Apartment or bungalow, townhouse or private house, or maybe a villa? This is a completely reasonable question from a potential buyer who decides to purchase property in Spain. Let's talk about the types and differences in types of Spanish housing.

Spain attracts not only tourists: many want to forever connect their lives with this country by buying real estate here. The mild climate, 320 sunny days a year, the gentle sea, impressive beaches, and a relaxed atmosphere of general fun contribute to this. Having decided on our desires and possibilities, we begin to study the advertisements and come across information about the sale, for example, a bungalow or a piso. What is this, how can we determine whether such objects are suitable for us? Read on for more information.

Apartments or apartamento/piso

Apartments in Spain are called apartments, apartamento, piso. They are attractive for their price, cost less than a villa, and come in several types. When selling, they indicate not the number of rooms, but the number of bedrooms (usually from 1 to 5), although each apartment also has a living room. That is, according to our classification, a 3-bedroom Spanish apartment will correspond to our 4-room apartment.

Apartments in Spain

But these are standard apartments, however, there are apartments of other subtypes on the market:

  • Studio
  • Loft
  • Bajo
  • Atiko
  • Duplexes and triplexes (piso dúplex and piso triplex)

A little more about each of them:


Interpretation of our one-room apartment, but without division into a kitchen and a room, that is, you just get one large or not very large room without partitions. This is a budget option. The Spanish studio comes with a balcony or possibly a terrace. And a bar counter is often installed inside.


A type of studio, but decorated in an industrial style. The trend came to Spain from the USA and is in fashion today. Distinctive aspects of the loft apartment are high ceilings, lack of partitions, panoramic windows.


Apartments of this type are usually located on the first floors of apartment buildings and have a price lower than the same housing located above. Another advantage is the presence of a large terrace. Bahos received a second name - “housing for servants.”


Compared to bajo, on the contrary, they have an increased cost due to their location on the top floors. A more familiar name for us is penthouse. They may include a personal pool, solarium and even their own garden.


Two- and three-story apartments are expensive, and there is often a queue of people with “thick wallets” behind them. Multi-level apartments on the top floors are especially valued; their price can be above 10 million €.

Townhouse or bungalow

A bungalow or Spanish townhouse is a long, usually two-story, but sometimes three-story building for several families. Built in suburban urbanizations, it is something in between in price between apartments and villas.

Many potential buyers get confused with this term, so we will list the main features of the bungalow. Firstly, this is a low but long house no higher than the third floor for several families.  Secondly, each family has a separate entrance to the apartment from the street, often with its own staircase. Accordingly, in such a house there are no elevators or common entrances. Thirdly, each housing has its own local area, on which a small garden is necessarily laid out, as well can be equipped with a swimming pool, parking, etc. Several bungalows are combined in an urbanization; they can be equipped with common swimming pools and playgrounds, park areas and courts. The common areas of elite urbanizations are additionally equipped with restaurants, cinema halls, they are controlled by video surveillance and security, and there are other “goodies”.

Bungalow in Spain

There are several types of Spanish townhouses:

  • Casa adosada or semi-detached house. Designed for 2–4 families, each room has its own entrance and local area, in fact, you are connected to other housing only by a common wall.
  • Bungalo bajo. This is a one-story bungalow, in which all apartments are on the same level.
  • Bungalo alto. The housing is located on the second floor, it is entered via an attached separate staircase, and often has a terrace.
  • Bungalo dúplex/triplex. They represent multi-level apartments on two or three floors; this is a kind of villa only with neighbors across the wall and at a much lower price.
  • House or casa

The dream of many buyers is a separate house without noisy neighbors. This type of property is generally called Casa.

There are several subtypes of such housing:

  • Villas
  • Private houses
  • Finky
  • Chalet
  • Masia

Now a little more detail about each subspecies:

Villa in Spain

This is high-status housing with a large territory. A standard villa usually includes a living room with a fireplace, a dining room, a kitchen, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms depends on the size of the property. Indispensable attributes are a garage, a terrace, storage rooms, and of course a garden. Elite villas are equipped with wine cellars, tennis courts, and fitness rooms.

Private house

In Spanish it sounds like casa independiente, this is a more modest villa with a smaller local area. But their prices are also steep; private houses are not affordable for everyone.


Farm house with extensive agricultural areas. When buying, it is the plots that people pay attention to first of all; the house in this case is secondary. Both small peasant houses and luxurious estates with tennis courts are used as housing, but, again, the main value is the size of the territory and soil fertility.


Rather, these are varieties of fincas, but built in the mountains, although today they are also built on flat areas. The chalet is a wooden house built in the Alpine style, equipped with all the joys of civilization and having a fairly large garden.


This name is given to ancient estates in Spain with large plots of land: fields, forests, lakes. Masias are built from natural stone, have a solid appearance, and are equipped with everything necessary for a comfortable stay. Particularly popular in the mountainous regions of Catalonia.

Real estate in Spain is represented by dozens of types, we hope that we have at least partially helped you understand them.

Construction of one hundred houses/villas in Spain

Construction of Villas on an Individual Project in Spain: Your Dream of an Ideal Home

Spain, with its magnificent climate, picturesque landscapes and cultural heritage, represents the dream of many to have their own secluded corner in this beautiful country. The construction of custom villas in Spain is becoming an increasingly popular choice for those who want to create their own unique and luxurious home in the sun.

Construction of a villa/house Spain/Alicante

Why choose individual construction of villas in Spain?

  1. Custom Design: One of the main advantages of custom villa construction is the ability to create a home that completely suits your preferences and needs. You can work with architects and designers to develop a unique project that expresses your style and brings your dreams to life.

  2. Full Customization: A custom build allows you to customize every aspect of your home, from room layout and dimensions to choice of materials and finishes. This gives you the opportunity to create a home that is completely unique and matches your desires.

  3. Quality and comfort: The construction of villas according to an individual project ensures high quality construction and attention to detail. You can choose only the best materials and technologies to create a home that is durable and comfortable to live in.

  4. Unique location: Spain has many beautiful plots of land where you can build villas with breathtaking views of the sea, mountains or picturesque landscapes. Individual construction gives you the opportunity to choose the ideal location for your home to enjoy all the delights of the Spanish nature.

Why choose Spain to build your villa?

  • Favorable climate: Spain is famous for its mild climate, making it an ideal place for year-round living or holidays.
  • Variety of Regions: From Mediterranean coastlines to mountainous landscapes and green valleys, Spain offers a variety of landscapes and locations for villas.
  • Cultural Heritage: Spanish culture, architecture and cuisine attract millions of tourists and residents from all over the world, making the country an attractive place to live.

Building custom villas in Spain represents the opportunity to create your dream home in one of the most beautiful places on earth. The combination of individual design, high quality and the unique atmosphere of Spain makes this the ideal choice for those seeking true comfort and luxury under the sun.

Follow our updates to learn more about villa construction in Spain and how to make your dream of an ideal home come true!

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