Daily Life in Spain

The second-largest country in Europe after France, Spain is a diverse and exciting place to live and work. From bustling cities like Bilbao, Barcelona and Madrid, to traditional villages tucked away in rural hideaways, the country offers an amazing variety of lifestyles for foreign nationals to experience.

While the foregoing should whet your appetite for life here, as a foreign national coming to live in Spain you will need more detailed information to help you adjust to life in your new home. We hope the information that follows will make your experience a pleasant and enjoyable one.


  • Finding Accommodation in Spain
    No matter where you are in the world, flat-hunting is no easy task. In this article we try to steer you in the right direction.

  • Getting from A to B
    Whether you just want to get to work, or you need to get away for the weekend, you’ll need to know something about transport options in Spain.

  • Healthy, Wealthy and Wise
    How do you say Lemsip in Spanish? What do they call a GP here? Don’t wait till you feel a cold coming on to find out what you should do when you’re feeling under the weather.

  • Essential Services
    Money, post offices, refuse-collection, electricity, gas, emergency services – it’s all quite different to what you’re used to. Not to worry - this article takes you through the basics.

  • Shop Till You Drop
    So you’re in the queue for the checkout and this guy says ¿Quién es la última? Don’t panic, it’s all part of the Spanish shopping experience! Find out more here.

  • Tapas, Pinchos and Lots More
    Fancy a bite to eat? You couldn’t have chosen a better country.

  • A Night on the Town
    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy! Spanish people love socializing and there’s no shortage of things to do. Here we suggest a few ideas to get you started.

  • What’s on the Box?
    There’s no Corrie or Eastenders but Spanish TV provides a selection of home-produced and imported programmes. Find out what’s on here.

  • Driving in Spain
    In Britain they drive on the left, in France they drive on the right, and in Spain they drive … in the middle! Not quite true, but there are some things you should know before venturing out on the roads.

  • Vegetarianism in Spain
    Spain is no paradise for vegetarians. In this article, however, Fari Greenaway shows us how to wade through the carcasses to get to some real culinary delights.

  • Bullfighting
    Spaniards insist that bullfighting is an Art rather than a blood-sport. Once you’ve read this description of a corrida, you may find it easier to decide whose side you’re on.


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