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My first time nomad-ing... Spain or Portugal?


in Portugal by @jasraj | 1yr  | 6 comments

Hey everyone,

Iโ€™m a freelance + nomad newbie, off for my 1st proper trip in May. Iโ€™m wanting to spend a month somewhere and go from there.

I just came back from Slovenia/Ljubljana and loved it there (just a week). I donโ€™t mind โ€œsleepierโ€ places par-say, as long as theyโ€™re close to a beach or nature of some kind. In fact, I kinda like places less-busy and a bit smaller/cosier.

Iโ€™m been swaying towards Porto, but have been impressed by the rave reviews Iโ€™ve seen for Valencia.

-> Have you every nomad-ed in a Spanish/Portuguese city? Iโ€™d love to know where and what you liked/disliked :slight_smile:

Thanks! :slight_smile:

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@jaystan | 5mo

My wife and I spent 3 months in southern Spain and Portugal, Carnival in Cadiz is THE BEST. its also relatively close to the Algarve, which is beautiful. Base out of Sevilla or Cadiz, you will love it

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@jasraj | 1yr

Thanks @edu_sunandco - Iโ€™ve emailed you at [email protected] and [email protected] addresses.

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@jasraj | 1yr

PS. For anyone who is curious, the list I have compiled is as follows:

Sende; Galicia, northwest Spain (close to Vigo & Portugal border)

Sun&Co; Javea, eastern Spain, coast (near Valencia)

NineColiving; Tenerife

Coworking-in-the-sun; Tenerife

Restation; Gran Canaria

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@eduardo | 1yr

Hi @jasraj, you can send us an email to [email protected]

Regarding your question above, I love Maruchi and Edo from Sende. They are super cool and the community they built in this rural town of Galicia is amazing.

I also know, Maria, the founder of Restation and she is doing a great job there. They have three apartments and then a coworking space. Itโ€™s not all under one roof but they do a lot of event in order to build the community.

I heard also good things from NineColiving, but since itโ€™s pretty new I donโ€™t know much.

Itโ€™s a long time since I havenโ€™t heard from Coworking in the Sun.

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@jasraj | 1yr

Hey @edu_sunandco!

Thanks a lot for your message. Iโ€™ve been reading a couple of your other posts on the forum, actually, Sun&Co got my attention!

And itโ€™s funny you suggest thatโ€ฆ Iโ€™ve been looking at CoLiving spaces in Spain/Portugal/Canary Islandsโ€ฆ Sun&Co is on the list!

Iโ€™d love to chat. Iโ€™ll send you an email. Jas

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@eduardo | 1yr

Hi @jasraj,

My name is Edu, Iโ€™m originally from Valencia and I love my city, itโ€™s a very cool city to live in. Itโ€™s a mix of a big city with so many events going on and a small town by the sea.

If youโ€™re starting your Digital Nomad adventure, I would recommend you to try a coliving space first. There you will be able to find many other people that have been doing that for a long time and youโ€™ll be able to learn from there.

Iโ€™m the co-founder of Sun and Co coliving space, (you can search that on google), in a town called Jรกvea, about 2 hours from Valencia. You can check many other coliving spaces if you want to travel to other destinations of course :slight_smile:

Good luck in this new adventure and I hope to see you soon in Valencia or Jรกvea! :slight_smile:

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So I head to Barcelona in a week for the next 4. I am reading some stuff online. I want to wing it and ask around when I get to Barce. But what I see online I may just spend the open three weeks I have in the Canary islands. The year round surfing and reasonable cost of living sounds great especially spending the first three months of 2018 on the beaches in Central America.

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Do you know good gyms in Lisbon, Portugal?


in Lisbon, Portugal by @chappupi | 4yr 3 years ago | 4 comments

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in Spain by @i_am_aileen | 4yr 3 years ago | 29 comments

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So : my concerns right now revolve mainly on anyoneโ€™s experiences with applying for this type of visa. How difficult was it? How long did it take you?

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How to avoid Tax Residency/Wealth Tax in Spain?


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Iโ€™m planning to move to Spain this year, but Spain has a wealth tax for worldwide assets over 700.000โ‚ฌ if you are classified as a resident which I want to avoid.

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Although I am renting the UK flat until December 2016 I prefer not to be in UK, which would mean that I would not be classified as a UK-resident because I would not meet any of the automatic UK or sufficient tie tests.

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Iโ€™m ready to start traveling again (looking at May through August, about). I have a little more money to spend and would like an island experience in Southern Europe. Iโ€™m a little older and looking for a little more comfort these days. I would plan to rent a 1 bedroom apartment if possible. Places that come to mind are Formentera or Santorini. Iโ€™d like to stay for 2 or 3 months. Does anyone have any experiences to share with these two locales. One concern I have about Greece is safety given the economic crisis. Any insight into there would be appreciated.

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Lisbon vs Barcelona for mid- to long-term stay: any advice?

 

in Lisbon, Portugal by @tvrhe | 4yr 4 years ago | 24 comments

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From this spring onwards Iโ€™m returning to Europe and Iโ€™m looking to either set up a home base in Lisbon or Barcelona. Any fellow nomads who can share their experiences of living in either of those cities?

Iโ€™ve only been to Barcelona and I like the vibe a lot. Major downside is the tourists (obviously).

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