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Co-living and co-working or how Bulgaria’s Semkovo could become haven for digital nomads

Photo: Coliving Semkovo

Digital nomads from all over the world want to establish a large international community in the Bulgarian mountain resort of Semkovo. The plan is to transform a huge old hotel built back in the 1980s. The building has impressive architectural appearance and dimensions. But what ignites the fantasy of digital nomads is its location and the opportunity to work and live together in Rila, without depriving themselves of modern convenience.

Co-living is a new trend that is making its way into the modern world of digital technologies and remote work. It allows digital nomads to settle in one place for longer time, not only to work together, but also to share their free time, Matthias Zeitler, initiator of the "Coliving Semkovo" project says. He is also the founder of the so-called "Coworking Bansko" project that established Bulgaria's Bansko as a hub of digital nomads.

According to him, Semkovo is an ideal location for living and for remote work:

Matthias Zeitler
The idea is to turn the neglected hotel into a modern building with 200 separate studios and 8 thousand square meters of shared space in the heart of Rila Mountain. The dream of the organizers is that their project would bring new energy to the resort. People from all over the world would come here to combine work with winter sports, mountain biking, hiking and all kinds of outdoor activities.

An exciting aspect of the project is that it will be managed by the community as the owners will be part of a modern cooperative structure

For less than a month, the project has gained the interest of more than 125 people who are considering buying an apartment and becoming part of the idea. Carly Lindsay from the UK is also considering this possibility:

Photos: Coliving Semkovo; Veneta Nikolova

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