Luggage and bags:
A big handbag which doesnt keep falling off your shoulder! Not only is it a pain, it also isnt safe from bag snatchers.
Bag should be big enough to carry camera, papers, travel guide, water, juice, a thick shawl/sweater for when it gets chilly later in the day, a sandwich for when the only food you can find is expensive and not that great -like in the park near the zoo! You get hungry and thirsty with all that walking, so taking some food with you saves a fair bit of money through out the week. Coffee /coke was priced at €3 at many places we found in central Barcelona. Toasted sandwiches (cheap white bread with processed cheese) were €4 in the park cafe (park Ciudella -spelling?).
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A summer dress and a cardigan was perfect wear for me (a brit) during the day at this time of year.
Temperature dropped quite a bit in the late afternoon, so take something really warm out with you. My son wore a t-shirt under a light Jacket.
Make sure that your shoes are comfy enough to wear for hours as you'll do a lot more walking about than you planned. EG We spent 3 hours walking around Guell park, then an hour walking around a museum -another hour and a half was spent walking between buses and to the metro on that same day!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Tissues! our appartment didnt provide this. We also found a few public toilets had run out of it as well. Zip-lock bags came in handy too.
There's at least one pharmacia on every block!! so no worries there! I did wonder though... what is it that they need so many chemists for?? perhaps it has something to do with that god-awfull sewrage smell that wafts around from every drain? Oddly enough, the absence of insects was remarkable. We saw a few wild cats, but no insects.
Photo Equipment: I wish we'd taken the trouble to get a good zoom lens. There are soooo many places in Barcelona offering huge, vast Panoramic views! Tibidabo mountain for one; tibidabo funfair and church, climb to the top for the best views of Barcelona and beyond!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Too cold for sunning, but warm enough to sit in parks for an hour or so.
Miscellaneous: We stayed in an appartment for 5 days in early November. Comfort won over fashion from the offset really.
I only wore 2 of my dresses and one of my pairs of shoes -the most comfortable ones! My other clothes didnt match my comfy shoes, so they never got used. Lesson; you only need half the stuff you think you need!
Winters can be very cold, especially when I went there in 2005: it was snowing and I felt the cold seabreeze in my bones...
Not the best conditions to have a walk trough the city!
It was different from where I came from (the Netherands). Barcelona's cold was really uncomfortable and not to deal with.
Winter 2006 was better though, might have been because I took a better coat with me (see picture)
-bring a warm jacket, like a peacoat, something wool etc.
-bring black comfortable boots.
-bring an umbrella.
-Assume Spain is warm in the winter, warmer than Northern Europe maybe but not beach weather by any means.
-wear your university sweater(if you want to fit in) if not wear it who cares!
The Summer in Barcelona is very hot and humid so be prepared!
-wear shorts, especially not really short ones unless you like cat calls.
-wear beach clothes on the streets.
-don't bring a heavy sweater it will be very hot!
-wear midlength or longer lightweight summer skirts
-wear white lightweight pants and tops.
Over all in the summer there are so many tourists that you shouldn't worry too much about sticking out but from my experience the short skirts, and small tanktops that are popular in California will just lead to catcalls on the streets of Barcelona.
Barcelona's location on the shores of the Mediterranean means that it enjoys a warm, welcoming climate and pleasant temperatures all year round. Between the Barceloneta district and the River Besos, the city has over four kilometres of perfectly equipped beaches which are frequented by its residents during most of the years. Barcelona also has an olympic harbour which provides excellent conditions for water sports.
Rainfall is often heavy, with levels of around 1,000mm per year. This helps to maintain the many green areas around the city.
In any season of the year, Barcelona basks in the sun. You can eat in open-air restaurants or have a drink on the terraces, by the shores of the Mediterranean sea.
We visited Barcelona at the beginning of March, and for myself and most of the people we met over there from the UK we found the temperatures during the day PERFECT. It was a very comfortable 16C - 18C. Although the locals and visitors from warmer climates were in coats we found a short sleeved shirt more than enough during the day.
For early in the morning and early evening I had a jumper. For the evening a small jacket worked fine. There was a heavy shower on one of the late afternoons, so it's worth carrying a small waterproof coat.
You have to walk Barcelona to appreciate it the most, so I would advise some very comfortable shoes for the day especially.
Luggage and bags:
Pack an extra bag with wheels for all the goodies you'll find at the duty free store at the airport! Olive oil makes a great gift but it's heavy! I would have bought more it was cheap!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you travel to B in the winter, bring a scarf. All the women wrap a scarf around their neck and it was the first thing I bought! It was cold in February. It even snowed!
Miscellaneous: I brought a light weight leather jacket and thank goodnees for the extra sweater I packed in case it got really cold. It did! Be prepared!
Don't forget to bring warm clothes if visiting from November to April as it CAN get very cold.... Most of the time the climate is pleasant though compared with the rest of Europe.
Average monthly temperatures at l'Observatori de Barcelona:
Luggage and bags:
Not so much that you woudl be bogged down with. The stairwells can be tiny and the metro stations are only so big.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I was there during the winter. It was a lot more mild than what I was used to in England but it is still quite windy and can be quite chilly. It also can be quite cloudy at times. But when the sun is out and you are walking around, you will be glad to have comfortable layered clothes that you can easily remove.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There are plenty of pharmacies around for any kind of medicines. But they have sporadic hours. Any corner market may be able to provide you with some various toiletries if you are in need.
Miscellaneous: In general, pack with what you are comfortable with. Nice clothes to go out would be a good idea. Many places will not allow "trainers" into their clubs or bars.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable shoes are an absolute must. Don't get new ones for the trip. In the middle of the winter - my experience is the end of December and early January - it can get cold when you're outside all day. Also, the sun rises very late - like around 8:30 a.m. So you get a blast of cold air when you leave your hotel in the morning. A turtleneck sweater under a medium-weight coat will keep the chill out. Keep a scarf (not a bulky one) and a pair of gloves in your bag. Sometimes you need it and sometimes you don't. The temperature goes up and down. There were times when my hands were freezing, so I was glad I had my gloves. Of the 5 days we were in Barcelona, it only rained once. I had one of these mini foldable umbrellas that was helpful.
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