumn, like chestnuts and mushrooms, fill the markets, and seasonal dishes tempt us to try new flavours.
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Sierra de Aracena
In the province of Huelva, close to the border with Portugal lies the Sierra de Aracena, a protected “Parque Natural” with extensive oak forests over gently rolling hills.
The area is well known for its high-quality Iberian pork products. Acorn-fed pigs provide some of the finest Jamón de Bellota, produced in the village of Jabugo.
Autumn is the perfect season for hiking and discovering the extensive network of footpaths while enjoying the autumnal colours of the trees including Ash, Willow, Poplar, Holm oak and Cork oaks. It is also the season to harvest local chestnuts and mushrooms.
Aracena is worth exploring with its historic streets, a castle, churches and squares. Don´t miss the underground “Gruta de las Maravillas” or the “Museo del Jamón”.
Festivals in Andalucia
Authentic flamenco sounds
Late in the year a lesser-known festival, Verdiales, is celebrated on the 28th December, between the Christmas and the New Year's celebrations.
The Verdiales music competition has been held for more than 100 years in the olive-growing region north of Malaga city.
Verdiales is a form of flamenco deriving from traditional folk songs. During the competition, up to 25 groups, called Pandas de Verdiales, come from different villages to compete with their music, song and dance in the Fiesta Mayor de Verdiales in the Puerto de la Torre area of Malaga.
Musicians and dancers, dressed up in ornate flower-bedecked hats with colourful ribbons, compete in 3 different categories, while onlookers sip the local sweet wines.
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The luthier tradition is kept alive in the Seville workshop of the Cabeza Montiel family where Diego and his father create flamenco guitars.
Bringing together craftsmanship and artistic flair, Diego focuses on creating a beautiful sound within a unique work of art.
Sport in Andalucia
The World Cup of Tennis comes to Andalucia this November
The temperate climate of the Costa del Sol has made it the destination of choice for many tennis players to train year-round. This year Malaga has been chosen as the location for the final phase of the prestigious Davis Cup.
Malaga plays host to the Final 8, kicking off on 21 November with Canada, the current world champion, versus Finland in the Palacio de Deportes Jose Maria Martin Carpena, followed by Czechia v Australia, Italy v Netherlands, and Serbia v Great Britain. With the promise of some world class tennis over a week, tickets are already scarce.
The Davis Cup final will conclude on Sunday 26 November.
Gastronomy in Andalucia
A classic seasonal taste
The aroma of freshly roasted sweet chestnuts is one of the traditional signs that autumn has arrived. Chestnuts are grown throughout Andalucia in Huelva, Sevilla, Granada and Malaga provinces.
In the Rio de Genal valley near Ronda, the remote village of Pujerra has chestnuts at the heart of its local economy.
The harvest season, usually in late October, early November sees families gathering together to bring the fruit they've picked to the local cooperative for weighing, grading and chilling prior to distribution. These seasonal fruits are enjoyed roasted, ground into flour for cakes, or puréed.
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