Barcelona Style Guide

The Catalan capital is renowned for its art, architecture and cuisine. Barcelona is the birth city of some of the world’s most famous artists and architects, including Antoni Gaudi himself, and its foodie scene is world-famous – but Barcelona is so much more than this. Aside from its awe-inspiring architecture and beautiful beaches, there’s a whole fashion scene in Barcelona just waiting to be explored.

If you’re wondering what to wear on your trip to the Catalan capital, or you’d like to know where to grab a fashion bargain or two, then you’re in the right place. 

Barcelona’s bustling fashion scene

Outside of the ‘Big Four’ fashion capitals, Barcelona is certainly a close contender. In fact, according to the Global Language Monitor, it sits just behind London, Paris, Milan and New York, making it the fifth fashion capital of the world. Many famous fashion designers started out in the city, including world-famous Cristóbal Balenciaga.

There are many upmarket fashion districts to explore in Barcelona, but there are also a few more affordable hidden gems you’ll want to check out too.

Must-visit fashion districts in Barcelona

Passeig de Gràcia

Certainly one of the swankiest streets in the city, Passeig de Gràcia is home to some of the world’s biggest fashion brands, from Chanel to Burberry. You’ll find plenty of affordable options here too, including Spain’s most affordable fashion export, Zara.

The bustling paseo is also home to some of Gaudi’s most iconic modernist developments, including Casa Batlló and La Pedrera. If a spot of shopping with a side of art is what you’re after, a visit to Passeig de Gràcia is a must.

Portal de L’Angel

Located off Placa de Catalunya and running on from Passeig de Gràcia, this popular shopping street is even busier than La Rambla! If you’re looking to sample some of the biggest fashion chains from across Spain and Europe, including Bershka, Pull&Bear, and Stradivarius, then you’ll absolutely want to visit Portal de L’Angel. It also conveniently leads into the Gothic Quarter, which is great if you’re looking to tie in your shopping spree with a bit of sightseeing.

Gràcia

The neighbourhood of Gràcia is home to some of Barcelona’s most beautiful shops and boutiques. The neighbourhood was once separate from Barcelona, connected only by the famous Passeig de Gràcia until its expansion in 1879. As a result of this, the neighbourhood is a hub for independent businesses in the city.

If you’re looking to sample the best of local independent fashion at a great price, then a trip to Gràcia should be on your list.

Seasons in Barcelona: What to wear

Are you wondering what to wear in Barcelona in March or in October? Barcelona has approximately 2524 hours of sunshine a year and it rarely rains in the seaside city. Whatever time of year you’re going, you can almost bank on a sunny day or two. 

During spring, temperatures are incredibly comfortable – think dresses and t-shirts! During the summer months of July and August, you certainly won’t need a coat as temperatures can be hot and humid, often over 30 degrees. You’ll want to pack plenty of shorts, t-shirts and dresses for this time of the year.

Even during the winter months of December, January and February, temperatures are a very moderate 15 degrees during the day and cooling down to an average of 9 degrees overnight. If you’re visiting the cosmopolitan city during autumn or winter, you’ll certainly want to pack plenty of layers for the evenings.

Seeing the sights

As we mentioned earlier, there’s plenty to see and do in Barcelona. From the beach to the mountains, it really is a city that has it all. Whether you’re going on a beach holiday or a sightseeing trip, the Catalan capital won’t leave you feeling disappointed. As the city has lots of sunny days annually, you’ll definitely want to pack a pair of prescription sunglasses to help you see the sights during your trip.

Top tip: a visit to the Sagrada Familia is a must, but we’d also recommend a scenic walk up to MUHBA’s Turó de la Rovira for amazing views over the city! Don’t forget to pack your sunglasses or prescription glasses!

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