GeoBlue International Health Insurance

San Sebastian >

An Expat Talks about Living in San Sebastian, Spain

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

San Sebastian

How long have you lived there?

20 years

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

Getting out and about is a good way. Most socializing is done outside the home (in bars, restaurants, clubs). Take part in activities such as sailing courses, cineclubs, sports clubs, language classes. learn a bit of Basque at a Basque language school - the local people will appreciate you making the effort and it's a good way of meeting people.

Expats in Spain may get a free expat health insurance quote from our partner Allianz Care, whose plans ensure that you have access to quality healthcare whenever you need it. Allianz's flexible solutions allow you to tailor your cover to meet your needs and budget. Get a Quote

Expats in Spain may get a free expat health insurance quote from our partner Allianz Care, a leader in international insurance for expatriates. Allianz's plans ensure that you have access to quality healthcare whenever you need it. Their flexible solutions allow you to tailor your cover to meet your needs and budget..

In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

San Sebastian has always been one of the least diverse cities in the world. Visitors are often surprised by the lack of different racial groups. This is not to say that the people are adverse to diversity, it's just that there were always very few people from the rest of the world. This has started to change over the last ten years, and the city is of course even better because of it.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Bad jobs are easy to find, there is a huge need for people in the service sector (bars, restaurants, cleaning etc). Good jobs are much harder to find. Contacts help, as does fluency in Spanish, Basque and English.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Quality of life tends to be the key word. the Basques work hard, but don't let work come before family and friends, socializing . And there is no obvious difference between social life and family life - people socialize WITH their family rather than doing things separately.

Moving to Spain

Moving to Spain soon? AGS Worldwide Movers is a leader in the international moving industry. Their experience and expertise allows them to guarantee their clients the best quality moving services. Get a moving quote today.

If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

I would encourage them to do so as San Sebastian is a great place and quite possibly the most beautiful small city in Europe. It's important however to either have a good job set up before you get here or barrels of money as San sebastian vies with Barcelona and Madrid as being Spain's most expensive city, especially as regards housing.

Talk with Expats in Spain

If you're not involved in our Spain Forum, it's a great place to meet others in your area, get answers to questions about moving to Spain or offer advice to a newcomer.

More about Spain

Things-to-consider-When-Moving-to-Spain-with-Children-

Expat Spain: Things to consider When Moving to Spain with Children

If you're a family moving to Spain (or anywhere in the world), David John's article offers great advice for helping your children through the relocation process. From keeping your children involved in the move to considering their education.

If you're a family moving to Spain (or anywhere in the world), David John's article offers great advice for helping your children through the relocation process. From keeping your children involved i...

5-ways-to-get-the-best-out-of-the-Spanish-healthcare-system

Expat Spain: 5 ways to get the best out of the Spanish healthcare system

The quality of healthcare in Spain is exceptional, but their healthcare system is different from what expats are used to at home. CIGNA shares tips about the Spanish health service, obtaining your atarjeta sanitaria, state health care and more.

The quality of healthcare in Spain is exceptional, but their healthcare system is different from what expats are used to at home. CIGNA shares tips about the Spanish health service, obtaining your at...

Inheritance-and-Gift-Legal-Changes-for-Expats

Expat Spain: Inheritance and Gift Legal Changes for Expats

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.

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. ...

-Moving-to-Tenerife

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.

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 internation...

The Relocator International Moving Quotes

Write a Comment about this Expat Report

Sign In to post a comment.
addacomment

Comments about this Report

brewersbeach
Sep 7, 2015 22:49

Hi guys, we are an Australian family of 3, with a 9 year old. We have been living in Bali, Indonesia for the past 6 years with our son at an international school in Bali. We have great friends, French, that have lived in Australian and our now back in Biarritz. We were greatly impressed with San Sebastian as it ticked the all the boxes, for food, fun, beaches, surf nearby and our friends! We are looking at a 6 month stay from middle of the year, 2017, before we go back to the Gold Coast, Australia at the end of 2017. Any hints on 6 month rental, area with a 10 year old boy at the time of moving . school etc! Not looking to work, although my wife is a junior school teacher and I am a swim coach now, former paramedic! Regards, brewers, new guy on the site!

StevieDon
Sep 6, 2016 19:17

Hi, I've been in San Sebastián for 2 years now running an English academy. I've loved every minute and welcome with open arms any expats especially native English speakers! We run a club where members can join us, in what is effectively our home from home, so it also provides a nice starting point for any expats landing in San Sebastián for advice or just a cup of tea! It's called 'little teapot', so look us up www.littleteapot.es !

pmerritt
Sep 30, 2016 14:20

We have just returned from San Sebastian after vacationing there for 2 months. We are seriously considering living there for 6 months a year. We would like to rent an apt. first then look for a place to purchase. Can you advise us as to where to find an apt for rent? And any further information regarding living in San Sebastian would be appreciated. Thank you, P Merritt

Allianz Care Expat Health InsuranceExpatriate Health Insurance

Get a quote for health insurance from our partner, Allianz Care.
Get a Quote

Spain Forum Spain Forum
Join our Spain forum to meet other expats and talk about living in Spain.

Living in Spain GuideLiving in Spain Guide

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.

Moving to SpainMoving to Spain Guide

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.

Best Places to Live in Spain 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.

Healthcare in SpainHealthcare in Spain

Expats in Spain share their experiences with healthcare and overseas medical insurance in Spain.

Pros Cons of Living in SpainPros & Cons of Living in Spain

Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what expats have to say about the biggest challenges and the greatest rewards of living in Spain.

Read More

Copyright 1997-2021 Burlingame Interactive, Inc.

Privacy Policy Legal