Valencia and Alicante are the best cities in the world to live and work for expats, according to the Expat City Ranking 2020, a survey conducted by among 15,000 professionals of 173 nationalities. The affordable and readily available healthcare, the Mediterranean weather and leisure options, security, work-life balance -with low monthly costs-, and the availability and affordability of housing, are the main reasons that have placed the two cities of the Region of Valencia at the top of this ranking, developed by the world’s leading expatriate network.


The Region of Valencia offers many possibilities for professionals who want to reside in cities with a higher quality of life, where they can also develop their business projects for the rest of the world. The digital ecosystem in the region- which combines traditional industries with the new economy sectors- also make it the ideal place for technology companies, startups and projects focused on the digital economy.

The Comunitat Valenciana Digital District, an innovation hub whose headquarters are in the city of Alicante, but includes firms and technology startups from the entire Region of Valencia, is home to about 220 international tech companies. Startups from Spain and countries like United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, Mexico, France or Finland.

These companies are at the forefront of innovation and develop projects in cutting-edge technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Blockchain, Smart Data or Business Intelligence, software development and multiplatforms, Fintech, gaming and eSports, among others. They work in sectors such as finance, the real estate market, education or tourism. The professional profiles they demand are very varied: from developers both for Software and Web, Telecommunications and IT engineers, consultants and specialists in Digital Marketing, to architecture analysts and experts in security systems.

Considering Alicante and the Region of Valencia when expanding your business is a great opportunity for startups and scale-ups, for Digital District is an international innovation ecosystem, in full expansion, in which you can enjoy the highest QoL in the world. The companies based in the Digital District have access to first-class facilities, adaptable to their growth needs, located by the sea and a few minutes from Alicante-Elche airport, with daily international connections.

In addition, the firms that work from the Digital District enjoy a wide program of services that connects them to the leading corporates in the industry for pilot projects and partnership opportunities. The innovation hub also offers tech training and events, international promotion and help in the search of talent for their projects. Digital District promotes international challenge programs with institutions such as the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the European Space Agency (ESA).

Contact us if you want to receive more information about the advantages of setting up your company in Digital District, in the second-best city in the world to live and work.