Digital Nomad Guide to Portugal
The Ultimate Guide for Digital Nomads in Portugal
Digital Nomad Visas for Portugal
Portugal's D7 Temporary Resident Visa and Resident Visa
Portugal attracts many digital nomads, partly due to the ease of obtaining either a temporary resident visa (also known as a D7 passive income visa) or a residence permit for independent workers and entrepreneurs. This will allow you to legally stay for one year, but you'll have the option to renew for up to 5 years. After that, you'll be eligible for permanent residency. Read our full guide to the D7 Visa here.
Staying in Portugal? Check out Outsite locations in Lisbon Intendente, Lisbon Cais do Sodre, Cascais, Ericeira, Porto, Sagres, and Madeira.
For US Citizens
US Citizens are not required to obtain a visa as long as their stay doesn't exceed 90 days. If you're planning to stay longer, you'll need a valid D7 Visa.
For UK Citizens
British citizens have the right to stay in Portugal for 90 days in any six-month period even after Brexit. However, if you have long-term residency plans for Portugal, you’re going to need a visa. The country offers different types of visas which you can benefit from.
Similarly, British citizens (post Brexit) are able to stay for a maximum of 90 days in Portugal in any six month period. After 90 days, a D7 visa will be required.
The Golden Visa Option
Portugal's Golden Visa has been a popular program for non-EU nationals for many years. Before Brexit, UK citizens didn’t qualify for a Portuguese Golden Visa. Now that the circumstances have changed, you can apply for a Golden Visa in Portugal, live in the country without any visa restrictions, and even become a Portuguese Citizen at the end of five years. The program requires you to stay in Portugal only for seven days in a year. This is a huge benefit for individuals who have business interests outside Portugal and travel frequently. With a Portuguese Golden Visa, you can also benefit from education, healthcare, social security rights during your stay in the country.
Learn more about long term visas for remote workers. Here are 46 Digital Nomad visas available throughout Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Best Places to Live and Stay in Portugal for Digital Nomads
It's clear to see why there are currently almost 17,000 digital nomads living in Portugal's charming capital city. There's an exciting nightlife scene, an abundance of great cafes and restaurants, and beautiful architecture, and a celebration of Portuguese culture. We have spaces in two of the most desirable neighborhoods: Outsite Cais do Sodre and Outsite Intendente. The city's exciting night life, coastal charm, and historical sights all contribute to its allure. For details on where to go and what to do while you're here, check out our Digital Nomad Guide to Lisbon.
Around 40 minutes west of Lisbon is lesser known, but equally charming Cascais. This seaside town boasts a collection of beautiful beaches, a slow pace of life, and plenty of resources for the digital nomad community its acquired over the last few years. Read on to learn why Cascais makes such a great destination for remote workers in our Digital Nomad Guide to Cascais.
Just 40 minutes north of Lisbon is the beautiful seaside town and surfing mecca of Ericeira. A Portuguese fishing port, this is one of the most beautiful coastal cities in the country. Outsite Ericeira is situated just minutes from the beach. A bit more affordable than Lisbon, Ericeira is the perfect spot for beach lovers looking for a more relaxed destination. If this sounds like you, have a look at our Digital Nomad Guide to Ericeira and start planning your trip.
Situated in Northern Portugal, along the Douro River is Portugal's second largest city, Porto. With no shortage of cultural and entertainment offerings, Porto has become a major destination for visitors. Its iconic Old Town runs along the river, and has been named an UNESCO World Heritage Site. While it's considered to be one of Europe's most beautiful cities, its allure is emphasized by exciting nightlife, great seafood, and relaxed lifestyle. Discover more about life in Porto in our Digital Nomad Guide to Porto.
Spanning between Faro and Sagres, the Algarve region is home to some of the most scenic beaches and landscapes in Portugal. It maintains near perfect weather just about year-round, boasts a low cost of living, and has some of the best swell in Europe. Over the past few years, it's attracted many expats and remote workers, especially those looking for good surf. Check out Outsite Sagres and learn more about the area in our Digital Nomad Guide to Sagres.
This island has become a hot spot for remote workers, attracting digital nomads from all over the globe with its lush landscapes, low cost of living, climate, and its recently launched Digital Nomad Village. Outsite Madeira is located here within the village. Considering making your way here? Discover our top tips for remote workers in Madeira in our Digital Nomad guide to Madeira.
Like Ericeira, Peniche is another top surfing destination attracting many Digital Nomads. This old fishing town, is overflowing with historical and cultural sites, great waves, and even better seafood. It's a great destination for those that surf and want to experience Portugal without the influx of tourism.
