Have you heard about the digital nomads in Portugal and how they’re having the time of their lives? And now you want to become one of them? We sure do! But what location should you go visit first? That’s the real question…
Well, in this post we’re going to take you through some of the more popular hub spots for the Portugal digital nomads so you can figure out where to go first! We’ll even include a local Facebook group, a housing option, as well as a coworking space for each location for you to make your decision easier!
Let’s get to it!
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The Best Locations for Digital Nomads in Portugal
Lisbon is a popular hot spot for digital nomads to visit! Not only is the city Beautiful with a capital B but it is also a city full of other nomads and fun activities. Lisbon has lots of affordable restaurants and cafés as well as plenty of apartments available as short-term rentals.
For a capital city, Lisbon actually isn’t that big and it is easy to get around by the use of public transport or even by foot if you’re in the city center. On top of that, public transport is also fairly inexpensive and single use as well as long-term passes are available for purchase.
One of the things we loved the most about Lisbon was the vibrant colors and the artsy look the city has to it both through old architecture and modern art – especially in the Alfama district. The Alfama district also offers some of the best viewpoints in Lisbon and even if you end up living in a different part of town, it is worth checking this area out!
- Related: 5 of the Best Viewpoints in Lisbon
Through Facebook and Meetup.com you’ll find several groups specifically for Lisbon-based digital nomads. These groups often organize events, including both casual get-togethers and more formal workshops on topics like SEO and productivity.
Through these groups you can also search for accommodation (i.e. in the FB group Accommodation for digital nomads in Lisbon) but if you’re wanting to have that sorted before you go, you might want to check out Selina’s Secret Garden Lisbon. Or for a cheaper alternative, check out Airbnb and search for stays that are LONGER than 1 month. This usually gets you a great discount (up to 50% off).
Summary of Lisbon Portugal:
- Digital Nomad Facebook group Lisbon: Lisbon Digital Nomads & Expats
- Best place to stay in Lisbon: Selina’s Secret Garden Lisbon
- Co-working spaces in Lisbon: Avila Spaces – Business Center & Coworking
This little gem of a surf town is located on the west coast of Portugal just 50 minutes from Lisbon. Ericeira is not only one of the most beautiful beach towns you’ll see on the west coast of Europe, it is also one of the best places for surfing in the world!
On top of surfing, there are many other things to do in Ericeira. You can go hiking along the coast, eat delicious fresh seafood followed by a Pastel de Nata for dessert. You can go on a day trip to Sintra, Lisbon, Cascais, or you can hang out on one of the beautiful beaches in town! Praia de São Sebastião is probably our favorite.
- Related: Is Cascais the Best Day Trip From Lisbon?
- Related: Lisbon to Sintra: An Unforgettable Day Trip Full Of Castles
In terms of digital nomads, there is a small well-established community and a bunch of different coworking spaces in Ericeira. Our favorite one is actually the one located at the Lapoint Surf Camp – and that one has an option for coliving too so you can stay AND work at the place which we loved. You can read our full post about our stay here: An Exciting Week Coworking and Surfing at LaPoint Ericeira.
Summary of Ericeira Portugal:
- Digital Nomad Facebook group Ericeira: Ericeira Freelancers & Digital Nomads
- Best place to stay in Ericeira: Lapoint CoWorking & CoLiving
- Co-working spaces in Ericeira: Lapoint CoWorking & CoLiving
By Alya from Stingy Nomads
Lagos in the Algarve region is a great place for digital nomads. It’s a beach town situated in the south of Portugal that offers great weather, many outdoor activities, and good infrastructure. The landscape and the scenery around the town are spectacular: rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, hidden caves, turquoise blue sea, and stunning lookouts.
Lagos is not a big place, it’s easy to get around without a car. At the same time, it has everything one needs for comfortable living; supermarkets, shops, many cafes, restaurants, and bars, a couple of co-working spaces (e.g. Mar d’Estorias, Giramar Apartments), a big gym, and a couple of beautiful sandy beaches. There is a big mall with many international shops in Portimão, a larger town 20 km away from Lagos.
Being a popular holiday place Lagos has plenty of apartments for short and long-term rent. For digital nomads, it’s better to arrive here outside the peak season which is July and August when everything is fully booked and rental prices increase significantly.
There are hostels and hotels in Lagos that offer special off-season prices for long-term guests which makes the Lagos cost of living very affordable. Olive Hostel Lagos is a great place to stay for a couple of weeks or a month while looking for more permanent accommodation.
Lagos is a perfect town for digital nomads that like outdoor sports activities like surfing, kayaking, cycling, hiking, sailing, etc. Just outside the town, there are places for mountain biking, rock climbing, and windsurfing.
The population of Lagos is truly international and many people speak good English. It’s easy to get around even with a very basic knowledge of the Portuguese language. The Digital Nomad community in Lagos is quite active; there are weekly meet-ups and events that are announced through the FB group that anybody can take part in.
