I was looking for exactly the same thing about 9 months ago and came across this. My girlfriend and I visited and we weren't sure what to expect at all. We immediately fell in love with the place and ended up buying a house there (for under $10k).
The couple who are 'running' it are amazing people and are looking to turn this entire Spanish village into one big makerspace.
Also, you bought a house, outright, for under $10k? I know Spanish property values have taken a hit but that sounds insane!
As for the property values, this is worth checking out http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2015/08/23/433228503/i...
I'm curious about what you get for less than $10k, did your house need a lot of renovation or was it ready to live in? Did you buy it through the Sende people or independently?
Brasov (RO), fast internet (faster than UK), good food, friendly people and more nature and mountains (Carpates) than you can hope for (and bears for bonus points). Also good priced vs Switzerland and nature wise looking very similar, Brasov and surroundings being more unspoiled. With what you would spend in Switzerland you'll be able to live 3-4 months in Brasov in the same conditions.
It's close to some nice Spanish cities (Cadiz, Jerez, Sevilla, Malaga etc) if you want a change of scene on the weekends, and you can get a ferry to Morocco which takes about 30 minutes.
English is widely spoken, but if you're interested in learning Spanish there's a great little language school in the town.
Lovely city, optic fiber (not everywhere), LTE/4G, Sardinia is a paradise for beaches and mountains alike.
Also: https://www.guidemeright.com/ was born in Cagliari
Fast internet, delicious food, cheap rent, and an abundance of talented programmers.
A 2hr drive takes you into one of 3 mountain ranges (Balkan, Rila, Pirin), a 5 minute walk takes you to windsurfing or any variety of watersports.
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I moved from London to Graz, Austria a couple of years ago. The city has a population of roughly 300k and is surrounded by large hills.
There are some really good universities here, so quite a lot of interesting research happening, and a decent night life (although with a young family I don't get to see much of it).
A car would be useful for exploring the countryside, but a bicycle would certainly see you in the middle of "nature" easily within 30 minutes ride.
Speaking German would help, but not mandatory, as almost everyone speaks some English. If you have your own projects to work on, then you're in a good position. Trying to find employment here, without speaking German, is quite difficult, mostly due to the small population base.
There is an English speaking language group that meets at a bar on Thursday nights.
There are around half a dozen co-working spaces which charge in the region of €20-€25 per day, with discounts for monthly commitments.
Transport to and from the UK isn't brilliant. There are no cheap direct flights (some might see this as a positive!), so your options are Lufthansa with a connection somewhere, or train to Vienna and direct on Austrian or Easyjet from there.
In short, it's a nice little city, reasonable climate, good architecture, decent cultural attractions especially in semester, good natural surroundings, but if you're from somewhere big in the UK, like London, it'll seem very, very quiet.
Happy to help if you want more info.
Central Europe, from Lago di Como (IT) to Konstanz (DE) - breathtakingly beautiful German city that borders with Switzerland - there are lots of amazing places.
What about Asia like Thailand and Indonesia?