Greece could be a hot destination for digital nomads in 2021. It’s beautiful, cozy, affordable and, most importantly, one of the first European countries to reopen their borders after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Better yet, it’s one of several countries planning to launch a nomadic digital visa program to attract remote workers. Under the proposed plan, digital nomads moving to Greece will receive a 50% personal income tax rebate for seven years.
That kind of savings could buy a lot of sunscreen and Ellinikos Kaffés, so let’s take a look at some of the best places for digital professionals to settle down.
5 best places for digital nomads in Greece
greek reporter recently asked a group of digital nomads to name their favorite areas in Greece to live and work. Here’s what they found:
Digital nomads cannot go wrong with Athens. The Greek capital is full of great cafes, restaurants, entertainment options and historic sites. It’s also covered with fast, free Wi-Fi and co-working spaces.
Average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment: €340 ($410 USD)
Chania on the island of Crete
Chania is a beautiful old town on the west end of Crete. While it’s known for its 14th-century Venetian harbor and narrow streets, it also has modern conveniences like fast Wi-Fi and well-appointed coworking spaces.
Average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment: €375 ($451 USD)
While many tourists are drawn to Mykonos, nearby Syros is a hidden paradise for digital nomads. It combines top-notch telecommuting advantages with tranquil charm and uncrowded beaches.
Average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment: €327 ($394 USD)
The coastal port city of Volos, also known as the City of Argonauts, is located midway between Athens and Thessaloniki. Known for its natural beauty, it also has excellent internet service and plenty of coworking spaces.
Average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment: €225 ($271 USD)
Pelion is a mountainous region in Thesssaly with beautiful beaches and a picturesque, tranquil vibe. This city is perfect for digital nomads looking for productivity and a change of pace.
Average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment: €260 ($313 USD)
Although the digital nomad visa is coming up, it has not been finalized by the Greek government. Until that happens, non-EU remote workers can only stay in Greece for 90 days at a time.
However, British digital nomads can take advantage of the “Brexit bonus”, which allows UK citizens to stay in the country for up to 180 days.