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What to Pack for Barcelona

Heading to this seaside Mediterranean city?We’ve found pieces that are modern—and travel easily.

  • Stay warm on the plane with a Loro Piana cashmere scarf.

  • Piazza Sempion.’s cotton-and-silk dress goes from day to evening.

  • People-watch on the beach in a pair of Chloé frames.

  • A brass-studded handbag from Isaac Mizrahi can fit everything, from a camera to a guidebook.

  • Don’t worry about new wrinkles with a Cinzia Rocca trench, which has steel fibers blended in for a crinkly effect.

  • Pack it all in Kate Spade’s brown-and-green canvas and leather roll-aboard.

  • Joe’s Jeans come with Lycra, so you'll be comfortable whether sitting in a café or strolling La Rambla.

  • Walk for hours in ballet flats from Delman.

  • Save space with a Guerlain by Emilio Pucci makeup pouch and brush. Bonus: It can also hold a lipstick, powder, and the room key.


Here, multifunctional and travel-friendly items for him.

  • Start your day early with Links of London’s leather-encased travel clock.

  • Bric’s leather Dopp kit has a snap-out sleeve with pockets so you can pack more.

  • A cotton-and-cashmere henley from Perry Ellis is perfect for any weather.

  • The new Pentax Optio W20 is wallet-size.

  • The Briggs & Riley nylon carry-on expands 30 percent at the touch of a button and has a garment bag to fit two suits.

  • Navigate the cobblestoned streets of Barcelona’s Gothic quarter with Garmin’s handheld Nüvi 660 GPS device.

  • Banana Republic’s dark denim can be dressed up.

  • Sporty suede shoes from Tod’s work with everything from a T-shirt to a suit.

  • Shield yourself from the Spanish sun with Dior Homme by Hedi Slimane tortoiseshell frames.

  • Rain or shine, make a statement with a Prada ultralight nylon windbreaker.


Trip Tips

  • Stroll through El Born, a barrio filled with smart boutiques from emerging Catalan designers.

  • Stop at Vinçon (96 Passeig de Gràcia; 34/93-215-6050; www.vincon.com) for witty housewares.

  • Head up Montjuïc hill to the Fundació Joan Miró (Parc de Montjuïc; 34/93-329-1908), which displays works by the Barcelona-born artist.

  • For tapas, try Inopia Clássic Bar in the Eixample Esquerra (104 Carr. Tamarit; 34/93-424-5231; lunch for two $48), where Albert Adrià, El Bulli’s pastry chef, does traditional bites.

  • Go to Park Güell (Carr. d’Olot), Gaudí’s mosaicked garden complex, for the best skyline views.

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