How to write Spanish postal addresses

The standard way to write a street address in Spain is very simple, although the street names themselves can be very long, what with all the generals and writers and revolutions that are honoured in this way.

The correct Spanish address format is:

Type of street – Street name – building number – floor number – door number
Postal code – city
province (optional, especially if the address is in a big city)

Example Spanish address

C/ Santa Maria 45, 3º, 2ª
28012 – Madrid

The 3º means tercero (tercer piso) or third floor.
The 2ª means segunda puerta or second door.

Speaking this address out loud you would say “Calle Santa Marie cuarenta y cinco – tercero, segunda”.

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Learn how to say address in Spanish

Address in Spanish is la dirección.

To ask for someone’s address in Spanish you can use “¿Cuál es tu dirección?” or “¿Cómo se escribe su dirección?” – (tu and usted forms respectively).

There are many different types of streets of course, but the basic ones are Calle, Avenida, Plaza and Paseo.

Take care if you are writing Spanish street addresses from one of the autonomous regions of Spain which has a separate official language (Catalonia, Valencia, Galicia or The Basque country). In these Spanish regions the names of the street types are often written differently.

Castellano Catalan Gallego Basque
Calle Carrer de Rúa Kale
Avenida Avinguda Avenida Avenue
Plaza Plaça Praza Plaza
Paseo Passeig Paseo Paseo

This is important to remember if you are searching on Google maps for a Spanish street address in Barcelona. If you search for ‘Calle’ instead of ‘Carrer de’, the street you want might not show up.

If you are sending post or a package from the UK or the USA to Spain, people recommend either using UPS to make sure it gets here, or your regular mail service with tracking or package insurance options. My own experience of receiving packages and letters from the UK in Barcelona has been quite good so far, but sending stuff back is relatively expensive.

I know that many people who come to this page are probably not Spanish learners, but if you are and you feel the need for a gentle nudge every two weeks to keep up with the Spanish practice, then sign up below to receive my bi-weekly Spanish Challenge emails. The challenges are to help me and you make some good progress with learning Spanish.

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14 thoughts on “How to write Spanish postal addresses”

  1. thank you for this information. I’ve just started an OU spanish module with the idea of living in spain sometime in the future and I was finding it difficult to get to grips with their explanation of how to write addresses. Your page has helped me enormously. cheers!

    1. Good luck with your studies, and if you’re really thinking of living in Spain, I recommend doing it sooner rather than later. That way your Spanish will be better sooner and you will have a great time into the bargain.

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  3. Hola. This page has helped me a lot. I am studying Spanish here in India as a second language. IT is really interesting but it is really tough. Gracias.

    1. De nada.Glad you found it useful. Keep practicing and sign up for the bi-weekly emails that I send out, each looking at an aspect of the language.

  4. Hola, Steve. I am visting Barcelona for the first time mid-April. I’m traveling alone and hablo poquito Espanol. I stumbled upon your site looking for a way to address a package to a local friend with whom I’ve been corresponding. Aside from the help with the address, the other information you provide online will be invaluable to me. I’m glad I stumbled upon this site. Should you like to share a meal, let me know.

    1. Mid April. That gives you 4 weeks to do some crash studying. Even a little Spanish will go along way here. Good luck and have a great trip. If you hear or use any great phrases that you think others would find useful, drop them in a comment. Cheers.

  5. I am learning Castellano. As you are in Barcelona speaking Catalan are your challenges going to be of help to me?

    1. Hi Sam, although Catalan is the official language in Barcelona, everyone speaks castellano as well. I myself am only learning castellano, so this site and my email tips and challenges will help you out. You can sign up here to receive my emails every two weeks.

  6. I want to visit Lerma, when researching I found it is sometimes clle S.E. Lerma or selerma. Other cities are also listed as having a pe or sa in front of the name of the city. What is the significance please.

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