Welcome to Montenegro! This little European gem gets often forgotten due to the popularity of its neighbouring Croatia. Nevertheless, Montenegro shouldn’t be overlooked since it makes up for the perfect destination for adventure-loving digital nomads.
Montenegro is a country with rich history, amazing food, the friendliest locals possible and very low living costs, which are all part of the reason why the digital nomads love it there.
This tiny but diverse country in the Balkans is also blessed with absolutely stunning nature. It has beautiful mountains with heaps of hiking possibilities, miles of amazing beaches, glacier lakes and emerald rivers. Add old fortresses and cute medieval towns to it, and youâ€™ll feel like youâ€™re rather in some fantasy movie and not an actual country.
Why Do Digital Nomads Love Montenegro?
Low Taxes And Straightforward Access To Citizenship
There are not many other places in the world where you can pay a 9% tax on earnings for a generally good lifestyle. Thatâ€™s the personal income tax rate in Montenegro.
Moreover, the Montenegrin government has also set out a clear path to citizenship within a decade of living in Montenegro if you meet all the requirements. And the good news is – if you start on the 10-year path to citizenship now, the chances are that Montenegro will be a full EU member by the time you get your passport!
Affordable Cost Of Living
Montenegro is one of the places in Europe where prices greatly depend on the season. If you go there between October and May life can be pretty cheap, while between June and September prices will be compared to other Balkan countries.
When it comes to the accommodation costs, you can easily rent a small unit for around 200 euros per month. Of course, that depends on the place where you want to settle down – Kotor and Budva are surely a bit more expensive due to their popularity, while other smaller places are generally cheaper.
Itâ€™s a small country surrounded by natural beauties
Montenegro (translated means â€śblack mountainâ€ť) is a country in Southeastern Europe, located on the Adriatic Sea. It borders Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Albania and Podgorica.
Itâ€™s a small country with only 622,000 inhabitants, which makes going around pretty easy and fast. If you are a city and party person, you will probably be a bit bored there, however, if you are a nature lover this is a place for you!
Montenegrins are super laid-back
Forget about stressing over a job, your boss or money and have a cup of coffee while looking at the sea instead. Montenegrins are known to be positive people who like to enjoy life and not stress about the little things in life.
Best Places For Digital Nomads And Remote Workers In Montenegro
Since the country is pretty small, there are not so many places to choose from. Normally, the best places for digital nomads would be along the coast since they have much more to offer.
A clear winner would definitely be the Bay of Kotor. The whole bay resembles a fjord and is protected by the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Especially during summer, the place gets flooded by tourists from all over the place, with several cruise ships coming into the town each day. There are also many daily visitors from nearby Dubrovnik in Croatia, which is only about a 2-hour ride away.
There is no secret that this place is one of the most vibrant ones in the whole of Montenegro, thatâ€™s why a lot of the digital nomads decide to settle there. It is one of the most expensive places in the whole country though!
Coworking spaces in Kotor: Balkanoffice, Kowork
Things to do in Kotor: Kotor Fortress, Ladder of Kotor, Old Town, Castle of San Giovanni Lovcen, Koto Beach
On the other side of the bay, we have Tivat, which is a wonderful option if you want to stay in the bay but escape the hustle & bustle of Kotor. It has everything you might need, plenty of coworking spaces, a yacht club and many expats. Plus, the city has an airport, making it super convenient to go on short trips to other European destinations.
Things to do in Tivat: Our Lady of the Rocks, Porto Montenegro, Maritime Heritage Museum, Pizana Gallery
Many of the Russian speaking digital nomads choose Budva as their base. It has good infrastructure, gorgeous beaches and a cute old town. It is also close to Lovcen National park surrounded by beautiful mountains. Additionally, it is located not too far from Kotor and the airport in Tivat.
Coworking spaces in Budva: HUBrela
Things to do in Budva: Budva Riviera, Mogren Beach, Jaz Beach, Sveti Nikola Island
Now this one is for adventure lovers! Ĺ˝abljak is located in the centre of the Durmitor National park with an altitude of 1,456 meters – which makes it the highest situated town in the whole Balkans. Pretty sweet, eh?
In Ĺ˝abljak, you can enjoy hiking, canyoning, kayaking, ziplining, finishing, horseback riding and much more.
Things to do in Ĺ˝abljak: Black Lake, Zminje Lake, Bobotov Kuk, Tara Bridge, Tara Canyon
Even though Podgorica might not be what you expect from a capital city, it still has all the city-style amenities you might be used to; gyms, yoga studios, movie theatres, shopping malls, bars, etc. It is generally a bit cheaper than coastal towns and it should be much easier to find accommodation too.
Coworking spaces in Podgorica: Digitalna Fabrika, WorkHub, Nest
Things to do in Podgorica: Clock Tower, Millennium Bridge, Ostrog Monastery, Ribnica Bridge, Old Town
Hopefully, this guide will help you relocate to Montenegro or at least help you with making a decision about where you should relocate to. In case you have any questions about Montenegro as a destination for remote workers and digital nomads, make sure to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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