Cost of living in Spain: rent, food, medicine and entertainment
There are currently about 6 million expats living in Spain. The country is popular because it has a good climate, good cuisine and a well-developed health care system. Despite the high standard of living, it's cost in Spain is quite low. In fact, it is one of the cheapest countries in Western Europe.
For a comfortable life in Madrid, the capital of the country, a married couple needs to have a budget of 1700 to €1850 per month. In rural areas or outside large cities, these costs are approximately €1,450-€1,600 per month. In general, the cost of living in Spanish cities is much lower than in other major cities in the world, such as London, New York or Los Angeles.
Housing rent and utilities in Spain
Among expats, Madrid is one of the most popular cities to live in Spain. The average cost of renting a one-room apartment in the center of Madrid is €950 per month. Outside the center, such an apartment will cost an average of €700.
Barcelona is the second-largest city in Spain, it is the cultural center of the country, the proud home of the works of the famous architect Antonio Gaudí and an educational center, the city is home to many of the best universities in the world. A one-room apartment in the center of Barcelona will cost around €900 per month. Outside the city center - €750.
Rent is cheaper in smaller cities, such as Seville. The cost of a one-room apartment in the city center is €600, outside it is €450.
In Spain, the main utilities are electricity, heating, water, garbage collection and building maintenance.
Heating and electricity depends on the season. For example, during a hot summer, you'll probably use the air conditioner much more often, which will result in a higher energy bill. The same applies to heating in winter.
For an apartment with an area of 85 m², on average, utilities cost approximately €100-150 per month.
The cost of telecommunications in Spain
The price of the tariff depends on your wishes. Many people prefer an all-inclusive plan that includes phone, Internet, and TV. Such packages cost approximately €20-50 per month. If you choose high-speed (60 Mbit/s) unlimited cable Internet, expect to pay about €40 per month.
Cost of products in Spain
Another factor that contributes to the low cost of living in Spain is food, it is inexpensive here. The country has a strong agricultural industry and produces many local products such as cheese and wine.
The average budget for buying products in Spain for a family of 2 people is about €200-300 per month. Local lamb costs €10 per kilogram, while in coastal regions fish and shellfish will cost between €2 and €7 per kilogram, depending on the variety. Olive oil - €4 per liter.
Restaurants in Spain
Lunch in an inexpensive restaurant will cost €10 per person. For the best price, choose the menu del día (menu del día or special lunch menu). In most places, the menú del día usually costs between €10 and €15. For this price you will get a first course (salad, soup, paella or vegetable dish), a main course (meat or fish, vegetarian options are also becoming more common), a drink (which can be beer or wine), bread and often or dessert or coffee.
Dinner for two in a middle-class establishment costs from €40. A bottle of beer is 2.5€, wine is €5. Cappuccino - €1.65.
Public transport in Spain
Car in Spain
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