Spanish cities that we will see ‘devoured’ by the sea

Spanish cities that we will see 'devoured' by the sea
Spanish cities that we will see 'devoured' by the sea Credit: Pixabay

Spanish cities that we will see shockingly ‘devoured’ by the sea in the next 60 years.

According to the latest report from the United Nations, Spain is set to be hit hard by climate change and this will include floods, fires and extreme droughts too. It is predicted that Spanish beaches such as Barceloneta, Matalascañas and La Manga could see their days numbered.

Sadly though these are not the only beaches and coastal areas expected to be hit by climate change and rising water levels during the next 60 years. Across Spain it is thought that over 8,000 kilometres of coastline could be at risk as climate change is expected to hit Spain hard. According to reports the rises in sea levels will be irreversible and could be seen for centuries to come.


Many expats in Spain have chosen to live in coastal areas but climate change was not something that they had in theit plans when they moved to live a life in the sun. The rising sea levels over the next sixty years could hit both locals and expats alike and is cause for worry.

One expat EWN reader said: “I moved to Spain to spend my retirement in the sun but I hope that many members of my family will follow me. Rising sea levels may not affect me but they could hit my family in the future.”

According to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its draft Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) sea levels are expected to rise. Year-on-year these rises will be barely perceivable, but they will continue nevertheless.

As reported El Espanol, “Whether it does so more or less rapidly will depend on the global population’s ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, an anthropogenic aspect closely linked to global warming. The IPCC’s five scenarios range from a mid-century temperature increase of 1.5 degrees Celsius at low emissions (SSP1-1.9), through an intermediate scenario (SSP2-4.5) to a higher and – it is expected – less likely 2.6 degrees Celsius (SSP3-7.0).”

According to report the worst hit areas in Spain would be in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Cadiz and Barcelona. But, according to the United Nations report other areas in Spain would be hard hit too over the next 60 years.

The extent of the damage though depends on what we do now and reducing pollution.


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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.


  1. this nonsense was predicted decades ago,
    like many other things,
    it is the government’s propaganda tool to keep people in fear and steal their money


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