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.
An overview of how to move to Spain and immigration options for non-EU citizens. Covers different long-term visa options.
Expats moving to Valencia enjoy life on the Mediterranean coast and a cost of living that is lower than what expats in Barcelona and Madrid must absorb.
Expats in Spain share their experiences moving to Spain. From what to bring to learning Spanish, culture shock to finding a flat.
Expats in Barcelona enjoy a beautiful city on the Mediterranean Sea and one of the most popular cities in Europe. Here is some great advice from expat that already live there.
Expats Living in Spain offer their advice for others making the move to the nation on the Iberian peninsula. From what to bring, to learning Spanish, culture shock and more, read on to learn how to settle into your new life as an expat in Spain.
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 in Granada appreciates the fresh air and food, the weather and the focus on family. He says that life is slower in Granada and advises newcomers to learn Spanish before they arrive.
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 Valencia talks about enjoying the Mediterranean lifestyle. You'll need to learn Castellano and a little Valenciano.
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.
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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:
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:
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- in Mallorca, Spain
- in Mallorca, Spain
- in Mallorca, Spain
- in Mallorca, Spain
- The British School of Marbella in Marbella, Spain
- King Richard III College Mallorca in Portals Nous, Spain
- in Portals Nous, Spain
- American School of Madrid in Pozuelo, Madrid, Spain
- Sunny View in Torremolinos, Spain
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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:
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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:
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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.
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Expats in Spain: Pros and Cons of Living in Spain
Expats in Spain discuss the pros and cons of living in Spain. Topics discussed include lower cost of living, taxation on worldwide income, friendliness of Spaniards, LGBT community, slower pace of life and more.
5 Best Places to Live in Spain
Expats in Spain have a lot of opinions as to the best places to live in Spain. It all comes down to preferences, resources and where you are in life. Here's a good start in your research for deciding where to live in Spain as an expat!
Moving to Spain: 7 Things to Know Before Moving to Spain
Expats move to Spain from all over the world. People of all ages move there to work, retire, or just enjoy the culture and Spain's natural beauty. With so many places to choose from, our tips for moving to Spain will get you started on picking the perfect place for you.
8 Tips for Obtaining Long-Term Residency in Spain
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.
5 Tips For Living in Madrid
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!
5 Affordable Places to Retire in Spain
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.
The 8 Best Countries for Brits to Retire Abroad
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.
International Schools in Barcelona, Spain
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.
Expat Guide to Moving to Tenerife
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.
5 Tips for Living in Barcelona
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.
Expat Spain: Keeping Cool in Catalonia, Spain
Brit Becky Russell loves spending time in Catalonia, Spain. She's put together a few recommendations for avoiding the heat and enjoying your time in Barcelona and the surrounding area.
Expat Spain: 10 Tips for Living in Spain
With it's warm culture, thriving cities and beautiful countryside, expats agree that Spain has it all. Expats share their tips and experiences living in Spain.
Eat Out Barcelona
If you living in Barcelona or traveling there, you'll find Mike James' article about some great local restaurants.
Living in Spain: Doctors and Queue-Jumping
Author Deborah Fletcher was born in the UK, but attracted to sunshine, olives, garlic and red wine. So, she completed the escape tunnel in 2003 and fled to Southern Spain.
Cadiz has magnificent beaches, winding streets, beautiful plazas. This charming city entices many of its visitors to make the decision to purchase property there.
Tips for Starting a Business in Spain
Thinking about starting a business in Spain? Many expats try, but only a few succeed. Solo offers advice about understanding the market, catering to locals and other advice.
Your Guide to Offshore Investing
A guide to offshore investing writting for expats in Spain, but applies to expats worldwide. Advice on emergency funds, taxes and more.
Train Travel in Spain
Spain rail travel is both convenient and affordable, aside from being a fun way to visually experience the whole of Spain.
5 Tips for Spanish Property Buyers
Despite the forecasts, now is a great time to buy says expat author of 2 books on Murcia - Debbie Jenkins. She shares tips on buying in Spain in today's market.
Moving Abroad: Tips for Saving Your Relationship
Yolanda Solo, Author of "Spain: The Expat Survival Guide" gives relationship-saving advice for people contemplating or preparing to move abroad. While she focuses on Spain, her advice is universal.