The Canary Islands are among Europe’s best destinations for remote workers. This is because of the climate and the natural surroundings, and because the cost of living is moderate compared to that in large European cities. This means you can save while you enjoy all the opportunities available in the Canary Islands. Accommodation, transport and leisure are areas where remote workers can make savings during the Canary Islands experience.
Types of accommodation for remote workers
The Canary Islands boast a huge, extensive variety of high-quality accommodation options to suit all tastes and pockets. The islands hotels and apartments have adapted to the needs of this new segment of guests with technological and digital innovations. Peaceful surroundings and high-speed connectivity at affordable prices make this a superb option.
Holiday home operators have also changed their business model, becoming more flexible and adapting their prices to suit remote workers’ needs. They offer discounts for long stays and have adapted their spaces and services to their tenants’ personal and professional needs.
Another accommodation option is coliving, where remote workers share properties with similar people, with their own rooms and shared leisure and workspaces. They are ideal for making friends and professional contacts at an affordable price. New premises are appearing in the Canary Islands with comprehensive services in the main points of interest on the islands.
Each of the eight islands that make up the Canaries is different in size, distance and orography, so each has its own mobility and transport options. Taxis, guaguas (buses) and trams are the best ways of travelling about on the islands. However, these islands’ mild temperatures and climate are ideal for walking, cycling, or even travelling on a scooter, which is great for short trips and discovering unique spots.
The cost of public transport varies slightly from island to island. However, generally, it is much cheaper than you will find in the rest of Europe. For example, you can cross the island of Gran Canaria from end to end by guagua (bus) from €1.40. There are also different types of travel cards (resident, youth, gold…) that allow users to pay in advance and save.
Leisure and Entertainment
The Canary Islands are packed with entertainment and leisure opportunities for fun and enjoyment at affordable prices. There are also many beaches where you can swim and sunbathe and natural green areas to hike and soak in nature. The islands also have plenty of outdoor markets selling interesting crafts and produce at affordable prices.
Remember, in the Canaries, there is no VAT but IGIC. Moreover, the basic rate of IGIC is 7% as opposed to the 21% VAT payable in the rest of Spain, so shopping and eating in restaurants, cinemas, and leisure are cheaper than they are in the rest of Europe.
You will find all types of accommodation, transport options and leisure activities in the Canaries at reasonable prices. It is easy to find the ideal combination for your work responsibilities, making the most of your time off and saving money while you do it. The cost of living is moderate compared to the rest of Europe, with the advantages of EU membership, yet another reason for making the Canary Islands your destination.
Average prices for guidance
- Hotel/apartment: €90/night
- Coliving room: €150/week
- Rentals: €600/month
- Coworking: €150/month
- Breakfast €2.50
- Coffee: €1
- Urban transport: €1.45
- Bicycle rental: €1.50 (30 min)
- Taxi: From €2.90
- Beer: €2.70
- Gym (monthly fee): €40
- Cinema ticket: €8
- Internet (60 Mbps or more, unlimited data, Cable/ADSL), €50.00