Can you drink the tap water in Spain?
In general, yes.
The US Center for Disease Control’s travel advisory confirms the safety of the tap water in Spain (source). However, it would be best if you take special precautions toward the unregulated water sources in some areas.
Like all countries though, water accessibility, sanitation, and treatment vary widely from location to location, so we encourage looking for specific city information.
Tap water is generally safe to drink in Spain, although there are exceptions (Ibiza among them). If you are in any doubt, ask, ¿Es potable el agua (del grifo)? (Is the (tap) water drinkable?). Do not drink water from rivers or lakes as it may contain bacteria or viruses that can cause diarrhea or vomiting.
Water is frequently served without a specific request, and is normally charged for--unless it's included in your menu del dia. If you would like free tap water instead of bottled water, request "agua del grifo" (water from the tap). However, not all restaurants will offer this and you may be forced to order bottled water.
The most commonly searched cities in Spain are:
For a full list of cities in Spain, scroll to the bottom of this post or click here.
World Health Organization Spain Water Summary
The World Health Organization estimates that 99 percent of Spain have access to tap water.
In 2000, 99% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 99% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.
In Spain, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at undefined % and rural availability figures at undefined %.
World Health Organization's 2017 Spain Water Data
The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Spain includes the national average, averages for urban population centers, and averages for rural areas.
|Safely Managed||A location that safe, drinkable water that is free of biological or chemical contaminants available on premise.|
|At Least Basic||Safe drinkable water is available within 30 minutes from the location|
|Limited||It would take more than 30 minutes from the location to access safe, drinkable water.|
|Year||Population in 1000s||Safely managed||At Least Basic||Limited|
How Do People In Spain Rate The Water?
Travelers and residents of Spain have rated the water quality and pollution as follows, according to subjective survey data.
A score of 100% is considered very high, and a score of 0% is very low. Please be cautious that "moderate to very high" water pollution is bad and the higher the rate of water quality the better.
|Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility||33%||Moderate|
|Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility||67%||High|
View our tap water report on all cities in Spain
- Valencia de Alcantara
- Vejer de la Frontera
- Torroella de Montgri
- Tossa de Mar
- Talavera de la Reina