Guide to Being a Digital Nomad in Portugal — Andy Sto

Portugal is one of the most favorite European destinations for digital nomads. Located on the west coast of the Iberian Peninsula, it is a country of rich culture, excellent cuisine and enchanting cities!

If you are a fan of a good climate, pleasant temperatures and the sea, and you like to eat well, Portugal is a great choice.

Medieval castles, ancient rocky villages, nature parks and beautiful sunsets are just some of the attractions of Portugal. From delicious cuisine to picturesque cities and places where the old intertwines with the modern, all this awaits you in this unique European country.

Digital Nomad Visa in Portugal

European nomads can be left without a visa indefinitely because Portugal is in the Schengen area and visitors outside the E.U. can stay 90 days without a visa.

How to set your budget?

The average monthly cost of food expenses for two adults is about $200–300, and that is without buying expensive food and expensive alcoholic beverages. A meal in the mid-range restaurant for 2 people is around $30.

Airbnb’s apartment in Lisbon for a month will cost you about $1,200. A hotel room is about $2,000 a month.

An overnight stay in a shared hostel costs an average of $600 per month. Even if you find a private rental for a month or more, you will still pay more than $900 for a one-bedroom apartment in the city center. If you’re opting for a suburb, it will be about $600.

A monthly pass for transport in Lisbon is more than $42 and one ticket price is around $2.

The capital Lisbon has great WiFi coverage and lots of friendly cafes and coworking spaces, with monthly passes costing about $120. Lisbon also has good hospitals and medical clinics. E.U. members can get free health care with a European Health Insurance Card, but visitors from other parts of the world will have to pay around $100 or more for public medical care.

Why should you choose Portugal as your next destination?



The Portuguese love and know how to use various spices common in India. These give two dishes with the same ingredients a completely different taste. Portugal borrowed its love of bread and olives from Mediterranean cuisine. Given the country’s geographical location — on the Atlantic coast — fish and seafood dishes predominate on the Portuguese menu.

An interesting fact is that Portugal is the first country in the world in terms of consumption of fish and seafood. It is believed that any Portuguese can easily prepare 365 cod dishes — according to the number of days in the year!


Natural attractions

The Algarve, located in the south of Portugal, stands out with its spectacular beaches and coves in a privileged natural setting. Its mile-long coastline hides sandy beaches and turquoise waters, among the steep cliffs that make them among the most beautiful in Europe.

Madeira, located west of the Moroccan coast in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, is an island with unique vegetation and landscapes. It has a pleasant climate that allows you to enjoy its beaches and coves all year round. Extremely mountainous due to its volcanic origin, with some of the highest cliffs in Europe and laurel forests, Madeira is an island with a huge number of landscapes that will delight all travelers. Another feature of the island are its amazing hiking trails, in which the old irrigation canals will lead you so as not to get lost.


Our recommendation is the Alfama district, full of old and ruined houses, narrow streets, balconies with hanging clothes and neighborhood shops and crafts. Once lost in Alfama, you can enjoy amazing views of Lisbon from spectacular lookouts scattered around the city. You can get on the old tram, approach the district of Bélem, listen to Fado in the neighboring tavern or have a drink at Barrio Alto or Chiado, among others in Lisbon.

Originally published at on May 4, 2021.

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