Spain’s free rail ticket scheme has been extended until December, Colombia’s new digital nomad visa looks very tempting, A very fancy Christian Louboutin hotel has opened in Portugal and more in top stories of the day.
Spain’s free rail ticket scheme has been extended until December
Having already halved the cost of public transport nationwide, Spain has now made a huge number of short- and medium-distance train journeys totally free – for regular passengers, anyway.
The scheme was announced in July 2022 by Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez, who said that all Cercanías (commuter train), Rodalies (commuter routes in Catalonia) and Media Distancia routes (mid-distance regional lines, covering journeys of less than 300km) run by the national rail operator Renfe will be free of charge from September 1 to December 31 2022. Having proved incredibly popular, the scheme was later extended, and is now due to finish in December 2023.
Colombia’s new digital nomad visa looks VERY tempting
The latest country to offer a digital nomad visa is Colombia and, excitingly, it might be much more affordable than similar schemes around the world. Often digital nomad visas are reserved for high earners, but to qualify for Colombia’s digital nomad scheme you’ll only have to be earning $684 (£567) per month.
Thanks to the country’s new scheme, if you want to live and work in Colombia, all you need is a valid passport, health insurance, and a letter from your employer to prove your employment. Then, using bank statements, you will show that you earn more than 3 million Colombian pesos, which is €655 a month. The digital nomad visa will grant remote workers permission to stay for up to 2 years and equip them with a state identification known as ‘Cedula de Extranjeria’, which is needed to rent a property and sign up for a mobile phone contract.
A very fancy Christian Louboutin hotel has opened in Portugal
World-renowned fashion powerhouse Christian Louboutin has launched his very first hospitality project, a boutique hotel called Vermelho. Located in Melides in southern Portugal’s Alentejo region, the hotel offers 13 rooms and an interior decor that pays homage to the designer’s iconic work, with his signature red-coloured details adorning the tiles, doorways, and furniture.
The quaint village of Melides, which is just an hour and a half away from southern Lisbon and 20 minutes from Comporta, is home to cobblestoned streets, family-run restaurants, a golden beach, and welcoming shopfronts. Christian Louboutin’s hotel is expected to draw in a stylish crowd, slowly transforming the region into a must-visit on everyone’s travel wishlist.
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