WELCOME TOBARCELONAPRACTICAL RELOCATION GUIDE FOR BUSINESS PEOPLE                             WiTh The suppOrT OF
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3W     elcome to Barcelona, your future home.Barcelona is the economic, cultural and administrative capital Catalonia, one...
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5B   arcelona, the main neuralgic centre and one of the motors of Southern Europe andthe Mediterranean, counts on a solid ...
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58                                                               100                                  75 / International c...
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10INTRODUCTION          BARCELONA
11Barcelona is the economic, cultural andadministrative capital of Catalonia and one                                      ...
12Barcelona is a multilingual city with two            The importance of the Catalan languageofficial languages. Here as i...
13guages, if you speak Spanish (or French orItalian or any other language in the family),you are already one step ahead in...
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16 PRE-ARRIVALINFORMATIONThings you need to know before coming to Barcelona
17                                                      If you live outside Barcelona, you need to          APPLYING FOR A...
18Alternatively, if you wish to receive your             residence card (Targeta de Residència) atNIE ahead of time, you c...
19written in a foreign language must be                  You can apply for your empadronamientotranslated into Spanish by ...
20Social Security Number(número D’afiliació a la                                        MONEY AND BANKINGsegurETAT social)...
21in euros, but there may be one for opening        Banking hoursan account in another currency. Theremay be a fee for ope...
22                                                         Budget hotels and guesthouses            ACCOMMODATION         ...
23                                                       Due to limited space in Spanish cities,                          ...
24                         SANT JUST DESVERN                                             12                       SANT JOA...
25          SANT CUGAT                      CERDANYOLA          DEL VALLÈS                       DEL VALLÈS               ...
26        CHOOSING A PLACE TO LIVEThe neighbourhoods ofBarcelonaBarcelona is divided into ten administra-tive districts, e...
27    2   Eixample                                     In the Eixample, one can find spacious                             ...
28youthful clientele. Yet behind its trendy,bohemian character lies a traditionalneighbourhood of proud, elderly locals.A ...
29ments, and the whole area was renovatedto accommodate gardens, terraces andcommunity areas. New buildings wereconstructe...
30    9   Les Corts                                        11   SarriàLes Corts is a neighbourhood with a                 ...
31    13   Castelldefels / Gavà / SitgesThe history of Castelldefels can be tracedback to the year 911. Its castle was bui...
32                                                     Other residential areas include Valldoreix                         ...
33                                                      Once you have chosen a property to         THE BARCELONA RENTAL   ...
34Rental contracts                                     • Bank guarantee. Another possible                                 ...
35   Tenant and landlord                               Utilities   responsibilities                                       ...
36The main power suppliers in Barcelona are:Fecsa EndesaTel : +34 902 507 750 (English spoken onrequest)  www.endesa.esGas...
37charges (tarifes planes), and it is up to             pending on where you call: calls to mobilesyou to shop around for ...
38                                                       networks. Access to a 3G network is usually                      ...
39                                                    concertada schools, though there may be               EDUCATION     ...
40     SPANISH EDUCATION. SIMPLIFIED CHARTS                    conditional access                          access test req...
41• Second cycle (3-6 years old): the centres            English-language international schoolsthat provide this second cy...
42INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS IN BARCELONA AREASCHOOL                                   CITY                          AGES      ...
43Àgora Masia Bach International School               08902 L’Hospitalet de LLobregatCarrer Puig de Mira, 15-21 Urb. Masia...
44Tel :   + 34 93 213 88 64                           E-mail : fpcjap@telefonica.netE-mail : englishschool@colegioingles.n...
45Lycée Français de Gavà Bon Soleil            Schweizerschule BarcelonaCamí de la Pava, 15                          Carre...
"Welcome to Barcelona" - Practical guide
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  1. 1. WELCOME TOBARCELONAPRACTICAL RELOCATION GUIDE FOR BUSINESS PEOPLE WiTh The suppOrT OF
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  3. 3. 3W elcome to Barcelona, your future home.Barcelona is the economic, cultural and administrative capital Catalonia, one of theSpanish Autonomous Government Regions. Catalonia is located in the northeast of theIberian Peninsulaand is home to seven million people, almost two-thirds of whom live inthe Barcelona metropolitan area.Barcelona is the fourth most visited city in Europe and 11th in the world, and is consist-ently ranked one of the best cities in Europe in terms of quality of life. But beyond thenumbers, its locals can tell you of a dynamic, cosmopolitan city of contrasts, a city cradledby sea and mountains where wide avenues and modern skyscrapers coexist with narrowmedieval streets, and contemporary urban living is enriched by a fascinating history. Bar-celona’s laidback Mediterranean lifestyle, safe, pleasant street life and warm, welcomingclimate attract qualified professionals, entrepreneurs, researchers and students from allover the world.Whether you are still considering relocating to Barcelona, are already on your way orhave already arrived, this guide will aid in your decision to move to our city and helpyou make the most out of your first experiences here. With practical information andhelpful advice on important issues such as housing, administrative procedures, education,health services and leisure, this guide includes all that you need to know before comingto Barcelona and upon your arrival. Here you will find all that is necessary for a smoothtransition. In no time, you will find yourself settled and ready to enjoy everything that thisbeautiful, vibrant city has to offer. Jordi Hereu / Mayor of Barcelona
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  5. 5. 5B arcelona, the main neuralgic centre and one of the motors of Southern Europe andthe Mediterranean, counts on a solid entrepreneurial culture based on rigour, a future vi-sion, ambition, the capacity for innovation and creativity, and is open to the world - valuesthat are key for getting out of the current economic context in a strong way.The main studies published in 2010, among them the European Cities Monitor, positionBarcelona as the first European city in quality of life for the workers, occupying the fifthposition in the ranking of the best European cities for doing business. Undoubtedly, thecombination of these indicators help to make Barcelona a very attractive city for settingup companies and for professionals.Barcelona is a cosmopolitan, diverse and intercultural city, and the presence of these pro-fessionals from all over the world allows us to advance towards a more solid and competi-tive model. For this reason, from the institutions of the city, we want to make available toyou tools and resources for guidance, training and coaching for settling down profession-ally. This includes everything from developing a business plan to finding suitable offers ofaccommodation.In this sense, one of the main initiatives promoted by the City Council of Barcelona isthe programme Do it in Barcelona, that aims to attract entrepreneurial, creative andresearch-oriented talent to the city. Initiatives such as these are ones that should allow usto face the scientific and technological challenges of the future, and to provide the citywith talented people from all around the world who, in the short and medium term, willsurely strengthen the economic position of the city.We therefore very much hope that this publication will be an important element forboosting the international business community, joining other actions promoted by theCity Council, such as business encounters and meetings, or the website BarcelonaBusiness (www.bcn.cat/barcelonabusiness). This website, aimed at promoting the cityas a landing space for companies and professionals, offers a wide and varied agenda ofconferences and seminars, which serve to show the economic reality, reports and publi-cations of interest and all the latest from the economic world in the city. Jordi William Carnes / First Deputy Mayor of the City Council of Barcelona
