Since the COVID-19 pandemic made telecommuting much more common, there have been numerous destination campaigns that encourage remote workers to bring their laptops on long stays where they can combine work and play.
But Portugal’s Madeira Islands, an idyllic Atlantic archipelago off the coast of Morocco, take the concept to a new level by inviting remote workers to settle in the community of Ponta del Sol, considered to be the most common municipality. hottest on the island of Madeira. live in the first in the world Digital nomad village.
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From February 1, professionals from all over the world can sign up to stay in this beautiful, sunny destination for one to six months and enjoy the incredible location, scenery and culture, as well as a working space. shared free, fast Wi-Fi connection, dedicated Slack channel, exclusive events, an assigned local host that will help them acclimatize.
The project was developed by the regional government of Madeira, in partnership with a local company called Startup Madeira. According to Tripsavvy, it is the first initiative of its kind to directly involve the local government. Since the COVID-19 pandemic deprived the region of tourism revenue (which typically amounts to around 20 percent of Madeira’s GDP), the Madeira Digital Nomads campaign aims to support the local economy and keep businesses afloat by welcoming longer-term visitors.
Those joining the Digital Nomad Village will need to obtain their own accommodation, transport and visas, and those coming from outside the European Union will need to obtain a 90-day Schengen visa. The program offers assistance in finding accommodation options for extended stays, which include Airbnb listings and hotels with reduced rates for longer stays.
And, in the midst of COVID-19, Madeira continues to position itself as a safe place for travelers by ensuring that best practices are observed throughout the destination. The âMadeira Safe to Discoverâ certification process has been created especially for companies in the tourism sector and most local businesses also adopt the âClean & Safeâ label, created by VisitPortugal. Local authorities are also requiring all visitors to take a COVID-19 test, either on arrival or within 72 hours of travel.
For more information visit digitalnomads.startupmadeira.eu.