For many years, Spain has been named one of the best places to live in. With beautiful weather, picturesque landscapes, unique culture, and overall great quality of life, it’s no wonder so many expats and tourists are traveling to this country every year.
Whether you’re looking for a relaxed and rustic community near the sea, a contemporary and private escape from urban life and its crowds, or a lively party town where the fun never stops, odds are there’s an ideal place for you in Spain if you know where to look.
In this article, we will help you discover that place.
Read on to find out about the best places to buy a villa in Spain – to learn which area best fits your lifestyle, how much properties usually cost there, and how you can spend your time in your chosen community.
Whether you’ve already decided to purchase a villa in Spain or you’re still weighing your options, this article is a good place to start your research.
Table of contents
- Costa del Sol
- Costa Blanca
1. Costa del Sol
Costa del Sol is a region in Spain, part of the autonomous community of Andalusia. It consists of the coastal towns and communities along the coastline of Málaga province and the eastern portion of Campo de Gibraltar in Cádiz.
In Costa del Sol, you can enjoy the pleasant Mediterranean climate with hot, sunny summers and mildly rainy winters. The weather is indeed pleasant all year round, with an average yearly temperature of 18.5 °C.
Thanks to its famous coasts, Costa del Sol is a great place to just sit back and relax on the beach, surf, or go dolphin and whale watching. Besides that, you can play golf in any of its 70+ courses, shop, eat, and party in Old Town, or get a wider view of the area from the Teleférico Benalmádena cable car.
Costa del Sol has a population of over 1.4 million people and has the highest concentration of luxury properties in Spain.
Property in Costa del Sol is in high demand by both Spanish and foreigners alike. That demand, along with other factors, is what caused Costa del Sol to recently experience a sharp uptick in house prices bringing the average property price to 3,699 € per square meter – substantially more than the overall Spanish average of 2,275 € per square meter.
Marbella is fronted by the azure waters of the Mediterranean and backed by the Sierra Blanca Mountains. It’s best known for its resorts, luxury venues, and nightlife, and it’s often ranked among the top places to live in the world.
With such global renown, it’s no surprise that Marbella has the most expensive real estate prices in Andalucia with an average property price of 4,657 € per square meter.
People come to Marbella for its always pleasant Mediterranean climate. And they stay for the long coastline, blue flag beaches, excellent culinary destinations, the plethora of golf courses, and the rich culture.
Let’s take a closer look at the best areas to buy a Villa in Marbella.
Overlooking Marbella’s Golden Mile is the residential area of Sierra Blanca. This urbanización sits 300 meters above sea level on the side of the Sierra Blanca mountains, looking across the Mediterranean towards Africa.
Homes in Sierra Blanca are some of the most in-demand properties in Marbella – they are sold for an average price of 4,569 € per square meter.
Sierra Blanca provides residents with an exquisite panoramic view of the high Sierra Blanca mountains to the north and the bright blue waters of the Mediterranean to the south. In Sierra Blanca, you can enjoy the views and the fresh air while getting easy access to amenities in both The Golden Mile and Puerto Banús.
Nestled among verdant trees and well-kept gardens is Nueva Andalucia. It is situated between the districts of San Pedro de Alcantara and Nagueles-Milla de Oro. Nueva Andalucia is the perfect place to lay back and unwind after enjoying the top-tier golf courses, bars, restaurants, and other amenities around Costa del Sol.
Because of its more peaceful atmosphere, Nueva Andalucia is sought after by the rich and famous who prefer their privacy. As a result, properties in this area go for an average price of 4,701 € per square meter.
Nueva Andalucia offers all the shops, restaurants, supermarkets, casinos, and other amenities you can expect from a premier residential area without the feeling of being in the spotlight. Residents get easy access to the fast-paced life of the surrounding communities and can quickly get back home when they need to escape the crowds.
