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Much like the rest of the European Union, living in Spain legally if you are not a European citizen is not easy. Unless you apply for a student visa, or are hired by a company in Spain, the only way to legally reside in Spain is with the help of an Spanish relative, or if you have independent income. Common visas for foreigners are those for employees, independent business owners, students, and retirees. But since expatriates from North America are rarely scrutinized when crossing the border, many expats stay on illegally to enjoy life in Spain as long as possible. Spain has a rich and varied cultural heritage, a mild climate, and at once a very a lively and laid-back way of life, which makes it a very attractive destination for expatriates from all over Europe, as well as North and Latin America.

Featured Articles on Living, Working, Studying, Traveling, and Volunteering in Spain
The Who What Where Why When of Living Abroad in Spain by Heather Olafsson
¡Viva España! — Enjoying the Pleasures of Cultural Immersion While Living in Spain by Andrea Isiminger
Expat Life: Stay in Spain and Start a Business by Isabel Eva Bohrer
Buying a Home and Living in Southern Spain by Allan Ashton
Wintering in Southern Spain by Sharon Freeman
Living in Tenerife by Joe Cawley
Internship at a Hospital in Madrid, Spain by Shannon Kiang
Freelancing in Spain: Work Permits and How to Get Them by Victoria Fontana
Short-Term Jobs in Barcelona by Alex Kain
Working in Spain with the Language and Culture Assistants Program by Ashleigh Bugg
Teach English Abroad: That is, If You Want To by Emily Kellner
Teaching English in Barcelona as a Language and Cultural Assistant by Nara Nylander
Teaching English in Spain: The Down and Dirty Guide for Prospective Teachers by Niki Papadopoulos
Making it as a Freelance English Teacher in Madrid by Steven Harold Starry
Teaching English in Barcelona, Spain by Regina Winkle-Bryan
Keep Your Job Teaching English in Seville Spain by Barry O'Leary
Working in Valencia without Spanish: Creative Ways to Find Jobs Teaching English in the Current Economic Environment by Mark Booth
Teach English in Spain? It’s Possible, But Only if You Have Ganas by Kate Doyle
Find a Job in Spain: A Successful Job Seeker Tells How by Sharon Lina Pearce
ESL Teaching in Madrid: Lessons of an Unqualified First-Timer by Katalyn Vidal
Teaching English in Paradise: Living in the Canary Islands of Spain by Lucy Corne
Speak English? Volunteer in Spain by Nora Dunn
Volunteer in Spain: Free Room and Board for Speaking English by Roy A. Barnes
Volunteer and to Make the Desert Green in Spain with Sunseed by Saskia Cornes
What to Know About Studying Abroad in Madrid by Alexei Koseff
Studying Abroad in Madrid through Middlebury College by Isabel Bohrer
Study Spanish in Andalucía? Sí, sí y sí! by Irene Middleman Thomas
Spanish Study in Seville: Get to Know Southern Spain's Rich Culture and Sociable People by Volker Poelzl
Educational and Cultural Travel in the South of Spain by Regina Winkle-Bryan
Learn Spanish in Spain: The Valencia Region is a Culturally Rich Location to Study by Vicki Salemi
Studying Flamenco and Spanish in Granada, Spain: Experience the Rich Culture with a Short Immersion Program by Mariette Tachdjian
Language Immersion in Spain by Sybil L. Holloway 
Language Study in Madrid by Sharon Lina Pearce
Learn Spanish in Guatemala or Spain by Kate Gustafson
Pintxo Bars—Spain’s Social Network: Slow Snacking with Local Flavors by Nicholas Irving
Madrid Is Meat: Learning a Culture Through Its Food by Cara Nissman
Eating Well in Madrid by Beebe Bahrami, PhD
Slow Food in Barcelona: A Walk Through the Markets and a Taste of Catalan Cuisine by Anna Maria Espsater
I Left My Hunger in Barcelona: Markets and a Cooking School Experience by Tom McGuire
Markets in Northwestern Spain by Beebe Bahrami, PhD
A Culinary Tour of Rioja by Beebe Bahrami, PhD
Walking, Eating, and Drinking Along the Road to Santiago de Compostela by Beebe Bahrami, PhD
Markets in Northwestern Spain by Beebe Bahrami, PhD
Monastery Stays in Spain by Tom McGuire 
Antoni Gaudi’s La Sagrada Família: A Never-Ending Construction? by Isabel Eva Bohrer
Festes De Sant Joan In Ciutadella De Menorca: A Unique Summer Solstice Festival in Spain on a Historic Island by Lies Ouwerkerk
Valencia Welcomes You to the Fallas Festival: Celebrate the Rebirth of Spring in Spain by Carla Waldemar
Budget Travel Bliss in Spain by Regina Winkle-Bryan
The Paradors of Spain by Mary Jo Blackwood
Hiking the Pyrenees by Beth Kohn
Europe’s Pocket Principalities in the Pyrenees by Daniel Gabriel
Skiing in the Pyrenees by Scott Shefloe

 Expatriate Websites and Resources

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Absolute Barcelona,, is a new site for expatriates, residents and visitors. It features forums, and a rich business directory

Barcelona Connect,, is a guide for the expatriate who is living or planning to live in Barcelona with useful information and guides to life in Catalunya´s capital.

Expatriate Café,, is mainly an online resource for English teachers in Spain, but also features a forum with discussions of all aspects of expatriate life in Spain. They also maintain a message board.

Expat Focus provides information and resources for expatriates for a large number of countries, including Spain. The website also host forums and blogs for expats.

Expatica provides news, information, online resources as well as I am not a tourist Fairs in a large number of European countries, including Spain. This site also offers a platform to find a job and to get in contact with other expats., is an online community for expatriates and has a section on Spain, with classified ads, links, and a bulletin board.

Spain Expat,, is an expatriate resource for living in Spain.

This Is Spain, All you need to know to emigrate, retire and live in Spain.

 Recommended Reading on Spain

Spain Guidebook by Rick Steves

Living And Working in Spain: A Survival Handbook by David Hamsphire

Lonely Planet Spain by Damien Simonis

Spain Eyewitness Travel Guides

Fodor's Spain

Frommer's Spain by Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince

The Cuisines of Spain: Exploring Regional Home Cooking by Teresa Barrenechea

Michelin The Green Guide Spain

The Rough Guide to Spain

Culture Shock Spain by Marie Louis Graff

Culture Smart! Spain: A Quick Guide to Customs & Etiquette by Marian Meaney

The Complete Guide to Living And Working in Spain by Charles Davey

Working and Living: Spain by Harvey Holtom

The Guide to Lodging in Spain's Monasteries by Eileen Barish.

 Travel Information for Spain

Tourist Office of Spain is Spain's official tourism portal.

Lonely Planet Worldguide provides a lot of useful travel information including a rich section on Spain.

Rough Guides Destinations offers useful travel advice and information for most countries, including Spain.

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