Portugal, particularly Lisbon, is fast becoming Europe’s main hub for digital nomads. There are co-working spaces all across the country and, increasingly, co-living spaces as well.
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. Here are some of the best spaces in Portugal.
Co-Living in Lisbon
Yon Living offers a unique and flexible approach to coliving in Lisbon, catering to the needs of digital nomads who seek both privacy and community. They provide a range of boutique options from individual rooms to solo apartments, ensuring that their offerings are both flexible and affordable. With their focus on mid-term rentals, Yon Living enables nomads to immerse themselves in Lisbon’s vibrant lifestyle without the long-term commitment.
At the core of Yon Living’s ethos is community. Their spaces are designed to encourage both personal privacy and communal interactions, fostering an environment where strangers can become friends. Yon Living goes beyond just providing a place to stay; they offer experiences like hikes, yoga classes, monthly supper clubs, and Friday drinks, facilitating a deeper exploration of the city as a local.
Their member’s hub and WhatsApp community are platforms for sharing insights, recommendations, and tapping into the collective knowledge of both the Yon team and fellow residents. With homes located in central, lively or upcoming neighbourhoods of Lisbon, they ensure that residents are in the heart of the action, offering work-ready, beautifully designed, and fully serviced homes, all within an all-inclusive pricing structure.
Selina has fast become one of the most popular venues for digital nomads in Lisbon. It offers a wide range of accommodation options from dorm rooms to suites, and has a common room, a co-working area (priced separately), a rooftop area, bar, and even a swimming pool.
Unsurprisingly given the swimming pool and other facilities, it’s also popular with digital nomads who are already living in Lisbon – especially when they run their free coworking days.
Outsite, one of Portugal’s premier coliving spaces, boasts over 30 en-suite rooms, multiple shared kitchens, a coworking arena, and an on-site café. Perfectly situated in Cais do Sodré, a hotspot for Lisbon’s nightlife and mere steps from the Timeout Market, its central location offers proximity to the city’s major attractions.
While easily accessible by foot to much of Lisbon, the area also provides convenient public transport options including trams, buses, the metro, and a train station connecting directly to Cascais. Despite its coliving model, Outsite’s transient guest population, comprising digital nomads and short-term visitors, encourages newcomers to actively engage with the broader Lisbon digital nomad community.
Rates begin at $80 for en-suite rooms and $55 for shared accommodations; discounts are available for Outsite members, and bookings made directly grant access to their coworking facility.
Same Same is a creative co-living space that’s situated in Baixa in Lisbon’s City Centre. The co-living space not only includes rooms, but also a studio apartment, a 1-bed apartment, and even a 2-bedroom apartment.
The co-working area includes 5 desks with space for up to 25 people as well as amenities like private lockers and access to a printer.
The Sea Office
The Sea Office is situated across the river and to the South of Lisbon in the town of Costa da Caparica. Costa is known for its long sandy beach, and it’s also a popular surfing destination (especially in the winter). Costa is situated roughly 30 minutes by taxi from Lisbon, and there’s also a regular bus service that goes back and forth.
With just 4 different bedrooms, The Sea Office is quite a small co-living space but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to get to know the other residents, whether that’s from working together in the co-working space or relaxing in the lounge and garden.
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, be sure to take a look at the guide to the different co-working spaces in Lisbon.
Co-Living in Ericeira
Located in the bustling core of Ericeira, Selina Boavista seamlessly merges spaces designed for work and leisure. It offers a variety of accommodations, from private chambers to shared dormitories, meeting the varied needs of its guests. Its communal work areas are celebrated hubs for innovation and collaboration, attracting a myriad of digital experts.
Emblematic of the nomadic digital way of life, Outsite in Ericeira is more than just accommodation; it’s a community-centric haven. The venue features elegantly curated living quarters, dedicated workspace, and the allure of the beach just moments away.
Housed in a meticulously renovated classic Portuguese villa, Villa dos Irmãos offers a bespoke co-living experience. With its peaceful garden and luminous chambers, it ensures a calm workspace. More than its captivating design, the villa cultivates a warm community spirit, marked by shared meals and group adventures
Co-Living in Setúbal
Nestled in the scenic expanse of Arrábida Natural Park, just a 45-minute drive south of Lisbon, is the Quinta da Periquita, affectionately known as the Slow Co House. This exquisite villa boasts five bedrooms, each offering breathtaking vistas of the surrounding mountains, vineyards, forests, and the neighboring Slow Co Farm. The pristine beaches nearby, counted among Portugal’s best, beckon visitors with their calm waters, ideal for year-round activities like swimming, snorkeling, and stand-up paddleboarding or just basking in the sun’s embrace.
The villa’s south and west-facing terrace presents an unparalleled view of the Arrábida mountains, serving as an idyllic spot for yoga sessions, BBQs, or simply watching the sunset. Guests can take a refreshing dip in the private pool and lose themselves in the expansive 10,000 square meter garden adorned with pine trees, olive groves, and various fruit-bearing trees.
