English speaking people in Galicia, Spain

Hi all; would like to hear from people who speak english currently living in Galicia, particularly any australians based there. Cheers.

G'day... No I'm not australian but I live in galicia. I'm a bit late responding to this post. Maybe you were planning a trip or something? Anyway, if you need local knowledge then drop me a line. Tim

hola! im not also an australian but i live near in galicia hope to meet new friends that speak in english. drop me a message and hope to meet english friends.

Hi and welcome on travelerinpink :)

I hope you will make many contacts on the forum soon ;)


Hello Arman, as of now I haven´t meet nor contacts for english friends here hopefully anytime soon:)

I'm in Galicia Vigo...looking for friends....:)

Any english native speakers around Vigo-GALICIA?
Looking for friends ,

Look forward to meeting anyone who has read my registration details.
Hope something will come of this.

Simon and Jackie::D

I come from UK and live in south of Galicia for the last 16 years.

Hi, thank you for answering.

Do you work here in Galicia or have you retired - 16 years is a reasonable time to become a native.
We have only ben here in Meis since last September but having bought our home, we love the area and all the surroundings of the Rias Baixas.

It would be good to hear from you again and may be we could meet up sometime.


Simon & Jackie

Not retired, I have a small business but - as you will have noticed - the economy is getting glummer, so I am thinking of moving on. But I have to admit, it is one of the best places to live and my wife and children were all born here so it is going to be a tough decision.
We live in Nigrán, on the coast just past Vigo.

Where is the best place in Galicia for English speakers with very little Spanish? I am planning on learning Spanish of course but for starters I would like to be able to find an apartment etc. using English.

Hello I have just joined would love English/Spanish friends to talk to in Galicia.I am currently learning the Spanish language .so please be patient !!

Hello I am half Spanish and half English just moved to Vigo to look after my grandmother would like to meet with English people to meet for coffee :) and chat :)

Next month I am moving to Vigo to live with a Spanish family as an au pair.  I currently have very little Spanish knowledge and would love to know other people in the area :)

Hello, I am currently living in Galicia and would love to get to know some english speakers. Hit me up!

Just started a teaching contract in Vigo , hoping to meet some Native. If you would like to talk don't hesitate to contact me!



Hi All,
My name is Mark Bellamy, I am traveling up to Galicia next week with a 12 cu mtr van full of belongings and returning to Andalucia empty. anyone wanting anything taking south please contact me ***
waiting in anticipation

Hi all, I am also currently living in Galicia close to Santiago since my girlfriend is from this region. Because we recently moved from Portugal to here we didn't succeed in finding work yet. Now my girlfriend has an opportunity to get a fixed in Vigo, so if all goes well we are thinking of moving there on short term. I have also been searching in Vigo and surroundings, but haven't found something that could fulfill my requierements as I speak only medium level Spanish. I have followed a forest management study, but have experience in all sorts of other work. Besides English and some Spanish, I am a native Dutch and am quite good at German. So, if anyone has any job suggestions in Galicia (Santiago, Pontevedra, Vigo) or would just like to socialise with a fellow English speaker living in Galicia just let me know! Cheerio, Bart

Hi there

I'm not Australian, but i do speak English.

Whereabouts in Galicia ?


Hi there,

I'm not Australian either but I live with My partner is from Brisbane. We are living in A Coruna.  He is bilingual too so Spanish  is not a problem but we don't have many expats living in the area where we live.

Let me know if you have any questions about Galicia. My dad is from Sanxenxo in Pontevedra and my mum from A Coruna so I know pretty well. ;)


Hi! I live in Cangas,  next to Vigo and Im looking for a job.  Started to learn Spanish but not even close to speaking with confident. Also looking for friends to meet up with.

Hi| Lisss. I used to live in Vigo and Know cangas well. By the way my name is Jackie and I am living in o Mosteiro Meis amongst he Albarino wine groves . To make a few bob I give private english classes to kids and charge 10 euros an hour. Try putting an add in your local cafe etc and I am quite sure you will have a result, the Galician people like native english teachers as there are few here, hope that helps. Maybe we could meet up in the future. By the way you don't have to have a diploma in teaching english.

