Richest Cities in Spain

Millions of people choose to make Spain their home, and there are more than a few reasons to do that. The climate is great, the beaches are gorgeous and the food is delicious. However, with millions of tourists, ex-pats, and foreign capital entering the country, some of the more popular cities have become very expensive. If you have ever wondered what the most expensive cities in Spain are, we have the list for you:


Many people haven’t heard of Bilbao, as it is not the most popular tourist destination in Spain. However, this is a very affluent and developed city, that definitely deserves your attention, when talking about wealth in Spain. Bilbao is the 10th largest city in the country, with 350 000 people living there. It’s located in the north of Spain, in the Basque Country. Bilbao is the cultural and economic center of the Basque Country, which is a wealthy and affluent region itself. If you want to avoid the crowds of tourists and the excruciatingly hot summers some parts of Spain suffer from, Bilbao is a great place to live in.

Palma de Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca is the largest city in Mallorca. Unlike Bilbao, this is an extremely hot, dry, and stuffed with tourists part of Spain. However, Mallorca isn’t just drunken Brits and Germans waddling around and causing trouble. The city of Palma has an ancient history that encompasses a few different civilizations and empires. There is some great infrastructure and beautiful architecture on the island, so you will not feel like you are in some resort town. There is life in Palma de Mallorca throughout the year, but the summers are when it really shines. If you want to party hard, this is one of the best Spanish cities to live in.


Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in the world, and the place that most tourists have been to if they have been to Spain. It’s worth pointing out that many of the people in Barcelona don’t fill connected to Spain, but rather identify with Catalonia, and the language most of them speak there is Catalan. However, if you aren’t a Spanish patriot, that won’t bother you too much, and you can get by just speaking Spanish. Barcelona is a great city, as it has beaches, fun and diverse nightlife, and a lot of economic opportunities. Also, if you are a fan of football, this is a cool place.


Speaking of great football cities, Madrid tops most of the lists. The Spanish capital is huge, affluent, and very populous. There are more than 3 million people there and the city is a major economic center for all of Europe. If you don’t care about the beach, but want a cosmopolitan and modern lifestyle, Madrid is the right place for you. Of course, it is the most expensive city in all of Spain, but considering how large it is, you can find a lot of places that are a bit more affordable.

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