Considering being a digital nomad in the Canary Islands? If you’re on the fence, then check out this piece and let us convince you!
If you’ve never heard of the Canary Islands, you’re not alone. While it’s a hotspot amongst Europeans, the “hawaii of Spain” is unbeknownst to many Americans. Plus, we’ll be honest: It’s not easy to get to from the U.S. There are no direct flights, so you’ll need to either fly in from Madrid, Barcelona or another major European airport. But once you’re there, you’ll quickly realize the trek was worth it.
The Canary Islands comprise a series of seven main – and several smaller – volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean. While they are Spanish territory, the Canaries are located just off the northwest coast of Africa and are closer in proximity to Africa than mainland Spain.
Over the past few years, the islands have become a hotspot for those chasing the digital nomad life, particularly Gran Canaria. With a near-perfect climate, an affordable high quality of life and more, it’s easy to see why.
Looking to quit your 9-to-5 and go remote? Here’s why you should choose Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria, as the place to be a digital nomad in The Canary Islands.
6.) There Are Loads of Affordable Places to Live
If island life suits you, and you’re interested in being a digital nomad in the Canary Islands, there’s no better place to stay in Gran Canaria than as close to the beach as possible. Las Canteras Beach has a small cove for surfing, and there are two great and affordable surf hostels located directly on the beach (with WiFi, meaning you can surf in the mornings and work in the afternoons).
- The Roof is a co-living space catering to digital nomads. While it’s a few blocks in from the beach, it offers a huge terrace encircling the apartment and hosts occasional seminars on digital nomad life.
- HiTide House is not located on the beach but has an amazing rooftop as well. Even better? Beds start at just $18.
- VA Hostel Gran Canaria is also beachfront and offers rooms starting at $18 (and surf packages starting at $30).
- AirBnb hosts have more than 300 apartments available in Las Palmas, and private rooms can be found for as little as $11 a night!