Packing for Spain in winter can be a tricky task - it's undoubtedly the season of overcoats and scarves, but it's really just not that cold in Spain for most international travelers!
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Visiting Spain in winter
If you are, like I was just a few weeks ago, wondering what to wear in Spain in winter, thankfully I have some answers for you!
We recently returned from a lovely visit to Madrid and Barcelona, which we scheduled over the end of holidays. We left the US just a couple days after Christmas, spent New Year's in Madrid (soon to be the topic of its own blog post - if you're considering it, reach out and I can give you my thoughts), and then travelled to Barcelona on January 2, where we spent the remaining 5 days of our time in Spain.
Winter is a lovely time of year to explore Spain. We were able to spend as much time out of doors as we normally would on a Europe trip, which is frankly phenomenal in January. In 10 days, we didn't have a drop of precipitation until we were in the cab heading to the airport. And, in addition, we dealt with fewer crowds, no blistering sun, and got to experience a generally laid-back, holiday atmosphere! There were some closures and limited opening hours to keep in mind, but with a bit of research, those can be navigated easily enough!
What's the weather like in Spain in the winter?
Unsurprisingly, winter in Spain is just "not that cold." As they enjoy significantly different weather, t's worth discussing Madrid and Barcelona separately.
Barcelona is significantly warmer in winter, both in objective temperature 59/48, and in the sun's intensity! Mornings in Barcelona aren't nearly as chilly as in Madrid, and you'll see plenty of people eating and drinking perfectly comfortably outdoors throughout the day!
Now that we've discussed the weather basics of winter in Spain, let's move on to the actual packing!
Don't forget the packing cubes!
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What do people wear in Spain?
In general, in Spain's major cities, people are nicely dressed, but fairly casual. The Spanish definitely bundle up in winter, and wear a lot of black - this surprised me! I wore a lot of my nice jeans and fit right in (if you've been following the blog for a bit, you'll know I can get weird about jeans in Europe!) Ok, time to talk specifics!
What to Wear in Spain in Winter:
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