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Nestled between a beautiful array of mountains and the Mediterranean sea, Barcelona is one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan and diverse cities.

As a major port and a leading sport, business, arts, fashion, commerce, and tourism hub, Barcelona offers a quality of life that one can only dream about. 

To help you move and settle into your new home city, we have assembled a team of handpicked and stingingly vetted service providers that specialise in assisting expats living in Barcelona.

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Top 5 tips for expats moving to Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, one out of every five people in Barcelona is an expat and the expat population amounts more than 350,000. With the aim of strengthening the multicultural community in Barcelona, the government consistently implements programs and strategies towards creating better opportunities and a welcoming environment for expats.

Below are the top 5 insider tips for expats moving to Barcelona

Finding a place to live
Most expats rent a property once moving to Barcelona. Accommodation closer to the beach and nearby key amenities tends to be more expensive. It is a common practice to pay a security deposit of between one and six months’ rent. It’s important to know that most property listings and websites are in Spanish; that’s why most expats choose to hire an agent to help them find a suitable property and arrange their lease with the landlord.

Getting around Barcelona
Expats moving to Barcelona can comfortably rely on public transport as the city offers an efficient, affordable, and comprehensive public transport network. The Metro is known for being the friendliest to foreigners as all the sings and ticket information is in English. Some expats also find driving in the city a suitable option despite the heavy traffic and Catalan-language sings. 

Cost of living
When it comes to the cost of living in Barcelona, keep in mind that although the cost of living is lower than other expat cities, salaries are also lower. The biggest expense would be housing but cheaper options are also available. Most expats live in Barcelona with affordable daily expenses and diverse lifestyle choices that the city offers.

Learn some Spanish
Catalan is the official and the first language, with road signs, metro instructions and other public notices often appearing in Catalan. Meanwhile, Spanish is spoken by all the residents. As Barcelona progresses to become an interconnected intercultural city, it’s believed that English will become another major language. As for now, investing time to learn basic Spanish will definitely be essential.

No shopping on Sundays
On Sundays, most shops and supermarkets are closed in Barcelona. Smaller shops in the more residential areas often close Saturday afternoons as well. It’s a common tradition in Barcelona to spend weekend afternoons with family and friends.

Meet your Barcelona Team Leader

Elena Ramírez Marín

Backed with decades of experience in tax and accounting, Elena has been working with Kreston since 2008 in helping expats move to Spain. 

Elena leads a team in Barcelona that offers personalised tax and accounting solutions in order to ensure the right planning, management, and implementation of the existing rights and obligation in the city. She can also assist expats in other matters such as labour, social security, legal, and relocation. 

As the leader of our Barcelona E-Team, Elena will be happy to help you settle in Barcelona and connect you with fellow E-Team members.

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