Traveling in the winter may not sound like the most enticing plan. However, winter in Spain can be better than traveling in the summer. Spain is known for its hot summers, but its winters can be milder. The northern and central areas of Spain can be cold at times, but the south stays mild. Bilbao has an average of 10°C (50°F), Barcelona an average of 16°C (61°F), Madrid an average of 7°C (45°F), and Sivilla with an average of 11°C (52°F). Winter in Spain is usually dry and fairly sunny, though you can get snow in the mountains. If you love skiing, it would be the perfect place to ski.
Winter Holiday Must-To-Pack
Packing for any winter travel means a few essentials, such as adding layers to your packing list. Since temperatures can go from freezing to almost warm, layers will help you stay warm or cool off when you need to.
- Passport, ID and Drive license
- Portable charger: Nothing is worse than being only halfway through your day when your phone or camera dies. Bringing a portable charger can keep you from missing all those great photo opportunities.
- Spain adapter
- Scarf, hat, and gloves.
- Daypack, such as a small backpack: A daypack can be helpful for carrying things like your camera, lip balm, portable charger, passport, and any layers you might need to take off and stash. Be careful not to overpack and weigh yourself down. You don’t want sore shoulders and a hurt back!
- Lip balm and lotion: Wintertime can bring dry skin. Bringing lip balm and lotion can protect your lips and hands from painful cracks and even bleeding.
- Comfortable shoes: Depending on the type of travel you plan on, you may be doing a lot of walking. Wearing comfortable, broken-in shoes protect and support your feet.
- Camera or smartphone
Packing the Essential for Spain
Packing for Spain will depend on factors like which city or cities you’re visiting, how many days you’re there, and what kind of holiday you’re planning. In cities like Bilbao, Barcelona, and Sivilla, museums are a great attraction as well as a warm one. If the weather will be warmer, consider visiting parks or walking around to see the city’s historic architecture. Your packing list will also depend on the type of holiday you are taking. Are you planning to relax, tour, or go on an adventure? For the relaxer, you may plan on packing nicer clothes for fancy evenings out. The adventurer should be prepared to get dirty, possibly sweaty, and pack really good shoes.
How to Pack as a Local
While the people of Spain used to wear casual clothes, fashion trends have tended towards a more classy style. Don’t stick out like a sore thumb with your sweatshirt and t-shirts! When traveling in the winter, you will see a lot of Spanish people wearing leather and fur coats. You can feel like a local by wearing one also (faux leather and fur is completely acceptable).
The number one tip when packing is to leave space in your suitcase or bag for some trinkets and souvenirs to bring home, such as a bottle of wine, a hand held fan, some jamor or a pair of espadrillas shoes. With these tips, you’ll be packed and ready for winter in Spain in no time.