Barcelona, Spain is the perfect destination for anyone in denial that winter is coming. As the days get shorter and the temperatures get colder in many cities in Northern Europe, Barcelona somehow continues to bask in sunshine and temperatures in the late teens, even in November.
Although making the choice to go to Barcelona is easy, packing for Barcelona can be a challenge thanks to its warm days and cool night. To make things easier for you, I’ve put together a quick and easy guide to help you look cute and stay comfortable on your next city break to Barcelona.
Layers are key when packing for a trip to Barcelona. The days are warm but the nights can be cold, so it’s best to be prepared for both. Pair jeans with a lightweight top for a day of exploring, but keep a cardigan and a scarf in your bag to stay warm when the sun starts to set and you want to enjoy a late-night dinner out on a terrace. These sort of layers are light to carry and mean you don’t have to head back to your hotel every time you need to make a change.
The best way to see Barcelona is on foot so make sure you pack a pair of really comfortable (and cute) flats that can take you from the top of Montjuic to the beaches of Barcelonetta, from Sagrada Familia all the way to Park Guell. Save space in your luggage, especially if you’re only traveling with a carry-on, by picking a pair that can do double duty: taking you from a day of exploring to a night of dinner and dancing.
Opt for darker colors that not only go with everything but will hide any dirt from walking around city streets all day.
Unfortunately, pickpocketing is a common occurrence in Barcelona. To keep yourself and your valuables safe, invest in a good crossbody bag with a zipper close. Our favorites are this style from Coach and this one from Michael Kors.
You’ll also want to bring along a good pair of sunglasses. Even though the sun isn’t at its strongest during the autumn, you’ll still want to protect your peepers from its harmful rays.
Just in Case
It can be easy to get caught up in the fantasy of Barcelona with its beaches and palm tree, but don’t let all that sunshine fool you. Temperatures can drop, and clouds and rain can show up even when they’re not predicted. It’s best to be prepared and throw a waterproof jacket and small purse-sized umbrella in your bag, just in case.
Barcelona is the perfect destination to avoid winter even if just for a few days. By packing the right clothes and preparing for anything, you’re guaranteed to have an amazing city break in this Spanish city by the sea.
Get The Full Packing List For A City Break to Barcelona
- 2 pairs of trousers
- 3 lightweight tops
- 1 lightweight dress
- 1 cardigan
- 1 pair of underwear for each day
- 1 pair of comfortable flats
- 1 crossbody bag
- 1 pair of sunnies
- 1 pair of tights, just in case
- 1 lightweight scarf
- 1 waterproof jacket
- 1 umbrella
- Toiletries, makeup, etc.
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