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THE THREE BEST CITIES TO LIVE IN SPAIN ACCORDING TO THE INTERNATIONS WORLD RANKING

In the latest global ranking of the best cities to live in, Spain has surprised the world by having three of its cities among the most prominent on the planet, according to the largest expatriate community, InterNations. The quality of life, the mild climate, security, tourist heritage and gastronomy are some of the factors that have contributed to Spain's success in this prestigious list.

Malaga: Charm, Quality of Life and Unmatched Hospitality

Malaga is crowned this year's favorite city, overtaking Valencia, the 2022 leader. This gem on the Costa del Sol has been hailed as the friendliest in the world, with an impressive 89% of expats praising local friendliness towards residents foreigners, exceeding the world average of 65%. In addition, it stands out for its quality of life, mild climate and varied leisure options.

A strong point of Malaga is work-life balance, occupying first place in this aspect. Housing is considered "affordable" by expats, making it an attractive destination even for those on tighter budgets. However, its weak point lies in the labor market, where it is ranked 41st, according to InterNations.

Alicante: Affordable Housing and Full Living Experience

In second place we find Alicante, a city that stands out for its affordable housing and quality of life. Although it drops to 40th place in the work abroad index, expats praise the ease of settling in the city and feel "welcome and at home." The cost of living does not represent a problem, with 78% satisfaction, exceeding 44% worldwide.

Healthcare is considered "affordable and readily available", and expats enjoy excellent leisure options, supported by air quality and the pleasant local climate.

Valencia: Balance between Modernity and Tradition

Valencia takes the bronze medal, dropping two places compared to the previous year. However, it continues to lead in the quality of life index, also standing out in leisure options, recreational sports and top-level healthcare. Urban mobility is another plus, with expats praising the ease of getting around on foot, by bike and affordable access to public transport.

Despite these virtues, professional opportunities for expatriates are the worst rated among the Spanish cities on the list. The "lack of job security" raises concerns, although 79% of expats are satisfied with their work-life balance.

In this ranking, Madrid occupies sixth place, standing out for its solid digital life, personal finances and high quality of life, while Barcelona is in 13th place. These two cities, although they do not lead the ranking, continue to be attractive destinations both for expatriates as well as for those seeking new life opportunities.

Published: 14 May 2024
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