More and more people are switching onto the benefits of being a digital nomad and a popular destination among these techno savvy travellers is Spain. The country boasts plenty of sunshine, picturesque beaches, fascinating towns and cities and of course, unique cuisine. From the mountain ranges of the Pyrenees and the Picos de Europa to the plains of Andalucía, there is plenty for long-term visitors to benefit from.
Life on the beach
If you’re looking for the more obvious perks of digital nomading, the beaches of Alcudia couldn’t be more appealing as a base. For those who want a chance to build up your tan when you’re not busy on your laptop or tablet, this northern Majorcan resort could be the perfect spot for you, with over 14 miles of beach to enjoy.
Although popular among those visiting Majorca on vacation, Alcudia holidays tend to be much calmer than in the bustling south of the island, leaving you time and space to get on with work in between sampling the fresh fish restaurants and walking the 14th walls. It’s worth noting that journey from the Son Sant Joan International airport is quick and easy.
Meanwhile, Granada in southern mainland Spain is also worth considering. This quiet and peaceful province boasts a dry climate and it has some of the richest landscape in the entire country. Outside of the Alhambra, it’s largely tourist-free and home to authentic traditions from flamenco dancing to Spanish guitar. The city of Granada itself is a compact, walkable size and rent costs are lower than bigger cities like Madrid. From the snowy peaks of Sierra Nevada to the tropical coast of Motril, you won’t be stuck for variety on your days off.
Conversely, for the cultural experience, Barcelona takes some beating. This coastal metropolis offers a world-class dining and drinking scene. When you’ve finished your daily digital activities, you can enjoy the array of tapas bars, taverns and live music on offer. Meanwhile, cultural highlights include an array of museums, beautiful 14th-century cathedrals, Modernisme sculptures and Gaudí’s dreamlike buildings. There always good flight connections and deals, from many international airports – something to consider when friends and family want to visit.
Practical nomading tips in Spain
Of course, it’s easy to spend far more than you earn while living as a digital nomad in Spain. With this in mind, it pays off to bear a few money-saving tips in mind. For example, try to avoid the typical tourist traps such as Benidorm and Torremolinos, as in these areas, you’ll be charged a premium for accommodation, food and everything else. Wherever you end up, it’s worth trying to negotiate over apartment or hostel prices, especially as you’ll be staying long-term. Haggling like this could help ensure your budget stretches that bit further. When you’re feeling peckish, it’s well worth checking out your local tapas bars. Buying drinks often gets you some tasty dishes to help fill your stomach at little or no charge. As well as saving you cash, this is a great way to experience authentic Spanish culture.
When it comes to sightseeing, seek out free options. Hitting the beach and wandering along city streets costs no money and many museums run ‘free days’. By timing your visits around these, you can give your bank balance a break.