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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.

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.

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.

Eat Out Barcelona

If you living in Barcelona or traveling there, you'll find Mike James' article about some great local restaurants.

Moving to Barcelona, 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.

Culture Shock in Barcelona, Spain

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

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 Living 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:
Submit a Moving Overseas Report

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

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:
Submit a Having a Baby Abroad Report

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
Expatriate Health Insurance

Get a quote for expat health insurance in Spain from our partner, Cigna Global Health.
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12 Expats Talk About What It's Like Moving to Spain

Expats in Spain share their experiences moving to Spain. From what to bring to learning Spanish, culture shock to finding a flat.
Expats in Spain share their experiences moving to Spain. From what to bring to learning Spanish, culture shock to finding a flat. ...

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.

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 li...

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!

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 decidin...

Retirement-In-SalamancaAn Expat Shares What it's Like Retiring in Salamanca, Spain

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.

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 liv...

Moving-To-BarcelonaAn Expat Talks about Moving to Barcelona, 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 Barcelona talks about the cost of living in Barcelona, finding an apartment that's pet friendly, learning the language and more....

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