Having a digital nomad lifestyle gives you the unique opportunity to live and work from any possible destination in the world. That said, there are locations that are already known as digital nomad hubs like Chiang Mai, Bali and Bangkok. However, if you are looking for something different, I have great suggestions for you. Brace yourself to be inspired to visit some of the less known European destinations and bring some new experience to your digital nomad life.
Many digital nomads flock around Southeast Asia or South America for its very affordable cost of living. Little did they know, Europe has its own place that matches the budget-friendly cost of living on the other parts of the world – Vilnius in Lithuania.
It might not be the first city or even country that you will think of in terms of living the digital nomad life. Lithuania, in general, is super affordable if you compare it to other parts of Europe such as The Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, and France. For as low as 350 euro, you can rent a studio apartment in the city center of Vilnius. While the utilities should not cost you more than 50 euro. The internet speed here is crazy fast too hitting up 60Mbps.
Mary, A Mary Road
If you love co-working spaces, they are very easy to find – a perfect place to network and meet people that are probably in the same field as you. The best way to get an apartment apart from Airbnb is to join the apartment for rent groups on Facebook or Foreigners in Vilnius group.
The members are very helpful and there are posting about accommodations almost every day. On your first week, stay in one the best hostels in Vilnius like many expats start their life in Lithuania, it’s a great way to meet locals and get insider tips.
With over 18,000 hosts on Couchsurfing, over 300 Airbnb’s for less than £20, 5 hostels, beaches, numerous cafes and an incredible quality of living, Montpellier, France is the place to be as a digital nomad.
With a high student population, there are plenty of co-working spaces, cafes with free wi-fi, public libraries and business get-togethers across the city center. Also, thanks to the international student presence there are ample opportunities to meet new people from all walks of life and take part in some fun language exchanges and meet up groups.
Brie Anne, Brie-Anne.com
Montpellier is incredible. It’s beautiful. It has beaches, it has airports, it has train stations and it has nature, all wrapped into one extravagant city. It’s a fantastic base to explore the Languedoc region and the Mediterranean coast and it’s a great place to just be.
The city itself is full of incredible architecture, like the beautiful 17th-century arc du Triomphe (Porte du Peyrou), or the stunning water tower at the end of the Promenade du Peyrou and thanks to the 2668 hours of sunshine a year you can pretty much guarantee seeing them with a beautiful blue-skied backdrop.
Montpellier is the city to be in France. It’s young, it’s friendly, it’s diverse and it has all the facilities to suit any digital nomads needs, requirements, and lifestyle.
The Romanian town of Brasov is an excellent destination for digital nomads. We spent 2 months there in the winter of 2016/17 and had an amazing stay in an affordable, welcoming town.
For digital nomads working online, Romania is a great choice because they are known for their super fast WiFi. WiFi is not only speedy, but it’s also easy to come by. Every cafe we visited in Brasov (and many of the restaurants) had WiFi available. In addition to the dozens of delicious coffee shops where you can spend a few hours working, Brasov is a lovely city in general.
Amy & Nathan, Two Drifters
It’s small enough to feel quaint, but not too small to feel insular. If you want the charm of a historic European town, we’d suggest choosing Brasov over Bucharest (Romania’s capital). Here you can have the right mix of cozy restaurants, interesting tourist attractions, and nearby nature. Did we mention there are also some glorious castles ?!
For digital nomads, the price is also extremely appealing. Dining is incredibly affordable (2 people can have a terrific dinner with drinks for less than $20 USD), and even the accommodation is affordable. We stayed in an Airbnb studio apartment in the town center and paid just $500 per month.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Las Palmas is the capital of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands, Spain and is also a digital nomad hub! One of the best things about being in this city is that you can have fast friends with the digital nomad community here. When I moved here for five months, I had an instant social group with regular events, lunches, and beach days.
What makes this city a great choice for digital nomads is that it is relatively inexpensive compared to other European hubs (I was living on less than 500 EUR per month), it is very safe and walkable city with many coworking and co-living options.
The Canary Islands have mild temperatures year-round and even though it might be a little far from the European mainland – there are so many places to explore on these islands that they will keep you busy for months or years.
For anyone who is building their online business, Las Palmas provides a great opportunity to build your network, learn from others in the industry, and keep your expenses low while growing your income. Although you may be tempted to over-indulge in tapa and wine nights, the driven digital nomads will help keep you focused on your work.
Brno, Czech Republic
If you want the atmosphere of Prague but with fewer tourists and for less money, then Brno might be the right choice for you!
When it comes to digital nomad lifestyle, Brno has a lot to offer. The Internet is fast and free Wi-Fi is easy to come by, mostly in the many, many cafes and restaurants in the city’s center. But if cafes are not your preferred workspace, there are plenty of coworking places to choose from.
And what is there to do in Brno when I am not working, I hear you ask. A lot!
