Barcelona Tourist and Expat Guide – I'mMovingToBarcelona

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE MOVING TO BARCELONA

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BEST BRUNCH IN BARCELONA

Who doesn’t love a good brunch? However, it’s not easy to get it in the country where people are set to always eat their lunch at 2pm. We decided to put together a list of top brunch restaurants in Barcelona for those, like us, who like to wake up late and eat their breakfast closer to lunch. Our list contains places we like and also those recommended to us. If

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THE BEST PAELLA IN BARCELONA

For us, the foreigners Spanish food is all about tapas and paella. And one of the first expeditions in search for good food would be to a tapas or paella place. But where to get a real paella experience in the capital of Catalonia? We asked around and here’s a list of recommended places to eat paella in Barcelona. Before we move to the list of paella places, be advised that when

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FURNISH YOUR APARTMENT FOR LESS IN BARCELONA

Cheap ways to furnish your apartment in Barcelona seems like a good topic for all those who come to live here. Even if you rent a furnished apartment you will still need to buy some stuff before you make it “yours”. And if you go for a non-furnished one, you will need to start from scratch. The good news is you made it through the sometimes hellish process of renting in Barcelona,

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BANK HOLIDAYS IN BARCELONA – CALENDAR FOR 2017

Bank Holidays in Barcelona probably differ from those in your country. What’s more, bank holidays in Catalonia may differ from those in other Autonomous Communities, because aside from nation-wide bank holidays there are also a few specific for each region or even city. Second Easter and other holidays What was most surprising for me, was that those local holidays can change dates each year. Each municipality is entitled to two

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BUYING A FLAT IN BARCELONA IN 10 STEPS

Buying a flat in Barcelona may seem like a dream. However, it can be also scary. Buying a home is one of the most important decisions in a lifetime and not an easy one. Even in our native tongue, the lawyer’s jargon can be difficult to understand, now let’s imagine it in Spanish. To give you an idea of what to expect and where to start if you are thinking about buying

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BUYING A FLAT IN BARCELONA – HOW MUCH MONEY WILL YOU NEED?

Buying a flat in Barcelona – nice thought, isn’t it? Seems quite logical. Moved to Barcelona. Got a job here and thinking about staying here at least for a couple of years but still renting the flat. In such case, it would be good to know how much money you need to have saved before considering a mortgage. After the infamous crisis of 2008, the banks require at least 20% of

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BUY FOOD FROM AROUND THE WORLD IN BARCELONA

We all love tapas and this great selection of meat, fruit and vegetables available in this Mediterranean country but from time to time we simply miss the taste of home. We’ve all been there. No matter how great the food in Barcelona or wherever we decide to live might be, we will always miss the food you are most used to eating: the food from our country of origin. Sometimes

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FREE ENTRY TO BARCELONA MUSEUMS

No matter if you live in Barcelona or just came to visit the capital of Catalonia, with the right information you will be able to make the most of the city and even cut on the expenses. Take advantage of free entry to Barcelona museums. This time, we provide info on how to hack Barcelona’s museums. So, take note that all Sundays after 3pm most of them open the doors for

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BARCELONA IN AUGUST – CLOSED FOR VACATION

If you come from customer-driven capitalist countries where all shops are open on Sundays and where customer service is highly valued, you might be slightly surprised after settling in Barcelona. Not only are almost all shops closed on Sunday (yep, Zara too) and many close at 2 pm on Saturday but some of them might also close for the whole month of August. When the last occurs, you will usually

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BRUNCH AND MEAL TIMES IN BARCELONA

The Spaniards are pretty strict about their daily meal routine. This is something a foreigner needs to fit into, especially if one doesn’t want to starve. It’s like similar to a train schedule, if you miss one, you’ll need to wait for the following. And sometimes the waiting might be pretty long. The Spanish meals go more or less like this: EL DESAYUNO – breakfast 10:00 am – usually right after

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WHAT DO EXPATS DISLIKE ABOUT BARCELONA?

