What to wear in Barcelona in August

What to wear in Barcelona in August?

In August Barcelona is usually very hot and humid with average air temperatures in the shade during the day from 28C/82F to 33C/91F. There can be heatwaves in August like in 2018 when Spain and Portugal are predicting that they will have hottest temperatures ever recorded!

We recommend that you wear light summer clothes like shorts, skirts, T-shirts, sandals and flip-flops for a visit to Barcelona in August. Wear UV protected clothes and always used sun lotions. Wear flip-flops on beach as the sand can be very hot in afternoon. Bring trainers or shoes with a good grip if you are planning day tours outside Barcelona to hilly or mountainous regions.
Stay well hydrated during hot weather - remember to drink even if you are not thirsty to avoid becoming dehydrated. Try to avoid being exposed to sun from 1pm to 4pm. Heatwave tips.

Please note that swim wear should only be worn near the beach not in the city. In the city you can be fined for wearing bikinis or shorts only. The reason for this is that Barcelona wants to be seen as a  modern city with a beach, not as a beach resort. 


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In general we recommend you wear clothes that you would wear at home and try not to look too touristy which can make you a mark for pickpockets, who prey on tourists in the popular tourist areas. 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. With a few simple precautions you should not have problems.

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What to wear in night clubs in Barcelona? The top Barcelona night clubs have a strict dress code even when it's hot, so wear nice shoes, long trousers and a shirt or polo-shirt. Especially the men. You will not get into top clubs if you wear shorts, flips-flops etc.

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 and find Barcelona's best shopping streets and Barcelona's outlet 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 about safety in Barcelona which might help you choose which bags and backpacks to bring. 

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Last Updated on Thursday, 02 November 2023 16:42

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