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Digital Nomad Guide to Living in Porto, Portugal

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Portugal’s second city, Porto, is an increasingly popular destination among digital nomads and other remote workers. I’ve spent quite a bit of time in this vibrant, artsy city over the last few years and I can confidently say that it’s an amazing place to live and work remotely.

In this comprehensive guide to living in Porto, I’ll share everything you need to know about living in this unique and fun-loving city.

I love spending time in Porto. It feels far less polished than Lisbon and has a more casual, hipster, and creative vibe. If you’re considering making Porto your next home base, this post is for you.

Read on for a full lowdown of the best neighborhoods, how to find accommodation, the best cafes and coworking spaces, money-saving tips, things to do in your free time, the pros and cons of living here, information on digital nomad visas, and more.

About Porto, Portugal

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Porto is a major city on the Atlantic coast in the north of Portugal. With a population of around 1.3 million, it’s the second-largest city in the country. It’s an ideal base for exploring other parts of Portugal (one of my favorite countries in Europe) and neighboring Spain.

Porto is known for its historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a maze of atmospheric backstreets and centuries-old buildings. The city is also famous for its beautiful riverfront, its many ornate bridges, and (of course) top-quality port wine.

Porto has all of the amenities and convenience of a big city but with a friendly small-town atmosphere and a relatively low cost of living, making it ideal for digital nomads. The city is made up of many different neighborhoods, each with a unique vibe, as I’ll discuss in more detail below.

Digital Nomad in Porto: Personal Experience

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Last year, I lived in a tiny village in the mountains just outside of Porto. During this time, I spent quite a lot of my stay in the city. I’ve also visited Porto several times on other occasions over the last few years.

It has a particularly unique atmosphere that manages to blend cobbled medieval streets and old-world charm with a modern, creative energy. I love how informal it is, too. In my experience, people don’t usually bother to dress up much to go out here, which suits me perfectly!

I found it incredibly inspiring being a digital nomad in Porto. You’ll find a diverse range of people from all around the world living and working here. And, the digital nomads I…

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