For the past few years, Las Palmas has gone beyond being only the capital of Gran Canaria and has rightfully earned the title of the capital of digital nomads and remote workers in the Canaries.
Written By: Gala, Co-founder & Lead Writer @ Travel & Tapas
Due to their amazing weather throughout the year, the Canary Islands have always been an attractive destination for tourists, especially from Western and Northern Europe during fall and winter. However, with the rise in remote work in the past few years, many people started looking for destinations that would improve their well-being, and that often entailed great weather conditions and a relaxed after-work atmosphere. So, with solutions to that, Canaries, and especially Tenerife and Gran Canaria, have boomed as go-to destinations for remote workers.
And while both islands have a growing population of digital nomads and remote workers, Las Palmas has quickly taken the title of being the remote work center of all the islands.
The city is not much different from other mid-sized European cities, offering everything you would need and want for urban life, while lying on the coast, concentrated around an ample beach that stretches on around 3,5 kilometers.
Today, Las Palmas is the best destination in this area for those who are looking to join remote work communities and meet and share the experience with others like themselves.
In this article, we will talk about the three biggest channels of remote work communities in the city (and the island) so you have an idea of where to look for support and a community as a remote worker in Las Palmas.
But first, let’s talk about what remote work communities are and what are their benefits in today’s world.
What are remote work communities?
Remote work communities or communities of remote workers are networks where like-minded individuals come together around their unique lifestyles. These networks can be physical places, clubs, chats, social media groups, and many other channels through which remote workers can communicate, connect with others, and share useful information about their lifestyles.
Through communities like this, you can find opinions and information about different locations and places, cost of living, experiences, tips on how to manage remote work and life, recommendations on different services or products, etc.
Joining a network of remote workers – on or offline – has many benefits, especially for those who are new to the lifestyle. Let’s explore some of the main benefits these communities can give you.
Benefits of remote work communities
There are many benefits of being a part of different remote work communities, but the most obvious ones are getting free information on new things from others who have tried them, fostering connections and providing support, saving time and energy researching in the wrong places, enhancing remote work experience as you can meet with other like yourself and make friends even before coming to a new place.
Remote work communities can also contribute to your work-life balance, well-being, and personal growth. By meeting different people, from all around the world, who are pursuing a lifestyle like yourself, you can learn a lot and gain significant value and insights into processes that might be unavailable to you otherwise.
However, the biggest value truly lies in friendships and connections.
Remote Work Communities/Centers in Europe
While there are many global networks for remote workers such as the ones we mentioned on Facebook, Telegram, or Slack, you can also find local ones in the cities or places that are popular for digital nomads and remote workers.
In Europe, some of the biggest remote work centers are Lisbon, Barcelona, Berlin, and the Canaries. So, when going to these places, you can expect to find many outlets tailored to connect remote workers and help them settle in these specific locations.
In terms of the Canary Islands, you can find networks and groups that cover the Islands as a whole because many people love island hopping and exploring the whole area while there, but you can also find remote work communities for specific islands or cities and in our case, that is Las Palmas.
As the capital of digital nomads in the islands, Las Palmas has a huge network and strong communities, so let’s talk about the three main channels for remote workers you will find in the city.
How Las Palmas is building one of the biggest remote work communities in Europe
Las Palmas has a big ecosystem tailored to answer the needs of digital nomads, providing you with reliable places to live and work, social events, tips and help with settling in. Becoming a part of a remote work community in Las Palmas is very easy and these are the main channels for it:
Live It Up Las Palmas
Live It Up is the biggest community of digital nomads, ex-pats, and remote workers in Las Palmas. The community operates both off and online, using Slack as one of the main tools for getting the community together and sharing important information. Their Slack counts more than 7,000 people.
Live It Up Las Palmas is also a website that poses as a platform for those who are coming to the city, allowing them to get to know some crucial information and feel welcome even before they arrive.
Once in the city (and often even before they arrive), most digital nomads and remote workers become members of the Live It Up Slack community because this is where you will find all events in the city, digital nomad or remote work gatherings, festivals, parties, important info, and in the end, make friends.
The community is most famous for organizing recurring gatherings every Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as other activities that bring together remote workers such as Sunday’s Beach Volleyball Meetup.
Live It Up is a carefully managed remote work community with information and channels in their Slack regarding all aspects digital nomads might need information on such as accommodation, coworking spaces, events, professional development, legal advice, etc.
What is awesome about this group is that you don’t have to be super informed or research to find your way to it as most people you will meet in the city will use it and let you know about it.
Other than this versatile community you will find in Live It Up, as a city tailored to remote workers, there are quite a few coworking spaces all around.
Now, even though the primary function of coworking spaces is to provide you with a reliable working space, coworkings are also known to be the centers of community gatherings and making connections with like-minded people.
In Las Palmas, coworking spaces will often organize social events, professional sessions, or different meetups for its members, or even open the doors to the outside community.
Coworking spaces can be a great addition to being a member of the Slack group of Live It Up because they can connect you with people who you share more common things with and help you make friends who you can catch up with more frequently.
Some of the coworking spaces in the city that also provide an awesome remote work community are Soppa de Azul, Fico, Talleres Palermo, GoCoworking, and many more.
Lastly, if you want to make deeper connections and meet people with whom you will form long-term relationships, Las Palmas is also home to some amazing remote work communities in coliving spaces.
Coliving spaces are the ultimate community-building environments, offering all of the above – a place to work, a community to socialize, and the opportunity to share life with others.
Unlike hostels or hotels, coliving spaces are 100% made and tailored for the needs of remote workers. Of course, coliving spaces welcome other types of travelers or visitors as well, like those who want to move to the city, or those who have a traditional nomadic lifestyle, but 90% of people are remote workers which makes it a perfect environment to build connections with like-minded people.
In comparison to the two remote work communities we mentioned above, colivings in Las Palmas offer a smaller, more tight-knit community, with whom you will develop longer-lasting relationships because you will share your life with them and create the community together.
Even though there are not as many coliving as coworking spaces in Las Palmas, we would recommend Eco Isleta Coliving and Coliving 1907. Located in two completely different areas of the city (Eco Isleta in the center of digital nomads right on the border of the city beach, and Coliving 1907 in the old town of Las Palmas), both colivings offer an inspiring remote work community and a unique experience that you will perfectly combine with the communities in coworking spaces or Live It Up Las Palmas.
Those are our top recommendations for digital nomad and remote work communities in Las Palmas – but we assure you – if you come to this city, it will not take you more than a day to join our vibrant community and become a part of the digital nomad capital of the Canaries.