Indoors, the common area invites relaxation with its plush sofas centered around a cozy fireplace and a dedicated TV area equipped with Netflix for memorable movie nights. Completing the luxurious experience is a state-of-the-art kitchen, revamped in October 2021, fitted with premium appliances like a Bosch oven and a Samsung fridge equipped with a filtered water and ice dispenser.
Co-Living in Porto
Nestled in the heart of Porto, Outsite Porto is a blend of modernity and tradition. Concealed in a quiet corner of the city, the breezy, renovated Portuguese abode boasts 8 one-bedroom apartments and 4 studios. The charm of traditional cobbled streets meets the contemporary vibe of this co-living space. With traditional stone walls, natural finishes, and a spacious outdoor garden and terrace, it offers a refreshing respite from the bustle of city life.
The duplex apartments come with a unique allure, exuding a sense of warmth and coziness. Beyond aesthetics, Outsite Porto is laden with amenities: fast WIFI, fully-equipped kitchen, bedroom essentials, and even an on-site laundry facility. Each room is designed with the modern professional in mind, featuring dedicated work desks and essential amenities.
As a hub for digital nomads, flexible professionals, and business travelers, Outsite Porto provides not just a place to rest but also an environment conducive for work and networking.
With its strategic location, one can easily indulge in the local culture. It’s just a 5-minute stroll to local cafes and a mere 15-minute walk to Porto’s vibrant city centre. Adventure enthusiasts can also embark on a journey to the picturesque Douro Valley, just over an hour’s drive away.
Bonfim, the serene neighborhood where Outsite Porto resides, offers a taste of authentic Portuguese culture. From snack bars offering delightful meals at pocket-friendly prices to trendy specialty coffee shops, Bonfim is a blend of the old and new. Unique stores like the local kombucha store, selling diverse brews, further add to the area’s distinct charm. Despite its tranquil setting, Bonfim is easily accessible with a brief walk to the city centre and the wide availability of Uber.
Selina Porto beckons visitors not just to lodge, but to be inspired and immersed in a vivacious Porto experience. Amidst the city’s buzz, Selina Porto offers a space where one can refocus and rejuvenate. For professionals on the move, the official coworking space, equipped with super-fast Wi-Fi, is an ideal setting for both solo work sessions and collaborative meetings.
Guests can enjoy myriad amenities from social events, live music, a shared kitchen, to a nightclub and even volunteering opportunities. An expansive outdoor courtyard offers a vibrant ambiance with a bar, dance floor, and a food truck dishing out delectable treats. For those seeking a little extra pampering, services such as massages, surf lessons, and a pet-friendly environment are available at an additional charge. Indoors, visitors are greeted with another bar, a dedicated work zone, a café serving daily breakfasts, and a hidden gem – a library perched on the top floor.
Location-wise, Selina Porto couldn’t be better situated. Just a ten-minute stroll from both the Trinidade Metro Station and the Ribiera old town district, it serves as a prime spot to explore Porto’s famed attractions and its lesser-known treasures. In its vicinity are a plethora of gastronomic delights, from the budget-friendly beer at Espaco 77, the renowned brunches of Zenith, to the authentic local dishes at Lareira.
Co-Living in The Algarve
Noma Village is a hub for coliving, where like-minded individuals unite as a community. This vibrant haven welcomes digital nomads, transforming potential moments of loneliness into shared memories, knowledge, experiences, and growth.
Living together harmoniously like flatmates, members organically initiate activities like weekly dinners, yoga sessions, surfing trips, and even road trips. Such shared endeavors have paved the way for deep connections and business collaborations.
Activities like meditations, beach cleanups, workshops on sustainable living, ecstatic dances, and more punctuate the Noma Village calendar, promising a dynamic and memorable stay. While participation is encouraged to foster a tighter bond within the community, the village equally respects individual solitude. Additionally, a shared responsibility ethos underpins village life, emphasizing the importance of maintaining communal spaces and contributing positively to everyone’s experience.
Coworksurf operate several co-living spaces around the world including two in Portugal: 1 in Sagres in the Algarve and the other in Peniche, around 90 minutes by car from Lisbon. What do these two co-working spaces have in common? Well, they’re both located in two of Portugal’s surfing hotspots.
Coworksurf was started by Nick Mattia and Joe Sharp, two freelancers who fell in love with Portugal and decided that coworking and surfing were two things that just went hand-in-hand. Naturally, the space attracts a lot of serious surfers but it also attracts plenty of newbies and even those that aren’t there to surf as well.
If you’re looking to get some work done, and to explore a part of the Algarve that’s more remote and underdeveloped, this is a coliving space that’s worth taking a look at.
Co-living in The Azores
Situated on the Azorean island of São Miguel in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Novovento provides a relaxing environment to work and meet other digital nomads.
Novovento has space for up to 8 people in each of its two dorms, with up to 4 people in each dorm. Breakfast is included in the cost of accommodation, and communal evening meals are also available (for an additional fee). Discounted rates are available for long term stays of 28 days or more.