Digital Nomad Communities in Portugal
Portugal has attracted many remote workers and digital nomads, making it rather easy to slip into an already established community. Wherever it is in Portugal that you're staying, it's not to find your people. Each Outsite location hosts weekly events, great for meeting people in the same boat as you. We've outlined a few great ways here to meet other digital nomads wherever you're staying.
With that said, the digital nomad communities are especially solidified in Lisbon and Madeira. Lisbon is home to almost 17,000 remote workers and also two of our locations. Events made specifically for digital nomads are frequent, and with our Whatsapp group and Cowork Cafe, it's especially easy to meet other nomads here. Same goes for Madeira with its Digital Nomad Village. Here you'll find an entire village in Ponta do Sol dedicated to remote workers with a free coworking space and weekly events.
Coworking Spaces in Portugal
With an extensive network of Digital Nomads spread throughout the country, there is no shortage of coworking spaces available.
Should you find yourself in Lisbon, check out Outsite Cowork Cafe, located on the ground floor of Outsite Lisbon - Cais do Sodre. Second Home, Avila Spaces and Resves are some other popular cowork spaces.
With the allure of the Algarve, co working spaces are continuing to pop up. Outsite Sagres features a dedicated coworking space, available to Members. Some others are Cowork Aljezur in Aljezur, and Alandra Square Coworking in Faro. Cowork Surf is a coliving guesthouse designed with surfers in mind. Here, you can rent boards, sign up for surf lessons, and get some work done in their coworking spots. You can find them in Sagres, as well as Ericeira, Sagres, and Peniche.
Getting Around Portugal
Small in size, and as efficient as it is charming, it is not hard to get around Portugal. The cities are all very well connected by bus or train. And Uber is widely used.
Whether you're traveling a long or short distance, the trains run frequently, are affordable, and generally very scenic. You'll find that there are four different train types available:
Alpha-Pendular - the fastest, newest, and most luxurious/expensive trains available.
Intercidades - These trains are a bit more basic, a little older and stop more frequently.
Regional and Interregional - These trains are no frills and run shorter distances. Tickets will have to be purchased at the station.
Urban - These are more common in the larger cities, and like the regional and interregional, tickets must be purchased at the station.
Bus routes are plentiful, connecting almost every town and city. They'll typically get you from A to B a bit quicker than the trains will, but keep in mind that they can be a bit more expensive than trains and with so many bus companies available and departing from the same places, it can be a bit confusing knowing which terminal you'll be leaving from. Should you opt to travel by bus though, just be sure to give yourself a bit of a time buffer and you should be just fine. Tickets for longer trips on coach busses can be booked online here. Other popular companies to book from are Omio and Flixbus (these are great options for international travel as well). If traveling locally, you likely will not be able to book online and instead at the local bus station.
How Walkable is Portugal?
Lisbon, Porto, and Ericeira are all walkable. While cars do allow for more flexibility, you likely will not need one in these cities especially with access to the metro (or the tram if in Lisbon and feeling touristy). If you're visiting Peniche or Ericera, you'll still be able to get around just fine without a car, though one would come in a slightly more handy here. Downtown Cascais is fairly walkable as well, though it's helpful to have a car here if you want to venture further out, or if you're staying at Outsite Cascais as it's located further out in at Guincho Beach. Both the Algarve and Madeira are vast, and there's a lot to see. While certain areas are more walkable than others, we suggest renting a car for ease and flexibility.
Is there Uber in Portugal?
Uber is also available in these cities. However, you'll likely have more luck with the app Cabify as prices are usually lower there.
Internet Connection: Wifi Speed
With an access speed of 34.5 megabits per second, Portugal comes in at #17 on the list of countries with the fastest internet. At Outsite Ericeira, we offer 94 mbps and 99 mbps at Outsite Lisbon. You'll also find that there is an abundance of wifi hotspots available throughout the country.
Cost: Is Portugal cheap?
As far as European countries go, Portugal is on the more affordable side, making it even more attractive to digital nomads who want to spend some time in Western Europe. For anyone coming from the United States, you'll be pleased to know that the cost of living in Portugal is about 46% cheaper than that in the states.
Safety: Is Portugal safe?
Coming in at #3 on the Global Peace Index's list of safest countries in the world, travelers are at very low risk for major crimes in Portugal. With that in mind, petty crime does exist and you should always keep an eye out for pickpockets as they tend to target tourists.
Language: Do I need to speak Portuguese?
Wherever you travel, it's always helpful to have a few key phrases (think: yes, no, please, thank you, etc.) in your back pocket to at least show you're willing to try. In Portugal though, you'll find that English is pretty widely spoken (especially in Lisbon and Porto).
Ready to go? Book your stay with us in Lisbon, Cascais, Ericeira, Porto, Sagres, or Madeira and you'll be instantly connected with the digital nomad community in Portugal.