Though you might be considering the headline of this article, you must be aware that heading to this village in Portugal means that you have to commit to staying there for at least one month.
A new generation of digital nomads was born, when office employees were sent to work from home last year. Long-stay visa programs designed precisely for remote workers started to a strategy any company wanted to get their hands on, but now, Portugal has raised the bar high and has taken things to the next level. The Portuguese archipelago of Madeira is creating a “digital nomad village.”
Stage one of this project will start on Feb. 1 and its last through June 30, 2021. Contributors will be presented a free working space, a desk and a chair, and free internet from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily at the John dos Passos Cultural Centre.
This new experience also includes fun activities for these digital nomads. Other events as well, will simplify connections between contributors and the local community.
A village for Digital Nomads project is a joint effort between the local government of Madeira, Startup Madeira, and digital nomad Gonçalo Hall who has said in an interview that they have partnered with different local businesses such as real estate and rental car companies as the goal is to help the local community profit from the social and economic impact that such an initiative can have.
If all goes well with phase one, Hall and his partners hope to start a second project in Madeira and with a similar venture in several areas around Portugal.
Applications for the program are currently open and anyone who plans to participate must commit to staying in Ponta do Sol for at least one month. For more information, visit the official Digital Nomads Madeira website.