What to wear in Barcelona this spring

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Barcelona is a great destination for a family holiday. There are plenty of savvy ways to keep your costs down on a holiday in Barcelona, but how can you make sure your preparation for the family holiday is a quick and painless process?

We take the thinking out of your packing with this quick and easy guide to what to pack for a holiday to Barcelona this spring.

Clothes in Barcelona

The key is to keep your clothes simple but stylish.

If you’re travelling this spring it’s worth bearing in mind that although you may view the temperatures as warm (in comparison to the freezing ones you may be used to over the winter), the locals don’t. So if you want to blend in, then dress as they do: sturdy shoes or boots, trousers, jumpers and a jacket. i.e. pretty much as you would do here in the UK.

Dressing in layers will also help you cope with the changeable weather. As with most of Europe, jeans are very popular here in every style and they’re great for this time of year.

The Spanish really care about their personal appearance and image, and on the whole they dress conservatively and make an effort when they go out. In the evening, women dress more stylishly, particularly when dining out so if you’re going to an average to high quality restaurant, you’ll be more comfortable wearing something dressy.

Barcelona is a great city to experience on foot, which means your shoes need to be comfortable … but stylish. The Spanish love shoes, and for them a pair of shabby shoes can let down a whole outfit.

Finally, if your sightseeing plans involve visiting churches, please be sure to remember to cover your shoulders and bare legs.

For mums & daughters

  • 1 pair jeans
  • 2 pairs trousers
  • 1 skirt
  • 1 dress; make it versatile, something you can wear sightseeing, but also dress up to dine out in the evenings
  • 3 plain tops; one in each of your 3 favourite colours. Cashmere and wool work well for this season
  • 2 casual tops; perhaps a shirt in your favourite colour would tie in well here. Check that the colours of your trousers, skirt and dress coordinate
  • 1 evening top; choose something in your strongest colour
  • 1 smart cardigan or unstructured jacket
  • 1 pair comfy flat shoes or boots
  • 1 pair killer heels (for mum) for the evening
  • A light-weight, belted raincoat
  • Swimwear if your hotel has a pool – the beach may be just a little too brave
  • A large canvas bag with plenty of room for all your day trip essentials
  • A simple clutch bag for evenings, or a travel wallet than can double up as a clutch bag
  • Belt
  • Pashmina; take a colourful wrap on to the plane to keep you warm, and then wear it in the evenings or to cover shoulders where there is a cultural expectation, like in church
  • Accessories; these will transform even the simplest outfit
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella

For dads & sons

  • Jeans
  • 3 pairs trousers
  • 4 casual shirts for the daytime
  • 1 sweater
  • 2 smarter shirts for the evenings
  • 1 jacket
  • 1 pair comfortable walking shoes
  • 1 pair smarter shoes for evenings
  • Swimwear if your hotel has a pool
  • Sunglasses
  • Belt
  • A light-weight waterproof jacket

Helen Hutchings heads up WhatToWearOnHoliday.com which aims to help take the stress out of what to pack for holidays. It includes packing guides and tips on how to pack less but wear more, how to save money and be appropriately dressed wherever in the world you go!