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Why This Sunny European Region Is Surging In Popularity With Digital Nomads

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Ask any digital nomad what their top 10 dream destinations are, and a sunny European hub is guaranteed to make the list.

These cities, regions, and even entire countries across the Atlantic promise everything Americans might be lacking back home, from lower prices to a far better work-life balance, so it’s only natural for those lucky enough to be able to work from anywhere to flock to these places.

Fuengirola is a city on the Costa del Sol

This year though, one particularly sunny Spanish region has drawn in so many remote workers that even other, just as gorgeous, European hotspots can’t seem to keep up with its pace.

Costa del Sol has officially become the trendiest digital nomad destination in the entire continent, and below, you’ll find out just why.

Costa Del Sol’s Digital Nomad-Friendly Infrastructure

The relationship between remote workers and the businesses they frequent in Costa del Sol is a symbiotic one.

Mijas street. Charming white village in Andalusia, Costa del Sol. Southern Spain

Travelers spend their hard-earned money on these hotels, bars, and restaurants, and they, in return, invest this newfound capital in state-of-the-art infrastructure that makes their customers’ lives easier.

That’s exactly why we’re seeing such a boom in digital-nomad-friendly infrastructure right now.

Local businesses have started creating designated areas that can easily be turned into working spaces, restaurants encourage the use of laptops on their premises, while investments in higher-quality WiFi have been made all across the board.

woman in a cafe in malaga, spain on her phone

Hotels have added working spaces in their rooms, separate from the actual bedroom so that their customers still get a chance to find that coveted work-life balance.

And I’m not even going to get into the sheer number of coworking spaces you’ll find in some of the region’s biggest cities (especially Malaga and Marbella), of which, The Living Room Coworking, La Aduana Coworking, and Work in Marbella are some of the most highly reviewed.

hands typing on a laptop

Reasonable Prices

Besides being a convenient haven where digital nomads can find everything they need just around the corner (or, in some cases, right in their hotel room), Costa del Sol is also one of the most reasonably priced destinations of its kind.

Let’s take the region’s capital, Malaga, as an example (though prices across different cities will vary).

aerial view of Malaga, Spain

A three-course meal for two people at a mid-range restaurant in the city costs roughly 50€ ($54), a 2-mile taxi ride costs around 3€ ($3.25), while a 1-bedroom apartment located just outside of the city center will set you back 756€ ($820) – and remember, cities are far more walkable here, so paying $200 more to live somewhere more central isn’t always worth it.

So Much To See And Do

If you’ve been researching European hubs where you can live for a while, you already know that cities in Costa del Sol are by no means the cheapest.

However, when you take into account the sights and experiences you’ll be getting in return, the price tag seems far more reasonable.

marbella spain

During your time here, you’ll get to see the famous Alcazaba Fortress, Fundación Cueva de Nerja, Catedral de la Encarnación de Málaga, Parque de la Paloma, as well as the iconic Picasso Museum, just to name a few.

And, remember, you won’t want to miss out on what the region is known for in the first place – its dreamy beaches.

From the bustling coastline of Marbella to the far more secluded coves of Nerja, you’re bound to find a beach that’ll feel just perfect for you; a place where even adventure seekers will get to windsurf, kiteboard, and jet ski.

Sunny view of the Mediterranean Sea from Costa del Sol. With clean water, people at the sand and giant palm trees.

A Welcoming Community Of Locals And Expats

With over 300 days of sunshine a year and temperatures that hover around 20°C (68°F) to 25°C (77°F) even during the cooler seasons, Costa del Sol truly lives up to its name, becoming a magnet for remote workers from all corners of the globe.

However, what makes the region the ultimate digital nomad haven isn’t the great weather – plenty of places have that.

Panoramic View Of Puerto De La Duquesa, Malaga, Costa Del Sol, Spain

It’s the warm, welcoming nature of the locals and the ever-growing community of expats that make this gorgeous Spanish destination feel like home.

Not only has Malaga been named expats’ favorite city, but a whopping 33% of Marbella’s population is made up of foreigners, which just goes to show how comfortable everyone, no matter where they’re from, can feel here (this also means that English can take you a long way).

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