With its diversity in cultures, landscape and affordability, Europe is becoming more and more popular among digital nomads. This is especially true when it comes to Southeast Europe, which has been making a name for itself only in the past few years.
We’ve put together a list of the best cities for digital nomads in Southeast Europe to help you choose your next destination to work remotely from. May it be sandy beaches, high mountains, castles or historic old towns – here you’ll find whatever you’re looking for and more.
Best cities for digital nomads in Croatia
One of the most popular cities among digital nomads in Croatia is Split. Here you’ll find an abundance of coworking spaces and laptop-friendly cafes to get work done, but also meet some like-minded people.
Some of the coworking spaces in Split include The Works, scaleup Office, CoCreative and Amosfera Coworking.
The town is located along the Dalmatian coast and offers a variety of things to do when one’s not focused on their daily tasks – from exploring the beautiful old town and its Roman buildings, to enjoying the promenade and the nearby historic sights.
To say that Zadar is an interesting destination for digital nomads is an understatement. The city is home to the first digital nomad village in Croatia, called the Digital Nomad Valley Zadar, but it’s also still considered a bit more off-the-beaten-path, making it perfect for those looking to escape the tourist crowds.
Zadar is situated on the Northern part of the Dalmatian coast, still allowing you to enjoy the Adriatic Sea and its sandy beaches when the weather gets hot.
Ancient ruins from the Romans and Venetians can be found scattered around the beautiful old town, and the towering mountains make for a mesmerizing backdrop when working from here.
The city of Rovinj is cited among the best cities for digital nomads in Croatia. The atmosphere is heavily influenced by the different empires that ruled here – the Venetians, the Romans, the Byzantines and the Austrians all resided here at some point in time.
The city still hasn’t turned into a massive tourist magnet like Dubrovnik, making it even better for a place to work from and enjoy the tranquility of nature. Rovinj is located on the Istrian peninsula, giving you the opportunity to be as close to the sea as it can get.
The only coworking space in the city is Coworking Rovinj-Rovigno, located just outside the city center. There are also a fair amount of laptop-friendly cafes where you can get some work done.
Best cities for digital nomads in Greece
The Greek capital is one of the most popular cities among digital nomads in the country. Athens has a rich history and culture, the internet is very fast, and it’s much more affordable than most European cities (let alone capitals).
Greece is known for its long summer and many summer days – perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy the warm rays a little longer than usual.
Being a university city, Thessaloniki is a cultural melting pot where anyone can feel at home. It was also named among the top party destinations in the world by Lonely Planet at some point! Another enticing factor is its proximity to nature – both beaches and mountains are very accessible from Thessaloniki. One of the best destinations nearby is the Halkidiki peninsula in the south.
It’s good to keep in mind that despite Thessaloniki being on the coast, it’s rather a port city than a beach city – if you want to enjoy a day at the beach, you might have to go a bit further than the city center.
The island of Crete has one of the biggest digital nomad communities in all of Greece, making it the perfect place for anyone looking to relocate to the country. It even has its own website dedicated to anything remote work-related.
This is the biggest and southernmost Greek island and it’s often considered among the most authentic and representative islands in the country. Here you’ll also find otherworldly beaches and historic sights to spend your free time exploring.
Best cities for digital nomads in Bulgaria
When talking about the best cities in Bulgaria for digital nomads, the name you’d hear the most often is undoubtedly Bansko. This small mountain town has been turned into a hub for people from all over the world, and many of them have even decided to buy an apartment here.
There are a few coworking spaces in Bansko, but the biggest and most popular one is Coliving and Coworking Bansko. They also organize the annual Bansko Digital Nomads Fest, which in 2022 brought together over 500 people from around the world.
Bansko is not only a digital nomads haven, but also paradise for nature and sports lovers. In winter, this is the most popular ski resort in all of Bulgaria, and in summer its proximity to the mountains allows for hikes, mountain biking and more exciting activities. Not to mention that the old town is beautiful and one can spend a day just exploring it.
The next most preferred Bulgarian city among digital nomads is the capital – Sofia. This place is Bulgaria’s cultural hub – it has over 20 museums to visit and quite a few historic sights, such as the Roman ruins at Serdika metro station, St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the St. George Church and more.
What makes it even better is its proximity to the Vitosha mountains, allowing for hiking during the summer and winter sports during the colder months.
Sofia is full of coworking spaces, some of which include Betahaus, SOHO – Sofia Holistic Coworking Company, Puzl CowOrKing, Work & Share Coworking Space, Regus and more. As of 2022, Work Nomads has also opened its doors, allowing people to not only work from there, but also rent full apartments for short and long stays.
Varna is the third biggest city in Bulgaria and the biggest one on the seaside. If you’re looking to relocate somewhere close to the Black Sea in Bulgaria, this is your best bet. Sandy beaches, beautiful architecture and a lot of history – this is what Varna is all about.
