The Digital Nomad’s Guide to Albufeira

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Last updated on June 4, 2024 | Est. Reading Time: 3 minutes

If you’re a digital nomad, or even just thinking about becoming one, let’s talk about Albufeira. Albufeira, a popular destination on the Algarve, is known for its stunning beaches and has always been a favourite among tourists.

It might not be the first place that pops into your head for a nomadic lifestyle, even in the Algarve, since it’s traditionally been a hotspot for holiday-goers, especially folks from the UK, Ireland, and Germany. However, all that’s starting to change.

And if you fall in love with Portugal, be sure to check out Portugal’s digital nomad visa for non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens.

Coworking Spaces

So, you’re in Albufeira and need a place to get some work done? You’re in luck! There are now two coworking spaces that cater to digital nomads:

  • Albufeira Coworking: Dive into work with high-speed internet and enjoy free tea and coffee. Need to chat with a client or have a meeting? They’ve got meeting rooms available too.
  • Algarve Digital Nomads: Located in the INATEL Albufeira Hotel Praia, this spot is completely free. Yes, you read that right – free!

Cafes to Work From

  • Al-Gharb: Situated close to “The Strip,” they offer wifi, seats with power outlets, and a variety of specialty coffees, cakes, snacks, and main meals.

Conferences & Events

Looking to connect with fellow nomads? Albufeira Digital Nomads hosts regular meetups, and you can find more details in their Facebook group. Don’t miss out on the chance to network!

And here’s something you’ll want to mark on your calendar: The Nomad World Fest. Imagine a week filled with expert talks, hands-on workshops, and beach-side fun, all celebrating the nomadic lifestyle. Launched in 2023, this event takes place in October each year.

There are also lots of other Facebook groups, such as Algarve Digital Nomads which covers the whole of the Algarve.

Other Nomad Hotspots in the Algarve

  • Lagos: This is the place to be! It’s got the most coworking and coliving spaces and plenty of chances to meet fellow nomads.
  • Portimão: On the rise as a budget-friendly option, which offers both small city life and access to the nearby beach at Praia da Rocha. Many nomads live here and zip over to Lagos for work or play.
  • Faro: As the Algarve’s capital, it’s surprisingly not as crowded with nomads yet, but that’s changing. There’s good coworking spots, easy airport access, and it’s a hop away from Spain.
  • West Coast (around Sagres): If you love nature, surfing, and hiking, this is your paradise. It’s always been a magnet for nomads who prefer the great outdoors.
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James Cave is the founder of Portugalist and the author of the bestselling book, Moving to Portugal Made Simple. He has visited just about every part of Portugal, including Madeira and all nine islands of the Azores, and lived in several parts of Portugal including Lisbon, the Algarve, and Northern Portugal.

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