  6. 6. 10 26 / Choosing a place to liveCONTENTS 26 / The neighbourhoods of Barcelona 30 / Metropolitan area: Surrounding towns and cities INTRODUCTION • • 33 / The Barcelona rental and property market 11 / Catalan culture 33 / Buying property in Barcelona 34 / Rental contracts 35 / Utilities 16 38 / Domestic services • 39 / Education 39 / Choosing a school 39 / The Spanish school system PRE-ARRIVAL INFORMATION 39 / Pre-primary • 41 / International and bilingual 17 / Applying for a visa and schools residence permit 46 / Local schools 17 / EU nationals 47 / School terms 18 / Non-EU nationals 47 / Higher education 19 / City Council registration 49 / International business 20 / Social Security Number schools (Número d’afiliació a la 49 / Language schools Seguretat Social) 50 / Other courses • • 20 / Money and banking 51 / Healthcare 20 / Currency 51 / Public healthcare 20 / Opening a bank account 51/ Hospitals 21 / Banking hours 52 / Pharmacies 21 / Credit cards 52/ Private health insurance 21 / Paying bills 52 / Maternity and Paternity • 54 / People with disabilities 22 / Accommodation 54 / Pets 22 / Short-term accommodation 23 / Medium and long-term accommodation •
  7. 7. 58 100 75 / International community 75 / Foreign Consulates in Barcelona 77 / Social Interaction and Business NetworkingDAY-TO-DAY INFORMATION • DOING BUSINESS IN • 78 / Religious services BARCELONA 59 / Practical information • • 59 / Addresses 79 / Sports and leisure 101 / Why Barcelona? 59/ Holidays 79 / Public sports and fitness • 61 / Local time centres 102 / Municipal services and 79 / Private sports and fitness support 61 / Mealtimes clubs 103 / Support for foreign61 / Opening times and working 79 / Football investment hours 79 / Other sports 103 / Business creation - 62 / Postal services • entrepreneurs 62 / Tipping 80 / Culture and 104 / Finding offices and 62 / Tobacconists premises entertainment • 105 / Career Development 80 / Museums and art galleries 63 / Getting in • 83 / Music and dance 63 / By plane 106 / Other key economic 84 / Theatre 65 / By sea agents 85 / Sport and other live events • • 85 / Tickets 65 / Getting oriented 110 / International chambers 86 / For the kids and trade offices • 86 / Mass media 68 / Public transportation • 68 / By rail 89 / Beaches 116 70 / By bus • 71 / By leisure transport 92 / Parks and gardens 71 / By taxi • 72 / By bike 94 / Restaurants and nightlife • • USEFUL INFORMATION 72 / Private transportation 95 / Shopping 72/ Car importation 95 / Food and groceries 73 / Driving license 95 / Municipal markets 73 / Parking 74 / Car rentals 74 / Car sharing •
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  10. 10. 10INTRODUCTION BARCELONA
  11. 11. 11Barcelona is the economic, cultural andadministrative capital of Catalonia and one CATALAN CULTUREof Europe’s largest metropolitan areas. Itis located on the Mediterranean coast innorth-eastern Spain. Barcelona is a coupleof hours drive from France and is con-nected to major European cities throughexcellent air, rail and road links.Barcelona is a densely populated city,where roughly 1.6 million people inhabit100 square kilometres of land. However,the real Barcelona is a much larger met-ropolitan area composed of nearly 200municipalities with approximately six mil-lion residents. The Barcelona metropolitanarea is characterized by its demographical- La Ramblaly diverse and socially cohesive populationand the continuity of its urban landscape: Catalan society has a long tradition of au-one can leave Barcelona and enter a differ- tonomy and cultural uniqueness. In Spain,ent municipality without even noticing it. the Catalan people are known for their motivation, thrift and commitment to work, values rooted in a strong mercantile tradi- tion. They can also be perceived as serious If you are thinking of exploring Barcelona and reserved, but this should never be and the surrounding region as a tourist interpreted as unfriendliness but rather before relocating, you can visit the official a clearer division between professional tourism websites of Catalonia, and personal relationships. Catalans, www.turismedecatalunya.com, and of serious as they are in business affairs, are Barcelona www.barcelonaturisme.com at their most extroverted and lively when and www.bcn.cat/turisme surrounded by family and friends. Catalans are Spanish in their vitality and zest for life, and for all the importance they place on hard work, they always put social and family life first. With just the right amount of respect and amiability, you will have no trouble at all finding pleasant colleagues, good neighbours and even lifelong friends among Barcelona’s locals.
  12. 12. 12Barcelona is a multilingual city with two The importance of the Catalan languageofficial languages. Here as in the rest of in all areas of Catalan life is undeniable. ACatalonia, Spanish shares co-official status large number of Catalan families exclusivelywith Catalan, the language of Catalonia. speak Catalan in the home and considerThe Catalan language is a cherished, it their language of identity. Catalan is theindispensable part of Catalan identity and language of instruction in schools in Catalo-culture, and it will surely play an important nia, where Spanish and a foreign language,role in your everyday life in Barcelona. usually English, are also taught. In the region’s universities, although teaching isMost locals, especially those living in urban conducted in both Spanish and Catalan, theareas such as Barcelona, can be considered latter is adopted as institutional languagebalanced bilinguals. This means that they and is thus used in administrative affairs.can switch between Catalan and Span- Local government bodies and institutionsish with little to no effort. In fact, many also conduct business in the local language.Catalans instinctively speak to foreigners in In Barcelona and the rest of Catalonia, com-Spanish. In addition, a part of Barcelona’s mercial signage is mostly in Catalan, andpopulation is composed of immigrants or street, town and city names are always indescendants of immigrants from other this language. For anyone planning to live inparts of Spain who consider Spanish their Barcelona, learning at least a little Catalanmother tongue and home language. Spanish is highly recommended.is widely used in Barcelona, in the home,in the street and in the media, and if you The good news is that Catalan, like Span-speak the language you can communicate ish, is a Romance language. Given thewith the locals as soon as you arrive. close proximity between these related lan-
  13. 13. 13guages, if you speak Spanish (or French orItalian or any other language in the family),you are already one step ahead in learningCatalan. Apart from this, the Catalan gov-ernment and many of its universities andinstitutions offer free introductory coursesas well as Internet learning resources.When you get to Barcelona or even beforeyou arrive, there are a number of ways foryou to learn Catalan.The presence of a regional language is justanother feature that makes the culturaltapestry of Barcelona richer and morecolourful. Knowledge of Catalan, thoughby no means required, will make yourintegration into Catalan society easier. Itcan open new doors in your professional,business, social and personal life, enrichyour living experience in Barcelona, andenable you to enjoy a rich, diverse culturaland leisure offering that reflects the city’sthousand-year old history. For more information on the Catalan language and Catalan language policy, visit www.intercat.cat/lingcat and www20.gencat.cat/portal/site/Llengcat To learn Catalan online, go to www.parla.cat
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  16. 16. 16 PRE-ARRIVALINFORMATIONThings you need to know before coming to Barcelona
  17. 17. 17 If you live outside Barcelona, you need to APPLYING FOR A VISA go to the designated National Police Sta- AND RESIDENCE PERMIT tion in your area.EU nationalsCitizens of European Union (EU) countries You can download the application formand Iceland, Norway and Switzerland do from www.mir.es/SGACAVT/modelos/not need a visa to enter Spain, only a pass- extranjeria/modelos_extranje/ex_14.pdfport or an official valid indentity card (ID).All EU nationals planning to reside in At the police station, you must present the dulySpain for a continuous period of more completed form, together with your passportthan three months are required to have a and a copy of it. Barcelona does not requireNúmero d’identificació d’estranger (NIE). your City Hall registration (empadronament),The NIE is a unique identification number but other towns and cities do ask for it.assigned to all foreigners living in Spain.It is required for filing taxes and all other If you do not speak Spanish or Catalan, ittransactions with the state, as well as for is advisable to be accompanied by some-buying property, establishing a business, body who does.opening a Spanish bank account, settingup a mobile-phone contract, etc. At the police station, you will be given a form in triplicate, which you need to takeIndividuals must obtain a NIE within three to any Spanish bank for payment of themonths of entry into Spain. To do this, you required administration fees. You then goneed to apply personally at the Foreign Af- back to the police station to return thefairs section (Extrangeria) of the National forms with the bank stamp. The documentPolice station (Comisaria) on Carrer de is issued on the spot.Balmes.Comisaria de la Policia NacionalCarrer de Balmes, 192Opening hours : Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m.to 2:00 p.m.FGC : Gràcia L6 L7
