COVID-19 has changed the way most people work, and one practice that has become a trend for 2021 is remote working. The Portuguese island of Madeira goes even further by creating what it calls a âdigital nomadic villageâ.
The first phase of Digital Nomads Madeira will start on February 1 in Ponta do Sol and will run until June 30. Located on the south coast of Madeira Island, Ponta do Sol has about 8,200 inhabitants over an area of ââ43.3 km2. The Nomadic Village offers travelers a free workspace with a desk and chair, access to a Slack community, and free internet from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily at the John do Passos Cultural Center in the center of the village. It will also host fun events for nomads, as well as events and facilitate access to the local community.
The project can accommodate 100 nomads who must commit to staying for at least a month and is a joint initiative of the Madeira regional government, Startup Madeira and digital nomad GonÃ§alo Hall, a remote work consultant . It has partnered with local businesses such as real estate, hotels, and car rental companies for nomads. GonÃ§alo and his partners hope to implement a second project in Madeira and similar initiatives in several rural areas of Portugal.
The tranquil island of Madeira has been named Europe’s top island destination at the World Travel Awards for seven of the past eight years. Nicknamed the Pearl of the Atlantic, the tiny volcanic island is geologically dramatic, filled with exotic colors and warmed year round by the Atlantic sun.
For more information on the Digital Nomad Village, please visit its website here.