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What to wear in Barcelona in July? E-mail

What to wear in Barcelona in July?

In July it's usually very hot and humid with air temperatures in the shade during the day from 28C / 82F to 33C / 91F and even hotter sometimes, so wear shorts, skirts, t-shirts, sandals and flip-flops during the day. When you visit churches, it is a sign of respect to cover up a little not wear very tiny shorts.

Please note that you can only walk in a swimsuit near the beach. In the city you should wear a top or you might risk being fined. Barcelona is a metropolitan city with a beach, not a beach resort, so generally we recommend wearing beach gear at the beach and in the city just wear typical light summer clothes and perhaps choose clothes that don't appear to touristy. Looking too touristy might make you a easy mark for pickpockets which prey on tourists in the popular areas to visit.

Read our article about how to avoid Barcelona pickpockets which has many safety tips about moving around Barcelona on foot, by car in the metro.

What to wear in night clubs in Barcelona? The top Barcelona night clubs have a strict dress code, so pack nice shoes, long trousers and a shirt or polo-shirt. Especially the men. You will probably not be allowed in the more exclusive night clubs Barcelona if you are wearing shorts, flips-flops etc. even if they are expensive flip-flops.

In July there are summer sales in Barcelona called "rebajas" so there are plenty of great offers in the shops if you need something. Find Barcelona shopping malls. For the rest of the year fashion is very casual in Barcelona and most of the spring, summer and autumn you can wear jeans and t-shirts. In the early spring and late autumn (fall) a sweater, cardigan or light jacket is advisable.

In winter months December to February a thicker winter jacket and long trousers are recommended. It can be warm in winter in the sunlight at mid-day but temperature can drop in the evening to 5 - 10 degrees celcius.

Shorts are generally only worn in the months of May to September by local residents, but tourist often choose shorts at any time of year, but again from December to February or March this can be a chilly choice. To get more information about what to wear in Barcelona read our Barcelona Weather page and we also recommend that you read our tips aboutsafety in Barcelona which might help you choose which bags and backpacks to bring. 

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