This is clear from the new ranking published by Idealista, which for the first time is headed by the Madrid town of Torrejón de Ardoz, accompanied by two 'classics' such as the Barcelona municipality of L'Hospitalet de Llobregat and Vitoria. The city of Álava is the only capital that is in the top 10, well ahead of Barcelona (15), Valencia (20) and Santa Cruz de Tenerife (21).
The rest of the areas, with the exception of the municipality of Arona (5), more focused on tourism in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, are towns belonging to the metropolitan area of the large Spanish capitals.
The main examples are the towns around Madrid and Barcelona. In fact, together with Torrejón, Fuenlabrada (4), Móstoles (7) and Alcalá de Henares (10) appear with the greatest rental demand, ahead of Madrid capital (24). The price situation ranges from almost 800 euros/month on average seen this first quarter in Alcalá de Henares, to 820-860 in Fuenlabrada, Móstoles and Torrejón, up to almost 1,360 euros/month in Madrid.
In Barcelona (14), there are more examples, such as Badalona (8), Vilanona i la Geltrú (9) and Mataró (15). Terrassa (18), Rubí (32) and Sabadell (37) also appear on the list. The average rents that were requested in the first part of the year went from almost 940 euros/month in Hospitalet, more than 1,000 euros in Badalona and around 920 euros in Vilanova, to 1,475 euros in Barcelona.
There are also examples of greater demand in the periphery than the capital itself in Valencia (19), with Torrent (6), ahead of Paterna (29) and Cullera (40). Rental prices in the Valencian capital are on average around 1,050 euros/month, compared to almost 1,000 in Torrent, around 1,200 in Paterna and 890 in Cullera.
In Málaga (26), there has also been interest in rental demand from other towns in the area such as Fuengirola (12), Torremolinos (16) and Benalmádena (25), with practically similar prices between 960 euros/month and the 1,100 euros/month.
The rental price in Spain increased by up to 7.9% year-on-year in the first quarter of the year, according to the idealista report, while it continued to rise in April up to 8.9% year-on-year. With the data for the fourth month of the year, there are 22 Spanish capitals that are at maximum prices for housing rentals.
In the classification by highest average rental prices requested during these first three months, the familiar 'faces' reappear. It must be remembered that in order to be on this list, municipalities must have a housing offer of more than 1,450 units between sale and rental.
The Malaga town of Benahavís and Calvià on the Balearic Islands stand out with average incomes above 3,000 euros/month, followed behind by a quartet of towns above 2,000 euros per month such as Marbella, Sotogrande, Castelldefels and Estepona.
Sant Cugat del Vallés, Adeje, Altea, Sitges and Llucmajor complete the top 10, above 1,500 euros/month. Up to a total of 33 locations present average rental prices requested these months above 1,000 euros per month on average. This is the case of some capitals such as Barcelona (13), Palma (14), Madrid (16), San Sebastián (20), Valencia (29), Bilbao (30) and Málaga (32).