Portugal, particularly Lisbon, is fast becoming Europe’s main hub for digital nomads. New co-working spaces are constantly opening, particularly in Lisbon, as more and more digital nomads decide to make the Portuguese capital their home.
Co-living spaces are now popping up throughout Portugal as well, and at least one can now be found in almost every part of the country.
Co-living, for those not in the know, means sharing a house with other digital nomads, freelancers, and remote workers. During the day, everyone works on their projects – usually at an on-site co-working space – then, in the evening, there’s often communal dinners, drinks, mastermind sessions, nights out, and other activities. It’s a great way to meet other people and network as well, and it can be a welcome break from the isolation that often goes with being a digital nomad.
Some co-living setups are open year-round, while others only exist for a week or two of the year. We’ve rounded up the top options here.
Co-Living in Lisbon
Outsite (Year Round)
Outsite is one of the largest coliving spaces in Portugal, housing more than 30 en-suite rooms, as well as several shared kitchen facilities (one between every 5 rooms), a coworking space, and a cafe.
The house is centrally located in Cais do Sodré, one of the most popular locations in Lisbon for nightlife and a stone’s throw from the Timeout Market. Location-wise, there are few places more central than this. You can easily get to most of Lisbon by foot, and there’s access to public transport nearby in the form of trams, buses, a metro, and a train station (which takes you all the way to Cascais).
Prices start from $80 per night for a room with an en-suite bathroom and $55 for a bed in a shared room with a shared bathroom (prices on are in USD). Outsite members get a 10% nightly discount, 20% weekly, and 30% monthly discount.
Workup (Year Round)
While the rooms are very basic, particularly when compared to spaces like Outsite, the coworking space itself is very well-equipped. Amenities included in your coworking pass include access to a gym, tennis courts, swimming pool, and recording studio.
Because of its location, this isn’t a particularly well-known coworking space within Lisbon. If you’re looking for somewhere cheap to stay, however, and want access to facilities like a gym as well as your co-working space, then it could be an option to consider.
If you decide not to try co-living, but would like to co-work, we’ve written a guide to the different co-working spaces in Lisbon.
Co-Living in The Algarve
Stokeworks (Year Round from September 2018)
If you’re looking for a workcation where you can get away from it all, this could be the perfect space for you.
Stokeworks is situated on the Western Algarve, surrounded by a natural park (Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina). The nearest town is the small town of Aljezur, and after that there are only small villages nearby.
As well as the beautiful surrounding landscape, this part of Portugal is known for its great surf. You can easily hire surfboards, or take a few lessons if you don’t know what you’re doing yet. During the cooler months, it’s also a great hub for walking.
The coworking space includes a pool, BBQ, coworking area, and a fully-equipped kitchen. Prices start from €206 per week, per person with discounts for stays of more than 2 weeks (10%) and 30 days (20%).
Cowork Surf (Year Round)
Coming soon: Cowork Surf are hoping to open a permanent coliving retreat in Sagres, Algarve.
(We have another guide for digital nomads visiting the Algarve, which includes more information about finding accommodation, coworking spaces, and meetups.)
Coliving in The Azores
Novovento (Summer Months)
Situated on the Azorean island of Ponta Delgada in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Novovento provides a relaxing environment to work, relax, and meet other people.
The co-living space is mainly open during the summer months, and has space for up to 8 people to come and stay.
Novovento offers dorm room accommodation, with up to 4 people in each dorm, and costs €22 per night for short term stays and €15 per night for very long term stays (28 nights or more). Breakfast is included, and communal evening meals are also available (for an additional fee).
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