What to Wear in Barcelona? A Guide for All Seasons
Before traveling to any foreign or unfamiliar destination, it becomes beneficial to research tips on what to wear when you get there.
Not only does this give you a better understanding of the weather temperament of the destination in question, it also helps you stick less out like an overeager tourist.
In Barcelona, trends change with the seasons. Let’s start with some basic do’s and don’ts before moving into the seasonal specifics.
The Do’s and Don’ts of What to Wear in Barcelona
- Do dress for flexibility. In Barcelona one is usually out and about for the duration of the day, returning to home base maybe only to shower and redress for dinner plans. Have a big bag with you to hold items such as sunglasses, suncream, a hat etc.
- Don’t wear shorts or tank tops if you’re intending to visit religious monuments within the city center. This goes for both men and women.
- Do carry a shoal or scarf with you incase of unexpected visits into religious monuments.
- Do make an effort to dress up for evening outings. Catalan locals appreciate when people make an effort with their appearance, especially while dining out or going dancing.
- Do keep an eye on the clothing being sold at roadside boutiques around the city. This will give you a good understanding of what Catalonian style is all about.
- Don’t underestimate the amount of walking you’re going to do in Barcelona. A comfy pair of everyday shoes are essential. Heel are okay for a night out or f you intend to taxi everywhere.
- Don’t wear workout clothing as your general attire, unless you want to look like a tourist.
- Do opt for lightweight denim, even in the winter. Heavy denim generally isn’t necessary in Iberia.
What to Wear in Spring in Barcelona
March to June
The spring time in Barcelona is prime exploring period. The summer sun is yet to beat over the city, meaning that being out on the streets for longer than an hour is perfectly doable.
Spring in Barcelona is generally warm, with periods of cool and rainy weather every few days. The closer it gets to July, the warmer and less wet it becomes.
It’s important that you dress to suit unpredictable weather patterns this time of year. A good jacket is all you’ll need in terms of protection from the cold; leather might be a bit heavy, so you’ll want to bring along something closer to denim or corduroy.
Spring is seen as a welcoming period for summer, and the Spanish like to celebrate with pops of color in their outfits. Bright shoes, chunky jewelry and statement bags will be brought out from having survived the winter in the back of a closet.
Linen pants, full length jumpsuits, distressed jeans and floral print is a good place to start when prepping for spring in Barcelona.
What to Wear in Summer in Barcelona
June – September
Summer comes in full force to the Iberian coast. You’ll be tempted to wear as little as possible, particular while exploring the streets of Barcelona on foot.
While on the beach in Barcelona, or anywhere along the shoreline, you’re welcome to don typical beach goer garments.
Short shorts, tank tops, bikinis and sarongs are almost the uniform in these parts. Walking up and down the coast in your bikini top is fine, as is visiting most of the cafes along the edge of the water without formal clothing or even shoes. But the minute you start venturing deeper back into the city center, you’ll want to cover up.
Catalonian people are expressive and eccentric, but they’re simultaneously conservative when it comes to what they wear. Walking the city center in your bikini top (or even topless for men) is not illegal, but it is seen as disrespectful.
For summer in Barcelona pack the lightest garments you have; both in weight and in color. Neutral tones attract less sun, and breathable fabric will be your best friend when the humidity begins to climb.
What to Wear in Autumn in Barcelona
September – December
Autumn is seen as a somber time intended for winding down from the whirlwind of a summer that just ensued. In truth, this is the most enchanting time in Barcelona, as the city’s abundant greenery begins to turn golden brown and is wildly complementary next to the colorful Gaudi architecture.
As a general rule, one’s spring clothing can be easily adapted to suit the Spanish autumns. Autumn and winter in Iberia are considerably milder than that of the neighboring nations, so a leather jacket over a maxi-dress, with stockings and boots is perfectly suitable.
In autumn you’ll be able to pull out the heavier everyday jackets such as those made from leather. Oversized knitwear is great if you’re not in a jacket mood. Pair a fluffy sweater with some jeans and ankle boots and you’re good to go.
What to Wear in Winter in Barcelona
December to March
Finally, the winter arrives. While nowhere near as icy as winter across the rest of Europe, temperatures in Barcelona have been known to drop as low as 4°C on some evenings.
As with any European destination, layering is the key to surviving. Even in Barcelona much of the infrastructure is designed to remain toasty inside, albeit chilly outside. You’ll need your thicker layers such as coats and scarves while walking the streets, and then thinner layers for when you settle into a cafe for a meal, or enter a museum.
Thick jeans will suffice in Barcelona’s winters, but if you’re sensitive to cold then an extra layer of leggings underneath them is always an option. Most people in Barcelona keep their winter attire quite neutral in tone, opting rather for colorful statement earrings or a handmade scarf to show unique flair.