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What's the digital nomad scene like in (Las Palmas de) Gran Canaria


in Las Palmas, Spain by @repat | 4yr  | 6 comments

Hi,

so Iโ€™ve heard many great things about the Canary Islands but only from people who are not digital nomads. Iโ€™ve been on Tenerife in February 2011 and 2012, but only as a tourist (and with a student budget living at a friends house, so very different experience) and I saw a lot of old people. People say the same about Gran Canaria, especially in the winter, since a lot of the German and British retirees overwinter there.

Everything I read about especially the biggest city Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is more or less about the city, the food, the beaches, the weather, the nature and so on but less about the people. I know Iโ€™d have to learn Spanish to speak to the locals (and I want to). I want to go somewhere at beginning of next year and LPA is on the top of my list. After my Tenerife experience and everything I read Iโ€™m sure I will like the location itself but itโ€™s never fun if youโ€™re somewhere alone for too long. Maybe the people who live(d) there can share their experiences about the digital nomad scene, or more specifically: How about the international crowd, are there a lot of people from say โ€ฆ mid 20s to mid 30s that are meeting up regularly for leisure (not work/tech related meetups)?

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@raisononline | 4yr

Can anyone suggest a place to go in the Canaries that is quiet with a beach to surf on. Iโ€™m not too keen on large cities, nor large developed coastal areas for second-home retirees.

Suggestions appreciated.

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@ani_goes_tweet | 4yr

Agaete in Gran Canaria - though youโ€™d have to hop on the bus and go to Moya for the surfing,and maybe Sardinia, which is even closer. (Actually I donโ€™t know much about the surfing other than what I hear other people say - but it does seem like every other person on Gran Canaria surfsโ€ฆ) Agaete is a beautiful little town at the foot of a soaring cliff, with some of the most wonderful hiking, if youโ€™re into that.

I suspect youโ€™re looking for a quiet place with a good surfing beach rather than a place with surfing nearby, so someone else may have a better suggestion. (Iโ€™m quite keen on moving from Las Palmas to Agaete, which is why it comes to mind.)

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@purplespatula | 4yr

Weโ€™ve had a wonderful 1.5 months in Las Palmas! Weโ€™ve met many Canarians who speak fluent English, especially in the tech industry. Weโ€™ve met a number of โ€œpartial nomadsโ€ who have their base here most of the year but travel for 3-5 months.

There are lots of cool local companies based here so itโ€™s easy to meet tech people if thatโ€™s your thing. There are interesting things going on all the time organized by locals, expats and nomads. Aside from tech and nomad meetups, Iโ€™ve enjoyed going to language exchanges and meeting people that way. We hope to come back and stay close to Las Canteras beach again!

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@purplespatula | 4yr

I met a nomad last year who is awesome and has made Las Palmas his base for a few years. He really likes it and has said good things about the community. As @ani says, there are lots of coworking spaces and meetup groups there. Keep in mind itโ€™s one is one of Spainโ€™s largest cities, not just some small island town! I expect there are many local people who speak great English as youโ€™ll find across the country. My husband and I (30s) are very likely to head there in November.

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@repat | 4yr

Thanks for sharing your experiences :slight_smile:

@ani I just said 20s-30s because thatโ€™s my age group and we tend to have similar backgrounds and interests but I donโ€™t really care about the age. Youโ€™re right, itโ€™s about not becoming old while still young, or at any age for that matter :wink:

In some nomad โ€œhot spotsโ€ like Chiang Mai or Berlin Iโ€™m sure itโ€™s possible to find lots of likeminded people, I just wasnโ€™t so sure about LPA.

@lognaturel, 400k inhabitants is indeed a bigger city but doesnโ€™t really say much about the (international) communities e.g. in coworking spaces/meetups and what theyโ€™re up to. E.g. Iโ€™ve found that in Berlin nearly all (tech-) meetups are in English whereas in other German cities like Hamburg they are in German. I also donโ€™t have a problem just hangig out with locals though, but Iโ€™ve heard from many many places (podcasts, blogs, my own experiences on mainland Spain) that if you want to stay there a little longer you should/have to learn spanish because a lot of the locals speak only little English, apart from the touristic places, where you could get by with English or even German :smiley:

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@ani_goes_tweet | 4yr

Iโ€™m back in Las Palmas for the second time (I was first here from November 2015 to April 2016) and I can say that Las Palmas is very different to the south of the island, where pensioners really do seem to predominate. Las Palmas, on the other hand, tends to be very youthful (note that I understand โ€˜youthfulโ€™ to mean โ€˜not retiredโ€™, and I include myself (50 y.o.) in this youthful group - some people do allow themselves to become old while still young, but this isnโ€™t very common among nomadsโ€ฆ). Not only is Las Palmas youthful, itโ€™s the most sociable place Iโ€™ve lived so far. Yesterday evening I was at a language exchange - a very sociable gathering but also with a purpose, obviously. My co-working office organises social events. There are loads of social events organised through Las Palmasโ€™s active network of meetup groups. There are also lots of social activities publicised on Facebook. If you like hiking, there are senderismo groups you might want to join/follow, and there are plenty of other Facebook pages with information about other types of events. Iโ€™m unaware of events strictly for the young, though - I find Las Palmas refreshingly non-ageist!

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by @berberos | 2mo 1 month ago | 4 comments

Hi guys ! hope you are doing well.

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by @al_steffen | 6mo 6 months ago | 59 comments

Hey Nomads!

Iโ€™m looking for an international health insurance (no travel insurance) for my nomadic life. It should cover the basic services and at least be accepted in the EU (itโ€™s ok if itโ€™s not accepted in the US as Iโ€™m aware they rarely are). Nice to have: enter into a contract online. Anyone got a good experience or a recommendation?

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by @programmingmark | 7mo 7 months ago | 2 comments

Hello digital nomad!

I dream of being an independent digital nomad. But it feels very elusive & unattainable with my success rate. In full disclosure, whilst I have dreamed about making money online since high school; I have not earned a single cent making money online. $0, nada, zilch!! On the contrary, I have spent a lot of time & money on books, podcasts. Even though I have spent a lot of time reading/listening to others, I do not have anything to show for it!

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by @martinratinaud | 8mo 8 months ago | 4 comments

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


in Portugal by @jasraj | 8mo 8 months ago | 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.

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by @as11 | 8mo 8 months ago | 11 comments

Currently in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico and heading to Santa Teressa, Costa Rica next week.
Then Aruba in the Caribbean Sea for Christmas and New Year.

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by @noam_lightstone | 9mo 8 months ago | 16 comments

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by @rose_davis | 10mo 9 months ago | 7 comments

Hi!

I am planning to move to Latin America for 3-4 months (Oct-January). Iโ€™ve narrowed down 6 different places that I want to visit before committing to settling down, but Iโ€™d love to get some community input.

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in Mexico City, Mexico by @shellyfish | 10mo 10 months ago | 9 comments

I just landed as a n00b digital nomad in Mexico City, and I am wonderingโ€ฆ Where are all the international digital nomads hiding around here? I have been to several coworking spaces (Selina etc.) only to find A LOT of local Mexican workers and businesses. Donโ€™t get me wrong, that is all fine, but I was hoping to meet some international nomads! Any advice?

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by @levelsio | 10mo 10 months ago | 61 comments

Thereโ€™s been a lot of discussion on this recently.

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I donโ€™t want do physical stuff, so Iโ€™m thinking of building a platform around making housing better for nomads.

What are the housing problems nomads face? And how can we solve them with products/services?

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