Leaving your country and moving to another is never straightforward. Whatever the reasons behind your move (work, retirement….) you’ll be stepping into a new world which might take some getting used to. In fact, you might feel a little lost, and in Spain language skills aren’t what you might expect. Not that many people speak good English or French so if you don’t speak Spanish, making yourself understood in the first few months can be exhausting.
BANK BRANCHES FOR EXPATS
Something that you really need to be aware of is making sure your finances don’t get blocked. Opening a current account in Spain is a fast and straightforward process but I’m going to let you in on a little trick that you might not know about and which will make life even easier.
In a country where tourism is one of the key drivers of the economy it would only be logical to expect to find a bank exclusively catering to foreigners and expats. Good news, there is one. In my opinion, the best bank for expats in Spain is, without doubt, HolaBank from CaixaBank offering great value to international clients spending extended periods of time in Spain.
This bank offers support across all processes in your own language and has over 170 branches spread throughout the country. From opening an account to finding a mortgage, you can do everything, absolutely everything with the support of their staff in your language. The HolaBank branch you choose will become your second home during your first few months. They will help you with all the day-to-day tasks facing a new resident (opening a current account in Spain, organising your utilities, making small adjustments to your home, finding the most suitable insurance cover… more than you could possibly imagine).
For me, finding HolaBank was one of the most satisfying experiences of my first few days. I think I managed to settle in much more quickly and easily in my new surroundings. Which is why I can’t recommend them highly enough to my friends who would like to live here for a while permanently.