How to Write an Address in Spanish

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Trying to send a postcard to your friend who lives in Spain and don't know what number goes where?

Not to worry! In this article, we'll show you a couple of different ways to write an address in Spanish to make sure your mail is delivered properly.

Format for writing an address in Spanish

The format for writing an address in Spanish closely follows the format in English, except that in Spanish, the street typically comes before the building number:

  • street + house or building number
  • apartment number (if applicable)
  • city, state, country (if applicable)
  • zip code

While addresses differ slightly across the Spanish-speaking world, the example addresses we've provided from Spain and Mexico should cover a lot of what you'll need to know to write an address correctly.

Example of a Residential Address in Spain

Calle de Atocha 27, 2º, 4ª
Madrid, España

When writing an address for an apartment in Spain, you usually need to specify the floor, or piso, and the door, or puerta, in that order. In the example above, 2º refers to the second floor (segundo piso), and 4ª refers to the fourth door (cuarta puerta).

Example of a Residential Address in Mexico

Avenida Mazatlán 250
Col. Jardines de la Hacienda
Monterrey, NL
CP 06140

When writing an address in Mexico, you need to specify the neighborhood, or colonia, before the city, state, and country.

But What If There's No Address?

In some places in Latin America, the addresses are literal descriptions of what's around someone's house. So you might say you live "in the blue house 300 meters from the corner store!" In such cases, you may be better off sending your letter to a business address or post office.