Sunny Spain is bursting with colourful culture, beautiful architecture, fabulous festivals,
blissful beaches, delicious food and wine, and of course, glorious weather practically all year round.
Starting a new life in Spain is a dream for many people.
Here are the 10 most liveable cities to live in Spain in 2019:
The Spanish capital Madrid in the centre of the country is a multicultural marvel where
expats feel truly welcome.
As well as friendly locals, there are British expat communities all over the city, and it’s
easy to meet new people and make friends amongst the native English speakers, Spanish citizens,
or other expats from all over the world.
With a first rate gourmet food scene, an abundant arts scene and thriving, leafy parks and gardens,
energetic nightlife and entertainment, this city is one of the best places to live in
Spain for expats.
On a practical level there are excellent medical, education, and transport infrastructures,
and considering the fact that this is a European capital city, the cost of living in Madrid
remains surprisingly affordable.
The climate in this effervescent metropolis is also attractive, with sunny summer highs
of up to 40°C and winter lows descending to a comfortable 12°C.
This historic coastal city is rich with not only architectural wonders, but also beautiful
parks and gardens, vibrant art and nightlife, excellent seafood, sandy beaches,
quaint medieval streets and bustling markets, plus chic boutiques, restaurants and bars.
There are also plenty of outdoor sports opportunities here, including hiking, biking and kite surfing.
Situated in between the Mediterranean sea and the lower Pyrenees Mountains,
the Barcelona benefits from consistently pleasant weather all year round, with the coolest winter
temperatures at around 10°C, climbing to averages of 30°C during the summer months.
The quality of life here for expats is extremely high, and its possible to live comfortably
on a relatively modest budget.
There is a great public transport system, an excellent healthcare system and plenty
of education options for foreigners.
This jewel of a city is found on Spain´s Costa Blanca on the South-Eastern coast, and
has a wealth of attractions for expats.
Despite being famous for mass tourism the city of Alicante itself is surprisingly Spanish,
somehow retaining a local feel in most parts.
It has a beautiful pedestrianised Old Town, excellent museums, a big central food market,
a long strip of sandy beach and of course, a large international airport.
Prices here are much lower than in the big Spanish cities, and even property is very
There are excellent English speaking schools here, plus good healthcare options and an
extensive tram public transport system.
As you would expect, there are plenty of opportunities to party
in Alicante and the city is renowned for its nightlife.
Obviously, residents are used to foreigners and English is widely spoken here.
4. San Sebastian.
San Sebastian is a sophisticated city in Northern Spain’s Basque country.
This famous stylish city on Spain’s north coast is famous for its curves of golden sand,
wide boulevards and belle epoque architecture.
Cooler than more southern parts of the country, temperatures in San Sebastian remains nevertheless
balmy, with summer temperatures having an average of 21°C,
and winters being warmer than the UK at about 9°C.
Locals speak Spanish and Basque, and learning the Basque language can be a fun way to integrate
with the natives and make new friends.
This city is arguably one of the most attractive in Spain, with excellent restaurants, world
class shopping, eye catching architecture and long swathes of sandy beaches.
If you like a shot of glamour with your sangria, San Sebastian may just be the best place to
live in Spain for you.
Malaga is a great place to live.
A marvellous mix of ancient and modern, this historically and culturally rich provincial
city on Spain’s southern Costa del Sol on the northern edge of the
glittering Mediterranean Sea, boasts a subtropical climate with warm weather nearly all year round.
There are beaches here, but an even greater lure
for expats here is the thriving eclectic culture with year round events and celebrations, fabulous
bars and restaurants, wonderful museums and galleries,
stunning architecture superb shopping and the city’s uniquely charming mix of contemporary
charm and old world living.
Thanks to tourism and a large expat community English is widely spoken here, and
British produce can be found in supermarkets — there are plenty of expat bars and restaurants too.
There are good English speaking schools here, and thanks to the temperate climate outdoor
activities can be enjoyed all year round.
Spain’s third largest city after Madrid and Barcelona, the port town of Valencia nestling
on the banks of the Turia River on the east coast of Spain has in recent
years undergone an amazing transformation, which has turned it into one of the most dynamic
and desirable cities in the country.
Public transport is excellent and there are great local and international schools.
The stunning Old City and surrounding bohemian districts are a haven for foodies and creative types.
There are a wide variety of cultural attractions, including colourful festivals, an opera house,
museums and aquariums, and there is plenty here to keep expats occupied all year round.
It may not be as cosmopolitan as Barcelona, but the local atmosphere means plenty of chances
to immerse yourself in the culture and practice your Spanish.
Another place representing the traditional image of Spain, stunning Seville is famous
for colourful dresses, white horses, the Feria and the food.
It’s not hard to imagine yourself lingering over tapas in the evenings and exploring the
cobbled city streets by day.
The good news is that the cost of living is reasonable, and it makes a great place to
call home – if you can stand the heat and the fiery local temperament.
There is pulsating nightlife here too with flamenco bars, cocktail bars, clubs and pubs
to suit any taste, and the shopping scene includes everything
from thriving traditional markets to upscale boutiques.
And with an annual average temperature of 19.2°C Seville is the warmest city in Europe.
8. Palma, Mallorca.
Away from the mainland on the picturesque island of Mallorca — the largest of the
Balearic Islands — the island’s capital city Palma is far from your typical resort destination.
The climate features mild winters and hot and sunny summers, with the lowest average
annual temperatures being around 9.5°C and the highest around 31°C.
The pleasant weather makes it all the more easy to indulge yourself in the delights of
this idyllic island city, which has a sense of luxury and style.
The oldest part of the city boasts a magnificent gothic cathedral, quirky cafes, chic boutiques,
art galleries, vibrant markets, a beautiful harbour and seafront,
as well as having access to a huge and heavenly white sand beach.
The cost of living here is a little higher than some parts of the mainland — partly
owing to the fact that the glamour of the city tends
to attract the jet set — but there is nevertheless a small expat community to help you integrate
if making your move here.
With a long held reputation as party central, the third largest of the Balearic Islands,
Ibiza, does indeed have electric nightlife, but life here has much more to offer expats
than just that.
Famous music festivals aside, Ibiza has a surprisingly peaceful nature, loaded with
culture, history, natural beauty, and a super laid back vibe.
Summer temperatures reach over 30°C and there is nearly no rainfall.
Winter temperatures are still very comfortable averaging out at around 12°C.
Unfortunately living costs here can be high, and many expats find themselves working remotely
or being self employed.
That said, there is nevertheless a large English speaking expat community here and the locals
are very welcoming – plus the stunning scenery of the island is second to none.
Famous worldwide for its Alhambra Palace and the Generalife Gardens, Granada also has world-class
gastronomy and a well-preserved, atmospheric Old Town.
But while Alhambra is sure to leave you spellbound, the rest of the city will also capture your heart.
Granada is elegant and cosmopolitan, a fusion of old and new which attracts people
of all ages and cultures.
Food is fantastic and cheap, the nightlife is booming, the historical features and culture
are compelling, and the scenery just outside of the city is sublime.
Expats find it easy to mix with the locals, the cost of living is very affordable and
being a small city everything is within easy reach.
Summers are scorching but winter temperatures can be as low as 7°C which is a little fresh
for Spain, but the cool winters haven’t deterred the expats which now call this city home,
and there is a solid expat community here.