Working Remotely From Lisbon - All You Need To Know

Working remotely from Lisbon – All you need to know

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Due to its narrow streets, its unique architecture, its incredible food, and its people, Lisbon is a true jewel in Europe.

Accommodation prices are not the cheapest, however, most digital nomads should be able to find a decent place to stay at an affordable rate.

The city is full of coworking spaces, lovely cafés, and it hosts some of the most well-known big-tech companies.

No wonder why Lisbon is one of the most visited cities in the world by digital nomads.

Internet Speed

You won’t have any problem in Lisbon with the internet speed, as long as you don’t require a lightning-fast internet connection.

And if you do, you should be able to find accommodation equipped with a fiber setup.

As explained in this guide for digital nomads in Portugal, Lisbon’s average download speed should be around 8Mbps, and the average upload speed should be around 4Mbps.

However, in most places, you will get much faster networks. 

On top of that, as the screenshot below shows, if you get yourself a SIM card with MEO or Vodaphone, it will be hard for you not to get a decent 4G signal.

Lisbon map of the 4g coverage

Lisbon Digital Nomad Visa

All the Visa questions related to Portugal have been adressed in the Portugal for digital nomad guide.

In a nutshell:

EU citizens living in the Schengen zone will be able to work from Portugal without any troubles.

For the others, depending on how much time you will stay, there are several options avaible:

  • Golden Visa, for people with the ability to invest large amount of money in Portugal.
  • D7 Visa, for people on retirement or people who have comfortable passive monthly income.
  • Entrepreneur Visa, for those who wish to build a business in Portugal.
  • Self Employment Visa, it could be the ideal Visa for digital nomads but it is offered to freelancer who will work with Portuguese businesses.
  • Schengen Visa, for people who come to Portugal for tourism.

 

See more information here.

Hotels & Coliving for Digital Nomads in Lisbon

There are no such things as digital nomad hotels however, Lisbon is probably one of the cities in Europe with the best colivings places.

See below a few examples:

Coworking spaces in Lisbon

If you like connecting with other digital nomads by going to coworking places to spend the day, you will love Lisbon as there will be plenty of options avaible for you.

Some places are more focus on offering a casual working environment while other places tend to be more professional.

In most of these places you will find the usual features:

  • Fiber networks with super fast internet
  • Stand desks
  • Call booths (or conference rooms)
  • Printers
  • Large monitors
  • Shared kitchens
  • Chill areas

 

Here are some of the places you could eventually work from:

Lisbon

Cowork Central – Portugal, Lisbon

Another amazing coworking space from the heart of Lisbon in Cais do Sodré. From a day to a montly engagement, Cowork Central has all the …

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Coworking – Liberdade 229 – Portugal, Lisbon

A beautiful space in the most luxurious part of Lisbon situated in the Av. da Liberdade. Liberdade 229 surprises with its stylish and modern atmosphere …

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12 of the best cafés to work from

Like in any major city in Europe, you will find dozains of great cafés to work from in Lisbon.

Whatever the neighborhood you will stay in, you will find a great café nearby!

Outsite Cowork Cafe, Cais do Sodré

Outsite Cowork Cafe Digital Nomads

Outside Cowork cafe is more like a coworking space than a simple cafe. It will cost you 150 euros for a monthly pass.

Copenhagen Coffee Lab, Alcantara

Copenhagen Coffee - Digital Nomads

There are several Copenhagen shops in Lisbon and many others across Europe.

It might not be the most Portuguese style, but the coffee will be great there!

https://www.instagram.com/cphcoffeelab/

The Mill, Avenida da liberdade

Expect a mix of Australian and Portuguese spirit at The Mill.

https://www.instagram.com/themillpt/

DeBru, Avenida da liberdade

Imagine a café from which you can work during the day, and drink home-brewed beer art night!

