Working in Spain as a digital nomad

Become a digital nomad in Spain
Updated 2021-08-13 14:09

With its laidback mañana attitude, sunny climate, great food and awe-inspiring landscapes, Spain is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. The southwestern European country is also known for having a healthy work/life balance, where workers can adequately manage their professional and personal lives. Consequently, Spain is a big draw for digital nomads, remote workers who use internet technologies to make a living and are not dependent on one location.

Why Spain?

Spain has a lot of things going for it as a location for digital nomads. Beyond the obvious reasons such as a great climate, gorgeous beaches and countryside, many of its towns and cities possess essential digital nomad must-haves. These include:

  • Comfortable living conditions
  • Affordable cost of living
  • Fast internet speeds
  • Well-established international communities in many places

Additionally, Spain has excellent road, rail, sea and air connections with European countries.

Best places in Spain for digital nomads

Barcelona - the capital of Spain's Catalonia region, is one of Spain's biggest travel hubs and a city with a large multicultural population. It's very easy to make friends here and connect with other people. Barcelona also boasts a rich cultural heritage with lots of galleries and exceptional architecture, excellent beaches and year-round good weather. You'll discover this enticing destination is full of fantastic contrasts, being both busy and laidback, urban and rural, extravagant and cheap.

Madrid - Spain's capital and largest city is right in the centre of the country. It is a vibrant, friendly place with fast internet connections, delicious food and non-stop nightlife. Surprisingly for a capital, Madrid is a chilled out place where life is often lived at a gentle pace. Working from Madrid is easy and convenient, with many coworking spaces, coffee shops and cyber cafés.

Valencia - once the new kid on the block, the capital of the autonomous community of Valencia has now established itself as a popular location for digital nomads. It has all the advantages of bigger cities such as Madrid, but accommodation costs are cheaper, especially in small towns and villages outside the city. Valencia is also one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country and offers plenty of access to coworking spaces.

Alicante - a popular coastal city with endless miles of beaches, a beautiful old town and a frenetic summer nightlife when streets are packed with partying tourists. Digital nomads love its vibrancy, golden sands, superb food and cosmopolitan vibe.

Granada - a southern Spanish city that is home to the Alhambra, a palace and fortress complex with more than 1,000 years of history. This small, friendly destination has plenty of other fascinating historical sites, including the ancient cathedral and Arab baths. It is also a great place for outdoor pursuits. Above the city and easily accessible are the snow-capped peaks of Sierra Nevada. You can enjoy skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer.

Las Palmas - the largest city in the Canary Islands, is also one of the largest in Spain. It is known for its many stunning beaches, mild to warm temperatures year-round, excellent air quality and rocking nightlife. While the cost of living is a little higher than in other parts of Spain, you'll be living and working in a vacation destination.

Internet connectivity and coworking spaces in Spain

Spain has many internet providers offering competing plans and services, all vying for your wallet or purse. That's a good thing because it means there is plenty of choice out there and value for money plans and packages. If you are staying long-term, it's a good idea to invest in a fibre optic connection that can deliver super-fast broadband speeds of up to 600Mb. 

Providers include:

Coworking spaces provide digital nomads with flexibility, a chance to network with other nomads and a cost-efficient way to run their freelance enterprise. Many towns and cities host a good selection of shared spaces for digital nomads, which can be anything from a café or coffee shop to shared offices with a dedicated desk. Here are a few links to a handful of coworking spaces.

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 Valencia

Wayco Abastos, Calle Historiador Diago, 3

Wayco Ruzafa, Calle Almirante Cadarso, 26

Coworking Spaces in Alicante

ULab, Plaza de San Cristobal, 14

Skyblue Coworking, Calle Alvarez Sereix, 11

Coworking Spaces in Granada

Cofamily Coworking, Calle Blind of Arjona 3

Anda Cowork, Avenida de Andalucia, 5

Coworking Spaces in Las Palmas

CoWorKing Canary Islands, Mesa Y Lopez commercial district

The House Coworking Space, Calle Bravo Morillo, 34

You can also search for coworking spaces in Spain by using Coworker.

Leisure in Spain

Whether you stay in a big city or a small coastal town, you'll discover lots to see and do in Spain. From monumental fortresses, palaces and Andalusian white villages to Gaudí's showstopping buildings in Barcelona and Alicante's sun-kissed beaches, the country is alive with attractions. Combined with one of the world's best cuisines, exciting nightlife and festivals every month of the year, the most challenging thing about living and working in Spain will be trying to avoid all the distractions.

What to know before you go to Spain

Spain is a member of the Schengen Zone. If you are also a resident of a Schengen country, you can travel to Spain with your passport or national identity card. If you are from outside the zone, you will need to apply for a visa. This will give you access to other countries in the region, such as France and Portugal. The visa permits the holder to a stay of up to 90 days in a 180-day period.

Useful links:

Spain Tourism Information

Map of free Wi-Fi hotspots in Spain


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