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Europe in general doesn’t seem so attractive for digital nomads, for some obvious reasons like costs, overdeveloped and little exotic destinations.
But when you cannot travel as far as Southeast Asia, there might as well be some spots in Europe which are well worth a consideration. Such as the easy-going island of Malta.
Photo by Andrea Castelli.
Low cost & small language barrier
Malta is a small independent state and one of the beautiful mediterranean islands in southern Europe, where the sun smiles all year round along with the locals. The island boasts a glorious variety of spectacular landscapes, bright blue sandy beaches while it offers a considerably low cost of living. Outdoor activities such as hiking, rock climbing and cycling are popular year-around. Oh and don’t miss the famous Blue Lagoon on Comino, the smallest of the three islands that make up Malta.
The ease of communication is also a bonus with English being one of the official languages besides Maltese and widely spoken. This alone could be some of the main reasons Malta could be growing in favor among digital nomads as a relaxed place to bootstrap, for starting a new project or something you are already working on!
The weather is perfect, even in winter
The climate in Malta is typical mediterranean and strongly influenced by the sea. Summers are usually very hot and dry and the sun shines up to 12 hours every day. Spring and autumn are one of the nicest months when it gets a little cooler with some humidity. While Berlin and Prague freeze in winter, Malta stays mild with only occasional cold winds, so pretty pleasant for a European destination when it snows everywhere else further north!
Photo by Martin Lopatka.
Getting to Malta & Around is easy
Malta is a member of the Schengen Agreement so there are no border controls between countries that have signed and implemented this treaty so it’s quite uncomplicated to get in. Only some 93 kms south of the Italian island of Sicily, Malta is easy to reach by plane from many European cities with either the national airline Air Malta or some low cost carriers like Ryan Air or EasyJet operate here too. You can also make your way to Malta by ferry from Italy which only takes about 90 minutes.
Since Malta is quite a small island with a population of only half a million, transport options are more sparsely available than elsewhere. There are no railway lines, however busses are cheap and the network spans many routes to get around Malta’s attractions and beaches as well as Gozo. You also have the option to rent a car or scooter if you prefer some independency.
Photo by Berit Watkin.
How about the Internet?
High speed internet is available all over Malta with an average of around 15-30 mbps, depending on different households of course.
4G fast mobile Internet is available everywhere on the island with Vodafone Malta.
Coworking Spaces and Cafés in Malta
On Malta you will find an abundance of wifi spots and many of them are free, like in parks and most cafes and bars have a decent connection, but always check ahead before sitting down. While there is not a huge coffee culture in Malta, places that have been mentioned as good places to work from are Mint Café and Cafe Cuba in Sliema, Cafe Jubilee in Valletta as well as Talbot & Bons at the SkyPark. Here is also a good list of where you can find free wifi hotspots all around Malta.
There is a new coworking space in Sliema called Oasis Offices which just opened up in September 2015. It’s even 24/7 and has fibre optic internet and a flexible monthly membership is €225. Then there is also The Hub in San Gwann where you can rent a hot desk or office space.
A new Facebook group about coworking in Malta also popped up recently, if you are looking to connect and discuss work places, this is the group to have a look at.
Photo by Joshua Zader.
Are there other digital nomads?
Actually, yes! Malta is highly popular among expats from all over the world and the digital nomad scene is also ever growing. There are some good meetup groups such as Expats Malta and Malta Tech Meetups. For people staying around longer, Internations might be another option to connect with other expats and join some events.