  18. 18. 18Alternatively, if you wish to receive your residence card (Targeta de Residència) atNIE ahead of time, you can apply for it at the Foreigners’ Office (Oficina d’Estrangers).the Spanish Consulate in your country.Only certain consulates process NIEapplications, so it is recommended that Oficina d’EStranGers de Barcelonayou contact the consulate first. Also be Carrer del Marquès de l’Argentera, 4aware that processing the NIE at a Spanish Tel : +34 93 520 14 10consulate takes much longer. Opening hours : Monday to Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Metro : Barceloneta L4 For more information, visit the Life in Spain page of www.investinspain.org Go to www.mir.es/MIR/Directorio/Non-EU nationals Servicios_Perifericos/ Cuerpo_ Nacional_de_Policia/Oficinas_de_Non-EU nationals whose country of citi- extranjeros/Cataluna/ for a completezenship has an existing agreement with list of Foreigners’ Offices in CataloniaSpain can stay in the country for up tothree months within a six-month periodor for a transit stay of a maximum of five Spain issues different kinds of residencedays. Citizens of all other countries are permits, depending on the foreigner’s situ-required to have a visa to enter Spanish ation in the country.territory. Visas are issued by the SpanishMinistry of Foreign Affairs through itsconsular representatives abroad. For more information, visit the Life in Spain page of www.investinspain.org For more information about entry and visa requirements visit the website of the The process takes less time for non-EU na- Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAEC) tionals married to EU nationals, as long as the www.maec.es proper documents have been presented and the marriage is registered in an EU country.You can enter Spain once you have your visa. All non-EU documents must be duly au-Upon your arrival, you need to apply for a thenticated and notarized. All documents
  19. 19. 19written in a foreign language must be You can apply for your empadronamientotranslated into Spanish by a government- as an individual or as a family. You canaccredited translator (traductor jurat). do this at the Citizen’s Assistance OfficeTranslation companies in Barcelona offer (Oficina d’Atenció al Ciutadà) of the Bar-sworn translations (traducció jurada). celona City Council.Note that this process can take severalmonths. It is recommended that you prepare Oficina d’Atenció al CiuTadàall the necessary documents before leaving Plaça Sant Miquel, 3your home country and that you apply as OPENING HOURS : Monday to Saturday, 8:30 a.m.early as possible. Make sure that you apply to 8:00 p.m.; August, Saturdays 9:00 a.m. towell before your visa’s expiration date, which 2:00 p.m.is usually three months from the date of issue. Metro : Jaume I L4, Liceu L3 Offers services in a wide variety of languagesCity Council registrationCertificat d’empedronament means regis- You can also go to the Citizen’s Assist-tering with your city or town’s official record ance Office (Oficina d’Atenció al Ciutadà)of residents (Padró Municipal d’Habitants). of your district if you speak Catalan orAll residents in Spain are required by law Spanish.to register with their City Council or TownCouncil. The certificat d’empedronament is You need to present a valid passport (oneproof of this registration. for each member of the family) and your original rental contract. The process is quite straightforward, and you will get your certificate on the spot. Getting your City Council registration is important because it is the way to verify or accredit your residence in Spain, and it is needed for such administrative pro- cedures as applying for a residence card, applying for a local health card, getting married, enrolling your children in local schools, etc.
  20. 20. 20Social Security Number(número D’afiliació a la MONEY AND BANKINGsegurETAT social) CurrencyIn order to contribute to the SpanishSocial Security system and access to the The Euro is Spain’s official currency andpublic health system, you need to have has been since 1 January 2002. One Euroa Social Security number. Your Social is equivalent to 166.386 of the former cur-Security contributions cover sickness rency, the peseta. 500 pesetas is aroundand maternity benefits, old-age pensions, €3 and 1.000 pesetas around €6.industrial-injury compensation, invalidityand death benefits. Opening a bank accountEmployers take care of Social Securityprocedures on behalf of their salaried Spanish banks offer two types of bankemployees. Self-employed individuals accounts to international clients: residentneed to apply for their Social Security and non-resident accounts. The differ-number in person at their nearest Social ence is that the bank does not withholdSecurity office (Administració de la a percentage of the interest earned in non-Seguretat Social). resident accounts, while fees are usually lower for resident accounts. The bank gen- erally does a check of your non-resident status every six months. If you do become Go to www.seg-social.es for a complete a resident after opening the account, you list of Social Security offices in Catalonia must notify the bank and give them a copy of your residence card. For more information on the Spanish Social Security system, visit www.seg-social.es To open a non-resident bank account, just go to the bank of your choice with your passport. Another link with an English summary: http://www.seg-social.es/Internet_6/ To open a resident account, simply go to TramitesyGestiones/ObtenciondelNu- the bank with your Spanish NIE and they merod44084/index.htm will open your account right then and there. The bank will provide you with a bankbook (llibreta), a debit card, or both. You can open an account in euros or in a foreign currency. There is usually no mini- mum deposit for opening a bank account
  21. 21. 21in euros, but there may be one for opening Banking hoursan account in another currency. Theremay be a fee for opening the account and Most banks are open from Monday toa small annual charge for maintenance. Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 or 2:30 p.m.There may also be service charges for Savings and loans (caixes) are also opencertain transactions, so make sure to on Thursday afternoons from 5:00 to 7:45inquire about fees and check your bank p.m. from October to May.statements carefully.There are several banking options in Bar- Credit cardscelona, from local banks (some of whichare ranked among the foremost banks in Major credit and charge cards are ac-Europe) to branches of major international cepted in almost all shops, restaurants,institutions and large investment banks. hotels and many other services, includ-It is a good idea to ask your bank in your ing Metro ticket machines and parkinghome country about the possibility of machines. You can also use your credit oropening an account with a corresponding debit card to withdraw money from cashbranch in Barcelona, if there is one. machines, which provide instructions in different languages.Some banks have English-speaking staff atspecific branches to help foreigners. Manybanks also offer excellent online banking Paying billsservices in different languages. Cheques are rarely used in Spain—instead,You can visit several banks or do research a convenient way to pay recurring billsonline to find out which institutions pro- such as rent, electricity and telephone billsvide services that suit your needs best. is through direct debit (domiciliació). To have your bill payments deducted directly from your bank account, you must first authorize them with your bank. Just fill out the forms instructing your bank to pay certain creditors and inform them of your account details. The bank will advise you of the amount they have paid on your behalf and to whom.
  22. 22. 22 Budget hotels and guesthouses ACCOMMODATION This type of accommodation is calledShort-term accommodation a pensió or hostal in Spanish. A hostal should not be confused with a hostel,Newcomers who wish to book short-term which is a kind of communal accommo-accommodation in Barcelona to allow them- dation offered mostly to young people,selves time to search for a more permanent referred to as alberg juvenil in Catalan.home will find a wealth of options in the A hostal is very similar to a hotel, but iscity. However, Barcelona’s popularity as a smaller and more informal. Hostales tenddestination for short breaks and the many to be family-run businesses. They areinternational events regularly hosted by the not categorized by the 5-star hotel ratingcity give it a hotel occupancy rate of 75-85%, but instead have their own 3-star ratingone of the highest in Europe. It is therefore system. They provide quality accommoda-advisable that you arrange your short-term tion at a much lower price, although theyaccommodation at least two to three months offer fewer facilities and services andbefore your arrival, so you can have more generally lack Internet reservations orchoices and get cheaper rates. booking sites. Hotels Serviced and self-catered apartmentsThe robust growth in demand expe-rienced by Barcelona’s hotel sector These are fully furnished and equippedhas been met by numerous new hotel apartments available for short-term ordevelopments. The city now offers a long-term stays. They usually providewide range of hotels to suit all tastes and cooking facilities and all the modernbudgets, from five-star luxury properties conveniences of home. Serviced apart-to midrange accommodations. ments come with daily or weekly cleaning services, while in self-catered apart-The local market is mainly dominated by ments such services are optional and aredomestic hotel chains and independent charged separately. They range in sizehotels, although there is some presence from one-room studios to 2-3 bedroomfrom international operators. You can apartments. This type of accommodationchoose from large, full-service, globally is ideal for families and large groups. Thebranded hotels right through to smaller, main advantages of staying in an apart-cosier, individually owned boutique hotels. ment are privacy, more space and theThere is a broad selection of hotels in the cost savings associated with cooking one’slively city-centre and beachside areas, as own meals.well as in quieter residential zones.
