It’s that time again. A full month of tournament football, when bars are full of fans and parks are full of kids pretending to be the latest ‘famoso’ football maestro. This got us thinking. One of the obvious added benefits of having a nearshore development team in Europe is the opportunity to soak up some culture during your downtime. When it comes to football, and building the best possible nearshore development team, here’s why you need look no further than Spain.

Having won the world cup as recently as 2010, Spain is home to some of the best teams in the world, and some would argue, the best league. Cities like Madrid, Bilbao, Barcelona and Valencia all have top class football sides and are all excellent locations to have a nearshore team. Watching football in Spain, whether in a world-class stadium such as the Camp Nou or the Bernabéu or in a crowded tapas bar, is an experience not to be missed.

If the football is so good, then what about nearshoring?

Spain boasts a strong tech talent pool is an extremely cost-effective location to set up a development team. During the recession, many developers left Spain to work in Northern Europe and the US where opportunities were greater. In recent years, many of them have been returning, with new skill-sets and experience from multinational and startup tech companies. Furthermore, the salaries are extremely competitive. The average salary for a software engineer in Madrid is estimated to be €30,000 and in the country as a whole approximately €25,000. When compared with the US and countries in Northern Europe such as the UK and Germany, Spain is an extremely attractive market to set up a nearshore team right now.

When looking to get your hands on tickets for the big games such as “el classico” when Real Madrid take on Barcelona, it can be tricky, but not impossible. If you’re looking for something a little more low key, you’ll find La Liga showing in most bars and pubs. The atmosphere won’t be like the stadium’s, but it won’t be far off! It’s also easy to find Germany’s Bundesliga and the EPL showing in bars across this football-loving country.

For more information on setting up a nearshore development team in Europe, or where to watch football when visiting your nearshore team in Europe, say hello@zartis.com.