In addition to the typical museums, historical sites, parks, and nightclubs, you get more exotic options, such as visiting an old nuclear fallout shelter, watching a race at the local race track or explore the karst caves north of the city. Or, if you are visiting during the summer, you can attend Ignis Brunensis – Brno’s amazing fireworks competition and last for two weeks!
At the end of the day, even a digital nomad needs a home to come back to and, luckily, accommodations in Brno are affordable. Rent is considerably cheaper than in Prague and there are plenty of really nice Airbnb’s in the 600-800$ a month range.
Lisbon may not be as cheap as it once was, at least on the surface, but that hasn’t stopped it being one of the world’s top digital nomad destinations. Why? Because Lisbon has a fantastic digital nomad community, and that’s something that digital nomads all over the world are looking for.
Every week, around 80 or more digital nomads meetup at a bar in Lisbon for drinks and networking. There are also regular meals out, mastermind sessions, and informal meetups throughout the rest of the week. You’ll also meet digital nomads at the many co-working spaces located throughout the city, many of which also have regular events like after-work drinks, meals out, and talks.
Then there are all the other things that Lisbon has going for it. It has warm weather for large chunks of the year, and often (but not always) the winters can be mild. The food is good too and, although many city center restaurants have raised their prices, it’s still possible to find a prato do dia for around €5 or less if you look hard enough.
Lisbon may not have its own beach in the same way that Barcelona has, but the beaches aren’t too far away: Estoril and Cascais are around 30-45 minutes away by train. There are also great beaches down the coast towards Setúbal, while the Algarve is just a few hours away by train and perfect for a weekend away.
If you’re looking for your next digital nomad location, look no further than Lisbon.
Bordeaux is known as the little Paris. The last couple of years, the history and architecture are not the main reasons to call it that way. The new generation of young people is moving to Bordeaux, running away from the crowded and noisy Paris (and any other megapolis), looking for a calm and inspiring place to work from.
That’s why Bordeaux is getting more and more attractive for freelancers, digital nomads, the people who can work remotely for different international companies.
Moni and Dian, OmTripsBlog
Bordeaux is also known for its romantic riverside, vibrant coffee shops, endless food places, fancy yoga studios, and the long list of delicious French wines. It offers a friendly atmosphere and French styled working spaces with great interior design and plenty of good offers.
Some of the recommendations that I can give to you are SIP coffee, Le Bac A Sable Working – Café, W’IN, La Ruche, DARWIN, Le Buro des Possibles, etc. No matter if you decide to move to Bordeaux or go just for a short visit, you will definitely be hooked by the spirit of this amazing city. Enjoy!
Rhodes in Greece is best known as an island for vacation, but in recent years, a digital nomad scene has emerged, and more and more DNs find their way here. And rightly so, Rhodes is a great base for exploring Greece, but at the same time get comfortable accommodation and great Wi-Fi. In addition to that, one can also enjoy the party in Rhodes town and Faliraki, and there will always be an influx of foreign tourists.
The locals are also used to tourism, so the English level is generally higher in Rhodes than other places in Greece. The standard of living is also higher, and one can find a great apartment with Wi-Fi included for as little as 450 Euro a month. Rhodes also has some of the most beautiful beaches, such as Tsambika Beach, Faliraki Beach or Lindos Beach and many more.
Christine, Christine Abroad
Rhodes also has great connections with a lot of other destinations in Europe, so you won’t be stranded whenever you decide on a weekend break or a new destination.
For internet, you can always go to a cafe, but even better is to buy a 4-G sim card with data plan, then you get faster speed than at cafes. Or you could go a coworking space, such as Armos GR. All in all, Rhodes is a nice place to live for Digital Nomads, and everything needed can be found, including larger supermarkets and stores. There is also a Digital Nomad group for Rhodes on Facebook that you can join and connect with others.
Palermo is one of those hidden gems for digital nomads. It’s high underrated destination and, therefore, much less crowded than all the other nomad hotspots in Europe.
There is a variety of places to work in Palermo. I actually have three favorite places to work from, depending on what I need to get done. My happy place is located on the seventh floor of the Hotel Ambasciatori. There is a restaurant with Wi-Fi and the view is spectacular. I just love to work from there and it calms me down.
Palermo is a city but you can get out of it in no time. Go hiking or even skiing, enjoy the beach, or do watersports. That being said, Palermo offers a great work-life balance.
Palermo is different than any other city in Italy. It’s in the very south of the country. It has been under the possession of different empires over the centuries – Carthago, Byzantine, Romans, Greeks, and Arabs just to name a few – and parts of all these peoples are still alive and tangible.
That’s why the city is known for its own language, history, culture, architecture, and gastronomy – so different from the rest of Italy. It’s a very special experience to live in a city with such a multicultural influence that took place over 2,500 years and made everything so unique.