  23. 23. 23 Due to limited space in Spanish cities, locals are used to living in multi-family Go to the Plan Your Trip page of Barce- residential buildings. Barcelona is no lona’s tourism website, www.bcn.cat/ exception to this. Single-family detached turisme, to search for short-term accom- homes with a garden or even semi- modation in Barcelona. detached homes are very difficult to find in the city. Those who wish to live in this type of house need to go to residential Aparthotels areas outside the city. Bear in mind that in Barcelona, socializing is mostly doneAparthotels combine the flexibility of outdoors and there is little entertaining atapartment living with hotel comforts. Like home. Bedrooms are considered a purelyserviced and self-catered apartments, functional place to sleep and are oftenaparthotel suites feature en-suite bath- comparatively small.rooms, fully fitted kitchens and living areas.But in addition to these internal facilities, You can choose between furnishedthey also offer typical hotel services such as and unfurnished apartments. Furnishedrestaurants and bars, concierge assistance, apartments vary in their furnishings butin-house maintenance and dry cleaning. normally include basic living, dining and bedroom furniture and appliances such as a refrigerator, cooker and washing ma-Medium and long-term chine. Microwave ovens, dishwashers andaccommodation clothes dryers are not always included. Unfurnished apartments may or may notAny stay in a rental property longer than six have kitchen appliances or even lightmonths is considered medium or long-term fixtures, but you can always negotiateaccommodation. Long-term accommoda- with the owner.tion is a stay of at least one year’s duration.A temporary contract is for six to elevenmonths and is renewable. This type ofcontract is normally used for holiday let-tings and is more expensive. A standardlong-term contract is for a minimum of oneyear and can be renewed for up to fiveyears. The first year is obligatory for bothtenant and landlord, while the remainingfour years is optional for the tenant andobligatory to the landlord.
  24. 24. 24 SANT JUST DESVERN 12 SANT JOAN DESPÍ ESPLUGUES DE LLOBREGAT SARRIÀ - SANT GERVASI 11 7 CORNELLÀ SANT BOI DE LLOBREGATDE LLOBREGAT LES CORTS 9 10 HOSPITALET DE LLOBREGAT EL PRAT DE LLOBREGAT SANTS - MONTJUÏC 13
  25. 25. 25 SANT CUGAT CERDANYOLA DEL VALLÈS DEL VALLÈS MONTCADA 14 I REIXAC HORTA - GUINARDÓ NOU BARRIS SANTA COLOMA DE GRAMANET8 GRÀCIA SANT ANDREU 3 EIXAMPLE 2 BADALONA 15 SANT MARTÍ SANT ADRIÀ DE BESÓSCIUTAT VELLA 4 5 1 6
  26. 26. 26 CHOOSING A PLACE TO LIVEThe neighbourhoods ofBarcelonaBarcelona is divided into ten administra-tive districts, each one with its own districtcouncil. These districts are Ciutat Vella,Eixample, Gràcia, Horta-Guinardó, LesCorts, Nou Barris, Sant Andreu, Sant Mar-tí, Sants-Montjuïc and Sarrià-Sant Gervasi.These districts are informally subdivided Plaça Reialinto neighbourhoods or barris. Nearby are La Rambla, at the top of whichThe following is a brief overview of the is Plaça Catalunya. The neighbourhood ismost popular neighbourhoods of Barcelona. a short walk from Barcelona’s other attrac- tions and has excellent transport links to 1 Barri Gòtic / El Born other parts of the city.Ciutat Vella, meaning Old City, is the El Born, once a medieval jousting place, ishistoric centre of Barcelona. This district, now one of the most fashionable areas ofwith its Roman, Medieval and Gothic Barcelona. It is known for its vibrant nightlifearchitecture, narrow, winding streets and and excellent shopping. It is also home to theintriguing mix of old and new is a magnet famous Santa Maria del Mar Cathedral, thefor tourists and locals alike. Of its many in- Picasso Museum and the Textile Museum.teresting neighbourhoods, El Born and the El Born is located between Via LaietanaBarri Gòtic or Gothic Quarter stand out. and Barceloneta and is served by the Metro stops Barceloneta and Jaume I on Line 4.The Gothic Quarter holds the remnants It is a ten-minute walk from La Rambla andof Barcelona’s Roman past. Its main attrac- from the beach. Parc de Ciutadella and thetions are the magnificent Barcelona Ca- Barcelona Zoo are also nearby.thedral, Plaça Sant Jaume and its beautifulgovernment buildings, the buzzing nightlife Ciutat Vella is a trendy district that drawsin and around Carrer de Ferran and Plaça a hip, youthful crowd. Many of the build-Reial, and the interesting shops in the com- ings in this area have been renovatedmercial area of Portal de l’Àngel. Also in and turned into rental apartments, whichthe area are two major food markets, the have become popular among young localBoqueria and Santa Caterina. professionals, expatriates and tourists.
