The 3 best cities in Spain to live and work

Article by Marc Vervoort

Are you thinking about moving to Spain and starting a new digital job, but you’re not sure which city to choose? Spain has many beautiful places to live and work. However, these 3 cities top our charts.

1. Málaga

This is Europe’s most southern large city and it’s blessed with a subtropical climate. With 320 sunny days, it’s also by far Europe’s sunniest city. Even in winter, you can enjoy a drink on a terrace by the beach.

But Malaga offers more than just sun. It’s southern Spain’s economic center and a creative hub full of start-ups. At the Parque Tecnológico de Andalucía, more than 16.000 people work at IT-companies like Oracle, Ericsson, Riplife Gaming Technologies and many more. Adif and Virgin will base their R&D center for the Hyperloop near Málaga. Did we already mention the airport with connections to 60 countries?

Additionally, Málaga boosts an international cultural scene. It offers greats museums, shops, bars, and restaurants, from the very local to the very hip. Every night the streets, plazas, and terraces are full of people having a good time, with locals and expats comfortably mingling.

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2. Madrid

The Spanish capital is a multicultural metropolis which offers everything a digital expat can wish for. It’s famous for its bar and club scene. Madrileños love to hang out until the early morning hours, even during weekdays. After work, there are lovely parks to relax. On top of that, it’s a relatively affordable place when compared to other great European capitals like London or Paris.

Several companies have their Spanish and European headquarters in Madrid. Netflix decided to set-up its first European production hub nearby. The Spanish ride-sharing company Cabify, sometimes dubbed the Spanish Uber, was started in Madrid. It’s now the leading transportation company in the Spanish and Portuguese speaking world.

Not surprisingly, Madrid offers numerous opportunities for digital job seekers.

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3. Barcelona

The eternal rival of Madrid. Barcelona is famous for its stunning modernist architecture, its seaside and eclectic nightlife. It has a lively expat community. But there is more.

Barcelona is an international favorite and is considered the 5th best start-up city in Europe, closely followed by Madrid at number 6. It boasts cool companies like Wallapop, an app where people buy and sell second-hand goods or Typeform, a SaaS company for online form building and surveys.

In short, Barcelona is a cool place to live and work.

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