The majority of Spaniards choose to live in apartment buildings. This is an example of a typical residential neighborhood in any Spanish city. The majority of Spanish flats have white walls, stone flooring, and shuttered windows. These internal aspects aid with the survival of individuals throughout the hot summer months.
There are two types of apartments in Spain: residencial (residential) and nobel (luxury). In most cases, people can tell which type of apartment they are looking at by observing the exterior building design. However, this is not always the case - particularly in popular tourist areas where luxury apartments often mimic the designs of traditional townhouses.
Residencial apartments are usually smaller, have fewer rooms, and are generally cheaper than noble apartments. They are also typically less cleanable - due to the number of people who share them, they do not get cleaned as often. Noble apartments are usually larger, have more rooms, and are generally more expensive than residencial ones. They also tend to be cleaner because people who value hygiene and comfort tend to live in noble apartments.
People who can afford it usually prefer to live in nobiles apartments because they know that they will be kept clean and tidy. Those who cannot afford noble apartments or who want to save money would rather live in a residencial apartment because they know that they will not only be able to pay their rent but also have some left over each month.
If you reside in a city in Spain, the most frequent type of accommodation is a flat or apartment, known as a piso in Spanish. Apartment buildings are popular across Spain, however the quality and size of these properties varies greatly, ranging from a modest studio to a 2-story duplex (maisonette) or luxury penthouse. In larger cities you will also find hotel rooms and hostels for less affluent travelers.
In smaller towns and rural areas, you will usually find houses built around a central courtyard. These are known as viviendas or casas de abajo (literally "houses from the bottom up"), because they were built without any internal windows or doors until later. Today, many Spaniards choose to live in apartments in large cities because of the demand for housing and the lack of availability in small towns and rural areas.
People often think that houses in Spain are simple constructions made out of wood, but this is not true. Most houses in Spain are made out of brick or stone, with some exceptions such as wood houses in rural areas. They can have one or more floors, but usually only include one story. Each floor may have one or more rooms where people sleep and eat during their visits to the house. The roof is usually made out of tiles or shingles.
House prices vary significantly by region. Large cities like Madrid and Barcelona have high prices because of their good public transportation systems and selection of shops and restaurants.
According to the most recent European Statistical Office (Eurostat) data, Spain ranks first among European Union (EU) nations with the largest percentage of the population living in apartments: This form of structure is home to 66.5 percent of Spaniards, whereas dwellings are home to 33.1 percent. By comparison, France has an apartment rate of 59.8 percent and a dwelling rate of 40.2 percent. The EU average is 58.0 percent apartments and 42.0 percent dwellings.
Spain's high apartment rate is due to its large young population. In fact, according to Eurostat, among EU countries only Russia has a higher proportion of its population under 15 years of age (36.9 percent). Likewise, a high percentage of households in Spain are made up of one person (23.7 percent), which is above the EU average (20.4 percent).
Furthermore, Spanish law requires that if you rent an apartment it must have at least one bedroom. This is why so many people move to Spain in order to be able to buy a house. In fact, it is estimated that there are more than 9 million empty apartments buildings in Spain waiting for new tenants.
In conclusion, yes, people in Spain live in apartments. Apartments account for nearly two-thirds of all housing structures in Spain. There are several reasons for this phenomenon. First of all, Spain has one of the youngest populations in Europe.