Cost of living in Essen (Germany) is 36% more expensive than in Alicante (Spain)
This comparison is lacking data. It provides a decent comparison, but it is not yet reliable. It is based on 359 prices entered by 34 different people.
For example, you would need at least €2,982 in Essen to maintain the same standard of living that you can have with €2,200 in Alicante.