Is it possible not to love Barcelona? Probably not. But it doesn’t mean there aren’t things about this city you might not fancy. Let’s take a look at what expats dislike about Barcelona. A recent study held by OK Apartment Barcelona shows that over 1 in 3 expats dislike the level of mass tourism in the capital of Catalonia. 850 expats from 26 nations living in Barcelona for at least 3 months

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WHEN DO I NEED TO EXCHANGE MY DRIVING LICENCE FOR A SPANISH ONE?

Exchanging a driving licence from EU & EEE countries (EEE: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway). REQUIREMENTS to have your place of residence in Spain not to be below the age set by the Spanish legislation This is a voluntary procedure* and can be requested at any provincial traffic department. OBLIGATORY EXCHANGE You may be required to exchange your driving licence: after two years of normal residence, if you have a driving licence valid

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BANKS IN SPAIN

Depending on where you´re from, your experience with banks may be different. I doubt, though, that it can be worse than what you’re about to discover here in Barcelona. Few words about banks in Spain, banking  – the Spanish way. The good news is that times change and during the past year some banking services have improved considerably. And at the same time others got worse. To give an example

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L9 METRO BARCELONA TO THE AIRPORT AND WHY IT IS NOT SUCH A BIG DEAL

This Friday, February 12th, L9 a new metro line connecting Barcelona with El Prat airport will be inaugurated. As promised, it should be up and running for the Mobile World Congress, 22-25 Feb 2016. I thought this is rather exciting news but haven´t heard any enthusiasm about it from my Spanish friends. I couldn´t get why is that. Then, I started reading about L9 metro line in Barcelona and began to

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STARTUPS IN BARCELONA

Barcelona is ranked as one of the Europe’s hottest startup hubs. Wired.com makes annual guides of startup trends in Europe and Barcelona appears among cities like London, Moscow, Berlin, Stockholm, Paris, Helsinki, Tel Aviv, Istanbul and Amsterdam. OK, but what is actually a Startup? Forbes has a somehow twisted answer to this question in its article with the same title, quoting people like Neil Blumenthal, cofounder and co-CEO of Warby Parker: “A startup is a company

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WATCH OUT FOR PICKPOCKETS IN BARCELONA

You may have already heard many stories about pickpockets in Barcelona. It is a pretty common issue here and it feels like the authorities are totally incapable of putting it to a stop. I have a lot of friends who experienced theft on the metro, on the beach or even while driving their car. These are the most typical situations where you need to keep your stuff close to you. Instead

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KEEP CALM AND SPEAK CATALAN

Buenos días or bon dia? Adios or adéu? You arrive in Barcelona and find that the people here speak Catalan instead of Spanish. You listen and hear that some words are common, but still there is a difference in the accent. And you wonder how much different this language is from Spanish. 1. Catalan is a Latin language If you have Catalan friends, you probably already know that Catalan is a language not a dialect. Both Catalan

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GETAWAYS | THE LANGUEDOC & SOUTH WEST FRANCE

Just past the Spanish-French border you’ll find a land of wine, vineyards and delicious food. It’s called Languedoc. The biggest wine producer in the world has beautiful landscape and hundreds square miles of vineyards. We’ve never seen so many fields of vine before, so we were stunned by the view! Languedoc and its Minervois region is great for a short weekend break from the city and its busy pace. Some 3-hour

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HOW TO GET TO BARCELONA FROM EL PRAT AIRPORT

For all those who are flying to Barcelona and those who live here and want to get away for the weekend. Here’s how to get to Barcelona from El Prat Airport. T-10 is a multi-person travel card valid for 10 trips, up to 75 minutes each (even if you switch means of transport or metro lines within this time). It is available for all 6 zones but if you want to travel just

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LA PARADETA,THE BEST SEAFOOD IN BARCELONA

When in Barcelona you probably feel like tasting Mediterranean cuisine. We know just the right place to go to after a long day on the beach: La Paradeta, the best seafood in Barcelona. There are 5 of them in the area: near Sagrada Familia, Sants, El Born, Meridiana avenue and one in Sitges. Find the address here. I wouldn’t call them restaurants, they’re more like sea food stores with a place to sit and eat.

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