Teleworkers in Valencia
10 Reasons why Valencia is the best destination in Spain for Teleworkers
Can you feel that ripple of positivity in our vast ocean of life? In Valencia, on the super sunny coast of the Mediterranean we can. Right now the winds of change are a gentle breeze, but make no mistake, they’re getting steadily stronger, so why not ride in on the wave of opportunity that is rolling in to one of the world’s best destinations for new teleworkers, digital nomads and smart investors?
There’s no denying that Covid-19 has influenced and will continue to influence our lives. However, haven’t we all painted some incredibly important, priceless pictures of information, created about our world, ourselves, friends, family, colleagues and even our neighbours? We are networkers by nature, compelled to communicate, collaborate, and cooperate. And if we are prevented from doing so in person, then we’ll Zoom, Skype, Hangout, Houseparty, WhatsApp or any other app that allows us to wangle a way to have our say in important meetings or social greetings.
1. All in place
2. International Fame & Fortune
There are other notable cultural events near the city such as the Tomatina, a kind of fight for your right to throw an unquantifiable amount of ripe tomatoes at friends and complete strangers in a big red battle, not for the faint hearted. And then there’s the fun in the sun aural excitement that is the Benicássim FIB music festival, only an hour’s drive up the road. Culture is also the prevailing wind in the sails of how Valencians spend their leisure time. And I haven’t even mentioned Paella yet! The dish whose recipe is a labour of love combining culture, pleasure and leisure…
And if the sporting life is for you, then there are clubs for athletics, football (both types), baseball, rugby, even cricket, on land. Then down at the marina you can go rowing, paddle surfing, kayaking or learn how to sail, with massive incentive discounts to get women into the sport. Or why not get on your bike – Valencia is virtually flat and there is a very extensive, ever-expanding network of cycle paths. No bike, no problem, the friendly faces at BikeAlao will rent you whatever you need and even show you around on one of a choice of fun, informative tours. There are also a plethora of natural parks not far from the city to get in touch with nature while hiking or biking.
5. Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
Valencia is a very safe place to live and has an enviously low crime rate, compared to other Spanish and European regions. It has a good, international education system, an excellent and mostly free, yep free, health service, and is highly ranked by environmental quality indicators. The region is also one of the most stable in the EU in legal, political, and social terms, making it attractive for foreign investors, which we’ll look at later. Here are some peachy beach numbers to bore you with; 300 days of sun annually, 514 kilometres of coastline, 260 beaches, measuring 265 kilometres. Valencia has the highest number of city beaches in the Mediterranean. But all this must come at a cost, surely?
6. Can you afford not to come to Valencia?
The cost of living here is yet another of the reasons why remote workers, digital nomads and international entrepreneurs set sail for Valencia. For the quality of life you lead, most expats are pleasantly surprised at how little they need to spend to live the dream life. This applies to everyday expenses such as shopping, eating out or going for a drink. It’s quite normal to get a lunch time 3 course set menu, with choices, coffee, and a drink for under €10. And to be honest, I’m normally stuffed after one! As mentioned before, fresh market produce tends to be local, making it cheaper and more environmentally friendly than imported. Public transport is cheap, for instance a 10 trip, €8.50, bus ticket works out at a measly 85 cents per ride. So, you’re probably thinking rents and property prices are going to be sky high for a place on the Mediterranean coast. You may well be surprised, especially when compared to the other two, (Valencia being 3rd) largest cities in Spain, Madrid and Barcelona. Have an eye-opening look at Why Valencia is the best on our website to see comparative prices for renting or buying in these cities. You can also read more about this topic and why Valencia holds all the cards in Why Investors prefer Valencia, in our Property Investment department Blue Key. In fact, the healthy Valencian property market is another reason so many are choosing Valencia as their work from home base.
7. A Healthy Estate
8. WWW: 5G
9. Land of Opportunity
The economy, amongst other things, makes Valencia the outstanding land of opportunity. We’ve already looked at investment in property, above, but what about those of you with an entrepreneurial spirit? It’s been well documented how the international expat community has helped regenerate areas of the city, such as Ruzafa, which you can read about in Digital Nomads and Expats, the Ambassadors of Progress, but what has attracted all these SMEs and Startups? Maybe these figures can shed some light on the attraction to the action in Valencia: According to the OECD energy supplies for industry and telecommunications are cheaper than elsewhere in Europe. Whilst in terms of employees, salaries in the Valencian Region are 15% lower on average than in Barcelona and 21% lower on average than in Madrid. And these differences go up to 40% for highly qualified staff. Still not convinced? How about this - setting up an office in Valencia on industrial land can generate savings of up 90%, compared to Madrid.
Then there are new opportunities thanks to Covid-19. We have now realised that for many jobs it doesn't matter where we are. And this is why Valencia is actively promoting the immigration of teleworkers, in marketing campaigns all over the less climate lucky world. Because remote workers, living in places like London, earning London Salaries will give the Valencian economy a massive boost, whilst giving the teleworker a much better quality of life – a real win-win situation! And that’s not the only economic incentive, taxes here will actually help save you money, and you have an ex-soccer star to thank!
10. David Beckham can help with your tax
Yes, I know that may sound strange, but here it is: In 2019 the Spanish government reinstated a tax law that was originally introduced so that high earning, foreign sports stars, such as David Beckham, wouldn’t have to pay so much income tax in Spain, hence the name ‘Ley Beckham’. Not a sports star? Lucky you, because the revised law applies to all but sports stars! And you don’t have to be a millionaire either to benefit. It’s a little complicated, so I’d advise you to get in contact with the Globexs Legal Assistance department.
Expat rentals in Valencia
Feel like living in Valencia for a while? We have lots of lovely apartments all over Valencia. Globexs offers a wide range of flexible tempory expat rentals in Valencia since 2010. We are currently managing over 100 apartments in and around Valencia, in all price ranges.
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