With low-fare airlines being introduced to the city, Varna is easily reachable from numerous places around Europe. Costs here are definitely cheaper than Sofia, and you also get the proximity to the seaside as an added bonus.
Best cities for digital nomads in Romania
Timișoara is Romania’s third largest city and one of the most popular ones among digital nomads. This city is often called the “Little Vienna” because of its elegant buildings, Secessionist architecture and history. It doesn’t lack charm, so to speak.
The city is buzzing with young people, making it a great place for anyone looking for a lively place to live at. It has the best of both worlds – the conveniences of a large city but also the peacefulness of a smaller town.
Located in the heart of Transylvania, this Romanian city is becoming more and more popular among remote workers. Cluj has been booming in recent years, currently holding even higher rental prices than the capital. The city has a big concentration of tech startups and IT companies, and it carries a very youthful and dynamic vibe.
Cluj is not only great to explore and work from, but also as a starting point for different day trips – there’s a lot to see in Transylvania, such as the Corvin Castle, the Alba Carolina Fortress, the Turda Salt Mine and more.
The Romanian capital undoubtedly has a large concentration of digital nomads and this comes as no surprise. This is the biggest city in the country, has a rich history and the architecture is beautiful. The IT sector has been developing very fast in recent years, and more and more startups have been emerging as well.
This is also among the most affordable European capitals, perfect for those who want to stay on a budget. Dracula’s castle is only a couple hours away, and the Black Sea Coast can be reached within 2.5 hours by car.
Brasov is a wonderful all-year-round destination if you’re looking for somewhere to settle down at any point during the year. You enjoy skiing? The Carpathian mountains are right here and the ski resort of Poiana Brasov is only 15 minutes away. Hiking is your thing? There are plenty of opportunities. Around Brasov there are quite a few interesting places to visit like Rasnov Citadel and Bran Castle.
The city is a bit isolated and not very well connected to the Romanian highways, but the Brasov Airport is planned to start working at the end of 2022.
Best cities for digital nomads in Montenegro
Being the capital of Montenegro, Podgorica is often the first choice of digital nomads in the country. As every big city, here you can find anything you’re looking for with the added bonus of affordability. Some people even compare Montenegro to Thailand in terms of accessibility and budgeting.
Most of the country’s coworking spaces are concentrated here, among which you’ll find NEST COWORKING, Work Hub Montenegro and Mtel Digitalna Fabrika.
Kotor may be tiny, but it’s also stunningly beautiful. If all you need is some gorgeous views, hiking opportunities and a lovely town to walk around, you’ll find this here. However, Kotor may not be the right choice if you’re looking for more city-like amenities, such as gyms, malls, cafes etc.
Not too far from Kotor there’s another small town, perfect for digital nomads that want to escape the crowds. Well, except for the summer months when it’s the high season in Montenegro and these towns are crammed with tourists.
Budva is the perfect place to relax and enjoy nature, to get some work done, but also to explore the rest of Montenegro, thanks to its central location. There’s one coworking space in Budva called HUBrela that you can check out.
Best cities for digital nomads in Serbia
Belgrade’s popularity among digital nomads is rising day by day. The Serbian capital is usually known for being a party destination, but in recent years it’s turning into a favorable place for work as well.
The city is quite big and has everything you might need. It’s also not too crowded, leaving some space to breathe and get work done without dealing with any crowds of people.
The Digital Serbia Initiative, together with the United Nations Development Program, launched a new website, called “BelgradeGets.digital”, aimed at helping digital nomads to navigate around the city and make the most of their stay.
If the hustle and bustle isn’t your thing, don’t look away as Serbia still has something to offer. A big part of the digital nomads who decided not to reside in Belgrade have found Novi Sad to be a wonderful place to call home.
Novi Sad was named a European Capital of Culture and it you can be sure you’ll stayed entertained here. May it be strolls along the Danube, trekking at the Fruška Gora National Park, or diving into the city’s history at the Petrovaradin Fortress – there’s definitely something for everyone.
If this hasn’t convinced you yet, let’s talk about music. The EXIT Festival, which takes place in the Petrovaradin Fortress every year in July, is the one event that travelers usually associate Novi Sad with. In 2016 it was named the best summer music festival in Europe, so there must be something about it.
If you’re looking for a place to work from in Novi Sad, some of the cowering spaces include Startit, Business Incubator and Habitat.
Best cities for digital nomads in North Macedonia
The North Macedonian capital is an “up and coming” digital nomads destination, making it perfect for anyone who still wants to find something off-the-beaten-path. The good news is that it’s among the cheapest capitals in Europe, so staying on a budget is not hard.
At the end of January 2021 the Government of North Macedonia announced that it is to launch a new visa program aimed at attracting global digital nomads. Currently, tourists can only stay in North Macedonia for up to 3 months, making it impossible for remote workers to move there for longer. With the new legislation that is currently being discussed, the entrepreneurial community hopes to introduce the new visa, valid for a period of 1 year, that will likely come with a possibility for extension.
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