The favorite city for British expats in Spain is Formentera del Segura in Alicante | Travel News | Travel

While some British expats are drawn to bustling Spanish cities such as Madrid and Barcelona, ​​many are looking for a more relaxed lifestyle. A new search by real estate experts, idealista, has found the most sought-after small town.

The team analyzed their website searches over the last few months of 2021 to find the most searched small towns in Spain.

The most popular small town search in the UK was the stunning location of Formentera del Segura in the province of Alicante.

Average property prices in the sunny little town are around 970 euros (£826) per square metre.

About 20% of the inhabitants of the pretty town of 4,000 inhabitants are British or Irish expatriates.

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British expats will have easy access to the popular beaches of Guardamar and Torrevieja as well as world-class golf courses.

The nearby El Mundo de Espana bar was described as a “great pub” with “fantastic service and great beer” by a visitor on Tripadvisor.

Another visitor said the bar has a fish and chips special on Fridays, which might help some expats feel at home.

In summer, temperatures are normally above 30 degrees while temperatures are rarely below 15 degrees in winter.


Meanwhile, the pretty town of Viñuela in Málaga was the second most popular destination for Britons.

At around 150m above sea level, the city’s large reservoir is often the center of barbecues and picnics.

According to idealista, average property prices in Viñuela are around £1,856 (£1,586) per square metre.

A visitor wrote on Tripadvisor: “It is a very peaceful place, with great walking possibilities.

“We brought a picnic and spent a few happy hours reading our books.”

Another said: “One of the most wonderful and underrated places you can visit in this area! It’s beautiful and really beautiful. »

With a population of just under 2,000, British expats would certainly stand a chance of enjoying the quiet life.

Despite its size, the village has a supermarket, a pharmacy, a doctor’s office and a few restaurants and cafes.

Although the city of Alicante was more popular with Dutch and German scholars, Ciudad Quesada was also popular with the British.

With 15,000 inhabitants, the town is very close to Torrevieja and has many Blue Flag beaches within a 15 minute drive.

Average property prices were 2,207 euros (£1,881) per square metre, making it one of the most expensive small towns in Spain.

Alicante was the most popular province for international buyers and was recently named the sunniest place in Europe.