General Style Tips
- Throughout Spain the locals really care about their personal appearance, and Barcelona is no different. On the whole they dress smartly and make an effort when they go out in public.
- Jeans are very popular here – but make sure they are smart and clean. They are worn year-round by all ages, the older generations preferring blue or black denim whilst colored jeans are currently in fashion with youngsters.
- Church is still an integral part of Spanish life, and smart attire will be the norm if attending a service. Wearing shorts or being scantily dressed will not be appreciated, and a dress code is in place at the Barcelona Cathedral, even if you are just looking round (your knees and shoulders should be covered).
- Spring and Fall are cooler and dressing in layers will help you cope with the temperature changes. But note that whilst it may seem warm and pleasant on a sunny day, the locals won't be in shorts. If you want to blend in then dress as they do – with long pants, sweater, scarf and a jacket with sturdy shoes or boots.
- There is so much to see in Barcelona, and whilst it's a city that can be explored on foot there are some long walking distances between the major sites. Make sure you take comfy footwear for daytime, and smart flats would be more in keeping that sneakers – try Hotter shoes, for total comfort along with style.
- At the weekends the locals enjoy time with family and friends in the many parks. If you have time in your schedule, grab a picnic and relax away from the hustle and bustle. Or take a stroll down La Rambla with its many artists, street stalls and amusements.
- Also see What to Wear in Spain
Clothing Tips for Women
- In the evening, local women dress more stylishly, particularly when dining out. If you are going to an average to high quality restaurant, you'll be more comfortable wearing something more dressy.
- And don't forget about your shoes… the Spanish love shoes, and for them a pair of shabby shoes can let down a whole outfit. Why not try the Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops range – using interchangeable shoe and flip-flop bases with snap-on decorations, you can change your look from day to evening in an instant whilst still packing light.
- Our advice would be to save your shorts and sarong for the beach; wearing them elsewhere will label you as a tourist and skimpy or tight fitting clothes may result in unwanted attention.
- If you're going to visit any churches or the Cathedral then be sure to cover your shoulders and bare legs – a pashmina can come in handy for this.
- If you are going to Barcelona for business then pack your work clothes – Spanish women wear dresses or skirts.
Clothing Tips for Men
- Our advice would be to save your shorts for the beach; wearing them elsewhere will label you as a tourist.
- At the very least make sure you cover your shoulders and thighs if visiting any churches or the Cathedral.
- For business men will be expected to wear jackets and ties, even if it's hot.
- For great versatile travel jackets with multiple pockets including RFID security options, we love the SCOTTeVEST range.
Pack for the Weather
- Summer (June, July, August) – The sun is fierce, so wear sunglasses, a sunhat and plenty of sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection). Drink plenty of water if you are out sightseeing.
- Spring (March, April, May) and Fall (September, October, November) – It's relatively cooler, and dressing in light layers will help you cope with the temperature changes. The locals will opt for warm clothes, even if you find the temperatures hot for the time of year.
- Winter (December, January, February) – The weather can be cold, so opt for warmer layers.
- Rain showers are more likely in spring and winter, so you may like to pack a small travel umbrella and light raincoat.
- We love the Weather+ app – it gives an accurate 6 day forecast for day and night, which when you're planning from home is really helpful. You can keep all the places you've been to too – a nice way to remember your trip 🙂 Download for iPad/iPhone or Android
Other Things To Pack
- A lightweight day sack or shoulder bag will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials.
- If you tend to buy bottled water, consider carrying a LifeStraw Filtration Water Bottle – fill up from any source and get clean, safe drinking water without wasting plastic bottles.
- To use electrical gadgets you may need a travel adapter plug, and also a step down voltage converter if your devices are not designed for European voltage (230V).
- If you're aiming to travel with just carry-on baggage, try the CabinMax soft-sided rucksack – it's light, roomy and has plenty of pockets to keep your stuff organized. You can use packing cubes to compress the volume too.
- Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees – use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home! Leather goods and shoes are great buys in Spain, as are wine, sherry and olive oil – but you will need to pack these liquids in checked-in luggage unless you buy at the airport duty-free.