Digital Nomad Guide to Portugal

The Ultimate Guide for Digital Nomads in Portugal

Portugal has quickly become a hub for Digital Nomads, and with all that it has to offer, it's no secret why. It's overflowing with charm all while offering a lifestyle perfect for any remote worker. Whether you're considering a long or short term stay here, we've got you covered. From which visa you'll need to how to get around, here's everything you'll need to know while you're there.


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. Staying in Portugal? Check out Outsite locations in Lisbon and Ericeira - these are commonly used as a first base for digital nomads moving to Portugal.

The stunning island of Madeira in particular is a very popular among remote workers and even have a dedicated Digital Nomads Village.

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 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 25 Digital Nomad visas available in Latin America, Europe, and Australia.

Best Places to Live and Stay in Portugal for Digital Nomads

Lisbon

Portugal's charming capital city attracts many digital nomads, and it's clear to see why. At the time of writing, there are almost 17,000 digital nomads staying in Lisbon. The city's iconic cobbled stone streets lined with pastel buildings and their terracotta roofs merge old and vibrant neighborhoods. You'll find an exciting nightlife scene, an abundance of great cafes and restaurants, 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.

Ericeira

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.

Porto

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. In 1996, its Old Town, decorated with six bridges and running alongside the river, was named an UNESCO World Heritage Site. While it's considered to be one of Europe's most beautiful cities, its draw is emphasized by exciting nightlife, great seafood, and relaxed lifestyle.

The Algarve

Spanning between Faro and Sagres, the Algarve region is home to some of the most scenic beaches and landscapes in Portugal. Paired with it's almost perfect year-round weather, the Algarve has become a major holiday destination as well as home to many expats. It's perfect for Digital Nomads looking for a low coast of living and good swell.

Peniche

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. Whether you're staying with us in Lisbon or Ericeira, or you're posted up somewhere else, it's not to find your people. Outsite 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.


Coworking Spaces in Portugal


With an extensive network of Digital Nomads spread throughout the country, there is no shortage of coworking spaces available.

Lisbon

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 ones.

Ericeira

Ericeira is home to many coworking and coliving spaces such as Outsite Ericeira, Salt Studio, Nomads, and Kelp Co.

Peniche

Peniche Ocean Watch is a popular coworking space in Peniche. You'll also find coliving spaces here like Pipedream and Selina.

With the allure of the Algarve, co working spaces are continuing to pop up. Some noteable places are Cowork Aljezur, a coworking spot in Aljezur offering half day and full day passes, and Alandra Square Coworking in Faro.

The Algarve

With the allure of the Algarve, co working spaces are continuing to pop up. Some noteable places are Cowork Aljezur, a coworking spot in Aljezur offering half day and full day passes, 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 widley used.

By Train

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.

By Bus

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?

The bigger cities (Lisbon and Porto) are both very walkable. While cars do allow for more flexibility, you likely will not need one in either city 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 bit more handy here. The Algarve is 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.

What about Uber?

Uber is also well loved in these cities and trips are typically very affordable.

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.

Portugal FAQs

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 and Ericeira and you'll be instantly connected with the digital nomad community in Portugal.

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