How To Open A Bank Account In Spain

The banking industry in Spain experienced significant expansion in the early 21st century, only to take a huge knock when the 2008 housing crisis hit. During this economic slump, many regional savings banks either closed or merged with other banks. However, Spain’s economic growth seems to be improving, with the country’s GDP growing by 2% … Read more

How To Rent Or Buy Property In Spain

Spain is a European country that dominates much of the Iberian Peninsula. It encompasses 17 autonomous regions, and it boasts a diverse set of landscapes, cultures and even languages. The capital city, Madrid, is home to the Royal Palace and Prado museum, while Segovia has a medieval castle and an intact Roman aqueduct. Catalonia’s capital, … Read more

How To Apply For A Visa In Spain

Citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland do not need a visa to visit, live and work in Spain. Citizens of the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and a number of other countries – those that have a treaty with the Schengen area (of which Spain is a … Read more

How To Find A Job In Spain

If you are an expat trying to find a job in Spain, you may notice that there are currently very few jobs to go around, particularly if you are restricted to vacancies suitable only for English-speakers. However, it is still possible to secure employment in Spain, especially if you have certain skills.As a citizen of … Read more

Brett Hetherington, Catalonia

Who are you? My name’s Brett Hetherington and I’m a European (Australian/British) journalist, teacher and author (most recently of Slow Travels in Unsung Spain) living in Catalonia, Spain with my partner/wife Paula and our teenage son Hugo. Where, when and why did you move abroad? Our first move was to Japan in 1999 (where Hugo … Read more

Sam Ritchie, Huercal-Overa

Who are you? My name is Sam Ritchie. I have been writing blogs on and off for seven years. I am also a contributor to the international best selling book 365 Life Shifts. I am the proud director and shareholder of a company that allows normal people to buy gold bullion from as little as … Read more

Moving To Spain? Learn From Other People’s Mistakes

Many people spend a long time before a big move weighing up the pros and cons – fretting about making mistakes or whether they will be happy in their new home. Whether they’ll be able to pick up a new language, whether they’ll make friends, whether the kids will get on ok in a new … Read more

What To Do In Spain This Summer

If you’re planning on relocating to Spain, you may be looking forward to the finer things in life – sunshine, food, drink. And the beach! Plenty of newcomers look forward to hitting the beaches in a Spanish summer, but if you’re not a fan of large crowds and you happen to live in a city … Read more

How To Rent An Apartment In Barcelona

Barcelona is a hotspot destination for many expats and students alike. Plenty of people come here on a short-term basis and never want to leave. One of the things that you may be unsure of when you first arrive, particularly if you don’t speak Spanish or have any contacts in the city, is how to … Read more

What Do The Changes To Spain’s Healthcare System Mean For You?

Spain is known for having one of the best healthcare systems in the world, and is ranked as one of the top European countries for numbers of doctors per capita; it currently has around four doctors per 1,000 residents. Until now, Spain has operated both a state healthcare system, paid for in part by social … Read more

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