Workation Portugal

Travel Guide for Remote Work in Portugal

Summary

Essentials

⭐ Rating Excellent (4,35/5)
πŸ’Έ Cost of living $1333 p/m for locals (Calculate your costs)
🧳 Best time to travel May , June, September, October

⌚ Time difference-1 hours (UTC)
πŸ“Ά Internet speed126 mb/s – Very Fast
πŸ’‰ Recommended travel vaccinationsHepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies.
🧭 Travel Advice (U.S. Department of State)🟩 Exercise Normal Precautions

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Travel Experience

πŸ–οΈ Great destination forπŸš΅β€β™€οΈ adventure | πŸ–οΈ beach | 🎨 culture | πŸ₯Ύ trekking&walking | 😎 great for singles | 😎😎 great for couples | 🚼 child-friendly
😊 Quality of lifeExcellent (4.1/5)
πŸ›‘οΈ SafetyGood (3.5/5)
πŸ’Š HealthcareExcellent (3.6/5)
πŸ’» # coworking spaces
🦜 Locals speakEnglish, Portuguese

Is Portugal a good place to work remotely

Compared to other popular workation destinations such as Bali, Thailand, Colombia, or Mexico, Portugal offers a significant advantage: a time difference of only 1 hour with Central European Time (1 hour earlier).

Furthermore, friends and family can easily visit you for a weekend, adding to the convenience of the location.

Another compelling reason to consider Portugal for a workation in Europe is the cost. The average living expenses range between €1,200-€1,800 per month, making it slightly more affordable than Greece and Spain, and significantly cheaper than the Netherlands, Germany, and Scandinavian countries.

Because Lisbon has been a hub for digital nomads for years, there are plenty of co-working spaces, and there is a close-knit community of workationers (more on this later). Do you want more silence to concentrate? In addition to fully catered accommodations, hotels such as São Lourenço do Barrocal in Alentejo also offer separate workspaces where you can work and make calls in complete silence.

If you want to meet people quickly in Portugal, there are plenty of weekly meetups where you can connect with others. These meetups are often posted online (more on this later).

Culturally, Portugal differs from the Netherlands in one important way: life is less rushed than in the Netherlands. People take more time for things, and that can sometimes feel like ‘slow motion’ to the Dutch. People work here to live, not the other way around. We call that a relaxed work-life balance!

Most people have a positive opinion about Portuguese cuisine. While some may find it a bit monotonous after a while, that’s the only negative feedback we’ve received so far. However, outside Lisbon, it can be a bit more challenging to find vegetarian restaurants. The ones that do exist are often in a slightly higher price range.

Fresh fish, such as bacalhau, and meat are commonly found on menus. And if you’re a coffee lover (bica), you’re in the right country. The coffee culture is strong here, and it’s very affordable (€0.70-€1.50).

Things to do

Culture Immerse yourself in Portuguese history by visiting the charming medieval town of Γ“bidos, complete with its ancient walls and cobblestone streets.
Dining Indulge in Portugal's famous pastel de nata, a delectable egg custard tart, at the iconic PastΓ©is de BelΓ©m bakery in Lisbon.
Sights Marvel at the breathtaking views from the cliffs of Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe, where the land meets the Atlantic Ocean.
Entertainment Experience the vibrant energy of Fado, Portugal's soulful music genre, by attending a live performance at a traditional Fado house in Lisbon's Alfama neighborhood.
Shopping Explore the trendy boutiques and vintage shops of Porto's Rua das Flores, a charming street lined with colorful facades and unique finds.
Outdoor Embark on a thrilling hike along the stunning Seven Hanging Valleys trail in the Algarve region, where you'll be rewarded with breathtaking coastal views and hidden beaches.
If you want to dive deeper into these experiences, TripAdvisor is your guide to discover more.

Best places to stay for digital nomads

Ericeira

Portugal 4.7/5 Excellent
  • πŸ“Ά very fast wifi
  • πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ safe for solo travellers
  • 🏒 no coworking spaces
  • 🌴 tropical climate
πŸ–οΈ beach 🎨 culture 🌳 nature and more
$1266 / month View

Coimbra

Portugal 4.7/5 Excellent
  • πŸ“Ά very fast wifi
  • πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ safe for solo travellers
  • 🏒 no coworking spaces
  • β˜€οΈ temperate climate
🎨 culture 🌳 nature πŸ₯Ύ hiking&walking and more
$1120 / month View

Braga

Portugal 4.7/5 Excellent
  • πŸ“Ά very fast wifi
  • πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ safe for solo travellers
  • 🏒 no coworking spaces
  • β˜€οΈ temperate climate
🎨 culture 🌳 nature πŸ₯Ύ hiking&walking and more
$1173 / month View
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