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Why This Historic Spanish City Is The Next Big Digital Nomad Destination

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Spain is one of Europe’s most popular tourism destinations, and with good reason. The country boasts vibrant cities, captivating coastlines, and warm, sunny weather for most of the year.

With the launch of Spain’s digital nomad visa this year, travelers will be keen to discover which places in Spain are the best to live, work, and explore.

While the bright lights of Barcelona may be appealing, there’s another historically fascinating city making a strong claim to become a new favorite among digital nomads.

plaza de espana seville

Seville is the fourth largest city in Spain and the capital of the Andalusia region. It’s also somewhat of a cultural melting pot, blending history and traditions from Spain and North Africa.

This vibrant and modern destination was recently named as one of the European Capitals of Smart Tourism for 2023 thanks to several technology-based innovations launched by city planners.

These innovations paired with Seville’s charming architecture and lively culture make it an ideal place to live and work as a digital nomad.

It’s also one of the sunniest cities in Europe, with more than 2,800 hours of sunlight each year.

tram in seville spain

A Technological Trailblazer

Seville is using technology to help tourists have a more enjoyable and stress-free visit.

For example, the city has introduced more public transport options that use renewable energy in a bid to reduce traffic and improve air quality.

Seville also has a Tourism Intelligence System project that analyses crowds and people movements to prevent the most popular areas becoming too crowded. This has helped protect and preserve attractions.

City planners also recently introduced the Sevilla Accessible App, which allows visitors with mobility issues to plan routes that allow them to explore with freedom and using transport that suits their needs.

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Alcazar Real de Sevilla

What Are The Best Things To See In Seville?

One of the must-see attractions is the Alcazar Real de Sevilla. This palace complex is still used by the Spanish royal family and has an architecture style known as Mudejar, showcasing the region’s North African influences.

Young Female Tourist At La Plaza D'Espana In Seville, Spain

The Plaza de España is another highlight. This famous square is actually circular in shape and is covered with 48 colorful mosaics that represented the 48 provinces the country had at the time of the square’s construction in 1928.

Metropol Parasol wooden canopy structure seville

For modern art lovers, a trip to Las Setas de Sevilla, or Metropol Parasol can’t be missed. One of the world’s largest wooden structures, this timber canopy also houses an archeological museum in the basement and walkways with impressive views on its upper.

Another highlight is the Torre del Oro, a striking tower built in Moorish style that was part of the walls that once enclosed the city in ancient times.

Pavilion Alfonso in Parque de Maria Luisa Seville

Green Space To Take A Break From Work

Seville is known as one of the hottest cities in Europe, so it’s nice to know it’s also home to plenty of parks and green space to enjoy a stroll or relaxing afternoon under the shade of a tree.

Parque de Maria Luisa lies just south of the Plaza de España and will enchant you with its pretty buildings and pavilions as well as tranquil fountains and tree-lined avenues.

For a quieter experience, the Alamillo Park in the north of Seville runs alongside the river Guadalquivir and features smooth paved walking routes, an ancient aqueduct, and a nature observatory.

Across the river from the Plaza de España lies Parque de los Principes, a smaller park that lacks nothing in prettiness and features a small lake you can cross on a bridge.  

La Giralda In Seville, In The Autonomous Province Of Andalucia, Southern Spain, Europe

About The Spanish Digital Nomad Visa

Spain’s digital nomad visa was introduced this year as part of the country’s StartUp Act. Here are some key things you should know about it:

  • The visa is open to anyone from a country outside of the European Economic Area.
  • You must prove your monthly income is double the Spanish minimum wage.
  • You must have been working remotely for at least one year.
  • You must not have been a resident in Spain in the last five years.
  • Spouses and partners can come too – but that involves an increase in provable income.
  • You can also work for a company in Spain, but that income must not exceed 20% of your total income.
  • The visa is valid for one year but can be extended into a temporary residency permit valid for three years once you’ve arrived in Spain.

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G.Natrajan

Friday 11th of August 2023

Please stop giving such incorrect advise about digital nomads, making it look like it has become routine . Unless you are a highly paid freelancer, you will find it to difficult to live as a digital nomad outside your home country. Post pandemic, most companies are switching either to hybrid or even full time office bound contracts. Barring a few, digital nomads will soon be a thing of the past.

Won Sun

Tuesday 1st of August 2023

Love Seville, but I would do everything I could to avoid being there during the summer months. 120 F is no joke. You can have as many green space as you want, but it is not safe to be outside in that kind of temperature, and if you spend little time outside, what’s the point of living there?

Maybe start you nomad year there around October, then go to the Atlantic side like San Sebastián or BilBao in May to September to avoid the heat?

KW

Tuesday 29th of August 2023

@Won Sun, I LOVE Seville. I've been many times and was there throughout the month of August (the hottest month) and I was fine. It's dry heat, and as I like hot weather I was still out and about in the middle of the day.

JB

Friday 4th of August 2023

"Not safe?" That's a bit ridiculous. A humid 90 degree day at home is far more oppressive than the heat in Sevilla

Marc Bautil

Tuesday 1st of August 2023

Hi I enjoy reading your articles and would like to collaborate with you on the Dominican Republic destination

Marc Bautil Global nomad since birth Belgium-Africa- California- DR

Al LeFeusch

Tuesday 1st of August 2023

This is why the best cafes/coffee shops in Sevilla have banned laptops.

Gul Zaman

Monday 31st of July 2023

Yes 👍, very well written & informative.