Close

Become a digital nomad in Greece

Recommend

Located on the southernmost tip of the Balkan peninsula, Greece boasts a beautiful coastline and small resort islands in the Mediterranean, Aegean, and Ionian Seas. The country is one of the world’s top travel destinations and a popular spot among digital nomads.

Why Greece

Greece is an easy country to travel to and from, and as a member state of the Schengen Treaty, allows short-term visa-free travel for residents of many countries.

Greece is a place of fascinating natural and architectural beauty, and a lot of freelancers travel to the country for a great selection of picturesque locations to work from. Greece offers a stable internet connection, especially in big cities, as well as coworking spaces and free Wi-Fi in cafés and coffee shops.

Greece is an all year round holiday destination. Famous for its crystal-clear waters, pebbled beaches, and one of the world’s healthiest cuisines, the country provides a unique atmosphere that many nomads are willing to explore.

Best places to work from

Athens is the capital of Greece and a large metropolitan area. The city is a mix of modernity and history in almost everything — its architecture, cuisine, and lifestyle. Athens has the highest internet speed in Greece, so if it’s the fast network you are after, Athens is the best choice. But, working from the city known as “the birthplace of Western civilisation” is an experience in itself.

One of Greece's highlights is the country’s iconic islands — some well-known for their views of snow-white buildings with the backdrop of the deep blue sea, and others for the turquoise waters, the food delicacies, and the never-ending party vibes. Despite the growing interest, the islands have managed to preserve their rustic charm and local identity, and are a special place to work from while getting inspired by some of Europe’s most breathtaking views.

 Good to know: If you decide to work from one of Greece's smaller islands, the best time of the year for your stay is between May and September. From October to April the smaller islands are very peaceful, and the weather conditions may not allow for travel by sea. Also note that in case of an emergency, you may have to be transported via helicopter to a hospital in Athens or another big city on the mainland.

The internet and coworking spaces

The average download speed in Athens is 10Mbps — and it goes down the further you venture away from the capital. With that, you will easily find free Wi-Fi access in the many coffee shops, and there is always the option of getting a 3G or 4F dongle from one of the local providers to ensure stable connectivity wherever you go.

Coworking culture in Greece is still in the budding stage. In Athens, you will find several popular coworking offices, while in smaller towns you may need to settle for working in a coffee shop.

Coworking spaces in Athens

Impact Hub, Karaiskaki 28

Found.ation, Evristheos 2

Orange Grove, Leof. Vasileos Konstantinou 5

Coworking spaces in the islands

There are not many official coworking spaces in the islands. However, there are boutique hotels, hostels, and cafés which particularly popular among freelancers.

Office 12, Michael Iliadi 12, Heraklion, 71409, Crete

Birds Bay, Avlaki, Petra, 81109, Lesvos

Akrotiri Lounge Café, Agios Stefanos, 49081, Corfu

Leisure in Greece

Working in Greece is like having an office in a museum. The country is brimming with historical sights such as the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and many others. A relaxing beach time is guaranteed on the islands, and the Elafonisi in south-west Crete is one of the best windsurfing spots in Europe.

What to know before arriving

Greece is a member state of the Schengen Zone, which makes travel to the country easy for residents of many countries. If you are a resident of a country that is also a member state of the Schengen Zone, you can travel with just your National Identity Card. Alternatively, you can apply for a Schengen Visa before your travels, and enjoy access to other countries in the region.

 Useful links:

Greek Tourism Organisation

Map of free Wi-Fi hotspots in Greece

We do our best to provide accurate and up to date information. However, if you have noticed any inaccuracies in this article, please let us know in the comments section below.
Recommend
expat.com Your favourite team
Member since 01 June 2008
Small earth, Mauritius
Write a comment

See also

Although there are a lot of (mostly unpaid) internship opportunities, finding work in post-crisis Greece is not without its challenges.
Whether you're after cultural outings, quality cuisine and fine drinking, or adrenaline-raising outdoor activities, Greece has it all.
Greece has a well-developed telecoms network that will help expats stay in touch with loved ones back home, but post-offices are not that reliable.
EU nationals will be exempt from the hassle of complex customs procedures, but if moving from a third-country, you should find a reliable moving company.

Expatriate health insurance in Greece

Free advice and quotation service to choose an expat health insurance in Greece

Moving to Greece

Find tips from professionals about moving to Greece

Travel insurance in Greece

Enjoy stress-free travel to Greece