Puerto Banús is where many of Costa del Sol’s rich and wealthy come to relax and celebrate. Puerto Banús was originally a yacht marina and luxury shopping development, but the name now applies to a wider area around the marina that’s perfect for enjoying the beach and the nightlife.
Real estate in Puerto Banús is constantly in high demand. Because of this, properties in the area go for an average price of 5,190 € per square meter.
As one of the main entertainment hubs in Costa del Sol, Puerto Banús is an attractive prospect for anyone looking for glamour. Residents of Puerto Banús get to enjoy its gorgeous beaches, exclusive shops, buzzing nightlife, and impressive views of the mountains and the waves.
The Golden Mile
The most sought-after real estate in Marbella is on the 8-kilometer long boulevard called the Golden Mile. Lined with palms and stretching from Puerto Banús to the center of Marbella, the Golden Mile is the epitome of luxury and the place where the richest of the rich make their home.
By far the area with the most expensive real estate in Marbella, property in the Golden Mile goes for an average price of 5,322 € per square meter.
The Golden Mile offers its residents only the crème de la crème. Luxury retail stores, designer brand shops, Michelin-starred restaurants, and exclusive bars and nightclubs are just some examples of what you can expect as a resident in Marbella’s most high-end community.
Benahavis is a tranquil municipality, situated slightly inland between Marbella and Estepona. While the town is known for its narrow winding backstreets and whitewashed houses that are surrounded by picturesque mountain and woodland views, Benahavis is most famous for its food scene. Benahavis has the highest concentration of top-of-the-line restaurants in the whole region.
Being home to some of the most exclusive residential estates in the region, properties in Benahavis go for an average price of 4,149 € per square meter.
To live in Benahavis is to be steeped in its traditional feel, historical roots, and natural beauty. Residents can enjoy its wealth of golf courses and high-end restaurants as well as the amenities in nearby Marbella and Estepona.
La Zagaleta sits like a crown jewel among the mountains. This exclusive community is home to some of the most luxurious properties in all of Costa del Sol and even all of Spain. The La Zagaleta neighborhood is surrounded by its own pristine forest and there, you can enjoy spectacular views of the mountains, including the close-by Sierra de las Nieves mountains, the farther Rock of Gibraltar, and even the distant North African Rif Mountains.
Being home to only the highest end of luxury properties, a villa in La Zagaleta goes for an average price of 6,299 € per square meter.
Moving to La Zagaleta is a great idea if you’re a fan of stunning views, world-class amenities, and exclusive luxury services. It’s described as Spain’s most exclusive gated community and residents get exclusive access to La Zagaleta’s country club, 18-hole golf courses, the equestrian center, and the private helipad.
The resort town of Estepona stretches several kilometers between the Sierra Bermeja mountain and the Mediterranean Sea. Often called the Garden of Costa del Sol, Estepona has gone through several developments over the years yet still manages to keep its original rustic feel.
While far from being the most expensive area, properties in Estepona still reach an average price of 3,603 € per square meter.
While Estepona is most known for its beaches and year-round beautiful weather, that’s only scratching the surface. This old town combines amenities like golf courses, blue flag beaches, and leisure centers with a family-friendly feel and relaxed lifestyle.
Separating the towns of Torremolinos and Fuengirola, the town of Benalmadena stretches from the Sierra de Mijas mountain range down to the Mediterranean Sea. One of the most popular tourist destinations in Costa del Sol, the town is best known for its beaches, theme parks, and splendid marina.
Despite having by far the lowest property prices in Costa del Sol, Benalmadena properties still cost an average price of 2,847 € per square meter – just a little over the Spanish national average.
With its popularity among tourists, Benalmadena offers residents a wealth of leisure options. Residents can enjoy several miles of beaches, a stunning marina, hiking trails, cable car transportation, plus a diverse range of golf courses and amusement parks.
2. Costa Blanca
Costa Blanca refers to the more than 200 km coastline of the Alicante Province. It spans from the town of Dénia in the north to the city of Torrevieja in the south.
