Relocating to Barcelona | White & Company

Relocating to Barcelona | White & Company

 Are You Relocating to Barcelona & Trying To Find A Removals Company.


Are you thinking of Relocating to Barcelona? The city is situated in the Catalonian region of Spain. It is famous for its architecture, both medieval and modernist, its traditional tapas bars, its laid-back lifestyle and temperate weather conditions.

It’s almost everyone dream to find a place in the sun  and for many people Barcelona is the ideal place to relocate. Britons are still the number one buyers of Spanish holiday homes and right now, Barcelona is looking a much better bet than the struggling Costas.

If you are considering a move to Barcelona, it is essential to do your research so that you can avoid any costly issues.

Before you go ahead and make the move, you should make sure that you have:

• Researched your destination, and the local customs and laws
• Obtained independent legal advice
• Researched the tax regulations
• Made plans for your health cover

Although Spain in general is showing the early signs of recovery, the economy is still fragile after the Spanish property crash and the world recession. The country has a limited job market and salaries in the city are low by European standards. However, Barcelona is the most prosperous of Spain’s 17 regions, Catalonia accounts for roughly 19 percent of Spain’s economy. Catalonia also has lower unemployment and less income inequality than the rest of Spain. At 13.2%, the region’s jobless rate contrasts favourably with the 17.2% for the country as a whole.

Property prices Barcelona

The cost of living and property prices in Barcelona are relatively similar to other European cities.

As of December 2017, the average cost to purchase property in the city is Euros 4605 (£4093) per square metre. Outside the city this dips to Euros 3040 (£2702). If you intend to rent a property, which most Barcelonians tend to do, the cost to rent a one bedroomed apartment in the city centre is around Euros 871 (£774) and on the outskirts Euros 664 (£590).

The following site has a selection of properties:

Real Estate Agents In Barcelona

Casamona Real Estate
Passeig de Joan de Borbón, 28principal, 08003 Barcelona. T: +34 933 04 15 32

Ficasso Real Estate S.C.P.
Carrer de Pelai, 11, 08001 Barcelona. T: +34 933 19 61 76

Prestige Real Estate
Av. Diagonal, 433, 08036 Barcelona. T: +34 932 41 30 82


There is a good choice of schools in the Barcelona area.

St. Peter’s School Barcelona
The Benjamin Franklin International School
The American School Of Barcelona
Oak House School
TL International School of Hospitality, Tourism and Languages

Expats, particularly those who only intend to stay in Barcelona for the short-term usually choose an international school, which offer a British curriculum or the International Baccalaureate (IB). The following site has a selection of international schools:

Local Information

When you first move to a new city finding your way around the local taxes and requirements can be daunting, a quick visit to the following website can help you on your way:

Restaurants In Barcelona

Dos Palillos
Carrer d’Elisabets, 9, 08001 Barcelona. T: +34 933 04 05 13

Restaurante Barceloneta
Port Vell, Moll dels Pescador, Carrer de l’Escar, 22, 08039 Barcelona. T: +34 932 21 21 11

El Cangrejo Loco
Port Olímpic, Moll de Gregal, 29 – 30, 08005 Barcelona. T: +34 932 21 17 48

Travel in Barcelona

The public transport system in the city is reliable, efficient and safe. Many expats choose to drive in Spain and there are several laws that may be different from Britain. Cars in Spain drive on the right hand side of the road. You are required to flash your vehicle’s lights before overtaking the car in front of you.

Connections around Barcelona

Connections in Barcelona are good. The main airport is Barcelona El Prat Airport which is situated 2 km southwest of the centre of Barcelona. The main railway station is Barcelona Sants Train Station; it runs local services, as well as long distance travel to places such as Madrid. The following roads connect Barcelona to the surrounding area: B20, C31, C33.

Currency Conversion

Since 1999, Spain has used the Euro (EUR) as its official currency. One euro is divided into 100 cents. It will be relatively straightforward to open a bank account in Barcelona. You will need to be over 18, have some proof of Identity and address. Residents will also need to produce their NIE certificate.

When moving overseas making sure you get the best exchange rate possible is essential to starting your new life on a sound footing. White & Company has an exclusive arrangement with an FX Firm. Simply call us on Tel: 01494-857672 or follow the link to see what additional monies you will receive compared to using your high street bank and to set up a free account.

European Removals To Barcelona

Once you have taken the decision to relocate to Barcelona, you will undoubtedly need to enlist the services of an international moving company to ship your goods overseas and to help manage your move. White & Company can provide a top- quality and efficient removal service to any international destination and as founder members of BAR, FIDI & OMNI, you can rest assured your move will be in safe hands.

White & Company is the proud winner of the 2016 British Association of Removers ‘Overseas Mover of the Year’ Competition, reinforcing the high level of service they provide to all their customers.

Founded in 1871, they are one of the UK’s largest international moving companies:

White & Company also provide specialist removal services to locations around Europe and all International destinations

White & Company

With branches across the UK contact your local branch or call the Spain team on the number below; to arrange a free removals quote.

Tel: 01202 901 330

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