  27. 27. 27 2 Eixample In the Eixample, one can find spacious apartments with high ceilings, inside elegantThe Eixample neighbourhood is by far Modernist buildings with long corridors andthe largest in Barcelona. It stretches from elaborate façades. The inner courtyardsPlaça Espanya to Plaça de les Glòries in each block give most buildings a naturalCatalanes, and from Ciutat Vella to Gràcia. source of light both in front and behind.The whole area is set out in a grid, witheach block having an inner courtyard. This This neighbourhood is very central and hasgrid design, the brainchild of 19th-century excellent transport links to the rest of theCatalan urban planner Ildefons Cerdà, city. It appeals to residents of all age groups.makes it very easy to find places in theneighbourhood.The Eixample contains the largest concen-tration of modernist architecture in Europe.It is also the economic and commercial hubof Barcelona and a high-class residentialneighbourhood. Passeig de Gràcia, hometo most of Barcelona’s exclusive designershops and restaurants, is at the heart of theEixample and divides into two: Left Eixam-ple (Eixample Esquerra) and Right Eixample(Eixample Dreta). Also on this street aretwo of Antoni Gaudi’s most iconic buildings: Parc GüellCasa Batlló and Casa Milà. 3 Gràcia Gràcia is just off one end of Passeig de Gràcia, but entering it feels like leav- ing Barcelona and going into a whole different world. Gràcia was in fact an independent village that was absorbed by Barcelona in 1897. Gràcia has a network of narrow streets and charming bench-lined places. It is home to sidewalk cafès and tapas res- taurants, low-key nightspots, alternativeLa Pedrera theatres and quirky shops that draw a
  28. 28. 28youthful clientele. Yet behind its trendy,bohemian character lies a traditionalneighbourhood of proud, elderly locals.A Metro line runs through the heart of theneighbourhood. 4 PoblenouPoblenou was a traditional industrial areaof Barcelona that is now rapidly beingtransformed through the 22@ project intothe new Barcelona’s Technological and Vila OlímpicaInnovation District. 5 Diagonal Mar22@ is creating a diverse and balancedenvironment in which the most innova- This newly developed area by the sea istive companies exists alongside research, part of the construction boom of the lasttraining and technology-transfer centres, decade and of a strategic regeneration oftogether with housing, facilities and green the city’s seafront. The wide streets andareas. avenues are lined with numerous high-rise, condominium-style apartment buildings, asIts closeness to the beach makes it attrac- well as lower walk-up complexes with com-tive for new housing projects, and it is now munity areas and swimming pools.starting to attract local and internationalbusiness. It may be hard to find parking in Diagonal Mar has a large shopping centrethis area during the day, when it is buzzing and several 4-star hotels. Many of thewith business activity, but at night some apartments in this zone are rented outstreets are not so busy. to the employees of the multinational companies that have set up offices in theMany of Poblenou’s old warehouse build- nearby area.ings have been converted into trendy loftsand studios and other developments. 6 Vila OlímpicaThe Rambla del Poblenou adds a unique, This was the site of the Olympic Village oflocal character to this neighbourhood, the 1992 Games held in Barcelona and isretaining a village appeal with a great very close the Port Olimpic and beaches.selection of shops, markets, bars and After the Olympics, the area’s brickrestaurants. buildings were transformed into apart-
  29. 29. 29ments, and the whole area was renovatedto accommodate gardens, terraces andcommunity areas. New buildings wereconstructed in the surrounding areas alongAvinguda d’Icària and Carrer de la Marina.Vila Olímpica is well connected to therest of the city by Metro, tram and busservices. It is also walking distance to Parcde la Ciutadella, the Barcelona Zoo andthe Poblenou neighbourhood. It has amodern shopping centre with a supermar-ket and movie theatres playing movies intheir original version. 8 Sant Gervasi 7 Pedralbes Sant Gervasi, at the foot of Tibidabo hill, isPedralbes is a quiet, exclusive residential another quiet, upmarket residential area. Itarea with luxury buildings and wide green has a distinguished history, being the site ofspaces. Some developments even have the Bellesguard, built by King Martin I at theprivate gardens and swimming pools. This beginning of the 15th century and completelyneighbourhood also houses many of the refurbished by Antoni Gaudi in the earlycity’s international and private schools. 20th century. Spacious second homes and Modernist houses remain, as well as manyThe area has easy access to motorways convents and religious schools. Gaudi’s Lesand the airport and is fairly well served by Teresianes convent is particularly remarkable.buses going to the city centre. The neighbourhood also boasts the beautiful hilltop parks of Monterols and El Putxet, which command good views over Barcelona. The neighbourhood has a great community atmosphere and is very popular with Span- ish families. It also offers a good selection of shops and restaurants. Sant Gervasi is 10-15 minutes by car from the city centre. It is also connected to the centre by Line 7 of the Ferrocarril de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC).
  30. 30. 30 9 Les Corts 11 SarriàLes Corts is a neighbourhood with a Sarrià, a charming old neighbourhoodvery heterogeneous infrastructure, as it at the foot of the Collserola hills, has ancombines buildings from the first residential historic quarter that has preserved most ofareas of 1800 and 1900, with buildings of its original personality. Sarrià, like Gràcia,more modern constructions. It corresponds was once an independent town, hence itsto the oldest and most central area of the unique village appeal.old municipality of Les Corts which wasincorporated into Barcelona in 1897. In the The neighbourhood’s two FGC (Catalanhighest part, situated above the Diagonal railway) stations, Reina Elisenda and Sarrià,avenue, Neolithic and Iberian remains were make getting to the city centre quite easy.found, as well as a Roman necropolis.The Castells colony is also one of the most Metropolitan area:representative parts of the neighbour- Surrounding towns and citieshood, and is currently undergoing a proc-ess of rehabilitation. 12 Sant Just Desvern / Esplugues de Llobregat 10 Turó Parc Sant Just Desvern and Esplugues de Llo-This area features properties that overlook bregat are municipalities in the Baix Llobre-Turó Parc, one of Barcelona’s most beauti- gat region of the Barcelona metropolitanful green spaces. area. They are located south of Barcelona, just 15 minutes by car to the city centre.Excellent shops and restaurants are close byin the commercial areas of Pau Casals, Plaça Sant Just and Esplugues are quiet resi-Francesc Macià and Avinguda Diagonal. dential areas characterised by vast green spaces and great views of the sea and the city of Barcelona. Many of the properties here are recently constructed apartments and houses with swimming pools. It is also possible to find detached, single-family homes in this area. It has all the essential commercial and public services. Esplugues is home to the American and German schools and is thus very popular with German and American residents.
  31. 31. 31 13 Castelldefels / Gavà / SitgesThe history of Castelldefels can be tracedback to the year 911. Its castle was built inthe Middle Ages, as well as the towers ofthe original city wall, which can be foundtoday in the city centre.Castelldefels is 20 minutes away fromthe city centre and 10 minutes fromthe international airport, taking eitherthe C-246 or the A-16 motorways. Thepublic transportation system is excellent,with both buses and trains to Barcelonaleaving every 20 minutes from several Sitgeslocations throughout the area. Sitges, a city about 35 kilometres south-Bordered by a mile-long sandy beach to west of Barcelona, is a very popular tour-the east and hills to the west, Castelldefels ist destination. It is known worldwidehas a mild climate. A favourite spot for for its beaches, nightspots and historicaltourists, it has many restaurants serving a sites, as well as its annual Film Festivalvariety of cuisines and a number of well- and Carnival. Many expatriate familiesrated hotels. live in Sitges’ residential districts of Vallpineda, La Levantina, Quintmar andCastelldefels is attractive to people who Rocamar.like living near the sea and to familieswhose children go to the British school, 14 Sant Cugat and Vallès which is located in the area. OccidentalThe town of Gavà boasts four kilometres Sant Cugat is a town in the Vallès Oc-of coastline frequented by beach lovers cidental area, just 12 kilometres awayand the mountains of Garraf Natural Park. from Barcelona. Its strategic location andIt is one of the biggest municipalities in excellent transport links to the city allowsthe Baix Llobregat area. It is located 15 many of its residents to live in Sant Cugatkilometres from Barcelona and 10 kilome- and work in Barcelona. Although it hastres from the international airport, and grown in size and population, Sant Cugatcan be reached by bus, train and car. It is has managed to preserve the essence of aconnected to Barcelona by the C-32 and quiet town, and its residents enjoy a highC-246 motorways. quality of life.
  32. 32. 32 Other residential areas include Valldoreix and Mirasol, which were originally sum- mer vacation destinations of Barcelona residents. Other municipalities in Vallès Occidental also offer attractive housing options. Bel- laterra, in the municipality of Cerdanyola del Vallès, is home to the campus of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). 15 El Maresme El Maresme is a county (comarca) locatedSant Cugat del Vallès along the coast, between the Mediterra- nean sea and Catalonia’s coastal hills andSant Cugat offers new buildings featuring bordering Vallès Oriental to the west. Itcommunity areas with swimming pools and has over 400,000 residents, 100,000 ofgardens. Here it is also possible to find de- which live in the capital and largest city,tached, single-family homes. This and the Mataró.town’s quiet, family-oriented atmosphereappeal to many expatriate families. El Maresme is well connected to Barcelona by the old Royal Way (CamíSant Cugat has different residential areas, Ral), now the N-II main road, and by theall well connected to each other and the Barcelona-Mataró railway, which wascity centre by buses and FGC stations. the first ever on the Iberian PeninsulaLarger apartments and houses can be when it was finished in 1848. More recentfound in the Eixample area, an older constructions are the Barcelona-Mataróresidential part of town, and in Golf-Can section of the C-32, the first motorway inTrabal, a residential zone of the town’s Spain, and its subsequent enlargement,Golf Club. the Mataró-Palafolls section.Parc Central and Coll Favà are Sant Cu- El Maresme features long sandy beachesgat’s newest residential areas, both close and beautiful hills. Its main sources ofto the city centre. Parc Central is more income are its vineyards, its textile andresidential while Coll Favà has a more fishing industries, and tourism. Its tour-commercial feel. In these zones you can ist spots and residential areas are wellfind apartments with communal areas and equipped with hotels, restaurants, campingterraced houses. and leisure areas and sports facilities.
