Barcelona guide for Expats

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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.,, emplé,,,, (multilingual jobs, (techy jobs), (engineering jobs), (IT jobs), (jobs for students),, (pharmaceutical jobs), & (tourism and hospitality),,,,,,,,,,,,

Looking for a property in Barcelona?

Houses and flats:,
Holiday rentals:,,

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

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 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 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

Other useful Information

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

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