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Malaga is first AENOR Digital Nomad Destination

Malaga has gained the AENOR Digital Nomad Destination Certificate, the first awarded in Spain. The certificate gives a guarantee of quality for digital nomads and remote workers coming to live in Malaga. In addition, it recognises all that the city offers to these expats in Malaga. 

An attractive destination for digital nomads

After a year of assessment, Malaga received the AENOR Digital Nomad Destination Certificate in early February 2024. Malaga is the first place in Spain to receive this certificate, reflecting the city’s emphasis on attracting remote and digital talent. 

Mayor of Malaga receives first AENOR Digital Nomad Destination certificate

At the ceremony, in the City Hall’s magnificent Salón de Espejos (Hall of Mirrors), AENOR underlined what the certificate truly recognises. For Boris Delgado, Head of Digital Solutions at AENOR, it shows that “the destination has a solid, established and attractive strategy to attract and retain digital nomads”.

Delgado emphasised the attractiveness of Malaga, a city that meets all the conditions for the six pillars of the AENOR Digital Nomad Destination Certificate. 

  • Work conditions (co-working spaces etc).
  • Connectivity (high-speed internet etc.
  • Urban and natural surroundings.
  • Accommodation and restaurants.
  • Quality of life and leisure opportunities.
  • Additional services (such as schools and specialist advice). 

The process towards an AENOR Digital Nomad Destination Certificate

Delgado said the process has taken around a year and involved several complex steps. The first was the initial assessment to ascertain whether the city met the initial criteria. 

A rigorous audit is next, putting every aspect of Malaga under the microscope for digital nomads. 

Next follows a series of corrective actions to tweak aspects that don’t quite meet AENOR standards. Once these have been addressed, Malaga received the certificate. 

To renew the certificate, Malaga must undergo an annual follow-up assessment.

Malaga, leading the digital revolution 

In his speech, Rafael García Meiro, CEO of AENOR, highlighted Malaga’s focus on becoming a digital destination. He said that Malaga has “naturally emblematic surroundings”, but these are nothing on their own. 

He emphasised that the vision of Malaga’s Mayor, Francisco de la Torre, has been instrumental in turning the city into one of the world’s top digital hubs. As a result, Malaga has all the good practices in place to offer a quality destination for remote workers and digital nomads. 

Welcoming destination 

According to Savill’s, Malaga ranks second in the world’s best executive nomad destinations. Malaga has a ranking of 32.4, just behind Dubai with 34.2. The Emirate capital pips Malaga to the post for internet speed and air connectivity. However, Malaga comes up top for quality of life and climate. 

Perhaps the quality of life is what clinches it for Malaga (we and most other expats would agree). García Meiro quoted a Malaga digital nomad who said the warm welcome sets it apart as somewhere to work remotely. In the end, it isn’t electronic or digital; it’s about the people!

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