Last updated on Sep 05, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Girona, Spain: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know about living in Girona?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Girona, they said:
"Expats considering retirement in Girona should be aware of the cost of living, which is generally lower than in many other European countries, but higher than in other parts of Spain. They should also know that the healthcare system in Spain is one of the best in the world, with many excellent hospitals and clinics in Girona. Expats should understand that while many locals speak English, the official languages are Catalan and Spanish, so learning at least some basic phrases in these languages can be beneficial. It's important to know that Girona has a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters, which can be a significant change for those from colder climates. Expats should be aware that they will need to apply for a visa to live in Spain, and the process can be lengthy and complex. They should also know that Spain has a high value-added tax (VAT) on many goods and services, which can significantly increase the cost of living. Expats should understand that while Girona is a safe city, petty crime such as pickpocketing can be an issue, particularly in tourist areas. They should also be aware that Spain has a slower pace of life than many other countries, with a culture that values leisure time and family. Finally, expats should know that Girona is a vibrant city with a rich history and culture, offering plenty of opportunities for entertainment and exploration," said one expat in Girona.
What do I need to know before moving to Girona?
About the Author
Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.