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5 Best Places to Live in Spain

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Expats in Spain have a lot of opinions as to the best places to live in Spain. It all comes down to preferences, resources and where you are in life. Here's a good start in your research for deciding where to live in Spain as an expat!

Moving to Spain - 5 Best Places to Live in Spain

Expat who Live in Spain have a lot of advice to offer others about where to live in Spain.

Those considering moving to Spain will glean a lot of information by reading this article and the resources linked in the text. Often people researching living abroad glance over or disregard important points. Read carefully, thorughly, and take the advice of expats already in Spain seriously! Many are happy to cite their experiences to help you avoid headaches - especially lost time and money!

Each expat in Spain has their favorite places to live there, but here are some of the more popular options that cover a variety of motivations for moving there.

Barcelona, Spain

Expat Living in Barcelona

A long time favorite is Barcelona. Take the time to read tips for living in Barcelona article

An expat living in Barcelona advised expats to, "come and enjoy Barcelona - be responsible and most of all punctual, work hard, be prepared to play if you're young (let's say under 40), and you'll have a great time.

Barcelona is developing into a "New Technology - High Technology" center, as well as being a center for pharmaceutical companies and telecommunications companies - both growth industries. People find jobs by "contacts, contacts, contacts and hard work."

Another expat who moved to Barcelona wrote "it is cheaper here than many large cities in the US, yet choice ultimately depends on your budget and needs. Prices may be lower the farther you go from Ciutat Vella, plus you will still have metro access."

Here is information about international schools for expats moving to Barcelona.

An expat who moved to Barcelona strongly recommended using a relocation company writing that "they are the right people to tell you what are the advantages and disavantages about the different areas with an orientation tour. Also to visit properties, I think they give you the best idea on what is on the market.

They also added that "I live in a house in Gava Mar (south Barcelona). It is quite common for expats in this area. It is difficult to find a house in Barcelona, there are mostly flats. A house by the sea is perfect for a family with children."

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Madrid, Spain

Expat Living in Madrid

As the capital and largest city, Madrid also gets a lot of attention from expats beginning to explore Spain. Start by reading our tips for living in Madrid.

An expat who moved to Madrid added that "You can get much cheaper and larger apartments outside of the center of the city (duh). I do like where I live simply because I don't have to go anywhere to have fun. I'm 10 min away from the central tourist/party area of Sol. I live 2 minutes away from a metro stop and have literary hundreds of club and bars outside my doorstep. With all of this I hear no sounds at night since my apartment window faces inwards."

He added that "I live in a flat like most other expats and there are PLENTY of them here!"

One expat advised those seeking jobs that "If you're interested in teaching in English, there are plenty of British Schools in Madrid. I know about King's College Schools as having very good reviews across their 3 Madrid schools.

Almeria, Spain

Expat Living in Almeria Spain

Another option for expats is the coastal town of Almeria, which is in the southeast of Spain on the Mediterranean Sea.

An expat wrote about Moving to Almeria and advised others to "hire a car, tour the area and find the village or town that appeals to you most. Find a good Spanish registered SL or SA estate agency... and spend three days looking at houses in the area of your choice. Make sure that you have a car or access to one because in rural Spain it is essential to have transport."

One expat recommended Almeria, noting that "Almeria in particular is still a very affordable area which is not over run with expats."

Another expat in Spain added "It would be well worth a visit to the Almeria province, which is down on the South Coast and still part of the autonomous region of Andalucia. My partner and I have lived here for nearly 14 years and haven't looked back. We travelled all around the coast of Spain and constantly came back to this area which is less developed and still has a great air of friendliness and is strikingly beautiful. It is also a lot cheaper in terms of buying a house and the cost of living too."

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Seville, Spain

Expat Living in Saville Spain

Seville is the capital and largest city of Andalucia and lies on the plain of the river Guadalquivir.

An expat who had lived in Seville wrote "In terms of American networks, there are a good percentage of Americans living in Seville, mostly students, but some expats as well. I know there is an American Women's Club with a branch in Seville."

One expat added that "in Seville I used to live in Triana and Los Remedios. The later is more stylish and you can find all prices of apartments there."

Costa Blanca, Spain

Expat Living in Costa Blanca Spain

Costa Blanca is another area popular with expats.

A realtor who offered advice to expats wrote the following about Costa Blanca: "Costa Blanca enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, with cool sea breezes in summer and protection by surrounding mountains against the cold North winds in winter." He also wrote that the WHO cites "the area is one of the most equitable in the world, so, anyone with health issues can be reassured that with this consistent and attractive weather they will be very comfortable in this environment."

Expats interested in Retiring to Spain should read our article 5 Affordable Places to Retire in Spain.

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Expat Health Insurance in Spain

William Russell's private medical insurance will cover you and your family wherever you may be. Whether you need primary care or complex surgery, you'll have access to the best hospitals & doctors available. Unlike some insurers, we also include medical evacuation and mental health cover in our plans (except SilverLite). Get a quote from our partner, William Russell.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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Learn what members have to say about living in Spain.

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Talk with other digital nomads and expats in Spain on our Spain forum - meet people, get advice and help others.

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An index of all of our site's Spain information.

Contribute to Spain Network Contribute
Help others in Spain by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Spain.

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Expats in Spain offer advice about healthcare, hospital visits, emergency rooms visits, finding a doctor and buying health insurance in Spain.

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Advice for people renting and buying real estate in Spain.

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