Expats can live in a 'bustling yet affordable' part of Spain for £550 a month - it's 'full of amazing bars, restaurants and beaches'

Playa Las Teresitas, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

'This coastal port city is full of amazing bars, restaurants and beaches'

Anna Barry

By Anna Barry

Published: 31/01/2024

- 12:55

Britons looking to relocate on a budget might want to consider the beautiful and bustling Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Spain offers a laid-back lifestyle, delicious cuisine, historic cities, and beautiful beaches - not to mention it's relatively close to the UK.

For these reasons, and many more, Britons flock in their masses to the gorgeous European country every year. Spain makes a great holiday destination as well as a popular choice for expats.

And it's entirely possible to relocate to Spain on a budget. Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a top choice, according to the travel blog Wander Onwards, which comprised a list of the cheapest places to live in Spain.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the capital of Tenerife, the largest of Spain's Canary Islands.

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Auditorium in Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Auditorio de Tenerife is regarded as the finest contemporary building in the Canary Islands


"This coastal port city is full of amazing bars, restaurants and beaches," the blog said.

"Despite being an island city, this bustling metropolis is surprisingly affordable."

The blog claimed that you can rent a one-bed apartment for an average of $700 (around £552) a month. According to the latest data by Rent London Flat, published in October 2023, the average monthly flats to rent in London is between £1,500 to £1,600.

Despite cheaper rent, Britons might find that they're spending a lot of money eating out and going for drinks, as Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a "tourist hotspot".

However, more "budget-conscious" expats will be able to seek out cheaper deals, especially once they've gotten to know the area well.

For those who want to move to Spain, Santa Cruz de Tenerife has plenty to offer. Check out the gorgeous garden Palmetum Santa Cruz Jardín Botanico, the incredible beach Playa de las Teresitas, the grand landmark Auditorio de Tenerife, and the bustling market Mercado Municipal Nuestra Senora de Africa.

Cheapest places to live in Spain

  • Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Alicante
  • Valencia
  • Malaga
  • Zaragoza, Aragon
  • Granada
  • Seville
  • Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • Murcia
  • Cordoba
  • A Coruña
Tenerife beach

Tenerife is the perfect destination if you enjoy lounging on the beach


Britons looking to move to Spain will be happy to know that one of their favourite home comforts is expanding in Spain.

However, relocating to an entirely new country comes with a unique set of challenges.

One expat warned people about a tourist "problem" that makes it hard to live in Spain.

Another expat shared the aspect of Spanish life he "hates" - and he thinks it would "drive you crazy too".

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