What to wear in Barcelona in the Fall

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Fall can be a tricky season when it comes to knowing what to wear in Barcelona. While autumn officially starts on September 22, it’s still shorts-and-tank-tops season until early October. As an expat who’s lived in Barcelona for more than 11 years, I’m happy to share some tips on how to dress so you’re comfortable and you don’t look like a tourist (because pickpockets!). Read on to know what to wear in Barcelona in the fall.

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What to wear in Barcelona in the Fall

What to wear in Barcelona: September, October, November

Before you read on, know that locals dress for the seasons, and not really the weather. What do I mean? Well, today is October 28, which is well into the fall season. Yesterday, it was very sunny. The high was 70ºF / 21ºC, but many people were wearing jackets under the sun. I was wearing a short-sleeved blouse under a medium-weight sweater, and someone commented to me that I was underdressed. I really was NOT. Anyway, she was quite cold-blooded, wearing a heavy jacket and scarf wrapped up tight!

The weather in Barcelona in the fall

The average temperature in Barcelona in September is 23ºC / 74ºF. There are still crowds in Barcelona and the beaches, but much less than the summer months. Expect to feel a little sweaty still during the day since humidity is high. We still sleep with the window open!

The average in October is about 18ºC / 64ºF. It cools down a little bit, but it is still mostly sunny between 10am and 5pm. Crowds are even lesser than in September. It’s not really stay-all-day-at-the-beach weather, although it’s a good time to stroll around Barceloneta or Mar Bella.

The weather in November is around 13ºC / 55ºF. It’s cool in the mornings until about 10am. It also gets darker earlier (around 6pm) due to the clocks changing in late October. Around the second month of November, temperatures start to drop. It feels kind of winter-y then! Churros and chocolate start to taste good starting this month!

You can expect cold temps in December at around 11ºC / 52ºF. You’ll have mostly sunny days but it’s still chilly. It feels good when you’re bundled up and you’re enjoying the Christmas markets like at Sagrada Familia and Santa Llúcia!

About the rain: it’s pretty sporadic in Barcelona. There are no real “rainy months” in the fall. They can happen anytime.


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How to dress in Barcelona in the fall

First of all, remember that Barcelona is rife with pickpockets. If you look like a tourist, you’re more likely a target of theft. I hate to break it to you, but I prefer you to be safe! And of course, you’ll want to dress comfortably while you walk around the Sagrada Familia, walk around the bumpy alleys in the Gothic Quarter, and go down to the underground metro.

Also, the “shoulder season” is short in Barcelona. September and October are warm, November and December are cold. There’s barely any in the middle! Read on.

September: As I mentioned, expect it to be warm all month. The whole summer look of shorts, sandals, tank tops, and strappy dresses are acceptable all month, even among locals. Keep the rubber flip flops just for the beach. Opt for a nice leather sandal instead!

October: It cools down a little, but you can probably wear shorts and sandals only until mid-October. Opt for short sleeve or long sleeve, but the material must be light. Most local adults will not wear shorts anymore. (In fact, I’m probably the LAST mom at my kids’ local Catalan school who wears shorts – I did until about October 15!) Wear a medium-weight sweater or light jacket in the mornings and evenings. If you wear a dress or skirt, you can get away with going bare-legged during the day. You’ll probably want to wear some tights underneath in the evenings.

November:  Will people still be wearing shorts? YES: tourists only. Wear pants or jeans, and a light jacket or sweater. A scarf to accessorize too! Around the week of November, you’ll have to wear a medium-weight jacket or coat, heavier than a denim jacket (to give you an idea). If you wear a dress or skirt, wear cozy tights. Also, locals do NOT wear brightly-colored clothes in the fall. They stick to muted colors like gray, white, brown, or black, etc.

December: This is the coldest month of fall. Wear long-sleeved tops. A jacket or coat is necessary, especially towards the end of the season. You will need to wear a base layer top under your blouse or short. Definitely wear medium-weight pants or jeans. A base layer  under the bottoms (long johns, thermals, etc.) are NOT needed.  This is definitely scarf season! Under dresses or skirts, wear warm tights. 

What to wear in Barcelona: Fall basics checklist

A versatile short-sleeved top

What to wear in Barcelona in October: short sleeves are OK in the first half

This blouse works great for September, October, and during sunny afternoons (short window) in early November. You can’t go wrong with a v-neck to make you look like you have a slim waist. If you’re conservative, you can wear a tank top underneath.  If you go out at night, be sure to wear another layer in the mornings and evenings!

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A light cardigan with pockets

 Barcelona weather: October. What to wear.

You’ll definitely need a sweater in the fall, but nothing too heavy. This one would work and would look great layered with a printed scarf. This would work great in September and October.

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For November and December, try this warmer sweater:

 

A light jacket

Barcelona in October: What to wear

This light jacket would go with everything and has the right weight so you’re warm in the mornings and evenings. Plus, it has pockets, which are always helpful when you need to temporarily store a receipt or a metrocard during harried situations. You’ll need to add an extra layer under it in December when it cools a little more.

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Comfortable travel pants

These stretch Zion pants are a huge best-seller among travelers! They’re comfortable, flexible, and you can wear them with casual flats, heels, or even hiking boots.

