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Spain is known as one of the best European countries when it comes to life/work balance. With its “no pasa nada” (don’t worry about it) attitude, sunny Mediterranean climate, and fantastic landscapes, Spain is one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe and the world.

Why Spain

Spain has a lot of things going for it as a location for freelancers including the three main must-haves of the digital nomad hotspot — warm weather, beautiful beaches, and affordability (compared to other countries in Europe). While Thailand and Bali offer a lower cost of living, Spain gives its visitors all the benefits that come with living in Europe and a beautiful coastal destination with a laid-back pace of life.

With a vibrant Mediterranean cuisine and street café culture, Spain provides a variety of picturesque spots to work from, a lively international community, and easy travel to other countries in Europe.

Best cities to work from

Barcelona, Spain’s second largest city and the capital of Catalonia, boasts one of the highest digital nomad populations in Europe. Barcelona effortlessly combines the convenience of living in a large European metropolis with the option of being close to nature. The city has pulled off being both busy and laid-back, urban and rural, extravagant and cheap — and these striking contrasts have made the city a unique space for life and work.

Madrid is Spain’s capital and its largest city. While offering a cooler weather setting than Barcelona and other coastal areas, Madrid is a friendly city with fast internet, great food and a calm pace of life. Working from the Madrid is easy and convenient with a lot of coworking spaces and coffee shops.

Las Palmas is the largest city in the Canary Islands and one of the largest in Spain. The city is known for its many stunning beaches, all year round pleasant climate, high air quality, and a rocking nightlife. The cost of living in the resort area will be a bit higher than in other parts of Spain, but you get to live and work day to day in a holiday atmosphere.

The internet and coworking spaces

Spain has a developed network of internet providers and, if you settle in the country for a long period of time, you can invest in high-speed fibre internet packages offering blazing fast download speeds of up to 300Mbps. On average, however, broadband download speed in the country is estimated to be around 10Mbps.

There are many coworking spaces to choose from. Big cities especially offer plenty of options while smaller cities have loads of coffee shops that can become your temporary office.

Coworking spaces in Barcelona

Felisa CoWork, C/Rosselló 295, Bajo Derecha 08037 Barcelona

Meet BCN, Rambla de Catalunya 125, 3º 2ª

Talent Garden, Carrer de Muntaner, 239

Coworking spaces in Madrid

Madrid Office Business Center, Av. de Brasil, 29

Spaces Rio, Calle de Manzanares, 4

Impact Hub, Calle de la Alameda, 22

Coworking spaces in Las Palmas

Coworking Canary Islands, Calle Montevideo, 2

Leisure in Spain

Whether you are staying in a big city or a small coastal town, you will find plenty to do and see in Spain. From Gaudí's designed landmarks such as Sagrada Família and Park Güell to the stunning natural views of Gran Canaria and Mount Teide, the country is rich in sights. Paired with one of the world’s best cuisines, a vibrant nightlife, and festivals taking places throughout the year, the hardest thing about living and working in Spain will be staying away from all the distractions.

What to know before arriving

Spain is a member state of the Schengen Zone. If you are a resident of a country that is also a member state of the Schengen Zone, you can travel to Spain with your National Identity Card. Alternatively, you can apply for a Schengen Visa before your travels and enjoy access to other countries in the region, especially France and Portugal.

Useful links:

Spain Tourism Information

Map of free Wi-Fi hotspots in Spain

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