Working in paradise is a dream shared by many and, with the pandemic limiting normal commuting, it may as well be a reality soon. The Algarve has all the perfect conditions for this, with good weather, a widespread use of the English language and good offer for those who wish to work in the region.
Algarve Tech Hub is a perfect example of the infrastructure already in place in the region. “The purpose is to promote the Algarve as a competitive and attractive global technological hub for companies, institutions and individuals”, like digital nomads and other segments, according to Miguel Fernandes, one of the project’s leaders.
“We have worked with the various public and private entities in the region to define and implement a technological development strategy for the next 10 years”, he states, adding that Algarve Tech Hub has “organised networking events for digital nomads” to “present the region's technological ecosystem” and “will soon announce a program for digital nomads to come to know the region with a range of services such as access to coworking space and specialised guides for the segment”.
For digital nomad Christophe de Oliveira coming to the Algarve was somewhat of a life changing experience.
This self-titled “nomad entrepreneur” brought his company, Artisan Lofts, to the region, because he and his family wanted to “escape the city and live a more peaceful life, closer to nature”.
Christophe de Oliveira worked to “fully digitise” the business and now operates “remotely from the Algarve” with “regular trips to France”. “We achieved our goal of working where it is good to live”, he states.
Miguel Fernandes believes the Algarve “has everything to be one of the best lifestyle tech hubs in the world” like an “authentic culture and gastronomy”, the “best beaches and one of the best climates in the world”, Portugal’s safety, a good international airport, and a “diversified accommodation offer”.
“Digital nomads appreciate the quality of life, the international side of the region, the reasonable cost of living and the infrastructure of the Algarve that allow them to fly to any place in Europe from Faro”, says Christophe de Oliveira, adding that “most of those who are here want to stay and attract other nomads”.
At the same time, “the Algarve has been one of the least affected regions in Europe by the coronavirus thanks to its ‘Clean & Safe’ campaign. Hundreds of tourism businesses signed up to follow its rigorous hygiene procedures, which has helped to keep the rates low”, assures Algarve Tourism.
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