Lagos, Portugal–Portugal has long been known as a summer hotspot, bringing waves of tourists to its stunning beaches and vibrant nightlife. However, with the rise of digital nomadism, this charming coastal town sees an influx of visitors even during the off-season.
According to a recent report by Portugal Resident, Lagos is quickly becoming a destination for remote workers seeking a change of scenery. With its mild climate, affordable cost of living, and stunning natural beauty, it’s easy to see why.
“The community (Lagos Digital Nomad Project) currently has 6,500 members and is active between mid-September and mid-May, with Germany and the Netherlands being the main countries of origin for the digital nomads seeking Lagos,” said Joana Glória, the creator of the Lagos Digital Nomads Project in the report.
“When the tourist season starts, the prices of accommodation are very high; they can’t afford it, and they go to other cheaper destinations and then return,” she added.
Most of these digital nomads work in the IT sector, usually between 30 and 40. They settle in Lagos during the low seasons when accommodation is cheaper and then move on to other locations when prices go up, only to return the following winter when the cost of livelihood declines.
Portugal recently scrapped its Golden visa program to solve its ongoing housing crisis. Authorities hope its newly launched digital nomad visa will replace it (read about Portugal’s digital nomad visa here).
Like most parts of Portugal, one of the main draws of Lagos for digital nomads is its well-established coworking scene. The town boasts many coworking spaces, each offering a unique environment and community.
But beyond its coworking space, Lagos offers many activities and experiences, making it the perfect place to live and work. Breathtaking cliffs and beaches surround the town, ideal for hiking, surfing, and other outdoor activities.
It’s also home to a thriving arts and culture scene, with galleries, museums, and festivals throughout the year.
The town’s historic centre is a maze of charming streets and alleyways with restaurants, cafes, and shops. And with its abundance of fresh seafood and local wines, indulging in the region’s culinary delights is easy.
Most importantly, Lagos offers a welcoming and inclusive community that embraces digital nomads with open arms.
As more and more people embrace remote work, it’s clear that destinations like Lagos will continue to thrive. With its unique blend of culture, nature, and community, it’s no wonder this coastal town is quickly becoming a top choice for digital nomads seeking a change of pace.