Three amazing places in Europe for creative writing… this is where I wrote my PhD

Sometimes, a change of location can work wonders to boost your creativity. That’s why the concept of so-called “workation” (the combination of work and vacation) has become very popular. The new environment can trigger inspiration. In this post I will show you my personal three favorites around Europe. So, start dreaming of your next workation…


#1: Majorca Finca with a view.

This real gem is a modern apartment inside a historic finca in the countryside of Majorca’s Tramuntana mountains. It is called San Hortola, and I can’t wait to go back there.

The place has this amazing view across almond plantations, olive groves, and sheep herds. In the far distance you can see the ocean.


This is the place where I wrote a big portion of my PhD. It takes a bit to get into the flow, because the surrounding beauty can also be distracting. But once I had started, the entire chapter was written in an instance. 


The finca itself is very old, but the apartment inside has all the modern amenities you can think of.


Watching the sheep strolling around somehow brought me into this creative flow that is just perfect for writing, in my opinion.

#2: Amsterdam Coworking Hotel

My second tip is Zoku, a coworking hotel in the center of Amsterdam. This place is perfect for a short work trip to this wonderful and inspiring city.


The space boosts large windows overlooking Amsterdam’s rooftops. You can sit down at one of the  communal tables, or in one of the cosy lounge areas.



I also love the entrance area, which resembles more of a greenhouse than an actual office. And don’t forget to check out the rooftop terrace which is great in summer.


Zoku also offers a few small, booth-like rooms with special interior. For example, musical instruments that can be used for a spontaneous jam session.


Overall, this is a perfect get-away if you need some fresh input and inspiration. It is great for silent working, like writing,  if you enjoy a decent background buzz. But it never gets too distracting.

#3: Beachhouse at the North Sea

The third gem on my list is the “Strandhuisjes” (Beach Houses) in Kijkduin, near The Hague. These tiny house apartments are sitting literally on the beach with nothing in between you and the ocean (except for a few kite surfers). 

Okay… a lot of kite surfers, actually.

The tiny container house has a nice lounge sofa inside and a sunny terrace outdoors. From both you can observe the waves and the surfers and let your mind wander.


Changing your workspace location from time to time is important because it helps you to get away from your day-to-day routines. A new environments gives you inspiration and fresh ideas. Watching the waves at the beach or the strolling sheep on an alley creates this sort of flow that is really conducive to creative focus work, especially writing.

For me, the most important aspect is a place with an great view, along with a good internet connection. That’s all I need for recharging my creative batteries.

I’m curious. What was your best creative workation? Drop me an email with your recommendations.