We look at three fantastic locations to live and work as a digital nomad in Portugal.  

Young appealing biracial female photographer sitting on balcony of Lisbon hotel with stunning bright cityscape in background and working with laptop

Your new lifestyle?

Are you a remote worker looking for a change of scene?

Since many of us can do our jobs digitally, there’s been a rise in the number of workers choosing to work overseas.

Currently, Portugal has two routes to take to work remotely there.

  1. Residency visa. This allows you to stay in Portugal for an initial four months, but once you enter the country, you can apply for a two-year residency permit.
  2. Temporary stay visa. This allows you to stay in Portugal for up to twelve months. You can extend this visa up to four times. But it isn’t a path to residency.

To obtain this visa, you’ll need to have a monthly salary of over €3,040. Plus, you’ll need a contract for remote or freelance work. You must have arranged accommodation. This visa is aimed at non-EU citizens.

And here’s where you might want to consider working remotely from.


1. Lisbon

Lisbon tram


It is an obvious choice, but the vibrant capital has a growing status as one of the top tech hubs of Europe, making it already a hit with remote workers. Plus, the city benefits from an abundance of co-working spaces and a fantastic public transport system, should you want to pop from one to another during the day. Alternatively, if you just want to sit and sip a delicious coffee in-between email, there are plenty of lovely cafes to do just that.


If, on the weekends, you want a break from the bustle of the city, you can head to the seaside town of Cascais (a forty-minute car ride away).


See our properties for sale in Lisbon here.


2. Faro


Could Faro be your new home?

The laid-back city of Faro, in the Algarve region, offers a different pace of life. Known for its stunning beaches, historic old town and beautiful marina, Faro provides a tranquil environment for digital nomads.

The city has a range of coworking spaces with high-speed internet and an international airport that makes travel to other European destinations easy. The cost of living in Faro is lower than in Lisbon, allowing for a comfortable lifestyle without breaking the bank.


See our properties for sale in Faro.


3. Coimbra


Charming Coimbra.

Where better to be inspired than a city with such a long history of learning and culture? If you’re looking for a city that blends tradition with innovation, Coimbra is the place to be. A city in west-central Portugal, it is home to the country’s oldest university, a World Heritage site. But the University of Coimbra hasn’t just become a historical monument, its still operational, which gives the city a youthful atmosphere. It is a lovely city to explore on foot: from the riverfront to the botanical gardens to 19th century cathedrals. Plus, it is more budget-friendly than both Lisbon and Faro. Property is also more affordable.


See our properties for sale in Coimbra here.


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