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Average yearly wage

37,600 EUR

Average retirement age

65 years and 10 months

Average weekly working hours

36.4 hours


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We are one of the most comprehensive and experienced wealth management companies around and our range of holistic financial planning services covers all your needs whether you are in the world.

Living in Barcelona

Few cities in the world are as multicultural, dynamic, and easy on the eye as bustling Barcelona. From the stunning Gothic-inspired architecture to world-class food, culture, and fashion, Barcelona truly offers the best of Spanish living.

However, the cost of living in Barcelona as an expat requires careful financial planning and wealth management. You will need to consider tax efficient investments, regular savings, inheritance tax planning, currency exchange, pensions transfers, and other arrangements.

With a Barcelona office based in Portal de l’Angel and more than 30 years of experience providing authoritative and innovative wealth management advice to its clients, Blacktower can help you ensure confidence with all financial aspects of living in Barcelona.

Cost of living in Barcelona

  • Pint of beer: 3.00 EUR (£2.70)
  • Cappuccino: 1.80 EUR (£1.61)
  • Meal in a restaurant: 12 EUR (£10.79)
  • Monthly public transport pass: 40 EUR (£35.97)
  • Population: 1.62 million

Benefits of living in Barcelona

Many expats move to Barcelona due to the vast employment opportunities in the creative, commerce, construction and IT sectors. Whether you want to move here to work and enjoy the culture, to live with your family, or to retire, you’ll find that there are plenty of benefits.

Architecture, ambience, and culture

With some of the most stunning and arresting architecture in the world, thanks to visionary architects like Gaudi, Barcelona is a city of incredible sights and culture. It’s not just about the buildings – Barcelona also has some stunning art galleries and museums for you to enjoy, including the Picasso Museum and the National Art Museum of Catalonia.

Great year-round weather

Barcelona has a temperate climate, benefitting from warm Mediterranean weather without getting unbearably hot as some other cities do. In the summer, temperatures reach a balmy 34°C, and in winter they don’t go far below 16°C. With more than 2,500 hours of sunshine a year, you can enjoy the best of the good weather year-round – with many making the move to Barcelona because of this.

Green spaces and sandy beaches

Barcelona boasts stunning sandy beaches right within the city limits, so expats in Barcelona won’t have to go far to enjoy sand and sea. Barcelona city itself is also full of open green spaces, from Gaudi’s Parc Guell to the popular Parc de la Ciutadella, complete with a zoo.

Best areas to move to in Barcelona

Barcelona offers a wide range of truly varied districts and neighbourhoods for you to call home. From the winding streets and alleyways of the old city to wide and modern avenues lined with trees, each area has its own feel.


The Eixample district is just north of the old city, and is one of the most sought-after areas to live in Barcelona. Famous for a well-organised grid of streets and easy connections to other neighbourhoods, Eixample (Catalan for ‘expansion’) is full of stunning and iconic buildings – the Sagrada Familia and La Pedrera are both found here – and stylish homes and apartment buildings to match.


Once a separate town just outside of Barcelona, Gracia was connected in the late 1800s by the Eixample district, bringing it into the city proper. Full of charming plazas, quiet residential streets and plenty of local cafes and shops, Gracia has a delightful mix of residents, from young bohemians and families to older residents who have called Gracia home for years.


Perfect for those who want to enjoy easy access to Barcelona’s beachfront, Poblenou has a cool and easy-going atmosphere, but remains close to the city centre’s amenities. Properties here can be less expensive, so this district is a good choice if you’re looking to invest.

Managing your finances in Barcelona

Here at Blacktower, we strive to ensure that our clients are working towards achieving their financial goals; ensuring that their money is structured to meet their business, family and personal needs.

Situated in Portal de l’Angel, you’ll find our Barcelona team in the heart of a bustling shopping district which spans from Avinguad Diagonal to Barri Gotic. Equally popular with tourists, expats and locals, Portal de l’Angel is home to some of Barcelona’s biggest stores and is home to international shopping brands. What better place to ensure your financial future is sorted?

Get in touch with Blacktower today for expat financial advice ranging from tax and inheritance planning and wealth and asset management to specific guidance regarding QROPS or SIPPs.

Call our Barcelona office directly on +34 935 477 363  or fill out the contact form above and we will call at a time to suit you. Alternatively, find out more information on residents of Spain with UK pensions, and financial advice in Spain.

Contact the Spain-Barcelona Office

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 613, 1st Floor, 08007 Barcelona

Tel: +357 25 566 190

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