5 Things to do in Barcelona in November
It’s getting chilly out there! Barcelona may be on the Mediterranean but those sea breezes turn cooler this time of year. We still have the odd warm day but there are so many things to do even without sitting on the beach. A blustery walk along the seafront will still be good fun, but these activities will help keep you entertained inside and outside regardless of the temperature in the city.
One of the best things about Catalonia is that every holiday is accompanied by something delicious. For example, while in the UK they give chocolate eggs at Easter, in Catalonia they give chocolate sculptures that can cost hundreds of euros! This time of year, as the leaves change colour and the temperature drops, three different and delightful treats hit the shelves and the streets of Barcelona.
Street food might conjure images of fried foods on sticks but Catalans have their own ideas. Those with less of a sweet tooth will love the naturally sweet but savoury barbecued “boniatos”, or sweet potatoes, that are sold on the street corners. These stalls are also where you will find a tasty snack that is common in colder times across Europe - roasted “castañas” or chestnuts! These special huts only pop up at this time of year for a limited time, so if you’re lucky enough to be visiting in November, make sure to grab some. Children in schools are even visited by a “castanyera”, an old lady dressed in old-fashioned clothing that represents the chestnut sellers, and the children have to sing a special song to her to receive their treat. Sadly singing won’t bring chesnuts to you, but there are lots of street corners with these foods and you can follow your nose if needs be – the smoky smell fills the air.
Now for the dessert. You can find these in bakeries all over Barcelona (see some of our favourites listed below) and they are a must-try if you’re here during autumn. Grab yourself a coffee and a panellet – while now there are many variations on these balls of patisserie perfection, the traditional recipe is ground almonds in a dough and layered with pine nuts. The crunchy outside and soft inside are the taste of fall, so chomp on these as you stomp through leaves.
Bakeries: Baluard Bakery, Carrer del Baluard, 38, 08003
La Colmena, Plaça de l'Àngel, 12, 08002
Ideal, Carrer Gran de Gràcia, 207, 08012.
Escape Room activities have blown up in the last few years, with the largest one in Europe recently opening up right here in Barcelona. The idea encourages teamwork, imagination, and above all, a sense of adventure. Bring out your inner Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot as you and your team race against the clock to solve the physical and mental challenges and escape to freedom! With our amazing Escape Rooms in the centre of Barcelona, you can have up to 6 people on a team and play 3 rooms simultaneously, meaning up to 18 people at a time can be puzzling their way to victory – who will escape first and who won’t escape at all? Who will be the skilled survivors and who will be locked in the room and forgotten… well, not forgotten; we’ll let you out again of course! But as the clock counts down you forget for just one minute that it’s all a game and will find yourself drawn into the world created by the room.
If you think this is for you, visit our page and get in touch to book – Escape Room.
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Europe’s Catholic countries are known for having some beautiful churches, and Barcelona is no exception. Even for those who are not religious, Barcelona’s churches are all lovely in their own way. From the grand Barcelona Cathedral in the Gothic quarter with its tranquil cloister and highly decorated insides to the stark shell of Santa Maria del Mar in the medieval Born neighbourhood, a fresh, crisp November day is the perfect time to visit these amazing spaces. Some you need to pay to get into and others are free, some will hold concerts and all of them have regular masses should you wish to visit (quietly!) during a sermon. Seek out the lesser known churches such as the one the Plaza de Sant Felip Neri in the Gothic quarter and in Plaza Virreina.
Finally, no visit to Barcelona’s churches is complete without a visit to Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece, Sagrada Familia. This building, that has taken more than one hundred years to complete, is stunning both inside and out. Follow the story of its construction as you walk around the outside, where it is clear which sections were completed long ago and those which have just been created, then head inside to discover Gaudi’s love of nature erected in stone and stained glass.
Contact us for a tailor-made tour which can be adapted to include a guided visit inside the Sagrada Familia – Tailor-Made Tour.
Ok, so we’ve already covered food, but that was snacks – this is dinner! And entertainment too. You can choose between the incredible Poble Espanyol as your show location or a more central location in the city. Poble Espanyol is a great spot for those who want to see something that most tourists don’t visit – this often overlooked reconstruction of Spanish-style houses is an awesome setting to see that most Spanish of dancing styles, Flamenco. The more centrally located venue is famous across Barcelona and if you are not looking to travel too far from your accommodation, this is the choice for you. Both spots offer drinks, tapas and 3-course menu options and the fiery passion combined with a glass of Spanish red wine will keep you warm all evening.
Contact us today and shout “olé”!...Or tell us that you want to book a Flamenco show with dinner. This is the Poble Espanyol option, contact us directly for information on the other location.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Barcelona in November – we’re waiting for you!