Finding Your Perfect Spanish City

15 June 2015 4 Comments Category: blog, Just Landed

There are so many different options to choose from that finding your perfect Spanish city is not an easy task. The decision also depends on what your concept of perfect is: is it a European capital or a large cosmopolitan city? It might it be a smaller yet vibrant cultural hub or a traditional one that offers more nature, peace and quiet. Today, we´ll give you a run down on our favorites so you can compare.



Madrid is the capital of Spain and according to Lonely Planet, there is no city on earth that is more alive than this one. Here, you´ll get a taste of Moorish Spain and royalty as well as access to some of the world´s best museums, architecture, renaissance churches, art galleries, taverns, restaurants and boutiques.

Living in Madrid is considered to be very safe and is easy to move around in, as the public transportation system is one of the world´s most efficient and clean.

The BBC Travel section recently published an interesting article on living in Madrid that says: “while the city’s economic woes and the Eurozone crisis dominate the headlines, life in Spanish capital still moves gracefully along.”

This guide, courtesy of Monocle, gives readers great advice, tips and practical information about Madrid.

Check out the cost of living in Spain’s capital, right here, in English.



Barcelona is synonymous with beaches, good weather, Modernist and Art Nouveau architecture, culinary delights and as a major cultural hub internationally… And these are just some of the ingredients that make Barcelona one of the worlds most visited cities.

Barcelona is the capital and soul of Cataluña, where its beautiful preserved historic buildings and streets look like perfect backdrops to a movie. Art, architecture, design and important cultural institutions such as the Picasso Museum, as well as the MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art), line up next to the Parque Güell, La Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera, the Gothic Quarter and the hipster Barceloneta streets to offer its residents a cosmopolitan and international flare.

Barcelona also offers its residents amazing day trips to Cadaques, Girona, the Pyrenees and France. Plus, it´s considered heaven for food lovers.

Make sure you check out this expat guide to living in Barcelona. And read this to discover what the living costs are.

If you have children, this post will give you the run down on all the things you can offer them in Barcelona.




Like Toledo, Sevilla welcomed the Muslim, Christian and Jewish cultures and witnessed the discovery of America. And that alone makes it an exciting city to live in. A stroll through its streets is like a lesson in history.

Sevilla is relatively cheap in comparison with Madrid and Barcelona and its small town flow makes it a perfect choice if you want to avoid larger cities. Home of tapas, flamenco, bullfights and festivals, Sevilla is walkable and well connected and has one of the lowest crime rates in Spain for a city its size. And the fact that it celebrates more fiestas than any other city in the South makes it fun too!

Check out the cost of living right here, in English. Here is an interesting link to Andalucía and Costa del Sol´s English newspaper.

Read this article on the misconceptions about Sevilla. It might help you get rid of some if you harbor any.


Palma de Mallorca

The Sunday Times declared it the best city in the world to live in. The capital of the Balearic Islands, Palma de Mallorca is similar to Barcelona: it´s sophisticated and charming and it also prides itself on having beautiful old quarters, an amazing cathedral, beaches within walking distance from the city center and a wonderful climate.

Like Bilbao in the north and Sevilla in the south, Palma de Mallorca has that good slow paced vibe and a calendar packed full of cultural activities.

Its international airport is located just 10 minutes away from the city center and makes traveling to and from the island very comfortable and easy.

Some of the most beautiful coves and beaches are just minutes away from the city and there are plenty of outdoor sports to enjoy all year long. No wonder it’s the Spanish royal family´s annual holiday destination.

Read this article to get all the information you need about living in Palma. And make sure you read this to discover what the living costs are.

Remember, these are only a few of the major cities in Spain. Other of our favorites include Salamanca, Bilbao, Santiago de Compostela, Granada, Marbella, Cádiz, Gijon and Ibiza.

Do you already have a favorite Spanish city? Where would you like to live?

Photo Credits: Jose Maria Cuellar

Photo Credits: Juan Antonio Canales


  1. Dorothy schmidt

    I was on holiday in Barcelona and I fell in love with this city! My brother lives there since he graduated from college and I start thinking about moving there too. Incredible city, amazing nature, nice bars and restaurants! The atmosphere is more than magical. Now I am searching for a job there and as soon as I find something I am leaving London. Wish me luck!
    Dorothy Schmidt

    • Typical Non Spanish

      Hello Dorothy,

      We’re happy to hear you love Spain as much as we do…and hope to see you here soon! We recently posted about tips for finding a job, you can read the post here

      Best of luck with the search!

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