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Top 3 European Cities for Digital Nomads

The internet has allowed many of us to work, play, communicate, and pass the time, even if we are far away from home or work. For achingly cool digital nomads whose mantra is ‘have laptop, will travel’, we have the three most nomad-friendly European cities for you. 

Vilnius, Lithuania

Since joining the EU in 2004, the capital of Lithuania has been steadily attracting visitors to explore its historic centre and hundreds of churches. Today, digital nomads flock there for its vibrant FinTech community and superfast Wi-Fi (Lithuania had the fastest pubic Wi-Fi upload and download speed in 2016). Couple that with 45,000 IT specialists and developers, a sandbox environment for FinTech startups and extremely low corporate and income tax rates, and it’s easy to see why Vilnius is attracting digital nomads much like Snapchat to millennials.

Beneath the modern tech thinking, Vilnius lures you in with its dreamy baroque Old Town, the largest in Europe, with over 1,200 buildings scattered across its hilly, winding streets. For great views across Vilnius’s many spires, head to Gediminas’s Tower of the Upper Castle, a small mound where the only remaining tower of the city’s castle, built in 1409, stands. 

Tallinn, Estonia

The Internet, along with water and electricity, is a human right in Estonia. In  the capital Tallinn, the aura of the Middle Ages intertwines with the modern force of broadband internet. Digital nomads walk the cobbled streets, sip specialty coffee in charming cafés, and work purposefully in shared workspaces. English is widely spoken. Craft beer is excellent. The nightlife is vibrant. And yes, you can definitely sit on one of its many sandy beaches in the summer.  

The majestic Tallinn Town Hall (Raekoda), dating from 1404, is the best preserved medieval town hall in northern Europe. If legends and hidden treasure captivate you, head underground and check out the Bastion passages, a network of defensive tunnels built in the 17th-century.  

Valencia, Spain

Over the last decade, an influx of investment has radically transformed Valencia. The money revamped its harbour, built the jaw-dropping Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (City of Arts and Sciences), and opened Spain’s first modern art museum, Valencia Institute of Modern Art. But it is the city’s long sandy beaches, balmy weather, ubiquitous Wi-Fi, excellent Metro network, and low cost of living that make Valencia a haven for digital nomads.

Valencia has its playful side too. The summer festival La Tomatina sees participants throwing tomatoes at one another purely for entertainment purposes. Then there is the legendary Las Fallas where blaring firecrackers, massive fireworks, towering bonfires, and endless