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This Spanish City Was Just Named The Best In The World For Digital Nomads

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Madrid, Spain was just named the best city in the world for digital nomads.

According to a new report from, Madrid is the top destination for digital nomads thanks to factors like quality of life, cost of living, Internet speeds, safety, and more.

Here's why digital nomads and remote workers are loving this buzzing Spanish city.

Woman in Madrid with Flag

A World-Class City With An Amazing Quality Of Life

First things first, Madrid is simply an amazing place to live. There's a reason it has been soaring in popularity with visitors and breaking tourism records.

It's a world-class city that is known for its history, culture, museums, dining, nightlife, and vibrant atmosphere.

Living in Madrid, you can spend your days admiring artwork at the Museo Nacional del Prado, strolling through El Retiro Park, and going out in the lively Malasaña and Chuecho neighborhoods.

Monument on lake at El Retiro Park in Madrid

As a solo female traveler who has spent a lot of time in Spain, I felt very safe in Madrid.

The city is extremely beautiful, safe, and walkable, making it a great place to call home.

Surprisingly Affordable Cost Of Living

Although it's a major European capital, Madrid can be a shocking inexpensive place to live.

Old street in Madrid at golden hour

According to Numbeo, an online cost of living database, Madrid is ranked 110th on a list of the most expensive cities in Europe — meaning it's pretty cheap!

Living in Madrid is significantly less expensive than living in other cities in Western Europe.

Based on Numebo's latest data, the average cost of a one-bedroom apartment in Madrid is €1,200 ($1,279) and the average monthly cost of living is €757 ($807.)

Aerial view of Madrid, Spain

An Attractive Digital Nomad Visa

Another reason that Madrid is the top city in the world for digital nomads is because of Spain's attractive digital nomad visa.

Launched in 2023, this visa allows digital nomads and remote workers to live in Spain for up to one year (and you can extend the visa for up to five years.)

In order to obtain the visa, you must demonstrate a monthly income of at least €2,160 ($2,303.) Compared to other European digital nomad visas, this is not too high of a threshold and it's doable since Spain's cost of living is relatively low.

Woman in Madrid

You Can Work Remotely On U.S. Hours

If you're concerned about working from a European time zone, it's actually not too much of a problem.

Even if you need to keep U.S. working hours while living in Madrid, it's possible — your 9 AM to 5 PM job on the East Coast of the U.S. would just be transformed into a 3 PM to 11 PM job in Madrid.

And the great thing about Madrid is that when you're done with work at 11 PM, that's not too late to go out to eat. On the contrary, it's the time when most Madrileños are heading out for dinner! Madrid is a late-night city so it's an easy adjustment to make.

People Out for Dinner in Madrid

Great Base For Exploring Europe And Beyond

Something that's very important to me as a digital nomad who loves to travel is living in a well-connected city that makes it easy to explore.

While it might sound romantic to live in a small seaside village hours away from a major city, it's not all that practical. Madrid, on the other hand, is extremely well-connected and a global flight hub.

There are nonstop flights to Madrid from a dozen cities in the United States, as well as major cities in Mexico, Central, and South America. You can easily fly anywhere in Europe from Madrid on budget airlines for less than $100 round-trip.

And exotic destinations like Morocco and the Canary Islands are also just a short flight away.

Papagayo Beach, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

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