Just like Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca has mildly rainy winters and hot sunny summers due to its Mediterranean climate. Temperatures average from 12 °C in January and February, to 26 °C in July and August. Cold days are rare (even in winter) but temperatures can still seldom drop below the freezing point.
Costa Blanca, despite its considerable popularity with tourists and expats, has some of the most affordable property prices among all other regions. Here, newly built villas located close to the sea only have an average cost of 1,557 € per square meter – notably less than that of the overall Spanish average of 2,275 € per square meter.
Despite its affordability and relatively large area, Costa Blanca is home to just around 330,000 people.
Millions of tourists would visit the area every year, drawn to Costa Blanca’s historic sites, nature parks, and beaches. But due to the pandemic and the travel restrictions that followed, the number of visitors to the area has dwindled and has yet to return to usual figures.
In Costa Blanca, you can spend the day in one of its exciting water amusement parks or catch a trip to view stunning waterfalls. If you prefer staying dry, you can go on a mountain tour or experience the local cuisine through tapas tastings.
Alicante is a port town on Costa Blanca and is the capital of the Alicante Province. The town is known for its open beaches and the restaurants, bars, and pubs lining its main port. The narrow streets of the old town, called el Barrio de Santa Cruz, are lined with colorful houses. If you walk up to the medieval Castillo de Santa Bárbara you’ll be able to enjoy panoramic views of the Mediterranean.
Properties in Alicante are quite affordable when compared to the national average property price. In Alicante, properties go for an average price of 1,823 € per square meter.
Residents of Alicante get to enjoy a treasure trove of historical sites, some dating back to the 13th century. You can spend the day shopping at Alicante’s central market, then end the day with a walk on the marina, or go for a night out in Explanada de España.
Moraira is a picturesque coastal town set against the backdrop of high mountains. This quaint coastal town has a tranquil atmosphere and has retained its old charm despite having grown into a popular tourist and retirement destination.
Property prices in Moraira are at the higher end of the spectrum when compared to its closest neighbors. Properties in Moraira go for an average price of 3,585 € per square meter.
Moraira attracts prospective residents with promises of a pleasant year-round climate, stunning beaches, and calm cerulean waters. While there are activities you can do while staying dry, you will be drawn to one of Moraira’s popular beaches eventually.
In the shadow of the Montgo mountain and overlooking the Mediterranean is the port town of Jávea (Xàbia as the locals call it). This old town has attracted visitors for decades thanks to its exquisite golden beaches, gorgeous mountain views, and constantly beautiful climate.
Homes in Jávea are in high demand due to the town’s popularity with tourists and expats. Properties usually go for an average price of 3,219 € per square meter.
Jávea shares the same sun, surf, and Spanish feel as any of its Costa Blanca neighbors while offering something uniquely of its own: variety. Because the town is split into three different sections, living in Jávea is like living in three different towns at the same time. In Jávea, you can explore the remains of Spanish history, enjoy a fun day of parasailing or scuba diving, then go for a night out tasting the local cuisine.
Set close to three of Orihuela’s championship golf courses is the urbanization of Villamartin. This golf lover’s paradise started construction in 1972 and since then has attracted numerous expats, particularly from the UK and Western Europe in general. Today, Villamartin is one of the most established residential areas in its area and has become a popular destination for tourists, both domestic and foreign.
With property prices slowly decreasing over the years, putting down roots in this prestigious community has become easier than ever. Properties go for an average price of 3,862 € per square meter.
With several first-class golf courses nearby – and more in the general area – Villamartin is a great place for any golf-lover looking for a lively place to call home. Villamartin is also just a few minutes away from several beaches for those looking to enjoy Costa Blanca’s mellow climate. Residents looking for a place to dine or to have a fun night out only need to go to Villamartin’s central plaza which offers all the amenities to suit their needs.
