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 well until early October. The good thing is that the weather’s pretty comfortable and you don’t have to pack heavily. Read on to know what ot wear in Barcelona in the fall – and what else you need to bring to have a well-prepared trip!
Fall temperatures in Barcelona have a moderate range. The average in October is about 18ºC / 64ºF, November is around 13ºC / 55ºF, and December is 11ºC / 52ºF. However, temps can vary wildly, especially in October.
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!
A versatile short-sleeved top
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. Or not – wear it at night for a sexy, plunging neckline.
A light cardigan with pockets
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.
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 pantsA dress to dress up or down
This dress works great to wear with boots or sandals. You can also layer it with a long sweater or even a moto jacket. With over 2,400+ reviews on Amazon, I don’t think you can go wrong. Choose from over a dozen colors!
Short-sleeved dress with pockets
This dress works in September and October. It’s also a fantastic dress to layer. Pair it with a cute necklace and earrings to dress it up.
An infinity scarf with a hidden pocket
You probably won’t need a scarf until it cools down a little bit in October – but just in the evenings. This scarf is theft-proof! It has a hidden pocket if you want to hide some extra cash, a key, or some credit cards.
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.
<< 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
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!
An EU Type C Plug Adaptor
If you’re a US resident, you’ll need this adapter for your chargers. It’s an EU Type C Country plug adapter.
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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