Good weather. Friendly people. Good food. Peace and quiet. Social life Nature all around. Happiness can take different forms depending on each person. But there are certain things we all enjoy.
To commemorate the International Day of Happiness, which is celebrated on 20 March, Sonneil has created the Spain Happy Index, a tool that maps the happiest places in Spain based on quantitative data from sources such as the Spanish Meteorological Agency and the Ministry of the Interior.
And what is the purpose? To serve as a guide for those looking for a new destination to settle in. As our CEO, Alfredo Millá, has pointed out to media such as El Mundo, “We identify the needs of our clients when they choose an area to move to, so we realised that there was no source that collected the information our clients were asking for, which is why we decided to create one at Sonneil. The Spain Happy Index shows them, in a very visual and direct way, the places where they can find what they are looking for to live a comfortable and happy life”.
After measuring all these parameters, the Spain Happy Index has identified that the happiest places in Spain are Alicante, Almería, Málaga and the islands. On the scale developed by Sonneil, the coast of Almeria scored 84 points, the Costa del Sol 83.8 and the Costa Blanca 81. On the islands, Formentera stands out with more than 91 points and the south of Tenerife with 90.5 points.
Days of sunshine per year
The data shown in the index include Blue Flag beaches, international schools, hospitals, distance to airports. And weather data such as average temperatures, windy days, rainy days and days of sunshine per year.
There are many studies that relate the sunlight we receive to our physical and mental well-being. For example, sunlight activates our body’s production of serotonin, the so-called “happiness hormone”, which regulates our mood and the quality of our sleep.
The Costa de Valencia, Costa Blanca and Costa Cálida in the east, and the coast of Almería and Granada and Costa del Sol in the south, have around 300 days of sunshine a year. Also the islands, both Balearic and Canary Islands, and the Atlantic coasts of Cadiz and Huelva are among the destinations with the best score in the index in terms of sunny days.
Good temperatures and services
Another factor included in the Spain Happy Index is climate benevolence, a factor that scores points for these areas, which have average temperatures of up to 22ºC in some areas of the Canary Islands, 19ºC on the coasts of Murcia and Andalusia, 18ºC on the Valencian coasts and 17ºC in the Balearic Islands.
In terms of services and infrastructures, tourism on the Costa Blanca and the Costa del Sol has meant that in recent decades priority has been given to the proximity and accessibility of facilities such as hospitals, shopping centres, airports and schools, among others, even in the most remote areas of urban centres. This is a plus when it comes to choosing a place of residence.
This is why the Spain Happy Index is a very interesting tool. Especially if you are looking for an area in which to set up your second home or move all year round. Just search according to the factors that are most important to you.
Do you want to see all the housing developments we have at Sonneil? You may find a place where you can live the good life.