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Algarve, Portugal, Emerges as Top Choice for Digital Nomads, Favored for Lifestyle and Visa Ease


Algarve, the Portuguese municipality has sparked a high interest among digital nomads, especially those in the UK, Ireland and the US, companies reveal, citing the laid-back lifestyle and simplicity of obtaining a digital nomad visa, as the top reasons.

This trend is confirmed by the high number of attendees at roadshows displaying the Algarve as a suitable destination for digital nomads. Such roadshows have been open for visitations in the US (Atlanta, Austin and Boston), and throughout the UK and Ireland, SchengenVisaInfo reports.

Experts point out that different Portuguese cities and places attract different digital nomads, with some being more interested in a relaxed lifestyle, thus choosing to live in Algarve and others opting for more urban destinations such as Lisbon and Porto.

Portugal’s Digital Nomad Visa Scheme Among Most Convenient

According to the organisers of the ‘Living in Portugal’ and ‘Moving to Portugal’ shows in the United States and the United Kingdom, respectively, an increased rate of interest in the Portugal Digital Nomad Visa has been noticed.

Interest remains high as shown by 60.4 per cent of attendees at our March ‘Moving to Portugal’ show (in London) wishing to find out about residency and visas. 

Christina Hippisley, General Manager of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in the UK

Hippisley also told the Portugal Resident that the Algarve is the most popular destination for UK and Irish buyers, with half (49.9 per cent) of visitors inquiring about prices or property info for this region. Compared to October 2023, such inquiries have been up by 47.7 per cent.

On the other hand, 20 per cent of all people attending similar events in three American cities between February 22 and March 2, 2024, showed interest in the digital nomad visa.

The Algarve is the region that is sparking the most interest. It is quite easy to obtain and requires much less documentation than other visas and permits. 

Agatha Bulha, Lawyer at JB Law Office

Digital Nomads Flocking to Algarve Due to Crowded Lisbon & Porto

As more people grow an appreciation for the Algarve municipality due to its nice weather, lovely community and calm lifestyle, Lisbon and Porto are losing their digital nomads.

The housing crisis in these destinations is one of the reasons why digital nomads are growing fonder of the Algarve.

Both, Antonio Guerreiro, Director of Projects and Strategic Partnerships at Algarve Evolutions and Gonçalo Hall, president of the Digital Nomad Association Portugal and CEO of NomadX, pointed out that municipalities in Portugal should follow Albufeira’s example when it comes to hosting digital nomads.

The municipalities that invest are the ones that succeed the most. 

Gonçalo Hall

The experts explained that creating working spaces for digital can be economical but very efficient. All that is needed is providing a space convenient for computers and a stable internet connection.

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