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Best Cities & Places to Live in Spain 2024

Updated: Jan 8

The quality of life in Spain is quite high, but there are Spanish cities that stand out for their high quality of life, and we should also mention other important points when looking for the best cities to live in Spain.


Quality of life. The Catalan capital is among the best cities in the world in quality of life rankings, currently ranked 42nd in the world and number 1 in Spain. There are those who consider it the best city in Spain, the average salary is 2062 € per month. It is a city with all the cultural offer you can imagine and very good connections with the rest of the country. Quality of life. The Catalan capital is among the best cities in the world in quality of life rankings, currently ranked 42nd in the world and number 1 in Spain.

Barcelona is the only city in Europe with beaches within the urban core, it has 32 km of beach that, due to the temperatures, allows swimming and water sports almost all year round.

Educational system. Education in Barcelona can be carried out in both public and private universities. The UB and the UAB are ranked among the 200 best universities in the world.


Madrid is considered one of the best cities in the world to live in: It ranks 51st in the ranking of the 400 best cities to live in. It is the fourth most populous city in Europe, and is a popular destination for both vacationing and emigrating. The capital has the highest average salary in the country, with 2258 € per month. It is also considered the most expensive city in Spain.

Madrid is very well connected with the rest of Spain thanks to the high speed train (AVE). Also, if you want to go sightseeing, this city is the best starting point, since the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport offers cheap flights to the most important cities in Europe and the world.

It is the Spanish city with the best job opportunities. In addition, salaries are generally higher than in other parts of Spain, especially in jobs that require more experience and preparation.


Seville, the capital of Andalusia, is one of the best valued destinations to start a new life in Spain. The average salary is 1681 € per month and it is not as expensive as other big cities.

In addition, it is a place where soccer and Easter are lived with special passion and the hospitality industry is very important in the daily life of its inhabitants. Finally, the coast of Huelva and Cadiz is just over an hour's drive away. All this makes it one of the best places in Spain to live.


Valencia is the third most populated city in Spain. Public transportation is another advantage of living in Valencia, especially for students who do not have their own vehicle. The different neighborhoods and nearby towns are well connected during the day by Metro, bus, suburban train and even bicycle (Valenbisi). And it also has good transport connections with other cities in Spain and Europe, as it has an airport, a high-speed train station and a port with passenger ferries.

Valencians are characterized by being very cheerful, but above all by having a very open character. If you are a party lover you will be like a fish in water, because if there is one thing that Valencians like to do, it is to go out partying.

Not all cities are lucky enough to boast beaches as good as Valencia. Its sand is golden, the water is crystal clear and it is also warm as a soup.

And we finish this section of advantages not without mentioning one of the best festivals in the world, the Fallas. In the month of March the city is filled with gigantic monuments to the sound of music bands and accompanied by amazing fireworks displays.


In Malaga you can choose whether you want to live in a quiet area or close to the hustle and bustle of the urban world. There are areas in Malaga that even being close to the urban areas are far enough away from the noise. This improves the quality of life of its inhabitants, an example of these areas are some of the urbanizations along the Costa del Sol (Torrequebrada, Carvajal, Rincón de la Victoria, Nerja), although if what you prefer is the proximity to nature and rural life, the best option is to look for a house in one of the villages of Malaga. The economy in Malaga is quite good, this is another advantage, since the prices there are generally affordable. The most surprising thing is the low price of food products.


Zaragoza is one of the most popular cities in Spain and a great option if you want to start from scratch somewhere else, Zaragoza is also among the best cities to live in Spain. With a privileged location halfway between Madrid and Barcelona and an average salary of 1703 € per month. In few European and Spanish cities you can eat as well as in the capital of Aragon. Chilindrón chicken, eggs with salmorejo, roasted lamb or borage with potatoes are among the most delicious dishes you can try if you decide to move to Zaragoza.


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