28 May 25 Cool Things to Do in Portugal This Summer for Digital Nomads and Startups
We’re obsessed with Portugal, and we think that you should be too.
Nestled on the south-western edge of Europe, Portugal has more rugged landscapes, empty beaches, mountainside vineyards, ancient cities, and fairytale castles than you can shake a stick at. It was awarded the Entrepreneurial Region of the Year just last year. Alongside its relaxed pace of life, relatively low cost of living and great internet connectivity, it’s no surprise then that Portugal is becoming a European hub for Startups, digital nomads, and location independent workers.
Airfares from North America and many European cities are dropping and Flystein can get you some great deals on flights to Lisbon, Porto, and Faro. All you have to do is ask us. But before you do that, take a look at the list below and take your pick.
- Kick off your Remote Year
Have job will travel? Then you’ll need to join the Remote Year gang as they head to Lisbon, Europe’s best work-and-play capital, to kick off the 2016 Remote Year on August 1st.
- Cross the Atlantic with The Digital Nomad Cruise
This cruise sets sail from Cartegena, Colombia on May 28th, arriving in Lisbon on June 9th . Thirteen days of nomad life on the ocean waves on an all inclusive cruise ship with 200 other nomads? Yes, please! Curious who is on board or want to see where is the ship on the map right now? Nomadbase will get you all the answers in real-time.
Mention the Digital Nomad Cruise when you start your Flystein Flight search to Cartegena/from Lisbon and you’ll get a 15% discount on the search fee!
To celebrate the arrival of the Nomad Cruise, the local Surf Office will host the Nomad Beach Festival on June 14th, and all nomads are very welcome!
- Hit the beaches
We asked our Portuguese friends about the best beaches and found out that everyone has their own list, here are just a few picks:
- Praia de Miramar (Porto,Vila Nova de Gaia)
- Praia do Portinho da Arrábida (Setubal)
- Praia Da Ribeira Do Cavalo (Setubal)
- Praia da Cornélia (Almada, Costa da Caparica)
- Praia da Califónia (Sesimbra)
- Praia da Comporta (Comporta)
- Praia da Marinha (Carvoeiro, Algarve)
- Praia da Samoqueira (Porto de Covo)
- Praia da Ilha da Culatra (Faro, Olhao)
- Praia da Nazare – some of the world’s largest waves are found here!
- Dive and snorkel! Azores, Madeira, Sesimbra and Algarve coasts are waiting for you.
You are in luck as summer is the best time for diving in Portugal according to a new service rove.me.
Their slick interface lists many other cool activities as well and gives advice on where and when to go.
The outrageous diving competition Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series will hit S. Miguel, Azores, on July 9th. The Azores is a beautiful volcanic archipelago located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. These islands are undoubtedly one of the last paradises in Europe and with direct flights from the USA why not to use it as a great stopover while crossing the pond?
- Find a place where you could work, live and surf at the same timeJoin Surf Office Lisbon – a community driven 24/7 workspace and accommodation in the Cais do Sodré – Lisbon’s coolest riverside neighborhood. These guys know all the best surf spots around by heart.
- Admire « The Tall Ships Races » regatta
Happening in Lisbon on from July 22 – 25, this one-of-a-kind event will highlight the celebration of the 60th anniversary of The Tall Ships Races. If you are not one of the 5,000 crew members then just enjoy the show and don’t forget your camera.
- Eat, drink and be merry at the Olhão Seafood Festival and Ílhavo Cod Festival
Taking place from August 9-14th in the town of Olhão near Faro in the Algarve, the Seafood Festival is the biggest in Europe and attracts over 60,000 visitors every year. Food, wine, music and amazing views make this one of the country’s best gastronomic events. Tickets cost just €9.
A few days later from August 17-21th, you can enjoy a unique festival devoted to the humble cod fish in Ílhavo. This Cod festival promises cod-related dishes by the bucket, with plenty of regional wines thrown in for good measure.
- Get your fill of pasteis de nata
We can’t get enough of these crisp, flaky pastry Portuguese custard tarts dusted with cinnamon. There’s a reason the queues at Lisbon‘s world-famous Pasteis de Belém snake around the pavement and that’s because the custard tarts there really are the best in the world. If the queues turn you off, go to Manteigaria Fábrica de Pastéis de Nata or simply head to any local cafe or bakery where you’ll find the second best pasteis de nata in the world.
