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I’m looking for a monthly rental in Barcelona. I’m only planning to stay 1 or 2 months.


Not exactly in Barcelona but south in the Valencia region: A community of around 15 digital nomads under one roof

Hi guys, as I wrote in the title I am planning to move to Barcelona with my girlfriend starting from January 2017 and I am looking to rent a flat for 6 months, possibly in the Born area, but open also to other neighborhoods. My budget is around €800 per month. Is anyone looking to rent out something that could fit my request? Any help would be appreciated!

Hey, how did you get on with this search? Maybe looking to come from April…

Hi Delia, at the end I booked a flat for the first two months on AirBnb and this week I found another apartment on with a regular long term term contract (3 years, but can be terminated from the sixth months) since I have decided to stay here for longer time. The market now is quite crazy here, prices have increased quite a bit and you basically have to decide almost immediately if you see something nice otherwise someone will snap it. It’s a bit of a struggle but it’s worth it

Lots of nomads in and headed to Barcelona. Let’s create a central place for resources, guides and sites for finding an apartment.

I’m headed there in April for 1-3 months (argh, Schengen!). So far Craigslist and Spotahome seem useful. What else is there?

Also any thoughts on neighborhoods would be great here. Right now I’m looking at Gracia which seems to be the spot. Probably avoid Barrio Gotico and Barceloneta due to masses of tourists. I’ve heard some good things about El Born… thoughts?

Hey Tyler

So you are in Bcn now ? What did you find ? I was there for a week last month and I hated having to rent an expensive airbnb with shitty wifi

But it did the job : we found the partners and the apartment for and we are opening the first Startup house in barcelona may 2nd

So for me for a stay of 1-3 months, the best way to find an apartment in Barcelona is now

I got an apartment through Spotahome and just extended for another 2 months with an Airbnb. Both were quite a bit more expensive than I wanted to pay.

This coalition place you listed looks pretty good for the cost, space and amenities compared to what I found. One question it says “4 rooms, 10 crazy entrepreneurs”… how does that work? Bunk beds?

I’m finding LoQUo really difficult to navigate… Mi espanol es tambien lol… but, there’s no way to sort by bedrooms or price or anything. I guess it’s worth it if I save a 1000 euros a month…

Side note- I’ve also been using and … (Kyero just seems to be an aggregator though)… once we get our residency visa, I’ll pick my search up more seriously.

Update — LoQuo is out of business.

+1 for the i lived in Barcelona for 3 years and this was the way everybody I knew found their apartments. It seemed to be the way the locals found apartments too. The other options are more aimed at tourists and more expensive, with large agency fees also.

And airbnb, is obviously just people subletting the places which they originally picked up cheap on and are running as side businesses. That’s how most of my friends there are doing it anyway.

Ahh… the memories are flooding back now. Such a magical city! I think i’ll have to book a flight there soon.

I lived in Barcelona for one year. For long term it’s best to rent without agencies because they charge 1 or 2 months of fee. On Loquo you’ll find private «pisos»

Check also this blog for some nice tips:

Hey mate. I’m gonna hang out there.

I’ve already stayed there last year from april tim october, in a friend’s apartment in El Borne, that now is not available anymore.

So let’s find something together and hell yeah let’s create common resources.

I’m calling some acquaintances to find a proper place. My impressions are El Borne is amazing but I won’t advice to be there in the summer it’s a mess. And homes are old and a little bit dirty unless you spend a lot.

Barceloneta or El Poble Nou are better but it’s not easy to find a place during top season.

El Poble Sec, Gracia and Exaimple are truly beautiful barrios, Guinardo also.

Let’s have a look at idealista, rentalia, habitaclia… let’s keep in touch definitely

You should really consider Eixample … was really nicely situated.

We’re applying for our Residency Visas to hopefully move there in August. I’ve rented directly from this person a number of times: — his name is Fernando Negre — has some great apartments — although a little expensive. But if you go direct and talk to him directly he’ll typically give a good discount if you ask.

Can’t wait!

Oh, I wished I had read this before! I got an appartment on bnb

Checking the sites I see what you mean. I usually wrote them directly an email and asked for what kind of apartment they have for 1 to 3 months. The price per night looks really high, but usually they have better prices for monthly stays. (Me and friends paid around 800€ to 900€ per month with It really depends on your budget. One of the cheapest way is clearly looking for rental rooms at

Hey tyler,

I am a “local” in barcelona, have living here on and off for arround 3 years.

First of all: Airbnb is really expensive in this city. I have a good friend with a lot of apartments for large groups and this is a real business here.

Locals normally spot apartments on a website called “loquo”, but it can be difficult if you don’t speak spanish and if its for very short rentals. There are specialized agencys for short term rentals like and I’ve made really good experiences with, they take a comission but have really great, furnished apartments in barceloneta.

