Expat Guide to Living in Spain
Whether you're already living in Spain or preparing to move to Spain, our Expat Guide to Living in Spain offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Spain. For answers to specific questions, visit our Spain Forum to talk with expats in Spain.
Expats in Spain share their experiences with healthcare and overseas medical insurance in Spain.
We try not to get political, but we can help you find a great place to live overseas if the U.S. election results have you thinking about moving overseas. Here's a list of 17 of the best places to live overseas based upon expats' advice and recommendations.
An overview of the different types of long-term residency visas in Spain including expat advice on the application process. Covers the three main types: residence visa, work and residence visa and student visa. Plus, the retirement visa, investment and entrepreneurial visas and several others.
Expats in Madrid live in a city with a broad appeal to people throughout the world, rich cultural traditions and some of the most delicious food in the world!
One expat who lives in Barcelona experienced very little culture shock when she moved there. She suggests that when you are open and sincerely interested in the people you meet and their way of life, you'll almost always have a great experience.
An expat in Barcelona talks about the cost of living in Barcelona, finding an apartment that's pet friendly, learning the language and more.
An expat in Altea, Spain advises newcomers to be methodical and organized, seek input from other expats, live in a neighborhood short-term before committing to a long-term home rental or purchase.
One expat saved for several years and sold virtually everything so that he could move to Valencia, Spain. He enjoys Valencia's friendly people and cultural activities - many of which are free. He doesn't miss having a car, but has found the paperwork and fact that it takes much longer to get things done a bit of a challenge.
This report on retiring to Salamanca in Spain offers a great deal of advice for expats who might consider moving to this university city later in life. Find out about some of the the specifics to living in Salamanca and also what motivated this retiree to pick this ancient Celtic city in Northwestern Spain.
More Culture Shock Reports for SpainCulture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Spain handle it can be very comforting. Below are some of the responses from expats in Spain:
More Living in Spain Reports
What are people's priorities in Spain - work? family? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Below are some of the responses from expats in Spain:
More Moving to Spain Reports
What should you take with you when you move to Spain? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Spain? Below are some of the responses from expats in Spain:
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Reviews of Schools in Spain
Reviews and school profiles from expat parents and even a few school administrators in Spain. Great place to find insight into school facilities, teachers and curriculum. Below are some of the reviews from expats in Spain:
Dream vs. Reality of Living in Spain Reports
Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Spain. If you are already living in Spain, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not. Below are some of the reports from expats in Spain:
Retiring in Spain Reports
Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in Spain, by filling out our Overseas Retirement report. Below are some of the reports from expats in Spain:
Having a Baby in Spain Reports
How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Spain? Below are some of the reports from expats in Spain:
Working Abroad Report
What's it like to find a job in Spain? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Spain? Help others following in your footsteps by filling out our Working Abroad Report.Submit a Working Abroad Report
Many retirees move to Spain in search of a better lifestyle and lower cost of living. Here are 5 affordable places to retire in Spain that range from bustling coastal cities, like Valencia, to regions with small coastal villages, like Huercal-Overa in Andalucia.
Many Brits choose to retire to Australia and the United States. In addition to these popular locales, Ryan Smith recommends several other great retirement destinations for British retirees.
Families moving to Barcelona have a number of great schools to consider. There are several American and British schools plus foreign children are allowed to attend public school. In this article we highlight several of the more popular English schools and expats' advice with regard to public vs. private English schools.
Tenerife is the largest island in the Canary Islands. Santa Cruz in the north is where more jobs can be found. The south is home to resorts, beaches and tourism industry jobs. There are international schools in both areas. Do your homework and be sure to spend time exploring and visiting Tenerife before you make the move.
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a region where some citizens are fighting for their independence from Spain. Barcelona is a beautiful city that's rich in history and architecture with a thriving nightlife scene.
There are three new legal changes on the horizon in Spain, which will positively impact expats and family inheriting from relatives who were expats in Spain. Melissa Sullivan outlines them.