Is Barcelona Finally Growing Sick Of Expats?

Barcelona is a famously bright and vibrant city, from its beautiful historic Gothic Quarter to the stunning iconic building of Sagrada Familia; from the Gaudi buildings and Park Guell to the plethora of art museums, as well as the beach where local people and expats blow off steam after work with a game of volleyball. … Read more

Living In Catalunya – How Might The Political Situation Affect You?

Following the events of last year, many expats have been wondering where they stand in the political situation surrounding the bid for Catalan independence. Expats considering moving to the province in Northeastern Spain for the first time are often confused by the long-running dispute and how this may impact their lives should they make the … Read more

Are Solar Panels Worth Installing In Spain?

Following the Spanish government’s move a couple of years ago to crack down on households generating their own solar power, switching to the renewable energy has generally been seen as not being viable for the average individual.The infamous royal decree 900/2015, which came into effect in October 2015, effectively raised the costs of running your … Read more

Gavin, Malaga

Who are you? I am Gavin, a 28 year old from Newcastle, who teaches English in Spain and writes occasional blog posts about my adventures along the way. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I originally moved to Australia in 2011 and lived there for almost three years.After some travelling I then moved … Read more

Employee Documentation In Spain – What You Need To Know

At the end of May this year, the Spanish government updated the rules for companies hiring expat workers in the country. In light of this—and given the complexities of Spanish law for foreigners working in the European Union’s fifth-largest economy—we’ve put together a guide to work permits and employee documentation in Spain.Firstly, citizens of non-EU … Read more

Unexpected Charges In Spain And How To Deal With Them

With its alluring blend of stunning shores, unexplored mountains, diverse landscapes and vibrant cities, Spain has become one of the most popular destinations for tourists and expats from all across the globe. The nation offers its residents high living standards, with access to good quality infrastructure, education and healthcare. The excellent weather, unique cuisine and … Read more

An Expat Guide To Self-Employment In Spain

Being self-employed provides a level of freedom that many find attractive. But before you move to Spain and start working from a laptop on the beach, you need to make sure you’re properly registered and set up as a freelancer in the system.Below is a handy guide to the most important things you need to … Read more

Anna, Finestrat

Who are you? Hi my name is Anna and I’m a 27-year-old German girl from Hamburg.I’ve always loved to travel and discover new places. So far I have lived in the US for an exchange, in Brazil for an internship and different cities in Germany. The next big step was moving to Spain. Where, when … Read more

Spain – Recommended Social Media Accounts

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Spain and some of the social media accounts you should be following if you’re thinking of moving there.Hidden SpainFacebook Page | Twitter Sue and … Read more

An Expat Guide To Private Healthcare In Spain

Spain spends more money than neighboring European countries on its public health, at around 10% of its GDP. Hospitals and health services are of good quality and some offer both public and private healthcare. It is vital to state which service you require beforehand to avoid being left with a hefty bill.There are many reasons … Read more