Jackie, Simon is my Husband.

hi,i'm looking into teaching English too-good to hear no diploma needed, i have experience and i'm also a Salsa teacher hoping to teach beginners classes/lessons to tourists, do you think Galicia is a good area for me? i speak Spanish quite well..thanks,

Hi - years later, but I am Australian living (at least part time) in Galicia. My partner who is Canadian and I have had a property near Monforte de Lemos for nearly 10 years. The rest of the time we live in London. Janey

Hi there, just wanted to drop you a note. I am planning to move to Galicia this week and have no idea how life will be there. Are there english speaking doctors and dentists here ? The area i will move to is a town called Cee.  I am currently trying to learn Spanish now but im at the beginning of that journey. Do you have any knowledge of local special needs schools in Galicia? Sorry for all the questions but i just joined this site and once im there i hope to meet other english people. Thanks so much for you time and hope you can reply.


Your questions about special needs schools has to be  answered by the local council.
Details on this website.
The doctor may or may not Speak English you will be assigned one under the health  system if you are covered for public health  service. If not ask your insurance cover where you can go.
There are a lot of dental clinics everywhere It will be for you to find one that speaks some English. Dentist work is not covered by the local health system.
Do not expect everyone to speak YOUR  language,especially  older  generations and my experiences is that  because of the way the Spanish learn English they can be a bit shy in using it.
The Galicians,over all, are very friendly.
So hopefully  you are like minded and things will be just perfect.

Hola Todos,

Lots of experience living and immersing amongst Galiceans. At home in London right now, planning to start a mortgage in Provincia de Pontevedra.

I like to make contacts and friends.

Would be interested in a business partnership. Opening an Academy or a Coffee and conversation type place/business. Have a degree in Musical Theatre so can teach Ballet and Jazz, street or hip hop dance classes too. Tefl certificado.

Can give advice or help.

Have a decent level of Castellano Spanish, plus some Galego.

Moitas grazas. Saludos

I’m Sonia and just came back to Spain (Vigo)  after years in the UK. I’m Spanish, but I really do miss surrounding myself with people from different places and cultures and also speaking Shakespeare‘s language with genuine native speakers.... I’m not planning to launch any business, but if I can be of any help or you need any advice from a local buddy, get in touch! Sonia

Hi Simon and Jackie,

Having had a Galician girlfriend for 3 years - It is now my dream to move to Cambados or Vilagarcia De Arousa. In the Province of Pontevedra.

It seems you have successfully purchased a property and live there established.

My difficulty is... How I open a bank account so I can put down a deposit on a property. I'am not yet sure of the property, although I have visited 7 flats and Casas. This has become a really long process and I do not want to lose/waste anymore years.

It is my belief, that I would first need an NIE number? But without employment in Spain, I cannot get an NIE number and therefore cannot open a bank account, buy a property or even rent one!? The whole thing seems absolutely impossible! Yet hundreds of thousands of British people have bought homes in Spain? (Though Galicia is very different to moving to Alicante!) I believe there is a non citizens register, I can get certification for, from the National Policia ?

This is a long shot - obviously, I do not expect any help from anyone and do know this venture is my own and will have to deal with it, any help possible would be more than appreciated.

Are you retired, or have you been successful in obtaining work? Or setting up business?

It seems apparent that I would need to start by going to Vilagarcia De Arousa and obtaining either an NIE number or the citizens register thing, which I don't know much about. Then I would need to open an account and then need to find a lawyer that speaks English and is trusted? It is also to difficult to find employment when I cannot find a home or bed to sleep in, while I go through this daunting process. Am I right with all my info and years of studying this? Is there any other helpful pointers that you could give me. I'am just a single man hoping for a life outside of an impossibly expensive London area I'am from, with rent above 600 a month in a shared situation. Galicia really is my hope for happiness and people in my world.

Thank you for reading all the best

Hi Guys

If you have read my post - I'am quite desperate for advice from anyone that can possibly help. (I have received some weird and very negative answers from a couple of strange individuals! So, I would really be, so pleased if any could help that was able to positively support me in my dream and process of moving to Galicia and and obtaining an income.

Thank you and best of luck to you all.. as well.

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regards...Joseph A. Bashan, entrepreneur & researcher

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