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Activities for expats in Barcelona

Written by Christine

Living in a foreign country can be an exhilarating experience filled with highs and lows, new adventures, and plenty of life-changing experiences. While being an expat is certainly an amazing experience that offers you the chance to travel and see the world, it can also be lonely at times if you aren’t sure where or how to meet people. Luckily, in Barcelona there are many ways to meet new people and activities to take part in for expats that can really make your time in the Ciudad Condal even better. Read on to learn about some of the best activities for expats in Barcelona.

Language exchanges

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Living in Barcelona you can probably get by knowing only English, but why not take advantage of your surroundings and learn Spanish or Catalan? A fun and free way to practice either language is by attending a language exchange, known locally as an intercambio. Many bars that are popular with expats host language exchanges that bring in expats from all over the world to speak and have a drink. Try out Berenjenal on Friday nights to meet up with other expats, have a drink, and meet some new friends.

Address: Carrer de la Diputació, 215

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Join an expat community

To help make your transition to living in Barcelona easier and to learn about inside tips and events, you could join an expat community. Expat communities, like InterNations Barcelona, allow you to connect with other expats and join exciting events that allow you to network and connect with others. Learn about life in Barcelona from seasoned expats or join groups based on hobbies and interests. This is a great way to not only meet people for fun but to network for professional purposes as well.

Related article: Facebook groups for expats in Barcelona


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A great tool that connects people with similar interests is Meetup, an app/website that allows you to search through their virtual groups to connect with others. There are Meetups like Barcelona International Expats, Expats in Barcelona, or Barcelona International Meeting that plan and organize activities for expats of all nations in Barcelona. Most meet at bars or restaurants to sample the local cuisine or have a drink, but also there are many that plan outings or nights out. Search the Meetups to find the perfect one for you.

Join a sports club or team

If you’re active and like to work up a sweat, join a sports team or club to meet others and show off your skills. Soccer is the preferred pastime in Barcelona so it’s quite easy to join a soccer team in a league or in pickup games. Many gyms also have running clubs that you can join which are not only fun and social but can motivate you to get in shape. Try out a new sport and gain some new pals along the way!

Looking for an apartment in the city? ShBarcelona can help you find the perfect one.

*Main photo via VisualHunt

About the author


Christine is a traveler, teacher, writer, and beach-lover, exploring Barcelona one tapa at a time!

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