What an amazing city! I’ve been working remotely here for a month, it’s probably the most fun I’ve ever had in a month!
Beautiful parks, great nightlife, friendly people, walkable city, plenty of activities / events going on, interesting nearby cities to visit, speaking Spanish not really required etc.
I’ve been working from a WeWork and living out of hostels. The WeWorks here are pretty standard, good work environment at a reasonable price (250 euros / month for hot desking).
The hostels have been great, stayed in 5 so far, the best were Sungate and Hostel One, definitely check those out if visiting. Very easy to meet people at these hostels.
The nightlife is second to none. Even compared to London where I’m usually based, the nightlife here is wild. The only issue I found is that everything happens much later than the U.K. People have dinner around 9pm, go out 11:30pm and back in the not so early hours of the morning. This can make waking up at 8am for work a little difficult!
I’ve visited a couple of nearby cities, my favourite was Toledo, a 30 minute bus ride away. Definitely worth checking out.
Plenty of stuff to do in Madrid — outdoor swimming pools, parks, free outdoor gyms, rooftop bars, museums, art galleries, etc. I’ve been here a month and still have loads of stuff I want to do.
The temperature has been a bit rough. Regularly late 30’s means I’m constantly looking for shade when walking about. I’ve barely got a tan because I’m in the shade so often. The temperature in the evenings is pleasant, around 9pm. I’ve been here since the beginning of July, so nearly peak heat season.
I’m learning some Spanish but definitely a beginner. Most people from Madrid speak decent English, I’ve come into difficulty when trying to talk to people from South America, usually their English isn’t so strong.
Overall I highly recommend visiting Madrid. I much prefer it to Barcelona as a place to live. I’m surprised it’s not rated higher on NomadList! It beats Amsterdam, Stockholm and San Francisco, all places I’ve worked from over the last couple years.