The best places to live in Spain

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Photo by Clark Van Der Beken on Unsplash
10 August 2020, Emma Donaldson

Sunny Spain continues to be a magnet for visitors from all over the world and in spite of 2020's COVID-19 crisis, is increasingly appealing for expats looking to relocate to the sun on a permanent basis. Spain is known for being a very expat-friendly country, very welcoming to the LGBTQ+ community and great for families

But where are the best places to live in Spain in 2020? This is a frequently asked question by those considering moving to Spain, but depending on your needs, lifestyle, and personal preference then the answer to this question will vary. From the average cost of living and job opportunites, to safety, schools and healthcare, there’s a lot to think about before committing to a move to Spain.

Expats of various nationalities account for 12.8 percent of the whole Spanish population, and with all of this in mind, if you’re thinking about joining the 309,000 British expats currently working, retired or studying in Spain, then take a look our list of the best places to live in Spain. This list consists of Spanish destinations that are recommended by Nomad List, with a Nomad Score based on a range of factors such as cost of living, healthcare, weather, safety, family life and other metrics, a list that highlights the best places to live and work remotely in the world.

 CityNomad Score™Cost of living / monthSafetyFamily ScoreHealthcareProperty for saleProperty for rent
1Tenerife3.97/51,100€GoodGoodGreatViewView
2Madrid3.82/51,561€GoodGoodGreatViewView
3Las Palmas, Gran Canaria3.79/51,140€GreatGoodGreatViewView
4Barcelona3.75/51,627€OkayGoodGreatViewView
5Valencia3.7/51,160€GoodGoodGreatViewView
6Seville3.51/51,364€GoodOkayGreatViewView
7Corralejo, Fuerteventura3.4/51,151€GoodOkayGreatViewView
8Alicante3.4/51,156€GoodOkayOkayViewView

Nomad's list of the best places to live in Spain is topped by Tenerife in Spain's Canary islands. With a warm climate all year round and scoring well in all categories, this Spanish island is great for families who want to live by the sea and also home to a large expat community. Closely behind in second place is Madrid, which is one of Spain's safest cities and where some of the best employment opportunities can be found. 

Two more of Spain's Canary Islands also make the list, with Las Palmas in Gran Canaria also scoring well in third place and Corralejo on the island of Fuerteventura in seventh. The remainder of the top 8 is completed by some of Spain's other large cities on the coast, with Barcelona, Valencia, Seville and Alicante, providing lots of options for expats who want to live and work by the sea. 

No matter where you choose to live in Spain, each Spanish city has its own distinct character, so when in doubt, you can always take a holiday and try out your favourites to see which city ticks the most boxes for you. One thing that almost all cities in Spain have in common is that they are all very walkable and in generally, the public transport in Spain is excellent. Across Spain, you will also come across an abundance of activities and cultural offerings for young professionals, families and retirees. So, whether you choose to live in one of Spain's big cities, or head to the popular Spanish Costas, Spain has something for everyone. So what are you waiting for? It's time to start your property search in Spain!

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