TheBru - Digital Nomad

https://www.instagram.com/debru.lisboa/

The Block Cafe, Bairro do Rego

The block cafe cowork lisbon

If you’re into Cryptos, this is the place you need to go!

https://www.instagram.com/theblocklisboa/

The Royal Rawness, Braço de Prata

The Royal Rawness - Coffee - Cowork

Plenty of space, all the coffee you will need, and some great food.

https://www.instagram.com/theroyalrawness/

Cafe Boavida, Cais do Sodré

Cafe Boavida - Digital Nomad - Lisbon

A beautiful place to work from. Expect to meet other digital nomads there.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B0vkfMknTXg/

Hello Kristof, Cais do Sodré

Nomad Cafe Hello Cristof

A Portuguese coffee with a touch of Swedish spirit. The perfect place for creative people. 

https://www.instagram.com/hellokristof/?

Comoba, Cais do Sodré

Cafe Comoba - For Digital Nomads

Not far from Time Out, in the heart of the city, one of the best places to work from (especially for its amazing cakes).

https://www.instagram.com/comoba_lisboa/

Bowls And Bar, Chiado

Bowls Bar - Lisbon

A very nice cafe to work from with a real Portuguese style.

https://www.instagram.com/bowlsbar/

Boutik, Chiado

Boutik Cafe Lisbon

The best place for surfers, artists, and travelers!

https://www.boutiklisboa.com

MELBOURNE coffeehouse, Estrela

Melbourne coffee house

Homemade cakes and cookies are waiting for you!

https://www.instagram.com/melbourne.lisboa/

What digital nomads love about Lisbon?

Lisbon is to Europe what San Francisco is to the United States of America (they even have the same bridge).

It is a charming city, full of youth, sunny all year round, mixing people from dozens of foreign countries, and where most of the people staying there share at least one thing in common, the English language.

For most North Europeans and Americans, Lisbon is a much more affordable city to live in. And it offers a large variety of social, cultural and sportive activities.

Lisbon’s Museums

  • If you wish to know all about these beautiful tiles that are covering so many of Lisbon’s buildings, then you should go to the National Azulejo Museum.
  • The Centro Cultural de Belém hosts one of the largest collections of modern art.
  • The MAAT (Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology), located in Belèm, is presenting to its visitors a variety of contemporary pieces of art and architecture.
  • If you are more into ancient art then the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum will probably be a better choice.

LX Factory

LX Factory might be one of the coolest place in Europe. Located In Alcantara, this old factory complex has been turned into a creative hub where you will find startups, street art exhibitions, delicious food and drinks.

This place illustrates perfectly the spirit of city of Lisbon.

Nomad community

Lisbon hosts one of the largest community of digital nomads. The Facebook Group Digital Nomad Lisbon counts more than 21k members.

If you are on your own, or if you simply want to meet fellow nomads, there will be plenty mettups mettings, coworking places, and all sorts of causal events you could go to in Lisbon.

Beaches

  • Cascais is a beautiful town located a few kilometers West of Lisbon. Several beautiful beaches can be found there.

 

  • Praia dos Galapos in the Parque Natural da Arrábida is one of the prettiest beach in Lisbon’s region. It is possible to grab a bus from Lisbon to go there.

 

  • A bit further from Lisbon, you could go to Praia da Adraga in Sintra’s region. The beaches are much wilder in this area.

Lisbon’s tramway

Started in 1873, Lisbon’s tram network became entirely electric in 1902. It once connected the whole city. Only 6 lines have survived. There should be more to come.

The yellow carriages are highly Instagramable and are competing with the Azulejos as the most iconic element of the city of Lisbon.

Lisbon’s best districts

Cais do Sodré

Bairro Alto

Alfama

Intendente & Anjos

Santos

 

Sofiann

Sofiann

I am a digital nomad. Not the kind of nomad that keeps travelling all the time though.

I tend to live for 6 months at home in France and 6 months abroad. In the last seven years, I have been living in 13 countries.

I created this blog so I can share some insights about the places I have been and how did I manage to work and travel at the same time. I hope you will enjoy it :)

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