What to Pack for Madrid (By Season)!

When you think of Madrid, do you think of endless blue skies and perfect sunny days? Well, we have a surprise for you. While the weather in Madrid is generally pretty great, it’s also known to be quite unpredictable.

But, don’t fret, we have some suggestions on exactly what to pack for Madrid in order to be comfortable (and stylish) while exploring this world-class city.

Wondering what to pack for Madrid? Wonder no more! We have a guide that will take you from summer to winter and back again with the stylish essentials you need each season in Madrid.

Fall

Fall brings some of the best weather to Madrid. It’s also an ideal time to visit due to the decline in summer tourists. Meandering through city parks and enjoying some of the best seasonal produce are things to look forward to if visiting during this time.

Scarf: Fall mornings can be crisp and cool so it’s a good idea to bring a scarf with you to adjust to the changing temperatures throughout the day. It’s also a simple way to fit in with stylish locals who would never be caught in sandals and shorts past August.

Chunky sweater: Packing a chunky sweater will save you from lugging around a coat during your trip and free up space for all your delicious souvenirs. You’ll also feel comfortable while jaunting around the Spanish capital.

Packing a sweater or jacket is a great thing to pack for a trip to Madrid.
A heavier sweater is a great thing to pack for a trip to Madrid!

 

 

Winter

Winter temperatures in Madrid average about 6-8 °C (43-46° F) so staying warm is essential to enjoying all of your outdoor adventures. From outdoor holiday markets to enjoying chocolate y churros on a heated terrace, you’ll love Madrid in the winter.

Layers are an essential thing to pack for a trip to Madrid in the winter.
Layers are the key to staying warm and comfortable during winters in Madrid.

 

 

Plenty of Layers: Not sure what to pack for Madrid in the winter? Winters in Madrid can be extra chilly so be sure to bring layers so you can stay cozy and warm while walking through Retiro. Then you can peel off layers as you venture into a grand museum like the Prado.

Insulated boots: With all the walking you’re going to do, the worst thing you can do is forget to bring a pair of boots that don’t keep your feet warm. Also, packing boots will keep you cozy and comfortable from morning till night.

Hat & gloves: Both of these items are an easy way to brighten up your outfit and of course, keep you warm. Madrid can be windy sometimes so it’s best to come prepared.

A good scarf and layers are exactly what you should pack for a trip to Madrid in the Winter.
A good scarf and layers will keep you warm while exploring beautiful Madrid!

 

Spring

Umbrella: When figuring out what to pack for Madrid, travelers usually forget to pack an umbrella, but it’s always a good idea to bring one just in case of a sporadic rain shower. This way if it rains, your grand plans aren’t dampened.

A light jacket: Spring is a confusing season in Madrid. Some days can be quite cool so it’s useful to bring along a light jacket for chilly mornings and evenings.

Need to know what to pack for Madrid in the Spring? We suggest bring a light jacket!
A lovely Spring day in Madrid (with jackets in tow)!

 

Summer

Summers are very hot in Madrid and most locals flee the city on weekends to escape the heat. But, summer is also the time when Madrid’s nightlife goes into full swing. Rooftop bars and terraces stay open from dusk till dawn. Stay cool and chic with these few smart packing essentials.

Sunscreen: Madrid is known for its days full of sunshine. This is great news if you love the sun, but terrible for your skin. Sunscreen is a must during the summer and prevents you from getting the dreaded vacation sunburn. Now, you can drink sangría outside without care!

Fan: Okay, so you might not have a fan at your disposal. But, this is a fun and practical gift to buy for yourself while in Spain. Almost everyone has an abanico (or handheld fan) handy to keep cool on a sweltering hot day. They can be found throughout the city and will make you feel like a true local.

Footwear other than sandals: Now, sandals are a great thing to pack, but not always the most sensible option while walking around the city and getting tapas in crowded bars. Any other pair of closed toe shoes will transition well from day to night and keep your feet from getting stepped on.

Packing for Madrid in the summer is all about light and comfortable clothing.
Be sure to pack comfortable, airy outfits for a trip to Madrid during the summer.

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4 Comment

  1. Christine says
    June 11, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    I heard someone tell me once that “real” Madrid locals don’t wear shorts. I’m headed there this upcoming week, and I do feel that it’ll be on the hot side–is this actually true? I feel like jeans in the 80s and 90s will be pretty hot!

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    1. Devour Tours says
      June 13, 2019 at 11:25 am

      Not true! People absolutely wear shorts. I got that same advice before my first trip to Madrid and came with a suitcase full of skirts and dresses, only to find people all around me wearing shorts 🙂 (skirts and dresses are fine too, of course!)

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  2. Sarah says
    August 12, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    I saw in your description it says you stayed in Spain to teach English, does that mean you worked as an auxiliar/language and cultural assistant? I’m leaving in a month to do that this year and wondering if you have any advice or packing tips for staying the whole year in Spain? (I also studied abroad in granada! My favorite city for sure)

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    1. Devour Tours says
      August 20, 2019 at 7:50 pm

      Hi Sarah! Elysse was indeed an auxiliar. How exciting that you’re coming to do the same! Packing tips for during the school year in Madrid: if you won’t be staying during the summer, you’ll skip the hottest part of the year. Temperatures will be nice in a month and won’t get hot until the end of June/July, so plan on layers that you can wear in the mornings and evenings as needed in the spring and fall. Winter in Madrid is manageable with a peacoat but more comfortable with a puffy coat, but you can buy one here. Pack fewer shoes than you think you’ll need and don’t listen to people who tell you that no one wears shorts here.

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