Travel Essentials: What To Pack For Barcelona

One of Europe’s biggest cultural hubs, Barcelona has it all. Beautiful beaches, happening bars, breathtaking architecture and museums.

With so much on offer, it’s important to pack everything you need for a multitude of situations. From visiting the infamous buildings designed by Gaudi during the day, to late nights spent eating tapas and drinking sangria.

We’ve come up with a must have list of eyewear to take with you – and where to wear them.

Sagrada Familia

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One of Gaudi’s most famous works that is also still in the making.

The Sagrada Familia is one of Barcelona’s main tourist attractions. A church that doubles as a work of art, we guarantee you’ll never see anything else like it.

With so much detail incorporated into the design, you’ll want to make sure you can see every part of it clearly.

That’s why we recommend taking a pair of glasses that can be worn as opticals but double as sunglasses. These Flexon FLX883 ones will do the trick. Designed to fit with your prescription, these frames come with clip-on polarised lenses so you can enjoy the landmark in all its glory.

Simply clip on the sunglass lenses once you step outside again.

Barceloneta Beach

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Immersed in a city on the coast means that Barcelona has several beaches to flock to.

The main beach, Barceloneta, is hands down the best. Situated in the Ciutat Vella neighbourhood, Barceloneta beach offers everything you need: soft sand, restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

Ideal for days spent lounging by the sea, as well as evenings exploring the nightlife. Barceloneta beach requires cool eyewear to match.

Opt for something chic and trendy such as these frames by Chloe so you fit right in by day or night.

MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona

When it comes to soaking up the culture, there’s no better place to do it than the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art.

Stunning architecture, a permanent collection of over 5000 works to special exhibitions spanning photography, painting and sculpture. The MACBA has plenty to see whether you’re an art aficionado or would just like to try a new experience.

Such an experimental venue deserves eyewear that’s equally kooky. We recommend these Dior CD3286 frames.

A beautiful mix of tortoiseshell, red and black acetate frames with a retro cat-eye shape. They’re just what you need to experience the artwork up close while looking the part.

Gothic Quarter

No trip to Barcelona is complete without a wander around the Gothic Quarter.

Offering landmarks, shops and restaurants all in one, it’s a culturally mixed bag with utterly picturesque scenery. Spend your days wandering its ancient churches, cute gift shops and sampling treats in the collection of street cafes.

When it gets dark, wander the secluded alleyways and taste the tapas restaurants situated in abundance. An area so traditional deserves eyewear that’s equally classic, so pack a pair of sunnies that are worthy of the accolade like these Ray-Ban Wayfarers in tortoiseshell.

Heading for a holiday? Check out our travel style tips to stay fashionable wherever you’re going

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