What are the dirtiest and cleanest cities in Spain?

by Lorraine Williamson
cities in Spain

Spanish consumer and user organisation OCU has compiled a ranking of the best and worst-maintained cities in Spain. This includes cleanliness of streets and public spaces.  

Spain is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations with beautiful cities, beaches, mountain areas and a wonderful climate. Cleanliness, or the lack of it, is also an important measure of the quality of life in an area. This is not just for tourists, but also for residents. A city with clean streets and neighbourhoods makes a big difference. Clean, litter-free avenues make for a much more idyllic and welcoming environment. 

Sample in 69 cities 

Therefore the OCU compiled an important ranking of the cleanest and dirtiest cities in Spain. To compile this list, they conducted a sample among 6,863 residents of 69 cities. The conclusion was very clear: two of the three cities in Spain show worrying and alarming results about the level of dirt in their streets. 

The 12 questions made it possible to draw up a ranking of the cleanest and dirtiest cities in Spain. A series of conclusions were drawn from the answers obtained, including a list of the biggest annoyances: from dog faeces to the presence of graffiti and rubbish around containers. 

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What are the cleanest cities in Spain?  

This dynamic ranking, which is updated over the months, showed that Spain’s cleanest cities can be found in the north. They all meet the same standard: their city authorities’ awareness of keeping the streets clean of all kinds of waste and dirt.  

Thus, the best rated cities are in areas such as Asturias, the Basque Country and Galicia. Oviedo ranks number one. This city has long been known for the good image of its streets and for the respect its inhabitants have instilled in all visitors. Bilbao follows closely behind, also one of the cities with many tourists. Vigo is at number three. 

What are the dirtiest cities in Spain?  

The ranking of the dirtiest cities includes names that are sure to surprise, starting with the winner. That is the city of Palma de Mallorca, followed by Alicante and Seville. Also on the list are San Sebastián del Reyes in Madrid, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Barcelona and finally, the capital Madrid does not escape the list of cities in Spain with the dirtiest streets. 

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