Autumn in Andalusia
Halloween has taken over the primary school that I work at here in Andalusia… My students have been bothering me about it since October 1st and it got me thinking about this time last year… My Halloween week last year was spent participating in a pretty intense “haunted house” that one of my classes made at school and me desperately trying to put together a cute Halloween outfit for the weekend. Both surprised me a bit to say the least—I was looking forward to seeing the little kids at my school dressed up as princesses and dinosaurs, but was really surprised at how literal they took Halloween—these kids looked scary! This same feeling moved into my weekend where I went to Malaga to spend Halloween night dressed up as a cute cat—my ears were bought at a local Clair’s Store and were adorned with pink bows… Needless to say, I looked pretty silly among the zombies that took over Plaza Merced that night. Spain does Halloween WELL—in a very traditional sense anyway. Everyone in Malaga had impressively scary costumes and makeup and were hanging out in the central plazas making it appear that a zombie apocalypse had started. There’s no fuss over sexy, funny, or ironic costumes here. For that reason, I’m throwing out my Donald Trump costume idea for this year… it’s not just Halloween that has made me feel different about autumn here though—living as an expat in southern Spain has made me change my expectations and find another good in the season here.
Even though I have days where I try to simulate Pacific Northwest autumn days— me dying of heat in a big sweater, lighting pumpkin spice candles, and trying to bake something—I can really appreciate the diversity that fall in Andalusia offers. Here are some things I love about autumn in the southern Spain.
The change of weather, while not as extreme as other places lends to great things. We still have very warm days, but chillier nights… this allows for two awesome things… sun tanning and swimming through October/November and some amazing lightning storms at night. The nights and mornings are crisp, begging for you to have some churros and warm chocolate acheter viagra bas prix.
Pomegranates are in season! They are locally grown and really delicious—check out your local fruiteria to get the best deal and quality. Also, I have learned that submerging them in water to extract the seeds is super-efficient and less messy.
Pretty fall foliage is still available for your viewing pleasure… From my house in Nerja I don’t see a big change in the seasons… they are only summer and not summer seasons here, however, just drive a little in any direction and you’ll encounter magical autumn trees. I absolutely, 100% recommend visiting the Alhambra in the fall. The gardens are in full color change, as are the trees that paint the backdrop. There are so many piles of leaves to jump in and it’s not yet cold in Granada. Another idea is to head over to Ronda and take a hike—these forests turn bright red in the fall and it’s absolutely stunning.
Andalusia is known for its contrast in landscapes, and while its seasons are mild, you still get a lot of diversity depending on where you are! Autumn is a great time to visit here with less tourists and warm weather and you’ve still got access to city and nature activities alike. While I do miss my infinity scarves and flannel, I see the beauty and opportunity that Andalusia offers in the autumn.