Summary of Lagos Portugal:
- Digital Nomad Facebook group Lagos: Lagos Digital Nomads
- Best place to stay in Lagos: Olive Hostel Lagos
- Co-working spaces in Lagos: Mar d’Estorias & Giramar Apartments
#4 Armacao de Pera
By Dean and Laynni from Routinely Nomadic
With beautiful scenery, amazing weather year-round and a very low cost of living (by European standards), the Algarve region of southern Portugal is an ideal base for digital nomads. And, while there are many great choices in the Algarve, those looking for someplace a bit quieter, more authentic and slightly off the beaten path will love pretty little Armaçao de Pera.
There is a wide range of things to do in Armacao de Pera, not least of which is exploring the many different beaches – from long, flat walking beaches to tiny, picturesque rocky coves. Following the coast to the west you’ll find some of the most stunning cliff walks in Portugal, as well as many untrodden inland trails that you will usually have all to yourself.
Meanwhile, its tremendous scenery is combined with a full complement of grocery stores and restaurants, making quiet, unassuming Armacao de Pera the perfect blend of natural attractions and urban convenience. Essentially a summer beach town, Armacao de Pera has high speed internet and a wide selection of hotels and long-term rentals, most of which are vacant and heavily discounted outside the July/August high season. Eugenia’s Algarve Seafront (AirBnB) is just one example of a terrific value apartment looking out onto the ocean.
Armacao de Pera also has easy access by bus to the main commercial centre of Portimao and the Faro airport. Nomad Escape runs digital nomad coworking retreats and those looking to settle in the area long-term should check out the Algarve Expats Facebook group.
Summary of Armacao de Pera Portugal:
- Digital Nomad Facebook group Armacao de Pera: Algarve Expats
- Best place to stay in Armacao de Pera: Eugenia’s Algarve Seafront
- Co-working spaces in Armacao de Pera: Nomad Escape
By Alice from Adventures of Alice
Portimao is the largest city in the western Algarve, in Portugal. It is a popular holiday destination located on the right of the bank of the Arcade River just before it reaches the ocean.
Portimao offers plenty of amazing views, a stunning coastline of gorgeous beaches, easy transportation and it is an amazing place to visit. There are plenty of things to do in Portimao, but as Portugal is one of the top beach destinations in Europe, I would highly recommend a trip to the top beach in town – Praia da Rocha Portimão.
Praia Da Rocha is one of the most popular beaches in the Algarve and is only a 6-minute drive from Portimao. The sand continues for 1.5km and you can walk up the cliffs for some absolutely stunning views of the bay below coupled with Portugal’s signature red and yellow clifftops.
If you are looking for a good coworking space in Portugal my favourite is HUB Ativo business centre & web design. They have private offices that you can rent, with high-speed internet included, secretary co-work space for companies or groups of people that need a room with a table to get down to business. They also have other rooms to suit your specific requirements.
In terms of places to stay, there are plenty of options and you can even get some accommodation right next to the Praia Da Rocha beach if that’s what you are into, but they are often very popular and fully booked. “Happy moments” is a 4-star accommodation situated 650 yards from the beach it serves breakfast, has queen-sized beds and is a lovely place to stay.
Summary of Portimao Portugal:
- Digital Nomad Facebook group Portimao: Digital Nomads Algarve
- Best place to stay in Portimao: Happy Moments
- Co-working spaces in Portimao: HUB Ativo business centre & web design
By Victoria from Guide Your Travel
Porto is an incredible place for digital nomads and is frequently referred to as one of Portugal’s best-kept secrets. Porto is a favourite amongst remote workers for a variety of reasons. For starters, it’s fairly inexpensive, and, like the rest of Portugal, it’s extremely budget-friendly for anyone trying to get a lot of bang for their buck.
The city is stunning, and there is plenty to see and do in Porto. Learn all about the interesting history of this beautiful city. Wander the streets of Porto’s famed old town and see the beautiful ancient buildings.
Of course, you’ll have the opportunity to live in the city of Port wine, which you can try on nearly every street corner. Get to know the Portuguese way of life and food, as well as the enormous community of digital nomads that make Porto their temporary home.
You’ll never be far away from other great places in Portugal due to Porto’s central location. Explore places such as Lisbon, Madrid, or even the wonderful Algarve which is perfect for a road trip.
Porto has a pleasant climate, with temperatures that are comfortable even in the winter. Every digital nomad should spend at least one month in Porto, and after you’ve done so, you’ll find it tough to leave.
Summary of Porto Portugal:
- Digital Nomad Facebook group Porto: Porto Digital Nomads
- Best place to stay in Porto: Hotel Premium Porto Downtown
- Co-working spaces in Porto: WOW Coworking Porto
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- An Exciting Week Coworking and Surfing at Lapoing in Ericeira
There you have it! 6 amazing digital nomad destinations to live as a digital nomad in Portugal.
This digital nomad lifestyle really amazes us! It’s so cool how you can just pack up your laptop, your passport, and your suitcase and then you can move to Portugal and live your dream life. How cool is that?
Let us know in the comments which one of these locations you found to be most exciting, and if you’ve already been living in any of them!
Dom & Jo
Red White Adventures