Become a digital nomad in Spain
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With its laidback mañana attitude, sunny climate, great food and fantastic landscapes, Spain is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. It is also one of the best European countries for maintaining a good work/life balance. Consequently, the country is a big draw for digital nomads, remote workers who use telecommunications 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 and beautiful beaches and countryside, its towns and cities are equipped with essential digital nomad must-haves. These include pleasant living conditions, affordable cost of living, fast internet speeds and well-established international communities in many places.

Additionally, Spain is well connected to other European countries by road, rail, sea and air.

The best cities in Spain for digital nomads

Barcelona - the capital of Spain's Catalonia region, boasts one of the highest digital nomad populations in Europe. Barcelona effortlessly combines the convenience of living in a large European metropolis with proximity to nature. The city has pulled off a few neat tricks such as being both busy and laidback, urban and rural, extravagant and cheap. These striking contrasts have made the city a unique space for living and working.

Madrid - Spain's capital and its largest city is a vibrant, friendly place with fast internet connections, excellent food and a slow pace of life. Working from Madrid is easy and convenient with a lot of coworking spaces, coffee shops and cyber cafés.

Valencia - is an up and coming destination 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. There's also plenty of access to coworking spaces.

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. The cost of living in the resort areas will be a bit higher than in other parts of Spain, but you'll be living and working day to day in a holiday atmosphere. 

Internet connectivity and coworking spaces in Spain

Spain has a lot of internet providers offering competing plans and services, all vying for your money. That's a good thing because it means there's a lot of choices 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 superfast download speeds of up to 300 Mb. 

The average download speeds for downloads on mobiles in Spain is 35.52 megabits per second, as of November 2019. Meanwhile, the average download speeds of fixed broadband are 121.84 megabits per second.

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 boast a wide choice of coworking spaces which can be anything from a café or coffee shop to shared offices with a dedicated desk. Here are some links to a small handful:

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'll discover lots to see and do in Spain. From monumental fortresses and palaces in Andalusia and Gaudí's gorgeous buildings in Barcelona to sun-kissed beaches and expansive countryside, the country is alive with attractions. Paired with one of the world's best cuisines, a vibrant nightlife and festivals every month of the year, the most challenging thing about living and working in Spain will be staying away from all the distractions.

What go know before you go to Spain

Spain is a member of the Schengen Zone. If you are also 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 which will also give you access to other countries in the region, such as France and Portugal.

 Useful links:

Spain Tourism Information
Map of free Wi-Fi hotspots in Spain

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