The pandemic has accelerated the trend for remote working and with it, the shift in lifestyle in favour of rural settings. Within this context, the more remote parts of Spain turn out to be perfect places for remote working. And they’re doing their best to attract new residents who want to combine working from home with life in tranquil and quiet surroundings.
Remote parts of Spain attract remote workers
Quality of life and tranquillity have risen to the top of our priority list since the advent of Covid 19 and where better to find them than in Spain’s remote villages? And at the same time, help alleviate the exodus of rural inhabitants, suffered all over the country. It’s estimated that there are around 1,360 municipalities in Spain with less than 100 inhabitants, all feeling the effects of depopulation.
One way of reversing the trend and satisfying the new lifestyle demands is to equip the village for remote workers. The Welcoming Village for Remote Workers scheme has done just that and all its members bring together the right ingredients for working from home in a rural setting.
Participating villages have a decent internet connection, essential for remote working and have some sort of coworking space. Many offer accommodation options and all have a welcoming buddy whose role is to make remote workers feel at home in the new village.
Work and accommodation on offer
Other villages in Spain have a different offering, although they share the common aim of attracting new residents to halt their depopulation. These municipalities offer employment opportunities and can provide land and accommodation for newcomers.
Requisites for remote working in Spain
In order to live and work in these remote parts of Spain, you need to fulfil certain conditions. The first and foremost is to be an EEA citizen or have a valid residence permit in Spain.
There are several visa options for residence in Spain, although none are currently valid for non-EEA remote workers. However, a draft law is underway – you can read about the remote workers’ visa in Spain here. https://costaluzlawyers.es/blog/remote-worker-visa-in-spain-at-draft-stage/
If you’re considering remote working in Spain and would like help with your paperwork, get in touch with the expert team at Costaluz Lawyers. We’ll be only too happy to help.