As the world steadily continues its transition to an increasingly remote lifestyle, we are looking at what the options are for those who would like to take the most of it. In one of our previous articles we have already discussed why Bulgaria might just be the perfect destination for digital specialists. And now, we are taking it one step further by looking at the best locations for digital nomads in Bulgaria, including our suggestions for best co-working spaces, accomodation, things to do and more.
The country’s capital is of course the way to kick this list off. A vibrant place that offers all the perks and excitement of living in a big cosmopolitan city that also feels very compact. Getting around would rarely take more than 30 minutes. Contrary to most European capitals, Sofia is still as affordable as it gets. However, what should matter most for digital nomads is the incredibly active digital ecosystem. The city is home to a booming IT industry, software universities, coworking spaces and countless digital hubs.
Things to do in Sofia:
Do some hiking at Sofia’s Vitosha Mountain
Explore the city’s main landmarks on foot or with a walking tour
Go to a traditional Bulgarian restaurant
Bulgaria’s second city offers a similar digital culture but at a smaller scale and pace, compared to the capital. In fact, that’s what Plovdiv is most famous for – its relaxed atmosphere that encourages a slower lifestyle. If you choose Plovdiv as your base you would most likely be spending your working hours in one of the countless hipster cafes in the Kapana Creative District or among the historical houses of the city’s old town, unbothered by no one but the cats.
Things to do in Plovdiv:
Explore the city’s rich graffiti street art scene
Grab a craft beer at Kapana
Climb one of the city’s famous hills
Black Sea Coast
And this of course is for all lovers of sandy beaches, beach bars, the “work hard – party hard” way of life. Windsurf, kitesurf, jetski and all sorts of water sports activities that come to mind are available. Bulgaria’s 354 kilometer Black Sea coast offers something for every taste. From the famous (or should we say infamous) summer party capital – Sunny Beach to remote and calm sea villages like Sinemorets and Tyulenovo to historical towns such as Sozopol and Nessebar to family-oriented resorts like Albena – you will never be short of options.
We reccommend you go with a small, family-owned hotel, regardless of your location at the sea coast.
Things to do at the Black Sea coast
Get adventurous – water rafting, kayak tours, paragliding are just a few of the options available
For the history junkies a visit to Nessebar’s old town is a must
For the lovers of nature and beautiful sceneries – catch the sunrise at Bolata Bay and plan a visit to Cape Kaliakra
Digital nomads in Bulgaria are indeed spoiled by the variety the country offers. We have to admit that here at Motion Software, a lot of us are winter sports junkies. So this one comes at the top of the list for a big part of our team. It’s also quite visible if you follow us on social media. Bulgaria is a mountainous country and therefore, during the winter season it offers all sorts of winter activities. A lot of those are concentrated in famous resorts such as Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo. However, there are many other options for those willing to go off the beaten path. We are here to consult you on that in case you need an advisor.
This one is really interesting as this is a relatively new trend. A lot of locals as well as digital nomads from all around the world are now ditching the big city for remote locations that are on the verge of disappearing. And Bulgaria has plenty of those. The presence of widespread, fast and reliable internet connection even in the most remote villages, stunning nature, beautiful sceneries and calm atmosphere seem to be appealing to many. So if you are the type of person that wants to grow your own tomatoes, live in a 100% organic and environmental friendly manner, then look no further.
Wondering where to start?
Some of our favorites are Leshten, Kovachevitsa and Ribaritsa
Things to do in rural Bulgaria
Indulge in local traditions
Try and communicate with the locals
Locally produced food and drinks are most certainly going to be the best you’ve ever tried
Here at Motion Software, we are always looking for talent. So, if you happen to be on a quest for your next career chapter and are looking for a position with possibilities for fully remote work we are here for you.