When you think of moving to Spain, you may just think of the country’s amazing weather and beaches. However, what about Spain’s wonderful cities? Boasting a wealth of culture and vibrancy, these cities are great places to live or to own a holiday home.


Spain’s buzzing capital is a brilliant melting pot of culture, history and business. From the busy bars, restaurants and clubs to its world-famous museums and landmarks, you can spend your days eating your way through food markets, wandering around the beautiful El Retiro Park or grabbing a caña on the Plaza Mayor.

Property is fairly expensive in Madrid, but it can be cheaper than other Spanish cities. There is a variety of neighbourhoods or ‘barrios’ to choose from which all offer something different, from the residential areas of Parque de las Avenidas and Chamartin to lively Sol and Huertas.



As a place to live, Malaga it has everything to offer – a buzzing city, beautiful beaches, great weather and affordable property prices. Malaga is extremely popular with expats for these reasons and it also the fact that it has a major airport. Why not take a food tour and try some of the city’s excellent cuisine, take a stroll down the harbour or visit a museum?

After Alicante, Malaga is also one of the cheapest places to live in Spain. It’s possible to find apartments in the historic city centre for under €350,000, great for weekend breaks and excellent rental yields.



Many expats move to Barcelona for work and lifestyle reasons. With its bustling city, stunning architecture, and beautiful beach, you truly get the best of everything in one place. Get lost in the historic Gothic Quarter, take in the beauty of Parc Guell or indulge in a paella by the sea before heading out to experience the lively city by night.

The desirable neighbourhoods of Barcelona aren’t the cheapest – but for good reasons! And when compared to some cities in the UK, Barcelona is actually fairly affordable. Whether you opt for the quaint area of El Born or modern L’Eixample, there’s sure to be something for you.


San Sebastian

San Sebastian is often referred to as ‘mini Paris’ because of its elegant architecture and history. Whilst it doesn’t always benefit from warm weather like the South, it offers a great quality of life. San Sebastian is on the coast, with beaches framed by a picturesque bayfront promenade. The restaurants there are second to none and the city has a charming old town.

The San Sebastian area is less popular with expats, perhaps because of the weather. It’s can also be fairly pricey and is, surprisingly, generally more expensive than both Madrid and Barcelona.


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