If you feel like stepping away from your desk and flying away to work away from home, then Spain could be your next go-to destination.
With the rise of remote workthe country plans to introduce a digital nomad visa which will allow you to stay and work for a maximum of 12 months. This could then be extended up to two times. Startups can also benefit from tax incentives to encourage young entrepreneurs to locate elsewhere.
The new Spanish law is part of the recent Start-up act.
The lack of job opportunities in rural Spain has left many small towns and villages with declining populations, but these destinations, in particular, are more than ready to welcome remote workers.
Around 30 cities and towns across Spain have decided to join the Red Nacional de Pueblos Acogedores for the Teletrabajo (or National Network of Home Villages for Teleworkers) to encourage digital nomads to come. They all have less than 5,000 inhabitants and wish to attract new inhabitants to repopulate their streets.
Whether people stay for a short break or make these places their temporary home, it is hoped that an influx of people working from home will help revitalize communities.
Rather than having to find their own way, the program offers remote workers a host who can welcome them to the city or town and connect them to community life.
You can find an interactive map places that call digital nomads on the network’s website, but here’s a shorter selection of our favorites.
This small village in the heart of the Genal valley has less than 500 inhabitants. Perched on the slopes of the Sierra Bermeja and not far from the sea, its natural beauty has been appreciated by art lovers for generations.
Good air quality and low noise pollution make it an attractive choice for anyone looking to escape the hectic city life.
Genalguacil has fiber optic internet connection and good 4G reception, so you don’t have to worry about staying connected in this remote location.
The cost of living in the village is also low, around €130 per week for accommodation, food and the use of a working space.
Tejeda, Gran Canaria
The only option located on the Canary Islands, Tejeda is the choice for anyone who wants guaranteed warmth all year round.
The average annual temperature is around 19°C and only 700mm of rain falls on the village each year.
With a total of 1,921 residents, it is busier than some of the other digital nomad destinations on the list, but that comes with a small market full of local handicrafts as well as more restaurants and facilities including Choose.
The cost of staying in the village is approximately €240 per person per week for food and accommodation.
San Vicente de La Sonsierra, La Rioja
Perched on top of a hill and surrounded by vineyards that produce some of the famous wines of the Rioja region, this village is full of historic charm. Its winding streets end in a castle and a church with spectacular views over the region.
Just over 1000 people live in San Vicente de La Sonsierra, but that doesn’t mean it’s cut off. Local facilities include a health centre, post office, library and a selection of shops.
If you are looking for an inspiring environment and a quiet place to inspire you, then this village in northern Spain could be the remote work destination for you.
On average, a week’s stay including food and accommodation costs will cost you €205 per person.
Rabanales de Aliste, Zamora
Located near the border with Portugal, this village has less than 500 inhabitants. An aging population means linguistic traditions are dying out here and along with the ancient stories of life in this region.
This is a place for language enthusiasts who should be prepared to learn some local expressions to help keep these age-old customs alive.
Hiking trails and mountain biking routes also make it a good choice for sporty digital nomads. The area is full of natural beauty to explore and is slightly less hilly than some of the other picks on the list.
Staying here will set you back around €270 per week for food and accommodation with free remote work space available in the old village school.