Before we get into details, a little history goes a long way (and it’s quite indicative): The Dubrovnik Republic was the first state to recognize the United States' independence. Croatia is also one of the first six countries in the world to have constitutionally regulated 12-month visas for digital nomads. That's a modern little city with an intriguing history! Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Game of Thrones set King's Landing, and Croatia's most famous city has gained additional interest in the digital nomads' community with the Digital Nomads Conference held in October 2020 and a recent global competition offering free stay and destination experiences to ten lucky winners in Dubrovnik.
So, what is it about Dubrovnik that makes it so appealing for remote workers?
To begin with, during this period, Dubrovnik was almost entirely COVID-19 free zone, with low level cases of infection recorded. Dubrovnik is also known as a very peaceful city, at any time of the day and night. Crime rates are much lower than in other areas of the region.
From May till the end of October you can enjoy warm weather, ideal for sunbathing, swimming and other water sports. Dubrovnik is also blessed with Elaphite islands that are perfect for a summer afternoon of sailing, or simply relaxing on the breath-taking shorelines that are rich in maritime and natural variety. Not just a summer destination, its beauty shines even brighter under the festive lights as well as in the embrace of mild winter sun as a spring introduction.
If you are a foodie, you will appreciate the fact that Dalmatian cuisine is one of the healthiest in the world, so much that its Mediterranean diet was inscribed as intangible UNESCO heritage back in 2013. Dubrovnik is a gourmet paradise, a combination of healthy good, excellent traditional recipes, and a passion for the freshest local produce.
Traditional community connections are very strong and evolving so if you are thinking about living in Dubrovnik be ready to sit with a local for an hour over an espresso. Daily. If you are a newcomer we suggest that you choose a nice-looking café, spend an hour over coffee, and begin developing a friendship with your waiter. Even though locals are described as very friendly and helpful, it takes time to win their confidence, so to begin a conversation, simply ask them to join you for a coffee.
Dubrovnik region has long been recognized as a family-friendly destination. Simple activities like shopping at a local store, tasting local food, or having coffee and ice cream at a waterfront cafe are loved by people of all ages and are excellent options for a family gathering. Activities such as walking around the historic Dubrovnik, combined with a cable car ride and tour of the famous walls; visits to natural beauties such as Lokrum, Mljet National Park, and Trsteno arboretum are also an option. Dubrovnik is a true child-friendly community, with well-equipped kindergartens and schools, as well as a variety of sport and art events.
Let's get a little more practical now. The language. Since Dubrovnik is a tourist destination, locals speak fluent English and are also good at German, Italian, and French. That is an excellent starting point for all international nomads. As a digital nomad, you will need excellent connectivity, and Internet and Wi-Fi are easily accessible in the Dubrovnik region, with excellent coverage in the majority of urban areas. It’s also good to know that many establishments take credit cards from all major banks. Public transportation in Dubrovnik and its suburbs is well-organized and fairly priced. So, if you're dreaming about moving to Dubrovnik, you've come to the right location.
With the culture, mentality, and multigenerational way of life in Dubrovnik, few destinations offer a better overall experience for Digital Nomads.