The 10 cheapest Spanish coastal towns to live in

by Lorraine Williamson
Spanish coastal towns

MADRID – Do you also dream of a different life with more sun, more light and good weather? Are you also a lover of the beach and sea on a limited budget? Then these 10 Spanish coastal towns may be ideal to make your dream come true. 

They are currently the cheapest coastal towns in Spain to live in. However, house prices in Spain continue to fluctuate and therefore, these municipalities will not always remain the cheapest. According to the real estate platform Idealista, houses in these places have the lowest price per square metre. Thanks to Spain’s long coastline, you also have an excellent opportunity to live close to the sea in many beautiful areas. 

Top 10 cheapest coastal towns in Spain

Ferrol, Galicia

In the north of Spain, in the province of Galicia, Ferrol is located on the Atlantic coast. The region has a long maritime history, from the time of the Habsburgs to today. The Spanish Navy and Navantia shipyards are based here. Ferrol is a modern and dynamic town, with a wide range of services, shops, leisure and sports. Events such as the International Horror Film Festival, the Ferrol Rally or the Pepitas parties take place every year. 

In Ferrol, the average price of houses for sale is €844/m2, while the average rental price is €5.7/m2.

Gandia, Valencia

Gandía is a densely populated municipality in the province of Valencia. The city combines history, culture and nature on the Mediterranean coast. With origins in Roman times, Gandía reached its peak with the dukes of Borja. The city offers visitors a wide range of opportunities to enjoy its heritage, gastronomy and fiestas. Gandía also has a vast beach of fine golden sand, stretching for nearly five kilometres. 

In Gandía, the average price of houses for sale is €1,112/m2, while the average rent is €7.2/m2.

Cartagena, Murcia

On the coast of Murcia is the port city of Cartagena, one of the cheapest coastal cities to live in. Celebrated for having the least built-up and most unspoilt beaches in Spain. Cartagena still has a beautiful and well-preserved Roman theatre and was founded by the Carthaginians in the 3rd century BC. Furthermore, the port is one of the oldest in the Mediterranean. The centre is well-arranged and still very authentic. 

In Cartagena, the average price of houses for sale is €1,192/m2, while the average rent is €7.4/m2.

Playa Honda-Playa Paraíso, Murcia

Playa Honda-Playa Paraíso is a residential area and beach located in the municipality of Cartagena, in the region of Murcia. It is located in the vicinity of the Mar Menor, a large saltwater lagoon separated from the Mediterranean Sea by a sand spit called La Manga. It is a semi-urban beach with fine golden sand, with a length of one kilometre and a width of 20 metres. Considered an ideal destination to enjoy sun, sea and tranquillity, the area offers a wide range of facilities such as accommodation, gastronomy and leisure activities. Visitors can choose between apartments, hotels or rural houses.

Ribadeo, Galicia

Ribadeo is a town located on the northeastern edge of Galicia, in the province of Lugo, bordering Asturias. It is situated at the mouth of the River Eo with a fishing and marina. Among its monuments is the Tower of Moreno, an Indiano house built in 1915; the Isla Pancha lighthouse, located on a small island off the harbour; the parish church of Santa Maria del Campo, in Gothic style; and the pazo of Ibáñez, the residence of the Marquis of Sargadelos. Ribadeo is also known for the beautiful, rugged Cantabrian coast, where you will also find the spectacular beach of Las Catedrales. 

In Ribadeo, the average price of houses for sale is €1,257/m2. 

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Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura 

In the Canary Islands, Puerto del Rosario, the capital and most populous municipality of the island of Fuerteventura is located in the province of Las Palmas. Puerto del Rosario is the administrative, cultural and commercial heart of Fuerteventura. You will find many interesting historical and artistic places in the old town and beautiful city beaches, such as Playa Blanca or Playa Chica. 

In Puerto del Rosario, the average price of houses for sale is €1,381/m2, while the average rental price is €8.4/m2.

Arrecife, Lanzarote

On the Canary Island of Lanzarote is the town of Arrecife, the capital and one of the cheapest coastal towns to live in Spain. The name is derived from the volcanic reefs surrounding the coast, giving it a unique look. Furthermore, the harbour, castles and fortresses are some of the sights. 

The price of houses for sale is €1,491/m2.

Barbate, Andalucia

Barbate is a fishing village located on the Costa de la Luz in the province of Cádiz, in Andalucia. It is next to the Natural Park of La Breña and Marismas del Barbate. It has a long history dating back to the early Paleolithic when it was already inhabited by human tribes. Later it was an important settlement for Phoenicians and Romans, who engaged in tuna fishing and salting fish. Moreover, various nautical activities can be undertaken from the marina. In addition, Barbate has beautiful beaches, such as Zahara de los Atunes or Los Caños de Meca. These are loved by surfers and ideal for a wonderful day at the beach. 

In Barbate, the average price of houses for sale is €1,700/m2, while the average rent is €7.8/m2.

Salou, Catalonia

In the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula, we find Salou, a city located in the Catalan province of Tarragona. Salou is known for its Mediterranean climate, golden sandy beaches and family-friendly and lively atmosphere. The long tourist tradition of this coastal town began in the 19th century as a summer holiday destination for the Catalan aristocracy. At the beginning of the 20th century, the city’s first hotel was built and Salou was connected to Barcelona by train. Since then, Salou has grown and modernised but has retained its charm. 

In Salou, the average price of houses for sale is €2,038/m2.

Torre del Mar, Málaga

Torre del Mar is located east of the city of Málaga and the history of this coastal town dates back to Phoenician, Greek and Roman times. The name comes from a watchtower built in the 10th or 11th century by the Muslims. Torre del Mar has beautiful beaches, a pleasant boulevard and many tourist facilities. The hinterland is formed by the Axarquía region with charming, white mountain villages that still have a Moorish feel. The town of Vélez-Málaga still offers a very authentic, lively Spanish atmosphere. 

In Torre del Mar, the average price of houses for sale is €2,404/m2, while the average rent is €9.2/m2. 

Also see: The 10 coolest villages in Spain in summer 

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