• Jason Leven

Barcelona guide for Expats

This is an ever-changing guide for expats or tourists to Barcelona, it is aimed to help people find what they need or want. If you have any suggestions for this page please contact us Jason – Founder of GoNow – helping people find things to do in Barcelona

Although it’s easy to visit Barcelona knowing only English, living in Barcelona can be tricky if you have not yet mastered Catalan or Spanish. A big tip that everyone should know is how to change the browser setting on your phone or your computer to “Translate pages in Catalan/Spanish” All websites are then converted automatically to your preferred language. See a guide here

Downloading the Google translate App (iOS or Android) lets you translate text from a photo, which is super useful in restaurants or in local stores.

Looking for work in Barcelona?

Here are some top links to get you on your way.

infojobs.net, linkedin.com, empléate.gob.es, indeed.es, infoempleo.com, computrabajo.es, epatjobs.com (multilingual jobs, technoempleo.com (techy jobs), ingenieros.es (engineering jobs), ticjob.es (IT jobs), studentjob.es (jobs for students), experteer.es, pmfarma.es (pharmaceutical jobs), turijobs.com & hosteleo.com (tourism and hospitality), monster.es, trabajo.org, trabajando.es, acciontrabajo.es, bolsadetrabajo.es, trabajos.es, es.trud.com, opcionempleo.com, tableotrabajo.com, simplyhired.es, marcaempleo.es,

Looking for a property in Barcelona?

Houses and flats: idealista.com, fotocasa.es Holiday rentals: olalahomes.com, booking.com, airbnb.com

Buy second hand everything?

Wallapop (Like Craig’s list/ Gumtree/ DoneDeal)


Banco Sabadell available in english


Health Insurance Sanitas (Part of Bupa), Insurance Comparison website rastreator.com

Obtaining an NIE (Foreigners ID)

Foreigners having an economic, professional or social connection with Spain may apply personally for an N.I.E. see the Government of Spain Or if you want some assistance you can use this Paid Service

Register at your local Adjundment (Local Government office):

To receive your “Certificado de Empadronamiento” Which is an official registration certificate of where you live.

Public Health

Register at your local CAP office (Centre d’Atenció Primaria) bringing your “Certificado de Empadronamiento” and “NIE” to obtain a public health card.

Citizens Advice Spain:

Independent advice, information and support for all interested citizens in Spain, this to include visitors, expatriates and Spaniards alike. You can also find things like Brexit info here.

Social Security & Minimum Wage

You can visit seg-social.es or if you prefer you can visit other Social Security offices in towns like Cerdanyola del Valles without an appointment – You need NIE and a written job offer before you can get a social security number)

Minumum wage information

Buying A Car

A great portal to find a car is coches.net or if you want general information on how to buy a car in Spain

Education links

Government information on education Education in Catalunya International schools in Barcelona

Stuff to do in Barcelona

  1. GoNow Barcelona mobile Appwhat’s happening near you now in Barcelona

  2. BCN Mes

  3. lecool Barcelona

  4. Internations.org

  5. Meetup groups in Barcelona

  6. Timeout Barcelona

  7. Barcelona Tourist office

Other useful Information

  1. About moving to Spain general guide

  2. English speaking mobile or Internet providerMovistar

  3. Rent a car per hour: Ubeeqo

  4. Ridesharing App (Like Uber): Cabify

  5. Cinema – When you see “VOSE” in the movie description it means they’re in the original language (usually English) with Spanish subtitles

  6. Request a background check

  7. Getting your residence

  8. General Government site in English

  9. Consumer protection

  10. Barcelona Metro Map

If you know of other sites or useful information to help expats or visitors to Barcelona please contact us

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