This Portuguese Island Is Inviting Remote Workers to Enjoy Their Beautiful Scenery



When legions of office employees were told to work from home, a new generation of “digital nomads” was born and countries around the world began competing for their attention by launching long-stay visa programs designed specifically for remote workers. Now, Portugal is taking things to the next level by creating a “digital nomad village.” Digital Nomads Madeira is a project that will host up to 100 remote workers at a time in the town of Ponta do Sol, home to just 8,200 inhabitants. Phase one will begin on Feb. 1 and last through June 30. Participants will be provided with a free work space featuring a desk and chair, access to a Slack community, and free internet from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, as well as fun activities and other events that will facilitate connections between participants and the local community. There’s only one catch: participants must commit to staying at Ponta do Sol for at least one month. Applications are available at this website: https://digitalnomads.startupmadeira.eu/