Bilbao, Spain: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Bilbao, Spain? If you're planning to go to Bilbao, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Bilbao, Spain

Based on the climate and weather in Bilbao, the best time to go is July. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Bilbao, Spain by month

January

January can be chilly and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the 50s F (low 10s C) during the day. There is frost once in a while. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Long skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Socks
  • Waterproof footwear

February

February for Bilbao is cool and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Standard footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Socks
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long skirts

March

If you visit Bilbao during March, you are likely to find that it is cool and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 40s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Socks
  • Long skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Light jacket or fleece

April

April in Bilbao is crisp and very rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 50s F (low 10s C) to low 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long skirts
  • Socks
  • Pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Light jacket or fleece

May

May is balmy and very rainy. Temperatures average in the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long skirts
  • Standard footwear
  • Dresses
  • Socks
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Pants or jeans

June

June in Bilbao is balmy and somewhat rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof luggage
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Light footwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sandals
  • Umbrella
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses

July

July in Bilbao is a perfect temperature and somewhat rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light footwear
  • Skirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Umbrella
  • Sandals
  • Rain coat

August

August in this region is a perfect temperature and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Rain coat
  • Light footwear
  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sunscreen lotion

September

Traveling to Bilbao in September, you will notice that it is warm and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Light footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion

October

If you vacation in Bilbao during October, you are likely to find that it is balmy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 50s F (low 10s C).

Humidity is generally around 60 during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long skirts
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses

November

In November, Bilbao is cool and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 60s F (mid 10s C) and about a third of the time jump into the 60s F (high 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the 40s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Bilbao, with several of the days of the month having rain. In November, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long skirts
  • Standard footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Socks
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Umbrella
  • Pants or jeans
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Dresses

December

December in Bilbao can be chilly and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Long skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light jacket or fleece

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Bilbao, Spain

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Bilbao, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C and F
  • A SIM card that works in Bilbao
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • Appropriate museum wear

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