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Aside from Madrid and Barcelona, city living can be affordable in Spain. One of your major expenses in Spain is going to be rent. According to Spain Expat, monthly rental prices average 11 euros per square meter in Barcelona, but only 6 euros in Sevilla. So, for example, a 56-square-meter or 600-square-foot apartment in Barcelona will set you back 616 euros or about $810, while you will only be paying $442 in Sevilla. If you head into smaller towns into the countryside, rents drop even lower, as low as $300 per month.
If you don’t mind country life, heading away from the big cities will save you even more money. Granada, Salamanca and Santiago de Compostela are cheap places to live in. Things can get slightly more expensive during special festivities and holidays, but in general, rents, utilities and food shopping will be cheaper than in bigger towns.
If you have your heart set on living near the beach, you can do that for cheap if you stay away from the most popular coastal destinations. For example, the coast of Menorca is cheaper than chic Mallorca. Menorca is also more deserted and receives fewer visitors, which means you’re more likely to receive a discount on services and prices won’t be racked up to cater to tourists. The islands of Gran Canaria are also cheaper than other coastal towns.
What to Avoid
Some of the most expensive places to live in Spain are on the coast. Costa Brava is full of luxury hotels and marinas, while Mallorca has some of the top resorts in the country. If you’re looking to save money, those are not the places to go. The two major cities, Barcelona and Madrid, also rank among the 50 most expensive cities in the world, according to “The Guardian.”