For the best quarters: I lived in the “Born”, its not quite as turistic and “dirty” than the gothic or raval quarter, but still right in the city center. A lot of expats, students and freelancers life there and it has a great atmosphere with a lot of bars, small shops and art galleries (although its changing). If you like to be a little bit more outside the city center gracia is awesome as well, a lot of the alternative party scene is happening there.

If you have any questions just let me know

Jascha, the sites you’ve listed only seem to have listing that are actually more expensive than AirBnB. Am I missing something?

I’d also try my luck browsing through different facebook groups like “Barcelona Apartments”, “Barcelona rentals” an also “Barcelona expats”. As birds of a feather flock together, you could also look at “Barcelona für Deutsche” if you are German-speaking, “Italiani a BARCELONA !!” for italians or “Svenskar i Barcelona” for swedish people, as many expats prefer to rent out their apartment to their fellow countrymen.

Hey Tyler,

I was in Barcelona with an Airbnb for 10 days last August. It was hot. We did a room in an several bedroom apartment. I would recommend against that for long stays for sanity’s sake, though your disposition could tolerate it.

While I don’t have a direct answer, after nomad’ing for an additional 7 months (still here in Europe!) and dealing with this issue every month, we have evolved our strategy and made . Its meant to help you and me plot the places we plan on visiting (coworking, metro, whatever) and comparing different neighborhoods or addresses.

If you do use Airbnb, message ahead regarding wifi if you plan on working there. Spain has the best connectivity I’ve found all over Europe, bar Switzerland, but you never know.

Long story short, my friends and I flew with Vueling and they lost our luggage. They’ve done nothing so far except ignoring the problem. They’ve failed to give us any kind of status on the luggage or offer any kind of compensation. Some of us even had our work laptops in our bags. It’s been five days with no response. Several times when we’ve contacted them, they’ve hung up the phone on us. It’s been a terrible experience, and since we can’t get them to do anything reasonable through their normal customer support channels, I’d like to escalate it by filing a formal complaint with some sort of government or legal entity that helps hold businesses accountable. The only problem is that I don’t know who to report it to in Barcelona/Spain. I speak good enough Spanish to file a claim, but since I don’t know what that sort of entity is called in Spanish, I’ve been having trouble finding where to do so.

TL;DR Where can I file consumer complaints against a company with the government or a legal entity in Barcelona or Spain?


Sorry to hear that you loose your luggages.

It seems that Vueling is having a lot of problem this summer, with late or cancelled flights, etc…

A friend told me that he filled a complaint with Aena, who is the entity in charge of the airports (it was for a delayed flight, but maybe works also for lost luggage) in Spain:

Other way is probably to fill an official complaint against Vueling, by filling an ‘hoja de reclamacion». By law all businesses in Cataluña needs to handle this form to anyone who ask for it. So the Vueling office should give you one. The form consist of three copies: 1 for you, 1 for the company and 1 for the offical agency in charge of protecting the consumers.

I am not 100% sure how it works (never use it myself so far) but I think that first you fill the form, present it to Vueling and from then they have something like 1 month to give you a solution. If nothing satisfactory is done after this period you can then forward the complaint to the official agency.

If you speak spanish, I would suggest you give a call to the phone number 012 ( Atención Ciudadana de la Generalitat de Catalunya), which can probably give you more accurate advices.

Some links that may helps:

  • Hoja de reclamacion (in catalan… I did not find it in spanish so far. Maybe a Catalan speaker can help you to fill it) :
  • the rules of the game:

Good luck for your luggage. I Hope you enjoy your stay in Barcelona despite of this problem !



Does anyone have any advice for Barcelona in terms of places to live that are dog friendly? Does anyone even travel with pets? Or even in a campervan? I plan to do lots of Europe first and foremost spending 1-2 months at a time in different cities/countries/places.

Here’s a complete compilation of the best hotspots in town for nomading dogs:

Most of Barcelona is pretty friendly, also you’ve tons of parks all around.

I’m sure you will both enjoy [Park de la Ciudatella] (

Yet, I wouldn’t spend much time in the city center districts, as they are too crowded and can stress your dog. Although I’ve seen very happy dogs in Plaça Catalunya chasing pigeons all around.

Hi Andres —

I travel with my dog and honestly Spain is the least pet-friendly country I’ve been to in Europe. The rest of mainland Europe is super pet-friendly. You’ll see dogs on trains, buses, restaurants, shops, cafes, bars…you name it. Rules vary from country to country, but generally dogs are welcomed with open arms. Spain, on the other hand, has a lot of no-dogs-allowed signs and a lot more rules. It’s still better than the US, but definitely not as great as Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, or Italy (etc.).

