Guide to living in Spain:

Essential Information I Madrid and Barcelona – complete city guides


Essential Information

Do you need to open a bank account, obtain a residence permit or find a school for your children ? We have the answers in our Essential Information webpages.

You will have automatic access to all of this information as well as a complete Guide to Madrid and Barcelona if you contract a Complete Relocation Programme.

Here is a list of the main topics covered under Essential Information.

  • Banks
    Do you need to open a bank account ?
    Do you pay commission if you change euros into pesetas ?

  • Communications
    How much does a stamp for the USA cost ?
    What is the cheapest way to call Germany ?

  • Health and Medical Care
    Can I use the Spanish State Health Service
    (Insalud) ?
    Should I get a private health insurance?

  • Schools
    What should I consider when looking for a school ?
    Can I find a school that offers bi-lingual (Spanish / English) tuition in Madrid ?

  • Transport
    What is the best way to get from the airport to the centre of Barcelona ?
    Can I get a bus in Madrid at 2 a.m. ?

  • Visas and Residence Permits
    I´m Swiss – do I need a work permit to work in Spain ?
    I´m American and I want to study in Spain for a year – can I get a visa in Spain ?

    Banks
    Communications
    Crime and the Police
    Driving in Spain
    Health and Medical Care
    Local Currency
    Property
    Religious services
    Schools
    Taxes
    Transport
    Useful Telephone Numbers
    Visas and Residence Permits
    Weather


Madrid and Barcelona – complete city guides

Do you want to order a meal in Catalan, take the kids to the Railway Museum or buy a painting by a young Spanish artist ?

We have all the necessary information in our Madrid and Barcelona web pages.

You will have automatic access to all of this information as well as Essential Information for Living in Spain if you contract a Complete Relocation Programme.

Here is a list of the main topics covered under Madrid and Barcelona

  • Madrid – an introduction
    Our visitors are only in Madrid for 2 days – where should we take them ?

  • Art Galleries
    When is ARCO (the International Contemporary Art Fair) held ?

  • Children
    Until what time is the Parc d’Atraccions on Tibidabo in Barcelona open in August ?

  • Entertainment
    Why was 11 October 1997 a memorable day for opera fans ?

  • Fiestas
    When is Catalan National Day ?

  • Language Schools
    I would like to do an intensive business Spanish course – which school should I choose ?

  • Museums
    Which 3 art museums make up the ‘Golden Triangle’ ?

  • Outside Madrid
    Which king built the monastery of San Lorenzo in El Escorial ?

  • Restaurants
    What is escalivada ?

  • Shopping
    Where can I buy a good quality fan in Madrid ?

  • Traditions
    What is the best place to see a performance of the zarzuela – Spanish light opera ?

    Madrid / Barcelona – an introduction to the city
    Art Galleries
    Children
    Entertainment:music, theatre, clubs etc
    Essential language - Phrase Book
    Fiestas, Exhibitions and Public Holidays
    Language Schools
    Museums
    Outside Madrid/Barcelona – short trips for the weekend
    Restaurants and essential language for food
    Sightseeing
    Shopping
    Traditions


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