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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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After watching an episode of “Parts Unknown” in which her hero Anthony Bourdain wandered through the magical streets of Granada, Elysse signed up for a semester abroad there and then quickly realized one semester wasn’t enough. She returned to Spain and lived in Madrid for two years to technically teach English but mostly spent her free time traveling throughout the peninsula learning about Spain’s diverse culture (and tapas!). But what she loves most about Spain is the love and appreciation of tradition, history and long lunches with friends and family.