Since the beginning of the pandemic, digital nomads have flocked to Spain’s Canary Islands.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, digital nomads have flocked to Spain’s Canary Islands. The promise of good weather, midday dips in the ocean and a unique natural environment have made the Canary Islands the place to be for digital nomads and remote workers. Have you decided yet where to remote work this winter? This guide will help you choose which is the best canary island for digital nomads. We will look at 4 different islands Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, and see what each one has to offer for your smart working under the sun.
The main reason why remote work in the Canary Islands is possible is the low cost of living in the Canary Islands. Indeed, due to favorable import taxes in the region, most commodities are cheaper than in mainland Spain!
As is often the case, the biggest cost is accommodation for digital nomads in the Canary Islands. Indeed, unless you have a NIE (Foreigner’s Identity Number), you then have to rent holiday accommodation which are usually more expensive than local rent prices.
But all in all, with a bit of preparation, you can come spend a week or a month here, at a very reasonable cost.
Pint of beer: 2 euros
Quick meal in local restaurant: 5 to 12 euros
Coffee: 1 euro
Cigarettes: 3 euros
Local Accommodation: 600€/months 1 bedroom apartment
Tourist accommodation: 1000€/months
Petrol: 1 euro/liter
Car rental: 20 to 40 euros/day
You can understand why remote workers from all over Europe are flocking to get 2 euros pints after a hard day of work by the pool or the sea.
Finally, you can check this page for more detailed information about the cost of living in the Canary Islands.
You might be wondering: what is the temperature in the Canary Islands in winter? Which canary island has the best weather? What is the water temperature in the Canary Islands?
One of the reasons, digital nomads choose to spend winter in the Canary Islands, is because the weather is great! Indeed, life here feels like an eternal spring. As the temperatures range between 15°C minimum in the mornings and up to 25°C/28°C in the afternoon. In addition to that, water temperature is around 20°C, which is perfect for a swim at lunch break or a day at the beach on the week-ends. On this page you will find detailed information about weather Canary Islands.
The CanaryIslands are an autonomous region of Spain; therefore, it has all the European amenities necessary for remote workers. Fast wifi, no electrical failures, no culture shock, same currency, easy access by plane from all of Europe’s major cities and no Visa or passport needed for EU residents.
Food is such an important part of travelling/living abroad. A new country is synonymous with culinary discoveries and you will love the local Canarian food. You can expect the Spanish classics, such as tapas, tortillas, delicious fresh fish, squid and octopus. But there are also some local specialties such as goat cheese, and goat meat which are emblematic to the Canary Islands.
In addition to that, the population being a melting pot, you will find restaurants and shop from every type of cuisine and notably a lot of good pizzerias.
As you may be aware, digital nomads do not come here simply to work, but also to enjoy different activities on a daily basis. If you love sports and outdoor activities you will feel right at home. The Canary Islands are a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Below is a list of the most common activities for digital nomads in the Canary Islands: Surfing, kite surfing, trail running, mountain biking, dancing, swimming, hiking, yoga, dune buggy, snorkeling, diving…
So don’t hesitate and come find your perfect work/life balance in Fuerteventura.
Sometimes, Internet speed in the Canary Islands, varies depending on the place as businesses can choose the internet speed which they subscribe to. But the coworking spaces Canary Islands usually offer fast internet speed from 60 Mbps to 80 Mbps. Here at Surfescape, we offer the fastest internet speed in Lajares. So, you will be sure not to miss anything from your ZOOM meeting.
The Canary Islands use Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Therefore, the timezone is the same as the UK and mainland Spain and other European countries are one hour ahead. This means that it is perfect for all European countries to do remote work from the Canary Islands.
Coming to smart work in the Canary Islands means that you will meet hundreds of digital nomads. Fuerteventura, and the Canary Islands, have in fact become one of the European hotspots for digital nomads, amongst Ericeira, Tarifa and Barcelona. And the reason for that is a unique human and networking experience. You can find Facebook groups for digital nomads in the Canary Islands to connect with other remote workers, find information and so on. Below are some of the main Facebook group for remote workers in the Canary Islands:
Fuerteventura Digital Nomads and Expats
Tenerife Remote Workers & Digital Nomads
Gran Canaria Digital Nomads
Lanzarote Digital Nomads & Remote Workers
Now that you have good reasons to work remotely from the Canary Islands, you have to decide which island is the best suited for you!
There is a small sandy access on the left of the beach, that’s the only place you should use, especially if you don’t have shoes. Above all, families or your group of friends will love the surf vibes and relaxed atmosphere at the beach, where people chill and have good time together.