Spain is the world’s best destination for remote working, according to a survey conducted by flight search engine CheapTickets.nl, in an analysis of more than 120 destinations worldwide, taking into account quality of life, telecommunications standards, accessibility and climate. Among them, the Canary Islands city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is crowned as the best.
According to the study, carried out on the database of users of the Dutch website, four of the ten best destinations in the world for living and teleworking are in Spain. In fact, three of them are in the top five.
Top of the ranking, based on a series of questionnaires and surveys on social networks, is Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, followed by Lisbon and Malaga. Seville, for its part, occupies the seventh position in this ranking.
According to this study, the Dutch prefer to live and telecommute in European countries ahead of destinations in Asia. Although the East is the preferred choice for Generation Zeta in the Netherlands for long periods of telecommuting, most CheapTickets.nl users prefer to stay in the old continent because they prefer “a vibrant nightlife and where you can enjoy delicious food. But, you can also work well in your hotel room or in a flat during the day.
The list of the best cities in the world to work remotely includes Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain), Lisbon (Portugal), Malaga (Spain), Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Heraklion (Greece), Porto (Portugal), Seville (Spain), Aalborg (Denmark), Nice (France) and Vienna (Austria).
One of those surveyed by CheapTickets.nl is Job Willems, a human resources specialist who specialises in recruiting people willing to telecommute from anywhere in the world. He has travelled the world for four years and has already lived and worked in some 25 different countries. In fact, he says he knows the top ten destinations well.
“I am not surprised that Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is number one. I’ve been there three times, for long periods of time. There is a large community of digital nomads, so it’s easy to meet like-minded people. The beach is in the city itself and the weather is good all year round. Ideal if you want to walk, surf and work,” he says.
Life is also quite affordable according to this expert: “You pay 1.60 euros for a cup of coffee, you can eat out for 10 euros, you get a beer for 2 euros; much cheaper than in the Netherlands. Add to all this the clean air and the accessibility of the city, which is neither too small nor too big.