Madrid, Spain’s vibrant capital city, is a popular destination for digital nomads seeking Spanish culture, nightlife, warm weather, wine, tapas and much more.
While arch-rival Barcelona may have beaches on offer, Madrid serves up its own distinctive “Castellano flavour” that you maybe won’t experience quite as much in Barcelona. Both cities are quite distinctive and Madrid certainly holds its own as a digital nomad destination.
While Barcelona perhaps offers a more northern European feel, Madrid feels deeply Spanish through and through. Madrid is a truly international capital city with a large expat community and of course, plenty of digital nomads or what we prefer to call Global Circlers buzzing around with their laptops.
The population of the metropolitan area of Madrid is around 3.3 million and the population of the greater Madrid area is around 6.7 million.
Madrid is the third-largest city in the EU, after London and Berlin, and Madrids’ metropolitan area is the third-largest in the European Union after London and Paris. This means there’s plenty to do when you shut down your laptop and are ready for some fun!
The downside of Madrid is that it can get chilly in the winter and very hot in the summer. Most locals escape to the Costa del Sol during the summer to escape the heat which can reach 35 or even 40 degrees at times.
The best times to enjoy Madrid are spring and autumn where the weather is gorgeous and you can enjoy the outdoor Spanish lifestyle to the fullest.
We’ve created our guide to the best laptop-friendly cafes to remote work in Madrid where you can soak up the local vibes while sipping on a cafe con leche if you want to experience traditional Spanish coffee or go full barista with a speciality coffee, you’ll get it all in Madrid and more.
My favourite Spanish breakfast (desayuno) when I lived in Spain was café con leche y pan con tomate y aceite. Which means a milk coffee with bread, tomato and olive oil. The tomato is usually grated and spread or rubbed onto the toasted bread, then some salt and extra virgin olive oil is drizzled on top. I like to have that with a glass of zumo de naranja natural (freshly squeezed orange juice). A really delicious start to the day!
As always, please keep in mind that these are cafes and not proper co-working places so it can be that you may not find a place to work or be asked to move if it gets busy. We’re finding this more and more in the bigger cities that are popular digital nomad destinations.
We hope you find our Madrid laptop-friendly guide helpful. If you have any comments or tips on nice work cafes in Madrid to go with a laptop please drop them into the comments section at the bottom of the page.