There seems to be something special about having a home on an island that it attracts so many people. In Spain, the most popular islands are the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea and the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Each island in these archipelagos offers something unique that makes choosing between them truly a hard choice.
The Balearic Islands are home to over 1.2 million people and have an average property price of 4,010 € per square meter – almost double that of the Spanish average of 2,275 € per square meter.
The Canary Islands have a population of over 2.2 million people, nearly double that of the Balearic Islands. Interestingly, though, properties on the Canary Islands only go for an average price of 1,829 € per square meter.
Let’s take a closer look at the specific islands.
Ibiza (Balearic Islands)
Ibiza is the second largest Balearic Island. Because of its location in the Mediterranean, Ibiza enjoys great weather for most of the year. An island of contrasts, Ibiza provides residents with vibrant nightlife as well as quiet villages and relaxing beaches.
Because of Ibiza’s popularity as a tourist spot and a generally laid-back place to live in, it’s no surprise that properties on the island are in high demand. Properties in Ibiza go for an average price of 3,699 € per square meter.
Ibiza has been called a mecca for music lovers around the world. With the world’s biggest nightclub, six different “super clubs”, and even more around the island, it’s perfect for people just looking to have fun. Just what you could expect from the island dedicated to a god of music and dance.
Mallorca (Balearic Islands)
Mallorca is not only the largest island among the Balearic Islands but also in all of Spain. Being situated in the Mediterranean means the island experiences warm to hot summers and mild winters. Best known for its excellent beaches, the waters around Mallorca always seem to be clear with a rich azure color.
Similar to its slightly smaller neighbor, Ibiza, the island of Mallorca is popular with tourists and with those looking to make it their permanent home. As such, properties on the island are in constant demand and go for an average price of 4,580 € per square meter.
While Mallorca is most famous for its gorgeous coastlines and splendid climate, there’s a lot more to it than first meets the eye. One lesser-known fact is that the island’s varied hilly terrain makes it a perfect place for cycling enthusiasts and pro teams training for their biggest racing events. Apart from that, Mallorca is also home to a spectacular range of cave systems filled with massive limestone formations and underground lakes.
Tenerife (Canary Islands)
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain. With Tenerife’s gentle warm weather, excellent beaches, idyllic villages, and thrilling nightlife, it’s no surprise that more come to visit – and stay – on the island every year.
Despite the high demand brought about by locals and tourists alike, properties on the island go for an average price of 1,781 € per square meter.
Tenerife is certainly famous for its beaches and nightlife, but there’s much more to experience than just that. For starters, Tenerife’s Teide National Park is a great place to go hiking in nature and get away from the buzz of more crowded areas. Additionally, Tenerife is one of the best places to go stargazing because of the island’s low level of light pollution.
Lanzarote (Canary Islands)
Sitting in the easternmost part of the Canary archipelago is its 4th largest island, Lanzarote. Known for its volcanic, almost lunar-like landscape and palm-covered beaches, this island has become an ideal vacation and retirement spot, especially for expatriates. The island has been attracting bigger crowds of tourists fairly recently as visitors come to enjoy its climate, scenery, and local wine.
Real estate prices on the island are quite reasonable despite its popularity. In fact, properties go for an average price of just 1,845 € per square meter.
The idyllic island of Lanzarote is popular for its holiday resorts, but it offers so much more. Timanfaya National Park and Parque Natural de los Volcanes are great places to experience the island’s connection to nature and understand its volcanic origin. If you’re feeling thirsty, the La Geria wine region is a perfect place to see the vineyards and, of course, taste the local wines.
People from all over the world come to live in Spain. Whether you’re looking for a place to have fun, work, or relax, chances are you’ll find it in this beautiful country.
If you take a look at the article above on the best places to buy a villa in Spain, you can find out which area best fits your lifestyle, how much you can expect to pay for the property, and how you can spend your time in each location.
If your mind is already set on buying a villa in Spain, we recommend you read about the Spanish property taxes and costs.
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