In case it’s helpful:

Since you are in Spain at the moment, a good SIM card for internet roaming is O range M undo with GoE urope option (see details here: Prepaid Data Wiki Option Euro1. Seems to be 1EUR for each 100MB roaming in EU/EEA, as long as credit lasts. Speed wise HSPA+, which is not far off from 4G in my experience.

Thanks, that is good info, i’m sorry to hear about your loss.

There is a huge amount of distrust amongst employers allowing their staff to work from home (/anywhere) because it goes against the “stick” method of managing people and denies our self directed nature.

Here’s a video on that illusive work/life balance that still has most people trapped.

Here’s a dude who made a new life for himself on the road, there must be thousands who are realising they can have a meaningful life away from the rat race and still live comfortably and enjoy the finer things. Many people who pivot to van living find they don’t need as much stuff as they thought! You may also like to look into the space saving ideas behind the “tiny house” movement.

Here’s one that I just watched featuring Daniel Pink about sales; the take-home for me is shifting from problem solving to problem finding… I would argue that human nature is closer to wanting to give without expectation, however in the present “value proposition” system conditional exchange is normal, and that’s ok.

How would you recommend somebody get into IT sales with no previous experience (other than PC/laptop sales in a retail setting) and a strong aversion for anything rat race?


I’d like to ask you some questions before I have a go answering yours!

How long have you been working in IT sales before they trusted you to do the job unsupervised? How much previous sales experience did you have before then? I’m about to take a really badly paid job to get a van because i’m done with renting, this decision has been 5 years in the making!

I’ve met people from all over Europe (mostly the wealthy North and West) and they love their vans. I like to joke about the “peaceful retirement village” with the over 60s all parked up on some Spanish scrub land by the sea with water and electric hookup.

I follow hak5 on youtube, Darren did hack across America in a Sprinter 2 years back. There are more videos in this series but this is the first one I found.

I’ve worked in the industry for around 18 years. The company I am with, I’ve been with for 7 years. I proved to them I could do it working from home 5 years ago and was no.1 Sales person in the company, even now on average I bring them around 25-30k profit each month in through my client base so am very lucky and still in the top 2 salespeople in the company. I think they understand that if I’m happy, I perform and they know me well enough to know that the last thing I want to be in is some kind of corporate rat race so it works both ways. I ran my own company before I worked for them and it nearly killed me, I lost it in the recession and took my staff to go and work with the company I’m at now on the proviso that I don’t want anymore managerial/directorial responsibility and that I just want to get on with my life, enjoying it to the full. I’ve been through a tough time in the last 5 years also, losing both my parents across that time which has been hard to say the least. I’m okay now though and ready to go.

If I was to be honest, I do find the job a little tedious sometimes and have the urge to travel and basically live so I’m trying to combine the best of both worlds and still do my job whilst on the road, using technology I implement into the van and also coworking spaces throughout Europe. Glad I came across this site and nomadlist as well, so helpful to help me achieve my dream.

Hey Nomads, would love to know any thoughts here.

Top of the list are currently Tenerife, Lagos/Ericeira (Portugal) & Malta??

Would love to know if anyone can vouch for these at this time of year.

Beautiful beach would be the dream. Basically European Bali! I’m sure something many of us are searching for.

Thanks a million. Much love.


Hi! I want to relocate to Spain and I was wondering if someone can recommend a SIM card with a good data package.


Hi, Gaby! I use Simyo all across EU actually, it’s one of the best deals in Europe 🙂 For more information, please see this wiki — it’s the best resource on prepaid data sims anywhere in the world. The only catch is if you’re a resident you can get much better deals using contract subscription.

yes, it’s available on ebay (i.e but you’ll need to contact them afterwards on whatsapp / DMs to activate it for you as passport data is required.

Hi ! thanks a lot for your advice , looking at the fandom page . Do you know if you can order the sim cards online ?


I’m looking for a monthly rental in Barcelona. I’m only planning to stay 1 or 2 months.


Not exactly in Barcelona but south in the Valencia region: A community of around 15 digital nomads under one roof

Hi, we are trying to find a house to rent for 2-3 persons near Las Palmas for 4-5 months at the moment and it seems to be almost impossible except through Airbnb which is super expensive. Any advises or local contacts?

✅ Pretty safe

✅ Fast internet

✅ Lots of fun stuff to do

✅ Warm in the spring

✅ Perfect humidity now

✅ Good air quality today

✅ Nomad List members liked going here a lot

✅ Many Nomad List members here all year round

✅ Easy to make friends

✅ Very easy to do business

✅ High quality of education

✅ Great hospitals

✅ Roads are very safe

✅ Great freedom of speech

✅ Democratic

✅ People can speak basic English

✅ Very safe for women

✅ Family friendly

✅ Very friendly to LGBTQ+

❌ Expensive

❌ Cold now

❌ Gets cold in the winter

❌ Feels crowded

❌ Many people smoke tobacco

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