Spaniards Ready for Big Cities and Bright Lights Again

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Spaniards are more interested in living in cities now the pandemic is nearly over.

Spaniards are slowly becoming more interested in living in cities again after the pandemic encouraged many to consider moving away from densely populated urban areas to smaller towns and rural areas.

According to Idealista, one of Spain’s leading real estate portals, the end of the State of Alarm has prompted more people to search for houses in Spain’s regional capitals.

Since the start of May 43 per cent of searches for houses for sale have been concentrated in capitals, compared to 40.4 per cent in June 2020 when the harsh restrictions ended, and 38.8 per cent in April 2020, in full confinement. Even so, interest in capitals is still slightly lower than it was before the pandemic, when it stood at 44.1 per cent.

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“The desire of Spaniards to leave the big cities has diminished. The data shows that the urban exodus, if it ever occurred, has ended and that as we approach the end of the pandemic period, there is a return in demand for housing in urban settings and provincial capitals,” said Francisco Inareta, a spokesperson for Idealista.

Alava, Valencia, La Rioja, Huesca, Albacete and Sevilla are proving most popular with would-be home owners.

However, interest in Lugo, Ciudad Real, Soria, Teruel, Lleida, Badajoz and Cuenca continues to fall.


Madrid, Bilbao, Barcelona, Zaragoza and Palma are all on the up but interest in Malaga has fallen very slightly.


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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.

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