  33. 33. 33 Once you have chosen a property to THE BARCELONA RENTAL buy, you and the seller must sign a res- AND PROPERTY MARKET ervation agreement. You must also pay a small proportion of the purchase priceBarcelona is a major tourist destination as part of the agreement. Your solicitorand convention venue. In addition, it has should then carry out all the necessarybecome one of the most preferred desti- checks on the property to ensure thatnations for a large number of multinational the sale is legal and that there are nocompanies, organizations and individuals debts secured against the property.who decide to settle or start operations Be aware that in Spain, a debt securedhere. It is also a popular choice for foreign- against a property can be passed on toers looking for second or holiday homes. the new owner. Once your solicitor has provided you withBuying property in written confirmation that everything is inBarcelona order, you can negotiate a final purchase price with the seller, sign a private pur-The NIE is a legal requirement when buying chase contract and pay a deposit, which isproperty in Spain, so make sure you have usually 10% of the sale price. The contractobtained this before starting the buying must provide a comprehensive descrip-process. You will also need a Spanish bank tion of the property’s specifications andaccount to pay not only for the property characteristics.itself, but also the applicable professionalfees, taxes and charges on the purchase. On the completion date, the final deed of sale is signed by the seller, the buyer andAnother important step is to hire a repu- a notary. The full title deeds (escripturatable and independent solicitor (advocat). pública) usually take a few months toIf you do not speak Spanish or Catalan, a process.bilingual solicitor can also translate essen-tial documents and explain things you maynot understand.It also helps to consider your means offinance early on. Many overseas buyers inSpain purchase in cash, but you also havethe option to take out a mortgage, eitherwith a Spanish bank or your local bank’ssubsidiary business in Spain. Maximum loansare generally 75% of the purchase price.
  34. 34. 34Rental contracts • Bank guarantee. Another possible requirement for renting an apartment isOnce you have chosen an apartment to the bank guarantee (aval bancari). Thisrent and the owner agrees to rent the prop- requires the tenant to deposit three to sixerty to you, the first thing to do is make a months’ rent in a separate bank accountdown payment. The down payment is equal for the duration of the rental contract.to a month’s rent and becomes part of the This amount will remain untouched, whiledeposit once the lease is signed. still earning interest, as a guarantee to the landlord. This is to provide the landlordOwners reserve the right to choose a ten- with cash to cover outstanding rent andant, based on their references and specific any legal expenses incurred in the evictionterms and conditions. You should be able of a non-complying tenant. The full amountto show the owner your work contract and plus earned interest is reimbursed to theother proof of income, as well as a copy of tenant upon termination of the contract.your passport or residence card. The guarantee is separate from the secu- rity deposit.A tenant wishing to leave the property andterminate the contract is required to send • Agency fee. Those renting through awritten notification to the landlord at least rental agency must also pay a commissiontwo months in advance, specifying the equivalent to 10% of the annual rent plusdate of cancellation of the contract. 18% value-added tax (Impost del Valor Afegit or IVA).Rent increases annually in accordance withthe Consumer Price Index (Índex de Preus You can make all the necessary paymentsal Consum or IPC). by bank transfer from your Spanish bank account. You can also pay in cash or with a Payments Spanish bank cheque, but not with a credit card.The following are payments associatedwith rental contracts. Rent must be paid during the first five days of the month. The rent and utility bills• Current month’s rent. are usually paid by direct debit from your Spanish bank account (see Money and• Security deposit. The tenant must pay a banking section).security deposit (fiança) equivalent to onemonth’s rent for an unfurnished apartmentand two months’ rent for a furnished one.The deposit will be reimbursed to the ten-ant upon termination of the contract.
  35. 35. 35 Tenant and landlord Utilities responsibilities Rental contracts include a clause stating thatAfter an initial inspection of the apartment utilities are installed. This means that all youand a review of the inventory (if furnished), need to do is call the utility companies totenants have 15 to 30 days to report any request a name or account change. Adminis-damage found in the apartment and any trators usually offer to take care of this.repairs needed. Owners are obliged totake the necessary action. After the first If the utilities are not available, it canmonth, tenants are responsible for normal take up to a week for them to be set up.wear and tear and repairs, with the excep- Charges may apply.tion of damage caused by structural faults,water-pipe breakage and flooding from To get your utility service connected,outside sources. A good relationship with you are required to present your NIE oryour landlord or administrator is highly passport number, your bank account de-recommended to ensure good communica- tails, the number and signing date of yourtion and prompt solutions. rental contract, the last bill and a Cèdula d’Habitabilitat, a document that certifies Pets the habitability of your home. Connection fees may apply.Unfortunately, not many owners acceptpets in their apartments. Those who do All utilities (gas, water, electricity andmay ask for an extra deposit. telephone) are usually paid by direct debit (see Money and banking section). You should receive a bill before the money is deducted from your account, so remem- ber to check that the amount deducted matches the bill. Electricity Electricity is priced using the international system of a small standing charge and a further charge per kilowatt-hour con- sumed. This rate decreases as consump- tion increases. Electricity is billed every month based on the power rating and the kilovolt, which in Spain is 220 volts AC with a frequency of 50 hertz.
  36. 36. 36The main power suppliers in Barcelona are:Fecsa EndesaTel : +34 902 507 750 (English spoken onrequest) www.endesa.esGas NaturalTel : +34 902 250 365 www.gasnatural.comIberdrolaTel : +34 901 202 020 www.iberdrola.esSpain uses Type C or Europlug power Wateroutlets, with two round pins. Those fromoutside Europe may need an adapter for In Barcelona, water is supplied exclusivelyany appliances from their home country by Aigües de Barcelona. Bills are sent outthey wish to use in Spain. Those from every three months.countries using the 110-volt system alsoneed a voltage converter. Aigües de Barcelona Gas Tel : +34 900 710 710 www.aiguesdebarcelona.esMains or piped gas is available in Barce-lona. Many homes have a combined gashot-water and heating system. You are Tap water in Barcelona is safe to drink, butbilled for gas every two months. Like all is quite hard and has a mineral taste. Mostutility bills, gas bills can be paid by direct residents prefer to drink bottled water.debit. Landline telephonesGas Natural There are several national and a fewTel : +34 902 250 365 regional providers of fixed-line telephone www.gasnatural.com services in Spain. Different providers offer a wide range of plans, including flat-rate
  37. 37. 37charges (tarifes planes), and it is up to pending on where you call: calls to mobilesyou to shop around for the best deal. with the same operator are the cheapestRemember, however, that most fixed lines while calls to landlines and mobiles withare still provided by Telefónica- Movistar, other operators are more expensive.the historical national telephone company,even if you decide to use another provider Providers also offer special promotionsfor your calling charges. that are worth looking into.Providers also offer standard services such You can choose between a prepaid phoneas call waiting, call redirect and voice mail. and a contract.Having a landline installed generally takes A prepaid phone offers more flexibility. Tofour to five days, but it can take longer in get more credit for your prepaid phone,some cases. All calls within Spain are billed you can buy recharge cards or buy creditsin the same way. You pay an amount for through your phone, from any cash ma-establishing the call and then are charged chine or online. All prepaid-phone usersper minute connected. All charges are are required by law to present their identi-subject to VAT. fication to their mobile-phone provider.Spain’s country code is 34. All major cities Alternatively, you can sign a contract. Within Spain have their own prefixes. Barce- a contract, you get monthly bills, lowerlona’s prefix is 93, while Madrid’s is 91. calling rates and better deals on new phones. The typical length of a contract Mobile phones is one year. If you cancel before this, you will usually have to pay a penalty. To signSpain operates on a GSM network. If you a contract, you are required to presentcurrently own an unlocked GSM phone, it an identity document and a recent bankwill work in Spain with a new SIM card. statement. Your phone bill is also paid through direct debit.When choosing a mobile-phone serviceprovider and pricing plan, consider when Internetand where you usually call. Prepaid andcontract rate plans can either be hourly or It is fairly easy to get high-speed Internetuniversal. With hourly rates, tariffs are much access in Spain. The two options availablelower in the early morning and late in the are ADSL or cable modem (up to 50 Mega-day and are higher during business hours. bytes per second). Besides the monthlyUniversal rates offer one fixed rate regard- fee, providers often charge a signup feeless of the time of day, but this is typically (quota d’alta), but many operators waivehigher. There are also different rates de- or reduce this to attract more customers.
