¿Cómo ser un expatriado en España?


Spain is one of the preferred destinations for the vast majority of Europeans to enjoy their vacation, retirement and also to develop a relocation program. What is our secret? The character, good weather, our cuisine and our undeniable cultural wealth.

Time to work: The schedules for both work and eat, are very different with respect to European countries such as Germany and the United Kingdom…

The working day in Spain usually starts at 9 am and lasts until 6 to 7pm, with a break of 1 or 2 hours for lunch, between 2:30 and 4:00pm. This lunch break is usually used to eat with your coworkers and, if possible, “sleep the siesta”, to face the hard afternoon.

Once you leave the office, it’s time to get out of work. The Spanish are often set aside a portion of their free time in having “a beer or tonic gin” with coworkers, usually between 6 and 7pm and until 9pm.

Lunchtime: for the Spanish there are three meals a day that are sacred: breakfast, lunch and dinner, in addition to a basic ingredient: olive oil. If you really want to immerse into the Spanish life, notes:

• Breakfast: there is no room for bacon and eggs. Throw yourself – once in a while – the coffee with milk and “churros” – typically in Madrid. In your everyday life, the ‘bread with olive oil and tomato’ and the coffee with milk will be the best way to start the day.

• Lunch: in Spain we sit at the table about 2:30pm.  In addition to get used to the schedule, of meals, you´ll have to do it also with the gastronomy. What dishes you have to try yes or yes? The potato omelette, paella, stew, beef tripe…

On weekends , there is a tradition in Spain that you must put into practice as soon as you put one foot here, which is “go for drinks and tapas” with your coworkers and friends. It is the best way to meet people and enjoy your new country of destination.

But this does not end here. In Spain we have “the time of the Vermouth”, which consists of taking a small snack before lunch, between 12 and 1:30pm. Weekdays and the weekend you have to take –Vermouth – liquor composed of white wine, absinthe and other bitter substances – or a cane with a skewer of tortilla.

• Dinner: dinner takes place at 10pm, so you´ll be able to make a reservation at any restaurant until 11pm. One of the main differences you´ll notice about Spain is that we like to share. It is very common dinner with your friends and order several tapas for everyone to share among all, instead of ordering a dish for each one.

Time to get out: The Spanish cities offer a variety of leisure activities both in summer and winter: snow sports, water, mountain, nature, art – Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Gaudi – , and culture – El Prado Museum, Reina Sofia Museum, music , etc.

But with doubt, Spain boasts “the best festivals”. What dates you cannot miss? Prepare your agenda because February is the month of carnivals, in March, Valencia dresses with Fallas of Valencia, Seville celebrates in April the April Fair and the holy week of Easter, in July, Pamplona is echoed in the street to run with the bulls call “San Fermin”…

Of course, between trips, you’ll want to take time to enjoy all the summer festivals, the sun and the beach – You must go to the beach with your sub sandwich omelette, the beach chair and umbrella. But they are not only the sun and gastronomy that you will fall in love with Spain, but also the nature of the Spanish, by their closeness and joy.

Do not hesitate to participate in our networking events, where you will learn and make friends with locals and expatriates. You’ll know first-hand in our events, such as living the Spanish customs and culture.