With the arrival of autumn, freshness and humidity revive the aromas of the earth that the Spanish forests had been hiding during the summer. Therefore, there's nothing better than taking a look at Spain’s natural parks if you're thinking of a rural getaway in the autumn.
Come and enjoy the warmth of the atmosphere and enjoy the sensations of autumn. Let yourself be carried away by the magical atmosphere of the natural parks we have selected for you and get ready to enjoy the silence and the scenery.
One last very important tip: don't forget your camera!
Gorbea Natural Park
The Gorbea Natural Park is the largest natural park in the Basque Country, with more than 20,000 hectares, and stretches between the provinces of Biscay and Álava, half an hour from both Bilbao and Vitoria.
It takes its name from its highest peak, the Gorbea (“Gorbeia” or “Gorbeiagane” in Basque), which is almost 1,500 metres high, and along the park several rivers pour their water into the Mediterranean and Cantabrian basins. Due to its beech and oak forests, it acquires beautiful colours in autumn. Get ready to visit the park to embark on one of its perfectly marked and conditioned hiking trails.
Places to visit in the Gorbea Natural Park: Otzarreta forest, Gujuli waterfall, Gorbea Cross (on the top of the mountain) and Itxina Karst, where many mythological characters such as the "basajaun" have emerged and became famous thanks to the Spanish book series “La Trilogía del Baztán" (The Baztán Trilogy).
Montseny Natural Park
Just an hour and a half from the city of Barcelona we can find the wonderful Montseny Natural Park, named Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
Along the park we can appreciate holm oaks, cork oaks and common oaks, whose leaves as the autumn progresses transform to shades of ochre and carpet the ground painting a spectacular chromatic palette.
Places to visit in the Montseny Natural Park: the Turó de l'Home (the highest peak of Montseny), the beech forest and the reservoir of Santa Fe, collect mushrooms and enjoy some of its sunsets.
Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y las Villas Natural Park
Located in the province of Jaén, this park is considered the largest protected area in Spain and the second in Europe, with more than 214.000 hectares. Its altitude ranges from 500 metres above sea level to 2,100 metres, making it ideal for expert hikers. Because of its location, it is considered the natural border between the Levant, the plateau and the region of Andalusia.
It is a park full of natural life and a concentration of landscapes and microclimates. The animal activity of the park awakens in autumn, as summer visitors disappear, finding its maximum expression in its impressive bellowing.
Places to visit in the Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas Natural Park: visit the Hunting Park "Collado del Almendral", the Interpretation Centre of the Torre del Vinagre, the remains of cave paintings in the Collado del Guijarral or try to collect mushrooms and red pine mushrooms.
Laguna Negra Natural Park and the Urbión Glacial Cirques
Located in Soria, most of the surface of this park is over 1,700 metres high. Among so much height, the Urbión Peak stands out, with more than 2,200 metres of height and the honour of being the birthplace of the river Duero.
The autumn months, if photography and hiking are your thing, are the best months to walk among pines and beeches. Add to this the Black Lagoon and you have one of the most beautiful spots in the region.
The darkness of the waters and the mysterious mountain scenery have fascinated man since ancient times, as reflected for example in the romance poem "La Tierra de Alvargonzález" by Antonio Machado.