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Hey, hey, fall is here! Although it officially started on September 22, I can say that shorts and tank tops season is pretty much OVER. Fall temperatures in Barcelona have a moderate range. The average in October is about 18ºC / 64ºF, November being 13ºC / 55ºF, December 11ºC / 52ºF.
However, temps can vary wildly, especially in October. Case in point:
This past weekend (October 15), I was in Sitges (about 40 km south of Barcelona), and it felt it was about 80º F under the sun. People were STILL bathing in the sea (although I’m sure the majority of them were sun-craving tourists). I was wearing a 3/4-sleeve gauze top and some cotton pants. And I was sweating!
Having said that, it also rained a buttload last Wednesday. I’m talking thunder, lightning, the works. But it wasn’t very cold. Therefore, the entretiempo, as the say in Spanish (the seasons between winter and summer, aka spring and fall) has a range.
So I present…
As I mentioned in my What to Wear in Barcelona in the Winter post, this is how I came up with this ensemble, which I’ll repeat again.
Drum roll please….THE COMPLETE ENSEMBLE!
For a cool, rainy day:
And for a night on the town. I must get me a leather skirt…
So before coming to visit Barcelona:
Obvious Thing To Do #1: Check the weather forecast.
Not-So-Obvious Thing To Do #2: Stay away from the extreme seasonal dressing. It’s not hot enough for cotton tank tops but not cold enough for a heavy, puffer jacket. Barcelona’s fall weather wavers between cool, rainy thunderstorms and warm (about 23 degrees).
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.
If you want to blend in, Just say NO to short shorts in October. While they’re probably cozy, they’re not exactly a piece that makes you look local. But, hey, that’s your call.
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?
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?
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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