Spain plans to launch a digital nomad visa; many small towns ready to welcome
There is already a National Network of Host Cities for Teleworkers in the country
More and more countries are considering how to welcome the new generation of digital workers. And they try to get creative by getting them to settle down somewhere off the beaten track and away from the usual tourist crowds.
Now it is Spain’s turn, with the country planning to introduce a digital nomadic visa, allowing these travelers to stay in the country legally for up to 12 months. The Iberian country is already one of the most popular and visited destinations in the world, however, the idea here is not to think about opening your laptop and putting your feet up somewhere in Barcelona or Pamplona.
There is an initiative called Red Nacional de Pueblos Acogedores para el Teletrabajo (or National Network of Host Cities for Teleworkers) which wants to shine the spotlight on small rural towns which are experiencing a decline in their population.
These places, one might say, retain the true charm of the Spain of yesteryear.
Said network already has its own website (which, oddly enough, is currently only available in Spanish) and with 30 members – towns and villages all over Spain. These can suit all tastes for landscapes and living budgets. What is common between them is that all of these localities have less than 5,000 inhabitants, so you will have a truly rural experience.
The lack of employment opportunities in rural Spain has left many small towns and villages with dwindling populations, but these destinations, in particular, are more than ready to welcome distant workers. Whether people stay for a short break or make these places their temporary homes, it is hoped that an influx of people working from home will help revitalize communities.
What’s great about this initiative is that the program gives volunteer remote workers the ability to immediately connect with a host, who will greet them and show them around. This overcomes the common problem of moving to a new place, but also of feeling out of context.
You can consult an interactive map of cities and also compare the cost of living between them. These are marked in red and given in euros per week.