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Winter is just around the corner, dolls and dudes.
I’m talking about December, January, and February — those cold months when you peruse the Christmas fairs, check out the festive street lights, and hit up the Three Kings’ parade. Or just move around the awesomeness that is Barcelona.
And of course you want to dress appropriately — warmly, comfortably, but also fitting into the general fashion panorama. i.e, not being a target for pickpockets.
But for the sake of helping those who’ve never been to Barcelona, this is a practical, stylish guide to dressing in Barcelona during the winter. When you have no idea what to wear and you don’t want to stick out as a tourist. Suit to your own tastes!
A few ideas on how I came up with this ensemble:
1) Check the weather forecast first (duh, I know).
The weather varies. It rains in Barcelona, but no more than a few days at a time at the most. And it doesn’t snow here. I wouldn’t bring rain boots or rain coats. Just make sure your shoes are weatherproof if you’re concerned about water getting in them. And you can always by a cheap umbrella if it does rain.
Also, regarding mittens, gloves, hats, and animal-themed beanies. I didn’t wear them at all last year. However, I saw some photos I took on November 30, 2013. (It was a personal photo project I called “Barcelona from the hip”).
That was almost two years ago around this time, and people are not bundled up like this right now. I checked that the temperature that day was 9ºC / 48º F. So check the temps yourself! That cold day:
2) January and February are the coldest months.
A general idea of how cold it gets month by month, according to Holiday-Weather.com:
|December||11ºC / 51ºF||5ºC / 41ºF||15ºC / 60ºF|
|January||10º C / 49º F||5ºC / 41º F||14ºC / 57ºF|
|February||10°C / 49°F||6°C / 42°F||14°C / 57°F|
3) Beware of drastic temperature changes when moving around the city.
If you’re constantly using the metro, you’ll experience lots of temperature changes. It can be really warm underground, but once you come up at ground level, you get hit by a strong breeze. And like your mama says, “You’ll catch a cold!” Keep yourself warm. I didn’t really know about this, so during my first two years of living here, I kept getting sick. Maybe it’s just me and a few people I know, but you can weigh in here.
A few more images of real people in Barcelona in the winter from my “from the hip” project:
Of course, don’t forget to pack your toiletries, warm pajamas, pretty undergarments, laptop, camera, selfie stick, and your coziest teddy bear!
Have you been to Barcelona in the winter? Would you agree with my tips? Do you have any more to add?
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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