Athens: The Upcoming Digital Nomad Destination
Recent studies show an increasing interest in Athens as a digital nomad destination. Athens ranks among cities like Dublin, Paris and Rome as an affordable city to reside in, as well as a place offering exceptional quality of life. What is more, Greece has recently announced the introduction of a “Digital Nomad Visa” for foreigners that wish to work remotely from anywhere in Greece. According to this new legislation, the Greek “Digital Nomad Visa” holders will have the right to reside within Greek territory, on condition that they provide evidence of sufficient resources of about 3,500 euros per month. Family members are also eligible to apply.
While remote work is becoming more and more popular these days, location independence has given rise to the digital nomads’ trend. Digital nomads work remotely, while traveling to different locations on a regular basis. Taking advantage of modern technology, people are able to work online from anywhere in the world, exploring different countries, experiencing new cultures and making new friends.
With Greece, and Athens, in particular, being one of the most popular destinations among tourists and travelers around the world, it is easy to understand the reasons remote workers are also drawn to this amazing city. Considered the birthplace of democracy, Athens is world-renowned for its rich history and culture, its Mediterranean gastronomy, and its proximity to the stunning Greek islands. Exploring the ancient landscapes and modern museums, touring around traditional taverns and contemporary cuisine restaurants, enjoying the rich nightlife are just a few of the experiences that excite every visitor.
But what else does Athens offer to meet the unique necessities of the digital nomad life? Apart from being a great value for money location, Athens is also a safe, warm and welcoming city. It provides the stability of the European Union institutional framework, as well as fast internet services and affordable data. As a digital nomad in Athens, you will have the liberty to work from anywhere in the city: from your workspace at your residence of choice, the countless coffee shops found on every corner, outdoor green parks or even the sandy beaches of the southern suburbs. If you are looking for opportunities to network and boost your creative and innovative thinking, you can opt for the thriving coworking spaces that have emerged in Athens during the last decade, and function as hubs for international business and investment.
Neighbourhoods in and around the city centre are traditionally considered the most convenient places to reside. Monastiraki, Plaka, Pangrati, Kolonaki, Keramikos and many more are beautiful neighborhoods around the city centre, offering a wide variety of amenities and activities, from shopping to sightseeing. However, Athens’ functional transportation system allows for more residential options. Chalandri, Cholargos, Marousi and Kifissia in the northern part of the city offer a more peaceful environment without lacking in anything compared to the city centre. The southern suburbs of Nea Smyrni, Faliro, Piraeus and Alimos have a neighborhood-like feeling while being next to the beautiful beachfront and the port. When choosing a place to stay, consider your personal needs and preferences to make your final decision.
Athens is steadily becoming a focal point among European cities for an abundance of reasons. Its emerging cultural and art scene, the innovation opportunities that have risen after the economic crisis of the last decade, along with the vastly attractive investment opportunities are transforming Athens into an international and cosmopolitan cluster. Working remotely while experiencing the city might prove to be a lot more than another traveling experience. Business and investment potential is always around the corner.
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29 November 2021