Expat Guide to Living in Barcelona
Whether you're already living in Barcelona or preparing to move to Barcelona, our Expat Guide to Living in Spain offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Barcelona. For answers to specific questions, visit our Spain Forum to talk with expats in Barcelona.
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.
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.
If you living in Barcelona or traveling there, you'll find Mike James' article about some great local restaurants.
An expat in Barcelona talks about the cost of living in Barcelona, finding an apartment that's pet friendly, learning the language and more.
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.
More Culture Shock Reports for Barcelona
Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Barcelona handle it can be very comforting. Below are some of the responses from expats in Barcelona:
Submit a Culture Shock Report
Submit a Living Overseas Report
More Living in Barcelona Reports
What are people's priorities in Barcelona - work? family? socializing? 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 Barcelona:
Submit a Moving Overseas Report
More Moving to Barcelona Reports
What should you take with you when you move to Barcelona? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Barcelona? Below are some of the responses from expats in Barcelona:
International School Report
Parents are invited to answer questions about the schools that their kids attend (Pre-K through High School) in hopes of helping others moving to Barcelona with the school selection process. If you have expat children who attend school in Barcelona, take a few minutes to submit a School Review.
Submit an International School Review
Dream vs. Reality Report
Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Barcelona. If you are already living in Barcelona, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not by filling out our Dream vs. Reality Report.
Submit a Dream vs. Reality Report
Overseas Retirement Report
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 Barcelona by filling out our Overseas Retirement report.
Submit a Retire Abroad Report
Submit a Having a Baby Abroad Report
Having a Baby in Barcelona Reports
How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Barcelona? Below are some of the reports from expats in Barcelona:
Working Abroad Report
What's it like to find a job in Barcelona? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Barcelona? Help others following in your footsteps by filling out our Working Abroad Report.
Submit a Working Abroad Report