Croatia, a small country in the Balkans, has seen an influx of digital nomads arriving from all across the globe and itâ€™s not hard to see why.Â
Miles of beautiful beaches, high quality of life, low living costs, amazing cuisine, friendly localsâ€¦ And a special digital nomad visa! All of that and more is why more and more people decide to visit Croatia for a longer period of time while working remotely.
Why do digital nomads love Croatia?
Digital Nomad Visa
Since digital nomads bring money to the economy, some countries have introduced a special visa for these workers, allowing them to stay longer than with a tourist visa.
Croatia rolled out a special one-year visa for foreign remote workers at the beginning of 2021. It was created for individuals who reside outside the EU and perform work through communication technology. The individuals who are granted the visa donâ€™t have to pay income tax but also canâ€™t offer services to Croatian businesses. They also need to prove that they earn at least $2700 each month.
More information about the digital nomad visa in Croatia can be found here.
Low Cost Of Living
One of the reasons why Croatia is an excellent destination for digital nomads and remote workers is definitely the low cost of living. Of course, it greatly depends on how you decide to spend your money, but it is generally very affordable to work and live there.
One Of The Safest Countries
We bet you didnâ€™t know that Croatia is actually one of the safest countries in the world! The numbers donâ€™t lie; Croatia is the 19th safest country in the whole world, meaning that is much safer than the UK or the US.
Miles of beaches and beautiful scenery
Croatiaâ€™s mainland coast is more than 1,777 kilometres long (1,104 miles) and with its 1,246 islands, it encompasses a further 4,058 kilometres (2,522 miles) of coastline. The Adriatic Sea is known to be the most beautiful sea in Europe so there is no surprise that there are many, many stunning beaches all around the coastline.
Best Places For Digital Nomads And Remote Workers In Croatia
We canâ€™t talk about Croatia and not mention Dubrovnik. It is one of the most well-established historic cities in Croatia. The mighty old town was one of the filming destinations for Game Of Thrones series and since the start of the series, the small town has been flooded by short- and long-term tourists.
Dubrovnik is great if youâ€™re looking for a busy, buzzing and fun destination. Not so much if youâ€™re looking for that peaceful Mediterranean vibe while actually getting some work done. Plus, there are unfortunately no coworking spaces in Dubrovnik.
Things to do in Dubrovnik: Old Town, Lokrum, Lovrijenac, Rectorâ€™s Palace, Stradun, Banje Beach, Dubrovnik Cable Car
Split would be the second most popular city in Croatia. Itâ€™s not as crowded as Dubrovnik, but still has a charming old town with friendly locals. Thereâ€™s plenty of space to work, visit and do in the city and itâ€™s a gateway to Croatiaâ€™s most beautiful islands.
Things to do in Split: Diocletianâ€™s Palace, Bacvice Beach, Saint Domnius Cathedral, Maestrovic Gallery, Kasjuni Beach
If youâ€™re more of a city person rather than someone who enjoys being close to the sea, then Zagreb might be a place for you! This vibrant place offers everything someone might expect from a capital city; events, exhibitions, museums, nightlife, festivals, amazing places to eat and drink, etc. And a booming digital nomad community with an ever-growing number of expat-friendly places and events.
Things to do in Zagreb: St. Markâ€™s Church, Museum of Broken Relationships, Ban Josip JelaÄŤiÄ‡ Square, Maksimir Park
Hvar is one of the most beautiful islands in Croatia, therefore there is no surprise that many tourists (as well as remote workers) choose it as their holiday or work destination. Itâ€™s perfect if you want to be away from the crowds; although the city of Hvar can get pretty busy, especially during the peak season. There are no coworking spaces on the island, but thereâ€™s definitely plenty of beautiful places where you can relax and get some work done.
Things to do in Hvar: Ĺ Ä‡edro, Spanish Fortress, Jerolim, Katedrala sv. Stjepana I., Pokonji dol Beach
Hopefully, this guide will help you relocate to the beautiful country of Croatia. In case you have any questions about Croatia as a destination for remote workers and digital nomads, make sure to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org as we have many experience and knowledge about this stunning Balkan country.
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