- Get caffeinated at the Porto Startup Coffee Meetup
Join Porto‘s entrepreneurs and investors for an informal chat at this group’s monthly get-togethers. Looking for a nice cafe with solid wifi and power outlets? Check out the Digital Nomad Café Guide to Lisbon.
- Do you work in a cool coworking space
Liberdade 229 is a fun and friendly coworking place in the center of Lisbon with 24/7 access: come, stay and go every day of the year at any hour – you’ll have your own set of keys.
- Visit Sintra‘s Fairytale Palace – Palacio da Pena
Perched on top of a mountain with its pink and yellow turrets rising above the lush, green forest, Sintra‘s Palacio da Pena is well worth a day trip. Built in 1842, by King Ferdinand II, an arts, literature and music lover, the palace is an eclectic mix of colors and styles.
- Discover ‘The end of the world’
Cabo da Roca is the westernmost point of the European mainland and the spectacular, desolate scenery adds to the allure of the location. Trivia fact: the windswept cliffs of Cabo de Roca were believed to be the edge of the world up until the late 14th century.
- Find new friends
- Hang out with the Hacker Paradise in Porto
- Experience the Avante! Festival
Taking place from September 2-4th 2016, the Festa do Avante! is as much an icon as the 25th April Bridge and the Christo Rei statue are. This annual music, food and culture festival is put on by the Communist Party. Don’t worry if your politics do not align. This festival attracts everyone from all walks of life and everyone’s welcome.
- Live like a local with Trip4Real
Need some tips on what to do when you’re in Portugal? Trip4Real offers unique locally guided experiences to help you discover life in different European cities.
All Trip4Real customers get a 15% discount on their first Flystein trip request. All Flystein clients whose search includes a flight to or through Europe will get a 15% discount on their Trip4Real experience.
- Head over to the NOS Alive Festival
Taking place only minutes away from the center of Lisbon, NOS Alive is fast becoming one of Europe’s best alternative music festivals. This year’s lineup includes Radiohead, The Chemical Brothers, The Pixies, Robert Plant, the Foals, and Grimes. If you attend just one festival this year, make it this one – where else will you get to see Radiohead and loads of other amazing acts for only €56? We’ll see you there at the Passeio Marítimo de Algés from July 7-9th.
- Attend the Fábrica de Startups‘ monthly events
The Fábrica de Startups hosts several monthly and one of a kind events to get international entrepreneurs together, including The Grid Social and Networking Night (free beer from Sagres!), Entrepreneur’s Breakfast, Fabstart Demo Night and Digital Nomad Meetup.
- Go wild celebrating at the Festas dos Santos (Santos populares)
Throughout the month of June, cities and towns throughout the country hold festivals and parties to celebrate their saints. Lisbon celebrates St. Anthony (São Antonio) on the 12th and 13th of June. Sintra and Evora, among others, celebrate St. Peter (São Pedro) on June 29th. On the longest night of the year, June 23rd, the entire population of Porto hits the streets to celebrate the festival of St. John (São João) – don’t be surprised if you get whacked on the head with a large, inflatable hammer (one of the stranger St John’s Day customs!).
- Head to Festival Sudoeste
Festival Sudoeste (Southwest Festival) is a large, 5-day music festival that takes place every August near Zambujeira do Mar, in southern Portugal. The festival has several stages and this year’s headliners include Steve Aoki, Damian Marley, James Morrison, and Seu Jorge. Pack your tent, your sunscreen, plenty of water, and head on over from August 3-7th.
- Rock it up at Super Bock Super Rock 2016
One of Europe’s biggest and most successful alternative music festivals, this year’s Super Bock Super Rock will be held in Lisbon‘s Parque das Nações from July 14-16th. Iggy Pop, The National and Bloc Party are all confirmed headliners this year.
- Recharge your creativity at Southwest Collective’s Offsite Immersive
Taking place in the Algarve, southern Portugal in September, the SWC invites you to join them to focus, create, learn, play, and unplug in the beautiful town of Guia. Find out more.
- Learn how to code with Le Wagon bootcampLe Wagon is quietly becoming a major coding boot camp in Europe according to Techcrunch. Their 2-month program is in English and starts in Lisbon on June 27th.
- Subsidize your trip with Grabr
Got space available in your suitcase? Bring some local flavor to and from Portugal for Grabr shoppers and earn extra cash. It’s that easy.
- Move to Portugal!