  38. 38. 38 networks. Access to a 3G network is usually included in your mobile phone’s pricing plan. Those who do not have access to a compu- ter can go to Barcelona’s many Internet cafés, which charge per hour or using multi-hour passes called bonus. They also offer other services such as printing, scan- ning and using basic programs. The city has launched different ICT-based services to offer Barcelona’s residents an improved public service, with greater flexibility and accessibility and more rapid action. For instance, mobile phones can be used to access the city agenda of what’s on, the map or the directory ofHigh-speed access usually requires a con- facilities, centres and services. The Citytract of at least one year, with associated Council also has tow information servicespenalties for early termination. Many Inter- specially designed for access using PDAnet packages are bundled with telephone electronic devices.and television services.There are also several wifi (pronouncedwee-fee in Spanish and Catalan) options in For more information, visit http://www.Barcelona. The city has 500 hotspots with bcn.cat/bcnmobil/en/welcome.htmfree access in every city neighbourghood,mostly municipal premises such as public li-braries, civic centers or markets. In addition,an increasing number of establishments in Domestic servicesthe city are making wireless Internet con-nections available to their customers. Those who require domestic help can choose to hire a live-in service person,Telephone and Internet companies also offer daytime help, part-time help or a cleaningmonthly subscriptions to their wifi services, person. A professional agency can findwhich usually work with a USB wifi modem. the right person for you and help you with administrative issues. BabysittingThose with Internet-enabled smart phones services are also offered by individualscan also take advantage of Barcelona’s 3G and agencies.
  39. 39. 39 concertada schools, though there may be EDUCATION voluntary fees and expenses for extracur- ricular activities.Choosing a school Primary education (Educació Primària)Choosing a school in Barcelona for your is compulsory in Spain from the age ofchildren depends on their previous educa- six. After finishing primary school at agetional experience and how long you plan to 12, children then move on to a secondarystay in Spain. school where they go through Compul- sory Secondary Education (EducacióFamilies who are likely to move fre- Secundària Obligatòria or ESO) from agequently from one country to another 12 to 16. This is followed by the Formacióduring the children’s school years tend Post-Obligatòria where students canto choose an international school so that choose to leave school and start working;the children will have some degree of or do two years of Batxillerat and theneducational continuity regardless of the enter university; or gain more practicalfamily’s location. vocational training through the Formació Professional or FP programme.If you plan to live in Spain for a number ofyears, you may want to enrol your childrenin a regular Catalan school. If you plan tobe in Spain for a short while, then return For more information, visit www.bcn.to your home country, you may want to cat/educació (Spanish and Catalan only)give your children the experience of a yearin a Catalan school, or you may want themto continue with the kind of programmethey followed back home. Pre-primary Pre-primary education is for childrenThe Spanish school system between 0 and 6 years old. It is organised in two cycles of three courses:There are three types of schools in theSpanish school system: public, private, and • First cycle (0-3 years old): the only cen-state-funded (concertada). Tuition is free tres that provide pre-primary or nurseryin public schools, which are completely education are called llars d’infants orfunded by the state. Private schools are escoles bressol. In this first level the educa-privately financed. Concertada schools are tion is not free of charge. There are publicprivately run schools that receive some centres (whose cost is partially financed bygovernment funding. Tuition is also free in the Administration) and private centres.
  40. 40. 40 SPANISH EDUCATION. SIMPLIFIED CHARTS conditional access access test required University: Postgraduate studies HIGHER EDUCATION CiclEs FormatiUs University: de GraU SUPERIOR Graduate studies (higher vocational training) secondary secondary education education Upper BaTXILLERAT CiclEs FormatiUs SECONDARY EDUCATION (academic programme) de GraU MIG (16-18 years) (vocational training) Compulsory Compulsory education Educació SecundÀria ObligatÒria (12-16 years) 6 degrees EDUCATION PRIMARY (6-12 years) 2nd cycle (3-6 years) PRE-PRIMARY EDUCATION 1st cycle (0-3 years)source : Self-elaboration based on the Spanish Ministry of Education
  41. 41. 41• Second cycle (3-6 years old): the centres English-language international schoolsthat provide this second cycle are called either follow a particular educational cur-parvularis, although there are also children’s riculum throughout, such as the British orand primary education centres (CEIP) that American system, or switch after primarycover the children’s education from 3 to 12 level to the local curriculum. A Spanishyears old. In this second level the educa- secondary system means that students aretion is universal and free of charge in the taught the Obligatory Secondary Educa-public centres and concertats schools, (but tion (Educació Secundària Obligatòria ornot in the private schools). ESO) curriculum from ages 12 to 16 and then Batxillerat from ages 16 to 18 if theyThere are also a number of multilingual wish to enter university.nurseries and day care centres throughoutBarcelona and its surrounding areas. In Barcelona, there are French, American, British schools. There is also a German school, an Italian school, a Japanese school and a Swiss school. These country- To look for nurseries and preschools in specific international schools are funded Barcelona, go to Consulta de centres > Edu- by their respective countries and follow cación Infantil on www.bcn.cat/educació these countries’ curriculums. Although they are open to students of all nationali- You can also visit w110.bcn.cat/Portal- ties, priority is given to nationals of the Bressol for more information (Spanish and country funding the school. Those of a Catalan only) different nationality who have done part of their schooling in that country are also given priority.International and bilingual Schools based outside the city offer schoolschools bus services.There are two types of international Waiting lists for international schools areschools: schools that follow their country’s long and there is limited capacity. It iscurriculum with or without Spanish and / or therefore recommended that you apply asCatalan as second languages, and schools soon as possible.that teach in foreign languages while follow-ing a Spanish curriculum. Although these Following there is a table and a list of in-latter schools are classified as international, ternational schools by alphabetical order:most of its students are Spanish, so yourchildren will be exposed to Spanish andCatalan through their classmates.
