It’s hard to justify using the term winter when living on the Mediterranean coast; and it sounds especially absurd to those coming from cities where pre-heating their cars via remote control from their houses, is a regular past-time. That being said, although the snow doesn’t fall (the one time it did, two cm of snow shut the city down for three days) and the temperature never drops below zero, it’s not tank tops, bathing suits and flip flops all year around. If you’re wondering what to pack between November and March in Barcelona, here are a few tips.
Warm Jacket – By no means is this a down filled ski jacket, however a decently warm fall jacket is perfect, especially during the evenings when it can get chilly.
Closed Toe Shoes – This might be a given, but even if you’re not wearing sandals, shoes without socks is still a bit risqué in the winter. Closed toe trainers, dress shoes, loafers or even boots are a good option.
Gloves – These aren’t a MUST, however they are useful, especially during the height of winter (January – February). They’ll keep you extra comfortable while exploring the city and don’t take up too much space when packing.
Warm Sweater – Depending on the climate you can often trade in a warm sweater for a jacket. This doesn’t usually happen until the end of February or March or earlier on in November, however if you don’t feel like bulking up too much and the weather is mild, a warm sweater should do the trick.
Scarf – This is one of the best accessories you can carry with you during winter in Barcelona. It allows you to wear a t-shirt and jeans in a bar or restaurant while adding an extra touch of warmth, which usually does the trick and allows you to keep most of the layers peeled off, at least while indoors.