Digital nomads are independent professionals who offer their services or work for a company that allows them to work from anywhere in the world. Many countries such as Thailand and Bali top the list of preferred destinations for digital nomads, Spain wants to position itself in this respect. Spain has long been a destination of choice for remote workers outside the EU and is set for exponential growth with the launch of the Visa.
As part of the Start-Up Law, the visa programme aims to encourage the creation of startups, attract international talent and investors specialised in the creation and growth of emerging companies. The main requirement for acquiring the Spanish Digital Nomad Visa is that applicants are foreigners working remotely, self-employed or employed by a non-Spanish company.
The digital nomad lifestyle
Digital nomads have adopted a philosophy for living and working based on the following principles:
- Working by objectives implies a great flexibility of schedules during their working day. In this way, they have a better work-life balance and remain more motivated.
- The freedom of working hours allows them to adapt their work and leisure time to their own personal and professional needs and to work from anywhere.
- High adaptability to the labour market is the key factor for digital nomads. There are now a multitude of job functions that can be performed online and from anywhere. Digital nomads adapt to the needs of the labour market.
Why do digital nomads choose Spain?
- One of the reasons is the extraordinary climate in Europe’s sunniest country. The mild temperatures and the Mediterranean climate make it possible to go out, make plans and enjoy the outdoors practically all year round. The law seeks to regulate this profile of workers and persuade them to come to Spain to work. In this sense, Andalusia, whose president approved last November a campaign “to attract European tourists who want to visit, enjoy and telework from Andalusia during the winter” is becoming an example of a perfect destination for digital nomads.
- Spain’s adaptability is unparalleled. In large cities like Madrid and Barcelona, the urban rhythm, the intense cultural agenda and numerous leisure alternatives converge with coworking spaces and a multitude of offices. In addition, in many other smaller cities, such as Seville, for example, a short trip to the countryside is enough to soak up the peaceful atmosphere of rural towns and cities.
- Diversity is a characteristic of Spain in every sense. It is present in its monumental heritage, its museums, its nature and landscapes, its welcoming people, its fiestas and traditions and, of course, its delicious gastronomy. You will always have plans and activities to do for your leisure time: visit a monument, go out for tapas, see an exhibition, go to a concert, get to know the typical celebrations of a place, go on a route…
- The cost of living in Spain is lower than in other European countries. Most cities are connected by high-speed train and the bus covers most of the road journeys.
- They are inclined towards comfortable places to work and live, bright, with good views, without leaning towards the areas chosen by traditional tourists.