Top 10 Places for Digital Nomads in Greece — Andy Sto

When we say Greece what image comes to your mind?

Blue domes and white walls? beautiful beaches against a background of green mountains? the image of Plato and Socrates and the golden age of philosophy? The mighty Acropolis? The delicious Mediterranean food? Greece is definitely all of that and much more.

The cradle of western civilization and the birthplace of democracy is a mosaic of different cultures and ideas, seeing that it lies at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa. This interesting mix of people, scenery and experience made Greece one of the most attractive destinations.

Digital nomads are no exception to this fascination with the beautiful country. With an open and welcoming culture, breathtaking landscape, infinite places to discover and hundreds of islands where you can experience the true Greek relaxed life; why wait for retirement to move to Greece when you can work remotely from there?

Many digital nomads have chosen Greece to be their office where they work remotely. It also helped that Greece was one of the first countries to respond to COVID-19; and now many of the Greek islands are COVID-free.

Greece and Digital Nomads

Despite the delay in issuing a digital nomad visa, Greece took a step to attract digital nomads in the end of 2020 by introducing a special tax break for digital nomads.

The program titled “If you can work from anywhere, why not work from Greece?” was approved in January 2021. It allows digital nomads a 50% tax break for 7 years, as Greece aims to attract digital nomads for long periods of time.

The moves by the Greek government show that they understand the value of digital nomads to the economy and the local communities, especially that it spreads further than the mainstream touristic destinations.

The Greek Reporter stated that 100,000 digital nomads in Greece would generate annually the revenues generated by 2.5 million tourists.

Right now, to enter Greece you can acquire a Schengen tourist visa that is valid for 90–180 days.

Where to go in Greece?

In general terms, the living expenses don’t differ greatly from one place to another in Greece. Rent starts from 300 and can reach up to 1,000 euros, and spending on going out and entertainment can range between 30–50 euros per week.

So where do digital nomads go in Greece?

Here is a list of the top 10 most popular destinations for remote working in Greece.

Athens

There are many beaches in Athens as well as all the food choices you can imagine.

Athens has good quality internet (compared to the rest of Greece) at 18 mbps; and many areas have optical fiber and 5G networks. The only downside to Athens, is that it can be crowded with tourists.

Thessaloniki

The coastal city has a rich history and culture. There are always festivals and events going on, as it is considered Greece’s cultural capital. Lying in the northern part of Greece however, Thessaloniki gets cold winters with occasional snow.

Crete

History is a big attraction in Crete which was home to the Minoan civilization, Europe’s 1 stadvanced civilization.

Crete has a program tailored for digital nomads called “Work from Paradise” which aims to extend 5G networks all over the island and connect digital nomads in Crete to exchange ideas and experience. It also has a ton of co-working spaces like Workhub Chania and GreekEscape.

Rhodes

Pelion

Pelion has a few coworking spaces and an average internet speed of 15 mbps.

Nafplion

Patras

Volos

It is famous for the variety of activities and watersports it offers.

Syros

Santorini

Santorini offers a lot of activities and boat trips to nearby islands. However, in winter it can get a bit lonely.

Which of the 10 places would you like to visit the most?

Originally published at https://andysto.com on June 28, 2021.

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