There has undoubtably been a global shift from office working to home working over the last few years. The coronavirus pandemic has seen many people re-evaluate their priorities in life, placing higher importance on quality time with family, mental and physical well-being and a better work life balance.
According to research by Finder, 26% of the UK population plan to continue working from home in the future.
Many jobs are now advertising new roles as fully remote, meaning employees can pretty much work from anywhere they want! As such, the concept of working remotely for a UK employer from abroad, such as Spain, has grown in popularity. After all, who wouldn’t want to swap the grey skies of the UK for the blue ones of the Mediterranean?
You will, of course, need to consider the visa and tax requirements, and check that your UK employer is happy for you to work from Spain.
If you only plan to spend a few months a year working remotely from Spain, then you may be able to just follow the ’90 day rule’ and not need a visa.
On the other hand, if you want to spend longer than 90 days at a time in Spain, you will need a visa. At the moment, the best option for remote workers is the Spanish non-lucrative visa which grants residency in Spain but does not give you the right to work for a Spanish employer. However, you can work for a UK employer with this visa.
The non-lucrative visa requires you to spend at least 183 days a year in Spain, meaning you would become a tax resident of Spain. This topic is rather complicated so we would recommend seeking professional legal advice for your personal situation.
However, Spain has recently announced it will be introducing a new digital nomad visa. This will allow internationals to live in Spain while working remotely for companies located outside the country without needing a full work visa. It is still in discussion stages but it is thought that it will allow people to spend between six and 12 months living and working remotely in Spain, with the possibility of an extension.
Properties for sale in Spain with incredible views
If you do decide to work remotely from Spain, you’ll no doubt want to make the most of your new working environment.
We share ten gorgeous properties for sale in Spain offering spectacular home working views.
Canillas de Aceituno, Málaga
How much? €55,000
This lovely one-bedroom village house enjoys excellent views over the traditional, whitewashed town of Canillas de Aceituno and the mountains from a private roof terrace. You can even see glimpses of the beautiful Lake Viñuela.
The property features a lounge, a kitchen/breakfast room, a double bedroom and a family bathroom.
Orihuela Costa, Alicante
How much? €194,000
This modern two-bedroom apartment boasts stunning sea views. The property is situated on a residential complex with a communal pool and parking facilities. It is just 300 meters from the beach of Playa Flamenca and is close to Punta Prima and La Zenia.
The apartment is just a few minutes from the golf courses of Las Colinas, Campoamor, Las Ramblas and Villamartin.
How much? €195,000
This fantastic two-bedroom penthouse apartment features a large, sun-drenched rooftop terrace with spectacular mountain view. There is even a jacuzzi and built-in BBQ.
The apartment is in excellent condition with a top quality, good sized open plan. The living area is spacious and has balconies on both sides so you can get sun or shade any time of the day. Both double bedrooms are a good size and come with fitted wardrobes and golf views. The master is en-suite.
How much? €169,500
This lovely semi-detached two-bedroom bungalow is in immaculate condition and has magnificent views. Ideal for holidays, this property is located at the top of Benimeit, Moraira in a quiet location with off road parking.
There are a total of 13 bungalows in the community and a communal pool. Beautiful Moraira with its sandy beaches, pretty streets and excellent shopping opportunities are just 4kms away.
La Quinta Golf Resort, Benahavis
How much? €274,000
Beautiful apartment located within an exclusive community in La Quinta, Benahavis. This spacious apartment has a large lounge which opens onto a wonderful south east facing terrace, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains, one of the three La Quinta Golf courses and partial sea views.
La Quinta has a range of facilities located on site, including a stunning community pool, 5 star hotel, spa, several restaurants, three golf courses and a driving range. Puerto Banus is an 8-minute drive away, and the closest beach only 5 minutes’ drive away.
Puerto de Santiago, Tenerife
How much? €168,000
This delightful one-bedroom apartment is located in a small fishing village on Tenerife’s west coast. It has been recently renovated to a high standard and features an American-style open plan kitchen. The lounge has access to the private balcony boasting great sea views.
The complex has a communal pool and is ideally located just a short stroll from the beach.
How much? €159,000
This wonderful south-facing two-bedroom apartment in Puerto Marina, Mojacar Playa features an enormous terrace that looks over the sea and mountains. The master bedroom has patio doors that lead to the terrace and an en-suite bathroom with a bath.
The apartment comes with a parking space and enjoys use of the communal swimming pool which has impressive views to the Sierra Cabrera mountains. The complex is about a 10 minute walk from the beach.
Cala Vadella, Ibiza
How much? €279,000
Stunning studio apartment located just 800 metres from the beach of Cala Vadella. It has been completely renovated and is sold furnished.
It has a spacious room with sleeping area, dining area and modern open kitchen, a bathroom with shower and a balcony. The main attraction is the large roof terrace that is practically the size of the apartment with outdoor shower and chillout area.
How much? €397,000
This gorgeous villa is in the exclusive area of La Paratá in Mojacar and boasts the most incredible sea view.
There are three double bedrooms and two bathrooms. The master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom and large windows and doors that open onto a big south-facing terrace.
The area feels tranquil and private with beautiful countryside right on the villa’s doorstep. The property enjoys a private pool, and the beach is just a five minutes’ drive away.
How much? €185,000
A fantastic two-bedroom apartment with panoramic sea views of the Mediterranean. The property is in good condition and is ready to move into.
The bedrooms come with built-in wardrobes and the shower room has been totally refurbished. There is also a spacious lounge-diner area along with a fully fitted kitchen.
There is a large terrace with a good-sized pool that enjoys the best of the views.