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Cool summer jobs in Barcelona

Written by Stephen Cairns

You’re young, free, adventurous, and have the whole summer to explore.

The only question is: where do I go? Barcelona, of course! With its sunny beaches, thriving arts culture and jumping nightlife, it’s the number one choice for young people around the world.

However, being young, free and adventurous, you probably don’t have much in the way of savings, so a summer job is a must. Luckily there are many ways to earn your accommodation and beer money out here in the Catalonian sunshine.

Out and about

Photo by Aaron Brown Photography via / CC BY-NC-ND

Photo by Aaron Brown Photography via / CC BY-NC-ND

“I hand out flyers for a nightclub a few hours during the day and work behind the bar at night,” says Julie, a student from England. “It wasn’t hard to get a job. I just went into a few places and asked for work. I like flyering because I get to see the city.”

Active jobs

If taking in the sights, smells, and sounds of the city whilst earning euros at the same time sounds like a good idea then consider becoming a Bike Tour Guide, a concept which is proving extremely popular with tourists, as you travel the convenient cycle lanes and byways, weaving a historical path through Barcelona’s many quarters.

Love cycling but not talking? Try out as a rickshaw driver. It’ll certainly keep you fit!

Opportunity knocks…

A bit of luck and a “can do” attitude is a must. Knowing a little Spanish will help, and speaking some basic Catalan will endear you to the locals and improve your chances of gaining employment.

Beach bums should seek opportunities at the many on-beach cafes, right next to the beautiful Mediterranean Sea but for higher paid work, try companies such as Sellbytel – a call centre who employ English speakers to deal with customer services from the UK and US.

Surf Lesson 2

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And who says you need to stay in one job all summer? Need a change of scene? Travel companies are always looking for holiday reps and a TEFL qualification could secure you a position teaching English.

Any wannabe fishermen out there? Head to port Vell or slightly further up the coast for work on the boats.

Do you have any useful qualifications such as lifeguard certificates or water sports experience? Windsurfing, Kayaking, Surfing and Stand Up Paddle (SUP) are all popular with tourists. Coaching jobs like tennis and golf will provide accommodation, food and wages.

The main tourist season in Barcelona runs from June-September and with so many cool jobs out there, you’re sure to find something for your working summer break.

About the author

Stephen Cairns

Stephen loves writing and travelling. He loves the Spanish sun and writing about the beautiful city of Barcelona.


  • Hello. My name is Zaur am 30 years old I live in Georgia. I’m looking for a job I am too lazy to work is not hard-working. Good work everywhere compensation Please reply mail

  • Hi! My name is Veronica, currently living in madrid. Native spanish and english speaker and looking for summer job in barcelona until the end of august. I am tefl certified and am willing to work in restaurants, cafes, hotels, etc. If there is any vacancy available please let me know as I might be interested.

  • Hi my name is davon, Currently leaving in Barcelona. Native English en French speaker and looking for a summer job in Barcelona until the end of June. I am tefl certified and willing to take every proposal. if there is any vacancy please let me know as I be interested.

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