  42. 42. 42INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS IN BARCELONA AREASCHOOL CITY AGES LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION IB* JAPANESE ENGLISH GERMAN HEBREW FRENCH ITALIAN 16-18 12-16 6-11 3-5 0-2Àgora Masia Bach International School St. Esteve Sesrovires 2 a x x x x x Àgora Sant Cugat International School St. Cugat del Vallès x x x x x x Benjamin Franklin International School Barcelona x x x x x xBritish School of Barcelona Castelldefels x x x x x Colegio Hatikva Valldoreix (St. Cugat) 2 a x x x x x Colegio Xaloc L’Hospitalet de Llobregat x x x x x x xDeutsche Schule Barcelona (DSB) Esplugues de Llobregat x x x x xÉcole Française Bel Air St. Pere de Ribes x x x x x École Française Ferdinand-de-Lesseps Barcelona x x x English Academy Santa Claus Barcelona x x x English School Barcelona x x x ESCAAN International School Sitges x x x x x x xEuropa International School St. Cugat del Vallès x x x x x x Hamelin International Laie School Alella x x x x x x Highlands School Barcelona x x x x x Japanese School St. Cugat del Vallès x x x x John Talabot Barcelona x x x x Kensington School Barcelona x x x x x Lycée Français de Barcelone Barcelona x x x x x Lycée Français de Gavà Bon Soleil Gavà x x x x x Oak House School Barcelona x x x x x Princess Margaret School Barcelona x x x x Santa Clara International College Barcelona 2 a x x x x x Schiller International School El Prat de Llobregat 10-11 x x x Schweizerschule Barcelona Barcelona x x x x x Scuola Italiana di Barcellona Barcelona x x x x x Sek-Catalunya La Garriga x x x x x xSt Paul’s School Barcelona x x x x x St Peter’s School Barcelona 18m x x x x x The American School of Barcelona Esplugues de Llobregat x x x x x x The International School of Catalunya La Garriga x x x x The Olive Tree School Sitges x xZürich Schule Barcelona 2 a x x x x *International Baccalaureate
  43. 43. 43Àgora Masia Bach International School 08902 L’Hospitalet de LLobregatCarrer Puig de Mira, 15-21 Urb. Masia Bach Tel :+34 93 335 16 0008635 Sant Esteve Sesrovires E-mail : xaloc@xaloc.orgTel : + 34 93 779 89 28 www.xaloc.orgE-mail : info@agoramasiabach.edu.esFGC : R6 Deutsche Schule Barcelona (DSB) www.agoramasiabach.edu.es Avinguda Jacint Esteva Fontanet, 105 08950 Esplugues de LlobregatÀgora Sant Cugat International School Tel : +34 93 371 83 00Carrer Ferrer i Guàrdia, s/n E-mail : dsbarcelona@dsbarcelona.com08174 Sant Cugat del Vallès www.dsbarcelona.comTel : + 34 93 590 26 00E-mail : administracio@agorasantcugat.edu.es École Française Bel AirFGC : Sant Joan S2 S55 Carretera 246a, Km 42 Vilanoveta www.agorasantcugat.edu.es 08810 Sant Pere de Ribes Tel : +34 93 896 22 67Benjamin Franklin International School E-mail : info@ecole-belair.comCarrer Martorell i Peña, 9 www.ecole-belair.com08017 BarcelonaTel : +34 93 434 23 80 École Française Ferdinand-de-LessepsE-mail : alexandrao@bfischool.org Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 707 www.bfischool.org 08013 Barcelona Tel : +34 93 232 16 12British School of Barcelona E-mail : lesseps@lesseps.netCarrer Ginesta, 26 Metro : Monumental L208860 Castelldefels www.lesseps.netTel : +34 93 665 15 84E-mail : info@britishschoolbarcelona.com English Academy Santa Claus www.britishschoolbarcelona.com Carrer Lleó XIII, 12 08022 BarcelonaColegio Hatikva Tel : +34 93 417 18 47Avinguda Mas Fuster, 128 E-mail : mail@academysantaclaus.com08197 Valldoreix FGC : Avinguda del Tibidabo L7Tel : +34 93 211 91 16 www.academysantaclaus.comE-mail : info@colegiohatikva.com www.colegiohatikva.com English school Carrer Gustavo A. Bécquer, 50 (Kinder) andCol·legio Xaloc Carrer Montornès, 37 (Primary)Carrer de Can Tries, 4-6 08023 Barcelona
  44. 44. 44Tel : + 34 93 213 88 64 E-mail : fpcjap@telefonica.netE-mail : englishschool@colegioingles.net www.colegiojaponesbcn.netmetro : PenitentsL3 www.colegioingles.net John Talabot Carrer de les Escoles Pies, 136ESCAAN International School Carrer Quatre Camins, 83Passeig Isaac Albéniz, s/n 08017 Barcelona08870 Sitges Tel : +34 93 212 34 99Tel : +34 93 894 20 40 E-mail : info@johntalabot.comE-mail : information@escaan.com www.johntalabot.com www.escaan.com Kensington SchoolEuropa International School Carrer Cavallers, 31-33Avinguda Pla del Vinyet, 110 08034 Barcelona08172 Sant Cugat del Vallès Tel : +34 93 203 54 57Tel : +34 93 589 84 20 E-mail : info@kensingtonschoolbcn.comE-mail : info@europais.com www.kensingtonschoolbcn.comFGC : Sant Cugat S1 S2 S5 S55 www.europais.com Lycée Français de Barcelone Carrer Bosch i Gimpera, 6-10Hamelin International Laie School 08034 BarcelonaCarrer Riera de la Coma Fosca, 3-5 Tel : +34 93 203 79 5008328 Alella E-mail : lfb@lfb.esTel : + 34 93 555 2296 FGC : Reina Elisenda L6E-mail : hamelin@escolessas.com www.lfb.es www.escolessas.comHighlands SchoolCarrer Monestir, 308034 BarcelonaTel : +34 418 09 00E-mail : administración@colegiohighlands.net www.colegiohighlands.netJapAnEsE schoolCinturó de Can Graells, 61Polígon Can Graells08190 Sant Cugat del VallèsTel : 935 893 247
  45. 45. 45Lycée Français de Gavà Bon Soleil Schweizerschule BarcelonaCamí de la Pava, 15 Carrer Alfons XII, 95-10508850 Gavà 08006 BarcelonaTel : +34 93 633 13 58 Tel : +34 93 209 65 44E-mail : courrier@bonsoleil.es E-mail : info@escuelasuizabcn.es www.bonsoleil.es FGC : Plaça Molina L6 L7 www.escuelasuizabcn.esOak House SchoolCarrer Sant Pere Claver, 12-18 Scuola ITALIANA DI BARCELlONA08017 Barcelona Passatge Méndez Vigo, 8Tel : +34 93 252 40 20 08009 BarcelonaE-mail : sec@oakhouseschool.com Tel : +34 93 487 46 65 ou +34 93 203 00 06 www.oakhouseschool.com E-mail : preside@liceoamaldi.com Metro : Passeig de Gràcia L3, Girona L4Princess Margaret School www.liceoamaldi.comPasseig Font d’en Fargas, 15-1708032 Barcelona Sek CatalunyaTel : +34 93 429 03 13 Avinguda Els Tremolencs, 24-26E-mail : colegio@princessmargaret.org Urbanització Els TremolencsMetro : Vilapicina L5 08530 Barcelona www.princessmargaret.es Tel : + 34 93 871 84 48 E-mail : sek-catalunya@sek.esSanta Clara International College www.sek.esCarrer de Pomaret, 17-1908017 Barcelona St. Paul’s SchoolTel : +34 93 212 35 93 Avinguda Pearson, 39E-mail : santaclara@santaclaraic.com 08034 Barcelona www.santaclaraic.com Tel : +34 93 203 05 00 E-mail : secretaria@stpauls.esSchiller International School www.stpauls.esc/o Academia Sánchez-CasalAutovia Castelldefels (C-31), km 191 St. Peter’s SchoolApartat de Correus 176 Carrer Eduard Toldrà, 1808820 El Prat de Llobregat 08034 BarcelonaTel : +34 93 479 16 16 ext. 242 Tel : +34 93 204 3612E-mail : admin@schillerschool.eu E-mail : stpeters@stpeters.es www.schillerschool.eu www.stpeters.es

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