Check out these cross-functional travel pants

A versatile long-sleeved dress

This dress works great to wear with boots or sandals. You can also layer it under a long sweater or even a denim jacket. This would work for November or December and you can wear it from day to evening when you hit up the bars. With over 2,400+ positive reviews on Amazon, I don’t think you can go wrong! Choose from over a dozen colors.

Check prices for this cute long-sleeved dress

Short-sleeved dress with pockets

What to wear in Barcelona: September, October, November

This dress works in September and October. It’s also a fantastic dress to layer. It would work from a daytime-to-evening outfit. Pair it with a cute necklace and earrings to dress it up.

Check prices for this short-sleeved pleated dress

A travel scarf with hidden pocket – it’s a convertible wrap!!

What to wear in Barcelona: October

How cool is this scarf that converts into a wrap! Plus it’s theft-proof: it has TWO hidden pockets if you want to hide some extra cash, a key, or some credit cards.You won’t need a scarf until it cools down a little bit in November. Click through to check it out!

Check prices for this convertible travel scarf to wrap

An anti-theft purse

If you haven’t heard, Barcelona is a hotspot for petty theft. It makes me a bit sad to say. BUT, I want to be sure that you feel safe when you’re here. One way to have peace of mind is to get an anti-theft purse. The straps and body material is cut-proof so thieves can’t cut it easily. The best part? The top and front zippers lock. I own the one below, which is fashionable and functional.

What to wear in Barcelona in September, October, November

This is my everyday purse.

Check out prices for this Travelon anti-theft travel purse

<< Don’t miss my post about how to avoid pickpockets in Barcelona. I’ll tell you where the hotspots and common scams!>>

A small external battery for your mobile phone

Barcelona fall: What to bring

Don’t get caught with a dead phone while traveling. Try this compact battery you can carry when you’ve run out of juice – so you can keep using Google Maps and taking photos!

Check prices for this light external phone battery

An EU Type C Plug Adapter

If you don’t live in Spain, you’ll need this adapter for your chargers. It’s an EU Type C Country plug adapter. In case you haven’t been to Europe, it’s important to note that it’s most commonly used here (NOT in the UK!). It has two round prongs. This is a universal adapter that works anywhere in the world!

Check prices for this plug adapter

Barcelona packing list for fall

  • Two short-sleeved tops. If you go out for drinks in a crowded bar, or if you’re stuck in a stuffy cafe, you can still comfortably wear short sleeves indoors. I made sure they were kinda dressy so you can wear them for a nice evening out.
  • Two 3/4-sleeved tops. You don’t need a knit jumper just yet. The materials can be light and breezy.
  • One light sweater. This is good to have if you just want to throw a compact cover-up in your bag if it happens to be sunny that day.
  • One light jacket. You may need it in the morning (around 9am) or after 8pm, when it starts to really cool down.
  • One skirt. If you’re one to go out, I’d bring a dressy skirt to wear. Some thin tights might come in handy if the temps dip, but just for November and December.
  • Pants. You can go with light pants in September and October, medium pants in November in December.
  • One scarf. This is a great accessory to have if you don’t want to bring a jacket, and you can layer it on top of your sweater if it cools down. It definitely adds a warm, coziness factor. This morning when I went out, I only saw a few women are wearing them. I love to wear a bright scarf to dress up my outfit!
  • A robber-resistant purse. For the love of God, please don’t get robbed in Barcelona. A purse with a long strap that you can straddle diagonally across your body is perfect. And always have a zip on it. No snap buttons for easy access!
  • Casual shoes. If you’re walking around Barcelona, you’ll wanna wear something really comfortable that you can wear from day to night.
  • An umbrella (optional). You can always buy one as they’re super cheap. People will start hawking them for about 4 euros downtown if the rain really hits down hard.
  • A camisole. You won’t need to wear an undershirt / tank top / camisole until about the second week of November.
  • Underwear. Of course! Or not?!

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Some examples of how to / how not to dress in Barcelona

YES! This fashionable local lady seems appropriately dressed for fall. Light scarf, light zip-up jacket, light cotton top, and some jeans. Plus funky glasses. Because Barcelona.

Barcelona weather in October: What to wear

A stylish local lady who let me take her photo

If you want to blend in, Just say NO to shorts in November. While they’re probably cozy, they’re not exactly a piece that makes you look local. Another thing. Please wear your purse in the front, and not in the back! A pickpocket is eyeing this purse right now!

How to dress in Barcelona in October

The Marge Simpson top is cute though.

Again, these tourists are slightly dressed for summer here. Perhaps it’s the combo of the backpack that give away the fact that they’re not from here. I totally get that they want to be comfortable. But more muted colors would have give the man a low profile.

What to wear in Barcelona November

That’s it for this season! I hope you’ve found this post helpful. And enjoy Barcelona in the fall!

Have you been to Barcelona in the fall? What did you notice about how people dress?

What to wear in Barcelona in the fall


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About the Author Justine Ancheta

California native, churro aficionado, and mom of 3, Justine Ancheta writes fervently about Barcelona and Spain. Since 2008, she's been eating burnt onions (calçots) and tripping on cobblestones in the Gothic Quarter. She shares tips on popular attractions, exposes offbeat non-touristy spots, and gives insight on exploring Barcelona with kids. Her next Catalan culture challenge: top level of a human castle (castellers).

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