While Sofia and Plovdiv may provide for a great digital nomad city lifestyle, its Bulgaria’s biggest ski resort that offers a more relaxed way of living. Located just two hours from the capital Sofia, its one of the most cost-effective places to ski and snowboard in Europe.
If you’re a winter sports fan, its good value to base yourself here as a digital nomad, but for me, Bansko comes into her own outside of the ski season. Located on the edge of the Pirin National Park, spending the spring or summer in Bansko provides for a great lifestyle.
While you’re out in the countryside you don’t need a car here, as there are a bus and a train station. You can even get to a beach in Greece within half a day on public transport! Bulgaria is outside the Schengen zone, so if you need to leave Schengen for a while, it’s a great place to come!
Accommodation isn’t expensive. There are nice apartments for US$180 a month with decent internet access. You can also use the co-living spaces now open in the mountain town. The coworking space in the old town offers fabulous social interaction and starter packages for access and accommodation.
Eating out is cheap – €3 for breakfast, €4 for lunch and €9 for dinner. A large beer will cost you €1.50, a liter of Bulgarian wine is €5. If you’re here for the ski season you can pick up a seasons pass for €650, or ski for a month for €400.
Tarifa, Spain is a fantastic place to relax for a while. The southernmost point in mainland Europe, Tarifa boasts one of the warmest winter climates. Summers remain comfortable thanks to the consistent winds. The long white sand beach is backed with two mountainous national parks making for stunning views.
If you like adventure, you’ll find kiteboarding, surfing, scuba diving, mountain biking, hiking, and rock climbing. History buffs will love the narrow alleys of the walled town overlooked by castle ruins. For nature lovers, Tarifa is a birdwatcher’s dream and a great place for activities such as whale watching.
Claire, Past The Potholes
While still relatively unknown, digital nomads who have discovered Tarifa find reliable internet, a great community and plenty of places to get work done. Aside from the cafe options (the best being along the beachfront), there are also a few co-working spaces around town.
The best accommodation and workspace options are just outside the city walls. With newer buildings comes greater comfort, air conditioning more common and more reliable internet. CoWorkshop Only Tarifa is fairly new and just a short walk from Puerta de Jerez.
For those digital nomads looking to really buckle down and work, Tarifa may not be the best option. But if you are looking to mix work with outdoor adventure and abundant nature then Tarifa, Spain is worth a closer look.
If you’re looking for an unusual destination for your next stint as a digital nomad, why not try Skopje, Macedonia? This Balkan capital is often overlooked by digital nomads in favor of more well-trodden Eastern European digital nomad cities, like Plovdiv in Bulgaria and Bucharest in Romania. But Skopje also has excellent internet and cheap prices, plus awesome cafés that are co-working friendly.
There are plenty of hostels (the top-reviewed are Nordic Hostel N-Box, which is a capsule-style hostel, and Get Inn Hostel near the center of Skopje). However, if you are planning a longer-term stay, I recommend taking advantage of the cheap Airbnb prices. I was able to get a well-appointed private studio near the center for just $15 per night by booking for more than a week at a time.
Allison, Sofia Adventures
One of the best places to work in the city is Public Room. It’s a massive creative hub perfect for co-working and meeting like-minded digital nomads and entrepreneurs. There are also a ton of laptop-friendly cafés in the Debar Maalo neighborhood of Skopje, which is one of the hippest parts of the city.
Prices are very affordable. Expect to spend less than 200 Macedonian denars for an average meal (less than $4 USD) and about 100 for a local beer in a bar or restaurant (less than $2 USD).
Besides the great places to work and things to do in Skopje, there are tons of day trips you can do from Skopje, such as hiking to Mount Vodno just outside the city center, taking a day trip to Matka Canyon, or visiting the painted church in Tetovo. You can also go a little further afield to the beautiful lakeside city of Ohrid. Or to the lively towns of Bitola or Prilep for a quick overnight trip or weekend getaway.
If you are looking for a digital nomad-friendly location, the capital of Albania should be high on your list! Tirana is a bustling city that is developing rapidly to catch up with the world around it. As such, you’ll find tons of modern amenities like coffee shops, bars, restaurants, and places to visit in Tirana. The city even has some beautiful green spaces to relax and enjoy – including the beautiful city park with an artificial lake!
Eric and Lisa, Penguin and Pia
The Albanians actually stole their ‘coffee culture” from the Italians – and it shows to this day. Around every corner, you’ll find people sitting out on a patio or inside enjoying an espresso. One coffee shop chain, Mon Cheri, was our favorite to work at. There are lots of tables and workspaces with plugs. The wifi is free and quite fast as well!
As for accommodations, Tirana has many hotels as well as a booming Airbnb/apartment rental market. We stayed in an Airbnb for about 3 weeks in a brand new condo building. The area was great – with grocery stores and cafes very close by. Overall, we found Tirana to be safe and welcoming. With the low cost of living, this makes Tirana a great choice for any digital nomad.